More than 30 of the country’s top stars and local artists will be going wild in the Karoo on the Eastern Cape’s biggest and best outdoor stage over the weekend of the SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees

The family festival runs from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1. The massive festival has something for everyone, from live music to craft stalls and kiddies entertainment. Every year over 30 000 people make their way to the small Eastern Cape town of Kirkwood to celebrate some of the best food and fun South Africa has to offer.

The festival celebrates all things local – from top SA artists to artisan food creators, and exceptional crafters. Don’t miss out on the drum workshops, soccer challenge, and boerboel show!

Here are our top things to do at this year’s SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees:

1. See some of SA’s top artists live on stage

Friday’s top acts include Adam Was, Lianie May, Jay and Snotkop while Locnville will rock the Lagerville beer tent for the after-party. Saturday’s live line-up includes Thys die Bosveldklong, Nadine, Jan Bloukaas and Kurt Darren among others, while festival favourites Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels will play the night out.

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Sunday’s relaxed afternoon entertainment includes Koos Kombuis, Blackie Swart, Laurika Rauch and Adam Tas.

(For more names on the line-up, check out the website)

2. Browse over 350 stalls!

The SPAR Kirkwood Wildsfees is not just about the proudly South African artists, there are over 350 specialist craft and food stalls and one of the province’s top game auctions will also be taking place over the weekend.

3. Kids can decorate their own gingerbread biscuits in Santa’s workshop

Father Christmas and his elves will be making a special trip to the festival, and will be setting up their snowy workshop wonderland where kids can decorate their own gingerbread biscuits made from a secret traditional recipe!

Outdoor fun for the children includes Western-themed Mini Wild Wild West Pony rides and loads of other fun activities.

4. Friesian horse display, K9 unit demonstrations

Other entertainment in the weekend programme includes performances in the Vodacom Pavilion by Friesian horses, anti-poaching exercise demonstrations by the Addo Elephant National Park Ranger Corps and the police K9 unit, and a dog show featuring the recently-recognised black Boerboel breed.

5. Check out the gymnastics and yo-yo demos in the Coca-Cola fun zone

In the Coca-Cola fun zone there will be demonstrations of rhythmic gymnastics by Psyko Souljahz Kids, a yo-yo competition, the Coca-Cola soccer challenge, a kids game show with funnyman Roland Gaspar, a drumming demonstration and workshop, and a juggling demonstration and workshop.

6. Visit the Mohair tent and learn how to ‘tolletjie brei

There is little to beat the touch and feel of South African mohair. This year festival goers can look forward to a tolletjie brei station (‘French knitting’) for both kids and adults at the Mohair expo area.

Everything mohair can be found inside the Mohair tent where ten stalls will be selling carpets, jerseys, scarves and their very popular socks that festivalgoers love and know. As always the mohair tent will have somewhere for the gentleman to sit and relax while the ladies shop!


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