Saving Dates for December

2012-11-23 14:39
Welcome the festive season with this round up of fun, adventurous and relaxing events for you to choose from. Mark these dates on your calendar for December, otherwise check out our events page for more.

Outdoor and Sport

Vital Run

WHEN: 12/01/2012 - 00:00
WHERE: Lourensford Wine Estate

The 21km and 10km are off-road all on Lourensford Wine Estate. The two routes follows the same initial course with the first 3km challenging followed by most scenic views. The 10km meanders back mainly downhill and level running to the finish while the 21km continues contouring along jeep track and farm road along the foot of the Helderberg, passing Brinksburg dam including Champagne Corner. Another hill climb between 8 - 9km marks - the second half mainly downhill on easy forest and farm road.

Start Times:
• 21km run: 06h30
• 10km run: 07h30
• 10km walk: 07h40
• 4km Fun run: 08h00

Participants can pre-enter online or enter on the day. Entries limited to 5000.

Red Bull Flugtag

WHEN: 12/09/2012
WHERE: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

45 teamswill put their flying machines to the test in the Red Bull Flugtag challenge taking place at Cape Town’s V& A Waterfront on the 9th of December 2012.
An eclectic mix of the über serious to the just plain ridiculous, teams have started building their contraptions in the aim to wow the crowd and hopefully achieve flight. Cape Town-based team, the Cape Mayans are excited to be amongst the chosen teams. “We chose our name based on the fact we’re from the Cape and  that the Mayan calendar says the world will end twelve days after Red Bull Flugtag.”

More info:

50 Miler Canoe Marathon

WHEN: 12/01/2012
WHERE: Umzinyathi, Durban

This year is going to be explosive with a host of new and exciting details to make this event an-round fun event for the whole family. Prize money for this year amounts to a generous R56 200. Prizes in all
K1 categories depend on sufficient entries. The route for the Best 4 Healthcare 50 Miler has also changed and is set to be more challenging for canoeists.

Race Enquiries: Call Chester on +27 (0)82 320-4141

SA Paragliding Winelands Open

WHEN: 12/16/2012
WHERE: Porteville, Western Cape

The SA Winelands Paragliding open promises to exceed the expectations of competition pilots from South Africa and around the world.

There will be two take off options as well as a separate staging area as the event takes flight in Porterville. Pilots need to be ready to fly between 10h00 and 11h00 to take advantage of the areas ideal conditions. This will be the last competition before the Paragliding World Cup to be hosted at the same venue in February 2013.

Friends of St Francis Nature Areas 10km Run

Start: 12/28/2012
End: St Francis Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape

The perfect race to shake off the excess of Christmas! The moderate and scenic 10km course is run through the St Francis Nature Reserve – make sure you take note of your footing along the rocky shoreline. The course returns past the lighthouse and the famous Seal Point surfing spot. Pre-entries are taken at the Cape St Francis Mini market between 4pm and 6pm on the evening before the event and again at the start from 7am. Walkers are welcome to take part in this special and unique holiday race run in the beautiful holiday venue that is Cape St Francis. 

Start: Main Beach Car Park
Contact: Joan Brady on +27 (0)83 398-3948

Music and Art

iTownship Wine Festival

Start: 12/03/2012
End: Gugulethu, Cape Town

The iTownship Festival in Cape Town will be held in Gugulethu this year. Over 130 wines were tasted at last years wine festival, which was held in Khayelitsha.

Interesting highlights this year include:

iTownship Wine Week lunches/dinner;
Wine Art Pavilion;
Launch of “Starting Your Own Wine Business” guide;
Shisanyama Network Pavilion and
Vintners’ Opening Dinner: Celebrating Gugulethu 50+ Anniversary

For more info contact: Jeanie on 021 970 5333

Carols by Candlelight and Night Market

WHEN: 12/07/2012
WHERE:  Laborie Wine Estate, Drakeinstein

Celebrate the start of the festive season and head off to Laborie Wine Farm for their annual Carols by Candlelight and Night Market. Situated in the heart of Paarl and surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein
Mountains, with the Paarl Mountain as its backdrop, Laborie is regarded as one of the precious jewels in the Cape Winelands District.

