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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - August 2016

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
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Get High at the Alpine Winter Village on the Camel Rides


Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in August
August in South Australia sees the temperature climb an average 1 degree, with 5mm less rainfall in the month. It's not exactly beach weather yet, but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Adelaide in August.

This is the month for the SALA Festival with free events all about South Australia showcasing art in all its forms. You don't have to be an art lover to enjoy these - check out the SALA Festival highlights for many free things to do which are family events with fun for kids.

Head out to Magill for The Art of Gardens (free event), keep warm with Pottery After Dark (Aug 12-14, free event), find a pop-up art gallery in Adelaide (free event), or escape the city to Kiki for some unusual displays of artworks In the Gallery while enjoying some refreshments.

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See the Steve Irwin at Port Adelaide During Operation Jeedara (Image: Sea Shepherd)


Also in August Operation Jeedara brings you fun things to do around the state. From historic Port Adelaide to Granite Island you can help protect our pristine natural environment while having a good time.

Live music fans can still get their fix at the Umbrella Festival until August 7, and if you're really quick you can head down to the Alpine Winter Village until the end of July.

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Waffles and Coffee at Flinders Street Market


What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do
Budding genealogists will take advantage of the free things to do in August for Family History Month, but the rest of you will be getting your teeth into the Sweet Tooth Festival at the popular Flinders Street Market.

There's great bargains to be had at the Finders Keepers Market on August 12-14 ($2 entry), more fun for kids and their families at the Roboroos Open Day, and a gourmet afternoon with Fork on the Road food trucks at the Morphettville Racecourse on the same day.

Traditionally it's usually the judiciary and the religious who love to dress up, but on International Cosplay Day anyone can have a go. It's one of the many free things to do in the Botanic Gardens Adelaide.

And don't forget, the SALA Festival is on all month. We only listed a tiny proportion of events in the article, so check the online program for more.

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A Glass of Wine to Help Dogs? Yes Please!


Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
August must be the month for charities, which are being more innovative in creating fun things to do to raise funds. Walk a Mile in My Boots for the Hutt St Centre, or have Nostalgia Night at The Capri.

Later in the month you can join me for a glass (or two) of wine at Pours for Paws ($5, and what better excuse for a drink), or just guzzle a Big Glass of Wine for Science Week.

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There Are So Many Fun Things to See and Do in August


The arts have suffered slashed funding lately so it's important we patronise performances such as The Matchmaker at the Goodwood Institute. Perhaps pop in to Science Alive first on the weekend, it's just down the road at the Wayville Showgrounds.

Game players will check out the exciting new Undercover Adelaide which is only here for a short time, but for the full deal of games galore head out to scenic Mannum on the River Murray and have a blast at the Game Obsession Expo. Try games of a more intellectual variety at a Heritage Hypothetical in Adelaide.

While gay marriage is still some distance away, other young lovers will be at sunny Seacliff for the Happily Ever After Starts Here Bridal Expo on August 13.

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Find Great Food and Wine All About Adelaide


Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Great food and wine is enough to tempt the most ardent homebody out in winter, and we have more suggestions for you this month. Entropy at Thebarton is a secluded spot worth a look, or escape the city with our guide to the best places in Willunga for food and drink. Sample the delights of Port Willunga too as it's just down the road.

While you're down south, marvel at the amazing efforts of our early settlers. Gelati fans in Adelaide should give 48 Flavours a taste test, and see if they live up to their name.

Take a winter walk in the parklands while you can, because they are shrinking every year. It's much easier work than the Sturt Gorge Walking Trails but without the range of wonderful wildlife.

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Punters at the First Event at Martindale Racecourse (Image: State Library SA PRG-280-1-19-175)


The cooler weather is a pleasant time to escape the city on a road trip. Visit the Gilbert Valley, or the nearby Clare Valley to see Martindale Hall at Mintaro. There's still no news on the unsolicited bid to make Martindale Hall a wellness retreat for the wealthy, but the National Trust SA has launched a strong alternative proposal with strong community backing.

But if the weather is getting you down, stay snug at home and browse some unique sights with Ten Adelaide Firsts in Pictures.
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Your Comment
Thanks for linking in the Roboroos Open Day!
by Jenny (score: 3|1573) 448 days ago
Great round up Dave. No excuse to sit at home and be bored.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|3750) 447 days ago
I do love Adelaide, have fond memories of being there!
by Elaine (score: 3|4140) 448 days ago
Wow, this one is jam-packed! Without you, I'd never know about 90% of this stuff, so thank you!
by Skudg (score: 1|17) 445 days ago
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