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Posted on: Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Events in February – Dates to diarise

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Marula Festival

Marula Festival

This month there is a flurry of activity – from sporting events, harvest festivals, bridal shows and everything in between. Now is the time to sit down and dust off the old diary and make sure you diarise these important dates.  You don’t want to be left in the dust cloud your friends create when they are off enjoying themselves.

You won’t be able to have any excuses because we are letting you know what is happening where so that you can be there and take part if all of the fun. The organisers work hard to put on these great events and the events need your support to keep happening every year! So what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy yourself.

Events in Limpopo:

The Limpopo Marula Festival is held from 20-27 February in Phalaborwa at the Impala Park Stadium, Hans Merensky Golf Club and Hlolwa Lodge. There are a host of activities and fun events planned including the Marula Golf Challenge, a half marathon, open air music concert, youth rugby and street soccer as well as a cultural products and tourism career fair. For more information telephone +27 (0)15 769-5090 or +27 (0)82 820-7337.

A big hit on the Limpopo calendar is The Polokwane Show and Music Festival – formerly known as the Pietersberg Show and its history dates back to 1968. The event is held from 3-6 March 2011. Come and enjoy music from top South African artists as well as plenty of food and other activities to keep you busy. Contact the events manager Corrie on +27 (0)82 374-0816 for more information.

… see more events and festivals at Limpopo Events

Events in KwaZulu Natal:

Dusi Canoe Marathon

Dusi Canoe Marathon

The Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg is held on 12-13 February 2011 at the Midmar Dam and is the world’s largest open water swimming event. As the name suggests the swim is approximately one mile, while the distance covered is always a mile depending on rainfall and water conditions you may find yourself sprinting through a muddy shore at the start when water levels are low. For further details telephone +27 (0)861 643-627.

From Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 February the Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place on the Msunduzi River starting at Pietermaritzburg and ending in Durban. Come and be a spectator in this exciting event that happens over three days. Cheer the paddlers on to a nail biting finish.

Durban Central is host to the NWJ Bridal Show from 4-6 March 2011. If you are looking for some special addition to your wedding or the perfect wedding dress then you need to get to this show at the Durban Exhibition Centre. You may even be the lucky person who wins a wedding!

… see more events and festivals at KwaZulu Natal Events

Events in the North West Province:

Zebra Zamba

Zebra Zamba

This extremely popular route takes place at the Lichtenburg game breeding centre – which makes it quite unique. The Lichtenburg Zebra Zamba and MTB Race kicks up some dust on Saturday 5 March with a 32km and 10km races, a 5km fun run and a 32km MTB. The race starts at the Lichtenburg Marathon Club Clubhouse, 1A Carroll Street and for more information you can telephone Mariette on +27 (0)84 550-2006.

… see more events and festivals at North West Province Events

Events in Gauteng:

If you are a bit car enthusiast then you will enjoy the Lovers Rock Annual Vintage and Classic Car Show in Magaliesberg on Sunday 6 February. The gates open at 08h00 and you can spend hours looking at the display of between 150 and 200 of the finest motor cars, the event ends at 18h00 so you have plenty of time. If you’re organised you can bring your own picnic and sit and enjoy the day with your family, there is also a food court available. See you at the Lovers Rock Family Resort on Rustenburg Road (R24), R60 will get you in, discounts for children under 12.

Beeld Holiday Show

Beeld Holiday Show

The Beeld Holiday Show focuses on six categories, accessories, accommodation, wheels, activities, publications, clubs and services – so you will be able to find a host of holiday ideas from camping, to caravanning, sea side holidays to overseas holidays. Get yourself to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand from 11-13 February 2011.

Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early at the Hazel Food Candlelight Market in Pretoria Accommodation on Saturday 12 February. Browse through one of the many stalls which will be selling wine, food and fantastic gifts and décor items. There will be a great atmosphere so bring your friends,  buy a bottle of wine and just enjoy the evening.

