August weekend escapes

2013-07-30 12:28

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August is here bringing with it the promise of improved weather and a lovely long weekend as Women's Day falls on Friday the 9th. What will you be doing with your time off?

We've rounded up a few fun, thought-provoking and entertaining events taking place throughout the month to help you make the most of your weekend escapes.

Getaway Travel Blog Conference 2013

Are you a traveller at heart, who is unable to resist sharing your experiences? Want to know how to run a kick-ass travel blog? Then you have to attend the Getaway Travel Blog conference, now in its third year running.  The introduction of workshops to this year’s programme will give you the opportunity to pick and choose from a variety of practical and informative topics. Workshops include everything from travel writing, blog design, photography, video, social media, how to pitch your work to an editor to the more technical side of blogging.

When: 03 August 2013
WhereCape Town
Cost: R800 (R100 discount for Getaway bloggers)
Contact: +27 (0) 21-530-3381

Robertson Wine Fest returns to Gauteng

If you are a  Gautenger who enjoys a good wine, then don't miss this opportunity. Robertson Wine Valley is bring the best right to your doorstep. It's a fest filled with good food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. The venue is none other than the beautiful tranquil Kievits Kroon country estate and spa.  Among exhibitors showcasing their finest wines will be Excelsior, Major’s Hill, Rietvallei, Robertson Winery, Rooiberg Winery, Springfield, Van Loveren, Weltevrede and Zandvliet to name but a few.

Tickets are available at Webtickets and entry is R180.00 per person per day or R320.00 for a weekend pass. The package includes a tasting glass, a bottle of water and a ‘goodie’ bag and children under 18 enter free of charge.

When: 03-04 August 2013
Where: Kievits Kroon, Pretoria
: 023 626 3167

Joyous Celebration in Cape Town

For the first time after three years, MTN Joyous Celebration is back in the mother City by popular demand offering families a weekend of worship. This award-winning and multi-platinum, 45-member group presents traditional and contemporary spiritual hymns as well as original compositions. Featuring well-known, South African gospel artists such as Jabu Hlongwane, Mthunzi Namba, Charisma and Mahalia with  Lindelani Mkhize as the producer. Bring your family and let this band, presenting their latest album, Joyous 17 entitled Grateful, revive your spirit through music. Tickets are available at Computicket from R195.00.

When: 04 August 2013
Where: Good Hope Centre


The theme for this year's 18th annual OppiKoppi Festival is 'Sweet Thing'. Featuring seven different stages tickets cost R650 - R800. The line-up includes the likes of Mi Casa, Heuwels Fantasties, Fokofpolisiekar, Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis and CrashCarBurn.

When: 8 to 10 August
Where: Northam, Limpopo

The Cradle Festival

The core festival and expo takes place in the heart of the Cradle, at the iconic, Maropeng Visitor Centre. Live entertainment includes Wendy & Kat from Sounds Like Thunder, Newton's 2nd Law and The Graeme Watkins Project. There will also be a Cheese & Wine Expo, Boutique Beer tastings and the Cradle Mountain MTB challenge being one of the key sporting events. Parents and kids can take advantage of the dedicated kids play area. Tickets cost R50.00 for adults and R25.00 for children and entrance to the Visitors Centre will be discounted on presentation of your Festival ticket.

When: 06 -15 August 2013
Where: Cradle of Humankind

Robertson Slow 2013

Twenty-six wineries and guesthouses in and around Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson will be participating in the 7th Robertson Slow - an experience to be enjoyed slowly. Guests can look forward to traditional homemade fare along with some of South Africa's finest wines. Other activities at this popular wine festival include Horse Riding, Boat Cruises and Fynbos and Renosterveld Walks as well as vineyard tours.

When: Friday, 09 August 2013
Where: Robertson Wine Valley, Robertson, Western Cape

Klein Karoo Klassique

A festival in celebration of the Karoo. Come and experience classical music and Klein Karoo cuisine, wines and art. You will enjoy the classical sounds of a string quartet, a piano duo (piano & cello) two piano recitals, a performance of Lieder, a wind instrument quintet, an organ recital and the performance of an a capella choir. Klein Karoo potters, painters and other visual artists such as Thijs Nel and Francois Gerber will exhibit in various venues and there will also be practical painting workshops.

When: 08 to 11 August 2013
Where: Oudtshoorn
Contact: +27 (0)44 203-8600 for more information.

Good Food & Wine Show Durban

If you're a foodie evangelist then this is one event not to be missed as you will be entertained and educated by a host of local and international celebrity chefs.  The line-up includes James Martin who is a regular face on South African television; Vivek Singh of London’s Cinnamon Club who has transformed the face of Indian cooking; Anjali Pathak, an exciting talent in the Indian food and spice arena and part of the famous Patak spice family and vegan baker Mellissa Morgan who is known to her legions of fans around the world as Ms Cupcake.

