1-9 OCTOBER: MACUFE, BLOEMFONTEIN, FREE STATE
This is one of the biggest annual cultural festivals in the country. It offers an array of performances by SA’s top artists in different genres, as well as other performing arts. There’s also a craft market.
6 October: OPERATION HUNGER 35-YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT, SA NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY, JOHANNESBURG
Operation Hunger will be celebrating a momentous 35 years of service in South Africa, and invites you to learn about its projects as well as hear Professor Mervyn E King speak on the subject of inclusive capitalism.
6-9 October: CAPE TOWN BUSKERS FESTIVAL, V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN
The launch of South Africa’s first festival for buskers takes place this month in Cape Town, with a programme of free-to-enter performances on four stages at the V&A Waterfront. See international acts and local street performers, as one of the earliest forms of the performing arts is finally given a grand stage.
7-9 October: UNPLUGGED62 FESTIVAL, KLEIN KAROO
Organisers Red Hot Events brings you yet another instalment of the Unplugged62 Festival, which takes place once again at the Joubert-Tradauw vineyards in the Klein Karoo. Expect a fun-filled weekend of live music from artists such as Majozi, Albert Frost and the Nomadic Orchestra. There will also be good food and wine, and a set by DJ Dirtroad to close the festival.
9 October: JOHANNESBURG GARDEN CLUB TURNS 65, JOHANNESBURG
The Johannesburg Garden Club turns 65 this year, and to celebrate this milestone the organisation will open its doors to the beautiful Garden of St Christopher in Hyde Park. The exclusive one-day event is limited, with only 1 000 visitors gaining access to its seven acres of sprawling beautiful green. The theme is Italian, and ticket prices include Prosecco and Italian fare. All proceeds go to Johannesburg Child Welfare as part of the club’s annual fundraising efforts.
16 October: TSOGO SUN AMASHOVA DURBAN CLASSIC, KWAZULU-NATAL
The oldest road cycling race in South Africa, the 30th annual Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic in KwaZulu-Natal takes place on 16 October. Cyclists can expect picturesque, challenging routes from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, with options of taking part in the 35 km, 65 km or the renowned 106 km Classic.
14-16 OCTOBER: SANLAM HANDMADE CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, JOHANNESBURG
Come and check out the best handmade contemporary art products in SA. There’ll also be plenty on offer in wine, food and design, not to mention a feast of shopping.
21 October: VAL DE VIE FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF DAY, PEARL VALLEY, WESTERN CAPE
Join some of South Africa’s biggest celebrities such as Maps Maponyane, Reuben Riffel, Ryk Neethling and many more for a round of golf, surrounded by the magnificent Simonsberg and Drakenstein mountains on Pearl Valley’s award-winning golf course. All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Khula Development Group, a humanitarian organisation supporting out-of-school children in the Paarl East area.
21 and 22 October: WINDHOEK OKTOBERFEST, CAPE TOWN
Experience an authentic Oktoberfest without travelling to Germany, at the Windhoek Oktoberfest in Cape Town brought to you by Namibia Breweries. There will be great food, games, activities and, of course, Namibian beer. Friday night is reserved for over-18s, while the whole family can enjoy the festival on the Saturday.
21-23 October: 2016 STANDARD BANK AFRICA CYCLE FAIR, ST STITHIANS COLLEGE, JOHANNESBURG
This year’s event at St Stithians College is sure to be a memorable experience for road and mountain bikers and their families. Peruse the latest in cycling and outdoor sports gear, see SA’s top high school mountain biking and cycling teams compete in the inaugural MTB Interprovincial race, and race professional riders!
21-23 OCTOBER: BEDFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL, EASTERN CAPE
An array of exhibitions for gardening enthusiasts, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the best scenery, food and wine in this part of the country.
25-30 October: CANAL WALK GAMING EXPO, CANAL WALK SHOPPING CENTRE, CAPE TOWN
To get the latest updates on games, buy early Christmas presents, win incredible prizes, learn more about the growing phenomenon of Cosplay, and for just great fun – free of charge – don’t miss the Canal Walk Gaming Expo.
26 OCTOBER: STELLENBOSCH AT SUMMER PLACE, JOHANNESBURG
The seventh edition of this premier lifestyle event offers Jo’burgers and visitors the best in South African wine and food. The partnership of Stellenbosch Wine Routes and Sanlam Private Wealth makes for a luxurious ambience, while art and live musical performances enhance the experience.
28-30 OCTOBER: GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW, DURBAN
This annual event has been rebranded ready to create a bigger and better culinary experience. The theme this year is “Fresh”, with a focus on sustainability and farming. A wide selection of top chefs will be featured, with plenty to tempt visitors.
29 October: HEALTH AND WELLNESS DAY, FOURWAYS, JOHANNESBURG
If you’re passionate about your health and the lifestyle you lead, the Health and Wellness Day offers great talks on healthy eating by various guest speakers. There will also be free health tests and a play area for kids.
29 OCTOBER: PROTEA PARTY, FRANSCHOEK, WESTERN CAPE
One of the most exciting events of the year, this three-year-old event will showcase eight Protea wines named after indigenous flower species. Guests will be served a delectable three-course meal to complement their wine and entertainment.
29 and 30 October: CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL, MUIZENBERG, CAPE TOWN
The sky will be filled with incredible flying creatures at the annual Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg on 29 and 30 October. Africa’s biggest kite festival offers family fun, and all profits go to Cape Mental Health to provide much-needed support to adults and children with mental disabilities. The theme this year, #BornToFly, celebrates people’s potential to rise above life’s challenges.
29 and 30 October: SEASON OF SAUVIGNON FESTIVAL, DURBANVILLE WINE VALLEY, WESTERN CAPE
Don’t miss this year’s Season of Sauvignon Festival, which takes place in the picturesque Durbanville Wine Valley over the weekend of 29 and 30 October. Festival-goers and Sauvignon Blanc aficionados can look forward to a host of activities in the valley during the month of October in the build-up to the festival.