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There's so much to do this month
Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - October
What's On in Adelaide? Free Things to Do at the Port Festival
It seems that Adelaide jolted alive from Winter hibernation for the Moon Lantern Festival, when a crowd 35,000 people more than expected turned up. That should bring a smile to event organisers this month, since October is full of free festivals.
With the school holidays just starting many families will be looking for free things to do in Adelaide, and we have plenty of fun for kids and adults lined up for you. Some school holidays activities for kids will cost a few dollars, but many are free at Port Adelaide museums during the Port Festival this month.
Another free event with wide appeal is the new Losing the Plot exhibition telling the story of gardening for food in Adelaide since before European settlement. It's a pity there aren't any food trucks based there because it was enough to make me hungry.
Board a Retro Red Hen Railcar in Adelaide for the Port Festival (Image: National Railway Museum Archives)
Some of us need little excuse to visit a pub, and Citizen Science in the Pub on 2/10 is just the excuse. Others will prefer an free event outdoors like the Spice of Life Festival (4/10), and you can enjoy even more from the Spice Islands at Indofest 2015 the next day too. Both are engraved in my calendar.
The Festival of Architecture and Design might sound dry at first, but dig into the program and you'll find some very innovative ideas indeed. This largely free festival is going to be much bigger than last year (8-13/10). Also held over the same few days is the inaugural Tarnanthi Festival with an Art Fair showing the best of indigenous art from around Australia.
Open House Adelaide: One of the Free Things to Do at the Festival of Architecture and Design
The Festival of Now (free event) celebrating World Mental Health Day is on October 9 in Adelaide's Rundle Park. Unfortunately details were unavailable at time of writing, but it will be based on last year's event.
Also on the same day is the Adelaide Fyaway Festival (another free event). Now that is going to be a hard choice to make! On the Sunday you can work up an appetite and feel good by helping keep South Australia's beaches clean with Sea Shepherd.
Fork on the Road at Wittunga Botanic Garden Will Be Huge
Our last free festival is possibly the most unusual - the Future Transport Festival on October 25 will look at sustainable transport alternatives in Adelaide. Do we really need a nuclear power station for all our electric cars? This is the place to find out.
Lastly if you have had enough of festivals, you may just want to have a quiet picnic in the park. It's free fun if you BYO food and drink.
The Humbug Scrub Wildlife Sanctuary has a Family Fun Day on October 5 for just a gold coin admission, take the kids for a school holidays treat to the Circus Royale at Bonython Park, or take the Photographic Challenge for charity on October 8. You'll find fun things to do whichever you choose.
Some say that the start of the Speedway Season is enough to wake the dead, but I doubt that the Zombie walking undead will be stopped in their tracks. Does that sound a bit too creepy? Then branch out to a Bonsai Show instead - they are all on October 10.
Great photos Dave....particularly street scene at the Port.So many wonderful old buildings there.For so so many years we have heard this area will be developed,but very there is so much more to do,to make it it into a top tourist attraction.