Weekly Events Round Up (26 Mar to 1 Apr 2012)
As we enter the Autumn season you may feel it’s time to get fit before winter sets in then look no further as we have some brilliant suggestions of annual events and festivals taking place all over South Africa. If you are just looking for something you can enjoy with friends or if you are looking for family activities for everyone to enjoy then carry on reading.
We have MTB sporting events to participant in or to just be a spectator, arts and music festivals for the many different cultures, an agricultural show, a wedding expo and a kids and baby expo. Don’t forget to turn off all your lights from 18h00 on Saturday 31 March 2012 in celebration and recognition of Earth Hour, you can enjoy the evening with the ambiance created by candle light.
Whatever you might be looking for we are here to help you with suggestions of what you can do to keep yourselves entertained this week . . .
Events in the Western Cape:
A favourite on the music calendar in the Mother City is the Cape Town Jazz Festival on Friday 30 March to Saturday 31 March 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town Central. Now in its 13th year and dedicated to developing the local jazz music industry and community. Some of the world’s most renowned jazz musicians will provide you with musical enjoyment. This year Multi Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill has been confirmed to perform, book your tickets at Computicket today.
Head to Stanford for a weekend in the country. Grab a blanket and pack a picnic on Saturday 31 March 2012 before meeting family and friends in the heart of the town on the Village Green for the Stanford Earth Hour Picnic and enjoy some star gazing in recognition of Earth Hour. The old stone church will begin the count down by ringing it’s bells and when the lights go off the Green will be lit up by the magnificent galaxies, star light and milky ways.
The Karoo town of Oudtshoorn is home for the annual Klein Karoo Arts Festival (KKNK) an Afrikaans arts and culture festival. This year KKNK will have the town buzzing from Saturday 31 March to Saturday 7 April 2012 so hope you have booked well in advance!
If you enjoy Mediterranean tastes and flavours then head out to the Riebeek Valley Medfest from Saturday 31 March to Sunday 1 April 2012 where a selection of restaurants and wineries in Riebeek Kasteel will open their doors in celebration of old Mediterranean cuisine and complimentary customs. Contact Riebeek Valley Tourism on +27 (0)22 448-1545 for more information.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
Head to the Bathurst Showgrounds in Bathurst from Friday 30 March to 1 April 2012 for the Bathurst Agricultural Show with over 200 exhibitors and more than 20 000 visitors this is the place to be for all things agricultural. Competitions, exhibitions and demonstrations are just a taste of what to expect, come and enjoy a fun day out in the Eastern Cape. For more information telephone +27 (0)46 625-0759.
Come and enjoy food flavours from around the world from traditional to contemporary cuisine on Thursday 29 March 2012 to Sunday 1 April 2012 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Food Festival held at the DF Malherbe School Grounds in Port Elizabeth. You can participate in the ‘Potjiekos’ competition whilst sipping on magnificent South African wines.
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Events in the Free State:
Come and enjoy the beauty of the Free State with your own eyes and have great fun at the same time at Bokpoort Mountain Bike Fun Run and Hike Race in Clarens on Saturday 31 March 2012 – it’s all about the adventure!
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Events in Limpopo:
Why not come and celebrate something everyone loves to eat – the Kiwi Festival takes place from Saturday 31 March to Sunday 1 April 2012 in Haenertsburg. Enjoy this fruit that has been described to taste like succulent green sherbet. There will be plenty of entertainment, kiwifruit farm tours, informative talks and much more. For the adventurous this year is the introduction of a fun Mountain Bike race and 10km Trail Run. For further details telephone Jane on +27 (0)83 442-7429.
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Events in Gauteng:
Moms and mom’s to be should make their way to the 6th Living and Loving Kids and Baby Expo at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park from Thursday 29 March to Sunday 1 April 2012. Find out some useful information and what is best for you and your baby at one of the hands on demonstrations. Telephone +27 (0)86 038-3689 for further information.
If you love South African music don’t miss the chance to experience fantastic indigenous music at the Mbube Fest 2012 on Saturday 31 March 2012 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Come and be entertained by the several times Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and many other top local acapela musicians. These are the creams of the crop of Mbube Music also called Iscathamiya or ‘Cothoza-Mfana’. If you love South African music don’t miss the chance to experience this fantastic indiginous music festival. Tickets available via Computicket.
If you and your hubby to be are in the planning stages of your big day then you need to make your way to The Wedding Expo for some inspirational ideas. Held at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April 2012 you can be sure to find Gauteng’s crème-de-la-crème bridal suppliers. This expo is now in its 19th year. Open from 09h00 to 17h00 with the SA Design Couture shows held twice daily at 11h00 and 14h00. For further details telephone +27 (0)86 111-3997.
Adventure, sport and lifestyle enthusiasts are in for a real treat at the DINFest, at Base3 in Midrand on Saturday 31 March 2012. Don’t miss the entertaining demonstrations and shows from Big Air Kayak Freestyle, Trials Bike, Golf Trick Shot, Vert Jam (Skateboarding and BMX action) and Speed Climbing not to forget the Monster Rail Rodeo and South Africa FMX Nationals.
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Events in Mpumalanga:
For adrenaline pumping MTB fanatics a journey to Nelspruit is a must on Saturday 31 March 2012 for the Sappi Mankele MTB Challenge. The four races cover a range of MTB levels from the 65km and 35km marathons, the 12km Fun ride to introducing your kids to mountain biking with the 2.5km Kiddies race.
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Events in the Garden Route:
If you are heading to Stilbaai in the Garden Route for the school holidays definitely check out the Stilbaai Easter Arts & Crafts Fair from Tuesday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2012. The fair is a fund raising event organised by the Stilbaai Animal Protection charity and is held to promote, demonstrate and sell products made by the ‘local’ community and products only made in South Africa. Contact Penny on +27 (0)83 415-3996 for more information.
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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