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Posted on: Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Events in August

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Can you believe we are steaming ahead in the second half of the year? With World Cup fever cooling down we can thank all of the event and festival organisers who are going to keep us busy this August. And oh my goodness how busy we will be … what with all the sporting events and festivals taking place around the country there is sure to be something to pique your interest and get you out and about!

Sporting Events: For those of you who don’t like to spend much time on the couch and want to be a part of the action, have a look at these active events taking place.

Women’s Day Swim: If you’re brave enough to dip into the icy water of the Cape Peninsula then make sure you’re at the Women’s Day Swim on Monday 9 August 2010. This swim forms part of the Cadiz Swim Series leading up to the Cadiz Freedom Swim in 2011. Everyone is invited to Camps Bay 0n the day to participate, registration starts at 09h00 and the race dives into the ocean at 10h00. Telephone Craig or Shirley on +27 (0)21 785-3683 for more details.

Gravity Adventure Festival: Head into the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve near Kleinmond (Western Cape) from 13-15 August for the Gravity Adventure Festival. Get ready to get dirty and have some fun with events consisting of a downriver croc race, adventure race, climbing event, MTB race, trail run, downriver kayak race, K1 sprint and a mile river sprint. You will be exhausted, but pleased come home time on Sunday. For those who enjoy watching the adventure rather than taking part there are various viewing points and stalls to browse.

N3TC Karkloof Adventure Quest: On Saturday 14 August 2010 the N3TC Karkloof Adventure Quest in Karkloof (KwaZulu Natal) will get all of you adrenaline junkies moving. This is a multi-sport adventure challenge with trail running / hiking, mountain biking, canopy ziplining, basic navigation, clue-finding / problem solving and obstacle activities each participant will be challenged while having tons of fun. The event is an approximate distance of 40-50km and will take between 4.5 and 7 hours to complete. The venue is the Karkloof Nature Reserve in the Natal Midlands and if you’re keen to entre telephone Sarah Drew on +27 (0)84 240-7277 or +27 (0)33 234-4367.

Valley of the Flags Mountain Bike Race: For all you mountain bikers out there (and I know there are many of you) the Valley of the Flags Mountain Bike Race in Steytlerville (Eastern Cape) takes place on Saturday 28 August. Options for all fitness levels include an 80km, 40km and 10km cycle and anyone who finishes receives a medal. Don’t rush home after the event as there will be a braai afterwards. Closing date for entries is 18 August and if you need further details telephone Lindi on +27 (0)49 835-0484

Blisters for Bread Charity Walk: If you grew up in Cape Town you should be familiar with the Blisters for Bread Charity Walk, I know I did this many times. Starting in Green Point, why not put your feet on the ground and get a blister while supporting a great cause on Sunday 29 August. Join thousands of walkers for either a five, ten or twenty kilometre route.

BMW International Polo Series: For those sports enthusiasts who prefer the sidelines to the field then the BMW International Polo Series is for you. This two part series with the first test played at Shongweni (KwaZulu Natal), near Durban on 15 August with the second test played at Inanda (Gauteng) on Sunday 22 August. For more details contact the SA Polo Association for on +27 (0)31 303-3903.

Annual Festivals: Come and check out these festivals some with long standing traditions and others which are relatively new. You will find we live in a diverse but full of life country with a multitude of fun to be had.

Hermanus Times Kalfiefees: It’s that time of the year again when we celebrate the beautiful and majestic Southern Right Whales at the Hermanus Times Kalfiefees (Hermanus, Western Cape) from 5-9 August 2010. A number of activities and festivities have been planned over these five days to suit all ages and likes. For more information you can telephone +27 (0)28 316 1687.

Berg Bohaai: The Free State hosts the Berg Bohaai in Harrismith from 5-8 August 2010 and this year the festival is said to be bigger and better. With a mountain bike race, drummies competitions, arts and crafts markets, food stalls, entertainment and event a karaoke competition you can be sure you’ll have a splendid time.

