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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - April 2015
Caravan Travel to the Flinders Ranges is Popular During School Holidays
April is one of the best months of the year. The frenzy of the Fringe Festival and Festival of Arts are a diminishing memory. The weather is mild. And there are public holidays coming up for Easter and Anzac Day.
Those depressing people who think Adelaide is boring will say there aren't any fun things to do, but they are so wrong. People often desert the Adelaide attractions in the school holidays to explore the regions of South Australia. The Yorke Peninsula often gets packed. Towns around the Flinders Ranges experience their busiest times. The Limestone Coast is perfect to visit - cool but not yet cold.
But if you're staying in town we've got heaps of free things to do in Adelaide. One of my favourites at the moment is the Comfortably Numb Exhibition at the University of South Australia. It's awesome free school holidays family entertainment, but remember to take a few dollar coins with you. You'll see why.
If you're interested in built and cultural heritage, the Australian Heritage Week in April will give you a taste of what to expect at About Time History Festival in May. Keep your eyes peeled!
What's On in Adelaide - Free Events
Don't Miss the Beachside Food and Wine festival in Adelaide's Southern Suburbs
If you thought we've finished with festivals then you're dead wrong. The Meadows Easter Fair runs for four days from April 3 with wholesome food and activities for kids. Hot on its heels is the Semaphore Kite Festival starting the next day. And do not miss the Beachside Food and Wine Festival on April 18, a fabulous food fest being held over two locations with plenty of fun for kids and adults.
There's also a chance to mingle with the Muslim community at the Al Salam Peace Festival on April 26. It's a practical way to see more than the stereotypes spread in the popular press.
Animal lovers will be out in force to support SA Dog Rescue's Birthday Bash at sunny Semaphore on April 12. I'm still working on new outfits for my dogs to wear in the fashion competition.
Despite the government's financial woes, Renewal SA is still busily hosting parties. Their latest Sunday Vibes in Elder Park is sure to be a subtle attempt to sway your views on Riverbank. It's probably about the office tower that nobody wants that the government wants to build in the parklands - on land donated to an interstate developer.
The Barossa Vintage Festival from April 15-19 is one of the major Adelaide attractions, bringing tourists from Australia and overseas. If only the Barossa wine train was back in operation to make the trip home easier!
Keen home gardeners should note their diaries with the Autumn Garden Festival on April 19.
The Adelaide Roller Derby on April 11 is top family entertainment indoors, or consider school holidays theatre classes which are educational fun for kids. Finally, help an animal hospital in need by coming to see Koala Kapers on May 2 - it features top award winning comedians and is for a great cause!
With everyone (but me) heading off in the school holidays to various regions of South Australia, I thought I'd focus briefly on the Flinders Ranges and Yorke Peninsula.
I recently took a road trip through the mid north of South Australia to the Flinders Ranges. Passing through the ghost town of Terowie I stayed in Peterborough, a town full of railway history. You'll find more about Peterborough attractions here, although unfortunately I had to return before the Arts and Cultural Festival started. It is on now, so if you're heading north take a look.
Also, on Anzac Day you can remember the era of WW2 troop trains at Quorn. The Pichic Richi Railway is hosting Tracks to War: Anzac day in Quorn. Great family entertainment if the railway enthusiasts haven't booked out the event.