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Annual Events and Festivals

This category includes posts about upcoming events and festivals happening throughout South Africa and reviews of events our editors attend. As South Africans, we love to celebrate our Heritage and Culture and generally just enjoy having a really good time … To find out whats happening, visit SA-Venues.com to view our comprehensive events calendars at South Africa Events.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town

I’ve obviously left my Christmas market shopping a little late as I’ve missed both the Constantia Gift Fair (this weekend past), and Kamers vol Geskenke.

The good news: there are still plenty of Christmas markets to choose from (despite the fact that Kamers must be one of the best markets ever, and I missed out on a bumper edition of creativity and variety!). Continued

Monday, 10 November 2014

Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake

When I used to live in Cape Town, one of my favorite things to do during the summer months was to pack a picnic and, with tickets in hand, head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a Sunday concert.

The Durban Botanic Gardens have not disappointed, with the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series currently taking place. The concerts take place throughout the year and are centered around the beautiful lake in the gardens. There are approximately 5000 tickets per performance with different pricing options depending on how close to the stage one would like to sit… Continued

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Time For The Hilton Arts Festival

I am so looking forward to this weekend; we are meandering our way to the village of Hilton and will be attending not one, not two but three productions at the Hilton Arts Festival! Now in its 22nd year, the Festival, which takes place from September 18th to 21st at the very beautiful Hilton College, is the largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu Natal.

There are a large number of different events happening over the four days of the festival and they range in genre from drama, comedy, physical theatre, music, cabaret, mindscape, performing arts, children’s theatre, music revival, children’s workshops, adults workshops and supper theatre. Continued

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

30 outdoor spring events in South Africa, now in one calendar

As it warms up and people head outdoors, leave space in your calendars for these inspiring events around the country.

Our list of 30 outdoor spring events in South Africa … Continued

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Your bucket list of things to do this winter holiday (that even the kids will like)

Three long weeks of holiday! But it needn’t feel like a burden for those with children. With a list of events that will keep both parents and kids happy, this winter break promises to be a good break all round.

We list top events across South Africa - things to do this winter holiday (that even the kids will like) … Continued

Friday, 20 June 2014

Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal

Winter is the perfect time for glühwein and a roaring fire, if this is what you’re after why not head down to the Winter Wonderland Festival at Theuniskraal Wine Estate on 28 and 29 June 2014.

This festival runs in conjunction with the annual Tulbagh Christmas in Winter -  a weekend of fun for the entire family. Located 120km outside of Cape Town take a leisurely drive into town or spend the night at one of the lovely accommodation options in Tulbagh. Continued

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cape Town Design Capital 2014 – diarise these events and projects

Cape Town was recently listed one of 52 places the New York Times regards as THE places to visit in 2014. The loss of Mandela has placed South Africa in the hearts of many the world over.

Cape Town as World Design Capital 2014, the article says, is grappling with the challenge of transformation since Mandela’s first address as a free man 20 years ago.

2014 is the year the city’s creative class take on this challenge by celebrating design in all its forms over the year … Continued

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hair Raising Halloween Shenanigans

Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve and is a holiday celebrated every year on 31 October. This devilish day originates from Samhain, which is an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. During this period, Pagans would prepare for Winter and count their stock. The Gaels believed that on this day, the land of the living and the land of the dead overlapped, allowing the dead and ghastly gouls to enter our world and wreak havoc on the crops or cause illness amongst the living. Costumes were worn to imitate the dead and evil spirits, as this was supposed to calm them and deter them from causing trouble.

Halloween is now celebrated all around the world and some of the activities that take place on this creepy day include trick or treating, costume parties, pumpkin carving, bonfires, telling scary tales, playing pranks, watching horror movies or snooping around ‘haunted houses’ in search of ghostly spirits.

Here are some spooktacular events and other things to do on the hallowed eve: Continued

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Afro Optimism at ABSA Vuka Showcase

This year sees the very first of a brand new event that promises to whip South Africa and the rest of the continent into a vibe of unique arts, music and the delicious cuisine of the nations. The Absa VUKA Showcase will highlight all that is African, progressive and exciting… Continued

Monday, 2 September 2013

Party the night away at the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival

Sponsored by Checkers, Coca-Cola and the Overstrand Municipality, along with some major supporting sponsors, the Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival is all about rip-roaring fun in the heart of the Western Cape.

Hermanus is the whale-watching capital of the world, with the last remaining whale crier still in operation. This gentleman is adept at spotting Southern Right and Humpback whales as they frolic in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast. When he does, he sounds his horn, alerting all in the vicinity so that they are able to watch as these massive mammals perform for the spectators. Continued

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Monthly Events Lineup and Don’t Forget McGregor Food and Wine Festival is Coming Up

We’re already well into the halfway point of the year and instead of thinking about all of the events and festivals you might have already missed get out those diaries and plan what is coming up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a sports enthusiast or into good music there is something for you here. Beat the winter blues and get out and be a part of some of these awesome events taking place near you. What events will you be attending? Continued

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Annual Events That You Just Cant Miss



There are so many events in South Africa that are dedicated to the huge variety of local talent. These are not only enormous amounts of fun, but also showcase the best parts of this country to locals and tourists alike. They include cultural celebrations, sports events and musical experiences that rival the world’s best. Here are some of the top Annual Events in South Africa:


Nelspruit is home to the increasingly popular InniBos, which is a music and arts festival that is dedicated to the South African culture. Hundreds of stalls are complemented by more than 200 artists and performers, who entertain the huge crowds (exceeding 100 000 people) and make for a great outing. Dedicated entertainment areas for children mean that this is a perfect family event. Continued

Monday, 27 May 2013

FOUR Annual Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss!

City of Gold Festival

City of Gold Festival

Every city has one – a festival you just cannot miss. One that is worth going to because it’s spectacularly unusual, and for a moment you can almost pretend that your life is hip and happening (I’ll speak for myself, shall I?).

Here are four such festivals – unusual, creative, slightly whacky (a couple of them) and worth attending for the promised exhiliration you will feel as a result.

There will be those of you who argue about other equally as entertaining festivals, but I’ve selected those I think stand head and shoulders above the rest, mostly for originality.


I missed it. Darn. To those of you who managed to get there, wow, this is one festival that looks simply unmissable. April 2013 was the third year for this Urban Art Festival. Graffiti and street artists from around the world hit the streets of Johannesburg in various events at different locations in the inner city. International artists are there to inspire the local graffiti / street art community by exposing them to new skills and stimulation. Continued

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Monthly Events Lineup and Don’t Forget Christmas in Winter is Coming Up

Who would have thought it would almost be the middle of the year already. If you’re reading this wondering where time has gone this year and what you’ve already done perhaps you need to get out that diary and plan to get to some of these awesome annual events and festivals. Do you have a favourite event in South Africa? If so we’d love to hear what it is … Continued

Monday, 29 April 2013

Workers Day 1 May in South Africa

If you are reading this, there’s a good chance that you form a part of the international working class and are lucky enough to have an eight hour day job.

Since the dawn of agriculture, thousands of years ago, the working class has existed, and has been exploited by a wealthier class. In times gone by people like you and I had no choice but to give into the desires of others in return for the bare minimum of living conditions equivalent to slavery. In more recent, “civilised” times this oppression has been hidden by the wage system which is only a few hundred years old. Continued