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Ficksburg - Cherry Festival - November 2011

Ficksburg in the Free State Highlands has been host to the annual Cherry Festival for 43 years. The 44th version of the Cherry Festival is scheduled for Thursday to Saturday 17th to 19th November 2011.

The annual Cherry Festival is the longest running harvest festival in South Africa and every year it seems that the organisers find new ways of staying out in front when it comes to customer satisfaction.

The program for 2011 has not yet been released but if previous years are anything to by, those lucky enough

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Vredendal - Huisgenoot Namaquafees/ Festival - Oct 2011

Juanita Du Plessis
Juanita Du Plessis

Latest News from the Music World is that The 2011 Huisgenoot Namaqua Fees/ Festival takes place from 27th to 29 October at Vredendal. This year the guest artists include Annique, Arno Jordaan, Ashley Pienaar, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Broers, Burger le Roux, The Campbells, Cheree, Christo & Cobus, Emo Adams, Flooze, Heuwels Fantasties,

Hugo Niewoudt, Jomari Greyling, Juanita du Plessis, Kurt Darren, Larry Joe, Lianie May, Manie Jackson, Monique, Nadia Louw, Nic Stevens, Riaan Grobler, Rohuan De Jager,

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Muizenberg - International Kite Festival - Oct 2011

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The Cape Town International Kite Festival on 22 and 23 October 2011 is at the scenic grounds of Zandvlei Recreation Park in Muizenberg.

The international Kite Festival, hosted by Cape Mental Health is now in its 17th year. The festival is a great tourist attraction and a family event not to be missed.

The International Kite Festival attracted over 24 000 visitors last year including overseas competitive professional kiters, who show off with all types of stunt and artistic kites turning the skies above Muizenberg in a cornucopia of moving colours.

There are competitions for flying hand made South African kites with entries closing on 7th October.

For the rest you can have a wonderful weekend either flying or just watching the kites as they prance in the sky over the seaside town of Muizenberg.

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Calvinia Hantam Vleisfees - August 2011

Calvinia Hantam Vleisfees - August 2011
Credits: www.hantamvleisfees.co.za

This year, 2011, is the 22nd Hantamvleisfees in Calvinia in the Great Karoo. The Hantamvleisfees is about a 400km drive from Cape Town and around the same distance from Upington. Calvinia is real sheep country and this one weekend a year the town and surrounding farmers celebrate the best of all red meat – good old Karoo Lamb.The winning recipe of the Hantamvleisfees is a simple one. Lots of local farmer associations offer all sorts of cuts of lamb, cooked in as many different ways as there are Boere Tannies. Throw in some good country entertainment by way of music and arena events and you have a festival! Accommodation in Calvinia and surrounding areas can be difficult to find so

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Stellenbosch - International Chamber Music Festival Concerts - July 2011

Stellenbosch - International Chamber Music Festival Concerts - July 2011
Credits: www.visitoslo.com

The International Chamber Music Festival - Kamermusiekfees takes place in Stellenbosch from 8th to 17th July 2011. The Festival includes Lunchtime concerts, Master Classes, Conversations with artists, Student Concerts and Evening/Symphony Concerts.

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Stellenbosch - International Chamber Music Festival - July 2011

Stellenbosch - International Chamber Music Festival - July 2011
Credits: blog.oregonlive.com

The Stellbosch University presents the International Chamber Music Festival from 8th to 17 th July 2011. The Festival will incorporate lunch time concerts, Public Master classes, Student Concerts, a series of "in conversation" presentations and a range of evening concerts.

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Swellendam - Canola Carnival - Full Program- August 2011

The annual  “Swellendam Canola Carnival - 5th and 6th August 2011. Mountain Bike Challenge, Half Marathon, Fun Walk and 4X4 Challenge

The full program promises two days of great fun.

Mountain Bike Challenges

There are three Mountain Bike Challenge Routes available: 55km, 35km and 10km. All route participants can look forward to a scenic, yet challenging route through the Marloth Nature Reserve, situated at the foothills of the Langeberg Range. The routes include gravel roads, jeep tracks and roughly 4km of amazing single-track in the forest.

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Tulbagh - Christmas in June Festival - 2011-

Turn your calendar on its head and celebrate Christmas in June in Tulbagh.

Besides - Marvel at the effort of the Tulbagh town’s folk and the City Fathers to get the Christmas lights and all that glitters and twinkles up in the streets and shop. Dates are Sat and Sun 25th and 26th June 2011

Take a trip with Father Christmas down historic Church Street in Tulbagh and help him hand out treats to the many bright-eyed children,

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Hermanus - Kalfiefees August 2011

The 11th Hermanus Kalfiefees will be held from 4th August 2011 to 9th August 2011. The Hermanus Kalfiefees has become the definitive Art and Cultural event in the western Cape and attacts thousands of theatre lovers to the Whale Coast.

Star performers in 2011 include Lizz Meiring, Sandra Prinsloo, Chris van Niekerk and Vinette Ebrahim

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Hermanus - Whales 'n Wheels Classic Car Show - 2011

Hermanus Whale Festival 2011 has, as one of its highlights, the annual Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show organised by Hermanus Classic Cars.

The Hermanus Whale Festival's Whales and Wheels show is a full day of activities at Hermanus Primary School where over 300 veteran and vintage cars will be on both static and mobile display.

Virtually all the famous brands of yesteryear will be represented at Whales and Wheels and there is also a tractor and truck section. All this happens on the Saturday 1st October 2011starting at 09:00

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