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Published August 4th 2016
Take a day, take the family, take some time off and go
ALL MONTH The Gawler Art Trail is a SALA Festival event. ou can head up on the train and walk the main street venues. Some are small in shop windows or in cafes, while other venues are large such as the exhibition at the Institute. There are venues all over town so you would need a car for those, but plenty to see if you go by train. Get off at the last stop at Gawler Central. Write the list of venues on the art trail here or pick up a copy at the visitor centre next to Pioneer Park when you get off the train.
Get out and see some fantastic art during the SA Living Artists Festival. Image by Out and About.
There are SALA events all over the countryside, with some great exhibitions to see. Go south, north to Clare or Barossa or the Hills. See the SALA program for some venues here Some have workshops and afternoon teas to entice you away from your warm sofa.
August 13th WINTER LANTERN FESTIVAL 4-8pm at Hanndorf Academy 68 Main Street. Handorf will hold a free community event and all are welcome to see the many lanterns children have been making at special workshops in July. The lanterns will be paraded outdoors in the back yard so rug up warm. Plenty of food and drink stalls and things going on for a fun and early to bed family night.
20 and 21st August STRATHALBYN ANTIQUE FAIR The whole town comes alive for this huge event with many venues across town with the best antiques and collectables from far and wide. Your entry ticket includes transport around town to another venue. On the Sunday there is a huge everything old market on the oval. The monthly market with plants and gifts is also on. More than enough to keep you busy for a whole weekend, but accommodation would be well booked out by now. A fun day out but get there early as it takes all day and more to look around.
Toys and collectables, to fine antiques are all at the Strathalbyn Antique Fair. Image by Out and About
31st August BALAKLAVA CUP. At the racecourse on main highway to Balaklava This is the biggest country race meet in SA. This Wakefield district town attracts over 10,000 on race day. Everyone gets dressed up and takes the day of work as it is held on a Wednesday. The racecourse is packed with revelers. Be sure to take a designated driver along if you go and travel safe.
MY COUNTRY MARKET OF THE MONTH RIVERTON MARKET is on the 20th August from 8.30 am to 1pm. Go for a country drive and head north to Riverton. Grab some fresh produce and have a picnic. Stop at one of the town pubs or at Tarlee pub on the way back. The petrol station burnt down recently and they need some cheering up. See my article here more information.
ANYTIME DRIVES FOR AUGUST
Go for a drive to our southern country beaches. Sit in the car with a thermos and a good book. Go for a walk and see some of the storm damage such as seaweed deposits and sand erosion. Some of our beaches are a mess after our harsh winter weather.
Head to Victor Harbour and try your luck to spot some whales. If that fails check out the SALA art in town and find a warm coffee.
COUNTRY OUTINGS WITH KIDS IN AUGUST
Take a drive out to the country and find a new playground or some animals to see. Or maybe on a sunny day put on a warm coat and beanie and go exploring with a bucket on the beach.
On Friday August 19th there is the La De Da Market especially for families after school at Starplex Leisure Centre in Galwer South. Lots of fun things for kids to do and some food so you don't have to cook that night. 3.30-8pm. www.starplex.com.au/event/la-de-da-market
This beaut large playground is Sturt Reserve at Murray Bridge. Image by Out and About.