West Coast fun: Upcoming events to make the most of your road trip

If you’re looking for a cool local staycation idea, the West Coast could not be more ideal. With the start of its five road trip routes just an hour outside of Cape Town Central - here are a few dates to plan around if you want to make the most of your break.

Catch some culture darling at Evita se Perron

Evita Bezuidenhout, still regarded as the most famous white woman in South Africa, is the theatrical character of SA protest theatre icon Pieter-Dirk Uys.   

- Sun 19   14:00 Tannie Evita Praat Kaktus

- Mon 20 14:00     Adapt or Fly

- Tue 21   14:00     Evita’s Human Rights

Contact: 022 492 2851



A sunken mystery: The Portuguese Slaver, Saõ José documented

This evening talk comes with an optional dinner and will take place at the West Coast Fossil Park, Vredenburg Cape West Coast.

 According to the Iziko Museums of South Africa,“São José, a Portuguese slave ship, wrecked near the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa in 1794 and is possibly the first known shipwreck to be identified, studied and excavated that foundered with enslaved Africans on board.” The speaker will be Jaco Boshoff.

When: 14 March

Time: 18:30

Contact: 022 766 1606 

Talk:  R35 and Dinner: R80

Groote Post Country Market 

There are only two of these summer season markets left - Don’t miss them - it’s the ideal family fun day out with great food and wine tastings,  tractor tours of the estate and play areas for the kids as well as pony rides.

When:  26 March  and 30 April

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Contact: wine@grootepost.co.za 

I Love Big Bay Market, Blouberg Cape West Coast

Just one of the many regular markets you’ll find along the West Coast - Held on the last Wednesday evening of the month at the Big Bay Surf Lifesaving club in Blouberg (near Eden on the Bay shopping centre – Otto Du Plessis Drive).

When: 29 March

Time:  16:30 – 21:00

Location: Big Bay Surf Lifesaving club in Blouberg

Contact: hello@bigbaymarket.co.za

Sundowners at !Khwa ttu

Summer sundowner specials make it easy to wind down at the boma at!Khwattu San, Yzerfontein Cape West Coast

When: 7 April - First Friday of each month through the summer

Contact: 022 492 2998 | bookings@khwattu.org (Transport to and from Darling available)

Langebaan Easter Market, Langebaan Cape West Coast

Come and explore some 60+ stalls to browse and shop as you enjoy a fun day for the whole family. Entry and parking is absolutely free. 

When: 15 April

Time: 10:00 – 15:00 

Contact: 072 638 2972 | liffm@mailbox.co.za

SEE: SA Insider Guide: Easter school holiday events in the Garden Route

The Annual Egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt

A family day with an Easter Egg Hunt for children.

Date: 15 April

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling

Contact: 021 286 1099 | philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

 

West Coast Warmwater Weekend 2017

Swim, run and bike in the West Coast National Park's pristine natural setting, ideal for triathlon.

When: 18 March

Time: 08:00

Click here to register

Clanwilliam Expo/ SA Vlaamperd Streekskou

When: 20 April

Contact: 083 382 1888

WATCH: #FindYourEscape In SA's Iconic West Coast


Masgcor Cederberg 100 Miler 2017

When: 22 April

Contact: 027 482 2024

Taste of Darling + Darling Music Experience

Spoil yourself with a “Taste of Darling” experience - showcasing authentic music, food, beer, wine, arts, crafts of the area.

When: 29/30 April  

Contact: 074 194 1711


Darling Brew Extreme DBX17

The fourth Darling Brew Extreme will start and finish (for the second time) at the Darling Brewery. This event offers a relaxed ambiance with family friendly along with lots of exciting riding, chilled beers and great entertainment. 

When: 27 May

Time: From 07:30

Location: 48 Caledon Street, Darling

Contact: 021 286 1099 | tasteroom@darlingbrew.co.za

SEE: Living West Coast Heritage: 5 Adventurous things to do

Darling Brew Winter Beer Festival

When: 1 July

Time: 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Darling Brew Tasteroom & Brewery, 48 Caledon Street, Darling

Contact: 021 286 1099 | philippa@darlingbrew.co.za

Location: Riebeek-West

Contact: 082 261 5442

Christmas In July

When: 28 July

Location: Paternoster

Contact: 022 752 2023

SEE: 6 Things to love about the West Coast Way


Bergrivier Canoe Marathon  

When: 21 July

Location: Piketberg

Contact: 022 913 2063

Namaqua Daisy Challenge

When: 05 August  

Location: Vredendal

Contact: 027 201 3376

Hopefield Fynbos Show

When: 24 August

Location: Hopefield

Contact: 022 723 1720

SEE: 7 Secret Beaches along the West Coast



Piket-Bo-Berg Cycle Challenge

When: 09 September

Location: Piketberg

Contact: 022 913 1163

Darling WIldflower Show - 100 Years of Conservation

When: 14 September

Location: Darling

Contact: 022 492 3361

West Coast Winemakers Classic

When: 22 September

Location: Vredendal

Contact: 06072504190

ALSO SEE: 6 Tips for making the most of West Coast flower season



Heritage Festival

When: 23 September

Location: Goedverwacht

Contact: 022 783 2531

Heritage Festival Saldanha Cultural Village

When: 24 September

Location: Saldanha

Contact: 022 715 1142

Madeliefie Makietie Fees

When: 28 September

Location: Vredendal

Contact: 027 201 3376

SEE: 4 Quintessential West Coast stays to suit your long-weekend style



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