EVENT CALENDER

1
Whisky Live Festival

The Whisky Live Festival logo. Courtesy of the Whisky Live Festival

10 - 13 Nov 2010 (annual)
Held at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the Whisky Live Festival presents examples from around the world, attracting 15,000 devotees.

2
Discovery Cape Times Big Walk
14 Nov 2010 (annual)
From couch potatoes to fitness enthusiasts, around 30,000 people join the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk every year. The 5-80km walk encompasses eight routes around Cape Town.

3
Wines2Whales
12 - 14 Nov 2010 (annual)
Wines2Whales is a mountain bike race covering a distance of approximately 230km in three days. Starting in Somerset West, the route traverses 13 wineries, six mountains and nature conservation.

4
Daddy Bloom Flower Festival

Liz Lacey by Liz Lacey. Courtesy of Daddy Bloom Flower Festival

10 - 14 Nov 2010 (annual)
The Daddy Bloom Flower Festival in Cape Town celebrates designer blooms made using a variety of materials, from paper to porcelain. View the floral fantasy "planted" on the world's only rooftop trailer park on top of Grand Daddy.

5
Ficksburg Cherry Festival

Competing for the Miss Cherry title at the Ficksburg Cherry Festival. Courtesy of Ficksburg Cherry Festival

18 - 20 Nov 2010 (annual)
Ficksburg produces around 500 tons of cherries each year, representing about 95% of the South African harvest. The Ficksburg Cherry Festival is a celebration of the town's favourite crop.

6
Gary Player Invitational

Sandra Gal. Courtesy of The Gary Player Invitational

18 - 21 Nov 2010 (annual)
The Gary Player Invitational is a global charity event, gathering professional golfers from the PGA & Champions Tours and celebrities at The Links Golf Course in George.

7
World of Dogs, Cats and Pets Exhibition

Jack Russell Terrier. Photo by Barbara Realini


19 - 21 Nov 2010 (annual)
Held at Cape Town's Good Hope Centre, the World of Dogs, Cats and Pets Exhibition celebrates all furry (and feathery) things, attracting pet lovers and professional breeders.

8
Festival of White Light
26 Nov 2010 (annual)
Stellenbosch's award-winning Spier Wine Estate celebrates the festive season with the Festival of White Light. Led by an "angel of light" on stilts and a penny-whistler.

9
Sansui Summer Cup

Sansui Summer Cup, Johannesburg. © Peter Morey


27 Nov 2010 (annual)
The Sansui Summer Cup is the oldest horse race in South Africa and one of the hottest summer events on Gauteng's entertainment calendar. Held at Johannesburg's Turffontein Racecourse.

10
The Baby Expo

Barney™, BJ™ and Baby Bop™. Courtesy of The Baby Expo


25 - 27 Nov 2010 (various dates)
The kids will love meeting Barney and his friends at The Baby Expo, South Africa's most popular parenting expo with four editions per year. Shows, competitions, product launches and workshops.

11
Toy Run™

Bikes and toys at Toy Run&trademark;. Courtesy of IMOC Cape Town Toy Run® Charity Trust

28 Nov 2010 (annual)
Toy Run™ is the largest charity motorcycling event in South Africa. Organised by the IMOC, Cape Town's rally starts at Ratanga Junction and ends in Maynardville.

12
Whale Watching

Southern Right Whale. Photo by Rod Haestier, © South African Tourism

1 May - 30 Nov 2010 (annual)
Hermanus' sheltered bays and coves are some of the best places in the world for land-based Whale Watching. Between May and November, and sometimes even through to December.

13
Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series

Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series logo. Courtesy of Old Mutual

4 Dec 2010 (monthly)
Located on the shore of Johannesburg's Emmarentia Dam, the Botanic Gardens are the venue for the annual Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series, which brings a cool line-up to the city's hot summer afternoons for one day a month.

14
Nedbank Golf Challenge

Nedbank Golf Challenge, Sun City. Courtesy of Nedbank Golf Challenge

2 - 5 Dec 2010 (annual)
A major African golfing fixture since 1981, the Nedbank Golf Challenge is tagged the Millionaire Challenge because of the prize money. It takes place annually over four days at Sun City.

15
Namakwa Festival
3 - 5 Dec 2010 (annual)
Springbok's annual Namakwa Festival celebrates the indigenous culture of the people of Namakwa. The programme includes shows with snakes and birds, arts and crafts exhibitions, sport races etc.

16
AVA Expo

AVA Expo logo. Courtesy of AVA Expo


2 - 5 Dec 2010 (annual)
Johannesburg's premier technology exhibition comes to the Sandton Convention Centre. From TV and sound systems to games and music instruments, the AVA Expo presents the latest hi-tech toys.

