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Many people in Adelaide have enthusiastically caught FIFA World Cup fever this month, even taking to Victoria Square to watch the matches live on the big screen in the rain. But the rapidly cooling weather has driven others indoors to enjoy some retail therapy at indoor markets like the Market Shed on Holland and the Flinders Street Markets.
Renowned street artist Peter Drew has been busy in June, posting art that tells the stories of asylum seekers in detention. You can still find many of these moving works around the city, although some have now been removed.
Finding new cafes also offers a welcome diversion in winter, and I have seen a few pop up in my neighbourhood lately. More news on these soon. But if you're in the Mall and want a quick snack, it's worth trying Combeeze the new kid on the block.
Also right up there in the technology stakes, July is Social Media Month bringing free things to do in Adelaide city and the regions of South Australia. Find out how to stay connected with friends in the digital age at the free events around the state.
Not something to celebrate, but Futility: ICU and The Voice of Reason is a free lecture at Uni SA which explores issues around dying. Much as we avoid thinking about it, we all have to face these issues with a loved one.
It may seem a long way away but the Bay to Birdwood is coming again in September, and Motorfest 2014 gives motoring enthusiasts a way stretch the fun over two weeks. As many of the fun things to do require booking in advance, check out the program now to make sure you don't miss out!
The Adelaide Central Markets is hosting school holiday activities for kids. Some are free things to do while others cost a few dollars, but you're bound to find something tempting for yourself at the same time. While we're back on markets, take a look at our new article on the Woodville markets.
Not Free, but Fun Things to Do
The Maritime Museum Port Adelaide Operates the Steam Tug Yelta
If you're quick there may still be time to take a Port River cruise on the Maritime Museum's steam tug Yelta. For $20 you get free museum admission too, but book early.
The Feast Film Festival runs until July 6, and is a rare opportunity to see some quality gay and lesbian films in Adelaide. There's something for almost everyone in the program.
You don't need to be French (or revolting) to celebrate Bastille Day at the South Australian Museum. It's another family event, with activities for kids as well as champagne and some fine foods for adults. Remember to book for this one too, as it's held on July 13.
Dog and cat lovers who have not microchipped their pets yet can benefit from the Discount Day run by the City of Charles Sturt. Bookings are essential.
You can go ice skating outdoors at Glenelg until July 27 - what a way to chill out, but don't forget your winter woolies.
If you're looking for what to do in Adelaide over the school holidays, don't miss when the Circus Train comes to the Port at the national railway museum. If you're a museum member this is another free event.
With the announcement that two railway lines in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia are closing, I may need to update my article about abandoned railway stations soon.
South Australia has seen a sad decline in its railway network since the grand days when the Islington Railway Workshops were a jewel in the state's crown. Once the largest industrial complex in the southern hemisphere, they continue to shrink in size as the land around is redeveloped.
For more suggestions of what to do in Adelaide, read Hayley's great roundup of winter fun things to do.