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2012-07-31 15:26

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From music and food festivals to book launches and sports events, we have every date you should pen for August. Planning what to do this month just became that much easier.

Entrance Fee: R750 (R100 discount for Getaway bloggers)

Start: 04/08/2012-08:30 
End: 04/08/2012-17:00

Contact: or call +27 21 530 3262

What to expect:In partnership with Cape Town Tourism, the conference will present local blogosphere experts and top international bloggers who will cover a wide range of topics on travel blogging from how to get inspired, to building your brand and leveraging social media platforms.

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariëtte du-Toit Helmbold, will speak on Travel in the digital space and Getaway magazine Editor, Cameron Ewart-Smith, will share his thoughts on How to get inspiration for your travel blog.

Entrance Fee: Donation

Start: 08/09/2012 - 08:00 
End: 08/09/2012 - 12:00

Contact:021 938 1911

What to expect: Both the Johannesburg and Stellenbosch race will support PinkDrive, a campaign that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering services to women across South Africa. According to Noelene Kotschan, Founder and Director of PinkDrive, the Totalsports Ladies Race is an exciting opportunity for PinkDrive to create awareness for the campaign. "PinkDrive's main message is that early detection saves lives. It is unforgivable to allow women to die from preventable ailments. Breast cancer can be treated once detected early. The Totalsports Ladies Race presents us with the perfect opportunity to promote a healthy living in a fun way. What better platform to celebrate this, but on Women's Day," says Kotschan

Entrance Fee:R95 per day R200 for a weekend pass

Start: 09/08/2012 11:00
End: 11/08/2012 19:00

Contact: 028 316 3988 or e-mail

Start: 08/09/2012 - 12:00 
End: 08/11/2012 - 18:00

Entrance Fee:R60 for adults and R30 for school children.

Contact:083 442 0877

What to expect:The community of Vaalwater wants to invite you to come and enjoy a fun filled weekend at the Waterberg Game Fesitval. There were approximately 7 000 visitors during the 2009 with an estimated 10 000 visitors in 2011.

This festival aims to provide entertainment through artists and various activities as visitors get to know the region and it's people in a community focused event.

The timing of the Waterberg Game Festival is planned to coincide with the last game auction for the year in Vaalwater, Limpopo. The auction has a turnover of approximately R3.2 million. The game auction in itself is a major attraction for game farming enthusiasts throughout Limpopo, North West and Gauteng.

What To Expect: The finest wines and food from the Overberg region! More than 200 wines available for tasting. Join us for a fine wine time.Klein Karoo Klassique
Entrance Fee:R630

Start: 08/09/2012 - 13:35 
End: 08/12/2012 - 13:35

Contact:27 (0)44 203-8600 for more information.

What to expect: Klein Karoo cuisine paired with regional wines and complimented by 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.

Entrance Fee:R600

Start: 08/09/2012 - 12:00 
End: 08/11/2012 - 18:30

Contact:+27 (0)12 326-0560

What to expect: This extremely popular event will once again entertain the masses. The 2012 bands aKING, Bittereinder, Baskerville, Beast, Black Cat Bones, Catlike Thieves, Dance, you're on Fire, Fokofpolisiekar, Gert Vlok Nel, Jack Parow, Lilly Million, Shadowclub, The Kiffness, Thieve, Toya Delazy to name a few.

Entrance Fee: R150 per participating vehicle, R30 for adults and R10 for children.

Start: 08/18/2012 - 00:00 
End: 08/18/2012 - 23:59

Contact: Pierre Joubert on +27 (0)82 466-1333 for more information.

What to expect:Four categories of vehicles ranging from standard class to super-modified "monsters" will ensure great excitement for young and old. Trying obstacles ranging from mud pits, rock crawl and hill climbs will test the endurance and nerves of drivers, vehicles and spectators.

Refreshments will be available. Drivers must ensure that they are knowledgeable of the rules and regulations of the sport and that their vehicles adhere to the minimum safety requirements.

It promises to be a fun family day filled with excitement. Don't miss it!


Contact: or telephone 021 876 8630

Start: 08/12/2012 - 11:00 
End: 09/26/2012 - 17:00

What to expect:The significant singular role that human beings play in the conservation of our environment resulted in an exhibition inspired by the personal interaction with and perception of the natural world by participating artists. This exhibition creates an awareness of a wide range of environmental matters that will ultimately inspire the conservation or destruction of the environment that we choose to live in, from the perspective that we walk this earth alone.

Entrance:R275 per person including a three course menu with wine pairings from Allée Bleue

Start: 08/13/2012 - 12:30 
End: 08/13/2012 - 15:00


What to expect:The final episode of Spud Milton's school diary: Spud - Exit, Pursued by a Bear.

Aubrey Ngcungama, of Come Dine with Me SA fame, will join John as the MC for the event, and together, as old boys of Michaelhouse, this combination should prove to be quite entertaining!

Who could forget the earlier years of Spud Milton, the Mermaid, Wombat and all the other great characters that John van de Ruit brought to life in the three books preceding this one.

This exciting book launch will be held at Reuben's Cape Town

Entrance Fee:Free

Start: 12/08/2012 All day
End: 12/08/2012

Contact:+27 023 626 3167 or

What to expect: At Robertson Slow, one can sample honest, old-fashioned, rural hospitality synonymous with the Robertson Wine Valley's winemaking community. Relish the slow food and wine that will satiate your senses and revel in the relaxed pace that will replenish your soul.
Robertson Slow is one of the most anticipated and intimate festivals of the year and the Robertson Wine Valley is looking to attract visitors yearning to experience the charm of country life in intimate settings characterised by each farm's unique personal touch. While enjoying time-honoured activities, visitors will have the opportunity to interact with winemakers and wine farmers in an informal ambience, getting to know them and their respective families.

Entrance Fee: R450-R1050

Start: 17/08/2012 00:00
End: 23/08/2012 23:59

Contact:+27 83 9158 000

What to expect: The biggest classical artist in the world, André Rieu,returns to South Africa this August for a third consecutive year. This time, the maestro and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, will bring their special brand of music to Johannesburg fans doorstep with their concerts at the largest venue in Africa - the Coca-Cola Dome.

Entrance Fee:Adults R60, pensioners R40 and children younger than 12 enter free of charge.

Start: 23/08/2012 10:00
End: 26/08/2012 20:00

Contact:021 511 2800 or

What to expect: The largest and most comprehensive, multi-award-winning home improvement and lifestyle expo will provide you with all the resources you need to create your own personal style.

With 350 stands showcasing inspirational and trend setting new ideas, showcasing over 80 different product categories, you will be sure to find something to suit your taste. Not to be missed feature areas at the 2012 Cape Homemakers Expo include the décor and accessories area, the Audiovision Pavilion, d’VINE Life, the DIY Workshop, Future of Design, as well as an exciting project for all art enthusiasts and collectors, ClockArt.

Visitors will find a collection of contemporary and cutting edge style ideas in the décor and accessories area. This focused area will be presented for the fourth year in a row, offering the best advice on the latest colour palettes, designs and trends.

Entrance Fee: R70

Start: 08/20/2012 - 19:00 
: 08/26/2012 - 21:00

Contact: Nando's Comedy Festival

What to expect:The ever popular local stand-up competition “The Graça Comedy Showdown” is the festivals annual search for SA’s new stand-up comedy talent. With several Heats and a Final Showdown in the individual cities, this competition has become the ‘one-to-win’ on the local comedy club circuit in Jozi, Durbs and Cape Town. Hosted at Parkers Comedy & Jive in Johannesburg, and in 2012 moving to Hanava Grill at SunCoast and Mercury in Cape Town.


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