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Top Free Events in Adelaide - January 2019

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Published December 31st 2018
Adelaide for Free in January
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Adelaide this month

Australia Day in South Australia
Photo courtesy of City of Adelaide


December was buzzing with Christmas and New Year Eve celebrations, and the summer fun continues in January. Usher in the new year with a wide range of FREE activities and events this month. Keep the whole family entertained and learn a new thing or two with First Aid training sessions, late night openings at the Art Gallery, a Volleyball festival and cycling festival, a French and Greek festival, summer concerts and an Australia Day celebrations. There is so much to see and do around Adelaide this month without breaking the bank.

1, 8 and 12 January First Aid Training

south australia police academy
Photo courtesy of Brickworks Building Products


Here's an opportunity to pick up some first aid skills. St James is providing FREE training sessions for 16 participants per day over 3 days at the South Australia Police Academy. A beneficial skill to have, First Aid training is a great way to prep yourself with the ability to assist someone in a range of emergency situations. You will be able to learn and practice First Aid under the instruction of qualified instructors. For more details and to register for FREE, visit the website.

Time: 9am 11.30am
Venue: Police Academy
Address: 11 Strathfield Terrace, Taperoo SA 5017

4 January First Fridays

Art Gallery of South Australia
Photo courtesy of Government of South Australia


Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Art Gallery on the first Friday of the month as they stay open after hours with exceptional talks, live music and a showcase of the latest displays and exhibitions. The focus is on Aboriginal art and music. Grab a bite to eat or something to drink at the Art Gallery Food Wine, look through the items at the Gallery Store and revel in the abundance of art and culture which surrounds you. Admission is FREE with some special events or exhibitions at a cost. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 5pm 9pm
Venue: Art Gallery of South Australia
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

5 to 13 January Summer Sets

south australia volley ball
Photo courtesy of Volley Ball SA


Energise your Summer with a nine-day festival of beach volleyball accompanied by DJ's and heaps of activities. Summer Sets will bring a vibrant and exciting vibe to the gorgeous Glenelg Beach as the longest running Beach Volleyball Tournament in Australia comes to town. Come face-to-face with some of the world's best volleyballers on more than forty courts and try your hand at beach volleyball. For more details, visit the website.

Time: Refer to website
Venue: Glenelg Beach
Address: Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045
Phone: 08 8363 1265

10 to 20 January Santos Tour Down Under

Santos Tour Down Under south australia
Photo courtesy of Government of South Australia


The Santos Tour Down Under is a 10-day festival of cycling and one of premier sporting events in Australia. A range of other events and participation rides create a huge festive atmosphere for cycling enthusiasts in the city, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula. You can join in the opening celebrations, race day starts with entertainment, street party and sit back and watch the cyclists whizz past. For more information on venues and times, visit the website.

Time: Refer to website
Venue: Various locations

11 to 13 January Adelaide French Festival

adelaide french festival
Photo courtesy of Radio Adelaide


The Adelaide French Festival serves up an exciting program of music, theatre, dance, food, wine, art and fashion. With something for all ages, you and your family can celebrate summer, life and the rich culture of France right here in Adelaide. The festival is excellent for those who would like to discover more about France and its cultures through movie screenings, market stalls, music performances and arts and craft. This year's focus is on Brittany and you can also get a chance to win a trip there. Look forward to a spectacular extravaganza accompanied by marvellous performances and free activities! For more programme details, visit the website.

Time: Refer to website
Venue: Refer to website
Phone: 08 8216 8600

12 and 13 January 40th Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival

Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival adelaide south australia
Photo courtesy of City of Port Adelaide Enfield


For all things Greek, there can only be the Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival. It is one of the country's premier Greek cultural festivals and also now one of the largest of its kind in Australia. It is a volunteer-driven event and all profits go towards the Port Adelaide Greek Orthodox Church. You and your family can immerse in celebration of the rich Greek culture and heritage through cultural dance groups, a DJ, competitions, live bands, virtual events, fun rides and delicious Greek food. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 11am 11pm
Venue: Semaphore Beach Foreshore
Address: Semaphore SA 5019

12, 17, 18 and 19 January AYO Summer Concert Series

The Australian Youth Orchestra
Photo courtesy of The Australian Youth Orchestra


This FREE concert summer series presents a line-up of extraordinary musicians and symphonic greats by Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler and many more. These concerts are like no other because they feature over 220 of the country's youngest and most talented musicians, each having completed a highly competitive audition process to gain their spot in the orchestra. An inspiring and captivating showcase, this is ideal for aspiring and budding musicians as well as music enthusiasts. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 12 Jan 4pm 6pm and 7.30pm - 9.30pm / 17 Jan 8pm 10pm / 18 Jan 5.30pm - 7.30pm and 8pm 10pm / 19 Jan 4pm 6pm and 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: Elder Hall
Address: University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

24 to 27 January Tunarama Festival

Port Lincoln Tunarama south australia
Photo courtesy of Port Lincoln Tunarama Inc


An annual event held in Port Lincoln over the Australia Day long weekend, the Tunarama Festival is in its 58th year! It is a showcase of events and activities including arts and cultural displays, performances, fun rides, firework displays, local market stalls and some of the freshest seafood in South Australia. Come down to Port Lincoln for a fantastic time with the family over the Australia Day long weekend. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 7am - 9pm daily except 27 January till 8pm
Venue: Port Lincoln Foreshore
Address: 100 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln SA 5606

26 January Australia Day in the City

australia day fireworks adelaide
Photo courtesy of City of Adelaide


This year, celebrate the Aussie spirit at the largest Australia Day celebration in South Australia. Held in the heart of Adelaide at Elder Park, join over 40,000 people to celebrate our national day. The festivities will start off with a Parade which includes more than 4,000 people celebrating what they love about Australia and being Australian. It is the largest parade of its kind in Australia. You can view over 150 community groups, vintage cars, horses, marching bands, a giant echidna, floats and so much more! A magnificent fireworks finale will bring the night to a magnificent close. For more details, visit the website.

Time: 6pm onwards
Venue: Elder Park
Address: King William Rd, Adelaide SA 5000

27 January Henley Square Market

Henley Square Market
Photo courtesy of Ana&Robert


One of the most popular street boutique markets will be held at Henley Square and offers artisan designs made by local makers, artists and designers. Winning the Mainstreet SA Award for the Best Market/Street Activation in 2018, it offers activities such as face-painting, fun rides and a DJ in addition to the stalls. This market supports small South Australian businesses and is supported by the City of Charles Sturt through the Westside Place Makers program. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 10am 3pm
Venue: Henley Square
Address: Main Street, Henley Beach SA 5022
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Adelaide this January
When: January
Where: Various locations around Adelaide
Cost: Free
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