Weekly Events Round Up (21 – 27 May 2012)
If you are scratching your head as to what to do to get out and about this week then look no further as we have a selection of brilliant annual events and festivals happening in the various provinces throughout South Africa to keep your calendar full of fun ideas to entertain the family or for socialising with your friends.
This time of the year is great for checking out all the fantastic expos, shows and exhibitions happening around the country from the latest fashion trends in local couture, to decorating your home, or collecting antiques to planning the most important day of your life.
If you are looking for something to get your heart beating why not participate in some of the epic sporting events on offer. Grab your diary and make a note of some of these fabulous events this week…
Events in Gauteng:
African Utility Week is held from Monday 21 May to Thursday 24 May 2012 at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg and is the only African exhibition that covers the entire spectrum of the power, water and waste management utilities industry in all its many forms. Join us for business opportunities and knowledge sharing. Contact Spintelligent Events on +27 (0)21 700-3500 for more information.
Fashonista’s and designers will be getting excited for the up-coming Soweto Fashion Week to be held at the Soweto Hotel in Soweto from Thursday 24 May to Saturday 26 May 2012. Young designers will strut their designs, creating a fresh look of elegance and young luxurious wear providing guests with the latest trends for the season. Book your tickets at Computicket.
Rooms on View is South Africa’s premier décor show and will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Sandton from Thursday 24 May to Sunday 27 May 2012. Rooms on View is in its ninth year and is the showcase for the best South African décor and design and gives visitors an opportunity to view the individual signatures of its many diverse and carefully selected exhibitors in the form of beautiful room settings.
On Saturday 26 May 2012 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 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.
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Events in the Western Cape:
Enjoy delicious food and drink at the Good Food & Wine Show Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the Foreshore from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 May 2012. 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)21 702-2280 for more information.
For riders keen to get a taste of endurance riding then the 100 Miler is the event for you! Head to Malmesbury on Saturday 26 May 2012 along with South Africa’s top mountain bikers and marathon junkies to test your endurance levels during this awe-inspiring ultra mountain bike marathon taking place in the Swartland district. For more information contact Amarider office on +27 (0)21 884-4752.
Small businesses serving the wedding and events sector will receive a boost when the first ever Mitchell’s Plain Wedding Expo is hosted on Saturday 26 May 2012 at the Westridge Civic Centre in Cape Flats. Visitors to the expo can get some ideas, meet affordable service providers and learn how to plan their own wedding from a professional events manager. Doors open at 09h00 and close at 15h00. Contact Illana Naidoo on +27 (0)82 994-0648 for more information.
The annual Nederburg Concert Series once again features top classical musicians in intimate recitals in the gracious Nederburg Manor House in Paarl from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 24 November 2012. So make sure you pick up a programme and check out who is performing each week and make the most of your weekends during the coming months. For more information contact +27 (0)21 809-8106.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
The Rising Stars Careers Expo at the Protea Edward Hotel in Durban is largest expo of its kind in South Africa targeting tertiary students and graduates. This is a one-day event to be held on Friday 25 May 2012, which will give students and graduates the opportunity to meet their desired employer, find out more about careers that interest them, internships, mentorships, recruitment and more in a variety of industries. Contact Fezekisa Communications on +27 (0)72 910-9378 for more information.
The Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg is one of the most popular events in Kwa-Zulu Natal and takes place this year from Friday 25 May to Sunday 3 June 2012. 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. Telephone +27 (0)33 345-6274 for further details.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
The Herald Bridal Fair will be holding its 21st annual Bridal Fair from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 27 May 2012 at the Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth and is the largest bridal fair in the Eastern Cape. Visitors will be able to gather all that is required to plan the most perfect wedding and have the chance to win their dream wedding. For more information contact Linda Harwood on +27 (0)83 310-0750.
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Events in the Free State:
Cycling enthusiasts should head to Bloemfontein for the 2nd annual Tour de Free State from Wednesday 23 May to Sunday 27 May 2012. The route starts from Bloemfontein and ends in Clarens. This cycle race is the only Olympic qualifying race for women in Africa. With international teams taking part and the rest of the country’s cyclists having the opportunity to participate in what has already been proven to be one of the best cycling events in South Africa.
The annual Smithfield ‘Bibber’ Chill Festival is held in Smithfield on Saturday 26 May 2012 and has lots of entertainment lined up. This includes agricultural displays, motorcycle and bike events, competitions, and fun go-carting. So come and enjoy what this beautiful small town have on offer. Contact Johan on +27 (0)82 457-1331 for more information.
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Events in the North West Province:
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 26 May 2012 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 25 May to Friday 22 June 2012 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 Leonie Botes on +27 (0)83 601-1576.
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Events in Mpumalanga:
From Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2012 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.
Umbali will be hosting the first Lowveld Antiques Fair in aid of the SPCA in Nelspruit on Sunday 27 May 2012. World renowned antiques valuators Stephan Welz & Co will do valuations at no charge but donations towards the SPCA are requested. Apart from the valuations there will also be a brandy tasting and chocolate tasting. A Victorian Tea Garden will keep your appetite at bay. Contact Louis Schoeman on +27 (0)71 675-9045 for more information.
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Events in the Northern Cape:
Oorglogskloof Mountain and Gorge Run in Nieuwoudtville on Saturday 26 May 2012 is for the adventure and nature junkie where runners will have the opportunity to experience deep gorges, cliffs, cracks under the mountain, plateaus covered in Cape Sugar bush and large Waboom trees, massive rock pillars, caverns, rock arches, ancient rock art, moon-crater like sandstone rock slabs and so much more. For more information call +27 (0)21 789-0188.
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If you can’t wait to plan your year of festivals check our our full events section here: South Africa Events