Weekly Events Round Up (28 May – 3 June 2012)
As we start to enter the winter season and are sipping red wine, relaxing in front of a warm log fire trying to think of ideas for keeping the kids entertained or socialising with friends, why not check out some of the various annual events and festivals in and around the various provinces throughout South Africa.
Try something different this week with the incredible variety of activities on offer, there will be something for everyone from motor shows and 4X4 events to keep most men happy, to wine, port and oyster festivals, jazz and classical music to art exhibitions.
For the sporting minded individual there is a MTB challenge and with the well awaited epic ultra marathon taking place this week, all participants will be trained and ready to embark on this amazing journey, there is no shortage of things to do to get you out and about in the fresh air locally or if you decide to visit another province this week…
Events in Gauteng:
If you would like to sit around a warm fire toasting a marshmallow while tasting some delicious fortified wines then the Port & Sherry Festival is where you need to be. This year it takes place on Saturday 2 June 2012 at the Old Mill in Magaliesberg. Enjoy more than 100 wines from approximately 40 wine producers. Happy Acres have arranged entertainment including a jumping castle, snake and animal displays and more to keep your children busy. Tickets cost R100 per person and designated drivers are free of charge. Telephone +27 (0)82 829-9952 for further details.
Four wheel drive fanatics should head to Meyerton from Saturday 2 June to Sunday 3 June 2012 for the annual Xtreme Outdoor Show. Check out the impressive variety of leisure, caravan, camping, and 4 wheel drive products and services on offer. Also you can enjoy the Maxxis National 4×4 Championships, 4X4 activities, challenges and prize giveaways. For more information telephone +27 (0)83 300-6549 or +27 (0)74 548-3892.
The second largest oyster festival in South Africa will be held in Randburg from Saturday 2 June to Sunday 3 June 2012 and you will be able to indulge on a variety of oyster dishes at The Oyster, Wine & Food Festival at the Brightwater Commons. Open from 11h00 you can expect to be entertained with live music and plenty of oysters. For more information telephone +27 (0)11 795-1901.
Head to the Zwartkops Raceway in Centurion from Saturday 2 June to Sunday 3 June 2012 for the topCar Gauteng Motor Show because this is more than just a motor show – it’s an action packed motoring experience. Come and see anything from drifting, aerobatic displays, bike stunts, advance driving experiences to beauty pageants and helicopter rides for the best topCar experience. Telephone +27 (0)82 344-0238 for more information.
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Events in the Western Cape:
The annual Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival will once again take to the Baxter Theatre stage in Rondebosch from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June 2012. This festival gives young musicians the chance to perform and showcase their talents. Enjoy music from the jazz bands of various Cape Town schools as well as the UCT Big Band. Contact Ann Barr on +27 (0)21 797-6657 for more information.
Enjoy the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All from Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June 2012 with eight concerts performed in the historic churches of Greyton and Genadendal and similar venues. The line up includes pianist Philippus Hugo, USA based Willem van Schalkwyk, Stefan Lombard and Jose Dias to name a few. However the highlight of this year’s festival is the gala concert performance. Tickets are available from Computicket or you can telephone Greyton Tourism on +27 (0)28 254-9414 for more information.
Twelve wine farms in the Durbanville Wine Valley host the Soup, Sip & Bread Winter Feast from Saturday 2 June to Sunday 3 June 2012, providing the perfect environment to enjoy this delightful wine route’s reds with hearty country fare, all served up with live music in a rustic, country-side setting. Telephone +27 (0)83 310-1228 for more information.
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Events in KwaZulu Natal:
Nashua Art in the Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Wednesday 30 May to Sunday 3 June 2012 at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg. Join us on the banks of the Umsunduzi River, for one of South Africa’s top outdoor art-selling exhibitions. For more information you can contact Pietermaritzburg Tourism on +27 (0)33 345-1348.
Those who are taking part in the very challenging 89km Comrades Marathon on Sunday 3 June 2012 must not forget to stop by the Bonitas Comrades Expo which is held from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June 2012 at the Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban. Find sports goods from all sporting disciplines. Telephone Liezle Bothma on +27 (0)31 564-0808 for further information.
From Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June 2012 in Bergville you can take part in the Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge which has various options for all fitness levels. If you are a beginner why not enter the 10km race which begins at 10h00 or if you feel you could manage a 20km which begins at 09h45. For those of you who are very fit try out the 40km race which begins at 09h30 or if you’re not into cycling then enter either the 15km race beginning at 08h30 or the 15km night run which begins at 18h00. The event takes place at the Alpine Health Resort and for further information telephone Chris on +27 (0)72 386-1344.
Endurance runners should be lacing-up for the Comrades Marathon – the world’s greatest ultra-marathon, 89 kilometres long and is a South African institution, internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants. The run between Pietermaritzburg and Durban is set for Sunday 3 June.
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Events in the North West Province:
The Groot Marico Safari Carnival will have its annual gathering in Groot Marico on Saturday 2 June 2012 and is the brainchild of the Groot Marico Reformed Church. Enjoy browsing the various stalls selling a variety of organically grown free range products. Contact Boet Nel on +27 (0)83 700-9751 for more information.
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Events in the Eastern Cape:
The M Bay Mega Fest in Port Elizabeth on Sunday 2 June 2012 will have music superstars performing in the annual live concert featuring international artists, national legends and local celebrities in possibly the most high profile concert yet hosted in the Eastern Cape region. This year’s line-up includes Ludacris, Shaggy, Ne-yo and Protoje with homegrown artists, so join us at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to be thoroughly entertained!
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Events in Mpumalanga:
The Ilanga Mall in Nelspruit will be hosting the Step Ahead Bridal & Fashion Fair from Friday 1 June to Sunday 3 June 2012 for those who are busy planning their forthcoming Wedding or special event. On hand will be all the local designers and suppliers available to look after you and help provide everything concerning your Wedding planning and bookings. Local entertainers, musicians and dancers will also showcase their talents whilst you sip on chilled local wines. For more information contact Ronel Jardin: +27 (0)82 418-4247.
The Summerhill 4×4 Day is an extremely popular family event and is the highlight of the local 4×4 community and is not to be missed by anyone interested in this fast growing action sport. The action packed fun day will be presented on the scenic banks of the Sabie River, on Saturday 2 June 2012 at Natie’s Farm just outside Hazyview. Telephone +27 (0)72 148-9321 for more information.
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Events in the Garden Route:
Experience the thrill of 4×4 adventures with the Rebel 4×4 Challenge in Greatbrakriver on Saturday 2 June 2012 and add a whole new dimension to off-roading. 4×4 enthusiasts can participate in the many activities on offer to enhance their off-road driving skills in a safe and fun environment. This event is family orientated so don’t leave the family at home. Contact Pierre Joubert on +27 (0)82 466-1333 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