Events in May – Wine, wedding, wheels and other wonderful events
The days are getting shorter and the nights are longer – winter is on its way. But that doesn’t mean the fun stops in Sunny South Africa – What can you look forward to this coming month? The month of May is filled with wine, wedding, cultural and agricultural shows including important sporting events such as the Cadiz Swim and Comrades, and some great annual events.
Book lovers will descend on Franschhoek for the annual Literary Festival and the Travel Trade will take over Durban for Indaba 2010 in May. So don’t let the slightly colder weather confine you to your couch just yet (save that for watching the 2010 World Cup in June and July if you haven’t got tickets to every match). For the next few weeks, get out there and join in the fun…
Let’s take a look at what is happening in your province
… in the WESTERN CAPE
From Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 May the V&A Waterfront Wine Affair will be taking place. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront from 4 to 7 May 2010 for an unforgettable wine and food experience. The V&A has a dual role being both an iconic retail, hospitality and leisure destination as well as Cape Town’s oldest working harbour. Come and enjoy some wine from the top Western Cape vineyards and food from the V&A restaurants. Early bird tickets cost between R90 and R110 per person and are available from Computicket.
The Cadiz Freedom Swim is considered to be one of the toughest, most extreme long distance cold water sea swim races in the world – 7.5km across the famous Robben Island channel, known for its bitterly cold water (+/- 13 to 14 degrees) and strong, unpredictable currents.
Ceres in the Breede River Valley hosts the annual Chrysanthemum Show on Saturday 8 May and showcases the work of dedicated local chrysanthemum growers. See and have the opportunity to purchase the prize winning flowers as well as other entrants. The entrance is R10 per person at the Ceres Welfare Centre, the event is open from 13h00 to 17h00 and for more information you can telephone Henrico on +27 (0)23 312-2033.
If you love books and reading then you need to get to the Franschhoek Literary Festival which takes place this year from 14-16 May 2010. There are workshops, discussions and presentations that cater for a range of readers and enthusiasts. Tickets and more information is available the Franschhoek Wine Valley & Tourist Association (Telephone +27 (0)21 876-3603) or see our previous announcement of this fab annual event at The Franschhoek Literary Fair.
Brides to be will be able to find whatever they are looking for at various Wedding Exhibitions in the Cape. Showcasing beautiful bridal and special event designs by some of the Cape’s finest designers, the Autumn FAB Bridal Expo at the Cape Town International Convention takes place on the 1st and 2nd of May. Expect fantastic displays by designers, flower artists, wedding coordinators, photographers, wedding venues, companies specialising in cakes, invitations, jewellery and much more.
And then Somerset Mall’s Bridal Fair takes place from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 May 2010. The competition is offering incredible prizes so make sure you are there to take part. Find everything from your dream gown to the ideal honeymoon. For more information you can contact Cheryl Wade Events on +27 (0)21 914-2852. (see more Wedding Exhibitions taking place this month and next at Wedding Exhibitions)
Wheels & Runners Hermanus takes place on the 8th May in Hermanus. Take part in or support the only fully integrated wheelchairs and runners race in South Africa. The race, with the most beautiful views of sea and mountain runs through the center of Hermanus. Participants include people with disabilities in wheelchairs and able-bodied athletes (runners). There are a total of ten categories to accommodate the abilities of every person. The circle route will run along the sea in Marine drive and Westcliff drive and then pass through the central business area via Main road. All the roads are more or less level with only a few very slight uphill sections in the longer distance routes. Join or support!
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at Western Cape Events
… in KWAZULU NATAL
On 7-9 May the Karkloof Classic Mountain Bike Festival takes place. This is a three day event that has some spectacular riding, innovative tracks and awesome entertainment. The location is the picturesque Karkloof Valley just outside of Howick.
Durban Central hosts the annual Indaba from 8-11 May at the Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC). Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar. You will be able to find a wide variety of South Africa’s best tourism products and it attracts both international visitors and media from across the world.
