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The long weekend in October brings us the first of our feast of festivals, with the free Semaphore Music Festival bringing you three days and four nights of entertainment all around Semaphore. The overwhelming majority of events are free, and those that aren't only cost ten dollars. A brilliant bargain for the musically minded, if you don't count the booze!
The following weekend is festival free, but the Australian Native Plants Sale will give you a chance to get your garden looking good before the heat of summer strikes. It isn't free ($3 entry), but the plants are so cheap that you will barely notice the cost of making your garden look great.
Perhaps you're feeling lifeless? The free Adelaide Zombie Walk on October 12 will keep you in good company.
The Adelaide Festival of Ideas runs from October 17-20 and is a chance to hear internationally respected speakers talk about issues that will impact and interest us all. A Nobel Laureate, a pack of professors, and some ABC types including The Chaser's Julian Morrow are all competing to tempt you out of your lair into the blinding light of understanding, knowledge and enlightenment.
If all that sounds a bit much, there are three very different free exhibitions on in late September and during October.
Meanwhile the State Library is hosting the free Gay Times Are Here Again Exhibition, pictorially documenting gay life in Adelaide in the 40 years since our first Pride March (ends November 24).
Arts in Health at Women's & Children's Hospital is another exhibition that will surprise you with its location. But it must be a treat for children who are confined there - and their parents.
Port Adelaide will come alive on the weekend of October 19-20 as the free Port Festival pulls out all stops to entertain the whole family. If you can't find something that appeals to you in the 60 page long list of activities, then perhaps you should consider joining a monastery.
As October draws to a close, try hunting for a bargain at a Grand Bazaar in Mitcham on October 26 - I find church fairs to be full of surprises.
The popular free Trampoline Adelaide returns on October 27 - an event where participants are invited to share their special knowledge or skills with others in a group.
Finally on October 30-31, one of Adelaide's more unusual shows returns this year - the free MechExpo Exhibition by students from the University of Adelaide. If you're into technology and gadgets it's a must!
Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
The Festival Club Will Be at Little Miss Mexico & Little Miss Miami
All three festivals will share a common hub - the Festival Club at Little Miss Mexico and Little Miss Miami where deep thinkers, film lovers, and the general riff-raff who frequent Format will be able to lurk between events, imbibing cocktails and feasting on the fine food. If you really want to make it in the arts community, you had better put in an appearance or two there - and be sure to share the photos on your Facebook page as evidence!
CheeseFest 2013 is another festival that isn't free, but is sure to be of interest to gourmet food and wine lovers. It's at Rymill Park on October 26-27.
If you have kids to amuse during the school holidays, check out the popular Bugalugs Bum Thief from October 2-12. It's being held at the Goodwood Institute and is being produced by a local group.