Wellington’s Coon Carnival
Wellington’s “Coon Carnival” takes place on New Year’s Day in colourful, exuberant style and remains the only organised, large-scale event of its kind beyond Cape Town. Every year, after a street parade through Wellington, rival troupes gather at Boland Stadium to challenge each other with displays of virtuosity, in a well-attended contest which ensures the survival of this unique, flamboyant Wellington tradition.
Wilde Cycle Day
Come join us for the annual Wilde Cycle Day in Wellington! Now bigger and better than ever before including: • Two exhilarating and fast road routes! • Two awesome mountain bike routes • A fun ride for the kids • Kids entertainment! • Great Food! • Great Wine!
Venue: Boland Rugby Stadium, Wellington.
Details: Road: 94km / 54km; Mountain bike: 50km / 20km.
Wine Harvest Festival
At the end of the harvest, farmers and workers celebrate the success of their labours, and all the wine farms welcome the public to share in the festivities. Visitors can hop from farm to farm and take part in grape-stomping and hasty harvests, as well as blending and bottling their own wine at a three-day bash with wine, food, music and good times.
Safari Half Marathon
This is a permanent event on the athlete’s calendar. Taking place on Worker’s Day, this event has become synonymous with Wellington for a fun-filled day enjoyed by the whole family.
Date: Around 1 May
Venue: Wellington and surrounds
The oldest Chrysanthemum-growers association in the country was founded in 1918. Every year on the 1st Saturday in May, members proudly exhibit between 1500 and 2000 varieties of these gloriously colourful, locally-cultivated blooms in the Dutch Reformed Church Hall, or Wellington Town Hall. Herman Bailey, former Mayor of Wellington, is a prominent member and PRO for the association. The Society is affiliated with the National Chrysanthemum Society of London.
When it’s August and it’s wet and muddy, mountain bikers arrive in droves to tackle the exciting 65km single track event along and through all Wellington wine farms. In its 2nd year, this outdoor event is bound to grow in leaps and bounds. Come and flirt with dirt.
Venue: Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate.
Bosman Release Weekend
The Bosman family, owners of the successful Lelienfontein Vine Nursery and highly acclaimed Bosman Family Vineyard wines, will host their maiden annual Release Weekend on their farm Lelienfontein in Wellington. A cozy lounge area will be available to enjoy delectable gourmet treats with wine by the glass or bottle from the private tasting room will be on offer if the wine and canapé tasting has your tastebuds yearning for more. The Bosman Release Weekend promises to be a celebration in the 8th generation Bosman family story from vine to wine.
Date: 24 September
Time: 11h00 – 16h00
Venue: Bosman Family Vineyards, Lelienfontein, Wellington
Bainskloof Ultra Marathon
Another September event where the beauty of the 155 year old Bain’s Kloof Pass will astound the participants of this popular marathon. Come and celebrate Heritage day on one of the most beautiful national historic sites in South Africa by running the Bainskloof Ultra Marathon.
Date: 24 September
Bordienghuis Live theatre
Die Bôrdienghuis is ‘n intieme venue by die Breytenbach Sentrum in die hartjie van Wellington. Daar word gereeld vertonings aangebied wat wissel van musiek tot kabaret en drama. Die venue is ook geskik vir troues, verjaardagvieringe, klein konferensies en produkbekendstellings. Verskeie boeke is al hier bekendgestel.
Breytenbach centre for the arts
The Breytenbach Sentrum is a multi-disciplinary cultural centre that educates, create experiences and train people in visual arts, music, drama and writing. It is an inspiring place to experience art, music and drama. There is always a new show, exhibition, idea, educational or conversation taking place.
Classical Cellar Concert
Mont du Toit Kelder hosts an annual classical concert in their cellar which provides the ideal setting for an evening of placid relaxation amongst the sounds of some of South Africa’s foremost classical artists. The coming concert is titled “Monteverdi at Mont du Toit” and will be performed by the Seven talented Cape Consort Group.
Venue: Cellar of Mont du Toit Wine Estate
Time: 19:00 for 19:30 pp – includes concert, refreshments and wine.