Cape Town - If you aren't one for staying home or just feel like switching it up this Easter, these events around Mzansi will have you hopping on your feet with anticipation.
Hop over to the Western Cape
If you find yourself trawling the Western Cape this Easter, keep an eye out for these events:
This twilight market, set in the scenic and historic Lourensford Wine Estate, goes down every Friday between 17h00-21h00 and Sunday between 10h00-15h00. It features a range of 70 permanent stalls along with several pop up stalls and delivers live music by celebrated Cape Town artists and DJs. Four legged family members are welcomed and treated too. Entrance is free and the market promises family fun events, such as Easter egg hunts, face painting, jumping castles and so much more!
What: Lourensford Market
Where: Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town
When: Friday, March 30 between 17h00-21h00 and Sunday, April 1 between 10h00-15h00
Price: Entrance is free! You simply have to bring along some cash for the delicious food and beautiful craft stalls available.
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If you're near Langebaan this Easter weekend, be sure to place all of your eggs in this market basket over at the Langebaan Town Hall on Saturday, March 31. This eggciting market will have you scrambling with its wide range of over 70 stalls and stands. It runs from 10h00-15h00 and delivers a fun day for the whole family. The market will feature homemade and handmade products that are born out of love as well as a selection of tasty treats, food and drinks.
What: Langebaan Easter Market
Where: Langebaan Town Hall - on the corner of Bree & Suffren Streets, Opp Marra Square, Langebaan
When: Saturday, March 31 between 10h00-15h00
Price: Entrance and parking is free!
This transcendent event runs over the course of 3 jam packed days. Kicking off at 10h00 on Saturday, March 31 and fading out at 16h00 on Monday, April 2. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves into a 3 day bonanza of music, dancing, sharing, celebrating and LOVING! This event goes down at the Circle of Dreams in Riviersonderend.
Vibe under the African sky beside the forest, infine river and otherworldly mountain backdrop, in a magical space of connectedness, togetherness, happiness, peace and love. There are said to be 4 international headliners, and the event organisers are tight lipped about who they are for now and will announce them closer to the event.
What: Vortex Parallel Universe
Where: The Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend - directions below sourced via their website.
- From Cape Town - Take the N2 past Caledon and head to Riviersonderend. From the Caltex service station at Riviersonderend travel for 7 km’s further on the N2 & turn LEFT at the DR1306 signpost.
- From George – Take the N2 to Cape Town – From Swellendam onward travel for 70 km’s & turn RIGHT at DR1306 signpost. If you get to Riviersonderend you’ve missed the turnoff.
When: Saturday, March 31 at 10h00 until Monday, April 2 at 16h00
- R450 - Early Bird (Online)
- R470 - Pre Sale (Outlets)
- R480 - Full Festival Pass (Online)
- R550 - At the Gate
For more event information: click here
Votex Parallel Universe
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This event has been shaking its tail in the country for over 20 years and will be pulled out of the hat for another appearance from Thursday, March 29 until Wednesday, April 4. It is committed to displaying and boasting the arts, culture and heritage of South Africa through the Afrikaans language. It also attracts folk from all over the country and world together and sets the tone for one, non-stop fun vibe.
The festival is hosted by the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn - which on a regular day is a small farming town dense with history, but is brought to vibrant and boisterous life over the Easter weekend courtesy of the KKNK.
There is promised to be a plethora of stalls delivering great food, clothing, curios, jewellery and so much more! There will also be art galleries open to display the works of numerous local artists featuring an array of different mediums - from sculptures to paintings to drawings.
Where: Karoo, Oudtshoorn
When: Thursday, March 29 until Wednesday, April 4 - gates open at 09h00 and close at 20h00
Price: Tickets average at R85 with the last day costing R55 and can be purchased via Computicket or at your nearest Shoprite, Checkers or House & Home
2018 marks the 5th year of this event which will be taking place from March 22 - March 30 at the Labia Theatre. It will be showcasing challenging, intriguing and creative film content from SA and across the World highlighting issues that affect society. The event also aims to introduce participants, filmmakers and audience members to sustainable living choices and lifestyle changes that are readily available. The programme features about 21 Documentary Films with eco & sustainable themes. This means that there will be around 30 screenings over 7 days of award-winning films which are solution focussed, entertaining and thought-provoking. All screenings include an informal discussion session afterward for any questions related to the film screened.
What: Eco Film Festival Cape Town 2018
Where: Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens
When: Thursday, March 22 until Friday, March 30
Price: Tickets cost about R50 apiece (check their Facebook event page to stay updated for any more info)
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Get your Easter on in Gauteng
The Rand Show is the largest customer exhibition in South Africa and returns this year at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec from Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 8. Its legacy dates back over 123 years and has been around to serve generations of South African families with its evergreen theme that revolves around families, their lifestyles and living spaces. With an endless supply of family fun events - from live musical performances to an amusement park - this week-long event is sure to have you and your family spoiled for choice!