Contact: Laborie Wine Estate on +27 (0)21 807-3390 for further information and bookings.

Wavescape Film Festival

When: 12/08/2012 
Where:Cape Town

Controversial cartoonist Zapiro will be decorating a surfboard, along with other well-known artists such as Guy Tillim, Brett Murray and Richard Scott, that will be exhibited from December 1st to 8th at the
Field Office, in Barrack Street, Cape Town, and auctioned for charity on Thursday 8th December. Films this year include the avant garde production Year Zero, as well as hot surfing movies Leave a Message, 

Contact: Cian on +27 (0)21 674-0905 or +27 (0)79 026-0669 for more information.

Umhlanga Summer Carnival

WHEN: 12/08/2012
WHERE: Umhlanga Main Beach and Village, KZN

This year, the Umhlanga Summer Carnival features a line-up with 14 days of fun-filled beach events designed to encourage outdoor activities for young and old. The carnival kicks off with the Summer Surf Session organized by the KwaZulu-Natal Surfing Association that takes place from 8 – 10 December with well-known local surfers all vying for the ultimate winning spot.

Contact: +27 31 312-1281

Rock the River SA

WHEN: 12/28/2012 - 12:14

WHERE: Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

Rock the River SA  consists of over 100 of Cape Town's & SA's finest bands and Dj's at one of the most awesome outdoor music festival.

This years festival which runs for 3 days will host three epic stages for the more than 100 acts expected to attend. This includes the Main Stage, the D&B and Dubstep stage and a third stage for Metal / Goth / Hard Rock and Punk. So bring your tents, bring your friends as this is an event not to be missed. Relax and enjoy this exclusive musical experience. Rock the River SA is the ultimate new years eve Festival.

Tickets: Available fr om Computicket or at the gate
Contact: Telephone Ice Carstens on +27 (0)72 516-1703

Wining, Dining,Beer

The Homestead Sponsorship Programme Gala

Start: 12/01/2012 - 00:00

The Homestead Sponsorship Programme's 2012 Art Auction and Gala Dinner on Saturday 1 December makes supporting a worthwhile cause fun. Award winning chefs Luke Dale-Roberts of Test Kitchen and Giorgio Nava of 95 Keerom have joined forces with Johans Borman Fine Art to stage The Homestead Sponsorship Programme's main fundraising event for 2012.

Luke and Giorgio will collaborate to create an inspirational menu for 100 patrons during a sit down dinner at the spectacular Old Land Bank Building Venue in Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Johans Borman Fine Art and specialist charity auctioneer Iain Banner will conduct the annual art auction in benefit of The Homestead Sponsorship Programme at the gala dinner event. Celebrity presenter Ashley Hayden, a passionate Homestead supporter, will be Master of Ceremonies for the night and Alwijn Burger of ALWIJN is the event planner for this fundraising effort which is generously supported by all the sponsors and artists involved.

Works of art by Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, Peter Clarke, Hennie Niemann Jnr and Ben Coutouvidis will be included in the auction.

sell for R1 250 per person and includes a four course menu prepared by
Luke Dale-Robert and Giogio Nava, wine with every course, bottled water
and a limited open bar.

Please view for more details about the Sponsorship Programme.

To book your tickets contact Sandalene Dale-Roberts on 072 910 2300 or

Durbanville Beer Fest

WHERE: 12/08/2012 - 10:00
WHEN: Durbanville, Cape Town

This year promises to be an even bigger event showcasing more live bands, beer stalls and food stalls. This is a family event, with lots of entertainment for the kids.

The Durbanville Beer Festival showcases beers from South Africa's Craft breweries to the larger commercial brew masters bringing all beer lovers together to appreciate the fine craft of beer making.

Live Rock and Blues bands will keep all entertained with Rock 'n Roll DJ's keeping the crowd rocking throughout the day while rivers of beer will keep your thirsts quenched. Full bar facilities will be available
throughout the course of the event.

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