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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.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Escape The City: 8 Of Johannesburgs Green Spaces And Parks

Over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas – the world’s fastest growing land cover type.

In Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa green spaces are on the decline. In Africa this decline is critical – with green spaces occupying less than 10% of land area in South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda, Somalia etc.

Despite these statistics, the city of Johannesburg boasts 24% of public green space in the form of parks and gardens. Compared with cities like Berlin (14.4%), Brussels (18.8%), Dubai (2%), London (33%) and Paris (9.5%), the city is positively green.

Here is a list of 9 of Johannesburgs green spaces and parks to which to escape… Continued

Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Best Events In Cape Town & Surrounds This Autumn and Winter

Autumn, and early winter, in Cape Town is the city’s secret season. It’s the time of year the city is at its best – the sun just warm enough to seek out a patch of sun in which to bask, yet a mackintosh is a pre-requisite to surviving the day (brollies, if you’re interested, are a waste of time given the winds that can accompany any rain in Cape Town).

Most of all it’s the time of year when leaving the house requires a major incentive. We’ve lined up a series of motivators to help get your nose out of a book, your butt off the couch and your body out of doors.

Here are the best events in Cape Town and the surrounds this autumn and winter…


Thursday, 17 September 2015

12 South African Events You Should Attend This Spring

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the boidies is. The boids is on the wing! Don’t be absoid! Da wings is on the boid!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the country has come to life – trees are in leaf, flowers are in bloom, the birds are a nest-making, people are furiously spring cleaning and decorating, and the temperatures (unless you live in Cape Town) are soaring into the upper twenties.

As if to mirror this burning urge to experience life to the full, and to get out of doors to appreciate the change in season, there are plenty of events around the country. Every one of these South African events is worth a visit… Continued

Monday, 8 June 2015

Festivals To Brighten Winter Around South Africa

With summer now definitely behind us, we’re headed into the wet and/or icy season of the year. Here are a few events and Festivals across the country to liven the weight of winter… Continued

Thursday, 28 May 2015

10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals

If you’ve ever looked at a map of the Karoo (the Groot and Klein Karoo) you may have noticed that it occupies a huge chunk of central South Africa.

It stretches from Alexander Bay on the West Coast, encompassing the bulk of the Northern Cape, all the way to the Free State towns of Smithfield and Cookhouse on the Karoo’s eastern boundaries, whilst its southern borders are dotted with Route 62’s well-known towns from Robertson through to Uniondale.

Its towns read like a list of who’s who of the Platteland – Loeriesfontein, Van Wyksvlei, Prieska, Putsonderwater, Philippolis, Bitterfontein, Koffiefontein and Kuboes.

With so many towns to choose from, just where in the Karoo does one go? In this, the first of a series of blogs on the Karoo, we bring you 10 Far-Flung Karoo Towns For Fabulous Festivals... Continued

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