Durban is surrounded by picturesque KwaZulu-Natal landscape characterised by undulating valleys, mountains and pristine beaches, with a number of game reserves nearby, making it an ideal holiday destination boasting warm weather all year around.
From expos and markets to sports games and concerts – there is a lot to be enjoyed in this subtropical paradise in the second half of 2019:
Blythedale Coastal Adventure Market
Are you a big fan of the outdoors and markets? Then head to the Blythedale Coastal Estate just 45 minutes outside Durban’s central business district. The first Sunday of every month, the estate hosts one of the best family-friendly markets on the coast.
Visitors to the Blythedale Coastal Adventure Market can look forward to enjoying artisanal food and drinks, fresh produce and adventure activities, while enjoying breathtaking views. This lovely spot is surrounded by indigenous forest, with the ocean on its doorstep.
Other fun activities at the market, which starts at 9am and ends at 4pm, include quad biking, trail running, mountain biking, fishing and picnics, as well as a homemakers’ expo.
Where: Blythedale Coastal Estate, Durban
Cost: Free entry
3 to 4 August: The Wedding Expo
Getting married is exciting! Part of the thrill is to visualise your wedding day – from the dress to the venue, décor and the cake. At the The Wedding Expo in Durban, you get ideas for all these under one roof.
The expo is a fantastic opportunity for brides and grooms to find inspiration for fairytale weddings; connect and engage with various suppliers; and enter exciting competitions and specials – where couples stand a chance to win an all-expenses-paid dream wedding. Overall, this expo is a fun and friendly event for all.
Suppliers, wedding planners and cake makers also get the chance to showcase their brands and build face-to-face connections with prospective brides and grooms, get bookings and network.
Where: Sibaya Sun Park, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, Durban
Cost: R100 online or at the door; R30 for children aged three to 10
27 July: The Black Cat Bones at Crusaders
The Black Cat Bones will perform one show only in Durban on 27 July, so make sure you don’t miss out on a night’s fun with friends or family.
This top South African four-member rock band was formed in Pretoria in 2007 and comprises vocalist Kobus de Kock, guitarist Andre Kriel, Casey Rothman on the bass and Gareth Bunge on the drums.
Expect some heartfelt, honest music true to the band’s signature style.
Where: Northwood Crusaders Sports Club, 10 Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North
Cost: R95 per person
29 to 31 August: The Mercury Wine Week
The Mercury Wine Week is an annual three-day event where wine lovers can discover new wines and enjoy old favourites. This year, a selection of botanical gin combinations, top whiskeys and distinctive bubbly will also feature at what has become a highlight on Durban’s social calendar.
Top wineries and exhibitors will be showcasing some of the best vintages South Africa has to offer.
Don’t miss the chance to meet and mingle with top winemakers and sommeliers and to learn more about wine pairings and choices.
Where: Greyville Convention Centre, 150 Avondale Road, Greyville, Durban
Cost: R120 online, or R160 at the door.
30 August to 1 September: MamaMagic Baby Expo
One of South Africa’s biggest baby and parenting expos, MamaMagic Baby Expo is a one-stop shop for expectant moms, as well as mothers of babies and toddlers from newborn to five years old.
Equip yourself with tools and products for pregnancy and the early stages of parenthood, and health and safety information – all under one roof.
The expo aims to make your pregnancy and parenting journey as magical as possible with experts talks, specials on products, exciting competitions and live entertainment.
Where: Durban Expo Centre, 11 Walnut Road, Durban Central
Cost: R75 per adult (one adult ticket permits two kids under 10 to enter free of charge); R30 per additional child
6 to15 September: Shall We Dance 2019
The Playhouse Company and South African Dance Teachers’ Association are hosting 10 Shall We Dance shows this September. Bodily expression, dance and wonder are what you can expect from the performances, running from 6 to 15 September 2019.
You can look forward to various dance genres, including expressive freestyle numbers, elegant Latin and ballroom dance, exotic belly dancing, tap dancing, ballet, hip-hop and much more!
The shows will feature local and international dancers. Don’t miss what promises to be a world-class spectacle.
Where: The Playhouse Company, 231 Anton Lembede Street, Durban Central
Cost: R100 to R160 (20% discount for group bookings of 10 or more)