From beards and barrels to cycling the desert on a bicycle - April events not to be missed!

2019-03-30 10:30
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Get out there and enjoy the nature, art and cheese and wine offered at these incredibly cool local events and festivals held in the month of April: 

Beards and Barrels

Some nine years ago the wonderfully eclectic bunch of very talented Bot River Winemakers challenged each other to grow the most luxuriant beard during harvest. The Shave Off on the 1st February marks the start of harvest each year as well as the start of a new beard. 


At the end of harvest the now well-bearded winemakers arrive at the annual Beard Parade – a talent show contest. This is an opportunity for the public to taste new vintage wines straight from the barrel as well as special release wines and also to meet the winemakers, make new friends, party and do some good in the process. The occasion centres around the auction: the sale of truly special Bot River wines. The auction benefits various school-level educational projects in the region.  

When? 13 April

Get your ticket here. 

SA Cheese Festival

Since university days I have loved this one. Make a whole day of it with friends and head to Stellenbosch where cheese and wine will be served to you in almost-bottomless amounts. 

When? Friday 26 April to Sunday 28 April 2019 at Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch

Buy your tickets here.

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The Rand Show

Get the whole family involved! Expect Africa’s biggest celebration of the global sensation game, Fortnite, a new reality cooking and talent shows, a beautifully presented flower and décor show, international Fitness Expo, world class military displays, drum majorette Gold Cup and so much more. 

When? 19-28 April

Book here.

Splashy Fen

Held in the Underberg you'll find Splashy Fen, SA's Friendliest Festival. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary it has a banging lineup of music, activity, fun, laughter and happiness.  

When? 18-22 April

Buy tickets here.


Keen for cycling around the Karoo desert on a bicycle? Why not?! This festival of creative expression takes place in the Tankwa Karoo and promises a completely unique experience. 

When? 29 April to 5 May

Buy tickets now. 

Two Oceans Marathon

Whether you are running it or there as a spectator, it's known as 'the world's most beautiful marathon'. Africa's biggest running event, this is undoubtedly South Africa's most prestigious race, which covers 56km of beautiful scenic Cape Town on Easter Saturday.

When? 20 April

Get all other info here. 

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