September weekend escapes

2013-08-27 14:33
It is Heritage Month and we welcome the spring season with a line up of fine events to keep you entertained. This is the month where we say, "goodbye winter" and welcome the arrival of warmer days.

This also means it is time to get rid of jackets and get out and about more on weekends. Team up with friends to enjoy the new  season by checking out this list of fun and thought-provoking events taking place throughout the month to help you make the most of your weekend escapes.

Celebrate heritage at the Oude Werf Hotel

Are you looking for an atmosphere surrounded by natural vegetation and beautiful mountains? Head out to Stellenbosch for some good times this September.

Oude Werf is the oldest hotel in South Africa, hidden in the beautiful winelands town of Stellenbosch, making it perfect for soaking up a unique piece of South Africa’s diverse heritage.

The hotel welcomes you throughout September to celebrate the good things in life with their Heritage Month special which is valid every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night - it includes breakfast the next, followed by a traditional South African lunchtime braai and two local beers or a glass of wine. Costs are R630 per person sharing, per night.

When: Throughout September 2013
Venue: Oude Werf Hotel
Where: Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Contact: 021 887 4608

Highway Africa 2013

The friendly province, the Eastern Cape is hosting one of the continent's most significant conferences in the media industry. Grahamstown, dubbed ‘The city of Saints’ is the host town and not for the first time.

For sixteen years the Highway Africa conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media as well as information and communication technology.

This year's theme is: “Speaking Truth to Power? Media, Politics and Accountability”, the event will see journalists, civil society activists and academics deliberating on African media’s role in holding political authority accountable and also how journalists themselves are accountable through codes of conduct and regulatory frameworks.

This opportunity is not only open to those working in the media industry but you as a citizen or consumer of information, is also allowed to partake. Other sessions at the conference will focus on social media and how ordinary citizens have used the various platforms to further freedom of expression as well as to hold governments and the private sector accountable.

Dates: 01-02 September 2013
Venue: Rhodes University
Where: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Contact: 046 603 7138

Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival

This is one of the biggest events for Gautengers. The festival brings exciting international collaborations to look forward to, as well as that long-standing Joburg institution, Jazz on the Lake, which brings smooth sounds to Zoo Lake on Sunday, 6 September.

This is a 15-day affair for the whole family, so get ready to be entertained. The festival's focus this year is on forging partnerships with community groups and giving exposure to Joburg artists and arts practitioners from across the length and breadth of the city, thus truly taking the arts to you.

Among other the things, the festival will showcase the finest Indian culture and cuisine. You can also look forward to meeting the legendary and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Egberto Gismonti and the husband-and-wife team of performer and composer Shubhendra and Saskia Rao.

This vibrant and eclectic feast of arts and culture will take place at various venues in and around the city from 1 to 10 September 2012 featuring the very best in home-grown theatre, dance, music and visual art.

When: 01-15 September 2013
Venue: Wits Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Zoo Lake and Club Latinova
Where: Johannesburg, Gauteng
Contact: 011 788-1631

Tops Bierfest 2013

Are you a beer fanatic waiting to be surprised or spoiled? Experience the tub thumping tuba courtesy of an Oompah band as you step up to test your strength and skill against an array of traditional Oktoberfest-styled challenges. at the Tops Bierfest.

The 4 000 seater Bavarian Brauhaus will house the much anticipated beer fest. This year sees the fest adorned with authentic décor from the Motherland, the bevy of feisty frauleins will deliver fistfuls of frothing beer and mouth watering Bavarian food to you and your friends at your own wooden bier bench.

The bierfest will also host loads of competitions, including the best dressed King Ludwig and Princess Therese. There are loads of fantastic prizes to be won.

Apart from drinking your favourite beer, there are loads of traditional Oktoberfest games to put your skill and wit to the test where you can be covered in glory and get rewarded courtesy of the festival’s sponsors.

Entry to this highly anticipated event is R25 a crown and you get a chance to practice your arc, your fastball and your bounce. Please note: The festival is only open to persons above the age of 18.

When: 12-15 September 2013
Venue: Suncoast Boulevard, Marine Parade
Where: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Contact: 087 985 0635

Creative Week Cape Town 2013

Creative Week is an annual event by Capetonians and co-ordinated by Creative Cape Town, a programme of the Cape Town Partnership.

The week-long celebration serves to highlight the city’s vibrant creative sector as well as a platform for expression, community engagement and experimentation.

Encouraging you to view and experience the city in unexpected ways, the Creative Week programme will evolve in the next few weeks as the crowd-sourced calendar is populated with events from the community.

Creative Week brings you an array of events to expand the mind, from lectures to launches, fun happenings that defy conventional categorisation and activities that get people on the go. This week also mans anything visual goes; from film screenings to street art interventions or pop-up exhibitions.

Here are some events on the programme that can give you an idea of what to expect:

- Photographer Ed Suter (@EdSuter), author of the book Sharp Sharp, will host a photographic exploration of Cape Town’s Central City, examining street culture through the camera.

- Curator Sani Judes (@sjartists), will organize a series of public art experiences that will explore various types of public art, from the CBD to the Cape Flats, and Khayelitsha.

