January is the month that proves you’ve survived another year. And with summer in full swing, you’d be better off outdoors. Jam to some epic beats or cheer on your favourite athletes at some (or all) of these awesome outdoor events.
1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate
Fashionistas, dress up! Horse racing enthusiasts, place your bets! The 156th instalment of Mzansi’s oldest horse racing event is dashing towards us at the start of 2017. Watch some of our best thoroughbreds compete for a R1 million prize then catch some amazing live entertainment spread out across numerous areas of the Kenilworth Racecourse.
When Friday 6 January 2017 – Saturday 7 January 2017, from 11 am
Where Kenilworth Racecourse, Corner of Rosemead Avenue and Wetton Road, Kenilworth
Cost R350 – R3 000 at Computicket
Contact +27 21 433 0347, lqp.co.za
2 Red Bull King of the Air
Catch this amazing international competition featuring the world’s best extreme kiteboarders. They’ll be competing against each other as well as the notorious ‘Cape Doctor’ on the windiest day between 21 January and 5 February. Participants include South African kiteboarders Andries Fourie, Oswald Smith and Ryan Sygelberg.
3 South Africa vs Sri Lanka T20
We’re sure you’ve been paying your utmost attention to the ongoing test matches between SA and Sri Lanka this week. But don’t forget about the Twenty-20 match between the two teams, taking place towards the end of this month too. It’s an event that’s sure to draw a massive crowd of cricket enthusiasts.
When Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 6 pm
Where PPC Newlands Cricket Stadium, 146 Campground Road, Newlands
Cost R200 – R250 at TicketPro
Contact +27 21 657 2050, [email protected]
4 Up the Creek Music Festival
A music festival like no other, Up the Creek offers a unique end-of-the-month getaway with 11 local acts performing on a stage built on the banks of the Breede River. And where will the audience be? On whatever can float. Bring your own lilos or inflatable tubes and chill out on the water. Or get creative and stand the chance to win the ‘Anything That Floats’ competition prize for the most innovative craft.
When Thursday 26 January 2017, 3 pm – Sunday 29 January 2017, 5 pm
Where Breede River, Swellendam
Cost R970 at upthecreek.co.za, R1 000 at the gate
Contact +27 21 510 0547, [email protected], wupthecreek.co.za
5 Origin Festival
For a totally different send-off to January, head to Origin Festival for a weekend of music, art and culture. The Origin Floor and Beats Stage are where you can jam to the best in psychedelic music, as well as techno and deep house. There’s also an art gallery and a relaxation space for yoga, easy listening and talks.