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Posted on: Thursday, 5 May 2011

Events in May – do something different

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If you are only just recovering from all the public holidays and excitement of April but  you’re already itching to get out and about this May then look no further as we have some wonderful suggestions of annual events and festivals taking place all over South Africa. If you are looking for something you can just indulge on yourself or if you are looking for family events for everyone to enjoy then carry on reading.

Perhaps this is the time to start getting fit again before winter really sets in, so take part in any number of the sporting events offered. Those of you who enjoy food and wine will not be disappointed as there and festivals to keep your bellies full and your taste buds screaming for more. Whatever you might be looking for we are here to help you with suggestions of what you can do to keep yourselves entertained this May…

Events in Limpopo:

An event that the entire family can enjoy is the Mabalingwe Lion Man Mountain Bike Race on Saturday 14 May 2011. It takes place in the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, Bela Bela, and you will ride through the hills of this Big 5 reserve. Choose from either the 35km or 8km race (recommended for more experienced cyclists). Telephone +27 (0)14 736-9048 for further information.

… see more events and fest­ivals at Limpopo Events

Events in the North West Province:

Arts & Antiques Fair

Arts & Antiques Fair

Are you a collector of sorts? If so you will more than likely be delighted to hear that the Oppiewerf Arts & Antiques Fair is back once again on Saturday 28 May 2011 at the President Pretorius Museum in Potchefstroom. You will find various collector’s items and paintings for sale or you can work your way through all of the food stalls which offer tasty treats. The fair is open from 09h00 to 15h00 and for further details telephone Vanessa on +27 (0)18 299-8036.

From Friday 27 May to Sunday 5 June 2011 the ever popular Rustenburg Show takes place in Rustenburg. The event holds agricultural championships as well as auctions for small livestock, cattle, poultry and more. You will also be entertained by a great line up of local artists. For more information telephone Carisma Breet on +27 (0)14 592-1318 / 9.

… see more events and fest­ivals at North West Province Events

Events in the Western Cape:

Literary Festival

Literary Festival

An anticipated event for many book clubs is the Franschhoek Literary Festival which takes place this year from 13-15 May 2011, the gorgeous Cape Winelands Town, Franschhoek. For three days this town is transformed into a get-together for readers, writers, booksellers and publishers. The line-up changes each year and often includes popular authors who will be involved in discussions and debates. It’s not an all book event you can also enjoy music and food and of course a glass or two of wine. Tickets and further details are available from the Franschhoek Wine Valley & Tourist Association on +27 (0)21 876-3603.

The annual Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival will once again take to the Baxter Theatre stage in Rondebosch from 19-21 May 2011. This festival gives young musicians the chance to perform and showcase their talents. Enjoy music from the jazz bands of various Cape Town schools as well as the UCT Big Band. Contact person – Ann Barr on +27 (0)21 797-6657.



Joubert-Tradauw Unplugged62 is an unplugged music event which takes place in Barrydale from 20-21 May 2011. Come and listen to the best of South African music unplugged where this acoustic style allows the artists to connect with the audience in an intimate way. If you want to take a break and get some fresh air then take part in the mountain bike race which offers three distances for all fitness levels

Enjoy delicious food and drink at the Good Food & Wine Show Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the Foreshore from 26-29 May 2011. Book your tickets to see some of the most exciting international celebrity chefs in action. There is plenty to keep you busy and you will leave with inspiration to be a better cook in your own home. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Contact Gourmet SA on +27 (0)21 797-4500 for more information.

Classics For All

Classics For All

A highlight on the Robertson calendar is the Wacky Wine Weekend from 2-5 June 2011. Join thousands of wine enthusiasts at this festival which showcases the regions wine as well as offering activities to keep you busy. You’ll be required to purchase a “passport” which serves as your ticket and will allow you to taste plenty of wine. For more information telephone The Robertson Wine Valley on +27 (0)23 626-3167.

Enjoy the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All from 3-5 June 2011 with eight concerts performed in the historic churches of Greyton and Genadendal and similar venues. The line up includes classical guitarist Carol Kinsey, pianist Charl du Plessis and violinist Zanta Hofmeyer and more. However the highlight of this year’s festival is the performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets are available from Computicket or you can telephone Greyton Tourism on +27 (0)28 254-9414 for more information.

… see more events and fest­ivals at Western Cape Events

Events in the Eastern Cape:

La Femme Bridal Fair

La Femme Bridal Fair

If you are looking for a 10km race with an easy start and circular route then why not entre the Sunridge Park Shopping Complex 10km on Saturday 14 May 2011 in Port Elizabeth? The first 10 race finishers will take gold medals home with them, the following 100 runners taking home silvers and all finishers in both the 10km and 5km bronze medals. Walkers are most welcome to take part or you can just enjoy the fun run. Telephone Cordell Schnetler on +27 (0)76 158-0407 for further details.

The Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth is host to the La Femme Bridal Fair on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2011. Here all eager brides will find all they need to make their special day exceed their expectations. Find the best in accessories, gifts, invitations, flowers, décor, all aspects of planning and so much more. If you need wedding dress ideas find your seat at the fashion show which takes place twice daily. The fair is open from 09h00 to 18h00 daily and for more information telephone Linda Harwood on +27 (0)41 373-8714.

… see more events and fest­ivals at Eastern Cape Events

Events in KwaZulu Natal:

Pig & Beer Fest

Pig & Beer Fest

On Saturday 14 May 2011 in Bergville you can take part in the Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge which as various options for all fitness levels. If you are a beginner why not entre the 10km race which begins at 10h00 or if you feel you could manage a 20km which begins at 09h45. For those of you who are very fit try out the 40km race which begins at 09h30 or if you’re not into cycling then enter either the 15km race beginning at 08h30 or the 15km night run which begins at 18h00. The event takes place at the Alpine Health Resort and for further information telephone Chris on +27 (0)72 386-1344.

