Events in April 2010 – from marathons to festivals and plenty in between
What a diverse month we will be having in April 2010, with events of all shapes, sizes, tastes and kinds. Nearly all of our nine provinces are full to bursting with fun things to do so you are sure to find something that will interest you.
We celebrate the Easter weekend nationwide from 2-5 April. This means that both Friday 2 (Good Friday) and Monday 5 (Family Day) are public holidays. (For those of you who didn’t know Easter Monday was renamed Family Day in 1995. Interesting I thought!). On to this months events …
… in the WESTERN CAPE
Cape Town starts the month off with a bang when over 20 000 participants take part in the Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday 3 April. This is a 56km open road race with challenging climbs and passes, as its name suggests, both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. For those who are not able to complete a full marathon yet you can take part in the half marathon. Or, if like me are not a runner, you can take part as a spectator on the sidelines cheering all the runners on.
It’s all about that Jazz on 3 and 4 April as the Cape Town Jazz Festival eases its way into the Cape. Now in its 11th year this festival is a hit on the Cape Town calendar and brings in big international jazz musicians as well as South Africa’s own talented stars.
A little bit up the Cape West Coast is the town of Lamberts Bay who is holding their annual Kreeffees from 22-24 April. Kreef, for those of you who don’t know, is the Afrikaans word for crayfish and is celebrated annually with a rock concert, beer tent, a half marathon and of course crayfish eating. Mmmm … delicious, you can count me in! Tickets are R40 for adults and R20 for children under 12 and can be purchased at Computicket.
Another gastronomic taste sensation is the SA Cheese Festival from 24-27 April taking place in Simondium (which is situated between Franschhoek and Paarl). Come and feast of a wide selection of the freshest cheeses as you’ll be spoilt for choice. Your entry fee includes a shopping bag, festival programme, tastings as well as demonstrations by some of South Africaa’s favourite food personalities. Tickets are available from Computicket. Brie there or brie square!
See more events and festivals at Western Cape Events
… in the GARDEN ROUTE
In the Garden Route from 1-8 April 2010 is the KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival for those not in the know). This Afrikaans arts and culture festival takes place in Oudtshoorn, famed for their ostrich’s and the Cango Caves. The festival boasts a host of plays, classical music, visual arts and so much more. It is an event not to be missed, but if you haven’t been on the ball and booked your accommodation in Oudtshoorn well in advance you may be sorely disappointed.
Knysna will be tickled pink this coming month from 24 April to 2 May at the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras. This is a very popular event filled with colour and celebration and a highlight on the international Gay calendar. These 4 days are non-stop with entertainment and loads of partying. Come and enjoy a carnival atmosphere with high energy levels. This very popular and highly colourful celebration is certainly a highlight on the international Gay Calendar. The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras offers four days of non-stop entertainment for Gay people as well as for everybody that have a need for superb entertainment, major partying or just having loads of light-hearted fun and laughter. Grab your party hat and come and paint this town pink!
See more events and festivals at Garden Route Events
… in the EASTERN CAPE
The Queenstown Annual Easter Family Festival takes place over the Easter weekend (as the name suggests) from 2-4 April and is 3 days of family fun. From arts and craft stalls, food stalls and picnic areas, comedy, poetry and loads more. Come and braai your boerie with your family and enjoy the exuberance of children running around and celebrate this special weekend. For more info you can telephone Nosipho on +27 (0)43 743-0799 or +27 (0)73 698-7778.
Port Elizabeth splashes into the mix with the Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival from 2-5 April. With water sports and family entertainment you can be sure this will be a jam packed weekend. The programme includes the World Cup Surf Ski race, World Inflatable Boat Championships, a volleyball tournament and what would Easter be without a traditional Easter egg hunt. With live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks demonstration you need to be there. For more information contact Magnetic Storm on +27 (0)41 393-4800.
See more events and festivals at Eastern Cape Events
… in KWAZULU NATAL
Since its humble beginnings in 1990 the Splashy Fen Music Festival in Himeville, Underberg District, is the longest running music festival in the country and every year thousands of visitors come together for a fabulous time. This year it takes place from 1-5 April and has some of South Africa’s hottest acts as well as food and arts and crafts stalls, children’s entertainment and more. Come and be a part of South Africa’s history in the Drakensberg.
The Ladysmith Swartkop Challenge from 9-10 April 2010 is an extreme challenge. Teams of 20 + 2 leaders draw a gun weighing approximately 1300kg up a hill of 1:1 over a course of 130m. Wow you better make sure you have a strong team with you. This event is inspired by the feats of arms in the South African War of 1899-1902. This event takes place at Wagon Hill / Platrand Battlesite.
Ladies and Gentlemen start your engines! Margate is host to Africa Bike Week from 24-27 April with more than 3000 Harley-Davidson® riders from all over the world gather. Bring your families and friends and come watch the big ride take place.
