#FindYourEscape: 25 plus events to ring in spring across buzzing SA

2018-08-03 14:34
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Ring in spring at one of these cool events buzzing across Mzansi. (Photo: iStock)

Cape Town - Music festivals, wine festivals, flower festivals, you name it and there will be a festival for it. SA is ready to showcase the best of its local talent and flair this season.

Here are 35 festivals and events to catch in SA! Where will you find your escape?


1. Groot Constantia Wine Tours

The legendary wines of the Estate may be tasted and bought every day, 7 days a week.

When: Daily, contact in advance - September - December 2018 (spring)

Where: Groot Constantia

Cost: Tour tickets cost R95 and can be bought here.

2. Cape Town International Kite Festival

Embrace your right to fly and to have fun at the Cape Town International Kite Festival on 27 and 28 October in Muizenberg, Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health.

When: 27 & 28 October 2018

Where: Muizenberg, Cape Town

3. Benguela Cove Private Vineyard Tour 

Receive Benguela's VIP treatment as you and your guests are taken on a guided tour of the estate and vineyards. 

Enjoy a tasting session of five estate wines in vineyards while overlooking the Bot River Lagoon. The tour culminates with a gourmet 3-course meal at the Manor House complemented with award-winning wines.

When: Daily, contact in advance - September - December 2018 (spring)

Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate

Cost: Prices vary depending on the tour you book. The Private Vineyard tour (mentioned here) costs R700 p/p and the less pricey Vineyard to glass tour (for those looking for a cheaper option) costs R250 p/p - both take up to 9 people per tour. Read more on this here.

4. Protea Party

The 5th annual Protea Party takes place at Anthonij Rupert Estate, in celebration of the Protea wine range. 

The evening includes welcome cocktails, live entertainment and a fabulous 3-course harvest style feast all included in the ticket price.

When: 27 October 2018

Where: Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Franschhoek 

5. Kaleo Market Day

Take the whole family to the Kaleo Market Day. Partake in the annual MTB event filled with challenging off road cycle road if you're looking to challenge yourself or just enjoy a fun-filled family friendly market day. Weave through selections of crafts, arts & interesting products and yummy food stalls to still your hunger. There's also a fully catered bar inside the venue, an outside wine cellar as well as a cosy beer tent!

When: 27 October 2018

Where: Kaleo, Koue Bokkeveld

6. Cape Town International Boat Show

Browse imported luxury craft, catamarans, gear and equipment at SA's premier boating showcase. Boat owner or not, there will be fun for everyone!

When: 19 - 21 October 2018

Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cost: Adults: R120 / Family Pass: two adults & two children (9 - 18-years-old) = R280 - aka R70 p/p / Pensioners, Students and Children (9 - 18-years-old): R50 / Children (0 - 8-years-old): Free entry. Book your tickets here.

7. Oyster & Champagne Festival

Oysters from the west and east coasts are enjoyed with Cape Town's finest bubbly.

When: 27 - 28 October 2018

Where: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

8. Wine on the River

Sip wines from Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor while relaxing beside the Breede River.

When: 26 - 28 October 2018

Where: Goudmyn Farm, situated on the R317 between Robertson and Bonnievale

Cost: Ticket prices range between R150 - R350 p/p and children under 18-years-old enter free. Buy tickets here.

9. Cape Town Bierfest

Enjoy Tops at Spar's feast of German beer, food and entertainment. Our own taste of the real Oktoberfest.

When: 28 - 29 September 2018

Where: Newlands Brewery, Cape Town

Cost: Prices range between R175 and R1 175 - book your spot here.

10. Rocking the Daisies

Rock your way into spring at this epic annual festival! Enjoy a plethora of SA's best musical guests while camping out in one of the most vibrant festivals spring has to offer.

When: 5 - 7 October 2018

Where: Rocking the Daisies, Cloof Wine Estate in Darling, Cape Town

Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on what you want and how early you book - from R595 - R895. View  the full pricing page here and book your tickets here.


11. Tour and Beer Tasting 

The SAB World of Beer is the definitive home of beer in South Africa, uncovering the history of this fascinating beverage through a fun, creative and informative tour. From the origins of beer, to insights on its South African story and the brewing process, this tour is essential for anyone who is passionate about beer and curious about its role in South African life.

When: Daily, contact in advance - September - December 2018 (spring)

Where: SAB World of Beer

Cost: Tour prices range between R46 - R197 (depending on the package and your age) and can be bought here.

12. Jozi Tese Festival

Enjoy a bustling outdoor lifestyle festival to celebrate all that is great in Jozi. Join in for a great time as the Festival will feature a range of tasty food stalls, live music, themed bars, car and motorcycle displays, fashion and beauty pop-ups and loads of entertainment. 

When: 30 September 2018

Where: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort

Cost: Ticket prices range between R100 - R1 500 and can be bought here.

