Bring on spring: 50 reasons to get excited!

Cape Town - Spring is just around the corner and with it comes a bursting selection of festivals and events. Music festivals, wine festivals, flower festivals, you name it and there will be a festival for it. Literature, theatre, fine arts, street food, trendy decor, rocking bands, township culture, wine, wine and more wine... These are but a few things we look forward to.

SA is ready to showcase the best of its local talent and flair.

Enjoy the last of the soup-sipping nights by the fireplace and prepare to kick-start the sunny season with your friends and family. Your bucket list is about to get a whole lot longer...

Here are 50 festivals to catch in SA this spring! Where will you find your escape?

CAPE TOWN & SURROUNDS

1. Cape Town Street Food Festival

Celebrate the wonder of street food this spring! Food stalls, food trucks and live music will get you in the spring groove in no time!

When: 4 September 2016

Where: Side Street Studios, Woodstock

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2. Swartland Skou

Moorreesburg's famed agriculture show is back! Enjoy the latest trends in agriculture, sample wines, 'potjiekos' and 'braaivleis'. There will be plenty of fun and entertainment for the kids and the ladies, so bring the entire family.

When: 7 - 10 September 2016

Where: Moorreesburg

3Open Book Festival

The Open Book Festival once again celebrates all things literature with a programme that will thoroughly entertain the bookworms among us. From worshops to a comic festival, it's all happening at the Fugard.

When: 7 - 11 September 2016

Where: The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town

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4. Darling Wild Flower Show

Take the beautiful, flower speckled route to Darling and witness the amazing showcase of indigenous flowers. Plant sales, gourmet food stalls and crafts, kids entertainment and live music by Klassik and local artists is sure to get you in the spring mood. The Darling wine and beer route 

When: 16 - 18 September 2016

Where: Darling Golf Club, Darling

5. The Red Carpet Fashion Show

International and local couture, jewellery and live entertainment awaits for all fashionistas out there. This is a must in your fashion calendar and you might leave inspired to rethink your wardrobe.

When: 17 September 2016

Where: Tides at The Bay Hotel, Camp's Bay

6. Cape Town Marathon

After a long winter, it's time to get active again. What better motivation to dust off those sneakers than to prepare for the Cape Town Marathon. Choose between 5 distances and terrains and enter one of the most beautiful races in SA.

When: 17 - 18 September 2016

Where: Start at Green Point athletics track, Cape Town

7. Earthdance

Want to experience the techno and psytrance music festival hype? Earthdance returns for its 20th anniversary. Prepare for a full weekend feast of music. 

When: 23 - 25 September 2016

Where: Nekkies Resort, Worcester

8. Franschhoek Uncorked

Explore the best of the Cape Winelands this heritage day as you rove from farm to farm in Franschhoek, sampling the best the valley has to offer. 

When: 24 - 25 September 2016

Where: Farms throughout Franschhoek

9. Mmm... McGregor Festival

A festival of art, food and wine in the streets of McGregor. Come explore this Western Cape jewel.

When: 24 - 25 September 2016

Where: McGregor, Western Cape

10. Say Cheese! Artisanal Cheese Fair

Lovers of all thing cheesy, make your way the Italian Club of Cape Town and get your hand on artisanal imported cheeses and other food goods. Meet the cheese makers, taste a selection of quality cheeses and see how it's done in demos hosted by popular foodies.

When: 24 - 25 September 2016

Where: Italian Club of Cape Town

11. Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus 'puts the creatures of the deep on stage and under the spotlight alongside top performers and musicians'. Take a drive over the beautiful Sir Lowry's Pass for a weekend of whale spotting and indulging. The whales are waiting!

When: 30 September - 2 October 2016

Where: Hermanus

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12. Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies will delight you to 10 stages and more than 250 acts. Prepare for a rocking weekend of camping, music, stalls, chilling and welcoming summer. Click here to check the headlining acts.

When: 6 - 9 October 2016

Where: Kloof Wine Estate, Darling

13. Cape Town International Boat Show

Browse imported luxury craft, catamarans, gear and equipment at SA's premier boating showcase. Boat owner or not.. there will be fun for everyone!

When: 14 - 16 October 2016

Where: V&A Waterfront

14. Oyster & Champagne Festival

Oysters from the west and east coasts are enjoyed with Cape Town's finest bubbly

When: 15 - 16 October 2016

Where: Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

15. Taalmonument Full Moon Picnics

The Afrikaanse Taalmonument in Paarl kicks off a series of full moon picnics. Enjoy a beautiful sunset on Paarlberg and bring your picnic from 17:00. A guided tour of the monument starts at 18:30

When: 15 October 2016

Where: Taalmonument, Paarlberg, Paarl.

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16. Wine on the River

Sip wines from Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor while relaxing beside the Breede River.

When: 14 - 16 October 2016

Where: Goudmyn Farm, situated on the R317 between Robertson and Bonnievale.

