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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - September 2015

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Top Free Things to do in Adelaide - September 2015

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Z Ward Glenside, a Scary Place at Night


In the dying days of August there is still a short time left to get your fill of visual arts at a SALA Festival free event, and where better than in the Botanic Gardens? Alternatively the National Trust of SA is hosting Bad Girls: Into the Light at the iconic Z Ward of Glenside Hospital for two days only.

Of course visual arts are not to everyone's taste. Other free things to do include the Warradale Army Barracks Open Day with family entertainment, go camping free with Dad on Father's Day, or take him to celebrate the day in style at the National Railway Museum (not free).

Also in August (29-30) the Open Gardens displays in Adelaide will give you some great ideas for just $8 entry.

There are plenty of markets and other fun things to do for all ages coming up in September - read on for more.

What's On in Adelaide - Free Events

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Sturt River Linear Park at Coromandel Valley


Spring is a beautiful time to escape the city even if you can't leave your technology behind. How about a free Facebook workshop in Coromandel Valley on September 4? This scenic walking trail is nearby and worth a look after your workshop. Or take a drive to the Fleurieu Peninsula and wander the Willunga Spring Fair over the weekend. There's bound to be some awesome local food and wine on offer too.

I will definitely be going to the Tennyson Dunes Open Day on the 13th to take one of a range of six guided walking tours with experts. Register to guarantee a tour place at this free event.

Shopaholics are in for a treat in September with a 50 cent book sale (12/9), Once Upon a Market returns on the 13th, Uraidla Producers Market on the 20th, Strathalbyn Markets on the 20th, and the Stirling Laneways Market on the 27th. The Round She Goes Market is on the 29th but will cost you a couple of dollars entry.

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Strathalbyn Markets


The Deep Creek Conservation Park's Free Family Fun Day on the 20th will be great fun for kids, and the Moon Lantern Festival (27/9) is one of my favourite Adelaide attractions with plenty of free family entertainment.

The Bay to Birdwood Classic car rally is another free event with loads of things to see and do. This year you get two chances to join in the fun, with the Bay to Birdwood Classic on Rundle Street (13/9) followed by the main Bay to Birdwood Classic event two weeks later.

Are cars not your thing? Harness the power of your dreams with a free workshop on 26-7

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do

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The Royal Show is Packed With Fun Things to Do in Adelaide


Probably the best loved of Adelaide attractions is The Royal Show from September 4-13. It's the best fun for kids period, but this spectacular family entertainment doesn't come cheap. Here's a few ideas on how to save money at the Adelaide Show so that you get the best bang for your buck.

Do your plans often come unstuck? Perhaps joining this Prophet School (5/9) might give you an extra edge? If not then pamper yourself at this Barossa Wellbeing Festival (12-13/9) although you may need to find your food and wine elsewhere.

For more physical activity try sailing on the One & All (6/9), celebrate Mexico's Independence Day (12/9), or take a bloody long walk for charity (13/9),

Later you can unwind at a Suzuki Music Concert or admire vintage fire equipment at Carrick Hill - both on the 20th.

Other Things to See and Do in Adelaide

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The Albert Mill in Nairne SA


Our readers are always more interested in food and wine than fun things to do during winter. Luckily we have reviews of Red Cacao Cafe and Pollen 185 Cafe from new writer Benjum. Also newly reviewed are the Albion Hotel, Nu Thai and Naya Bar.

Spring is a lovely time to visit Nairne in the Adelaide Hills, and Steve takes us on a tour of the Nairne Mural and Historic Walk with a wonderful image of the pig run to Chapmans Smallgoods.

While you're in the area take the Oakbank Heritage Walk too. It's just a pity that Pike's Brewery is no longer around to offer refreshments along the way, but Steve recommends sampling Johnston's Cordials from the cellar door.

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Abandoned Amusement Parks: Restaurant at Puzzle Park Adelaide


The stories of other Adelaide attractions that have been lost makes a good read. It's surprising how many places like Dazzleland and the Lakeside Leisure Park have been lost over time.
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Informative article Dave, you are a great advocate for Adelaide.
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