Looking for ways to spend some time with family and friends this November without breaking the bank? With plenty of free events coming up, we've got you covered. There is something for everyone including markets, tea gatherings, new sporting opportunities, parades, a Remembrance Day service, guided walks, music performances and the Lifesaving World Championships. Whatever it may be, you're sure to find something for you and your family to enjoy for free around the capital of South Australia this November.
Alongside tea artists from all over the world, the Art Gallery of South Australia plays hosts to the World Tea Gathering. Performing spontaneous and unique tea experiences throughout the Gallery, individual artists will weave their own ideas into the traditions of many tea ceremonies. This will include creative discussions, performances and immersive tea drinking. Visit the website for the detailed program, times and locations.
Time: Refer to program Venue: Art Gallery of South Australia Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 Phone: 08 8207 7000
In its seventh year running, the Moonlight Markets is a family friendly event for every age. It has an average nightly turnout of 10,000 people from all over Adelaide. You can browse over 90 craft, fashion, and food stalls offering plenty of new things to see, try and buy. Music, entertainment, craft activities and a playground for children will also add to the already buzzing atmosphere of this fun-packed local event. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 6pm – 10pm Venue: Throndon Park Address: Hamilton Terrace, Newton, Adelaide, SA 5074
The market features around 80 stalls, all of which offer a range of items from fruits, vegetables and baked goods to second-hand treasures, knick-knacks, small furniture, jewellery, books, snacks and beverages. Organised by the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay, the market is a brilliant way to spend a lovely Spring day with family and friends. Wander the stalls to pick something you fancy or sit and enjoy the music and enjoy the free activities. Visit the website for more information.
Ever thought of trying a new sport or activity like rowing a dragon boat? Now you can get a taster with the Adelaide Phoenix Dragon Boat Club. Simply get into a tee-shirt and shorts (or gym wear) and some shoes you don't mind getting wet. Bring along a raincoat just in case it might rain, and a water bottle to keep hydrated. The session will run for around an hour before heading back to the Sailing Club for some refreshments. With the warm weather coming, it's the perfect time to try something new on the water. Visit the website to register for free!
Time: 6.10pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Aquatic Reserve West Lakes
Address: Bower Road, West Lakes, SA 5021
Christmas comes early to Adelaide with the Credit Union Christmas Pageant. In its 86th year running, this is a family event not to be missed. There will be floats, bands, dancers and clowns there to mark the arrival of Father Christmas. Over 60 floats, 260 clowns and 170 moving performing sets will lead the way from the corner of King William Street and South Terrace to find Father Christmas in his exquisite sleigh. The appearance of fairy tale and fantastic costumes, colourful clowns, marching bands, dancers and other characters are sure to delight both adults and kids. For more information, visit the website.
Venue: City of Adelaide
Address: Corner of King William St and South Terrace (Start), David Jones, Level 2, Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall, Adelaide (End)
This day marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the fighting of the First World War. A minute's silence is observed in honour of those who served and sacrificed, and for those who continue to do so today all across Australia. Refreshments will be served after 5.30pm and all activities will be presented at the Australian Imperial Force section of the West Terrace Cemetery. There will also be a presentation which will take you back in time, from the very beginning with the Declaration of War, to the conflict on Flanders Field and the Ode for the Fallen. Visit the website for more details and to book your free tickets.
Time: 5.30pm - 8.15pm (Service starts at 6.45pm)
Venue: West Terrace Cemetery – AIF Section
Address: 161 West Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000
13 & 18 Nov – Free Guided Walk by the Friends of Belair National Park
Each month, the Friends of Belair National Park conduct guided nature walks on the second Tuesday of the month (as well as the following Sunday) between the months of April and November. This walk aims to let visitors view native plants in flowering. Walks can go for around two hours and start at 2pm. To join in, simply make your way to the Green Shed at Belair National Park by 1:45pm. Entrance to the park is free for this event. For more information, visit the website.
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Belair National Park
Address: Upper Sturt Rd, Belair SA 5052
Phone: 08 8278 5477
16 to 18 Nov – Australian Beach Games Bech Party and Food Truck Carnivale Semaphore
In one of the biggest events of the weekend, the Food Truck Carnivale will find itself on the Semaphore Beach in Adelaide together with the Australian Beach Games. You and your family can enjoy a scrumptious feed from over 15 food trucks, live music all through the weekend, a beach and sports bar, carnival rides, a jumping castle, an outdoor cinema and more! Created to bring all things Australians love about the beach together with their passion for sport and food, this event is perfect for the warmer weather and for family and friends. Visit the website for more details.
Time: Check website for program and timings
Venue: Semaphore Beach
Address: Semaphore SA 5019
20 Nov – Lifesaving World Championships Opening Ceremony and National Teams Parade
Photo courtesy of Surf Life Saving South Australia
Occurring once every two years, the Lifesaving World Championships is an exciting event which showcases excellence in surf and rescue. With over 4,000 competitors and officials from all over the world, this event runs for two weeks and offers a range of competitions within surf sports and rescue. Some of the most talented and skilful surf sport and rescue competitors will come together to compete for the title of the World's best. You can enjoy the Opening Ceremony and National Teams Parade as a spectator. For more information about this event, visit the website.
Time: From 5.30pm
Address: Jetty Road, Glenelg, City of Holdfast Bay, South Australia
23 Nov – Australian Landscape - A Concert in the Round
Using variations of musical instruments, this performance explores the vast Australian landscapes through the sounds of music at the Madley Rehearsal Space in the University of Adelaide. Works by Sculthorpe, Dreyfus, Charles, Lumsdaine and Pusz are delivered by violinist Patricia Pollett, pianist Rodney Smith, guitarist Oliver Fartach-Naini, flautist Melanie Walters and percussionist Ryszard Pusz, Professor Charles Bodman Rae will present a pre-concert speech. This event is organised by Ryszard Pusz, Head of Percussion at the School of Music, Adelaide Institute of TAFE who has performed in Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, USA and Australia. Visit the website to register your free tickets.
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Madley Space Adelaide University
Address: Kintore Ave, Adelaide, SA 5000