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Liq­uid en­ter­tain­ment

The Guin­ness World Record for the long­est ride on a slip-and-slide is 611,7 me­tres (set in Jor­dan in 2015). You prob­a­bly think you can do bet­ter. Go ahead and give it a try at this year’s (the last one ever) Pe­can­wood Ok­to­ber­fest in the KZN Mid­lands, which will have a mega length of wet plas­tic avail­able. There’s lots more fun to be had, from ac­tion soc­cer and beach vol­ley­ball to 4x4 rides, gi­ant Jenga, me­chan­i­cal bull-rid­ing and gla­di­a­tor joust­ing. There’s also live mu­sic by top SA acts, whisky and

G&T gar­dens and lots of beer. And no need to go home when the day’s over, be­cause camp­ing is free

(BYO tent). Note: No un­der-18s. Tick­ets R200 pp. 20–21 Oc­to­ber. pecan­woodok­to­ber­

En­ter the rub­ber-duckie race at Robert­son’s Wine on the River, and you could win R3 000. There are boat cruises, he­li­copter flips, a new #Tasteth­eLifestyle tent and wine sa­fari, plus glamp­ing on a wine farm. 26–28 Oc­to­ber. webtick­

A stir­ring spec­ta­cle

There’s some­thing ter­rif­i­cally goose­bumpy about a large mass of hu­mans per­form­ing spe­cific ac­tions in uni­son – Olympic open­ing cer­e­monies spring to mind, as do events like the Ed­in­burgh Tat­too. The South African Tat­too re­turns this year (at new in­door venue, the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pre­to­ria) with more than 700 per­form­ers and spe­cial light­ing and vis­ual ef­fects. Ex­pect an im­pres­sive troupe of bag­pipers, drum­mers, brass bands, sol­diers, a massed choir and full or­ches­tra, High­land and Ir­ish dancers, dance groups from Switzer­land and Aus­tralia, plus our dis­tinctly lo­cal ver­sions of these (such as African drum­mers and gum­boot groups), and a few sur­prise acts. All in all, a fab­u­lous lucky packet of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment. Tick­ets R198–R498. 6–7 Oc­to­ber. sa­tat­

Up, up and away

‘Al­most ev­ery­one feels in­spired when they sim­ply lift their heads up and look,’ says In­grid Daniels of Cape Men­tal Health, which is the ben­e­fi­ciary of funds raised at the Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Kite

Fes­ti­val. Thou­sands of kites of all kinds from around the world fill the skies above Zand­vlei in Muizen­berg, among them the pop­u­lar ‘big five’: Nemo, Squid, Oc­to­pus, Red Teddy and Ber­tie the Worm. En­try R40 adults, R15 kids. 27–28 Oc­to­ber. cape­men­tal­ Many of the same kiters will be at the Eden Kite Fes­ti­val at Mo­saic Vil­lage in Sedge­field. It also of­fers kitemak­ing work­shops and food and craft stalls, plus ae­rial bat­tles, a kite bal­let, kite art ex­hibit and live mu­sic.

21 Oc­to­ber. Find it on Face­book.

A bit of ev­ery­thing

It’s got noth­ing to do with a cer­tain movie about prawn-like aliens (District 9) but it will be just as en­ter­tain­ing – the #District Global Street Fes­ti­val of­fers mu­sic, food, film and the arts, ‘like lots of dif­fer­ent fes­ti­vals con­verg­ing on the same ur­ban land­scape for one week­end’, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers. This land­scape is New­town in Joburg, and each area – from the Rum & Cigar Club and Buskers Lane to the World Cinema and Food & Wine Theatre – will have its own vibe and at­trac­tions. There will also be three stages to en­joy a mix of mu­sic, from jazz and elec­tro DJ beats to world-mu­sic acts such as Brazil­ian singer Flavia Coelho (pic­tured left), in­no­va­tive Ir­ish band Kíla, the sing­ing, danc­ing, fire-eat­ing Dhoad Gyp­sies of Ra­jasthan and our own Za­hara. Tick­ets R200 a day. 12–13 Oc­to­ber. dis­trict­fes­ti­

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