Get out and about in Women’s Month and say three cheers to the ladies.
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Fish River Canoe Marathon
27 to 28 September, Eastern Cape
Don’t miss this two-day sporting spectacular as competitors navigate their canoes down the Fish River from Grassridge Dam to Cradock. Join spectators on the banks for the festivities.
Melville Koppies Hikes
4, 11, 18 and 25 August, Johannesburg
Get out with the family and keep warm this winter on a number of guided hikes and walks in the heart of Johannesburg. Take part in a guided group tour through Melville Koppies Central on 4 and 18 August, or do a three-koppie group hike on 11 and 25 August. Children must be over six years old. No dogs allowed on these walks, but there is a special dog walk on the first Saturday of every month.
Friends of Melville Koppies
28 August to 1 September, Johannesburg
South Africa’s biggest celebration of handcrafted, passionately made, Proudly South Africa products takes place at St John’s College for a second Joburg show this year. No mainstream here. Just stunning, innovative homeware, fashion, beauty, jewellery, food, music and much more. Pre-sale tickets are R70pp from Plankton.mobi or R100 at the door and include entrance as well as a shopping bag, Consol water bottle and a magazine.
While the market officially kicks off on 28 August, there’ll be a special moonlight market on 27 August from 4pm to 8pm to help raise funds for Realema. So if you’re wanting to get a jump on all the crowds join the KAMERS/Makers team for this champagne preview with all the vendors for just R150pp.
Not in Johannesburg? Never fear. The KAMERS/Makers team will be making their way down to Stellenbosch from 28 October to 3 November before heading to Irene in Pretoria for a special Christmas showcase from 3 to 8 December.
Brooklyn’s Orchid & Fern By Design
31 August, Pretoria
Discover birds, bees and all things botanical with Garden and Home and Brooklyn Mall. This exclusive event will feature a series of insightful botanical-focused talks from our experts, including how to get your orchids summer-ready and how to care for your Staghorn fern. There will also be great ideas for orchid and fern inspired flower arrangements and home decor trends.
The event starts at 11am and runs until 1pm at the Queenspark Court in Brooklyn Mall. Tickets are R100pp and include canapes, sparkling wine and a goodie bag. To book, visit caxtonevents.co.za.
Fire & Feast Meat & Food Festival
6 to 8 September, Johannesburg
If you love a good braai, head to Joburg Ticketpro Dome for this sizzling festival. Talented chefs show off their expertise in preparing meat for the braai, and cooking it. Meet butchers, braai masters and food fundis for a great weekend out.
South African Book Fair
6 to 8 September, Constitution Hills
Bookworms of the city unite at Constitution Hill for this annual book fair. This year’s speakers include Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Adam Habib and Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
26 to 28 September, Sandton
The rhythm of jazz makes its way to the Sandton Convention Centre in the City of Gold, with a jam-packed line up. Experience local artists such as Stimela, Shannon Mowday and Sibongile Khumalo, along with international acts like Manu Katche from France and Wynton Marsalis from the US.
Midlands Literary Festival
31 to 1 September, Howick
The 10th annual festival held at the Fern Hill Hotel, promises interesting conversation with published authors like Jackie Kalley and Helena Davis (pictured), interesting speakers, enthralling poetry, and inspiration for your own writing journey.
Dinner and a Movie at The Oyster Box Hotel
13 to 27 September, Umhlanga
Enjoy a three-course meal at the hotel’s Ocean Terrace restaurant before a blockbuster show in the private 16-seater cinema.
Hilton Arts Festival
13 to 15 September, Hilton
Hilton College invites lovers of the arts to spend the weekend experiencing a premier programme of drama, comedy, music, children’s theatre and cabaret as some of South Africa’s top performers take to the stage.
Magoebaskloof Spring Festival
21 to 24 September, Magoebaskloof
The flowers of Limpopo are set to put on a real show this month and next, so head on over to Magoebaskloof to take in the beauty of this region. Drop into the spring festival at Haenertsburg village for good food, local crafts and produce.
Magoebaskloof Spring Festival
+27 (0) 72 370 1886; [email protected]
Groot Marico Rotary MTB Race
3 August, Groot Marico
Choose between the 60km, 50km, 40km or 20km race through beautiful countryside. There is also a 5km race for children. The event will be accompanied by food stalls and music. Groot Marico is two hours’ drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
30 to 31 August, Calvinia
This town in the Northern Cape is in the heart of sheep country, and here’s a festival that celebrates meat. Braaied, stewed, curried, in pita, on sosaties, in potjies – even done-to perfection sheep’s head. Add to this a music concert, street party, stalls and loads of activities.
