September is Heritage Month, a time when South Africans pause and reflect on their country’s living heritage. Celebrations throughout the country culminate in Heritage Day, a holiday celebrated on 24 September 2015.
While many choose to attend countrywide cultural events that celebrate indigenous foods, craft, dance and music, others choose to make the most of a day off relaxing outdoors with family and friends, or celebrating National Braai Day, when South Africans love to barbecue.
From all over the country, here are 13 fun things to do on or around Heritage Day:
1. 2015 Artscape Heritage Festival, Cape Town, Western Cape
A celebration of dance, theatre and musical performances, including Izityilelo Zobuze; Born Around Here; Zoid. Zanne. Zolani; and Words of War. Tickets cost between R50 and R150.
2. Heritage Day at Avontuur Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape
Partake in a sumptuous spread at Avontuur Wine Estate’s tasting room, with a selection of local cheeses, biltong pâté, bobotie spring rolls and excellent wines.
• Cost: R140 per person for a communal table in the tasting room.
3. AWOL township bicycle tour, Masiphumelele, Western Cape
Take advantage of a 10% discount on AWOL’s bicycle township tour during September. Learn about a new culture when you visit Masiphumelele township and see a traditional healer, crafters and artists. End off with a braai at Nongoloza restaurant.
• Cost: R585 per person.
4. Joy of Jazz 2015, Sandton, Gauteng
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz is a celebration not to be missed at the Sandton Convention Centre from 24 to 26 September. It features local and international jazz supremos such as Marcus Miller, Peabo Bryson, Jimmy Dludlu and Hugh Masekela.
• Visit http://www.joyofjazz.co.za/ for further information
5. Football: Chippa United vs Polokwane, Eastern Cape
Don’t miss this clash on 25 September 2015 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with kick-off at 8pm.
• Tickets are R40 for adults and R20 for children under 13.
6. Strawberry Festival, Garden Route, Western Cape
This is a fun one for the kiddies, taking place from 25 to 27 September 2015 at Redberry Farm on the R404. There will be a family fun run through the strawberry fields, a MTB relay, strawberry food and drinks, inflatables for the kids’ play park and loads more. • Cost: Friday night opening gala R200 per person; Saturday R30, kids under 12 R15; Sunday R40, kids under 12 R15.
7. Heritage Day bus tour of Cullinan and Sammy Marks House, Pretoria, Gauteng
Meet at the Sunnyside Park Hotel at 8am sharp on Thursday 24 September for a tour of Cullinan and mining magnate Sammy Marks House, with specialist guides and well-known author John Lincoln. Visit the historical village of Cullinan to see many historical buildings and take the “journey of a diamond” tour to see the big hole, four times the size of the one in Kimberley.
8. Zulu beadwork exhibition at Bridge City, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
This free exhibition will be staged from 20 to 24 September at Bridge City, KwaMashu. The exhibition will showcase the history of beads from the Middle East and Europe via Arab traders into south-east Africa.
9. Mzansi Festival, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
A series of free family events will be taking place at the Sunken Gardens, the Amphitheatre and at North Beach in Durban from 19 to 24 September. These include a scavenger hunt (19th), comedy night (20th), Durban Fashion Fair after-party (21st), hip-hop night (22nd), YO TV World (23rd) and a beach party (24th).
10. One Heart Music Festival at Sacred Heart College, Gauteng
The One Heart Music Festival at Sacred Heart College, 15 Eckstein Street, Johannesburg, is an ideal family outing on 24 September. From 2pm you’ll be able to relax to the sounds of jazz legends such as Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Paul Hanmer, Judith Sephuma, Simpiwe Dana and the Sacred Heart College Choir. Marist Has Talent will also feature and there’s a National Braai Day challenge and after party for teens hosted by Mi Casa and DJ Rikay.
Tickets cost R150 per person from Webtickets.
11. Hartbeespoort Dam boat cruise, North West
Why not do something different with the family this Heritage Day by taking a boat cruise with the Harties Boat Company? Booking is essential for this popular attraction.
12. Unearthing Moses Tladi exhibition, Western Cape
Born in 1903 in Sekhukhuneland, Moses Tladi is considered to be the first black artist to formally exhibit in South Africa. Tladi was the first black artist to have his works displayed at the South African National Gallery, in 1931. View Tladi’s works on Sunday 27 September from 11am at the Iziko South African National Gallery.
13. Heritage Day cultural festival, Free State
This Heritage Day, a cultural festival open to all is to be held at Setsoto in Ficksburg, Free State. The event is aimed at showcasing the arts through various exhibitions.
Flight Centre has a variety of local holiday packages available. Click here to find out which of these events we can take you to.