More October Events
What can you do for the rest of October you are wondering? If your calendar isn’t filled yet, why not take a look at some of the events taking place around South Africa for the rest of this month.
in the Free State …
Bloemfontein hosts the MTN OFM MTB Race on 31 October 2009, if that is a bit of a mouthful the important information you need to know is that this is a mountain bike race for the adventurous.
Take part in either the 25 or 50km race, entries close on Monday 19 October so get yours in today. Telephone +27 (0)82 791-6003 for more information …
in Limpopo …
If you are a bird lover then don’t miss the Sasol Marakele Birding Breakaway in the Marakele National Park, Limpopo from 31 October to 2 November 2009. This weekend is jam packed with activities, prizes and birding activities. Contact Ampie on +27 (0)83 258-5924 or Eddie on +27 (0)84 370-5255 for more details.
in Gauteng …
Gauteng has a number of things happening this month. Kicking off is Joburg Day on Saturday 17 October at the Riversands Farm in Fourways. Come and hear some of South Africa’s best local musical talents. Tickets are R200 per person and are available through Computicket.
Find out all you need to know about audio visual equipment at the AVA Expo at the Sandton Convention Centre from Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November 2009. Foodies can get their fix at both the Good Food and Wine Show (Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November 2009) at the Coca-Cola Dome and the Soweto Mushroom Festival (Friday 39 October to Sunday 1 November 2009) takes place at various restaurants and bed and breakfasts in Soweto.
in KwaZulu Natal …
The MTN Asishove and MTN Amashova National Classic take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 2009 respectively. The Amashova is 108km cycle race and the Asishove which is a more manageable 35km or 70km mountain bike race.
From Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1 November the Berg & Bush happens in the Drakensberg at the Enseni Camp on the banks of the Tugela River. This is another event for the bikers in your family, with a route of approximately 130km that will challenge even the most experience riders.
For more information you can contact Charmaine on +27 (0)83 230-9091, Stu on +27 (0)83 456-8435 or Gary on +27 (0)82 292-2314.
in the Eastern Cape …
Steytlerville Rainbow Festival will be held in Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October 2009. Uncover the true Stars of the Karoo with everything from a cultural village, art exhibitions, food stalls, live bands, a talent show and more.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and join Steytlerville for a relaxing weekend. For more information contact Lindi at the Baviaans Tourism Office on +27 (0)49 835-0484.
The Bedford Garden Festival commences on Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October 2009 and showcases the beautiful gardens with flourishing roses and other botanical varieties. The gardens will be open to the public from 08h00 to 18h00 on Friday and Saturday and from 09h00 to 15h00 on Sunday. There is also a Country Fair that will take place on Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00.
in the Western Cape …
The Western Cape is the place to be this October as there are a huge variety of events happening. Binellis Oktoberfest is already on the go and will be happening until Friday 23 October at Binellis Restaurant in Somerset West. Join them for traditional German fare and if you wear a Bavarian outfit you will get a schnapps for free! Contact them on +27 (0)21 851-5191, booking is essential.
Head down to Robertson for the Wine on the River festival from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October 2009. Here you can taste some of the area’s delicious wines, listen to live music and browse through the arts and crafts stalls. Wine will be sold on site at cellar price so make sure you don’t miss this. Telephone +27 (0)23 626-3167 for more details.
Country comes to town as we celebrate Mother Earth in the mother of all cites at the From the Earth expo from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October 2009. Come and experience everything that is homemade, healthy and natural. Tickets are R50 for adults and R40 for pensioners, children under 12 are free of charge. The expo takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
If you are in need of a break or would like to plan that next family holiday take a trip to the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 October for the Destinations Expo. Or take a drive down the R44 for the Helderberg Wine Festival that is taking place at various wineries from Somerset West to Stellenbosch.
The 4th International Oriental Dance Festival will open with a gala evening on Thursday 22 October. You can see the most beautiful performances, free of charge, from local and international dancers of all levels, from beginners to master at the V&A Waterfront on 24 and 25 October 2009.
Started yopur Christmas shopping yet? Head over to the Gift Fair at Simons in Groot Constantia which has fabulous gifts and inspirational products that are handpicked by event organisers Gerda Munnik and Karen Botten. The fair runs from Monday 26 to Thursday 29 October 2009 and is open Monday to Wednesday 09h00 to 19h00 and Thursday 09h00 to 17h00.
For some more great ideas head down to Simondium in the Cape Winelands for the Festive Ideas Market from 28 October to 1 November 2009 and runs from 09h30 until the early evening. Here you will find over 70 speciality exhibitors who have unique and exclusive products for you to peruse. For more information you can contact Wilne or Hanneke on +27 (0) 21 874-1046.
As you can see there are so many fun and exciting events happening this October wherever you are in the country. You can consider your calendar fully booked!