What’s happening in your neighbourhood this October

Private Property South Africa
Jackie Gray-Parker

The weather has improved significantly around most of the country which means it’s time to get out and make the most of those long, sunny days.

October is almost upon us which means we are in the final stretch of 2016! The weather has improved significantly around most of the country which means it’s time to get out and make the most of those long, sunny days. Here’s a run-down of just a few of the fun events taking place in your neighbourhood.

Johannesburg:

Dance your way into spring:

The City of Ekurhuleni and Soul Candi are proud to present Spring Fiesta! This premier music festival will showcase the very best of house, hip-hop, old school, reggae and dancehall played by some of the world’s top acts. This year, festival goers can look forward to live performances by Atjazz, Fistaz Mixwell, DJ Merlon, Twins on Decks, Mobi Dixon, Prince Kaybee, Mo Flava, Lulo Café, Rocco, Vinny da Vinci, DJ Christos and Ralf Gum to name but a few! The festival will take place at Wild Waters in Boksburg on the 1st of October. Tickets cost R250pp. For more information, go to https://web.facebook.com/events/530409303797049/

Get poetic:

The Word N Sound International Youth Poetry Festival is now in its sixth year. The festival celebrates all things poetry and sound. This year, some of the most vocal and potent minds of our time will come together in a main event which is shaping up to be a “meeting of dangerous minds”. Key performers to look forward to include, amongst others, Alysia Harris, Ngwtilo Mawiyoo and Elten Kiene. In other words, if powerful words and beautiful music are your thing, make a plan to get to the festival. The festival runs from the 3rd to the 9th of October at the Market Theatre in Newtown. Prices vary. For more information, go to http://markettheatre.co.za/

Movie magic under the stars:

There’s nothing quite like watching a movie outdoors under the starry sky. On the 8th of October, classic movie lovers will be able to get their fix at Emerald Resort & Casino’s summer movie night. Pretty Woman will be screened. This is the perfect night out for couples and friends keen on doing something different. Guests can bring their own blankets and camping chairs. Food, beverages and picnic baskets will be on sale. No under 18’s allowed. The evening begins at 7pm. Tickets cost R80pp. For more information, go to http://www.emeraldcasino.co.za/

Cape Town:

Halloween fun:

Cape Town is getting into the Halloween spirit with its 7th Zombie Walk and Festival on the 29th of October. The walk kicks off at Company Gardens at 6pm and ends at Madison Avenue on Mechau Street. Participants are expected to dress and act as zombies. Those who don’t, risk being eaten! Zombie dogs and children are also welcome to join the walk. The festival will take place at Madison Avenue. An age restriction applies to the festival. Zombie friendly food and drinks will be on sale and live music will be played. Entrance to the walk is free. Festival tickets can be bought separately. Prices vary. For more information, go to https://web.facebook.com/events/232833750381507/

Wine and dine under the spring sun:

Cape Town is known for its wines. What better way to get acquainted with this famous beverage than by trying some of the best wines the area has to offer? If this sounds like your cup of tea – or drink in this case – make your way to Robertson Wine Valley’s ‘Wine on the River’. Over 300 wines from 30 wineries will be available to taste at this picturesque festival which takes place at Goudmyn Riverside Farm, Robertson from the 14th to the 16th of October. Gourmet food, music, child-friendly activities, river cruises and a farmer’s market will also feature. Tickets range from R85 – R130pp. For more information, go to http://www.wineonriver.com/

Opera at its best:

The Cape Town Opera Company will present an adaptation of Bizet’s popular Spanish melodrama ‘Carmen’ from the 20th to the 29th of October. The opera tells the story of the downfall of Don Jose, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the fiery gypsy Carmen. No doubt the show will make for a memorable event. Carmen will be hosted at the Artscape Opera House on DF Malan Street. Tickets cost between R100 and R400pp. For more information, go to www.capetownopera.co.za

Durban:

Club - Halloween style:

Those who enjoy the clubbing scene will be pleased to know that Club Altitude will host a Halloween themed event on the 29th of October. Commercial, house, R&B, progressive house, bhangra and late trance will be played by some of Durban’s top DJ’s across three dance floors. Club Altitude is located at 25 Silver Avenue, Windermere. Things will kick off at 12am. All guests are expected to come dressed for the occasion! Tickets cost between R100 and R400pp. For more information, go to https://allevents.in/durban/halloween-2016/1084125631702776

Fun run with a difference:

Dubbed the “happiest 5K on the planet,” The Colour Run is due to take place on the 9th of October. The run celebrates health, happiness and individuality and is open to people of all ages and abilities. In other words, whether you walk, run, jog or push a pram, this run is for you. The race will be held at the Durban North College. Tickets cost R250pp. For more information, go to http://www.whatson.co.za/details.php?id=199084&event=The%20Color%20Run%20%96%20Durban

Philharmonic glory!

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra has launched the spring season of its World Symphony Series. Every Thursday, the orchestra brings Durban’s City Hall to life with glorious music. This season sees the introduction of the Passport Series as the orchestra takes audiences on a global tour from Russia to Europe, Scandinavia and South Africa. A musical delight if ever there was one. The season runs until the 13th of October. Tickets cost R230pp. For more information, go to http://computicket.com/web/festival/kznphilharmonicspringseason2016_festival/28845229

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