FNB Dance Umbrella
A celebration of contemporary dance, the FNB Dance Umbrella presents a varied selection of work ranging from community-based dance troupes to international companies.
Cape Town Jazz Festival
Cape Town, Western Cape
The last weekend in March is traditionally the time Cape Town hosts this internationally recognised jazz festival. Over the two days some 40 international and African acts perform on five stages to an estimated audience of some 15 000. Photographic and other exhibitions compliment the music. Please visit www.capetownjazzfest.com for further information.
Lambert's Bay Kreeffees
Lambert's Bay, West Coast, Western Cape
The Afrikaans for crayfish is Kreef and a fees can be either a festival or feast, hence the name Kreeffees. Held every March in the West Coast town of Lambert's Bay, you can sample the fresh crayfish and be entertained by rock concerts by some of South Africa's leading musicians. You might also try bungee jumping, enjoy aerial displays, a half-marathon, beer tents and much more. The website www.kreeffeeslambertsbaai.co.za can provide you with more information on this event
Oppikoppi Easter Festival
Northam, North West
The Oppikoppi Easter Festival is considered by some music lovers the highlight of the years. It is held annually over the Easter holidays - late March or early April. Please visit www.oppikoppi.co.za for further information on this local event
Sedgefield Lakes Festival
Sedgefield, Western Cape
Every March, the Sedgefield Lakes Festival provides an action-packed programme for adventure and sport lovers. Further details can be obtained at www.visitknysna.co.za for anyone interested.
Where: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
The National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, or Sasol SciFest, is held in late March in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. It features over seven days over 600 events: lectures, game drives, a laser show, workshops, sunset shows, robotics competitions, science olympics, school quizzes, interactive exhibitions, the PlayFair, field trips, talkshops and a film festival. Over 35 000 visitors attend this festival annually. Please visit www.scifest.org.za for further information.
Windybrow Theatre Festival
Where: Johannesburg, Gauteng
The Windybrow Theatre Festival, provides a showcase for the talents of both local and internationally recognised artists. You can learn more at www.windybrowarts.co.za
Since 1989 the Splashy Fen music festival has attracted many thousands of people to a farm near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal. In the beginning the focus was folk, light rock and black music styles. This has now expanded to include mainstream and alternative rock and pop. Please visit www.splashyfen.co.za for further information.
Philippolis Witblits Festival
Where: Philippolis, Free State
The Philippolis Witblits Festival, held in early April, will give you a taste of a proud local tradition - witblits (Afrikaans for "white lightning") is South African moonshine. Held in the oldest town in the Free State, the festival has boeresports for the kids, food, drink and more witblits. Phillipolis also offers an artist's retreat, the Laurens van der Post Memorial Garden, the Transgariep Museum, safari packages, birdwatching and fishing.
Prince Albert Olive, Food & Wine Festival
Prince Albert, Western Cape
The Prince Albert Food and Wine Festival runs over 2 days in the Swartberg region of the Western Cape. Apart from the region's famous olives and wine there's an art exhibition, beer tents, live music, witblits tastings, crafts for kids, historic tours, a cycle race, culinary demonstrations, a midnight ghost walk, stalls, cabaret, dancing and more. Please visit www.patourism.co.za to learn more regarding this event.
Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival
Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape
The Swartland area of the Western Cape plays host every May to the Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival. Apart from fine wines and the best olives in South Africa, the festival also features an art competition, live entertainment, stalls and lots of food. You can discover more by visiting www.riebeekvalley.info regarding this festival.
National Arts Festival
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Held in late June of early July each year the Grahamstown National Arts Festival is South Africa's oldest, biggest and best-known arts festival. The 10-day marathon offers visitors every possible aspect of theatre, music, song, dance, film and a whole lot more. Please visit www.nafest.co.za for further information .
Knysna Oyster Festival
Knysna, Western Cape
Knysna plays host for this increasingly popular annual event. The coastal town is famous for its oysters and in addition to oyster braais, oyster tasting and oyster-eating competitions, the festival also offers the visitor varied entertainment and lots of sporting events. Please look at www.oysterfestival.co.za for further details.
