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September is Show month for the people of South Australia, and it seems that the whole state is swarming the streets of Wayville Even if your kids haven't been clamouring for it, this year's Royal Show brings a sense of excitement and fun things to do for all ages. Our writers are so enthusiastic about it that we published a guide to the Royal Adelaide Show, and also have a separate article dedicated to the Animals of the Royal Show.
For some people the raucous noise, animal smells and high cost of the Show may deter you from having your annual thrills, but we have plenty of alternatives for you this month. Over at Ayers House The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition kicks off this month - it's not free either, but it is already attracting lots of interest.
Market Stalls at Indofest Adelaide, Part of the OzAsia Festival
If you're looking for free things to do in Adelaide, don't miss the OzAsia Festival from September 17. Indofest Adelaide is one of the free events that attracted 10,000 people last year, and is an exciting way to discover the food and culture of Indonesia, with plenty of activities for kids too.
Alternatively wander to Elder Park for the free Good Fortune Market from September 21 until October 2. You will find a tantalising array of authentic Asian cuisine, from delicious dumplings and pork buns to fiery curries, all served straight from the wok. Or just wander the market stalls, take in the live entertainment and free things to do, then relax at a stylish pop-up bar.
Learn About the Native Blue Banded Bee at Tennyson Dunes Open Day (Image: Friends of Tennyson Dunes)
Head down to the Tennyson Dunes Open Day on September 11 - the free things to do include guided tours, talks by experts, and fun activities for kids, and you can get a tasty BBQ lunch there too. Also on the same day, Sustainable House Day lets you peek inside private homes and discover how to live more at harmony with the environment. The best part is, you can save money too.
The Steampunk Expo at the National Railway Museum just keeps getting better. You can catch more of the awesome animatronics of Archer's Arcadia there again this year, and lots more too.
Motorfest Adelaide is back this year with a full program every day from September 19-30 culminating with the colourful Bay to Birdwood run. Or take a drive down to Goolwa for an evening of Jazz music At the Wharf.