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Top Things to Do in Adelaide - May 2017

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Take a Quirky History Tour at the SA Museum for South Australia's History Festival


Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in May
In the past, people have often referred to South Australia's 'mad March', but there's good reason to call this month 'mad May'. May is the month to celebrate our history, and both the History Trust of South Australia and the National Trust SA have pulled out all stops for South Australia's History Festival.

There are fun things to do in Adelaide and all around the state in May, with 600 events that will appeal to nearly everyone. Choose from 14 awesome adventures in South Australia. Kick back and enjoy chocolate coated history. Take time out for Kapunda's heritage attractions and a swap meet, or head south of Adelaide to discover the secrets of Lizard Lodge.

The only difficult part is deciding how many events that you can squeeze in a day.

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Last Month: Getting High at the Wonderwalls Festival in Port Adelaide


What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do in May
There are many good reasons to get out in May, either doing active sports or improving your knowledge indoors with a drink (or two). You can safely bet that half of Adelaide will be heading to the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend for wonderful wine and fine food from May 19-22 though.

If you're staying behind in Adelaide, catch the last days of the State Library SA's free Play Exhibition of toys and games, Take a peek inside Government House on the free Open Day, or get closer to nature at Belair National Park on a free guided walk.

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Free Things to Do in May: Feed Butterflies a Banquet


If you're quick you can still catch free Tasting Australia events and the Urban Pantry in the Mall, otherwise be generous and feed the butterflies instead.

Zany Adelaide artist Andrew Baines is once again holding one of his surreal photo shoots on the sea front at Largs Bay on May 28 at 9am. Join with hundreds of people lined up on the beach to draw attention to our oceans being suffocated by micro-plastics. Attire: dark suits, or all dark attire (long sleeve shirts & long pants), and black top hats (can be obtained from party hire & sales shops, costume shops, craft shops). Come along and help improve our marine ecology!

When the freezing frost and relentless rain make you wish summer was back already, take a lingering look at a tropical paradise, before you're tempted to email your travel agent.

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Relaxing on a Tropical Beach in Cuba is One of Life's Fun Things to Do


Not Free, but Fun Things to Do in Adelaide
The first weekend of May brings more markets, with both the Bowerbird Design market and a photographic market. Or get some culture in you at the Kodomo No Hi Japanese festival or at a performance of Henry V.

Mothers Day can be a challenge - especially if you forgot to book somewhere in advance. Perhaps meet Mum for breakfast, go all the way with a Mothers Day high tea, or try one of these mostly free things to do for Mothers Day. If all else fails, Mum would love to go browsing at the Upmarket Unley Market.

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See This Philips All Transistor Radio at Ellison Radio and Tape Recording Museum


There's plenty of fun things to do on Yorke Peninsula for the Kernewek Lowender Cornish festival, and the Copper Coast ghost tours are always top attractions. Sometimes the traffic near Port Wakefield can be just too much: going to the Bring it On musical or riding a Rolls Royce will be much more restful.

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Watching for Wildlife: Native Birds Are Plentiful in Blackwood Hill Reserve


Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
Our restaurant recommendations this month include La Provence French restaurant and the In 'n' Out BBQ restaurant, while south of Adelaide the food is fine at Dee Dees Cafe.

We've been finding free things to do in green spaces this month and can highly recommend Blackwood Hill Reserve for mountain biking, hiking, or just walking the dog. Just down the road there's plenty to see and do in Coromandel Valley while Barry has sorted the best walks in Morialta Conservation Park for you.

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Protests in Adelaide by Students in 1973


Families with kids will find this guide to playgrounds in the northern suburbs helpful.

On a rainy day why not browse old photos showing a history of protests in Adelaide? I know where our photography fan Paula McManus will be though - foraging for fungi in a foggy forest.
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