Much like many other parts of South Africa, the arrival of summer creates an air of excitement and expectation in Nelspruit. Our summer months are long and some days are quite intense, making them just perfect for that afternoon siesta, which is something that you should definitely treat yourself to when you are in our town on holiday.

October marks the start of summer, with the daily temperatures already in the low to mid 30s, and the summer rains will soon make their eagerly anticipated arrival. October also marks the slow wind down to the end of the year and many Lowvelders are already getting into that holiday mood. At this time of year there are quite a few social events and things that you can do, so if you find yourself in our neck of the woods this October, here’s a gig guide of sorts for you to indulge in.

8th of October – Octoberfest @ Ngodwana Dam

Outside of the village of Ngodwana, sits the Ngodwana Dam, which this year will play host to a bush fun run and an Octoberfest event. The good times will get underway at 7:30 am, before the sun gets harsh, with the 5km fun run, and after that is the beer festival. This is the perfect event to attend if you have children, and the drive is not all that far from Nelspruit, so you can easily make a day of it. The fun run will cost R30 per person or R100 for a family of 4, while entry to the Octoberfest will cost R70 per person.

9th of October – The Food Market

Food lovers prepare your taste buds for a treat! The new monthly Food Market is happening on the 9th at Casterbridge and you will be able to find all sorts of locally made food including pickles, jams, preserves, cheeses, honey and produce…did anyone say yummy?

15th of October – The Vintage Car Fest

Up the mountain village of Kaapsehoop, the Volkswagen Vintage Car Fest is going to take place once again. The event has become an annual one and it attracts some really beautiful and outrageous cars. The festival starts at 10 am, outside of Bohemian Groove Café and the dress code for this year is Flowa Powa. There is no entry fee.

29th of October – TOPS at SPAR Lowveld Octoberfest

If you are in town at month end, you are just in time for Nelspruit’s biggest beer festival, the TOPS Octoberfest! This year it is taking place at Mbombela Stadium and it is gearing up to include a massive variety of beers and authentic German food. You can also look forward to an oompah band, German games and competitions. The event starts at 12 pm and it will cost you R150 to enter.

30th of October – Uplands Christmas Festival

Get your Christmas shopping done early by visiting one of the most popular Christmas festivals in the area. Here you can shop local in a big way, ensuring that you get unique gifts for your friends and family, while also helping out our local economy.

To make the most of your October visit to the city, make sure that you book your Nelspruit accommodation at Nelspruit Lodge. Let us be your home away from home.

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