Events in April – enjoy the public holidays!
This month we don’t just have one public holiday – we have four coming up. It kicks off with Easter celebrations and a long weekend thanks to Good Friday and Family Day, shortly thereafter we will enjoy Freedom Day and less than a week later we celebrate Workers Day in May on a Sunday, which means we have Monday 2 May out of the office as well.
It seems all of the provinces in South Africa are making use of these long weekends and are treating us to some wonderful events of all varieties. It is now time to bring out your calendar and take note of these exciting things happening all around you! Don’t forget to share all of this with those friends and family who are special to you.
Events in the Northern Cape:
The Northern Cape is a hive of activity this coming month and it kicks off with AfrikaBurn from 27 April to 2 May 2011 in the Tankwa-Karoo National Park. This is a festival that brings together a sense of community through collaborative art projects – all in a non-commercial environment. The aim is to create real social interaction and this year the theme is STOF – The Primal Mud. Tickets cost between R300 and R500 per person and don’t forget you need to bring all of your food, shelter, water and food as well as bags to take your rubbish home with you.
The Phokwane Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km takes place in Kimberley on Saturday 30 April and offers all participants of varying fitness levels a challenge. Wheelchair athletes and walkers are also encouraged to take part. The race starts at the Hoerskool Hartwater Sports Grounds and for further details you can telephone Christel Pelser on +27 (0)53 456-5004.
Saturday 30 April to Sunday 1 May sees the Orange River Canoe Race originate in the Drakensberg Mountains and meander all through the country before joining the Atlantic Ocean. This race has originated in 1987 and was the first race that was held by the Free State Canoe Union and the Bloemfontein Canoe and Triathlon Club.
Looking ahead to May don’t forget to make a stop at the Upington Landbou Skou from 5 to 7 May 2011. The show will be jam packed with great South African artists to entertain you, plenty of food stalls with decadent and delicious produce. Join the town of Upington and see what they have to offer.
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Events in Gauteng:
If you and your hubby to be are in the planning stages of your big day then you need to make your way to The Wedding Expo 2011 for some inspirational ideas. Held at the Coca Cola Dome in North Riding on 9 and 10 April you can be sure to find Gauteng’s crème-de-la-crème bridal suppliers. This expo is now in its 17th year so you can be rest assured to have some of your big questions answered. Open daily from 09h00 to 17h00 with the SA Design Couture shows held twice daily at 11h00 and 14h00 – tickets cost R80 per person and for further details telephone +27 (0)86 111-3997.
In Pretoria Accommodation from 21-22 April the Green Building Conference and Exhibition will be held. This is the country’s largest green expo with in excess of 700 industry professionals and more than 100 stands exhibiting the latest innovations and information.
The Rand Show is a favourite on the Gauteng calendar. Coinciding with Easter this event will guarantee a great day out with the family. Join in the fun from 22 April to 2 May at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Johannesburg. With a fantastic highlight of great entertainment, film festivals, Model of the Year competition, a carnival, an extreme zone and so much more you will want to be there on all 11 days of the event! For further information telephone +27 (0)11 462-1989.
Let’s face it everyone’s home could do with a bit of sprucing up now and then – so whether you live in a small flat, a large home or you’d just like to make some changes to your space then head over to The Home Expo from 29 April to 2 May at the Centre Court in Emperors Palace, Kempton Park and make it happen. Get advice from designers, artists and style professionals in the know and find out how to mix and match your home accessories. The expo will be open from 10h00 to 18h00 daily and entry costs R40 per adult with discounts for pensioners and children. Telephone +27 (0)860 383-689 for more information.
If you’d like to get out and do some exercise the Traumeel Wally Hayward Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km on Monday 2 May (a public holiday) is an excellent opportunity. The race starts in Centurion at the Hoerskool Zwartkop in Mopanie Road and begins with an easy downhill for the first few kilometres. If you need further information telephone Mike Summerfield on +27 (0)82 781-4357.
The 7th Discovery Vitality Wellness and Fitness Convention will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, from 5-7 May and should be bright and bold on your calendar if you are in anyway involved in the health and fitness industry. Here you will be motivated and encouraged to educate and create opportunities, network and learn about the new trends and advancements in the industry. For more information telephone +27 (0)21 659-5600.
