Celebrating our culture on Heritage Day

23 Sep 2016

It’s National Heritage Day on the 24th of September 2016 and many South Africans will most likely be braaing, however there are definitely more ways than one to celebrate this weekend! So why not take advantage of the extra time off and enjoy some fun events, interesting heritage routes and cultural activities around the country.

Gauteng

The finery Fair

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The Finery Fair is a multi-cultural arts festival, celebrating Heritage weekend with the finer things in life. Music lovers can enjoy Bottomless Coffee Band, Georgetown, Gerald Clark and many more. Delicious food and drinks are to be enjoyed on the awesome Kievits Kroon Estate and theatre and art lovers will be charmed by the performing arts and design, arts and craft on display.

Heritage Day: Braai with your Brew

Jozi is braaing so how about joining Heritage Day: Braai with Your Brew, taking place in Muldersdrift, where locals can get together and celebrate all things proudly South African.  The entertainment line-up includes Jerry & The Bandits, The Motherland, The Sextons, Ultra Mel DJ, and more. As for the food vendors, you can expect to get tasty food from Cravings, Mike’s Pizza, 5-Star Street Chef, and Bobbies Boeries! Tickets are available at Nu Ticket and for more information on braai pod options, have a look here.

Western Cape

Cape Town culture with the Iziko Museum

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Enjoy Heritage weekend in the Western Cape with free entry to the Iziko Museum. Celebrate Heritage Week by visiting the historical Iziko Museums found in Cape Town and view stunning art by South African and European artists at the South African National Gallery. Learn all about the country’s colonial history at the Slave Lodge, see the incredible exhibitions at the South African Museum, visit the home that was turned into a museum at Koopmans-De Wet House or discover the Cape Malay culture at the Bo Kaap Museum.

Hermanus Botanical Society’s Annual Flower Festival

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Spring has arrived, and where better to enjoy this time of renewal than at a blooming good floral spectacular. Soak up the first rays of post-winter sun at the Hermanus Botanical Society’s annual flower festival at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve from Thursday, 22 to Sunday, 25 September 2016. Learn about a host of fauna and flora at the family-friendly show. There will also be lots of craft, food and drink stalls as well as a display of mini-gardens and installations for those who want to perk up a small gardening space. 

Free-State

Tourism Tours

The Free-State boasts a number of tourism routes, and what better way to celebrate your heritage than seeing South Africa’s diversity and beauty. Do the Maloti Route and discover the Eastern highlands and Maluti Mountains. Or follow the Goldfield’s Route and delve into the history of Lejweleputswa’s gold mines. This province’s battlefields and war museums are also great on the Battlefield Route. Discover tours that highlight political and cultural heritage on the BBT Heritage Route or walk in the footsteps of the diamond prospectors on the Diamond and Wine route.

The Free State National Botanical Garden Food and Art Market

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The Free State National Botanical Garden Food and Art Market is held every last Sunday of each month so you are in luck this weekend. Browse through different stalls offering fresh produce, food and hand-made arts and crafts. Live music and entertainment activities for the young and old can all be found at this family-friendly market.