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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - July 2015

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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - July 2015

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Fork on the Road, One of Many Food and Wine Festivals in Adelaide


Eat, drink and be merry because there are more fabulous festivals on the way - at least six food and wine events in July will keep you in good cheer. Stay tuned for another Fork on the Road in July too.

Just please remember as you drink your Coonawarra red with some fine Fleurieu Peninsula cheese - the Environmental Defender has been protecting South Australia's food bowl for many years. This is about to come to an end unless you help them, because the federal government no longer supports protecting the environment.

Oh yes, if you're quick you can still catch the free SteamRanger Rhythm and Rail Open Day at Mount Barker on June 28. Train rides will set you back a few dollars but it's all round family entertainment and great fun for kids.

Read on for more free things to do in Adelaide this month.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Previewing Violet Verses, Commemorating the Centenary of Violet Day


It seems unfair that much of the documented history of World War 1 relates to men, especially when you discover how tirelessly women worked to support them. At the beginning of July, Luminart and History SA have combined to bring you a spectacular free event commemorating the centenary of Violet Day. The free Violet Verses light show at Torrens Parade Ground celebrates a uniquely South Australian tradition started by the gutsy women of the Cheer Up Society a hundred years ago. Rug up well for more family entertainment!

It wasn't only city people who pulled together though, many country towns lost the cream of their young men fighting England's war. Mount Pleasant like many other towns was hard hit, and it's heart warming to see that Mount Pleasant has its own special free event commemorating Violet Day too.

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Foodie Fun in July - More Food and Wine Festivals


Food and wine takes a prominent place in what's on in Adelaide in July. Semplice at the Published Arthouse is a free gourmet event on Friday July 3 which sounds totally tantalising. The Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival (July 10-12) will be a big hit too, but is definitely not free.

Head for the Adelaide Hills to the Blackwood Rotary Art Show (July 9-12), or satisfy your market mania south of Adelaide at Once Upon a Market. Speaking of markets, the Pre-loved Treasure Op Shop is another good place to visit, and it's right next door to the free Repat Museum.

The Gawler Festival of Words (July 17-26) has some free events, and is just the excuse you need to visit this wonderful old town. Gawler's character is fast changing as new housing subdivisions are established all about, but for now it retains its country charm. And of course, it is just down the road from the Barossa if you need any more temptation to indulge yourself.

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Fun for Kids Incuding a Steam Engine and Bunyip at Murray Bridge Wharf


The July school holidays is the time to escape the city with a day trip to Murray Bridge and its Bunyip. While you're there take a wander around our newest State Heritage listed place - the Murray Bridge Transport Precinct to learn more about SA history and the important role that the town played.

The brand new Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail is another of the free things to do south of Adelaide. Or if you're a Adelaide parklands user have your say about how they should change to suit your needs. Just be quick - consultation finished July 17, and there are some amazing ideas up already.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Find School Holiday Activities and Fun for Kids in a Museum


Families with children will already be hunting activities for kids during the July school holidays. Museums in Adelaide and the suburbs have come up many school holiday activities to put a smile on your child's face.

There's plenty more fun for kids south of Adelaide in this list of ideas for the school holidays.

Head to Mount Pleasant for inexpensive fun things to do for kids, but remember you will need to book in advance.

At the Art Gallery of SA Treasures by Lantern is an exciting school holidays activity which will be very popular (July 6-10). Meanwhile Glenelg's Winter Wonderland has returned, so rug up and enjoy ice skating at the beach in July.

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Don't Miss The Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival at the Showgrounds


Take your pick of foodie fun at Seņorita Seņorita on July 17, the Willunga Almond Blossom Festival from July 25, or eat to help the Big Issue at The Big Lunch fundraiser (July 26).

Finally, if the way to your heart is through your ears, don't miss the South Coast Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert on July 5.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Which SA Town Name Uses Only Two Letters?


Despite the terrorist threat our writers have been searching all about South Australia to bring you new experiences. We combed from prickly places like the Lost Cactus Ranch to the town with only two letters in search of fun things to do.

If you can avoid the honeypot trap of world class wineries, there are actually other things to see and do in the Barossa. Soak up the history of Bethany on a historical walk, or find there's a lot that you didn't know about Truro.

The best way to keep warm in winter is exercise, and writer Paul Gould speaks highly of Gluepot Reserve in the Riverland.

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Shared Use Trails at the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park


There are many great places for cycling and mountain biking closer to home too, including the shared use trails at Craigburn Farm, Sleeps Hill Quarry Reserve, Torrens Linear Park, and the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park.
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