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Top Things to Do in Adelaide - January 2018

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide.
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Thrill to Amusement Park Rides at Semaphore Summer Carnival

Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in January
With the excitement of Christmas now a fading memory, the city comes alive in January with a fistful of festivals and fun things to do in Adelaide. First off the rank is the Adelaide French Festival with performances at the Festival Centre and a French Weekend at Carrick Hill bringing free things to do in the gardens.

If French food and culture isn't your thing, head for the seaside to party at the free Semaphore Greek Festival on the same weekend. After eating your fill wander down to the foreshore amusement park and revel in the excitement of the Semaphore Summer Carnival.

The top place to celebrate our national holiday is at Elder Park, with a free concert and two fantastic fireworks shows at Australia Day in the City. Don't miss visiting the new free Urban Beach at Pinky Flat during the day before the concert starts.

The following day there's more fireworks in Adelaide thanks to the Al Salam Festival at Veale Gardens in the south parklands. It's best to come here hungry as there's some amazing food on offer that you won't often find elsewhere.

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Watch Free Outdoor Movies Under the Supermoon

What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do in January
Free outdoor movies are back in Adelaide throughout January, as are the Semaphore Summer Twilight Markets and a brand new Unley Night Market. What better way to relax and enjoy the cool of the day?

Catch a free performance in the parklands when Cirque Nocturne Presents Litha or check out the free things to do at the West Torrens Summer Festival. There's plenty of great family entertainment for all ages.

Heat waves in Adelaide aren't uncommon during January, but they offer the perfect excuse to take a no pants tram ride. If you prefer to watch rather than take part, then perhaps the Maslin Beach Nude Games are more up your street? Both would rate in the top ten fun ways to get naked in public.

The free food frenzy that's Fork on the Road is back with a vengeance in January with a Tour de Fork at Elder Park, and Fork on the Grass at Semaphore Park the following week. I wonder what new food trucks we'll find there?

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Wine and Cheese at McLaren Vale? Yes Please!

Not Free, but Fun Things to Do in Adelaide
There's plenty of fun things to do for foodies in January. Relax in the heritage gardens at Summer Sundays at Beaumont House, follow a cheese and wine trail at McLaren Vale, or spoil yourself with a Harvest Festival gala dinner or high tea on Popeye.

At Port Adelaide, try spicy Afghani food at the new Bamyan Hotel or join the crowd at the awesome Low and Slow American BBQ. Afterwards pop over to the Maritime Museum to see their latest exhibition Leviathan - an Astonishing History of Whales.

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Residents of the Ghost Town at Hammond Take a Stroll

Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Our summer holidays are just the time to escape the city, and we've found some quite special things to do and places to see. Stroll the silent streets of ghost towns at Hammond and Terowie, tour lost towns of the Adelaide plains or wonder at eerie abandoned railway stations and their long-forgotten communities.

Stay cool on the River Murray finding things to see and do at Mannum, explore the heritage trail at Sedan, or take a walk to discover Kapunda's heritage attractions. There's always so many fun things to do in South Australia's country towns.

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Stunning Natural Wonders of the Yorke Peninsula

Revel in nature and take a walk to Hindmarsh Falls, learn about wildlife at St Peters Billabong, walk the Yorke to discover its special spots, or explore the attractions of Coromandel Valley.

Back in Adelaide take a look at nine historical places of interest on Grote St in Adelaide that Graeme Fanning has found. It's amazing how much history in Adelaide can be found on city streets.

While castles in Adelaide are hard to find, there are plenty of other awesome places to explore our history. How about a walk in Hampton Village?

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Why? There are so many fun things to do in Adelaide this month
Where: Adelaide, SA
Cost: Mostly free
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Great article Dave, is that emu photo for real?
by Kate Blake (score: 2|998) 79 days ago
Dave, although I don't live in Adelaide, I enjoy reading your monthly updates on things to do.
by May Cross (score: 3|1610) 79 days ago
Great article! There's so many things to do!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1364) 79 days ago
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