Nelson Mandela Bay annual events: See what's on

  • 17 April 2014 | By Kolosa Vuso

Port Elizabeth, the Friendly City, hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Make sure to diarise these ones: 

Splash Festival

A sunny day at Hobie Beach. Image courtesy of flowcomm 

Almost approaching its 25th anniversary, the Splash Festival is annually met with enthusiasm and excitement by locals and visitors. The three-day festival is jam-packed with local entertainers, Easter egg hunts, beach volleyball, boat racing and all-round fun things to do with the family.

The event takes place around the Easter holidays.

Where: Hobie Beach

More info: http://www.soulgood.co.za/

IRONMAN South Africa

iron man south africa

An entrant cycles away. Image courtesy of mike barwood 

IRONMAN South Africa sees thousands of endurance sport enthusiasts migrating to Hobie Beach, where they are challenged by a 3.8km sea swim course, a 180.2km bicycle ride and a 42.2km marathon – all in less than 17 hours. Do you think you have what it takes to complete the only such event in Africa? Read this six-month basic training programme if you are thinking about entering the race.

This year it was held on 5 and 6 April.

Where: Hobie Beach:

More info: http://www.ironmansouthafrica.com/

The Port Elizabeth Muck Run

muck run port elizabeth

Fun is the name of the game. Image courtesy of Zports Event Management

With the motto “Come as you are and get as dirty as you like”, fun is definitely the name of the game. This 5km fun run offers a muddy bush obstacle course, and also available is a 2km kids’ version. Prepare for dodgy bush terrain, teamwork and all-round entertainment.

When: 10&11 May 2014

Where: Bushpig Adventures

More info: http://www.zports.co.za

Petrolhead Paradise Moto Show

st croix motor museum

Vintage cars are shown at the St Croix Motor Museum

The name is a dead giveaway for what’s in store at the moto show. Typical of any grand motor lifestyle show, visitors are taken to automotive heaven with a range of vintage and high-end cars and bikes on show.

When: 14-17 June 2014

Where: Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre

More info: Best of the Bay

The Rhino Run Port Elizabeth

First hosted last year at Crossways Farm Village, the Rhino Run is not only a way to take a stand against rhino poaching, but also a great way to get away from city life and experience amazing trail runs. You can choose between the 6km, 12km and 22km trail run.

When: 22 September 2014

Where: Crossways Farm Village

More info: Best of the Bay or the Rhino Run website

The Herald First Choice Kids & Baby Expo

Fun at the expo. Image courtesy of Harwood Promotions

Dedicated to parents, teachers and families with children aged between 0-12 years, the The Herald First Choice Kids & Baby Expo is dubbed the Eastern Cape’s biggest indoor family event. Strategically diarised during school holidays, expo goers are treated to the best in wellness and nutrition, entertainment, arts and craft, entertainment and a whole lot more.

When: 3 - 5 October 2014

Where: Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre

More info: The Herald First Choice Kids & Baby Expo Facebook page

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