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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - March 2015

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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - March 2015

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Blinc Light & Sound Display, Part of the Festival of Arts


Boring Adelaide has done it again, swamping us with a sea of Fringe Festival activities in what is probably the busiest month of the year for festivals in Adelaide. I've been so engrossed in the fun things to do that I nearly forgot to write this article.

It's hard not to get caught up in the Adelaide Fringe, with a cornucopia of free things to do, and many other tickets available very cheaply or at half price. In the northern suburbs the Salisbury Secret Garden is the place to be - why spend your time travelling to the city?

The Festival of Arts kicks off on Friday February 27 and tends to traditional fare at times, but this year has some quite uniquely exciting things to see and do. Check out these tips to see the festival on a budget.

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Craig Lowndes Roars Along North Terrace in His Clipsal 500 V8 Car


Of course life goes on beyond these festivals. The Clipsal 500 is back for those who think the arts have eight cylinders and a loud exhaust, while electronic music lovers of all ages will flock to the South Parklands for the family entertainment at the free Square Mile Music Festival on Saturday February 28.

The popular Faces of Fort Largs photo exhibition has now been extended until March 6 at the Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL. The free event will then move to the Port Adelaide Library where it will remain open until Anzac Day.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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The AMC Music Hall of Fame Exhibition at State Library SA


The State Library (SA) in Adelaide is hosting two free exhibitions during March. The AMC Music Hall of Fame: Yesterday's Heroes exhibition celebrates South Australia's innovative music history. It documents how music promoters such as Alex Innocenti nurtured local acts in The Cellar, a forerunner of the Jade Monkey. Innocenti also organised the Myponga Music Festival and other concerts which kept Adelaide at the forefront of Australian music.

On the Treasures Wall Art of Nature is another free exhibition with beautiful artistic renditions of nature, made before photography was possible.

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The Treasures Wall at State Library SA


If you're looking for fun for kids try your hand at golf, free for the day or enjoy free family entertainment and games.

Bargain hunters will head for the market stalls at the Magill Sunrise Market on March 8, or you can help the CFS help us, at the Kersbrook CFS Auction & Country Fair. There will be plenty of activities for kids and free things to do.

Just across from Elder Park the Adelaide Writer's Week is a free event catering for all the family, with a Kids' Weekend stacked with fun things to do for children.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Don't Miss City Slider - Only in Adelaide One Day


This month book lovers are in for a couple of treats. Oxfam has a 50 cent sale on fiction books on Saturday March 7, while antiquarian book hunters should check out Michael Treloar's sale starting the same day.

Kids of all ages will enjoy a trip to the Childhood Exhibition at Mallala Museum during March. Indulge your nostalgia and take a look at the retro toys.

The Future Music Festival and Alliance Francaise French Film Festival are both on in March. But if your life has been a bit too sedentary lately, head off on a cycling coastal caper with our writer Steve Hudson on Sunday March 22.

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A Building at The Torrens Island Quarantine Station


The Torrens Island Quarantine Station is a heritage listed place that is rarely open to the public. Also used as a wartime internment camp, there are now some limited opportunities to take a tour.

Escape the city on a day trip to the Cobdogla Museum - it has another open day with free rides on steam trains and traction engines all day.

For people who enjoy a bit of nudity, summer in Adelaide is definitely the time for it. The Adelaide Fringe brings you this show described as family entertainment, but with a dash of nudity.

You'll have to wait until April for this huge 325 metre water slide to visit Adelaide, but it's only here for a day. Book early or miss out.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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A Stairway to Heaven? No, It's Only 2KW Adelaide


The old Adelaide Gaol is one of the most popular Adelaide attractions. Is it haunted? We can't tell you that, but you will learn many of the sordid details about crime and punishment in early South Australia when you visit.

What's your favourite building in Adelaide? The Bank of NSW on North Terrace is one of mine - now home to Jamie's Italian Restaurant and the rather pretentious 2KW Adelaide Bar with its poorly articulated exclusive dress code.

Our writers have been busy sourcing other exciting places to eat in Adelaide, and I'm really looking forward to visiting the new Villa 77 Tapas Bar & Restaurant.

Other suggestions to visit this month are the Pelligrini Cafe Restorante, and the French Cliche Exhibition Restaurant in North Adelaide .
Finally, as we move into Autumn take a look at Hayley's guide to what's on in Adelaide. It's full of fun things to do.
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