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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - June 2016

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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - June 2016

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Free Fun for Kids at St Kilda Adventure Playground


As memories of sunny summer slowly fade away, we're lucky that winter has been quite mild so far. At the St Kilda boat ramp there is still plenty of activity, and the recently renovated St Kilda adventure playground continues to attract large crowds of families to enjoy all the activities for kids.

With the federal election campaign under way, we're all finding ourselves the prey of a pack of politicians on a long and arduous election trail. Election signs are everywhere while smiling senators and mooning MP's litter the evening news bulletins. Luckily there are still plenty of fun things to do if you hunt through what's on in Adelaide, although in winter you may need to try harder.

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Senator Nick Xenophon & Boothby Candidate Karen Hockley: Fixing a Dog's Breakfast


For some reason the colder weather brings more markets in Adelaide, and there's plenty happening under cover. Read on for more about them, and some fabulous festivals in June.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Facepainting at Upmarket Unley Markets in Adelaide


Consuming food and wine are among the most popular topics on Weekend Notes, and free things to do in Adelaide like Museum Bites and Science in the Pub are natural choices for family fun. Both take place on June 3.

The Flinders Street Market have also sourced the best food and wine for the Winter Street Food Festival, and it's sure to be as busy as the Street Food Festival in December.

There are plenty of other markets in Adelaide happening this month - Blackwood Craft Market on the 5th, Hahndorf Pop Market and Meadows Country Market on the 12th, and Etsy Adelaide Upmarket Unley on the 19th.

There's another bargain book sale in Adelaide on June 26, so head over for a look if you're short of reading material.

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A Lively Country Pub: Sedan Hotel South Australia


Further afield you can find the Strathalbyn Market, or escape the city to the Sedan Swap Meet on June 19 ($3 entry). Be sure to wander the Sedan Heritage Trail while you're in town, an imagine how prosperous this town once was.

Looking for family fun for kids? Head to Bonython Park in Adelaide on June 5 for a Day of Real Play. It's all about unstructured nature play such as mud play and flying kites.

There are more activities for kids and opportunities for mud play at Breakout Creek in Lockleys too. On Saturday June 18 discover animal and plant life with BioBlitz, while the next day you can give nature a hand by planting trees there for Arbor Day.

In the Adelaide Hills at Upper Sturt, come to a free talk about funghi, or take the guided tour. More details soon, but watch out for those Blue Meanies!

Dedicated environmentalists will also want to hear about the proposed nuclear waste dump in South Australia at a free forum on June 9.

For something a little different visit the R.M Williams Outback Heritage Museum, or head down to Goolwa for the opening of the Dire Art Exhibition at the end of the month.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Magic x Wine: Sample a Hand Picked Selection From the Wine Rack


There are loads of fun things to do in June if you're prepared to open your wallet. The Magic X Wine show will be a magical mind reading moment on June 4, or have Dinner with a Scientist for charity on the 9th. For family fun for kids head to Disney on Ice which is in Adelaide from June 10-13.

The Sea and Vines festival in McLaren Vale is the perfect place to sample premium food and wine together. If you can still find accommodation it would make an awesome weekend away, finishing up with the Vale Market. Otherwise enjoy Dinner in the Dark at the National Wine Centre, but it will set you back $165.

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Exclusive Preview of Dinner in the Dark at National Wine Centre


Meanwhile men will head to the SA Truck & Ute Show, while the ladies check out the Clothed in Splendour clothes swap.

If you want to do something together try the Adelaide Cabaret Festival from June 10, Winter at the Wharf in Goolwa listening to Bob Dylan, or mellow out with music from the organ at St Peters College.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Sir Samuel Way Building in Adelaide: Heritage Reborn


When it's too cold or wet to wander outside, our writers have worked hard to bring you fun things to do and see around South Australia. Learn about the amazing castles in Adelaide, be inspired by our churches and cathedrals, and admire how our heritage buildings are being reborn.

Barry Silkstone showed some more of his awesome photography skills with a colourful look at Willunga's nature and history. It must take much patience to wait for the right moment for some of his shots.

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One of the Busy Dog Parks Near Me


Unfortunately my dogs refuse to stay inside for too long, so I need to take them to a new dog park occasionally. The Jo Gapper Dog Park in Hillbank is next on their list, with a bonus park for small dogs too.

I might reward myself with a visit to Hermanos Cubanos restaurant to try their unique range of Cuban sandwiches - they look amazing. Another place that comes with a recommendation is the Blue Bird Cafe in Adelaide
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Why? It may be winter but you can still find fun things to do in Adelaide
Where: All around South Australia
Cost: Mostly free
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On Sunday 5th June 2016 between 1 – 4pm, join Burnside Historical Society in a free viewing of the 173 year old Wheal Watkins Cornish mine, including looking into 2 tunnels from the entrance.
Limited parking is available at the end of Allandale Avenue, Glen Osmond, where guides will direct you to the mine. Enquiries to 0418 802 041.

Come along, bring your family and friends. Please note there are no toilets on site.

More info: https://www.weekendnotes.com/wheal-watkins-silver-mine-tours/
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