1. Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch
Fulfil all of your cultural desires from Friday to Sunday at this major annual classical music fair, taking place in the scenic student town of Stellenbosch. Lunch hour concerts start at 1pm, public master classes kick off at 3pm (R20p/p), student concerts at 5pm (free – R20p/p) and faculty shows at 8pm (R100 – R110). Tickets can be purchased via Computicket.
For more information: academic.sun.ac.za/chambermusicfestival
2. Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival
The centuries-old celebration of Bastille Day, France’s Independence Day, is painting Franschhoek red, white and blue this weekend. This quaint village is banishing the July chill with a feast of good food, great wine and beguiling entertainment. General access tickets cost R150 per person, VIP tickets go for R395 and a comprehensive wine tasting package offered by Grande Provence can be bought for R395 per person.
For more information: franschhoek.org.za/festivals
3. Cool Runnings
Experience the thrill of riding 1.25km down a metal half pipe at speeds of up to 40km an hour with nothing but the wind in your face and the whistle of steel and wheels in your ears! Cool Runnings is South Africa’s 1st and Cape Town’s only Toboggan track and if you are looking for something new and exhilarating to do, this is it! It’s open Monday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. At R25 per ride for children (under 14 years) and R30 per ride for adults, it won’t break the bank.
For more information: cool-runnings.co.za
1. Madame Zingara
Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams is a unique dinner spectacular which enchants, captivates and inspires all who pass through her stained glass doors and enter her magical world. Prepare to be whisked back into a bygone era, a time where jugglers, mind readers and daring acrobats were the revered idols of their day. Ticket prices start at R410 per person.
For more information: theatreofdreams.madamezingara.com
2. Aladdin in the National Children’s Theatre
In the mood for a fun family musical? Cling to the edge of your seat as you are transported on a magical carpet ride to the National Children’s Theatre (NCT), a theatre of adventures. During school holidays performances run from Mondays to Saturdays at 10:30 and 14:30. Ticket prices are R80 (children) and R100 (adults).
For more information: www.jyt.co.za
3. Jozi Food Market
Here you can experience local gourmet talent to rival any open European market. The market’s location at the Pirates Sports Club provides a great outdoor venue for the family to enjoy – kids can play on the jumping castle; the Pirates pub sells a wide variety of liquor which can be enjoyed sitting at the outdoor tables; and sport can be watched in the Clubhouse. The market is open from 8:30am – 1pm and entrance is free!
For more information: www.jozifoodmarket.co.za
1. Icons of the 80’s in the Barnyard Theatre
Get ready to experience the explosive music scene from the decade that produced the most significant, daring and controversial icons of our time – the Icons of the 80s. Featuring an 11-piece cast, this funky production will take you back to those pop stars that made their mark on musical history with outrageous fashion statements, catchy hit songs and saucy dance moves. Tickets are R135 per person ( R100 on Tuesdays and Sundays).
For more information: www.barnyardtheatre.co.za
2. The Durban Airshow
This year the Durban Airshow will feature very rare and special aircraft from all corners of South Africa, all coming together to wow spectators, showing off their power and precision flying skills. The show takes place on Saturday, 14 July 2012 at Virginia Airport in Durban North, its starts at 9am and tickets are available on www.durbanairshow.co.za.
For more information: www.durbanairshow.co.za
3. The Litchi Orchard Market
The formula is simple: Top class food & drink, handmade art & craft, the outdoors, lots of space, fantastic live music – something for everyone! The market is divided into 2 distinct sections: Our Food Market & our ‘Art’ Market. The market is held every first and third Saturday of the month from 9am – 1pm and entrance is free.
For more information: www.litchiorchard.co.za