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Events in the Free State:
It seems to be marathon season this April – must have something to do with all of the public holidays we’re about to have. But if you’re looking for a challenge then why not take part in the Syngenta Wildfees Marathon on Saturday 9 April in Ventersburg? You will run through the Willem Pretorius Game Reserve and although you will be challenged you will enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Walkers and wheelchair athletes are encouraged to take part in the 10km which begins at 06h15. Telephone Frikkie van Zyl on +27 (0)83 388-5384 for more information.
The annual Philippolis Witblits Festival takes place on 20 and 21 April in Philippolis and will showcase the great local tradition of witblits, which translated from Afrikaans means “White lightning” and can be described as South African moonshine. The whole family will enjoy plenty of activity at this festival. Telephone Pierre on +27 (0)82 770-0101 for more information.
Bloemfontein is host to the Ultimag 3-in-1 Marathon on Saturday 23 April. This is traditionally the last Comrades Marathon qualifier in the Free State so if you’re running this big race this will be a good practise run. There is also a 10km route and a fun run to take part in. The race starts at the Bloemfontein Achilles Sports Centre and if you need further information telephone Marijke de Wet on +27 (0)51 444 5867.
From 28 April to 7 May make sure you find some time for the Bloemfontein Show held at the Showgrounds on Curie Avenue, Bloemfontein. This is the largest agricultural and entertainment show in South Africa and one of the three largest shows. With over 450 exhibitors, 25 foodstalls and lots of entertainment you will be sure to find something that grabs your attention. The agricultural side of the show includes an open air Saddle Horse Championship. Relax and enjoy this family time with those close to you. Telephone Elmarie Prinsloo on +27 (0)51 448-9894 / 5 / 6 for more information.
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Events in Mpumalanga:
Now I know there are plenty of you out there who are wine lovers and if you are one of them and find yourself in White River from 15 to 16 April then you should make a turn at the Mpumalanga Wine Show because there will be tastings of close to 250 wines from 50 Cape Winelands exhibitors. This is the second festival and not only can you stock up on your favourite wines but you can also stock your fridges with various olives and artisanal products. Book your tickets from Computicket or at money market counters in Shoprite Checkers stores countrywide. The event will be held at the Igwenyama Conference and Sports Resort and if you require further details telephone +27 (0)11 482-5935.
The Step Ahead Bridal & Fashion Fair will be held from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 April in Nelspruit at the Riverside Mall. Here you will find local designers and expert suppliers to make you special day that much more special. You might even be one of the lucky few to walk away with a fantastic prize on the day. Telephone Ronel Jardin on +27 (0)82 418-4247 for more information.
Have you ever had a ride in a donkey cart? If not then this is your opportunity at the Tonteldoos Country Festival in Dullstroom on Saturday 23 April. This festival is becoming increasingly popular as there are ample activities to keep you entertained. Witness some beautiful birds of prey in action, visit the lam pen or have a horse ride – children and adults will be enthralled. Enjoy a variety of food stalls and take some time out on this Easter weekend to enjoy time with your family. Telephone André on +27 (0)13 254-8902 or +27 (0)82 565-3402 for more information.
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Events in Limpopo:
Bela Bela will host the Garmin Rooiberg Eco Ride on Saturday 16 April. This is a two day mountain bike stage race and entries are open for single riders in a variety of categories. A separate half marathon is held on day two and is aimed at the youth and junior categories but all riders are encouraged to take part. Telephone Kristy Searle on +27 (0)83 326-6721 for more information.
The Thabazimbi Expo on 29 and 30 April in Thabazimbi will once again bring you a great line-up of competitions, live music from South African talent, activities, games, tours and so much more. This exhilarating family event is held in the Thaba Park of the Waterberg District.
If you’re a music festival enthusiast then the Monster Rock Fest on Saturday 7 May in Louis Trichardt is one for your calendar. This will be a feast of great music that will allow you to rock out in full force. If you think you’re a budding rockstar then why not take part in the “Rock Idols” karaoke competition which offers some great prizes. Tickets start at R50 per person and for further details you can telephone +27 (0)84 231-6695.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
Mountain bike enthusiasts will look forward to the Karkloof Classic Mountain Bike Festival from 8-10 April in Karkloof, near Howick. This event brings riders three days of innovate tracks, great entertainment and some really great riding. This is something not to be missed as you will leave with a great experience and excitement for the next year.