Robertson Slow: Fast becoming a firm favourite on the Western Cape calendar is the Robertson Slow in the Breede River Valley. Only a 90 minute drive from Cape Town there is no excuse not to come and enjoy lifes simple pleasures, from Friday 6 to Monday 9 August in Robertson. On 6 and 7 August enjoy a memorable stroll through Ouma Jean Ritief’s garden, or join a group on 7 August to take the guided Fish Eagle hiking trail. On 7 August enjoy a private barrel room tasking with winemaker Danelle van Rensburg. This is only some of the activities you can take your time and enjoy. For more information contact the Robertson Wine Valley on +27 (0)23 626-3167.

Kusweg Carnival: The Kusweg Carnival in Amanzimtoti (KwaZulu Natal) will once again have more than 20 fun fair rides to get everyone young at heart having a bit of fun. With flea market and food stalls as well as a talent competition everyone in the family will have fun. Held at the Kuswag School, Kuswag Lane from 12-14 August 2010 this event is not to be missed. If you need any further information contact Christ Hofmeyr on +27 (0)31 903-5434.

Kierieklapper Arts Festival: Mokopane in the Waterberg (Limpopo) is the host to the annual Kierieklapper Arts Festival from 5-9 August 2010. Enjoy a variety of music and entertainment as well as food stalls, children’s entertainment area and more. The venue is the Piet Potgieter High School and for more information telephone festival offices on +27 (0)15 491-3129.

Food & Wine: Food and wine lovers will be keen to find out where they can next tantalise their taste buds and from wine festivals to celebrating citrus to celebrating meat there is something for everyones tastes!

Hermanus Wine & Food Fair: Voted one of the ten best wine festivals in South Africa, the Hermanus Wine & Food Fair (Western Cape) is not to be missed. Taking place from 6-8 August wineries from Elgin to Elim will have wines for you to taste and if you like them you can purchase some to take home with you. Come on and fill up your wine racks in between filling your bellies with delicious olive products, cheeses and speciality food stalls.

Citrus Carnival: Perhaps you had no idea there was a Citrus Carnival in South Africa, well there is one and it takes place in Addo (Eastern Cape) on Sunday 22 August 2010 at the Sundays River Primary School. Come along and celebrate the citrus season with loads of entertainment, a variety of stalls and fun for the entire family. For more details telephone Chenelle on +27 (0)84 819-9940 or Diane on +27 (0)83 652-9849.

McGregor Food and Wine Festival: The town of McGregor (Western Cape) once again holds their annual Food and Wine Festival on Saturday 28 August 2010. Try out some much loved country fare while visiting the wineries on the McGregor Wine Route. Make a weekend of this and take the family for a wonderful experience. The festival is held in the NG Church Hall and marquee, for more info telephone +27 (0)23 625-1954.

NRL Wines Trade Show: The NRL Wines Trade Show in George (Garden Route) from 19-21 August 2010 will showcase a variety of wines from winemakers from all corners of the Garden Route and the Cape Winelands. On Saturday there is an open day with live performances from Watershed. The event will be held at the Tramonto Venue and for more information telephone +27 (0)44 870-7150

Hantam Vleisfees: The Hantam Vleisfees in Calvinia (Northern Cape) is a celebration of meat! Be it braaied, stewed, curried, on a sosatie, in a potjie or however you want it done this is the festival for all meat lovers. From Friday 27 to Saturday 28 August 2010 come and find out what has been happening at the festival as it must be something good because it began in 1989! For more information telephone Lizette Lambrechts on +27 (0)83 355-8155

Music: Music lovers will look forward to these upcoming events, with classical tunes and a solid beat what’s not to love?

Oppikoppi: OppiKoppi Sexy.Crooked.Teeth Festival now if you think that’s a mouthful wait till you hear the line up. This festival in Northam (Limpopo) is a favourite on the music calendar and with a line up including Billy Talent (Canada), Zebra & Giraffe, Jack Parow, New Holland, Prime Circle, Taxi Violence and so many more artists I can see why. Tickets cost R450 per person and the event is held on the Oppikoppi Farm, telephone Liny Kruger on +27 (0)21 556-1726 for more details.

