We have been jumping over gutter-rivers in Cape Town, fighting fires in Grahamstown, freezing our knackers off in the Karoo and gulping down hairballs of dry air in Gauteng for the past few months. But that crabby old sadist Winter has had it’s fun with us and Spring has come to bail us out. Once again, it is safe to leave the house. And because your thawing brain can probably think of nothing more inventive than taking a drive round the block, we’ve consulted the country’s top events listings site and done the work for you.

UJ Sundowner Concerts
Free hour-long classical music concerts every Monday night until December.
Where: University of Johannesburg Arts Centre
When: Mondays, 17:30 - 18:30.

Blu Bird Whole Food Market
Organic food from a variety of stalls, with picnic areas. BYOB (In this case - Bring your own basket).
Where: Atholl Oaklands, off Corlett Drive.
When: Every Sunday

Western Cape
Darling Wild Flower Show

The West Coast is resplendent once a year with wild flowers. Darling, in the heart of it all and just a couple of hours drive from Cape Town, is the perfect vantage point.
Where: Darling, you can’t miss it.
When: 21 – 23 September

Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus is famous for two things: Whales and drunk school-leavers. September is safe from the latter – they are still sweating over Matric exams – and a perfect time to see the former.
Where: Hermanus
When: 24 – 28 September


Poetry Africa Festival

Thirty poets from twelve countries will participate in the festival, with performances, readings and book-launches every evening. Google 'Poetry Africa Festival' for more.
Where: Several venues in Durban.
When: 29 September to 4 October

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