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17. Robertson Rocks Leopardfalls Spring Festival

14 - 16 October is a massive weekend for the Roberston Wine Valley as this music festival runs over the same weekend as Wine on the River. Take the shuttles and visit BOTH festivals. Robertson Rocks will bring s some of SA's favourite rock bands such as Taxi Violence, Akkedis and Chris Ross Band.

When: 14 - 16 October 2016

Where: Leopardfalls Adventure Retreat

18. The Cape Town Flower Show

This artistic display of the Cape's diverse flora inspires visitors to embrace the beauty of the Cape Floral Kingdom and aids in the promotion of the local horticultural industry. The show provides inspiring, contextual, and relevant information that promotes the importance of sustaining our local biodiversity. Add this magnificent event to your festival calendar and enjoy workshops, exhibitions, a food and drink garden, a floristry theatre and the wondrous show gardens.

When: 27 - 30 October 2016

Where: The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town

19. Season of Sauvignon

One of the Durbanville Wine Valley calendar highlights is definitely Season of Sauvignon. The Valley is especially well known for their Sauvignon Blanc - in my opinion, the country's best Sauvignon Blancs hail from Durbanville. Come and decide for yourself at the Valley's 12 wine farms. 

When: 29 - 30 October 2016

Where: Wine farms throughout the Durbanville Wine Valley


20. Pinotage On Tap

Believed to be the world's best wine event, Diemesfontein's Pinotage On Tap is back! Enjoy bottomless Pinotage, lunch and desert with awesome live entertainment.

When: 29 October 2016

Where: Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Wellington

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21. Cape Town Bierfest

Enjoy Tops at Spar's feast of German beer, food and entertainment. Our own taste of the real Oktoberfest.

When: 4 - 6 November 2016

Where: Newlands Brewery

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JOBURG & SURROUNDS

22. Jo'burg Bierfest

Enjoy Tops at Spar's feast of German beer, food and entertainment. Our own taste of the real Oktoberfest.

When: 2 - 4 September 2016

Where: Silverstar Casino, Krugersdorp

23. FNB Joburg Art Fair

Africa's first international art fair aids in shaping the contemporary art landscape in Africa. Leading artists, galleries, collectors, writers and art lovers get together in Joburg to celebrate and explore the unique Africa art arena.

When: 9 - 11 September

Where: Sandton Convention Centre


24. Arts Alive

Johannesburg streets become a stage for SA's best-loved performers and artists. Keep an eye on the Arts Alive Facebook page for updates.

When: September 2016, TBC

Where: Braamfontein, Johannesburg

25. The Finery Fair

Celebrate Heritage Day weekend among Pretoria's best local talents. Be it fine arts, performing arts or the trendiest crafts you are after, you will find it at The Finery Fair. The fair returns after a very successful first fair in 2015. Look forward to a selection of awesome music talents, workshops, food trucks, fashion. A true celebration of our local artisans!

When: 24 - 25 September 2016

Where: Kievits Kroon, Pretoria

26. Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair

Handmade products from more than 120 of SA's most talented artisans are showcased at this exquisite fair. Soak up the Spring air from the rooftop and splurge on the trendiest buys in Jozi. Meet up with Foster the People, Mac Miller

When: 14 - 16 October 2016

Where: Hyde Park Corner Rooftop, Johannesburg


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27. RMB WineX

Sample award winning  wines, brandy and Cape port from the biggest brand names to the quaintest boutique brands at WineX. Paired with gobsmacking charcuterie, cheeses and preserves - you're in for a treat. The show will also introduce wine routes, wine accessories and cooling systems, so ,whatever your interest in the wine industry - pen WineX in your spring calendar.

When: 26 - 28 October 2016

Where: Sandton Convention Centre

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DURBAN

28. Hilton Arts Festival

The best of SA theatre comes to KwaZulu-Natal. The full programme will be launched in August, so keep an eye on the website and book your tickets!

When: 16 - 18 September 2016

Where: Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg

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29. Pinotage On Tap

Believed to be the world's best wine event, at least in our opinion, Diemesfontein's Pinotage On Tap is back! Enjoy bottomless Pinotage, lunch and desert with awesome live entertainment.

When: 24 September 2016

Where: The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Drive, Salt Rock

30. Kwa Mashu Festival

Come see what this township festival is all about and explore Kwa Mashu's heritage. Catch live DJ's in a variety of genres from pop to traditional.

When: 24 September 2016

Where: Freedom Park, Kwa Mashu

White Mountain Festival

31. Durban Bierfest

Enjoy Tops at Spar's feast of German beer, food and entertainment. Our own taste of the real Oktoberfest.

When: 30 September - 2 October 2016

Where: Sibaya, Durban

32. Fun in the Sun

Enjoy over 100 acts on three stages while soaking up the KZN sun from a lilo on the Hazelmere Dam.