A number of bridal shows are taking place in Gauteng this month, the first being the Bridal Indaba on 12-13 February at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Sandton. Find the perfect accessories and items for the most memorable day of your life at this top bridal show in South Africa. Telephone +27 (0)11 469-3825 for further details.

Bridal Indaba

Bridal Indaba

The Expo4Brides is the following weekend on 19-20 February in at the Tshwane Event Centre in Pretoria, they invite all brides to be to pop in to find out how to make your dream wedding come true. With over 120 bridal specialists you are certain to find what you are looking for. Telephone +27 (0)12 365-2205 / 6 / 7.

Be inspired from 24-27 February at the Coca Cola Dome in North Riding when the Gauteng Homemakers Expo takes place. This is the largest home improvement exhibition in the country. Visit the Green Living area which features products and tips on how to live “green” in your home. See the future of design and what the trends for the year are, you may just want to go home and redecorate.

… see more events and festivals at Gauteng Events

Events in the Free State:

Quenna Festival

Quenna Festival

The Gariep Dam is host to the Quenna Festival on 25 and 26 February 2011. This year the festival will be bigger and better and you can browse through more than 40 handpicked stalls or if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous you can grab a game of paintball and after you’ve worked up an appetite get a bite to eat from one of the delicious food stalls. Sit down and listen to some of the great musical acts that will be on stage throughout the day. If you need any further information then telephone +27 (0)82 888-5807.

… see more events and festivals at Free State Events

Events in the Western Cape:

Langebaan Downwind Dash on Saturday 12 February is a giant 20km slalom from Langebaan to Saldanha. All windsurfers, kites, catamarans and dinghies are welcome to take part in this fun event. Pre-registration for the event is on the beach from 11h00 on race day. For more information telephone Malcolm on +27 (0)82 350-0884.

Infecting the City

Infecting the City

If you need a little practise before the Argus Cycle Tour in March then why not enter the Wilde Fruit Cycle Race taking place on Saturday 19 February in Wellington? There is a 94km and 54km road cycles and a 50km and 20km MTB’s as well as a 6km race for children aged between 6 and 14 years. This is a fun filled family day out so bring everyone to the Hugenote Primary School or if you need further information telephone +27 (0)71 080-9980.

Come and see Cape Town Central become a living work of art from 21-26 February at this years Infecting the City. The theme this year is “Treasure” and you are invited to appreciate and celebrate cultural riches that are so often forgotten. Artists from all over the world will delve into this theme through performance works, art installations, choreographed pieces and public interventions. This event is unique because it uses public spaces and streets of the city as the venue. For further details telephone +27 (0)21 422-0468.

Hands-on Harvest

Hands-on Harvest

The first of three harvest festivals taking place in the Western Cape this month is the Hands-on Harvest in Robertson from 25-27 February. Wine aficionados and budding vintners are invited to experience the magic of harvest for one day. Booking is essential, but once you’re booked you can look forward to grape picking, bunch sorting, stomping your own grapes, a harvest market and much more. For further details telephone Robertson Wine Valley tourism on +27 (0)23 626-3167.

The Canal Walk Bridal Fair from 25-27 February, in Century City is a place for happily engaged couples who are planning their special day to be inspired by a variety of great products and ideas. You will find everything you need under one roof, from flowers and décor to venues and honeymoon destinations. For further information telephone Cheryl Wade Events on +27 (0)21 914-2852.

Music Experience

Music Experience

Music lovers will be glad to hear that the Darling Music Experience is once again taking place from 25-27 February. Your ears will be treated to a variety of classical and contemporary chamber music, choir works and jazz all performed by the festival chamber orchestra, quartet, choir, the West Coast Jazz and others.

The Nederburg Harvest Day take place on Saturday 26 February in Paarl due to the accelerated ripening in the vineyards. Here you will be able to participate in creating some of the winery’s award-winning wines. Begin your day with a glass of sparkling wine and then hand yourself over to the team of harvesting experts who will show you the ropes. You will need to book so please telephone Sunette Rust on +27 (0)21 862-3104 for further details.

