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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - July 2016

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Fun Things to Do: Ice Skating During Winter in Adelaide

Highlights of What's On in Adelaide
The cold July weather in Adelaide can encourage us to hibernate. To peek outside during a thunderstorm and gasp at the awesome power of nature at work. Or to listen in amazement as hail crashes above us with a thunderous roar.

But the average maximum temperature in Adelaide in July is 16 degrees. Cold, but easily bearable. After all, Seattle doesn't get much warmer in summer time.

There are exciting new fun things to do in Adelaide in July which will appeal to most people, enticing you from your warm coccoon. Music fans will love the new Umbrella Adelaide Festival with an awesome range of live music performances all about Adelaide, including free things to do like The Tram Sessions. The Umbrella Festival runs for three weeks, so get your winter wardrobe ready now.

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Cool: Amscol Ice Cream Vans at Torrens Parade Ground in 1950 (Image: State Library SA)

If great food and wine is more your thing, then the Alpine Winter Festival at Torrens Parade Ground is just for you. After feasting your fill on fine food and wine, then wander the markets or go for a spin ice skating. Organised by the team behind the Royal Croquet Club, there's free entry until 7pm.

An event that will warm you heart is Noah's Heart on Sunday July 3. Five year old Noah was the inspiration for this family fundraising day of fun for kids to help the world's homeless. (Entry charge applies).

If you really do want to stay indoors, July is an excellent month for comet watching. Find out why here.

At the beginning of July you can enjoy your food and wine in a particularly special way. The Truffle Adelaide Festival at the Adelaide Central Market over four days will show you how to use these fab fungi. If you can't cook, then you can eat truffles in tasty meals at selected market stalls. The Truffle Adelaide Festival culminates in a mouth watering Grand Truffle Luncheon on Sunday July 3.

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Is This Emu at Belair National Park an Election Candidate?

What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do
Families with children be quick, there's still time to register for the free Questacon Invention Convention. It's awesome educational fun for kids.

You also need to be quick to see Michael Leunig's exhibition. He is my very favourite cartoonist with his incisive wit and simplicity of expression.

Studio Potter's Open Day on Sunday the 10th brings an opportunity to admire locally made hand crafted goodies for gifts. Stay warm on the day with a warming winter soup in your very own pottery mug.

Nature play for children helps keep them healthy and more in touch with the environment. What better place to have natural fun for kids at Belair National Park, bring the whole family and build your own cubby - thousands of people joined in the fun things to do last year.

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Fine Dining Adelaide Style at Old Adelaide Gaol

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
The Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival attracted large crowds last year, and should be great fun. I've heard of some organisational issues resulting in long queues last year, but am sure they will have been sorted this time round.

An even more upmarket food and wine happening is on at the old Adelaide Gaol. It's probably not the first place that you would think to hold an exclusive evening of fine dining, but that's half the fun. Their Locked in Dinner is a black tie affair featuring a delicious three-course dinner presented by under chandeliers. It's certainly setting a trend because I've heard whispers of a similar event coming to Z Ward asylum later in the year.

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Find School Holidays Fun for Kids at Adelaide Festival Theatre

The July school holidays is bringing plenty of fun for kids, with Kids' Flicks and Workshops at The Mercury. At the Festival Theatre in Adelaide the school holidays brings Magical Bubble Wonderland, a spectacular show augmented with laser lighting, on for just two days.

Head for the Barossa Valley to take part in a school holidays favourite - Brick Barossa on July 16-17

Not for kids, but the CanQuiz Night is all about helping kids with cancer. A very worthy cause.

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Lost Attractions: Ice Skating on Hindley Street 1971 (Image: State Library SA)

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Our writers have been busily seeking out Adelaide's hidden secrets, and we have a few to share with you this month. Uncover a hidden gem - a secret library within a library. Or head to historic Port Adelaide to see a Mysterious Memorial to a tragic tale.

South of Adelaide you can discover a long forgotten juvenile reformatory which now brings a brighter future to many. There are many more lost attractions and long forgotten places in Adelaide.

North of Adelaide you will be surprised by some of the Top Spots to Visit in Tea Tree Gully. Or go to visit this whispering wall.

Finally, some more food and wine: tell us what you think is the Best French Patisserie in Adelaide, or just enjoy some warming winter comfort food at the Laksa House in King William Street.


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