17
The Observatory Festival of Arts

A sea of people partying at The Observatory Festival of Arts, Cape Town. Courtesy of The Observatory Festival of Arts

Dec 2010 (annual)
Every year on the first week of December, Cape Town celebrates the beginning of summer with The Observatory Festival of Arts. This street festival features local and international music, film etc.

18
Alfred Dunhill Championship

Golf course at Leopard Creek Country Club. Courtesy of Leopard Creek Country Club

9 - 12 Dec 2010 (annual)
The Alfred Dunhill Championship takes place on the golf course at Leopard Creek Country Club in Mpumalanga, south of the mighty Kruger National Park. With prize money of more than £1,000,000.

19
Roxy Wahine Cup

Surfing in Kwazulu Natal. Photo by Chris Van Lennep, © South African Tourism

11 - 12 Dec 2010 (annual)
The Roxy Wahine Cup, held on Durban's popular Golden Mile, is South Africa's only stand-alone women's surfing event. It attracts some of the country's hottest female talent and a mix of surf enthusiasts.

20
Christmas Concert

Christmas decoration. Photo by Barbara Realini, © Whatsonwhen

11 - 12 Dec 2010 (annual)
Conducted by Richard Cock, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the full Johannesburg Festival Orchestra kick start the festive season with the Christmas Concert for the whole family.

21
Gerard Sekoto Youth Festival

Gerard Sekoto Youth Festival, Johannesburg. Courtesy of Johannesburg Art Gallery

16 Dec 2010 (annual)
Dedicated to the late artist, the Gerard Sekoto Youth Festival encourages young people to explore their creativity. Enjoy an artists' conference at Johannesburg Art Gallery.

22
Crocs Summer Regatta
15 - 16 Dec 2010 (various dates)
The family friendly Crocs Summer Regatta sets its course around Cape Town's Table Bay according to the wind direction on the day.

23
Vodacom Jazz Picnic
16 Dec 2010 (annual)
The Vodacom Jazz Picnic in Ekurhuleni's Kempton Park, a short drive from Johannesburg airport, offers smooth jazz by the likes of Malaika, Mpumi Dlamini and Kwani Experience.

24
Mother City Queer Costume Party
18 Dec 2010 (annual)
A grand summer bash, the Mother City Queer Costume Party has put Cape Town on the international map of queer culture. It brings together all the "queer tribes" in matching costumes.

25
South African Open Championship

Henrik Stenson. Courtesy of South African Open Championship

16 - 19 Dec 2010 (annual)
The South African Open Championship is the second-oldest golf tournament in the world, after the British Open. First held in 1893, the tournament returns to the Durban Country Club.

26
Crocs Summer Regatta
18 - 19 Dec 2010 (various dates)
The family friendly Crocs Summer Regatta sets its course around Cape Town's Table Bay according to the wind direction on the day.

27
New Year's Festival of Lights
31 Dec 2010 (annual)
The secluded Karoo town of Nieu-Bethesda, in the Eastern Cape, stages the New Year's Festival of Lights, featuring an atmospheric parade that crosses cultural and religious barriers.

28
Cape Minstrel Carnival

Cape Minstrels, Cape Town. Photo by Lanz Von Hörsten. © South African Tourism

2 Jan 2011 (annual)
The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town's biggest and most raucous carnival, celebrating the New Year with dances, competitions and extravagant parades. Starting in District 6.

29
Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series

Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series logo. Courtesy of Old Mutual

Jan 2011 (monthly)
Located on the shore of Johannesburg's Emmarentia Dam, the Botanic Gardens are the venue for the annual Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series, which brings a cool line-up to the city's hot summer afternoons for one day a month.

30
South African Photography 1950-2010

Bob Gosani, Treason Trial, End of Round One, Mandela boxing on the roof of a newspaper building in Johannesburg, 1957. Courtesy of Bailey Seippel Gallery Johannesburg © Baha

3 Oct 2010 - 11 Jan 2011; not Mon
The Johannesburg Art Gallery presents South African Photography 1950-2010. The show, comprising mostly black and white imagery, gives insight into South Africa's social and political aspects.

31
Michael Stevenson Summer Exhibition

Anton Kannemeyer, n is for nightmare, 2008 acrylic on paper. © 2009 Michael Stevenson

2 Dec 2010 - 15 Jan 2011; not Sun (annual)
The annual Michael Stevenson Summer Exhibition keeps its successful format after the gallery's relocation to Woodstock, one of Cape Town's most vibrant areas.

32
Transformations

Lock Frieda, Interior, a woman sewing, 1947, oil on canvas. Courtesy of Johannesburg Art Gallery

11 Aug 2010 - 31 Jan 2011; not Mon
Transformations is an exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery exploring women's art from the late 19th century to 2010. Fourteen themes, including Abstraction and Women's Media.