13. Soweto Food Truck Festival

Handmade products from more than 120 of SA's most talented artisans are showcased at this exquisite fair. Soak up the Spring air from the rooftop and splurge on the trendiest buys in Jozi. Meet up with Foster the People, Mac Miller

When: 12 - 14 October 2018

Where: Hyde Park Corner Rooftop, Johannesburg

15. RMB WineX

Sample award winning  wines, brandy and Cape port from the biggest brand names to the quaintest boutique brands at WineX. Paired with gobsmacking charcuterie, cheeses and preserves - you're in for a treat. The show will also introduce wine routes, wine accessories and cooling systems, so ,whatever your interest in the wine industry - pen WineX in your spring calendar.

When: 24 - 26 October 2018

Where: Sandton Convention Centre 

16. Rocco De Villiers - Just be Yourself

Roco De Villiers is living proof that we ought to follow our dreams no matter the circumstances, or how weird our dreams may sound to other people if we have the passion for it, why not do it see where it takes us. When you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. The general theme of the show is to Just Be Yourself. Come hear his story through his piano, you will be inspired to thrive in what you do. Let us flourish!

When: 3 - 14 October 2018

Where: Pieter Toerien Main Theatre, Montecasino

Cost: R100 - R220 p/p - buy tickets here.

17. Annual Cheese Market 2018

Get cheesy this spring over at this gouda market experience. The event includes wine, whisky and beer pairings, mouth watering cheese dishes with the health advises on cheese from invited health experts. So, cheese lovers come mingle with the cheese makers and wine experts. 

When: 14 October 2018

Where: Observatory Sports Club in Observatory, Johannesburg

Cost: R100 p/p - buy tickets here.

18. FNB Whiskey Live Festival

Famed for showcasing the widest selection of whisky under one roof and following global trends, the world’s largest whisky festival now adds a range of other premium spirits for tasting – including gin and vodka – to its impressive offering!

When: 31 October - 2 November 2018

Where: Sandton Convention Centre - Hall 1, Johannesburg


19. Durban International Blues Festival 

Celebrate its 14th successive year and sway along to the smooth blues from local, national and international blues artists. 

When: 27 - 29 September 2018

Where: Zack's, Wilson's Wharf in Albert Park, Durban

Cost: Ticket prices range between R150 (pre-bought) - R160 (at the door) and can be bought here.

20. Poetry Africa Festival 

Attend the 22nd Poetry Africa Festival International Poetry Festival and witness the works from SA and international participants.

When: 16 - 20 October 2018 (tbc)


21. Castle Lager Oktoberfest PE 2018

The Castle Lager Oktoberfest PE 2018 will take place over three days, with a wide selectin of beer, German cuisine, music and various other activities to entertain the whole family. This is the ideal event to spend a couple of days in the area enjoying local entertainment and hospitality.

When: 26 - 28 October 2018

Where: German Club PE

Cost: R80 - R120 p/p

22. PE Express First Choice Kids & Baby Expo 

Celebrate the 9th year of what's called 'the biggest family expo in the Eastern Cape' at the Boardwalk's Exhibition Level. It is promised to be a weekend of indoor entertainment and fun for the whole family. Parents will be able to grab a bite and relax or browse to their hearts content as there's expected to be lots of fun and action to keep the kids busy.

When: 5 - 7 October 2018

Where: Boardwalk Exhibition Centre, Boardwalk Hotel


23. Mangaung Rose Festival

A glorious celebration of roses takes place in the City of Roses this spring. Activities will be hosted throughout the city. Expect competitions, pageants, markets, theatre performances and residents opening their beautiful rose-filled gardens to the public.

When: 19 - 21 October 2018

Where: Locations throughout Bloemfontein

24. AfriSki #CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival

The one of a kind mountain bike festival at 3222m above sea level, where visitors can test the gear with a choice of downhill paths. You will be lifted up to 200m and then free your way down a selection of mountain paths - giving you the true feeling of the bike. Test gear, explore the latest equipment and stick around for some exciting downhill races!

When: 1 - 4 November 2018

Where: Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho

25. Free State Flower Festival

In it's third year this new flower festival will hit the Free State once again. You can expect exhibits, floats, music and dance items.

When: TBC

Where: Parys

26. Ficksburg Cherry Festival

The cherry capital of the world welcomes visitors to the much anticipated cherry festival. Explore what exhibitors have to show at the festival grounds, or enjoy a selection of tours.

When: 15 - 17 November 2018

Where: Ficksburg


27. Swellendam 100 MTB 

This is a 2 day MTB adventure of non-technical and fun riding in and around beautiful Swellendam, South Africa's 4th oldest town! 

When: 3 - 4 November  2018

Where: Langeberg mountains as well as the Breede River and also through the Bontebok National Park, Swellendam

28. Leisure Isle Festival

Enjoy dozens of stalls catering for every taste. The event promises to offer a mouth-watering array of food, drink and fresh produce, as well as locally-produced arts and crafts, toys, a huge array of books, indigenous and other plants and many other delights! 

When: 3 - 4 November 2018

Where: Knysna

29. Stilbaai Touch Rugby

Stilbaai Touchies is South Africa's largest and most prestigious Touch Rugby event. The tournament dates back to 1978 when a group of holidaymakers in the small coastal town got together to formalise all the social games that used to take place in a once-off tournament.

When: 26 December 2018 

Where: Stilbaai

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