Mid-semester break: Free or low-cost events around town

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In-between catching up on your studies, working, and Netflix, there's plenty going on in Adelaide to keep you entertained during the mid-semester break.

Check out the list that includes events and activities with free or low-cost entry.

Free Entry

Illuminate Adelaide City Lights Trail
Accessible from your mobile device or to download and print off at home, the 2023 City Lights map has all the information you need to discover the over 40 installations lighting up the CBD from 07 – 23 July. From giant dandelions to inflatable bunnies, interactive games, and even  Government House throwing open the gates to the grounds, we can’t wait for you to see what’s in store.

Base Camp at Rundle Park
Rundle Park will come alive with lights, music, food and beverages from local producers. You'll be able to gather by the fires and enjoy an incandescent fairy floss before embarking on the City Lights trail.

Trumpet Flowers
Rundle Mall will light up with an interactive sound and light experience for all to enjoy. The glowing garden of 'Trumpet Flowers' is created by Australian-based artists Amigo & Amigo and you can expect bright towering flowers looming overhead up to six metres tall. Those who are musically inclined can also make their own floral symphony.

Solve your first Escape Room at Noarlunga Library
Noarlunga Library is set to host 16 immersive Hogwarts-themed escape room sessions this July 2023 and you are invited to come and solve the mystery. There will be an original story as well as riddles, puzzles and codes. The experience is free for groups up to 8 people. Bookings are essential.

Affinity at the South Australian Museum
The South Australian Museum is hosting a mesmerising light and sound installation on its lawns from Friday the 7th to Sunday the 23rd of July 2023. 'Affinity' has been inspired by the human brain and will respond to your touch triggering a flash of memory that travels across the structure.

No Time To Think at the State Library of South Australia
Told through 3D anamorphic design, animation and motion capture, this vivid projection work illustrates imaginative narratives contained through projection mapping. Colourful shapes will seem to fly off the architectural features of the State Library's Institute Building and excitably show the storytelling capacity that projection holds.

Vegan Palooza
Celebrate an array of plant-based foods and expand your culinary experience. Edible plants exist in their thousands and they have cleverly been used by talented food creators all over the world.

Japanese Cultural Day
At this event, you can enjoy food stalls, children's activities, exhibition and craft stalls, cultural performances (dancing, music, etc), Yukata (an unlined cotton summer kimono, worn in casual settings) try on, Japanese tea ceremony and more! Gold coin donation at the door will be appreciated.

Sweet Treats on Hutt Street Festival
The countdown to deliciousness is on! Join us from Saturday 15 July 2023 for a 9-day sweet treat extravaganza along Hutt Street! Enjoy sweets, treats, delicious desserts and experiences at numerous participating cafes, shops, and restaurants.

Relics: A New World Rises Exhibition At The South Australian Museum
The 11 large-scale LEGO® models made from hundreds of thousands of the popular building bricks will make their world premiere this month. Set in the year 2530, long after the world has been abandoned by humans, the exhibition takes visitors to a world where LEGO® minifigures have risen.

Frieda & Diego: Love & Revolution
Iconic works by two of the most influential and loved artists of the twentieth century – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – feature in this Australian exclusive exhibition, alongside works by key Mexican contemporaries.

Orana's Heroes Vs. Villains Trivia Night
This special trivia event will cover a broad range of hero and villain knowledge, everything from DC to Marvel, to cartoons and even video games! Plus there will be trivia fan favourites like history, geography, sports, pop culture, and science. All guests are encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero or feared villain - prizes will be given out for the best costumes too!


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