Easter is just a few days away and if you don’t have any plans yet but want to take advantage of the long weekend, here are some of the different events and activities happening around South Africa over Easter weekend.
This is one of South Africa’s largest arts and culture festivals, attracting thousands of visitors and over 200 performances every year. With music, dance, theatre, comedy, visual arts and kid’s theatre on offer there will be no time to get bored. Visitors can also look forward to some traditional Afrikaans fare (braai broodjies, anyone?), sokkie dancing and Afrikaans pop music. Live music performances this year include Francois van Coke, Chris Chameleon and Amanda Strydom. The festival takes place in Oudtshoorn.
Sedgefield is South Africa’s only official Cittaslow town and celebrates this fact every year with the Sedgefield Slow Festival. Cittaslow towns aim to resist the frenetic city lifestyle of metropolises and improve the quality of life for its residents by encouraging making time for pleasure and leisure – as with the Slow Festival! Fun activities for the weekend include games, a concert in the park, a township tour, fashion show, beach fun, festival fun, slow food and the Sunday morning sunrise Easter service.
For those staying in Joburg for the weekend, the Rand Show is a good option. It is the largest consumer exhibition in the world outside of the United States and will be running from 3-12 April at the Joburg Expo Centre. Visitors can look forward to shopping, sporting events, talent contests, live music, a Bollywood festival, the SA Lipizzaner’s show, Brian’s Circus, dog shows, magic shows, cooking demonstrations, snake and reptile shows, a Ster-Kinekor Theatre, SANDF and an Extreme Zone where daredevils on bikes and skateboards try out their best stunts. Kids are also kept busy with their own entertainment section offering games, competitions and character parades.
While it is too late to participate yourself, you can take advantage of the vibe and energy of the Two Oceans Marathon by supporting as a spectator. Every year 20 000 participants embark on a 56 kilometre ultramarathon or a 21 km half marathon run over road and mountain, starting in Newlands and going through Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and back to Newlands. The influx of tourists f who are participating in the race also makes the Cape Town bars and restaurants full and vibrant over this weekend!
Durban Picnic Day
5 April 2015 is officially Durban Picnic Day and hundreds of groups of families and friends will head to Moses Mabhida Stadium People’s Park to while away the day. Entertainment is provided by AKA, Prime Circle, DJ Snazzy, Micasa and a host of other entertainers.
If you are staying home for the weekend and want to do something fun with the kids, there are some mass Easter Egg hunts taking place at the Company’s Garden, uShaka Marine World, East London Zoo and Montecasino.