Spring Festivals and Activities in September 2014 #CapeTown #Spring #Activities

#Free Entry to #SANParks in September

South African National Parks (#SANParks) kicks off its annual week-long campaign that offfers South African residents free access to nearly all of the 19 national parks from Monday, 8 to Saturday, 13 September 2014.

In the Cape Region - #Agulhas National Park, #Bontebok National Park, Tankwa #Karoo National Park, #TableMountain National Park - #Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway are not included. West Coast National Park are offering drastically reduced prices.

To qualify for this offer, one has to present an official, green barcoded or smart SA ID at the time of entry. Youngsters under the age of 16 will be granted free access regardless of whether they present any ID or not.

Cape Point has an additional special: a free ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular; plus for every adult sit-down meal bought at the Two Oceans Restaurant, a child will get a free meal.

Awesome news for those who don't have their own transport - #SANParks (Cape Region) has partnered with Metrorail and HGTS Tours, who have arranged specialised daily return train trips from Cape Town Station to Simon’s Town, followed by a luxury coach ride to Cape Point, throughout the week. This special transport offer costs R130p/p for adults and R70p/p for children up to 12 years of age; students and senior citizens. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Esmeralda Isaacs on +27 (0) 21 449 3018/2366 or email promotions@metrorail.co.za.
Cape Town Tourism - Table Mountain

Some of the Parks:

#TableMountain Fantastic choice for a picnic and a chance to enjoy some beautiful beaches. There's a  view-point in Silvermine and one can #braai there too.

West Coast National Park: Idyllic in flower season, especially the Postberg section of the park (it’s only open during August and September each year). Also a great spot for picnics and enjoying the carpets of spring flowers.

Bontebok National Park: Located just outside of Swellendam, this nature reserve is perfect to take a drive through and spot some game. Unwind on the banks of the Breede River with a picnic or take a walk and explore the hills of aloe.

Creative Week #CapeTown 2014

#CreativeWeek is an annual celebration of creativity, innovation and culture from 13 to 21 September 2014, in #CapeTown.

Crowdsourced by Capetonians and coordinated by Creative Cape Town, Creative Week is an opportunity to experience the city’s energy and diversity while The #Loerie Awards, a showcase of Africa and the Middle East’s best in brand communication, are in town.

To see the detailed programme, click here:

Heritage Day

This year, #Heritage Day takes place on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

One of the partners, the Iziko South African Museum, has put together a variety of events for locals, including guided tours of the ceramics exhibition at the #Castle of Good Hope, a Zulu exhibition at the Slave Lodge, a show by the director of the social history collection, Lalou Meltzer, about the study and collection of coins and medals at the Slave Lodge and another guided tour at the Bo-Kaap Museum.

If you're into poetry there is a lunchtime poetry session on Friday September 21, 2012 at the South African National Library.

For parents looking to entertain their kids during Heritage Weekend, kids are able to learn and play indigenous games at the City of Cape Town's Come and Play initiative at the Grass Paddock at the #Iziko South African Museum; there is also a screening at the Planetarium and an edutainment show with Tracey the snake lady.

During Heritage Weekend the #Iziko Ampitheatre will host a number of performing art and music events which will highlight the city's diverse cultural heritage. Participants are set to include the Happy Feet Dance Project, Jikileza and Hilton Schilder, among others.

The Company's Garden will play host to a free concert on Heritage Day. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

On Heritage Day, in addition to the countless braais taking place at homes and in national parks, the week's festivities will culminate with a free concert at the Company's Garden. Pack a picnic basket, bring your family and enjoy the sounds of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, poet Toni Stuart and Latin Jazz artists Hassan 'Adas and Friends, while sitting on the lawns.

There are so many events to atttend on Heritage Day, including a production of An African Tale to the Mother City, which will be launched by St George’s Cathedral Crypt Memory and Witness Centre. The production celebrates the courage of those who pushed for the right of African families to live and work in Cape Town during the late 1970s and 1980s. Music will be provided by the Hout Bay Music Project Trust.

All the events are free of charge, excluding entry to the Castle of Good Hope and the Planetarium, which are free on Heritage Day, September 24, only.

Oceana Seafood Festival - Hout Bay

The Oceana Hout Bay #Seafood Festival is being organized by the Hout Bay Festival Organization NPO – a non profit-making body.

The communities of Hout Bay come together to launch the first Oceana Hout Bay Seafood Festival from September 24th to 28th, 2014.

The main objective is to create jobs and to showcase Hout Bay's community talent. The Festival consists of a wide range of activities, Seafood Kitchen Demos, sports activities, arts and music attractions and Heritage events on the opening day.

The Festival is supported by the Government of the Western Cape, Cape Town Tourism and numerous local organizations. Many hundreds of people will be partaking in the events and you are invited to enjoy their talents - unique opportunity to meet and appraise the best of our talents across so many interest areas.

For more information about the events of interest to you contact Cassandra on 083 2383 164 021 790 8147 or via info@hbsf.co.za
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