I can’t welcome you to 2019 anymore; January is officially hurtling towards a vanishing point in our calendar’s rear-view mirror. I’m fine with that. Like I’ve mentioned, the first month of this year was my free trial month. I do however feel as though I jinxed myself by claiming it to be what it was. February rolled about and for it I had to fork out, begrudgingly, a hefty amount in fines to our beloved postal service (read government) just so that I can pay again to have my car crawling about traffic legally.
That’s how my weekend began. It just so happened that a slew of debit orders ripped a hole in my pocket, too. For a moment there I lost all faith. It was cruel and I just felt like ensconcing myself beneath the covers till kingdom come. My set of wheels is also in need of some major scratch repair – I blame a misguided architect for his silly gate placement for that one though. I therefor hope, on the first day of the month, that February may have a few kinder instalments waiting for me. I’m already sick of it.
Death and taxes, they say. I then sincerely hope that by the mere transitive properties of reading this that my fortune does not trickle over to you. I luckily have five possible ways to mitigate just this. It is a Friday after all and that is enough reason for anybody to rejoice. I hope that I’ve got something for everybody today. I’m sure I have, but who can be certain of anything? This weekend I figured that we’d get a little outdoorsy betwixt all the indoor fun. Let’s see what the weekend has in store for us.
- Bedfordview Craft Festival, 2 February
Cost: R60-R100 available through Webtickets
I don’t like running on a Saturday – the closest I’ll get is to watch a fielder haul in a ball on its way to the boundary. I’m sure there are others like me. This then would be the ideal choice as an activity. What sets this particular festival apart is that it does not focus on one or two types of drink in particular. It reads ‘craft’ and I believe the umbrella term was on purpose. Here a host of brewers and distillers will showcase their very best products for your enjoyment. Variety, I declare. Craft also goes well with gourmet food; there’ll be plenty of that, too. This is also a family event so the kiddos are welcome. They will be catered for, but they unfortunately can’t sample any of the product, naturally.
- Outdoor Fishing Festival, 2-3 February
Cost: R30-R150 available through Webtickets
It certainly wasn’t going to be indoors… I must say, I’ve dabbled, but the opportunities have been few and far between because I’m city folk. I know for a fact that there are tonnes of people who live in Johannesburg that well and truly enjoys a spot of fishing. Those people can now do just that with a chance of winning a prize or two and a tagged fish worth R100 000. You’ll only be allowed to fly fish at the Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge. I know this saddens a few who’d rather park off in their camping chair with a brandy in one hand, but this aspect levels the playing field somewhat. It’s only fair. You’ll need to mail [email protected] to register, but you’re more than welcome to spectate. There will be stalls to browse and a beer garden to keep you busy.
- Toyota Warrior Race, 2 February
Cost: R400-R550 available through Toyota Warrior
It takes a special breed to get up at the crack of dawn only to put their bodies through something as rigorous as this. It is the first race of the year though and some have not yet followed through with their New Year’s resolutions. Do you get where I’m going with that? I definitely can’t get myself to do this on a Saturday morning. In saying that, I do envy those who are able to do so. The whole point of the katoot is to promote an active and healthy lifestyle and they have catered to various fitness levels with varying degrees of obstacles and distances. You can have at one of the following. The event takes place at the Nasrec expo Centre in Johannesburg.
- Age: 10 years and older
- Distance: 4km
- Obstacles: 15 obstacles
- Price: R400 per person
- Age: 14 years and older
- Distance: 8km
- Obstacles: 22 obstacles
- Price: R470 per person
- Age: 18 years and older
- Distance: 11km
- Obstacles: 30 obstacles
- Price: R550 per person
- Park Acoustics, 3 February
Cost: R150-R175 available through Park Acoustics
Yes, that time has finally come. Every Gautenger’s favourite Sunday outing returns with quite the bang, I might add. As usual the Voortrekker Monument will play host to an outstanding line-up of local musicians and comedians. Just a quick tip from my side – purchasing your ticket online saves you from spending an extra, almighty R15. That’s half a drink; it’s best you get clicking. I’m also pleased to announce that the day will not only see a few fantastic new-ish acts take to the stage, but a few heavyweights will keep you entertained, too. Herewith both the music and comedy line-ups.
- 11:00 – Zebra
- 12:05 – Rambling Bones
- 13:10 – Retro Dizzy
- 14:20 – Straatligkinders
- 15:30 – Fokofpolisiekar
- 16:30 – #Sozlol
- Nina Hastie
- Bongani Dube
- Long John
- Patch Live Music Concert, 2 February
Cost: R100-R200 available through Quicket
I suggest that, if you don’t fancy yourself a raucous night out in Stellenbosch, you make sure you are in attendance. Look, Aandklas is always fun, but there comes a time where we ought to simmer down a bit. I also say this because the evening’s given musical talent will likely appeal to those who have outgrown their student-selves. All of Freshlyground, Piet Botha and Akkedis who will perform as The Lyzyrd Kyngs, Wendy Oldfield and Lionel Bastos will all grace the Spier Wine Estate Amphitheatre. This also means that there will be wine aplenty. Part of the proceeds will also be donated to the PATCH Helderberg Child Abuse Centre, Halli Trust and Masikhule children’s charities.