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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - May 2014

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This month's guide to what's on in Adelaide
Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - May 2014

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What to Do in Adelaide - Skateboarding at Avenue Rd Skate Park


After a relaxing time in April with the Easter and Anzac long weekends, the prospect of facing May without any public holidays is daunting for some of us. But while we can't give you any more holidays, we have lined up a whole heap of fun things to do in May for you.

Whether you're a food fanatic, like history and heritage buildings, or are looking for free activities for kids, we have got something for you in our roundup of what to do in Adelaide this month.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Tasting Australia's Town Square in Victoria Square


Tasting Australia - one of the country's premier food festivals is on from April 27 until May 4 in Adelaide and all the country regions of South Australia. While not everything in Tasting Australia is free, there are plenty of free events and you can find many of them at Town Square in our shiny new Victoria Square. Check out this article for tips on where to find the free things to do.

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Tasting Australia Chefs At Work Behind the Scenes


There's a special Tasting Australia Fork on the Road being held in Town Square on April 27 too, bringing you all of your fave food trucks using South Aussie ingredients. It's a family event and Adelaide kids will love this chance to get out and enjoy the entertainment and live music, so don't miss this one.

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Find A Taste of Spain at Tasting Australia's Fork on the Road


For people whose tastes lie more towards history then May brings a bonus for you. History SA and National Trust groups all about South Australia bring you a stupendous array of fun things to do during the About Time history festival. It doesn't matter whether you live in Adelaide or the country, there is something on for you - just be aware that not all are free, and some require booking. History doesn't need to be a dry topic, with the launch of Bar Yarns at pubs in Adelaide and the suburbs. Families with children can enjoy free theatre at Marion, and there is a whole new category of events with activities for kids.

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SA Film Corporation Adelaide Studios at the Old Glenside Hospital


Also on May 3-4 is Open House Adelaide, where you can explore some marvellous places that are usually not open to the public - free of charge. Take the Grote Eco Tour, explore an ultra modern award winning architect's office, or see inside the SA Film Corporation's studios in the amazing Glenside Hospital precinct. If you find it a challenge to use the paper guide, there's an app that you can download to help you plan your weekend.

The tall ship One & All is also having an open day on May 3 at Port Adelaide, with admission costing only $2.

There are two fun things to do that Adelaide kids will not want to miss - they aren't free events but the cost is minimal. The Kodomo No Hi Japan Festival only costs $2 and is packed with activities for kids, performances and traditional food. At the other side of town Sensory Stations at Coromandel Community Centre costs just $5 for the whole family, but you will need to book and pay in advance.

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For budding photographers the SA Today Photo Competition is free to enter, open for all ages, and runs on one day only. Why not find out whether you're a winning photographer?

If you must have a little retail therapy then check out the Belair Autumn Treasure Market, its a community fundraising event that's free for buyers and sellers.

Finally, May is your last chance to see the free South Australian Photographic Federation Annual Exhibition and the Insight Radical Exhibition at RiAus.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Woodside Cheese Wrights on the Onkaparinga Scenic Route


Look out for the Gumeracha Medieval Fair, a colourful historical recreation that Adelaide kids and their families flock to. It's held over an entire weekend, with story telling, archery competitions, craft stalls, and heaps more.

The family friendly Birdwood Farm Day is back again this month and it's packed with activities for kids. You can take the Onkaparinga Scenic Drive out there, and perhaps pick up some tasty cheeses or chocolate on the way home.

If your chosen premium degustation event at Tasting Australia has already been booked out, then perhaps consider this 5 course experience in Willunga. Or for a more modest outlay check out the Tasting Trail hosted by Adelaide Night Market on Sunday May 4, but you will need to book in advance.

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As the wetter weather closes in during Autumn you can keep warm inside during the Spanish Film Festival - just imagine that you're on a sun drenched beach in Barcelona and fight off the winter woes.

With all the cuts in the federal budget it's time to start living more sustainably - learn how at the Adelaide Eco Living Festival at the end of May. Or perhaps pick up some tips on how to be an entrepreneur at Entrepreneurs In Conversation - Females on the Frontline

Still stuck for ideas for fun things to do? The Fleurieu Peninsula is full of family fun, or check out Hayley's tips for what to do in Adelaide during May.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Robe Obelisk on the Limestone Coast


If you have been through the listings of what's on in Adelaide and are looking for something new then don't despair. Not all of our writers cover free events - new writer Jocose Yahn has been exploring the Adelaide Hills and discovered a long lost swimming hole. Or you can explore the SAHMRI building yourself.

On Melbourne Street Anne Lund has some recommendations on where to buy coffee, then you can sit down and read about what life in a youth prison was really like.

Adelaide's Limestone Coast is one of the regions of South Australia that has much to offer on a short break, and a trip from Adelaide to Mount Gambier needn't cost a lot. Find our what to see and do there. If you're interested in urban exploration, photography or railway history, there are plenty of lost railway stations to find.

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Enjoy Tasty Organic Produce at the Market Shed on Holland


During the cooler weather I love to visit a market and browse, and indoor markets like on Flinders Street , the Market Shed on Holland, and Myponga Markets are an easy way to spend a lazy day (and all are free). If fashion is your thing then the Round She Goes Market is back again this month too ($2 entry).
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