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No matter what season, there's always plenty of things to do around the Murray River Lakes & Coorong.

Beer & Cider Festival

From $15

You're invited to the second Annual Beer & Cider Fest at the Pretoria Hotel! Enjoy the views of the Murray River and taste a great selection of beer and cider on the lawn adjacent the hotel.

There will be live entertainment by Tyson Pedro and all day dining available plus over 50 beer & ciders to taste!

Tickets are $15 presale or $20 at the door.

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Dates and times: February 11 (12 PM — 4 PM).

Carols By The River

Come along and enjoy a real family night on the river

Mary Ann Reserve is lit up by candles and the sounds of young and old alike singing Christmas Carols in a family friendly atmosphere.

Sitting on the banks of the beautiful Murray River you will also hear some talented young local performers.

Bring a rug or deck chair, a light coat and insect repellent and enjoy this great community and family tradition

Drinks , Candles, Glo Sticks on sale on the night

Blow Up Castle for the kids.

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Dates and times: From December 8, 2017 to December 8, 2018.

Craft Anonymous

Curated by Polly Dance as part of Adelaide City Council’s 2014/15 Emerging Curator Program, Craft Anonymous brought together South Australian regional and metropolitan textile, glass, metal and ceramic artists for an exhibition in the iconic Adelaide Town Hall in 2015. The exhibition is now on a tour of regional South Australia throughout 2016-17.

Featuring artists Louise Byrne, Annabelle Collett, Cindy Durant, Robyn Finlay, Wayne Mcara, Deborah Prior, Patricia Rose, Sera Waters and Meg Wilson, the artists employ traditional handicraft techniques such as weaving, embroidery, knitting, felting, enamelling and hand-dying are showcased within a contemporary art context; where old meets new.

Craft Anonymous addresses ideas around the body: approaching themes of adornment, embellishment, desire/disgust, and identity: public/private, femininity/masculinity, domesticity, place, family history and a sense of belonging.

Free Event Goolwa, South Coast Regional Arts Centre Gallery. Friday, July 27 - Sunday, August 26

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Dates and times: From July 27 to August 26.

Dupang Festival

From $10 to $300

Dupang Festival is a three-day camping event at the Coorong, one of South Australia's most iconic destinations. Dupang will immerse festival goers in the traditional Aboriginal culture of the local Ngarrindjeri nation as well as traditional dance groups from New South Wales, Victoria and the APY Lands. Participants can learn to make and throw a boomerang, and get painted up to learn traditional dances. Bush tucker tours are available to nearby wilderness areas and people can make the short boat trip across the Coorong and walk over the giant sand dunes to the ocean beach where local Aboriginal guides will show you how to collect cockles. Weaving workshops by renown Ngarrindjeri artists led by Aunty Ellen Trevorrow will be running over the entire three days and traditional woodcarving and spear throwing workshops are scheduled on Saturday. A Ngarrindjeri Night Sky storytelling session will take place around the campfire on Friday night with Major "Moogy" Sumner, AM, a Ngarrindjeri Elder and Songman and member of the World Council of Elders. The culmination of the festival will be a corroboree of ceremonial dance performed by Indigenous dance groups from around the Country. This is a drug and alcohol free, family friendly event.

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Dates and times: From February 23 to February 23. February 24 (12 PM — 11 PM). February 25 (12 PM — 11 PM). From February 23 to February 25.

Floatfest 2018

From $10 to $18

Want to take part in a World Record attempt on the Murray River? Here's your chance!

Floatfest is two day family event all about getting outdoors and enjoying the Murray River at Murray Bridge! The event is all about "Paddling into the Record Books" and attempts to break two world records.

Record 1: the largest number of floating kayaks/canoes rafted together, and Record 2: the largest number of kayaks/canoes lying end to end along the river bank.

Activities you can participate in include: face painting, lucky duck hunt, canoe races, fastest lap canoe challenge on our obstacle course, houseboats open for inspection and much more!

With lots of great activities both on and off water Floatfest is your families next must do event!

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Dates and times: April 8 (10 AM — 4 PM).