Head to this beautiful city of Durban for an event that an extraordinary gourmet experience as it unveils the latest cutting-edge global trends and tastes.

When: 08-11 August 2013
Where: Durban

The Big Bee Festival

If you’ve been dreaming of visiting Swellendam, this is your chance. You will experience the surrounding canola fields in full Bloom. The line-up of performers includes Chris Chameleon, Anton Goosen, Joe Martin, Gian Groen, The Ride, Girls of Rock, Mady Abrahams, Joe F, Guy Buttery and many more.

Otherwise participate in the Breede River Bee Paddle, Bee Big 4x4, Bushwhack Outride, Ball Bashing for Brandy or the Barrydale Bowls Bonanza. On Women's Day, there are conferences, retreats and activities especially for you to enjoy including a Queen Bee Walk in the park to raise awareness for Breast cancer. You can enjoy Busy Bee Family time and solve a mystery at the Bee a Detective Murder Mystery Party too.

At the centre of the Festival there will be a Big Braai with locally produced organic foods and meat products plus wines, beers, witblitz & brandy. The event also comes with competitions for preserves & pickles, potbrood, boerewors and potjies, boeresports and a kid’s competitions. With the braai smoke, all-day music and comedy acts - it’s a lekker way to Bee together.

When: 09-11 August 2013
Where: Swellendam

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

The Joy of Jazz festival is now in its 13th year and the line up is set to mark this huge anniversary as world-class jazz superstars will be performing at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz this year.

This year’s edition sees a line up of artists from America, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands and joining them will be top performers from South Africa and the African Diaspora.

Spread across six venues in Newtown, dubbed the arts centre of Gauteng, jazz lovers are going to be spoilt for choice.

The annual jazz extravaganza attracted around 2 000 music lovers in its first year and has now grown to an audience of well over 20 000 people.

Although there are free concerts for you as well as concerts where you will need a ticket, tickets are priced from R150.00 and are available at Computicket.

When: 22-25 August 2013
Where: Newtown, Johannesburg

Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show

Clanwilliam, the gateway to South Africa’s finest floral region - so come and experience the exclusive flora in the Clanwilliam district and Ramskop Nature Reserve. The walks on the laid-out paths also offer a beautiful view over the Clanwilliam Dam and of the Cederberg Mountains. Otherwise opt for an Elansberg Eco safari to discover the secret lives of plants  and the myriad of little miracles that make the fynbos plant kingdom so unique.

The official opening of the Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show will take place on the 24 August at 18h00. The show is open from 08h00 to 19h00 daily and the entry fee is R25 for adults, R20 for pensioners and R5 for children.

Various exciting activities like music performances, art competitions for kids, hiking trails and trips are on offer throughout the show which promises a memorable experience for the whole family.

When: 24 to 31 August 2013
Where: Clanwilliam
Contact: Clanwilliam Tourism on 027 482-2024

KwaZulu-Natal Music Imbizo

This yearly expo aims at collecting all pertinent industry players under one roof to breathe life into the KwaZulu-Natal music industry.

This expo is not only made for people in the music industry or business but ordinary music lovers are welcome. The event opens an opportunity to share expertise, network, and exhibit over the three day expo while finding ways to improve the KwaZulu-Natal music industry as a business.

There’s nothing that will ever fulfil your soul better than meeting your favourite star, share a joke and get to know him/her better. This event aims to bring you just that.

This Imbizo calls upon everyone who is involved in music to either present, exhibit, or join the panel to discuss issues concerning the KwaZulu-Natal music industry.

All genres of music artists will be there, from pop to maskandi and everything in between. So coming here will offer you a wonderful opportunity to meet your favourite artist.

When: 30 August-01 September 2013
Where: Durban Central
Contact: +27 (0)31 201-6343

Mercury Wine Week

The Mercury Wine Week is SA's premier wine event and boasts the largest selection of Cape wines under one roof. A magnificent array of undiscovered treasures and old favourites will be on display from over 100 estates, alongside delicatessen food. KwaZulu-Natal's longest standing wine show provides ample opportunity to sample some great wine.

Tickets are on sale through Computicket at R100 per person, or buy at the door on the night. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Mercury Hibberdene Children’s Holiday Home. No under 18’s at the event. Drink responsibly.

When: 28 - 30 August 2013
Where: SunCoast Casino, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

McGregor Food and Wine Festival

A unique experience known for its fun and affordable festivities, the McGregor Food and Wine Festival will showcase wineries on the McGregor Wine Route, and will entertain with delicious tastes of country fare.

You can expect discounts from most of the cellars and enjoy finger foods to complement your wine or browse the beautiful and unique creations made by artists and crafters. Take the family and make a weekend of the occasion.

When:  31 August 2013
Where: McGregor
Contact: +27 (0)23 625-1954
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