Great Karoo Events Sports Festivals

October 2014
October
19

Painting course in Nieu Bethesda

Cathy Milner will be teaching a painting course in the Karoo town of Nieu Bethesda. She is an experienced artist and art teacher from Stellenbosch and will be giving tuition to beginner and advanced students. Students may work in acrylic, oil, watercolour or any drawing materials whilst being inspired by the beautiful Karoo scenery.

October
17

National Heritage Symposium

Richmond is the host town for the National Heritage Symposium. Reserve your space to meet Len Raymond, Graham Viney and other South African Heritage Legends and experience the Karoo’s finest hospitality.

July 2014
July
24

The 5th annual Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival (Cradock)

The 5th annual Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival promises to take the event to new heights with a strong programme appealing to a range of audiences.

July
18

Biltong Festival, Somerset East

Enjoy two days of foot stomping entertainment, biltong and hundreds of tantalising stalls, while you have loads of fun under the winter sun in Somerset East!

July
3

National Arts Festival

The annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, is Africa's largest and most colourful arts & culture festival and the third largest of its kind in the world. It celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014.

June 2014
June
27

Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees

In 2014 the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees is building yet again on its winning recipe of Wild Activities including top SA artists live on the Big Stage, wine and gourmet lifestyle plein featuring old school Rock, rythym and blues program, Safe kids Square, Snow world for the young @ heart, tandem skydives for the adrenalin junkies, succulent “Smiley” Banquet and much, much more...

March 2014
March
20

Karoo Food Festival (Cradock)

Cradock, Eastern Cape is host to the annual Karoo Food Festival. The Festival is for anyone who loves cooking, eating and the Karoo.

March
18

The Best of Herman Charles Bosman at John Rupert Theatre

With the resounding success of "Oom Schalk, from the Heart", Cape Town actor, David Muller is bringing "More Oom Schalk Stories!" directed by Celia Musikanth to the John Rupert Theatre on Tuesday, 18 March. This is definitely not to be missed.

March
16

The Karoo Lamb

16:00 | The Karoo Lamb is excited about hosting From the Heart of Oom Schalk,with Cape Town actor, David Muller as Schalk Lourens telling some of Herman Charles Bosman's best stories on Sunday March 16th at 4pm

March
15

Midnight in Paris at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet

Midnight in Paris is about a family that goes there because of business, and two young people who are engaged to be married, in autumn, have experiences there that change their lives.

February 2014
February
15

Material at John Rupert Theatre

Cassim is a young Muslim man who works in his father's fabric shop in Johannesburg. However, Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian, which his father disproves of. When he gets a gig at a local bar, he has to find a way of keeping it a secret.

February
5

The Counterfeiters at John Rupert Theatre Graaff-Reinet

A 2007 Austrian-German drama film based on Operation Bernhard, a secret plan by Nazi Germany during the Second World War to destabilize the United Kingdom by flooding its economy with forged Bank of England pound notes.

January 2014
January
18

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man is a documentary film which details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, to find out what became of the American musician Sixto Rodriguez

December 2013
December
21

Karoo Skoffel - Schoombee Country Club

19:00 | This is a Sokkie for all the under 40's. There will also be social tennis starting at 16:00 and bowls starting at 14:40 followed by the sokkie in the evening.

December
19

ANNOUNCEMENT - Great Fish Nature Reserve SlowRide Postponed

Postponed - Peddle the gravel tracks through the bush country of the Eastern Cape – wade through the waters of the Great Fish River on low level bridges ....spot the birds, enjoy a night game drive.

December
6

Lion Motorbike Rally

Come and join us for the 20th Lion Rally to be held at the Cradock Spa just outside of Cradock. Hosted by the Lions Club of Uitenhage. The best family rally in the Eastern Cape. For more info contact Bokkie - 072 337 0212

November 2013
November
24

Nick Norman's Road Trip Travels

Nick Norman, author of Geological Journeys presents his new book "Geology off the beaten Track" at Lowlands Country House, north of Cradock.

November
23

Dr N B Ngcipe Foundation MTB/Fun Run/Walk

08.00 | Adults - 30km and Juniors - 15km MTB, and Trail run/walk 10km and 5km starting at 8.00 at the Boschberg Hub

November
16

EP Offroad Triathlon Championship

9.00 | Swimming in a dam, MTB, and a trail run, all on the Boschberg Mountain, starting and finishing at the Boschberg Hub. For more info -www.mountainevents.co.za

 

A River Runs Through It at John Rupert Theatre

Robert Redford's lyrical direction sets the tone for this evocative adaptation of author Norman MacLean's memoir. The film tells the true story of two young men growing up in 1920s Missoula, Montana.