What: The Rand Show
Where: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec - on the corner of Nasrec road & Randshow road, Johannesburg, South Africa
When: Friday, March 30 until Sunday, April 8
- 10h00-19h00: Exhibition Halls and exhibits
- 10h00-21h00: Fun Fair & Outdoor Activities
- 18h00: Gates & ticket sales close
Price: Ticket prices range between R10 and R150 and vary depending on your age - children under 6yrs enter free. For more information on ticket prices, see their website.
For more event information: check out their Facebook event
Get your tastebuds ready this Easter for the Taste of Jozi Food Festival. The flavourful event gets tummies rumbling on Friday, March 30 at The Old Train Station next to Mandela Bridge. Festivities begin at 13h00 and run until 23h00 and includes a vast range of over 50 food and drink stalls as well as live entertainment to keep you in a groove mood while you indulge in the yummy food.
What: Taste Of Jozi Food Festival
Where: The Old Train Station next to Mandela Bridge, Newtown, Johannesburg CBD
When: Friday, March 30 - 13h00-23h00
Price: Tickets can be purchased via their website through Nutickets and at the gate. Early bird tickets were R60 but have closed on February 9 and the remaining tickets cost R100 (online) and R150 (at the gate).
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If you feel like kicking off your Easter weekend with a rocking start - check out the Bring Back The Rock music festival going down at Rusty Hook. The event will see 14 bands of various rock genres across two stages and promises to keep the rock rolling on Saturday, March 31 from 14h00 until Sunday, April 1 02h00. So far only one act has been announced, but keep your eyes peeled and your ears tuned for more line-up announcements on their website.
What: Bring Back The Rock 2018
Where: The Rusty Hook, 22 Wilge Street, Honeydew, Johannesburg
When: Saturday, March 31 @ 14h00 to Sunday, April 1 @ 02h00
Price: General tickets are running at R50 apiece and VIP at R250 on Quicket until the end of February, thereafter general tickets will cost R100 at the door.
Rock 'n Roll (iStock)
Beer lovers can make their way over to the Easter Beer Hunt taking place at SAB World of Beer in Newtown from 10h00 to 16h00 on Sunday, April 1. The beer hunt will be incorporated into the five-star tourist attraction's daily beer tour for adults. Guests are implored to keep their eyes and ears open for the chance to win prizes if they spot the SAB brands on the route and correctly answer the tour guide’s questions. To shake up the bubbles of the beer tours for adults this Easter, there will be hidden beer treats. One lucky guest will win a prize at the end of the tour.
What: Easter Beer Hunt
Where: SAB World of Beer, Newtown, Johannesburg
When: Sunday, April 1 @ 10h00-16h00
Price: Tickets cost R125 per person at SAB World of Beer
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Fluff your tail this Easter in KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa's oldest music festival celebrates its 28th annual bash at Himeville in the Underberg District in Drakensberg. Named after the farm upon which the festival takes place, and dubbed "SA's Friendliest Music Festival", the setting boasts natural amphitheaters, great acoustics, breathtaking mountain vistas, winding rivers and large level fields for camping. The event looks to celebrate life, art, music, people, love laughter, fun and enjoyment all in while nestled in the beautiful Drakensberg heritage site. Splashy Fen takes place from Thursday, March 29 and keeps the party buzzing until Sunday, April 1 and promises new ideas, new acts, value for money and the iconic Splashy vibe that brings attendees back every year.
What: Splashy Fen Music Festival 2018
Where: Himeville, Underberg District, Drakensberg
When: Thursday, March 29 until Sunday, April 1
Price: Tickets can be purchased via the Splashy Fen website and prices vary between R10 (children under 5yrs) and R795 with more group special prices yet to be released.
For more information: check out the Splashy Fen Facebook page
Alternatively, try Geocaching!
If none of these events pique your interest and you feel like doing a solo or more intimate adult Easter hunt or simply are curious, why not try Geocaching?
Geocaching is worldwide game of hiding and seeking "treasure". Geocachers can sign up to the Geocaching website to enter the coordinates of their latest hidden treasure for fellow Geocachers to find anywhere in your city and around the world! It's a bit like a weird form of pen pals.
A geocacher can place a geocache (container) somewhere in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Participants all over the world can navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates, locate these hidden containers, sign the logsheet inside and then log their experience online. - Geocachers of South Africa
Sometimes small items or trinkets are hidden for you to take or replace and other times it could simply be a log book to sign your name. It's an activity that's both fun for the family and for the lonewolf! Who knows? Maybe you'll find some hidden treasures along the slopes of Table Mountain or the trenches of Drakensberg this Easter holiday. Simply sign up to the website and get your hunt on!
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