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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - May 2016

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It's a massive month of exciting things to do
Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - May 2016

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Tasting Australia Town Square in Victoria Square


The Tasting Australia food festival kicks off in the first week of May, setting the flavour of the month. Don't be fooled by the printed brochure which may leave you gasping at the prices to gourmandise with gusto at grand gastronomic events. Town Square in Victoria Square is where more affordable experiences can be found, and there are many free things to do in Adelaide and elsewhere in SA.

Fork on the Road, the travelling party arm of Renewal SA is coming to Victoria Square on Sunday May 1 with fine food and wine, you can follow a market trail at Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market or learn about food production at Losing the Plot. Head to the Tasting Australia website to search for all the free things to do with great food and wine.

Also recommended for foodies is the Kodomo no Hi Japan cultural and food festival on May 1 ($2pp) and the Barossa Cheese and Wine Trail ($50pp).

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Town Square: Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth?


The folk at SA Tourism were so busy with Tasting Australia they didn't attend the government's forum on increasing Heritage Tourism in South Australia. Despite SA Tourism's disinterest, South Australia's History Festival will be a massively popular event in May, showcasing our heritage with hundreds of fun things to do in SA. (NB not all free).

Tour a disused silver mine, have an afternoon of family fun at a former asylum for the insane, or head for the hills in Willunga - and enjoy some fabulous food and wine while you're there.

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Don't Miss the Bus, Register Early for Festival Events (Image: State Library SA B-3996)


The popular History Day at the old Adelaide Gaol is back again on May 22 - admission is just $3pp. Alternatively escape the city for a fun Littlehampton History bus tour

If you haven't made plans for Mothers' Day yet, then the National Trust Heritage Festival has some great ideas, including pampering her at Beaumont House.
Early booking is recommended for all festival events to avoid disappointment.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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La Creperie - Fantastic Food at Upmarket Unley


Markets are fantastic for free things to do, and we have two new markets in Adelaide for you this month. The Little Black Market (1/5) and Etsy Adelaide Upmarket Unley are both car park markets which you should see. In the country the Meadows Country Market and the Strathalbyn Market make it a pleasure to escape the city.

On Mothers' Day the Flinders Street Market and Market Shed on Holland make for an inexpensive outing with mum. She will love to browse the market stalls, and both markets have delicious foods to eat. Another market highly recommended for mum is the Health and Wellness market, but that isn't until May 28.

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The Lily Pond at Anlaby Garden 1901 (Image: State Library SA B-58330-69)


We can't forget food fun for kids too - luckily the next Museum Bites is coming up, where kids can learn how to make and taste Chinese dumplings.

It's hard to pass up a free lunch - especially with the chance to join Sophie Thompson on a tour of the Anlaby Garden. But if all the talk of food is driving you to drink, then join us for the May Science in the Pub.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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The Heysen Trail: Walking Trails Through Beautiful Countryside in SA


A charity high tea, and ideas to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo festival in Adelaide continue the food theme in our fun things to do this month.

Swinging a sword at the Gumeracha Medieval Fair on May 7-8 may encourage your appetite again, while a charity walk on the Heysen Trail (22/5) certainly will.

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Another Memorable Event at Thebarton Theatre


More cultural types will enjoy a performance of Musée Haut Musée Bas (a Day at the Museum), or dance to the Hot Dub Time Machine at Thebarton Theatre. While you're in the western suburbs explore the other events there.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Yatala Gaol - Not on the Walking Tour of Adelaide Institutions


Our writers recommend regular walks, but don't be misled by the free tour of Adelaide Institutions - no correctional facilities are involved.

The Semaphore to Largs coastal walk is rewarding at this time of the year, and you will see a good range of flora and fauna. While in Semaphore you can get your history fix with some very unusual buildings too.

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Harts Mill at Port Adelaide Before Redevelopment


Spend a Sunday at the Port, watch for dolphins on the Loop Path, grab a bite at the Wild at Hart market while the children enjoy the activities for kids at the award winning Harts Mill playground. It's all awesome in Autumn at Port Adelaide.

No matter where you are in Adelaide it's not hard to find fabulous food and wine. The new Brklyn Bar is a winner, find fab breakfasts on Pirie Street, head out to the eastern suburbs for great coffee places, or check out the new Sneaky Pickle restaurant. Finally, there are some really great value meals in Adelaide that have to be tried to be believed.
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Why? May is the month for fun things to do at the History Festival and Tasting Australia
Where: Adelaide, SA
Cost: Mostly free
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