The Ladysmith Swartkop Challenge is something quite different and takes place in Ladysmith at the Wagon Hill / Platrand Battlesite on Saturday 9 April. Teams of 20 + 2 leaders take part in this extreme sport event which requires teams to draw a gun weighing approximately 1300kg up a hill and over a course of 130 metres. The festival is inspired by the feat of arms in the South African War of 1899-1902, so if you are interested in history and taking part in what can be described as an historic challenge then make sure you are here!
On 16 April from 09h00 to 18h00 come and be a part of The Bell’s Fort Nottingham Highland and Traditional Games in Fort Nottingham in the Natal Midlands. On the day find food stalls and exhibitors as well as highland dancing and athletic games that would typically be found at a Scottish gathering. The event will take place on the Fort Nottingham fields.
If you’re looking for a half marathon to take part in to keep your fitness levels up then why not enter into the Dick King Half Marathon and 15km walk in Amanzimtoti. The first few kilometres of this event are a steep climb but soon ease into a gentle downhill. The route takes you on part of the historic route taken by Dick King on his legendary journey from Durban to Grahamstown. The race begins at Hutchinson Park and for more information you can contact Renier Fouce on +27 (0)84 504-9808.
The always popular Splashy Fen Music Festival takes place over the Easter weekend (21-25 April) in Himeville in the Underberg. First established in 1990 this is the longest running music festival in the country and every year it brings together a wonderful line up of artists for a fabulous outdoor experience. Tickets are available from Computicket and there are a number of ticket options for festival goers.
Margate will see an influx of motorcycles from 28 April to 1 May all in honour of Africa Bike Week. More than 3000 Harley-Davidson® riders from all over the world are anticipated to attend this event, but no matter if you don’t have one – you can try out the latest Harley-Davidson® and Buell® motorcycles on a special route chosen for your enjoyment. Remember to bring your driver’s licence and protective clothing. A mass ride will take place and there will be plenty of view points for spectators, the ride begins at 10h30. Telephone Martin on +27 (0)82 558-3616 for more information.
On Saturday 30 April come and see who will be crowned as the uShaka King and Queen at uShaka Marine World in Durban. This beauty pageant is now in its 7th year and is becoming extremely popular, the semi finals took place in earlier in March and the event on 30 April is the gala event.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
Since we are celebrating Easter you can expect there to be a few Easter themed events taking place and the Queenstown Annual Easter Family Festival is no exception. Held from 22-24 April in Queenstown this three day fun filled family events will be jam packed with activities, games and family competitions. Hungry bellies will be filled at the variety of food stalls and you can bop along to some of the great live musical entertainment. Contact Nosipho Tungata on +27 (0)43 743-0799 or +27 (0)73 698-7778 for more information.
Port Elizabeth will once again host the Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival from 22-25 April. Take part in a traditional Easter egg hunt or one of the many sporting events which include the inflatable boat championships and an ‘A’ rated volleyball tournament. Some well known South African artists will be providing the musical entertainment. Telephone Magnetic Storm on +27 (0)41 393-4800 or Zports Event Management on +27 (0)41 582-2575 for further details.
The Lady Grey Passion Play (22-25 April) in Lady Grey is a highlight on the Lady Grey Arts Academy calendar. This is varied play including a troupe of dancers, visual artists, a chorus and choir as they depict costumes of the period and interactive scenes. Telephone the Lady Grey Arts Academy on +27 (0)51 603-0046 should you require further details.
Well it’s one for the money, two for the show, three get ready and go go go to The Elvis Festival Africa in Storms River from 29 April to 2 May. This festival celebrates the King and you can enjoy some of the many Elvis tribute artists or take part in one of the fun activities hosted by the South African Elvis Fan Club. The event is split over two venues Protea Hotel Tsitsikamma Village and Marilyn’s 60’s Diner and all ages will have a great time telephone Ann du Rand on +27 (0)82 920-6626 for further information.
