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Prince Albert - Attractions - Art Festival - Sept 2012

"Honour Our Roots - Inspire our Youth" is the slogan of Prince Albert as it celebrates its 250th Anniversary during 2012.  

As part of the 250th birthday celebration, The Prince Albert Gallery will be hosting an Art Festival In September 2012. 

The festival is scheduled


Breedekloof - Sop en Soetes Festival - July 2012

10 Wine farms will be involved in the Breedekloof Sop en Soetes Festival on Friday and Saturday 20th and 21st July. The cost is R30 per person, for which you get a tasting glass and a soup mug. Go from farm to farm and enjoy the warmth of great South African Sweet Wines and homemade soups. You buy your tickets at the first farm you visit.


Hermanus Attractions - Kalfie Fees Program - August 2012

Kalfie Fees Releases Program for 2012.

The annual cultural bash in Hermanus called the Kalfie Fees is scheduled for the 8th to 12th August 2012. Bookings open on 1st July 2012 and the organisers have put together an exciting and varied program. Most of it is in Afrikaans but the majority of South Africans will enjoy a variety of Music, Drama, Comedy and even some serious stuff like discussion events.

 Some of the Highlights are:-


Kirkwood - Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees - June 2012

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The Kirkwood Absa Wildsfees takes place over the last weekend of June in the peaceful town of Kirkwood, in the eastern Cape.

One of the main cultural highlights of the Wildsfees will be the presentation of "My naam is Ellen Pakkies,’ a true story about a mother who killed her Tik-addicted son. This will be staged in the Eastern Cape for the first time ever.

Ellen Pakkies stars Vinette Ebrahim – also known as Charmaine Meintjies in 7de Laan,


Mossel Bay - Dias Festival - February 2012

The Dias Festival in Mosselbay will be held from 3rd to 5th February 2012. Various venues in and around the town will be used for an exciting lineup of events. Air Shows, Motor sport gymkhana, yachting fishing cycle race, mtb biking, pet walkathons and schools touch rugby competition are some of the many attractions for this year's Dias Festival.


Hermanus - Whale Festival Entertainment Program

Hermanus Whale Festival takes place from Friday 30th Sept to 10th October. The first four days are filled with lots of entertainment and eco related events, while the last few days incorporate the sports events. See the program below which covers all the entertainment and eco awareness events. See also Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show,  Sports Events, Whale Watchers,  Southern Right Charters  and Hermanus Whale Cruises. Wine Estate Tours


Cherry Festival

The Cherry Festival Where - Ficksburg, Free State - When -  November 17th to 19th 2011 Accommodation 

South Africa's longest running festival is in its 44th year and is always very busy. If you want good accommodation you need to book now.

Here are some well respected and well run establishments


Oudtshoorn - KKNK 2012 - March

Oudtshoorn - KKNK 2012 - March

 KKNK 2012 (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) will take place from 30th March until 7th April 2012 in Oudtshoorn.  Professor Laetitia van Dyk has been appointed CEO of the KKNK from 1st June 2011. Entries for productions for the 18th KKNK in 2012 have already closed, so the board will already be sifting through material to decide what will be on the program.


Whisky Live Festival - November 2011

Whisky Live Festival – Nov 2011  SEE NEW ARTICLES FOR 2012


The FNB Whisky Live Festival will be held in Cape Town from 2nd to 4th November 2011 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and in Johannesburg from 9th to 11th November 2011 at the Sandton International Convention centre. The FNB Whisky Live Festival is in its ninth year and is one of the largest whiskey and lifestyle events worldwide.

The dynamic and ever changing whisky market has lead to some exciting new innovations


Stanford - Strettons Bird Fair - Sept 2011

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The Stanford Strettons Bird Fair 2011 takes place from 30th September to 2nd October.  Organised by Birdlife Walker Bay the Stanford Bird fair is one of the highlights on the birding calendar in the Overberg. There will a number of top class speakers on various birding subjects, a photographic competition with some rather special prizes (Rules for the photo competition), a demonstration by the popular Eagle Encounters and many other attractions to involve the younger folk in birding and conservation..

Birding trips on the Klein Rivier are always popular and this year


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