Calitzdorp Port Festival
Where: Calitzdorp, Western Cape
This annual port festival held over a weekend in July, started life in 1992 by the SA Port Producers Association. It includes a blind port tasting judged by South Africa's top wine critics, a potjiekos competition as well as the annual South African boules championships. Further details can be obtained by visiting www.sappa.co.za
Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival
Northam, North West
Inaugurated in August 1994, Oppikoppi provides the ideal opportunity to showcase some South Africa's original musical talent. The venue comprises three permanent thatched stages, a smaller comedy stage and a stage for more chilled music at the top of the koppie. This event is certainly not not for the faint-hearted. This is real bushveld: hot, dry and covered in red dust and thorn trees. Visit www.sappa.co.za to learn more about this event.
Joy of Jazz
Where: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Featuring a range of musical styles but concentrating on jazz, Johannesburg's biggest annual jazz festival is an ideal family outing. Over 200 local and international artists are expected to perform at different venues across the city with Newtown as the focal point. You can learn more by visiting www.joyofjazz.co.za
Cellar Rats Wine Festival
Magaliesberg provides the ideal setting to taste South Africa's best wines. Held annually in August, the Cellar Rats Wine Festival is a day devoted to wine tasting, with picnic baskets for sale and many kids activities. Designated drivers get in for free. Please visit www.cellarrats.co.za for further information.
Aardklop Arts Festival
Potchefstroom, Free State
Aardklop Arts Festival runs for five days in late September and early October. It features over 90 productions, with classical music, jazz, hard rock, cabaret, visual arts, theatre, circus performances, opera, African and World music, poetry and more, culminating in the OppiAarde rock festival on the last day. Further details can be obtained at www.aardklop.co.za
Hartbeeshoek, North West
This is considered the largest youth-oriented music festival in South Africa offering mainstream music, and a market of crafters and alternative lifestyle products over the four days. It is held at Hartbeeshoek Holiday resort near Hartbeespoort Dam in North West. Further details can be obtained by visiting www.woodstock.co.za
Hermanus Whale Festival
Where: Hermanus, Western Cape
Southern right whales every year travel thousands of miles to the Cape south coast to mate and calve in the bays. Join in with the villagers of Hermanus for a highly entertaining festival, in a town considered to have with the best land-based whale watching in the world. Please visit www.whalefestival.co.za for further details.
Awesome Africa Music Festival
Collaboration is the main theme of this festival first staged in 1999 in Durban's Albert Park. Three stages provide non-stop music from over 200 artists from more than 20 countries. Further information can be obtained by visiting www.awesomeafricafestival.co.za
Southern Cross Music Festival
Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal
A showcase of South African music, this three-day event in Hidden Valley on the banks of KwaZulu-Natal's beautiful Mooi River was first held in 1998. Please click www.southerncrossmusic.co.za for further details.
Where: Bloemfontein, Free State
Now attracting over 140 000 from around the world, the Macufe ten day Mangaung African Cultural Festival, features the very best of African and international talent. It features jazz, gospel, kwaito, hip-hop, R&B, rock and classical music, as well as dance, drama, cabaret, musical theatre, poetry, fine art and traditional arts and crafts. Something for every taste. Please visit www.pacofs.co.za for further information.
Groot Marico, North West
This weekend festival celebrates the work of Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa's greatest writers. The festival is held in the dry town of Groot Marico which is also the setting for many of his stories. Many of South Africa's top actors read from and perform Bosman's work. For those who enjoy good food and good company this is a must - and lots of mampoer. You can get further details on this event by visiting www.marico.co.za
Ficksburg Cherry Festival
Where: Ficksburg, Free State
First held in 1969 this is considered one of the oldest festivals in South Africa. The Festival now attracts around 20 000 visitors to this small eastern Free State town every November. Magnificent scenery compliments the festivals traditional offerings of cherry and asparagus tastings, tours, picnics, music, and the Miss Cherry Blossom and Miss Cherry Pip competitions. Please visit www.cherryfestival.co.za for further details.
Spier Summer Festival
Where: Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Surrounded by lush winelands of the Western Cape and focused at the amphitheatre on the Spier Estate, the annual Spier Summer Festival offers four months of music, opera, dance, stand-up comedy and theatre. The festival runs from December to March. Anyone interested should visit www.spierarts.co.za for further details.
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