November
6

Creation at John Rupert Theatre Graaff-Reinet

The film is a partly biographical, partly fictionalised account of Charles Darwin's relationship with his eldest daughter, Annie (Martha West), as he struggles to write On the Origin of Species.

November
2

Stars to Midnight, Sutherland

Sutherland, judged the coldest place on average in South Africa, is South Africa's centre of astronomy abd is home to SALT, the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Here a stargazing opportunity is offered every first weekend of the new moon at Sterland, just one kilometer outside of Sutherland, in the direction of Matjiesfontein.

October 2013
October
25

Bedford Garden Festival

Run away from your daily routine, come to Bedford for three days of fresh air and inspiration. World renowned country gardens, pretty town and township gardens, scrumptious food, fine wines, fun-loving farmers … these are a few of our favourite things.

 

Karoo Birding Weekend Beaufort West

The Sasol / Stretton’s Gin Karoo Birding Weekend will take place between 25 and 27 October 2013. in the Karoo National Park, Beaufort West.

October
19

SA 160 km Endurance Riding Championships

Schanskraal Estate (home to the Welbech Arabian Stud) has been chosen as the venue for the South African 160km (100 Miler) Championships for the second year running during the Schanskraal FEI Ride on the 19th October 2013.

October
10

Karoo Parliament

Phillipstown, Northern Cape, are preparing for the Karoo Parliament. Plascon donated paint to "colour" the buildings in the mainstreet of Phillipstown. A team of volunteers pulled together and started with the painting ........... even the "dominee" This is one of the many activities taking place

October
5

Stars to Midnight, Sutherland

Sutherland, judged the coldest place on average in South Africa, is South Africa's centre of astronomy abd is home to SALT, the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Here a stargazing opportunity is offered every first weekend of the new moon at Sterland, just one kilometer outside of Sutherland, in the direction of Matjiesfontein.

October
4

Hobson's Choice Fly Fishing Festival Somerset East

Are you up to the challenge of Hobson's Choice? Can you catch a Trout, Yellowfish and Black Bass all over 30cm in the same day?

September 2013
September
27

Karoo-Lus Festival

Once again Graaf Reinet will be hosting the Karoo Lus Festival at the Botanical Sports Fields. See Steve Hofmeyr, Locnville and other artists in action. Watch this space for more information.

September
20

Nieu Bethesda Village Festival 2013

Market- all 3 days with Village & nearby stall owners fresh produce & crafts. Next to that will be a 40 x10m tent for all day performances and interesting talks workshops etc. Specially on the Fossils-all on a big wagon/s. Also all 3 days.

September
18

PArt 2013, Prince Albert

Following on the success of PArt 2012 the Prince Albert Art Gallery invites you to a week long Art experience in the Karoo.

September
11

Song for Marion

Song for Marion, a London-set comedic drama, is about shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur (Terence Stamp) who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir.

September
7

Stars to Midnight, Sutherland

Sutherland, judged the coldest place on average in South Africa, is South Africa's centre of astronomy abd is home to SALT, the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Here a stargazing opportunity is offered every first weekend of the new moon at Sterland, just one kilometer outside of Sutherland, in the direction of Matjiesfontein.

September
6

Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival 2013

The historic Cape Winelands town of Tulbagh will host its 3rd annual Spring Arts Festival on the weekend of 6 – 8 September 2013.

August 2013
August
30

Hantam Meat Festival, Calvinia

This part of the Karoo is sheep country and this will be the 24th year that Karoo mutton with its unique and delicious flavour will be celebrated.

August
17

Quartet at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet

Based on Ronald Harwood's stage play of the same name, Quartet is a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade.

August
15

Guy Buttery live in Nieu-Bethesda

The Karoo Lamb Restaurant is proud to host the South African finger-style guitar giant Guy Buttery who will be performing in Nieu-Bethesda on Thurs, 15 Aug. This event is part of a national tour launching his much anticipated album, ‘Live in KwaZulu’, recorded over two nights at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

August
9

Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival 2013

Going from strength to strength in its fourth successful year, the Karoo's youngest literary festival offers a tantalizing mix of authors like: Etienne van Heerden, Chris and Julie Marais, Clinton v du Plessis, Robert Pearce, Alfred Schaffer, Barbara Mutch, Margie Orford and Rachel Holmes.

August
8

2013 Klein Karoo Klassique, Oudtshoorn

The 2013 Klein Karoo Klassique music festival promises to exceed even the great success of 2012. The programme will be announced in due course.

August
7

The 3 Tenors in Concert at John Rupert Theatre Graaff-Reinet

Rome 1990, the Baths of Caracalla - this was the first appearance by the "Three Tenors" - Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Placido Domingo - and was to lead to many more such "gala" nights in the next ten years.