When: 1 October 2016

Where: Hazelmere Dam

33. Good Food and Wine Show

The famed Good Food and Wine Show comes to Durban and this time, SA's largest culinary event brings a new, fresh look and feel. The show aims to promote the global trend of sustainable and healthy living and we can't wait to get in on the unique fresh tastes it has to offer

When: 28 - 30 October 2016

Where: Ticketpro Dome, Durban

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34. 
UB40 at the Durban Botanical Gardens

Don't miss out on a delightful evening in the Botanical Gardens to the beats of UB40!

When: 10 November 2016

Where: Durban Botanical Gardens


PORT ELIZABETH

35. Nelson Mandela Bay Urban Run 

People in all shapes and sizes are invited to join in the Urban Run. Obstacles are placed in PE CBD for teams to take on while raising funds for charity.

When: 10 - 11 September 2016

Where: Port Elizabeth CBD

36. SANParks Week

SANParks are opening their gates free of charge at selected parks. Take the drive to Addo Elephant Park, Garden Route parks: Tsitsikamma, Wilderness and Knysna, Mountain Zebra Park, Camdeboo and Karoo National Parks.

When: 12 - 16 September 2016

Where: SANParks

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37. Cobbles Classic

The Loggers Union, a small group of surfers, taking on the waves on single fin long boards invite you to share in their beloved sport at Cobbles Point. 

When: 23 - 25 September 2016

Where: Cobbles Point, Cape Recife

38. Hogsback Festival of Trees and eco-week

A drive to the picturesque town of Hogsback in the Eastern Cape is a nature lover's dream. Enjoy tree planting, a bit of a party with bands and DJ's, eco discussions and a market at this unique event.

When: 23 - 25 September 2016

Where: Terra-Khaya Backpackers, Hogsback

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39. Nelson Mandela Bay Train Race

Test your endurance by racing against a train with your team over 40km! Five runners and one mountain biker will race against the Metro Train from PE station to Uitenhage station.

When: 2 October 2016

Where: Port Elizabeth Station

40. SA vs Australia

South Africa takes on Australia in an exciting ODI. Bring your mates and cheer on the Proteas.

When: 9 October 2016

Where: St George's Park

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FREE STATE:

41. Dewetsdorp MTB Race

Choose between 70km, 35km, 10km or 5km and bring the entire family for a fun spring day of cycling.

When: 1 October 2016

Where: Dewetsdorp Golfclub

42. Macufe Manguang African Culture Festival

We look forward to see what the line-up will be for Macufe 2016. This Bloemfontein festival celebrates African culture in SA and boasts a comedy festival, a hip-hop festival, and a gospel festival. 

When: 1 - 9 October 2016

Where: Bloemfontein

43. Mangaung Rose Festival

A glorious celebration of roses takes place in the City of Roses this spring. Activities will be hosted throughout the city. Expect competitions, pageants, markets, theatre performances and residents opening their beautiful rose-filled gardens to the public.

When: 14 - 16 October 2016

Where: Locations throughout Bloemfontein

44. Dome Adventure Festival

Time to get out of the winter hibernation and let the adrenaline pump! At domefest, the public can participate in a series of adventures. Register in advance and come down for a fun-filled weekend in Parys. Great food, the best lifestyle, decor, art and antique shopping, and obviously heart-stopping adventure activities await!

When: 28 - 30 October 2016

Where: Afridome Equestrian Centre, Parys.

45. AfriSki CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival

The one of a kind mountain bike festival at 3222m above sea level, where visitors can test the gear with a choice of downhill paths. You will be lifted up to 200m and then free your way down a selection of mountain paths - giving you the true feeling of the bike. Test gear, explore the latest equipment and stick around for some exciting downhill races!

When: 27 - 30 October 2016

Where: Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho

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46. Free State Flower Festival

A brand new flower festival will hit the Free State in 2016. You can expect exhibits, floats, music and dance items, but be sure to keep an eye on the festival Facebook page. Coinciding with the festival is the annual Free State Powerboat F2 Race.

When: 11 - 12 November 2016

Where: Parys

47. Ficksburg Cherry Festival

The cherry capital of the world welcomes visitors to the much anticipated cherry festival. Explore what exhibitors have to show at the festival grounds, or enjoy a selection of tours.

When: 17 - 19 November 2016

Where: Ficksburg

GARDEN ROUTE:

48. Thousand Sensations Craft Beer and Food Festival

Take the challenge of tasting 150 different beers from 35 micro-breweries and enjoy the delicious eats prepared by 14 food stalls. A festive weekend of sipping and snacking awaits!

When: 16 - 17 September 2016

Where: Wilderness Hotel

49. Redberry Farm Strawberry Festival

Embrace the Garden Route countryside while sampling the sweetest strawberries at Redberry Farm. This is one of the Garden Routes best loved family festivals and a must-see if you're in the area.

When: 1 October 2016

Where: Redberry Farm, George

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50. Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Méthode Cap Classique from Plett's local producers can be enjoyed for the third year running. This year, a Wine Theatre with guest speakers will give wine aficionados a closer look.

When: 8 - 9 October 2016

Where: Plett Central Beach

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