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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - August

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A Nautilus Made by Fab Lab Adelaide for the SALA Exhibition


Last month's article about what is on in Adelaide had an emphasis on activities for children due to the school holidays, but this month there are plenty of things to do for people of all ages.

From festivals to feasts, art to science, with a few markets thrown in the mix, you are guaranteed to find something in August to get you about Adelaide and enjoying yourself.

Most things listed this month are free, but I have included a few things that are well worth spending a little money on too.

If you think I have missed anything major, then please feel free to share it with us all in the comments.

What is On in Adelaide - Free Events

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SALA Exhibits Are in the Art Gallery of SA and Around the State


August is positively littered with Festivals, and each one has a swag of events to choose from. It's like Mad March has returned.

Art
The Free SALA Festival alone has more than 500 individual exhibitions catering for all tastes - if you can't find anything in their program to catch your fancy then don't despair. It's on from August 2-25 at locations all about Adelaide and country areas.

Of course the Art Gallery of SA will be joining with other SALA venues by hosting a heap of free and low cost workshops and things to do including kids activities.

Finally, the Labyrinth of Dreams Art Exhibition will be a one night stand on August 1. Held in a western suburbs fish factory, this unusual exhibition will both tease and please you with its fishy imagery.

Science

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Colourful Laser Cut Birds at SALA Exhibition


It's National Science Week from August 10-18 and it promises plenty of free things to do in Adelaide and country areas. Check out the website with its easy to use event locator helping you easily find something that you like.

One thing I won't miss is a blend of Art and Science - a SALA Exhibition of beautiful digitally created works by those wonderful wizard techies at Fab Lab Adelaide. Digital fabrication may sound a bit dry and boring but I assure you it's not - it's something that is already impacting on us all now.

Located in the iconic RiAus building in Adelaide's Exchange Place, the SALA Exhibition showcases the artistic uses for digital technology and will also explain how exhibits have been made. This place will be a winner for adults and kids, and will boost interest in the free facilities at Fab Lab.

Culture
The first ever Word Adelaide Festival (August 15-18) is Adelaide's latest arrival on the scene. I'm going to save my words and let another writer explain it for you. Not all events are free but hey, remember how much lawyers and politicians cost us per word.

Feasts
The Barossa Gourmet Weekend from August 16-18 needs no introduction. Even if you're a non drinker, the marvellous food on offer is enough to encourage you to excesses. The festival is free but of course the food isn't - don't forget to browse the website for other fun activities in conjunction with the Gourmet Weekend.

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Champagne Flows Freely at Last Year's Targa


Exciting Things to Do in the Adelaide Hills
If the Targa Adelaide Car Rally (August 21-25) doesn't make your adrenaline rush and your ears shrivel as competitors fly though the Adelaide Hills, then there's no help for you. The opening Night Stage at Wayville Showgrounds isn't free, but it's a winner for a family outing with activities for children included.

South of Adelaide the Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend on August 10-11 gives you an opportunity to explore back vintages and museum wines in the scenic rural setting of Langhorne Creek. Will you go on the Freeway, or take the scenic route?

History
Regular readers will always expect me to mention history somewhere in an article, but this time I will let fellow writer and superlative photographer Paula McManus tell you about the
Dutch Tall Ships Visit. Definitely worth a look, and I understand it will be a family day with heaps of kids activities too.

Markets
The new free Market at The Mill takes place on Thursday August 1 from 6pm - 10pm. The Mill is a recently opened shared space for artists and other creative people, and Market at The Mill will give residents an opportunity to showcase their creations, to drink and be merry. I know that Little Big Cheese Co has catered there previously - this time you may find their other business Low and Slow American BBQ supporting Veggie Velo.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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The Belgian Beer Cafe in Adelaide's East End


The Free Beer Show at the Belgian Beer Cafe between August 12-15 may be free, but I think you will need to open your wallet before you wet your whistle. Surprisingly it's sponsored by the State Government as part of Science Week, so it must be good for you.

Strathalbyn is renowned for its antiques and collectibles stores, so the Strathalbyn Collectors, Hobbies and Antiques Fair should be a hit. Admission is $10 for adults, and under 18's entry is free. There's also a Trash & Treasure market on Sunday - entry by gold coin donation.

There's still time to rug up and catch the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival which runs from July 27 to August 3. It's a great cheap warm-up for the Royal Show.

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The Science Alive Exhibition Takes Place at Wayville Showgrounds


And finally, the Science Alive Exhibition at Wayville Showgrounds is free for children but not for adults, and is a great family outing with heaps of activities for children. Don't miss it.

Fun Activities in Adelaide

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A Quarry at Sleeps Hill


Exploring
We seem to have a quarry theme in the latest parks that we have explored - the Sleeps Hill Quarry Trails, McElligott's Quarry Reserve, and Randell Park all have quarries with historical and archaeological remains to be seen. Hiking or mountain bike riding through these parks south of Adelaide is one way to keep warm in the cooler months, and there's lots of native flora and fauna to see too.

If you have a bit more time on your hands, consider the Dares Hill Tourist Drive - it's an awesome way to find out more about South Australia's mid north.

Too far away? Try exploring about Adelaide's inner suburbs or in the Adelaide Hills.

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Nettle Foods at Fullarton Markets


Markets
The Fullarton Market is the latest that we have reviewed on Weekend Notes, find out more about this popular market here.

Food
You can't go through the whole month without treating yourself, and after working through the list of things to do it's only fair. It will cost you money to visit popular Latin American restaurant United Latino Cocina, but you can enjoy it in the knowlege that you've saved with our other free recommendations.

For something cheaper local writer Justin Ong recommends the Zen Kitchen in Adelaide's Renaissance Arcade. They offer a good range of menu options for under $10, and it makes a change from hunting about Adelaide's Chinatown. Enjoy.
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