August
3

Stars to Midnight, Sutherland

Sutherland, judged the coldest place on average in South Africa, is South Africa's centre of astronomy abd is home to SALT, the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Here a stargazing opportunity is offered every first weekend of the new moon at Sterland, just one kilometer outside of Sutherland, in the direction of Matjiesfontein.

July 2013
July
26

Bedford Soul Food Festival

GREAT COOKS, exciting taste moments are promised for our winter Soul Food Festival

July
25

Energise your Sketchbook with Pen & Wash Sketches with Talbot Cox

Join well-known artist and art teacher Talbot Cox for a happy and expressive weekend workshop aimed at making art a part of your daily existence….explore the many ways of rendering stunning paintings, ideal for quick thumbnails, sketchbooks and fine pieces of art. Take art out of the closet and make it part of your daily world and open your senses to the beauty of the world around you…. Beginners welcome!

July
18

Peter Pan the ballet - Opera House Port Elizabeth

Choreographed and staged by Rin van Wyk, Cape Town City Ballet and starring dancers from the Friendly City Youth Ballet with guest artists from Cape Town City Ballet. Bookings @ Computicket. Tickets - Adults 85.00, Scholars and Pensioners R65.00.

July
12

Great Karoo Guitar Camp, Nieu Bethesda

Nieu-Bethesda is hosting the inaugural Great Karoo Guitar Camp, with Steve Newman and All In One, featuring the talents of Errol Dyers, one of the originators of the sound that has become known as Cape Jazz, and internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist, Hilton Schilder.

July
6

Stars to Midnight, Sutherland

Sutherland, judged the coldest place on average in South Africa, is South Africa's centre of astronomy abd is home to SALT, the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Here a stargazing opportunity is offered every first weekend of the new moon at Sterland, just one kilometer outside of Sutherland, in the direction of Matjiesfontein.

July
3

Katherine Jenkins - Believe

International star Katherine Jenkins first UK solo arena tour, celebrating her latest album Believe was heralded an outstanding success by fans and critics alike.

June 2013
June
29

Christmas in Winter - Tulbach

10:00 | Tulbagh celebrates Christmas in Winter. The village is decorated with lights and Christmas trees. Father Christmas rides through the streets giving out treats to the children.

June
15

Klein Karoo Klassiek MTB, Calitzdorp

Ecobound has developed the Rooiberger, as a classic enduro MTB event during the long weekend in June. With various distances (93km, 45km, and 15km) is there something for everyone and most routes are not too technically demanding.

 

The Hobbit at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet

A younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

June
14

2013 ABSA Port & Wine Festival, Calitzdorp

The 2013 Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festivals will again be centred at the historic Calitzdorp Railway Station, well-complimented by a full and fabulous programme of events at the various wine cellars and village venues.

June
12

Momentum Umngazi Pondo Pedal Adventure (family event)

The NEW Momentum Short Term Insurance Pondo Pedal Adventure will give individual riders and their families an opportunity to soak up and enjoy Umngazi’s warm hospitality while cycling along Africa’s most beautiful coastline. For more info on the Pondo pedal race and adventure, please visit our site on www.pondopedal.com or join us on Facebook.

June
8

Stars to Midnight, Sutherland

Sutherland, judged the coldest place on average in South Africa, is South Africa's centre of astronomy abd is home to SALT, the largest telescope in the Southern hemisphere. Here a stargazing opportunity is offered every first weekend of the new moon at Sterland, just one kilometer outside of Sutherland, in the direction of Matjiesfontein.

June
7

Opening of the Hunting Season - Jansenville

The annual Opening of the Hunting Season in Jansenville is on the first Friday of June 2013. The Opening of the Season offers great atmosphere and lots of fun. Come and join us in 2013!

June
5

Life of Pi at John Rupert Theatre, Graaff-Reinet

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. Winner of 4 Oscars at the 2013 Academy Awards.

 

Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal Race (team race)

The Grindrod Bank Umngazi Pondo Pedal is a once-in-a-life time chance to ride in some of the most remote and sought-after virgin MTB trails in Africa.

May 2013
May
31

Karoo Cultural Festival - Prince Alfred's Hamlet

14:00 | The Karoo Cultural Festival will be catering for the whole Witzenberg community, with a distinct Karoo flavour. The festival will mainly focus on cultural entertainment & old traditions, including a variety of cultural stalls.

May
30

Anglo Boer War Anniversary Weekend Richmond

Richmond hosts the 111th anniversary weekend of the Anglo Boer War with visits to historic sites, talks by experts on a wide range of aspects of the war, wine tasting, good food and comradeship.

 

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