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 17:00-21:00 and Sunday between 10:00-15:00. 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, 19 April between 17:00-21:00 and Sunday, 21 April between 10:00-15:00
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, 20 April. This eggciting market will have you scrambling with its wide range of over 70 stalls and stands. It runs from 10:00-15:00 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, 20 April between 10:00-15:00
Price: Entrance and parking is free!
This transcendent event runs over the course of 3 jam-packed days. Kicking off at 10:00 on Saturday, 20 April and fading out at 16:00 on Monday, 22 April. 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, river and otherworldly mountain backdrop, in a magical space of connectedness, togetherness, happiness, peace and love. The lineup includes headliners such as Plasmotek, Animato and Psychaos amongst others.
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, 20 April at 10:00 until Monday, 22 April at 16:00
- R450 - Early Bird (Online)
- R550 - Pre Sale (Outlets)
- R570 - Full Festival Pass (Online)
- R600 - At the Gate
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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, 19 April to Sunday, 28 April. Its legacy dates back over 125 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, 19 April until Sunday, 28 April
- 10h00-19h00: Exhibition Halls and exhibits
- 10h00-21h00: Fun Fair & Outdoor Activities
- 18h00: Gates & ticket sales close
Price: For more information on ticket prices, see their website.
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Gin and chocolate lovers can make their way over to the Easter Gin and Chocolate pairing taking place at Time Anchor Distillery in Maboneng from 13:00 to 15:00 on Friday, 19 April. The pairing will be a formal, sit down, taste and discuss format. People attending the pairing will arrive and be seated, an introduction to Time Anchor Distillery will happen followed by a tasting of 3 Mirari Gins paired with artisanal chocolates. This will be followed by a perfect serve gin and tonic and a further discussion of the fascinating world of craft distilleries and Gins.
What: Easter Gin and Chocolate Pairing
Where: Time Anchor Distillery, Maboneng
When: Friday, 19 April @ 13:00-15:00
Price: Check the Facebook page for more information
Chicago: The Musical
A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin surrounded by the razzle-dazzle of the world's sexiest musical is coming your way Jozi. One of the most successful international musical hits of all time, this universal tale of fame, fortune and 'all that jazz' will have you tapping your feet this Easter with one show-stopping song after another.
What: Chicago: The Musical
Where: Montecasino, Johannesburg
When: Saturday, 20 April @ 15:00 and Sunday, 21 April @14:00
Price: R200 - R400 @ Computicket
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Fluff your tail this Easter in KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa's oldest music festival celebrates its 30th 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 amphitheatres, 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, 18 April and keeps the party buzzing until Monday, 22 April 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 2019
Where: Himeville, Underberg District, Drakensberg
When: Thursday, 18 April until Monday, 22 April
Price: Tickets can be purchased via the Splashy Fen website and prices vary between R20 (children under 4yrs) and R890 with more group special prices yet to be released.
For more information: check out the Splashy Fen Facebook page
It wouldn't be Easter without an Easter egg hunt and nowhere in Africa do they do it bigger than Ushaka Marine World. A ticket to the event not only gets the kiddies to participate in the hunt with their special Cadbury Easter egg hunt map in hand to find over 100 000 chocolate goodies on both days, but you also get entrance into uShaka Wet 'n Wild & uShaka Sea World. Expect a lot of family-friendly fun, activities and special prizes.
What: Africa's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt
Where: Ushaka Marine World, Durban
When: Saturday, 20 April and Sunday, 21 April
Price: Tickets can be purchased via the Ushaka Marine World website.
For more information: check out Ushaka Marine World's website
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 a 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!