10 things to do this Heritage Weekend

Whether you’re staying at home this Heritage Day long weekend or you’re heading out to explore South Africa, we’ve got some ideas of places you can visit and events you can enjoy to celebrate!


1. White Mountain Festival

Acoustic music in the mountains… what more could you ask for? Brought to you by the same experienced crew that produce Splashy Fen every year, White Mountain is its’ smaller, mellow cousin. Discover new local artists or support your favourites, all while indulging in the magical mountain vista. Take the family for an unforgettable experience.

2. Witness Hilton Arts Festival

Broadly considered to be KZN’s premier arts and culture festival the annual Witness Hilton Arts Festivaland produces a sterling programme of drama, comedy, music, cabaret, arts and crafts, children’s theatre, Mindscapes discussions, workshops, films and exhibitions appealing to all who visit the festival each year. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the festival.

3. Fun in the Sun

For the fourth year running over 3000 KZN electronic music lovers will once again gather on the banks of the Hazelmere Dam for a massive outdoor festival involving two days of house, dance and electronic music, Swimming, Tanning, Partying and fun times.


4. The Cradle Festival

Head to where it all began to celebrate in the ultimate Heritage Day place. Expect musical performances from the likes of Louise Carver, and Idol’s winner, Elvis Blue as well as the Cradle Festival Wine Weekend, which includes cheese and wine tastings, as well as loads of fun activities and competitions for the whole family to enjoy. The daily kids programme offers parents peace-of-mind and a day-off to spoil themselves and relax while being able to enjoy the live entertainment, cheeses and wines. A Craft Expo allows exhibitors from the Cradle and surrounding areas to showcase their business and service offerings.

5. Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012

Africa’s largest exhibition of air, sea and land capability at Africa Aerospace and Defence 2012 (AAD2012) returns to Pretoria at AFB Waterkloof. An estimated crowd of 50 000 trade visitors per day will arrive to view trade and static displays followed by an Air Show on 22 and 23 September 2012 that will be open to members of the public. Expect entertainment for the whole family, including static displays of aircraft, trucks and armoured vehicles and an fun park for children.

6. Heritage Day Weekend at the National Zoo with Norvy

Spend the day in the company of some of our country’s most precious assets – our wildlife! Visit the National Zoo in Pretoria this Heritage weekend and enjoy a full programme of talks and activities, plus get the chance to meet the zoo’s latest little celebrity, Norvy the baby red kangaroo.

Western Cape

7. National Braai Day Celebration

Celebrate the best way South African know how – with a good old braai! The National Braai Day celebration, presented by Savanna and Good Hope FM takes place at Hamilton’s Rugby Club and will feature performances from MiCasa, Jack Parow, Heuwels Fantasties, Bed on Bricks and Me and Mr Brown. Entrance includes a free Kameelhout boerewors roll and Savanna Cider per person.

8. Open Book Festival

Celebrate your love of books with 150 events over 5 days scattered around Cape Town’s Fringe district. With readings from around 100 authors, of which 25 are top international writers, the Open Book Cape Town Literary Festival is one serious Boekjol!

9. Heritage Day Potjiekos Challenge

Spend your Heritage Day sweating over a potjie to win top honours in the Noordhoek Farm Village Potjie Competition. Or simply be a spectator and sample each potjie, and try and sway the judges’ opinion. Proceeds of the sample sales will go to the Love and Care Crech in Masiphumelele – a township near Kommetjie and Fish Hoek.

10. Earthdance – Durban/ Cape Town/ Joburg

Earthdance, the Global Dance Festival for Peace, has grown to become the world’s largest simultaneous music and dance event. Founded in 1996, with 22 cities and 18 countries participating, Earthdance has grown to over 350 locations in 60 countries participating in 2008. Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace, over 200,000 people unite in dance with hundreds of thousands more joining online in support of global peace, sustainable culture and humanitarian aims. Earthdance takes place in Joburg, Cape Town & Durban.

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