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Top Things to Do in Adelaide - October 2017

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Try Travelling on a Tram in Adelaide in This Costume From Indofest


Highlights of What's On in Adelaide in October
The October long weekend kicks off this month with a splash of colour and exciting things to do in Adelaide, starting with Indofest Adelaide in its new home at Victoria Square. The combination of free entry, amazing foods, and an impressive array of colourful traditions will ensure this event is packed with people having fun. Why not stay with the Asian theme and join in the Moon Lantern Festival later that day? It's fantastic fun for kids, with plenty of free things to do.

The Open State Festival has just hit town for 2017, but people have been surprisingly slow to embrace it. With lots of innovative events celebrating food and wine (including Are You Bug Curious?), it really deserves a second look.

For the more mature among us, there's Zest Fest bringing Adelaide families and communities together to explore ageing well - without missing the fun. And with the October school holidays here already, parents (and grandparents) can find heaps of fun for kids during the Nature Play Festival all around SA.

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Zombie Love Story - at Adelaide Zombie Walk


What's On in Adelaide - Free Things to Do in October
You shouldn't need to spend a penny at these free events in October! Catch free outdoor movies on the 6th, visit the Asian inspired Lucky Dumpling market in Adelaide's Elder Park on the long weekend, or veg out at the family-friendly freaky Adelaide Zombie Walk from Rundle Park.

Keen home gardeners should head to the Australian natives plant sale for some bargains on the weekend of October 7-8, because now is the perfect time to plant your own native garden. You can also help at a gardening blitz in the Botanic Gardens the following weekend and pick up a free lunch.

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The Future of Glenthorne: Glenthorne National Park?


Discover why Glenthorne Farm should become our next National Park at a free Enjoyment Day, and you'll still have time to see some luxurious looking Jaguars afterwards.

One of Adelaide's favourite artists is buying your dog a free lunch (you get a free wine) at his Doggie Do at the end of October. I'd recommend keeping your cat in the car though!

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Ride the South Coast Wine Train With a Steam Locomotive From Mount Barker


Not Free, but Fun Things to Do in Adelaide
Head for the beautiful Adelaide Hills to join in affordable family activities including guided tours and a treasure hunt - but be sure to book as events fill quickly in the school holidays.

Train and tram enthusiasts are spoiled for choice this October long weekend - take the South Coast Wine Train or visit the Tram Museum for some exciting 60th anniversary celebrations.

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See Inside Adelaide Town Hall Council Chamber on the Open Day


There are more fun things to do at Tonsley for Hybrid World Adelaide, school holidays activities at Kuoni Creative, and thrilling things to see at Bulls and Bikes Spectacular.

Unfortunately, there's no Open House Adelaide anymore, but you get a double bonus on October 8 when Adelaide Town Hall and Government Household Open Days. For something completely different go to historic Martindale Hall for their Spring Soiree in the coach house. Closer to home the spooky Horbland Graveyard will keep you looking for spirits near the end of the month.

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Big Things South Australia - The Big Lobster, Almost Good Enough to Eat


Other Exciting Things to See and Do in Adelaide
The best time to see the Flinders Ranges is in spring, and many people stop first at Melrose and Mount Remarkable. There's affordable accommodation available, and unusual things to see and do nearby in Pekina. We also recommend the best places for glamping in the area.

As you travel SA you'll find big things everywhere, and the big galah at Kimba, big blade at Snowtown and the big rocking horse are a few special favourites.

I have noticed when it comes to favourites though, that food is the winner for our readers. Experience the Folklore Cafe at Port Adelaide with Tema, be tempted by delicious Hokkaido baked cheese tarts, or try the Asian flavours of Kome Kome restaurant in Bowden - you won't be disappointed with any of them. And if they don't satisfy your cravings then try these meal deals.
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