SOUTH AFRICA THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Summer Sunset Concerts, every Sun evening, Jan –
Musical performances on the lawns of the Kirstenbosch
Cape Botanical gardens.
Duzi Canoe Marathon
– second week
At Pietermaritzburg. A three day canoe marathon to
the Umgeni river.
Maynardville Open-air Theatre – (jan-feb)
In Wynberg, Cape
Town. Shakespearean plays in the park at night.
Oude Liberatas Arts Program – (Jan-Mar)
In Stellenbosch where performances are done in the
amphitheatre among the vines.
Minstrel Carnival – (New Year)
In Cape town,
a colorful procession culminates in concerts at Green Point Stadium.
FNB Vita Dance Umbrella – (Feb-Mar)
In Braamfontein, Johannesburg,
this is one of the most important dance events in SA.
Bieliemieliefees – (Feb)
An agricultural show with concerts, traditional food
and sports to celebrate the Free State’s main crop
Paarl Show (mid-feb)
Craft stalls and local entertainment in a friendly
Prickly Pear Festival (early Feb)
Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
in Pretoria has a showcase of 19th century lifestyles
and farming practices.
Kavady Festival (Feb-Jul)
This is in Durban
and is a Hindu festival during which many penitents pierce their flesh with hooks and pull beautiful decorated carts through
Beer and Bread Festival (early Mar)
this celebrates the wheat and barley harvests.
Harvest Festival of the Sea (late Mar)
Bay on the west coast, seafood such as Smoorsnoek are eaten and lots of watersports.
Klein Karoo Arts Festival (Mar-apr)
In Oudtshoorn, this is a mainly Afrikaans cultural
Rand Easter Show (mar-apr)
This started off as an agricultural show and has become
a blend of entertainemtn and consumerism in Johannesburg.
Lifecycle Week (early Mar)
At the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, a cycling expo
starts just before the annual 65 mile Cape Angus Pick N Pay Cycle Tour.
Zionist Church Gathering (easter)
In Pietersburg in the northern province more than a million followers of this church gather at Moria over the
Festival of Light (good Friday)
At the Sri Siva, Soobramoniar and Marrimen temples,
visitors are admitted to witness the grand and costly firework display.
Fire Walking (easter)
At the Umbilo
Hindu Temple in Durban, devout Hindus after careful spiritual
Preparation walk uninjured across a bed of red hot
Two oceans Marathon
Starts at Cape town
and is a 35 mile marathonb around the Cape peninsula for a qualifying race for the Comrades
Kwazulu-Natal is an agricultural show with many craft stalls and entertainment.
Potato Festival (apr-may)
At Bethal, Mpumalanga
this is a vibrant harvest festival with colorful street processions, arts and craft stalls etc.
Splashy Fen Music Festival (last week in Apr)
At Splashy Fen Farm in Underberg, mainstream, alternative,
folk and traditional music styles.
Picnic Concerts (alternate Sun – May-sep)
At the National Botanical Gardens Roodepoort, there
is choral singing and music in a garden setting.
Royal Show (may-jun)
Another agricultural show.
Sabie Forest Fair (may)
This fair offers arts and crafts and local entertainment
around a unique forest museum.
and Pietermarizburg this ultra long distance running event attracts top class runner sform all over the world.
Standard Bank National Arts Festival (mid jul)
In Grahamstown this is a popular two weeks of local and international drama, film, dance and music.
Hibiscus Festival (jul)
On the south coast of Kwazulu a colorful craft stalls
and plenty of entertainment.
July Handicap (first sat in jul)
At the Greyville Race Course in Durban, this is the plamour event of the SA horse racing scene.
Knysna Oyster Festival (early jul)
At Knysna the festival centred on the commercial oyster
beds at the lagoon coincides with a forest marathon.
River Canoe Marathon (jul)
In Paarl a stenuous four day canoe race that provides
some high excitement and is ataged annually when the river is in full flood.
Calitzdorp Port Festival (late jul)
this popular week long surfing championship attracts the worlds best surfers and hordes of spectators.
Wildflower Show (late aug)
At Pikerberg, the quality of this flower show as well
as the vividness of the colors and species depends entirely on the rainfall during the previous winter.
Food and Wine Festival (first weekend in aug)
Malmesbury holds this country fair and features a
variety of locally grown cereals and wines.
Cars In The Park (early aug)
This is in Pretoria
and is a place where gleaming vintage cars and vehicles are displayed by their proud owners.
Arts Alive (late aug- early sept)
An exciting urban festival with performers ranging
from world class musicians to children eager to show off their talents and is held in Johannesburg.
Guiness Jazz Festival (sept-oct)
the local and international musicians give a music extravaganza.
Karoo Festival (mid sept)
Guided walks through this historic town of Graaf-Reinet.
Wildflower Festival (late sept)
The country town of Caledon celebrates its varied flora.
Wildflower Show (late sept)
Displays of this unique west coast flora in Darling.
Whale Festival (last week in sept)
In Hermanus from the early spring onwards the southern
Right whales and their calves can be seen close to the shore in and around Walker
International Eisteddfod of South Africa (sept-oct)
In Roodepoort this is the countrys premier cultural
event, with musicians, dancers and choirs.
Magoebaskloof Spring Festival (sep-oct)
A bustling arts, crafts and entertainment fair which
is held in the forest setting of Magoebaskloof.
Currie Cup Finals (late oct)
Match between the best two provincial teams and the
location varies from year to year.
Tulbagh Festival (late weekend in oct)
In this town the local produce and crafts are displayed.
The Johannesburg Biennale (oct of alternate years
Activities throughout the city.
Raisin Festival (second sat in oct)
In Upinton, music, choir contests and fun on the Orange
River near the Augrabies Falls.
Model Aircraft Show (oct)
Model aircraft enthusiast participate in this annual
event at the local airport of Oudtshoorn.
Cherry Festival (third week in Nov)
In Ficksburg, the only source of commercially grown
cherries and asparagus.
National Choir Festival (nov-dec)
At the Standard Bank Arena in Johannesburg this is a national competition.
Nedbank Summer Concert (nov-feb)
In Josphine Mill, Cape
Town an outdoor concert of choirs, classical and chamber music.
Carols by Candlelight (pre-christmas)
These advent celebrations take place in all major
towns and cities.
Helderberg Festival of Lights (dec-jan)
In Somerset West in the main street a display of festive
Spier Summer Festival (dec-mar)
At Stellenbosch, local and international opera, music,
dance. Comedy and drama events.
This is held at the famous SunCity and is a glittering
Million Dollar Challenge
Also at Sunb
City, an international golfing event that features 12 of the worlds best