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Top Free Things to Do in Adelaide - October

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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.

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Board a Retro Red Hen Railcar in Adelaide for the Port Festival (Image: National Railway Museum Archives)


The gay and LGBTIQ community is celebrating the 40th anniversary of law reform in South Australia this month with the Come Out! Come Out! Festival, and a free exhibition at the State Library being one of the other key events.

There are so many free things to do in October that we have only covered the cream of the crop this month - read on to find out more about what's on in Adelaide.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Feast on Fabulous Food at Indofest and the Spice of Life Festival (Image: Dapurkoe)


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.

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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.

If you can't resist browsing market stalls then try the annual Unley Community Market and the ever popular ABC Gardener's Market on October 10, or the Wattle Street market stalls on October 17,

The first ever Cyprus Festival (free event) showcases Cypriot culture on October 11, Adelaide Motorsport Festival revs up in Adelaide and the regions from October 16-18, while Fork on the Road flees the city to the serenity of Wittunga Botanic Garden on October 17.

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.

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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.

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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Halloween 2015 - Zombie Walk Adelaide


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.

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Join in a Film Festival at the Capri Theatre


The Adelaide Film Festival and an International Silent Film Festival will cover you if you haven't signed up for Netflix yet, but the Fleurieu Folk Festival is not for couch potatoes.

I love to browse antiques and collectables whether I find them at market stalls or in a shop. For some rather special collectables check out the Arms and Militaria Fair where you'll find some things that may also be found at the Military Vehicles Museum.

Something to look forward to is the new aerial adventure park at West Beach - we can't wait.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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Take the Aldgate Valley Nature Walk


After squeezing as many fun things to do into your schedule as possible, you may just want to relax at an Open Garden. But if you do have energy left, Steve Hudson has mapped out the beautiful Sea to Summit Trail with plenty of things to see and do, and a scenic Hahndorf Heritage Walk.. For more serenity and solitude try the Aldgate Valley Nature Walk.

Fortunately our writers have also dug the dirt on diners too, with a new review of Larry and Ladd Cafe, and recommendations for the Top 7 Breakfasts on Flinders St, and the Best Japanese Restaurants in Rundle Mall.
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Thx Dave for the excellent summary. There is lots happening this Spring.
by Steve Hudson (score: 3|1245) 1168 days ago
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.
by noelp (score: 3|1187) 1166 days ago
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