Game Obsession Expo

From $8.00

Have you ever wanted to learn the alien Klingon language from your favourite Sci-fi series from the 70’s? Australian based Pop Cullture Historian Stuart A Blair will be conducting Klingon language workshops and many others created for TV and film at the 2018 Game Obsession Expo at Mannum on Sunday 5th August. In its third year, the Game Obsession Expo at the Mannum Showgrounds will have all your favourites and will be over flowing with interactive displays for small and big kids. There is something for everyone, kite flying, Trebuchet Challenges, lawn mover racing and the Southern Wilds Live Action team will be back with their role playing demonstrations or if you want to just remember the days of no mobiles or WIFI connection, the gaming collections of ‘Mr Potato Head’ and ‘Monopoly’ to name a few will amaze you.

Whatever your obsession, the Mannum Game Obsession Expo is the place to step into a fantasy world for a day only one hour from Adelaide.

Entry is $8.00 for adults and only $2.00 for children from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and for further information please call.

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Dates and times: August 5 (9:30 AM — 4 PM).

Game Obsession Expo at Mannum

The Game Obsession Expo at Mannum is a family friendly event featuring games, hobbies, obsessions and interests. Many are often considered the realm of children but are as equally appealing to all ages.

There will be: Quidditch Matches plus a come and try, Warhammer 40K tournament (hive con), Academy of the Sword Medieval re-enactment, Moat Perrier firing, Southern Wilds Live Action Role Play LAR, Fire Bear Armoury and Whip moto cross displays.

Other attractions include model boats, model trains, cars and model planes, dolls houses and airbrush displays.

There will be live music from Mon Cherie and food stalls.

Watch a sky-diving parachute drop, skateboarding and kite flying. See Lego, Star Wars and Cosplay.

Young children will love rides on Clancy, face painting and balloon clowns. Adults will enjoy an Artisans and food market.

The Game Obsession Expo at Mannum is putting fun back into a family fun day. Whether you are a novice or a serious collector or player in your chosen obsession there will be something for you.

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Dates and times: August 7 (9 AM — 5 PM).

Goolwa Wharf Markets

Goolwa Wharf Markets is held on the first and third Sunday of each month, as well as other special event days. You will find a myriad of goods on offer with around 80 stalls. Whether you just want to look around or to have a cappuccino or maybe a massage, there is something to interest just about everyone.

There are stalls offering bric-a-brac, collectables, plants in profusion, plenty of books both new and old, hand crafted goods, from woodwork and small items of furniture to fabric and knitted items, beautiful decoupage and hand made greeting cards, hats fishing gear,sunglasses and jewellery for the young and not so young. Fresh organic produce is very popular, with growers bringing their goods along, so too are the pickles, jams cakes and pastries. This market is well worth a visit!

This Market is managed by the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay and operates on the first and third Sunday of every month 9am to 3.30pm. Extra markets are held every Sunday in January and Good Friday.

Hand Held exhibition at Murray Bridge

Handheld is an exhibition built to travel and is currently on display at the Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery.

Commissioned by Country Arts SA, the four pieces have been designed to fit inside a suitcase to enable easy transportation. Each of the artists, Nic Brown, Brad Lay, Lilly Buttrose and Cathy Sarles, explore ideas of home, travel and place. They have all chosen to do so in unique and varied ways.

Brown has gone back to her family home, a farm near Naracoorte, and documented this journey and the sense of place it now invokes for her.

Drawing on the natural environment around both their homes and further afield, Sarles and Buttrose are collectors, picking up bits of the environment and then using them to colour their artworks. Despite their similarities, they each approach home from a different aspect, and ask their audiences to participate in their work, building their own ideas of home.

Lay chooses to turn his attention off-shore, reminding us of our relationship with the ocean, be it a close one borne out of the intimate knowledge that life along the coast can bring, or a distant memory of a place once visited while on holiday.

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Dates and times: From July 4 to July 17.

Island to Inland - Murray Bridge Regional Arts Gallery

Islands are by nature hermetic and that seclusion, coupled with majestic natural surroundings can be a powerful muse to the creative soul.

Thus the symmetry of Kangaroo Island: 4500 square kilometres, half of it natural ecosystems and, 4500 residents, half seemingly artists in some form.

Ten of the island’s visual artists are bringing ‘mainlanders’ a glimpse of the isolation and inspiration of island life in Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island, which will open at Flinders University City Gallery during SALA Festival 2017 and then be toured by Country Arts SA.

The artists are creating new works on the theme of ‘isolation and inspiration’ for the exhibition, curated by Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts South Australia and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery University.

Murray Bridge Regional Arts Gallery - 27 Jul - 9 Sep 2018.

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Dates and times: From July 27 to September 9.