Events in October
I cannot believe that we’re already at the end of September the last few weeks have just flown by. What this does mean is that we’re heading into October which offers us a host of fun events to keep us busy and out and about.
The Western Cape is definitely having a bumper month with so many events you are completely spoilt for choice and the rest of South Africa isn’t doing to badly itself. Don’t forget to dust off your witches hat and cauldron as Halloween is here on 31 October and this year it will be a treat!
Events in the Free State:
Mountain bike enthusiasts will enjoy the Ride MTB Expo in Parys from 8-10 October 2010 because this is the largest exhibition of mountain bikes in South Africa. Come and be a spectator in the Ride Arena (previously the ARWA building) or enjoy a drink at the SAB Beer garden or a warm beverage at the coffee bar. More details telephone +27 (0)11 888-1590.
If music, food and win tantalise the right buttons then head into Bothaville on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October for the Voedsel & Witblits Fees. This annual festival will allow visitors to experience the warm hospitality of the people of the Free State. For more information telephone Hanlie on +27 (0)51 515-3042.
From 22-23 October the annual Bloemfontein Rose Festival in Bloemfontein a takes place. This is a festival with a long tradition as it has been going since 1976. Thousands of visitors come to be a part of this festival. The event and its festivities are centred around the Loch Logan Waterfront and will host mass flower displays as well as the official municipal rose festival display. The Rose Cut Competition will also take place at the mall with more than 700 expected participants. The Miss Volksblad Rosebud competition will also be taking place. With over 15 000 roses on display as well as lots of entertainment you don’t have an excuse not to be there. For further details telephone Merryl on +27 (0)82 416-7837.
Looking forward to the beginning of November you can look forward to the Vredefort Dome Festival from 5-7 November 2010 in Parys. This festival focuses on sport and adventure and is certainly something for those who love the outdoors. For further details telephone Parys Tourism on +27 (0)56 811-4000.
The MTN OFM Classic takes place on Sunday 7 November in Bloemfontein and you can join in on either the 107km or 45km ride and encourage your little ones to take part in the kiddies classic. The MTN OFM MTB Race pedals off on Saturday 6 November.
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Events in Limpopo:
Sasol Marakele Birding Breakaway will take flight from 15-17 October 2010 in the Marakele National Park. You need to book for this weekend to enjoy a full programme of birding and entertainment as well as prize givings. For more information you can telephone Ampie on +27 (0)83 258-5924 or Eddie +27 (0)84 370-5255.
Plan ahead this month so you can take part in the 11th anniversary of the Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Classic on Saturday 6 November 2010. Get on your bike and enjoy a thrilling 70km route through the Woodbush Forest Reserve as well as farmlands and other landscapes. If further details are required you can telephone Rudi on +27 (0)82 802-0880.
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Events in Mpumalanga:
From 7-9 October 2010 the Sabie Forest Fair comes to Sabie and this is the only forestry and sawmilling exhibition in South Africa. Certainly something not to miss! The venue is the York Timbers Sports Grounds, Old Lydenburg Road and here you will be able to see new products, liaise with others in the industry and grow your knowledge base.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
On Saturday 9 and Sunday October take a drive down to Addo for the annual Rose and Garden Show. There is so much to experience over this weekend with fun demonstrations, garden tours and more than 25 000 roses – and I won’t forget to mention the variety of delicious foods, from strawberries and cream to game biltong. Further details can be found by telephoning Nita on +27 (0)42 234-0422.
Fashion lovers will enjoy the Collective Graduate Exhibition and Fashion Show which takes place at Nelson Mandela University, North Campus Art & Design (K Block) and Goldfields Auditorium, North Campus, Port Elizabeth from 13-22 October 2010. Come and see what the applied design students have been working so hard on. The exhibition is open daily and there is no cover charge, the fashion show takes place on 22 October at 19h30 and you need to book tickets in advance from Computicket.
It seems October still loves spring and there are flower festivals everywhere and Grahamstown doesn’t want to be left out. This year the annual Grahamstown Flower Festival is on from 23-24 October 2010 at the Makana Botanical Gardens. Walk through the open gardens, get some new ideas for your own garden and just enjoy the beauty and colour of the variety of flora that will be showcased. For more details telephone Sharon on 27 (0)72 244-3863.
We are nearing Christmas time and in preparation for that Walmer is holding Christmas in the Home from Friday 29 to Sunday 30 October. This is a creative showcase with a large variety of arts and crafts and new ideas from entrepreneurs. Head to the Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre from 09h00 and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.
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Events in the Western Cape:
If you haven’t got your entry in yet you need to do so soon so that you don’t miss out on the annual Gun Run. The first race was held in 1993 and has been growing in popularity ever since. This is an extremely popular race in the Atlantic Seaboard and the route passes through a number of lovely parts of Cape Town. Entries close on Friday 2 October but if you miss out on that you are still able to enter the 5km run / walk on race day.
Spring it on Constantia from 15-24 October is a mixture of fine wines, delicious food and warm hospitality in the Constantia Valley. Constantia is known for its gorgeous wine and scrumptious food so make sure you experience some of this magic. For more information telephone Jooles or Karen on +27 (0)21 794-0542.