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Events in the Garden Route:
From 23 to 25 April take things a little easy at Sedgefield Slow Festival held in Sedgefield. With something to offer every festival goer this is a celebration of the good things in life – family, friends, the outdoors and delicious food. Make sure you take this time to appreciate, enjoy and savour life.
The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras from 24 April to 1 May takes place in Knysna and is a highlight on the international gay calendar. If you’re looking for an event with thousands of like-minded individuals enjoying a carnival atmosphere then you will most definitely enjoy this festival. With non-stop entertainment, lots of parties and activities you will experience energy on a new level!
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Events in the Western Cape:
On Saturday 16 April you can take part in the Eendracht Hotel Vista Trail Run in Stellenbosch. This event will be held in aid of two children’s charities and offers a challenging 12km trail run as well as a 5km fun run which is ideal for families. Both events start at the Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium at 07h30 and 07h35 respectively. Entries close on 12 April and cost R65 for the 12km and R15 for the fun run. Telephone Wilmien on +27 (0)82 337-9669 or Hennie on +27 (0)84 952-5412 for more information.
Get your designer outfit ready on Sunday 17 April and make your way to Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate in Paarl for the Veuve Clicquot Masters for a sophisticated day out. This polo event one not to be missed and there are two ticket options which include wine and food and are available from Computicket. Telephone Nicola Hart on +27 (0)21 465-2312 for more information.
A firm favourite on the Cape’s running calendar is the Two Oceans Marathon, this year the race will be run on 23 April 2011. Entries for the race have already closed but this is one of the most beautiful races to be a spectator and participant of. With both an ultra (56km) and half (21.1km) marathon you can be sure of a challenge. The race begins on Newlands Main Road and courses its way through the city and its coastline.
On Saturday 23 April wander through the many stalls at St Helena Bay Arts, Crafts & Food Market in St Helena Bay. The market will be open from 10h00 to 14h00 and will offer goodies of all sorts to take home or enjoy on the day.
Celebrating yet another one of the public holidays that we will enjoy this April is the Freedom Day Festival in Franschhoek on 26 and 27 April. Come and enjoy a feast of dishes of traditional food and enjoy live music and a farmers market. There is also a black tie gala event with gourmet dining to enjoy. Telephone +27 (0)21 867-09 for further details.
The Cederberg Arts Festival in Clanwilliam (27 April to 1 May) is a weekend of festivity which includes a play festival, plenty of shows, book exhibitions, workshops and lectures all held at different venues around the town. Contact Clanwilliam Tourism on +27 (0)27 482-2024 for further details.
Get your tickets from Computicket for the annual SA Cheese Festival which will be held from 29 April to Monday 2 May at Sandrigham Estate in Stellenbosch. With a wide selection of cheese currently available in South Africa you will enjoy these tastes no matter if you are a new cheese lover or if you are well versed in the world of cheese. Telephone +27 (0)21 975-4440 / 1 / 2 / 3 for more information.
If you have had your fill on delicious cheese and still are in the mood for something a little salty then head to the Prince Albert Town and Olive Festival from 30 April to 1 May in Prince Albert. This town opens its doors and lets you in on a few of their secrets. There is much fun to be had with music, arts and culture including storytelling and not to forget tasty olives and olive products. Telephone +27 (0)23 5411-366.
I’m sure when you were growing up you had a favourite stuffed toy and I’m pretty certain that it was a teddy bear. If you’d like to reignite that love for your bear then why not come to The Teddy Bear Fair on Sunday 1 May at the Buitenverwachting Wine Farm in the Constantia Valley. If you’re a keen teddy collector meet up with other crafters and collectors on the day. The fair is open from 10h00 to 16h00.
The Cadiz Freedom Swim takes place on Sunday 7 May and is an annual swim from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand. Although the distance is only approximately 7.5km the swim is tough as you’re in bitterly cold ocean water with strong and often unpredictable currents. The swim is a charity event and can use all the support we can give. Come and support these swimmers at the end of the race on the beach in Big Bay, Bloubergstrand. Telephone Craig or Shirley +27 (0)21 785-3683 from 09h00 to 15h00 (Monday to Friday) for further details.
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April is crammed full of great events and festivals to keep you busy all throughout the month. With so many extra “weekend” days courtesy of the public holidays you will have to plan you calendar carefully!