The second annual Pecanwood Pig & Beer Fest takes place on 14 and 15 May 2011 in Howick. Come and enjoy entertainment from live bands, bonfires, delicious spit roasts and plenty to drink. If you’re feeling energetic get yourself a team to take part in the Peacanwood dodge ball championship where you can win fantastic prizes. Telephone +27 (0)74 821-1144 or +27 (0)83 915-8000 for further details.

Bridal Fair

Bridal Fair

The annual Heritage Market Bridal Fair will be held on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May at the Heritage Market, 9 Old Main Road, Hillcrest. See how the venue is transformed into a wedding wonderland where you will find lovely ideas and items to make you day just that much more special. Telephone +27 (0)31 765-2500 for more information.

If you enjoy walking why not enter into the East Coast Radio Big Walk on Sunday 22 May 2011? The event stars at George Campbell High and uShaka Marine World in Durban from 07h45 and you can choose from the 5km, 10km, 15km or 20km.

The African Renaissance Festival takes place from 23-27 May 2011 and celebrates its 13th year at various locations around KwaZulu Natal. The main two day conference on 24 and 25 May includes a line-up of distinguished speakers and personalities, on 23 May there will be a Youth Pioneers Conference and a Unity of Faith seminar on 26 May 2011. The Africa Day concert features some great South African artists – more info telephone +27 (0)31 266-9792.

Comrades Marathon

Comrades Marathon

Those who are taking part in the very challenging 89km Comrades Marathon on Sunday 29 May 2011 must not forget to stop by the Bonitas Comrades Expo which is held from 26-28 May 2011 at the Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban. Find sports goods from all sporting disciplines. The exhibition is open from 09h00 to 19h00 on Thursday and Friday and from 09h00 to 17h00 on Saturday.

The Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg is one of the most popular events in KwaZulu Natal and takes place this year from 27 May to 5 June 2011. Browse through hundreds of arts and crafts stalls, visit any number of the competitions for birds, agricultural produce and livestock or simply enjoy the activities on the day – from concerts and vintage tractor displays to jumping castles and fireworks. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun at the Royal Agricultural Society of KZN Showground. Telephone +27 (0)33 345-6274 for further details.

… see more events and fest­ivals at KwaZulu Natal Events

Events in Gauteng:

National Koi Show

National Koi Show

If you have a Koi pond you will know about these beautiful fish. Perhaps you are new to it all and need to find out more information, if this is the case then make sure you don’t miss the SAKKS National Koi Show from 13-15 May 2011 at the Cresta Shopping Centre, in Cresta. Here you will see some of South Africa’s finest Koi. Entry is R20 for adults and R10 for pensioners and children under 12 years.

The Zio Cash and Carry 10km takes place on Saturday 14 May 2011 in Sasolburg. The race starts at the Flavius Mareka College Sports Stadium at 06h30 and all participants who finish within the two hour cut off receive medals. For further information telephone Pollie Massyn on +27 (0)16 960-2607.

On Saturday 21 May 2011 head into Parktown for the Deutsche Internationale Schule Johannesburg Schulbasar. The opening ceremony is at 10h00 and from there on there will be a host of activities for both children and parents to enjoy. Tickets are available prior to the day at a discounted rate or you can buy tickets at the door. Find the market at 11 Sans Souci Road, Parktown or for further details telephone +27 (0)11 726-6220 / 1.

Fine Brandy Festival

Fine Brandy Festival

The Sandton Sun is Sandton will host the Fine Brandy Festival from 25-27 May 2011 (25 May is by initiation only). This is the second year the event has taken place and it will once again showcase both large and small single-estate brandy makers. You will be able to watch live demonstrations and tantalise your taste buds with wonderful food pairing and adventurous cocktails. Visit the festival from 17h00 to 21h00 and tickets cost R195 per person and include a brandy glass and drinks vouchers. For more information telephone the SA Brandy Foundation on +27 (0)21 809-7617.

The second largest oyster festival in South Africa will be held in Randburg on 28 and 29 May 2011 and you will be able to indulge on a variety of oyster dishes at The Oyster, Wine & Food Festival at the Brightwater Commons. Open from 11h00 you can expect to be entertained with live music and plenty of oysters. For more information telephone +27 (0)11 795-1901.

Port & Sherry Festival

Port & Sherry Festival

If you would like to sit around a warm fire toasting a marshmallow while tasting some delicious fortified wines then the Port & Sherry Festival is where you need to be. This year it takes place on Saturday 4 June 2011 at the Old Mill in Magaliesberg. Enjoy more than 100 wines from approximately 40 wine producers. Happy Acres have arranged entertainment including a jumping castle, snake and animal displays and more to keep your children busy. Tickets cost R100 per person and designated drivers are free of charge. Telephone +27 (0)82 829-9952 for further details.

… see more events and fest­ivals at Gauteng Events

Events in Mpumalanga:

From Friday 27 to Sunday 29 May 2011 the Uplands Festival in White River will once again entertain crowds. Not only can you enjoy live theatre, but there is a food and drinks marquee to fill your bellies, plenty of children’s entertainment, live music and a jazz festival. You must not forget to stop off at the art exhibition which is growing to be one of the largest in the lowveld. This is a family event that should not be missed, bring along the entire family to enjoy something a little bit different.

… see more events and fest­ivals at Mpumalanga Events

We all lead busy lives but it is a good idea to get out and do something different this month. There are so many exhilarating events to keep you busy this month – get out and enjoy yourself!

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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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