Delheim Jazz and Cheese Fondue Sundays
Every Sunday until 25 August, Stellenbosch
At these laid-back lunchtime affairs on the Delheim Wine Estate, ensconce yourself in the cosy cellar, sip on estate wines, and tuck into a tasty cheese fondue. The mellow sound of local musicians of Cape Town Music Academy and Jazz in the Native Yards will keep your toes tapping all afternoon.
Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show
23 August to 1 September, Clanwilliam
Don’t miss this annual showcase of wildflowers endemic to Clanwilliam and surrounds. Held in the Blomkerk, this year’s theme is ‘Harmony’, emphasising symbiotic relationships between agriculture and conservation. There is also live music, art competitions, plus hikes and trails in the countryside which is magnificent at this time of the year.
+27 (0) 67 088 6969; +27 (0) 27 482 2024
You also might like: Clanwilliam’s Blooming Beautiful Show
McGregor Poetry Weekend
23 to 25 August, Western Cape
The ideal place to enjoy log fires, good wine and the company of poets is at this sixth annual celebration of poetry. Venues are within walking distance from each other. This year’s theme is ‘The Heart of the Moon’. Apart from the open-mic session for budding poets, well-known wordsmiths like Douglas Reid Skinner, Joan Hambidge, Toast Coetzer, Sindiwe Magona and Kobus Moolman will participate in recitals.
+27 (0) 23 625 1871; [email protected]
Fine-Dining Cooking Demonstration
24 and 31 August, Cape Town
Calling all budding cooks, foodies and master chefs in the making. The award-winning Greenhouse restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia is hosting a series of cooking demonstrations by head chef Farrel Hirsch. Best of all you will get to eat the dishes demonstrated.
+27 (0) 21 795 6226; [email protected]
Ayama Artichokes Festival
25 August, Voor Paardeberg
Ayama Wine Farm will be hosting the second Artichoke Festival. This gastronomic event is becoming a highlight on the foodie calendar. The programme includes a four-course, artichoke-inspired lunch, live music and a craft market. Pre-book as no tickets will be sold at the gate on the day.
+27 (0) 21 869 8313; [email protected]
The Chocolate Festival
31 August to 1 September, Stellenbosch
Chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth, wait no more. The Willy Wonka-themed Chocolate Festival at The Woodmill in the heart of town offers an array of activities such as a chocolate fountain, artisanal chocolatiers, ice-cream vendors, chocolate-themed movie screenings, live bands, gin, wine and beer tents, bread and cheese stalls and much more.
Stellenbosch Hills Heritage Wine & Food Pairing
1 to 30 September, Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch Hills is celebrating our heritage with a special wine and food pairing in partnership with the Private Hotel School. Expect to find your wine paired with local is lekker-inspired morsels like Cape Malay pickled fish, boerewors meatballs and orange malva pudding.
Open Book Festival
4 to 8 September, Cape Town
Since 2011, the Open Book Festival has celebrated local and international authors. This year will be no different, with the likes of Ekow Duker, Khaya Dlanga and Lauren Beukes. The programme takes place at the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre, and the Book Lounge. Visit the website for the full programme.
7 September, Paarl
This local festival celebrates its decade, with four local wine producers joining forces to create a jam-packed event. Taste traditional waterblommetjie bredie and soups, sip on gin cocktails and lap up some waterblommetjie ice cream.
14 to 15 September, Franschhoek
Usher in spring with a trip to the Franschhoek Wine Valley for this year’s Uncorked Festival. Sample the latest vintages from local wineries, stock up on some old and new favourites, enjoy the live entertainment and try the food fare that makes this region so popular.
Wine & Food Tourism Conference
18 September, Stellenbosch
Spier Wine Estate hosts a number of speakers who will share their expert advice on trends in the food and wine industry. Don’t miss talks from trends analyst Dion Chang, Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, entrepreneur Alan Knott-Craig, UK digital mastermind Judith Lewis, celebrated chef Bertus Basson, and past Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, among others.
The 2019 Darling Wildflower Show
20 to 22 September, West Coast
This year’s theme is ‘A Carnival of Wildflowers’. Visit the flower exhibition at the Landscape Hall, wander around the craft and food market, peruse the vintage-car and tractor display and enjoy some live entertainment.
21 to 22 September, George
At Redberry Farm in George awaits a weekend of strawberry picking. Get lost inside the hedge maze, enjoy a wine- or craft- beer pairing with berries, and enter the strawberry-eating competition.
Tulbagh Arts Festival
27 to 29 September, Tulbagh
Tulbagh opens its doors to festival-goers for a weekend dedicated to local artists. The festival remembers the 1969 earthquake that devastated the town and is considered to have been the most destructive quake in South African history.