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What's Free in September

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What's Free in September

We all like to get out and see or do something new. It's great to experience the thrill of a new activity, explore new places, and try different foods.

But sometimes things are too expensive, or maybe you're buying a new house and just don't have spare cash to throw around. Besides, if you go The Show you will probably blow your budget for the month anyway.

So we bring you a list of things to do that just might even get Ebenezer Scrooge excited.

And if you're still stuck after going through this list, then try these activities.

Or you could catch up on a couple of things you have been putting off for a while with this easy solution.

Father's Day

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Try Some Alternative Ideas for Father's Day

Father's Day comes again on September 2. Not normally a day we associate with saving money, but here's a couple of tips.

Try making something for him rather than buying the usual socks or cigarettes.

Instead of taking Dad out for an enormous slab of steak at some overpriced restaurant and contributing to his future heart attack, why not take him on a winery tour? Before you go chop up some celery and carrots into sticks, grab some moreish Mersey Valley spreadable cheese, and a packet of crackers, and you have the makings of a tasty snack for between wineries.

If you're lucky, after such a light lunch Dad will get tipsy enough to get excited about a vintage shiraz as rich as bull's blood and buy you a bottle too.

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Delicious Red Wine from Kersbrook Near Adelaide

START at the Gallery

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Art In the Louvre Museum

On the first Sunday of every month START at the Art Gallery there is an introduction to visual arts for families and children.

The free START program is suitable for children aged 5-10 and includes art activities, tours, trails, live music and entertainment.

Parental supervision is required, it's not a child minding service.

Australian National Flag Day

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Fly The Australian Flag on September 3

September 3 is Australian National Flag Day and the government gives us some sober advice on its website for the event.

Conduct a flag-raising ceremony. (See the protocols for
raising the Australian National Flag.)
Business and organisations which don't have a flagpole
may wish to display the Australian National Flag in the
public areas of their buildings, such as foyers.
Read about the history of the Australian National Flag
and the protocols for flying the flag on the Department
of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website
Request a copy of the Australian Flags booklet, available
free of charge from your Senator or Federal Member of Parliament.

Well aren't they just a bundle of fun. Perhaps they should give out free flags rather than a poxy pamphlet about them?

Despite intensive Googling, I was unable to discover any celebrations for this event in Adelaide. But look at the bright side, at least you aren't going to waste any cash on it.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Ahoy landlubbers, Walk the Plank On the Pirate Ship @ Bailey Reserve

Arrr me hearties, shiver me timbers cos Wednesday 19 September is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Now it's not going to cost anything to remember a few key phrases that you can trot out as you buy your petrol or a packet of ribbed condoms.

But if you want to celebrate properly, a Pirate party might be the go. Check out here for some ideas.

Or you could just take the kids to board the pirate ship at Bailey Reserve?

World Carfree Day

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Alternative Transport on Car Free Day

September 22 is World Car free Day. Now that is not an excuse to jump on the bus without a ticket and pretend that you're an immigrant from Kazakhstan when you're challenged by the Inspector. And I doubt whether talking like a pirate would help much either, but it may be worth a try.

But you could wheel out that rather grimy mountain bike from the back of the shed and ride it to work. Who knows, you might enjoy it enough to take it with you when you next go riding at Warriparinga Wetlands or Shepherds Hill Recreation Park.

Pitch It, Post It

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John Martin's Ad - Friday May 12 1961

At the Adelaide Festival Centre you can find the free Pitch it, Post it Exhibition of how advertising a 'show' has changed dramatically over the last 100 years.

Given how popular old advertisements are becoming on Youtube, this exhibition looks well worth a look. It's on from 15 September 2012 - 3 December 2012.

The Moon Lantern Festival

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The Free Moon Lantern Festival

The awesome Moon Lantern Festival is back again on September 30, a fantastic free event whether you have children or not. A great chance to party and enjoy some scrumptious asian food at Elder Park.

It's part of the OzAsia Festival with a wide mix of activities and events. Unfortunately most of the other events are not free but it's worth having a look at the website anyway.

Bay to Birdwood Run

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A Vintage Car With Suicide Doors

On the last Sunday in September The Bay to Birdwood Run causes a stir of anticipation to ripple through Adelaide as people line the route with their deck chairs, picnic hampers and even the odd bottle of champers.

The entrants congregate at Adelaide Shores in West Beach from 6am, and this is a great place for spectators to mix with the entrants and gawk at their glamorous cars. Enjoy breakfast and endure some jazz until the first car departs at 9am, then see if you can get away in time to catch the parade somewhere along the route.

Real enthusiasts may choose to be at the finish line at the National Motor Museum at Birdwood when the entrants start arriving from around 10.30. There will be food stalls, live entertainment, dancing, and Hills wine available by the glass, but an admission charge will apply.

Be sure to have a designated driver available if you do some wine tasting, as we can't afford a fine!

Goolwa Alive

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Bridge From Goolwa to Hindmarsh Island

Also on September 30 is Goolwa Alive, a street festival showcasing local produce and businesses.

It's a fun day out for the family with pony rides, face painting, yummy country food & wine, craft stalls, and a load of other activities. Check out the program guide on the website.

Semaphore Music Festival 2012

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The Semaphore Timeball Tower

Well events come thick and fast at the end of the month, and it's just as well with a long weekend to fill.

Our last offering this month is the Semaphore Music Festival.

I love Semaphore, it's a homely and unpretentious place with a long history. And the perfect location for two free foreshore concerts on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September.

There are loads of other shows for the musically inclined, so check out their website, head on down and bop with your favourite bevvy in hand.

And for those with a bit of nostalgia, check out the old Red Hen and trolley bus sitting side by side here.
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Love your humorous take on these articles. Talk like a pirate day :p what would they think of next!! Btw, never noticed the 3 crosses near the lighthouse in Semaphore. I liked that photo
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