Festive Season: Events you can’t miss in Port Elizabeth

2017-11-26 16:33 - Anje Rautenbach
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It is no secret that Port Elizabeth (and the whole Nelson Mandela Bay) is still hugely undiscovered, and besides boasting pristine beaches – 3 of which have the Blue Flag status – the city is also evolving in the name of entertainment, attractions, activities and just good ‘ol fun.

If your wheels are taking the road to Port Elizabeth this holiday season you’re in luck because the Friendly City will be packed with summer-time events.

Put on those sunnies, crack open an energy drink and plan your Port Elizabeth holiday.

Get your laughter on

After all the hard work you’ve put into 2017 you deserve to sit back, relax and have a good time as nine comedians will take the Boardwalk – and your stomach muscles – by storm during the Kings and Queens of Comedy on the 9th of December.

The stellar line-up of comedy giants includes Riaad Moosa (MC), Joey Rasdien, Khanyisa Bunu, Leeanda Reddy, Loyiso Gola, Ntosh Madlingozi, Sifiso Nene and Tumi Morake.

Tickets start at R180 and can be purchased via Computicket

Wine & Dine

The Supper Club PE launched a few months ago and this unique pop-up restaurant is on everyone’s lips and scribbled into foodie wish lists as it features and collaborates with some incredible wine-and-dine brands and some of city’s most promising chefs.

The Supper Club’s last event will take place on the 10th of December and foodies can look forward to gin pairing by Fitch & Leedes, live music, gift bags and a 3-course tasting menu by Khanya Mongwana, creator of The Wall Pop-up Restaurant, Undignified and author at Woolworths Taste Magazine. There is limited space available, so whether you’re an out-of-towner or a local, you better act fast to secure a front row seat to what’s cooking in the pot of the PE foodie scene. Tickets are R450 per person and you can find more information online.

Get yourself to a market

What’s better than relaxing with friends and family, taking a stroll around food stalls, picking up some fresh-from-the-farm produce, walking your pup, listening to live music and perhaps buying a gift or some local crafts? Markets have firmly grabbed South Africans by the calendars and penciled – or rather penned – itself in as a must-do activity over weekends and even during the week.

Port Elizabeth is no different and more and more markets – one as unique as the other -have been popping up. Here are a few markets you don’t want to miss over the festive period:

What: A mid-week market offering arts, crafts and delicious food

When:13 December, 17:00-21:00

Where: Old Grey Sports Club

What: The Bay’s oldest market is focused on food and crafts and it offers live entertainment for the whole family

When: 1 December / 5 January, 17:00-22:00 

Where: Sherwood Garden Centre

What: Urban meets modern, The Valley Market and the Good Night Market is PE’s answer to the big city’s Neighbourgoods Market featuring local chefs, bakers, brewers and more.

When: 2 December (Valley Market) and a special, Starlit Dinner on the 8th of December

Where: The Tramways Building (Valley Market) and Heritage Café (Starlit Dinner)

What: Food trucks, DJs, local artists and crafts are some of the things you can expect to find at Baakens Food Truck Friday. All meals are capped at R50. Come hungry and bring a blanket or camping chair to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

When: 15 December

Where: Baakens Valley

What: Indulge in anything and everything from sweet treats to biltong in a relaxed environment with the beach just a few steps away. There will also be entertainment for the kids (jumping castles, face painting etc.) as well as local crafts.

When: 10 and 17 December

Where: Marine Drive (between 5th and 7th avenue)

Get behind the #ProteaFire!

Be part of history and stand united as you support the Proteas as they play against Zimbabwe in the first ever Day/Night Test Match in South Africa on the oldest cricket ground in our country at St. George’s Park. The international grounds of St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth underwent extensive revamping and the brand new lights and day-night test match promise to be a world-class experience.

The Sunfoil 4-day Test Match will take place at 14:00 from 26 to 29 December and tickets are between R80 and R130. Book your seat at www.ticketpros.co.za.

Music to your ears

From jazz to pop to piano, there are a few concerts and musical events happening over the holiday period that promise to end the year on just the right note for you:

  • Fokofpolisiekar - 8 December
  • A Jazzy Holiday Ulagh Williams & The TwoTone Band - 16 December 
  • Rocco de Villiers - 18 December
  • Karlien van Jaarsveld - 26 December
  • Zahara - 27 December
  • Bobby van Jaarsveld - 30 December
  • Jonny Clegg - 26-27 January 

For tickets and information, visit Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism’s event page.

Opening of the Season

Nothing says “oh hello Summer and hello holiday” as official as the annual Opening of the Season which will take place on the 16th of December at Hobie Beach. Besides summer activations and live entertainment, visitors and locals can also look forward to other events organised by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality such as the free outdoor cinema and carols by candlelight, featuring Matthew Mole, (22 December), a picnic in Uitenhage at Willow Dam (23 December), and Zahara, award-winning South African singer and songwriter, who will perform at the Tramways Building on the 27th of December.

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