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Top Things to Do in Adelaide - May 2018

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Get lost - in history
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Ruins of an Abandoned Cottage on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in May
May is the month for South Australia's History Festival, with more than 600 events being held around South Australia. Fortunately you don't have to be a history buff, with special events for motor enthusiasts, food and wine lovers, and even a nocturnal walk in the parklands to see our wildlife. See our pick of the best events here.

You don't need a special reason to escape the city to the rolling hills south of Adelaide - there are some fantastic holiday destinations around Normanville and Second Valley. The Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival is a carefully curated blend of history, art and culture, and runs throughout May. It's full of fun things to do for all ages, and the weather is perfect to visit Yankalilla now.

Mother's Day is on May 13 this year, and it's not too late to choose a special place for lunch with her. If you do find that your choice is booked out, here are some great last minute ideas to celebrate Mother's Day with your mum.

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Repairing an Old Radio at Unley Repair Cafe

What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do in May
The fine and cool weather has been perfect for things to do outdoors - the right timing for National Play Outside Day. I will be going to the Scott Creek Conservation Park Open Day that weekend, and kids will love it too. They will be thrilled to meet some of the cute critters from Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary at the park, and the free guided walks are educational. Don't miss a visit to the Almanda Silver Mine and Mackereth Cottage, just a few minutes walk away.

If you're quick you can catch the Eclecticism Exhibition at Hughes Gallery, or discover the Secrets of Wedge Island: A Forgotten History at the Maritime Museum. Meanwhile the former asylum Z Ward at Glenside Hospital will host a special Medical Memorabilia Display for just one day at a free Open Day. Don't get left behind if you want to avoid the shock therapy treatment!

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The Quirky Cup Collective at Gilles on the Grounds Market

Repair cafes are a new idea in Adelaide, one of the free things to do in May. There's a choice of Adelaide Repair Cafe, with Unley Repair Cafe open for business the following weekend. Bring along your broken goodies - toys, old radios, or maybe an old bike, and let the volunteers help you give them a new lease of life.

The Gilles Street markets in Adelaide have now moved to the Adelaide Showgrounds, becoming the Gilles at the Grounds Market. It's really handy because you can double up on your visit to the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market, with both conveniently co-located.

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The Bathing Block on Torrens Island Quarantine Station

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do in Adelaide
Do you have a thing for vintage and retro cameras and accessories? The Adelaide Photographic Market is only held once a year, check out the bargains on May 6. On the same day people will be feasting Japanese at the Kodomo No Hi Festival, picking Pink Ladies, or attending the Family Parks Members Rally in the Flinders Ranges.

Meanwhile the National Trust is holding an Open Day at Beaumont House, the popular Age of Elegance Exhibition continues at Ayers House Museum, and at Z Ward you can hear true tales of Murder and Madness.

Other fun things to do in May are tours of the Wheal Watkins Silver Mine and the Torrens Island Quarantine Station, or escape the city for Birdwood Farm Day for a day of activities for kids.

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Dawson Hotel: A Pub With No Beer in the Ghost Town of Dawson SA

Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Food and wine lovers are in for a treat with some new reviews this month. Check out Spats Cafe - Adelaide's first dessert lounge, spice your lifer aith authentic Malaysian food at PappaRich in Adelaide, or try Ocean St Bakehouse or the Olive Leaf Cafe in Victor Harbor.

Take a walk on Pirie Street to admire its heritage buildings, or find fun things to do in sunny Wallaroo.

Unfortunately you will find a pub with no beer in the ghost town of Dawson, where the only sounds are the wind whistling through trees on the dusty streets, and the pigeons cooing inside the long abandoned buildings.

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