33
Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series

Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series logo. Courtesy of Old Mutual

Feb 2011 (monthly)
Located on the shore of Johannesburg's Emmarentia Dam, the Botanic Gardens are the venue for the annual Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series, which brings a cool line-up to the city's hot summer afternoons for one day a month.

34
MPH - Live Motor Show
Feb 2011 (annual)
Stunt-driving and live-action sequences come to Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome at the MPH - Live Motor Show. Test-drive cars, browse motoring exhibits and relive popular elements from TV's Top Gear with presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond.

35
Up the Creek Music Festival

Partying in the river at Up the Creek Music Festival. Courtesy of Up the Creek Music Festival

Feb 2011 (annual)
Taking place on the banks of the Breede River near Swellendam, the Up the Creek Music Festival offers a monumentous mix of bands, including some old favourites, some real legends and some brand new ones. Bring your tent and sun block.

36
Midmar Mile
Feb 2011 (annual)
With a whopping 20,000-plus participants, including Olympians, the Midmar Mile has entered the Guinness World Record. This ultra popular swimming competition is also the world's largest open water swim event, held annually at Pietermaritzburg's Midmar Dam in KwaZulu-Natal.

37
Chinese New Year
Feb 2011 (annual)
Honouring family ancestors and the gods of the household, the Chinese New Year in Johannesburg is a massive festivity. Vigorous dragon dancing, tea ceremonies and traditional Chinese food.

38
Shakespeare in the Park
11 Jan - 19 Feb 2011 (annual)
An exotic alternative to the original initiative in London's Regent's Park, Shakespeare in the Park features a different play every summer at Cape Town's Maynardville Open-Air Theatre.

39
Hansa Powerade Dusi

Hansa Powerade Dusi, Durban. Courtesy of Hansa Powerade Dusi

17 - 19 Feb 2011 (annual)
The Hansa Powerade Dusi is an annual canoeing event that attracts thousands of entrants. Starting on the Umsiduzi River in Pietermaritzburg, the participants cover an enormous 115km distance.

40
Infecting the City

S. Wilson, Infecting the City, Cape Town. Courtesy of Infecting the City

Feb 2011 (annual)
Infecting The City is a performing arts festival held in Cape Town's streets and public spaces. Talented creative artists from around the world investigate a new theme every year.

41
The Women's Show

The Women's Show logo. Courtesy of SE Shows and Events

Feb 2011 (annual)
Held at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome in August and at Cape Town International Convention Centre in February, The Women's Show provides a space for women to celebrate all things feminine.

42
Natural & Organic Products Exhibition

Natural & Organic Products Exhibition, Cape Town. Courtesy of SE Shows and Events

Feb 2011 (annual)
Showcasing a broad spectrum of alternative products and services, the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition attracts an eco-friendly public to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

43
Redhouse River Mile
Feb 2011 (annual)
Elizabeth's Redhouse River Mile is the oldest open water swimming event in South Africa. While hundreds of participants compete for generous prize money and medals.

44
International Fashion Sale
Feb 2011 (annual)
If you love a bargain, the International Fashion Sale at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome provides the perfect opportunity to spruce up your wardrobe. D&G, Guess, Roberto Cavalli, CK and many more.

45
Design Indaba Expo

A stand at Design Indaba Expo, Cape Town. Courtesy of Fundi

Feb 2011 (annual)
Held at Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Design Indaba Expo is a multi-sector event, showcasing the finest in high-end home grown design talent since 2003. Film, fashion etc.

46
RAMfest

RAMfest, Worcester. Courtesy of RAMfest

Feb 2011 (annual)
Billed as a "national pilgrimage", the three-day RAMfest draws music fans to Worcester's Nekkies Holiday Resort to party to the beats of UK, Australian and local bands.

47
Cape Town Pride

Olivia at Cape Town Pride. Courtesy of Cape Town Pride

24 Feb - 6 Mar 2011 (annual)
Cape Town Pride encompasses a launch cocktail party, fashion shows, sports events, films and some great parties. The focal point however is the main Pride Parade, which reaffirms the diversity and sense of togetherness within the local gay community.

48
Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series

Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series logo. Courtesy of Old Mutual

Mar 2011 (monthly)
Located on the shore of Johannesburg's Emmarentia Dam, the Botanic Gardens are the venue for the annual Old Mutual Encounters Concert Series, which brings a cool line-up to the city's hot summer afternoons for one day a month.

49
Hobby-X
Mar 2011 (annual)
Held at Johannesburg's Coca-Cola Dome, Hobby-X is South Africa's largest craft and hobby show, with interactive stands, demonstrations and workshops.

50
Cape Argus Pick 'n' Pay Cycle Tour
13 Mar 2011 (annual)
The Cape Argus Pick 'n' Pay Cycle Tour is the biggest timed cycle tour in the world, attracting 35,000 international entrants. The 109km challenge around the beautiful Cape Peninsula.