You will also be able to try out the latest Harley-Davidson® and Buell® motorcycles on a special route chosen for your enjoyment! Just don’t forget to bring your driver’s licence and protective clothing. Helmets can be loaned to you if you do not have your own. For more information you can telephone Martin on +27 (0)82 558-3616
See more events and festivals at KwaZulu Natal Events
… in GAUTENG
Johannesburg hosts the Rand Show from 1-11 April and these 11 days on non-stop entertainment promise to be a great day out. There is an arts festival, film festival, music festival, competitions, a carnival and more to keep you entertained for the entire day. The event happens at the Johannesburg Expo Centre and for more information you can telephone +27 (0)11 462-1989.
Saxonwold hosts SCOPEX on Saturday 17 April 2010. If you are interested in astronomy, telescopes and beyond you need to get to this show as there will be a large variety of telescopes, books, accessories, demonstrations and more on offer. The venue is the Johannesburg SA National Military History Museum (aka War Museum, next to the Zoo) and is open from 09h00 to 21h00.
The Garden and Home Expo from 29 April to 2 May will give you some fabulous ideas to clean up or swank up your living space. Come and get some great ideas to fix up some of the areas in your home that could do with a bit of TLC. Get to the Centre Court at Emporers Palace in Kempton Park from 10h00 to 18h00 daily, with over 150 stands you will find what you’re looking for.
See more events and festivals at Gauteng Events
… in MPUMALANGA
Forever Resorts host the annual Loskop 50km marathon in Middelburg on Saturday 17 April. The first 20 km take you through a typical Highveld terrain, from there you make your way down 10km to Buggers Hill and at the 36km mark you make you way up it. Enjoy the Kraanspoort Pass at 38km as it is breathtaking from there it is a relatively calm run until you hit the 46km mark at Varaday’s Hill. Enjoy the race! For more information you can telephone the Middelburg Marathon Club on +27 (0)13 243-2683.
See more events and festivals at Mpumalanga Events
… in LIMPOPO
From 23-25 April Polokwane hosts the Limpopo Wine Show which is now in its 4th year. Enjoy over 250 wines from over 50 of the country’s award-winning estates. You will also have the opportunity to purchase Cape olives and cheeses as well as glassware and wine accessories. The event happens at the Meropa Casino & Entertainment World, Polokwane. For more info you can telephone +27 11 482-5936.
The Garmin Rooiberg Eco Ride taking place in Bela Bela from 24-26 April is a two day mountain bike stage race with entries for open single riders. There are prizes up for grabs which are spread equally over all age categories. For more information telephone Kirsty Searle on +27 (0)83 326-6721.
The largest Christian gathering in South Africa, the Zion Christian Church Easter Festival,happens twice a year at Zion City, Moria near Polokwane at Easter (and again for the September festival). The Zion Christian Church’s headquarters are at Zion City Moria. You want to join the big prayer for this easter festival, it is simple, no booking, no fees just take your journey to Limpopo at Moria to get blessed.
For more events and festivals see Limpopo Events
… in the FREE STATE
Bloemfontein Show from 22 April to 1 May is the largest agricultural and entertainment show in South Africa and this combination seems to be the winning formula. With over 450 exhibitions, 25 food stalls and an amusement park there is so much to do and see.
On the agricultural side you can see the largest open air Saddle Horse Championship in the world with over 1000 saddle horses taking part in the national champs. The event happens on the Showgrounds on Curie Avenue in Bloemfontein. Exhibitors are a diversion of all races and cultures and do not only include SA citizens, but also exhibitors from Namibia, Swaziland, Egypt, Pakistan, Australia and Kashmir. The Art and Home Industry section includes entries of handmade products such as porcelain dolls, embroidery, art, flowers etc. and all participants. With a multitude of events taking place, approximately 160 000 visitors were drawn to the show from all over South Africa as well as various parts of the world. For more information telephone Elmarie Prinsloo on +27 (0)51 448-9894/5/6
See more events and festivals at Free State Events
… in the NORTHERN CAPE
AfrikaBurn from 22-27 April in the Tankwa-Karoo National Park is a freedom of expression festival with the intention of building a temporary community through collaborative arts projects, in a non-commercial environment. This is a place to collaborate, cooperate, and add to the public environment. To build community. This “gift economy” means that here is no commercial exchange at the event – no vending, no cash bars and no branded promotion of services or products, the aim being real social interaction
This is definitely something to try out. You need to bring all your food, shelter, water and fuel and it’s important to note that no rubbish bins are provided so what you take in, you will be taking out!
For more events and festivals see Northern Cape Events
Wow what a month April is shaping up to be, it’s hard to decide where I want to spend my time as there are so many events I want to be a part of. What will you be doing this month?