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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - April 2016

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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - April 2016

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Honouring the Anzac Day Spirit: Re-enacting the First Contingent at Glenelg


Wasn't Easter a fantastic break? If only we could have Easter holidays every weekend, there would be 100% job satisfaction and an end to workplace absenteeism. Maybe.

At least we have another long weekend coming up, with Anzac Day falling on a Monday. It's a great chance to escape the city and enjoy the unique character of SA country towns from Meningie's centenary celebrations to the Kapunda Farm Fair. The April school holidays are also a traditional time for parents to take a break, so we have lined up plenty of school holidays activities for families.

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Explore the Abandoned Wheal Watkins Mine With the Burnside Historical Society During the History Festival


SA history fans will already be gearing up for next month's bonanza of fun things to do in South Australia's History Festival. The program is due for release soon and some events are in demand already, but if you can't wait then check out the National Trust's Heritage Festival which runs from April 16 to May 29.

You can get also your history fix online right now with a pictorial look at some awesome Adelaide places to explore our history, or read some salacious stories from the past.

Read on to find out more about what's on in Adelaide this month.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Get Social in Adelaide With Science in the Pub


If you're quick you can catch the latest Science in the Pub, or tasty Museum Bites this month. Whoever said that learning isn't fun?

Free things to do in April include the zany Gravity Festival at Macclesfield, an Heirloom Festival in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and Nutella Palooza. All are free and are fun for kids and adults - but I wonder if there is a Vegemite festival on the horizon?

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School Holidays Activities: Come and Try Adelaide


Families with kids will appreciate the free school holidays activities for National Youth Week, although some take place before the holidays start. You can also come and try a range of sports in the school holidays but these activities for kids are not free.

Satisfy your market mania visiting the ABC Gardener's Market (gold coin admission), the Etsy Adelaide market at Unley, and the new Gathered market in Adelaide's Old Queens Theatre (gold coin).

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Australian Native Plants: Grevillea Apricot Glow


You'll find plant sales at Nangawooka Floral Reserve Open Day and the Autumn native plants sale at the showgrounds. Native plants are so much easier to grow and support our local wildlife.

Finally, fly high at the Murray Bridge Kite Festival, or see flying cows at Surreality Bites - Andrew Baines' latest art exhibition until April 9.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Historic Cummins House, a Popular Wedding Venue


The Beachside Food and Wine festival is the place to be this Saturday, although the Booleroo Centre attractions will be hard to beat: a steam and tractor rally this Sunday, and sheep races next weekend.

There's more fun things to do for foodies at charity events: a Market Feast at Burnside and a High Tea at historic Cummins House near Glenelg.

A whole heap is happening in the Adelaide Hills. The Sculpture Symposium looks awesome, the National Trust's Stangate House gardens are beautiful, or you can just get away for a dirty weekend in the hills.

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The Beautiful Adelaide Hills: Camelot Castle


Seeing the 40th birthday celebrations at the Military Vehicles Museum will be simply spectacular, with cannons firing, rides in a tank or Saracen armoured car - there's even a market. But if you're looking for something warm and cuddly then head for the Adelaide Animal Expo at the showgrounds.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Sneaky Pickle: American Style Food Adelaide


Food truck fans who follow Fork on the Road will be familiar with Sneaky Pickle, which has just opened a new restaurant in Adelaide. No need to chill out on the streets when you can sit down to enjoy their American style creations.

Also quite new is Fudd's hamburger restaurant, while the Little Fig Cafe south of Adelaide already has a devoted following. Have you tried their blueberry pancakes yet?

Up in the Barossa the 1918 Bistro and Grill may be pricey, but is perfect for a special occasion with friends.

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Get Close to a Blue Tongue Lizard at Animal Expo Adelaide


Our writers on the Fleurieu Peninsula have been digging the district to discover fun things to do in Yankallilla and Myponga which will be perfect for the Anzac Day weekend. If you live locally then don't miss the chance to share produce with Grow Free.

There are plenty of school holiday activities at Goolwa and in the Encounter Marine Park. You don't even need to wait for a long weekend to take a day trip to escape the city!
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