For Brides-to-be in KwaZulu Natal, the Heritage Market Bridal Fair in Hillcrest takes place from 22-23 May 2010. This is the Heritage’s 14th Bridal Fair; an event which is becoming ever more popular with brides. The lower boulevard and the Keg’s parking lot will be transformed into a wedding wonderland. Best of all, entrance is free to brides and visitors!
The East Coast Radio Big Walk (on 23rd May) has seen enormous growth and improvement over the last 6 years. and has become one of the biggest family fun events Durban has ever seen. With starting points at Ushaka Marine World the walk is a four-route event, with distances of 5km; 10km; 15km; and 20km. Walk with a worthy cause!
Pietermaritzburg and Durban are preparing for the Comrades Marathon taking place on 30 May 2010. This is the world’s greatest ultra-marathon – all 90 kilometres of it. The race alternates annually between the up run from Durban and the down run from Pietermaritzburg, this year the race begins at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg. Come and support these athletes in this tough race, the encouragement is really appreciated.
Also get to the Bonitas Comrades Expo. All major sporting brands will be exhibiting at the expo as well as a number of other exhibitors. Visitors will get a taste of everything that involves running, cycling and other sporting disciplines. If you are a serious long distance runner or just a keen sportsman you will be entertained and enlightened!
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at KwaZulu Natal Events
… in GAUTENG
Be a part of the second biggest Oyster Festival in South Africa at the Oyster, Wine and Food Festival on 1-2 May 2010 in Randburg. Enjoy some delicious oyster dishes or eat them fresh as nature made them. The event takes place at the Brightwater Commons and for more information you can telephone: +27 (0)11 795-1901.
Have you ever watched a jousting demonstration? The chances are quite slim, however, if you would like to see this as well as a whole lot more mediaeval fun then get yourself to the Mediaeval Fayre at the Pretoria Accommodation Showground from 8-9 May 2010. Tickets cost R40 for adults and R25 for children, families or groups of 4 or more qualify for a discount. The fayre is open from 09h00 until late.
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at Gauteng Events
… in the EASTERN CAPE
La Femme Bridal Fair in Port Elizabeth takes place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 May 2010 and is the largest bridal fair in the Eastern Cape. One of the highlights of the fair is the announcement of the Win a Dream Wedding competition as well as fashion shows showcasing wedding dresses and accessories. Get yourself to the Feather Market Centre on Baakens street from 09h00 to 18h00 daily or for more information you can telephone Linda Harwood on +27 (0)41 373-8714.
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at Eastern Cape Events
… in MPUMALANGA
From 28-30 May the Uplands Festival entertains in White River. With children’s entertainment, a food and drinks marquee, live music, a jazz festival, a country market and live theatre this festival promises a feast for all senses.
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at Mpumalanga Events
… in LIMPOPO
On Saturday 15 May the Mabalingwe Lion Man Mountain Bike Race takes place in Bela Bela. Chose between the 35km or 80km race through the Mabalingwe Game Reserve. You can bring your entire family as there will be plenty of entertainment to keep them busy while you have the ride of your life.
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at Limpopo Events
… in the NORT WEST PROVINCE
If arts and antiques are your thing then make your way to Potchefstroom on Saturday 8 May for the Oppiewerf Arts & Antiques Fair. There will be an exciting attraction such as the old photographer’s project which took place at previous fairs. Fill your bellies with potjiekos, pancakes and other treats at the food stalls. The location is at the President Pretorius Museum on Thabo Mbeki Avenue from 09h00 to 15h00 and for more info telephone +27 (0)18 299-8036.
The annual Rustenburg Show ( 28 May to 7 June 2010) is a fun-filled festival that has agricultural championships and auctions for small livestock, cattle, poultry and more as well as musical performances by popular local artists. For more information telephone Carisma on +27 (0)14 592-1318/9.
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at North West Province Events
… in the NORTHERN CAPE
The Upington Landbou Skou takes place from Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 May 2010. Listen to a number of top South African artists, browse through various stalls and enjoy good food. Come and see what Upington has to offer.
… see more wwwonderful events and festivals at Northern Cape Events
Once again South Africa has a lot going on this coming month. There is no excuse for you to sit and home and be bored, get out there and enjoy what South Africa has to offer.