National Marimba Festival: Boksburg (Gauteng) holds the National Marimba Festival from 7-9 August. This festival begun in 2006 and hosts more than 400 participants from 30 different schools and institutions all over the country. Come and hear how versatile the marimba can be from classical music to light pop as well as traditional South African tunes. The festival is held at St Dominics School and for more details telephone Joan during office hours on+27 (0)82 266-4229

Youth Music Festival: On Saturday 21 August at the Artscape Theatre in the Foreshore, Cape Town the Youth Music Festival takes place. Enjoy the musical talents of 15 young singers and classical musicians. The participants are chose from over 50 youths and are aged between 12 and 26 years. Tickets are available from Computicket and the show begins at 19h30.

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival: Who doesn’t love jazz – I know I sure do! Enjoy the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival from 26-28 August 2010 in Johannesburg. Now in it’s 11th year there will once again be a fabulous line up of both local and international artists. Happening in Newtown at various venues you can be sure to leave with a beat in your heart and a smile on your face, tickets are available from Computicket.

For Nature Lovers: If you love spending a bit of time outdoor and looking and the beauty nature has to offer us then this month there are two flora festivals to get your excited.

Hopefield Fynbos Show: The Hopefield Fynbos Show from 26-29 August in Hopefield (Western Cape) showcases more than 200 species of Fynbos from the rietveld, renosterveld, sandveld and wetland areas of the Hopefield district. Lunch and tea stalls will have a variety of delicious eats or you can purchase some traditional produce, take a tour of the fossil museum or take your time on the flower route. For more information you can telephone +27 (0)22 783-0856.

Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show: In Clanwilliam (Western Cape) from 26 August to 1 September you can see the Wild Flower Show. Come and see flora that is exclusive to this district and find out more about conservation issues and what you can do to help. This is a long standing tradition as the show has been on the calendar since 1972. Make sure you don’t miss out on the beauty of these wildflowers.  The whole family will enjoy this show, telephone Clanwilliam Tourism on +27 (0)27 482-2024 for more details.

Weddings Fairs & Exhibitions: For every bride to be who is looking for new and fresh ideas to make your day one you and your guests will never forget, these expo’s is where you should head.

Nedbank Eastern Bridal Fair: From 7-9 August to Nedbank Eastern Bridal Fair takes place in Durban (KwaZulu Natal). This is a big event and is now into its tenth year at this years event you will once again be able to find a host of service providers which include photography and wedding videography, law firms, travel and tour options and more. For more information telephone +27 (0)31 303-9200.

Garden Route Wedding Expo: George on the Garden Route hosts the annual Garden Route Wedding Expo from 20-22 August 2010. With everything a bride would want to find to make your special day even more special from cars to cakes, wedding photographers to flowers and so much more. This is a show you need to get to. Held at the Garden Route Mall you will leave a happy bride.

VaalWed Wedding Expo: It seems to be wedding season with another expo in Gauteng. The VaalWed Wedding Expo in Vanderbijlpark takes place on 28 and 29 August at Emerald Casino. Find out more about wedding venues, catering, hair and beauty and more all to make your day as special as possible.

Bloemfontein Bridal Show: The Bloemfontein Bridal Show from 28-30 August in Bloemfontein, Free State is the 13th year this show is taking place. The venue is the Loch Logan Waterfront and will hold more than 100 exhibitors from local wedding services suppliers to top designers, this going to be a fantastic event. For more details telephone Nella van Heerden on +27 (0)83 262 2918.

Exhibitions & Conferences: For home and décor fundies to those who enjoy the night life, these events will inspire and excite.

Decorex Joburg: Decorex Joburg is a much anticipated event on the home and decor calendar. From Thursday 5 to Monday 9 August at the Gallagher Estate, Midrand (Gauteng) come and see the most up to date styles and latest trends. If you’re looking for something to freshen up your home this is the show for you.

Nightlife and Bar Expo: A new event on the Gauteng calendar is the Nightlife and Bar Expo takes place in Kempton Park from 27-29 August 2010. This will be the largest and most dynamic “what’s out there to do at night” expo. With a great line up of entertainment and more both the trade and public will find something new and exciting. The show is open from 13h00 to 23h00 on Friday and Saturday and from 13h00to 20h00 on Sunday, for more details telephone +27 (0)86 038-3689

August certainly is jam packed with things to do and with such a variety too. This is only a snapshot of the events taking place this upcoming August, there is still plenty to keep you busy and make you fall in love with this fantastic country!

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