“Lets go fly a kite, up to the highest height” at the Cape Town International Kite Festival on 23 and 24 October 2010. Make sure you are in Muizenberg for this year’s 16th annual festival with the theme of Uplifting Mind and Body. Be a one of the 20 000 visitors to this festival to see some spectacular creations. Entry is R15 for adults and R5 for children.
Dust off those running shoes for the Constantia Valley Grape Run on Sunday 24 October. This is a challenging 21.1km race that will take you through some of the most beautiful areas in the Western Cape. You will run through historic vineyards as well as the Tokai forest. For further details telephone +27 (0)21 761-8887.
This event is creative and beautiful and something you should definitely make a plan to get to. Kamersvol Geskenke at De Morgenzon Wine Estate, Stellenbosch takes place from 27-31 October and is a collection of exclusive and beautifully crafted products. This is the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself or someone you love. From Wednesday Friday visit from 09h00 to 18h00 and Saturday and Sunday from 09h00 to 16h00.
If you enjoy a scary movie then the South African Horrorfest Film Festival from 28 October to 5 November at the Labia Theatre in Gardens in where you need to book your seat. This year they will once again be screening horror and chiller movies from all around the world as well as a live sound track performance to classic silent horror movies by the Makabra Ensemble.
The iTownship Wine Festival on 30 and 31 October takes place in Gugulethu at the very vibey and extremely popular Mzoli’s. With over 130 wines and highlights like the art pavilion this is certainly going to be a fabulous way to spend a few hours with good friends.
Looking ahead to the beginning of November so that you can book these dates 3-5 November for the FNB Whisky Live Festival. Here it won’t matter if you are a seasoned whisky drinker or are just starting out you will find something to tantalise your palate. There will be more than 180 tops brands to chose from and make sure you come and experience and learn from this fun and popular event. For more information telephone Karen on +27 (0)21 880-0180.
On Saturday 6 November brides to be need to get to the Banhoek Bridal Experience in the Cape Winelands at the MolenVliet and Zorgvlient Wine Estates. Here you will be able to same wines and canapés, listen to some of the most popular wedding musicians and get inspiration for your special day.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
If you are looking to give your home a makeover or if you have a room that needs redecorating then the Durban Homemakers Expo is the answer to your troubles. From 7-10 October at the Durban Exhibition centre you will find new ideas and be introduced to upcoming trends. For further details telephone +27 (0)31 764 5260.
The MTN Amashova National Classic is on 17 October this year while the MTN Asishove Race taking place a week later on 24 October and both events take place in Pietermaritzburg. The Amashova is one of the toughest there is with the 106km race following a similar route to the Comrades Marathon. The Asishove is either a 70km or 35km mountain bike race. Both events include family rides.
Come to the Heritage Market in Hillcrest on Sunday 31 October for some Halloween magic at the annual Hocus Pocus Halloween. This is a day of the entire family and one your children will love because they can dress up and take part in the trick or treating from 15h00 to 16h00. Other activities to enjoy will be a witch hunt, a magician, a game of pass the pumpkin, spooky stories and more. For further details telephone +27 (0)31 765-2500.
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Events in Gauteng:
Bridal Africa on 6-7 October at the Sandton Convention Centre is one of the leading bridal shows in South Africa. And there will be high quality fashion shows, wedding planners, accessories, gifts and more. For further details telephone +27 (0)11 805-5940.
Music lovers need to get to Rocking the Gardens on Saturday 9 October at the Emmarentia Dam for a day of music from some of South Africa’s most talented musicians and bands. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one as it will be a full day of dancing and fun!
The Photo and Film Expo from 15-17 October in Randburg is for all photographers, experienced or aspiring. Come and find anything and everything to do with photography and film under one roof, from technology and software to lighting and techniques. Expand your knowledge base and become more of an expert in your field. For further details telephone +27 (0)11 781-5351.
On Saturday 30 October 2010 the Jacaranda 94.2 Deuriemikke Carnival will be on stage at the Supersport Park, Centurion. Here rock meets pop and so you will be able to go to a music event with your rock loving friend when you prefer pop! There will be a braai area and food stalls so come to enjoy the day. Some of the artists performing are Kurt Darren, Stefan Ludik, Bok van Blerk, Prime Circle, Die Heuwels Fantastis and more. Gates open at 11h00 and the fun goes on until midnight.
The SA Horse Expo at Turffontein Race Course, Johannesburg takes place from 4-6 November and is a must for all equine enthusiasts. Find out the latest techniques and learn from international experts. There will be a variety of products on offer and shows to watch. For further details telephone +27 (0)12 346-1590.
The Soweto Marathon on Sunday 7 November gives you a choice from the standard 42.2km race or a 20km walk, 10km race or 5km fun run. Run through some of Soweto’s most historical sites including the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown. For further details telephone Athletics South Africa on +27 (0)11 880-5800.
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October brings us plenty to do so you have absolutely zero excuse to be bored this month. Get your friends and family involved and plan your time well to make the most of these fantastic events.