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Top Things to Do in Adelaide - August 2018

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Art can be exciting in August
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Adelaide Artist Matt Stuckey Leads a SALA Festival Walking Tour


Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in August
August is the month when art blossoms in Adelaide as the Sala Festival teases us out of our homes and our comfort zones. For people who find static displays in art galleries a little artificial, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy art around South Australia during the festival.

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Adelaide Street Art From Ankles Rawhide


Why not take a special walking tour with your baby or toddler, follow Tilly the hound on a dog-friendly tour, or board one of the modestly priced regional art bus tours? Bring your friends from overseas along as many tours have interpreters too. Check the online program for details.

Carrick Hill brings us another way to enjoy Australian art - a new May Gibbs garden has been added to the free Children's Storybook Trail. It's great fun for kids to enjoy iconic Australian characters like Snugglepot and Cuddlepie in the garden, then take a look at the May Gibbs exhibition in the house.

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Watching Demolition in Progress at the Old Royal Adelaide Hospital


What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do in August
Many people were disappointed they couldn't make it to the free Open Day at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital, but you can still catch up with what's happening at the old RAH.

Meanwhile, at the Adelaide Showgrounds Science Alive is back on August 4-5, and the good news is that kids get in free of charge. Don't miss the Science Centre Open Day the following week at the South Australian Museum, although it is more suited to adults than children.

Celebrate the SALA Festival by attending a free series of Mural Design workshops, watch the SA Variety Bash kick off in a colourful cloud of smoke, or come to the North Adelaide Community Centre Expo - they're all free events.

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Buy Veggie Paws Dog Treats at Red Umbrella Market


You can discover old history at the free Archives Open Day on Sunday August 12, or trawl for treasure at the Red Umbrella Market south of Adelaide. Head to Belair National Park for a free guided walk on the following Tuesday, and it's repeated on Sunday the 19th. Also on the 19th is your chance to learn free about the Frogs of the Adelaide Hills.

Finally for the freebie hunters, here's where to find the best birthday freebies in Adelaide.

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See a Koala Climbing a Tree on Your Belair National Park Walk


Not Free, but Fun Things to Do in Adelaide
Help the homeless and Walk a Mile in My Boots, or help yourself to some great bargains at the Round She Goes Markets and the Gathered Design Market in Adelaide's Queen's Theatre.

There's plenty of fun things to do in August: get lost in music during the Adelaide Guitar Festival, be entertained at lunchtime by the Elder Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra, or join the pack for theTop Dog Film Festival at the wonderful Capri Theatre. Unfortunately, you will have to leave your best friend at home for that one.

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A Spooky Collection of Dolls at Hindmarsh Museum


See lots of dolls at the Festival of Dollhouses and Miniatures, search for sexy dolls at Sexpo Adelaide, or take your "doll" for a day out on the South Coast Wine Train or to the OTR Supersprint at Tailem Bend.

Have you had trouble getting a place on the Dark History Tours at the Old Hospital? Haunted Horizons have recently added new dates to the limited season for these tours, so you should find a free date soon. If you have any free time left on your hands, then it's time to start cooking for the Australian Marmalade Awards.

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Some of the Watiparinga Reserve Attractions


Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Our story on Watiparinga Reserve has proved to be a huge winner. Despite the cold weather, there have been plenty of visitors to the park, and also at the Marshmallow Playground and Pelzer Park activity hub in the Adelaide parklands. North of the city our writers recommend exploring the Smith Creek Trail at Smithfield.

Would you describe yourself as observant? I wonder how many of these curious Domes in Adelaide you have seen on your travels. We've already found one that we missed, at the Adelaide Observatory.

Finally here's something for the more adventurous types, take a look at these top winter boat trips in SA.
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