Weekly Events Round Up (14 – 20 May 2012)
Here’s hoping you are planning on treating your Mother to a special day out on Sunday 13 May 2012 in celebration of Mother’s Day! With the many exciting annual events and festivals happening all over South Africa to choose from, that you can enjoy with family and friends, you are sure to find something perfect.
The seasonal transition from Autumn to Winter has us embarking on events with a difference – you can try free running a new sporting phenomenon taking Jozi by storm or participate in an extreme sport whilst taking in a bit of South African history. Other sporting events to join in are a charity Golf Day, a Big Walk or 10km running race. Many other activities on offer include a Koi Show, Flower Show, Hospitality exhibition and Port and Wine Festival to name a few, so don’t go into hibernation this Winter come and enjoy some of these fabulous events this week…
Events in Gauteng:
If you are a Koi enthusiast or if you are new to it all and need to find out more information, then make sure you don’t miss the SAKKS 21st National Koi Show from Saturday 19 May to Sunday 20 May 2012 at Brightwater Commons in Randburg. Here you will see some of South Africa’s finest Koi and get an understanding of how to keep a Koi pond. For more information please telephone +27 (0)11 433-2665 or +27 (0)82 882-8022.
Urbanathletes will be excited to participate in the most unique opportunity to conquer the streets of Jozi this year. The Jump City Urbanathlon to be held on Sunday 20 May 2012 starting and finishing at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg is a 10km urban foot race designed for everybody, it’s an exciting blend of parkour, free running, climbing, swinging, sliding and jumping.
… see more events and festivals at Gauteng Events
Events in the Western Cape:
Service providers throughout the hospitality industry will be looking forward to Hostex Cape to be held from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 17 May 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town Central. Hostex is the largest and longest-running exhibition of its kind in Africa and an integral part of the local food services and hospitality sector for 24 years in Gauteng and returning to the Cape for the ninth time. For more information contact +27 (0) 11 835 1565.
If your favourite flower is the Chrysanthemum then head to the Breede River Valley in Ceres on Thursday 17 May 2012 for the annual Ceres Chrysanthemum Show. This event is hosted by the Ceres Chrysanthemum Association and showcases the work of dedicated local chrysanthemum growers. The prize-winner chrysanthemums and other entrants can be viewed and bought on the day. Contact Henrico Theunissen on +27 (0)23 312-2033 or +27 (0)72 522-8459 for more information.
The Reach For A Dream Golf Day to be held on Friday 18 May 2012 at the prestigious Clovelly Country Club in Fish Hoek is a fabulous way to support an amazing charity which has brought hope, joy and healing to South African children. You can participate by entering your four ball for a round of 18 holes – the package a prize giving dinner, Halfway House, goody bag and the opportunity to fulfil the dreams of children with life threatening illnesses. For more info telephone +27 (0)21 591-1260.
Start planning your weekend away to Calitzdorp for the annual ABSA Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival from Friday 19 May to Saturday 19 May 2012. Calitzdorp, renowned far and wide as the Port Capital of South Africa, is shaking off the Klein Karoo dust in preparation for the very best wine and lifestyle festival this region has to offer. The weekend program is packed with family filled fun and activities, so you don’t have to leave the kids at home. For more information, contact Helet Viljoen on +27 (0)44 213-3314.
… see more events and festivals at Western Cape Events
Events in KwaZulu Natal:
The Ladysmith Swartkop Challenge is something quite different and takes place in Ladysmith at the Wagon Hill / Platrand Battle site on Saturday 19 May 2012. 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.
If you enjoy walking why not enter into the East Coast Radio Big Walk on Sunday 20 May 2012. The event starts at uShaka Marine World in Durban from 07h15 and you can choose from the 5km, 10km, 15km or 20km. The Big Walk also contributes to worthy causes as a result of the involvement of the Rotary Club.
… see more events and festivals at KwaZulu Natal Events
Events in the Eastern Cape:
If you are looking for a 10km race with an easy start and circular route then why not enter the Sunridge Park Shopping Complex 10km on Saturday 19 May 2012 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.
… see more events and festivals at Eastern Cape Events
If you can’t wait to plan your year of festivals check our our full events section here: South Africa Events