Also taking place on Saturday 26 February is the Spier Harvest Festival in Stellenbosch. The day is packed with activities for both adults and children so you will be busy all day long. Choose between a game of grape stomping or croquet and event boulle whatever you pick you will be sure to have fun. Gates open at 11h00.

Garden Route 300

Garden Route 300

A highlight on the calendar is the Community Chest Carnival which takes place at Maynardville in Wynberg from 2-5 March 2011. The event dates back to 1951 and what begun as a garden party has evolved into a carnival or food stalls, games, musical entertainment and 7000 volunteers who donate their time to this event. The food is always delicious and there are plenty of stalls to browse through or you can challenge your friends to a ride on the bumper cars.

… see more events and festivals at Western Cape Events

Events in the Garden Route:

If you would like to be a part of the ultimate ride in Knysna then you need to entre the Garden Route 300 from 25-27 February. This year is the inaugural Cannondale event and your race entry includes all meals (except breakfast) each with a Knysna twist. If you’re wondering how far you’ll be cycling look at the name – 300 is a big hint! For more information about this extraordinary race telephone Lousie Hemmes on +27 (0)83 676-5681 or +27 (0)44 382-3238.

… see more events and festivals at Garden Route Events

Events in the Eastern Cape:

Surfers Challenge

Surfers Challenge

On Saturday 12 February take part in the Discovery Surfers Challenge. The start of the race is the mouth of the Kwelera River at Yellow Sands which is north of East London. Your first major obstacle is the Gonubie River, you’ll then take a short run on the Gonubie beach for approximately 5km and then it’s back to the beach onto the firmer sand of Bonza Bay Beach for the last stretch – the Nahoon River. This is a competitive event and the cut of time is 2 ½ hours (3 ½ for walkers). Runners / paddlers begin at 14h30 and walkers at 14h40 and the events costs R70 per person.

With a warm up of the surfers challenge you should find the Merrifield Mile in the Wriggleswade Dam in East London a walk in the park. The event is free of charge and it is just as much fun to be a spectator as a participant at this annual event. The swim begins at midday and everyone is encouraged to take part. For further details telephone Merrifield School on +27 (0)43 7354181.

Chilli Festival

Chilli Festival

It seems the Eastern Cape is feeling very energetic this month because the following weekend you can take part in the Old Mutual Buffs Marathon on Stutterheim on Saturday 26 February. This is a point to point race and starts on Stutterheim Road going back towards East London. This is a beautiful race and you’ll enjoy an easy first 10km before the hard work really sets in. For enquiries telephone Kerryn on +27 (0)83 215-8749 or Brendan on +27 (0)83 409-6494.

If you’re like me and enjoy a bit of chilli then head to the Chilli Festival on 26 and 27 February 2011 at the Parsons Hill Primary School in Port Elizabeth. The event is open from 10h00 to 17h00 and you will find everything chilli here, from plants and trinkets to food and plenty of it with a bit if a kick! Entrance is R10 per adult and R5 for children under 12, for more information telephone Kathy on +27 (0)41 484-4540 or +27 (0)83 350-0676.

… see more events and festivals at Eastern Cape Events

As you can see this month is absolutely crammed full of exciting events of all shapes, sizes and categories. If you don’t find something you want to do here you might need to spend less time indoors and more time exploring the country we live in. South Africa is here for your discovery… go out and have some fun!

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Tania Stephenson


Tania loves to cook and create magic in the kitchen for family and friends (or even just herself). Be it finding a new recipe or making a tried and tested dish from her recipe folder - the kitchen is her sanctuary. Find her hanging out with friends round the braai or curled up on the couch reading the latest crime drama. With a spring in her step and a song in her heart you’ll find her supporting local artists in theatre, music and dance – from a hip hop competition or the latest musical on stage at Artscape in Cape Town. Enjoying all things culture she likes to share her experiences and delights with those around her.

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