Top SA events not to miss
Discover the beauty of our magnificent country by planning a few mini holidays around some of South Africa's top events.
Book yourself a flight and car hire, call your mates or surprise your partner and get inspired with these Proudly South African world-class events.
1. Dance Umbrella
The Dance Umbrella Festival will be making its way to Gauteng again at the end of February 2019, so make your way there to insure you don't miss out on an amazing line up of contemporary dance performances. The festival boasts performances from up-and-coming and established choreographers from South Africa and surrounds.
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2. Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival
Enjoy 2 days of fine wine, food and entertainment at the 14th Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival on the 6 & 7 September 2019 at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto. Visitors to the festival will get to sample great South African food and wine whilst meeting the winemakers, finding out about top travel destinations, and getting to know both new and leading lifestyle brands.
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3. Turbine Art Fair
Make sure you are near the Joburg Turbine Hall in Newton this coming July 2019 for the 6th Edition of the Turbine Art Fair. Set to feature contemporary artworks from new and established artists, live music performances, entertainment for the whole family and food and brinks on offer. This will be the place to be!
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4. AFI Cape Town Fashion Week
In March 2019, AFI Cape Town Fashion week will be an event not to be missed! Hosted by African Fashion International, this fashion festival brings you the best local and continental designers in one place, featuring new and headline designers, with previous designers including: Nicholas Coutts, Imprint, LaLesso, Leandi Mulder, Sibusiso Mahone and Salima Abdel-Wahib from Morocco.
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5. Cape Town International Jazz Festival
The 4th largest jazz festival in the world and the largest on the African Continent, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival will be returning for its 20th annual festival on the 29th and 30th March 2019. Renowned for delivering a star studded line up in previous years, the festival will not disappoint with performances by: Chaka Khan, Eliane Elias, Shekhinah, Craig Lucas, The Lady Day Big Band, Don Laka and many more.
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6. South African Cheese Festival
Make your way to the lush vineyards of Sandringham Estate in Stellenbosch from 26 - 28 April 2019 to enjoy the best outdoor culinary festival in Southern Africa - offering a great selection of cheese, from your everyday cheeses to hand-made boutique cheeses, artisan and gourmet products, wines and beers. You will also get to see celebrity chefs in action in the food theatres, relax to live music and be entertained with other fun activities.
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7. Wacky Wine Weekend
The 16th annual Wacky Wine Weekend, hosted by Robertson Wine Valley, takes place from 7 - 9 June 2019 in the beautiful Western Cape, showcasing over 40 wineries over the four days, it is an experience not to be missed! You will get to enjoy master wine-tastings, learn wine and food pairing, wine presentations and private tastings with Robertson Valleys most esteemed winemakers, live music, entertaining activities for the kids and fun-filled outdoor adventures.
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8. Splashy Fen
The 29th annual Splashy Fen, hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, will be held from 18 - 22 April 2019, in the foothills of the breath-taking Drakensberg Mountains. Splashy Fen, dubbed "SA's Friendliest Music Festival", is a 3-day music festival that attracts thousands of music fans with over 100 international acts. The festival boasts music, food stalls and camping, and is still an integral part of the South African music industry.
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9. Vodacom Durban July
It is no surprise that this event remains at the top of the social calendar, attracting over 56 000 people with its adrenaline pumping horse races and its extravagant fashions every year! Internationally acknowledged as Africa's greatest horseracing event, the Vodacom Durban July will be taking place on the 6th July 2019 at Durban's Greyville Racecourse, so call your local designer and get the designs started for the next horse racing extravaganza that is the Vodacom Durban July!
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10. National Arts Festival
Make a date to be at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape from 27 June to 7 July 2019! Boasting 11 days filled with shows ranging from comedy, drama, dance and jazz to opera and theatre, lectures, workshops, a craft fair and children's art festival, this is one of the most important, not-to-be-missed events on the cultural calendar!
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