- Photographer Andrew Brauteseth (@guy_with_camera), will host a photography walkabout through the CBD, offering participants a glimpse into what makes urban life so diverse and interesting to document.

To participate in Creative Week; visit the FAQ page to learn more.  

When: 14-22 September 2013
Venue: Cape Town Metropole
Where: Cape Town, Western Cape
Contact: 021 419 0894.

Wine Tastings at Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Do you love that refreshing sip of an award-winning wine but have no idea where you can hang out? Here is the solution,the Vineyard Hotel & Spa brings you an opportunity to taste good wines during the Heritage Month, free of charge.

The tastings will kick off with Viljoensdrift wines, a vineyard nestled south of the Elandsberg Mountains on the banks of the Breede River.

Then on the 9th of September Della Cia will present an opulent selection of its wines.The Delaire Graff Estate, tucked away between the beautiful mountains of Stellenbosch, will also present a selection of its first-class wines at The Square Restaurant.

On the 23rd, you can look forward to Wines Divine as they will showcase their collection. Cape Legends will round off the month of September wine tastings.

Get there to meet the representatives from all wine estates as they will host the wine tasting from 6-7pm and each acting as a guest sommelier for the evening. The wine tastings are free of charge for you to attend.

When: 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 September 2013
Venue: The Vineyard Hotel & Spa
Where: Western Cape
Contact: 021 657 4500

Farryl Purkiss – East Coast Tour

Are you planning to visit the Garden Route and still searching for an event to compliment your weekend? Look no further as George Arts Theatre brings you The Farryl Purkiss Tour.

Go to the town of George and see this guitarist who spent most of his time touring the world playing in festivals such as Big Day Out, Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, The Great Escape, Opikoppi and Rocking The Daisies to name but a few.

In 2005, he self-released an EP in 2005 (Chapter One) that created waves in his home town of Durban and later that year began talks with 2Feet Music. He was signed to 2Feet Music soon after and started performing heavily outside of South Africa leading up to the release of his full-length debut album in South Africa in 2007. It received high acclaim, chart success and award nominations.

He was voted in 2007 as the most popular musician by Heat Magazine (South Africa) and has been featured by every major newspaper, magazine, TV show and radio station in South Africa. This is the music tour you definitely cannot miss. Tickets are available at Computicket at R80.

When: 21 September 2013
Venue: George Arts Theatre
Where: George, Western Cape
Contact: 044 874 3142.

Go Big at the MTN festival

The MTN Festival gives you every reason to Play Big, Applaud Big, Laugh Big, Sing Big, Eat Big, Rock Big, Shout Big and Party Big with a huge variety of events and entertainment options for you and your family.

It’s your Festival, so go Big.

Brian Gouldie from MTN SA promises to create an unforgettable experience for you, the customer. There is also a chance to win a share of over R8 million in cash and one of 12 Audis in Montecasino’s Revved Up gaming promotion.

Music artists like Louise Carver and Mi Casa will entertain you on the 29th, comedian Trevor Noah will keep you in stitches on the 30 September to 13 October at Teatro at Montecasino as well as the MTN Joyous Celebration on the 27 and 28 September.

This is undoubtedly Joburg's number one festival where every family member gets entertained. The event brings food, play or games, laugh, singing, music and partying in one package. Be sure to get down to Montecasino and enjoy the festivities as events and entertainment run throughout the week but heighten from Thursdays to Sundays. Tickets cost start at R250 and are available at Montecasino.

When: 18 September to 13 October 2013
Venue: Montecasino
Where: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Hermanus Whale Festival 2013

Hermanus is the ideal place for you to celebrate spring. The festival is celebrating its 22nd year as the only enviro-arts festival in the country where top musicians will entertain you as you watch the creatures of the deep.

The whales are always the star performers at the festival and will be joined on land by crafters, musicians and sports celebrities  - so diarise this event and ensure you form part of the festivities.

The festival aims to put the massive mammals in the spotlight for both purposes of entertainment and education; allowing you to both revel in the awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities and to become clued up about these endangered whales.

Revel in music, comedy, cabaret and African rhythms every night during the festival. Hermanus, known as the best land based whale watching destination, plays host to thousands of visitors who flock to the seaside resort to exhilarate in the unique natural environment and watch whales.

When: 20-24 September 2013
Where: Hermanus, Western Cape
Contact: 028 313-0928

Durban International Astrology & Psychic Festival

Are you a Durbanite, interested in astrology but do not have plans for the weekend? This is a perfect opportunity to learn more.

This study of astrology has for centuries puzzled many and at the same time enthralled humans in search of the unseen - this year's event promises to be filled with mystics, psychics, astrologists, numerologists, clairvoyants, mediums and healers. Come out and be part of this year's edition as there’s a line-up of exhibitors that will appeal to patrons of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

The talks are aimed at creating awareness and allow you to pose questions to experts in their respective fields. The festival has seen a major growth in the past few years where it has become the must attend event in the City of Durban’s Calendar. 

When: 27-30 September 2013
Venue: Westwood Mall, Durban
Where: KwaZulu-Natal
Contact: 031 505 5789/084 428 6690

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