The following events are an indication of the diverse and interesting functions and entertainment taking place in Pietermaritzburg on an on-going basis.  Participation and spectator interests range from mountain bike racing, triathlons and tennis tournaments to antique fairs, business-to-business networks and choir competitions.

January  July
February August
March September
April October
May November
June December

Annual sporting events, festivals and outdoor shows draw visitors to the city every year and there is something different on offer every month.

2014 Annual Events





13-15 February

Duzi Canoe Marathon

Camps Drift

Mary Moore
033- 394 9994

7 - 9 Febuary

Midmar Mile

Midmar Dam

086 164 3627

23 February

Weekend Witness
PMB Marathon


John Hall
033 3423284

23 March

Hobbies Fair

Baynesfield Estate

Eleanor Schofield
033 251 0001

02 March Hospice Easter Fair Hospice House

033 3441560


CSA National
MTB Series Event

Cascades MTB Park

Alec Lenferna
033 343 3442


Rocky roads UCI
MTB World Cup

Cascades MTB Park

Alec Lenferna
033 343 3442

17-21 April

Splashy Fen

Splashy Fen Farm

Pedro Carlo
031 563 0824
082 892 6176

 18-21 April 

Padsa Easter Soccer Tournament

Northdale Protea Sports Grounds

Indran Pillay
033 355 1789
084 703 7032


KZN CSA All Africa Challenge

Royal Show Grounds

Alec Lenferna
033 343 3442

4 May

Music in May

Baynesfield Estate

Eleanor Schofield
033 251 0001

18 May

Cars in the Park

Alexandra Park


082 782 9640

23 May – 1 June

Royal Show


RAS Office
033 345 6274

1 June

Comrades Marathon


Comrades House
033 897 8674

21-25 May

Nashua Art in the Park

Alexandra Park

Msunduzi PMB Tourism
033 345 1348

26 May French Cocktail Party Tatham Art Gallery Glen Flannagan
082 6779 997
  The Witness Bridal Extravaganza RASG Gail
082 445 2577
031 7851874

3-13 July

Grahamstown National
Art Festival


Festival Office
046 603 1103

2 September Save Cash & Carry Orion Race Protea Sports Center Tony
084 583 8989
16 August The Witness Capital Climb   Tony Morrison
083 374 9502/
031 327 2963
02 September Engen Challenge Alexandra Extension NCF(Church) Tony
084 5838989

Last weekend of August 2013

Nedbank Eston Show

Beaumont Eston
Farmers Club

082 953 7911

  Midlands 100 Miler Winterton Country Club John Hall
033 3456875
Last weekend of August Wildsfees Voortrekker High Sch Mr Kreg
082 874 0877
Not available anymore India Trade Expo RAS 083 782 2531

24 August

Spar Weekend Witness Ladies Race

The Oval- PMB

033 3410790

18 – 21 Sep

Natal Witness Hilton
Art Festival

Hilton College

College Theatre
033 383 0126

October every weekend Witness Open Garden
Show Grounds
The Witness Gail 0824452577
033 3551111

19-21 September

Sunday Tribune
Garden & Leisure Show


RAS Office
033 345 6274

04 October  Golden Horse Festival of Lights Golden Horse Casino Vanessa Foxon
033 3958000
12 October MTN Amashova Durban Classic Cycle Race PMB - DBN Melissa
031 3128896
07 November Community Chest Charity Golf Day Maritzburg Golf Club Colleen Walsh
033 3941031
  Gold Circle Weekend Witness Charity Challenge Scottsville Racecourse Val
033 3453405


Powerade Triple Challenge

Max Cluer

033 3457 075
082 7760 435

UCI Mouintain Bike Masters World Championships

UCI Mouintain Bike Masters World Championships
2013 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships!

We look forward to welcoming the worlds best riders to The Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg in August for what promises to be a truly memorable competition.


Golden Horse Casino
Tel: 033 395 8500
Fax:: 033 395 8100  
Location: Scottsville
Details :  
Our goal at the Golden Horse is to offer our customers value for money with exciting social, educational activities and responsible gaming in a professional environment that will meet our customers expectations
The Unlimited Non Stop Dusi

 This tough endurance event sees paddlers cover 120km in one day!  It starts at sunrise in Pietermaritzburg and finishes in Durban at sunset.  Many top paddlers take part in this event which is held annually in February.



Comrades Marathon

 First run in 1921, in memory of the men who had fallen in the Great War, this grueling 88km challenge, held mid-year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, is recognized as one of the world's great ultra distance events.  The start and finish alternate each year. 2 June 2013 - Pietermaritzburg - Durban 



The Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon

The oldest canoe marathon in Africa, and one of the toughest on the International calendar, it involves three days of paddling and portaging from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.  


Midmar Mile

 Held every February on the Midmar Dam, it attracts more than 10 000 entrants in a variety of categories.  Recognized as the world's largest inland swimming race.

Cars in the Park

A national draw card for anyone interested in wheels - from vintage steam vehicles to Ferraris, from Formula One to American classis fishtails.  Held in Alexandra Park every May.
19 May 2013 - Fred Rascher ,


Royal Show

 An agricultural and community jamboree for the whole family, it is the largest event of its kind on the eastern seaboard.  The program includes everything from home industries produce and champion livestock to show jumping and pop concerts.  Held in the Royal Show grounds during May/June. 24 May - 2 June 2013

Garden & Leisure Show

 A must for garden lovers.  Held in September or early October to coincide with the city's Open Garden season.

Hilton Drama Festival
 The Natal Witness Hilton Arts Festival was started in 1993 and aims to bring the pick of South African theatre to KZN for three days. Local theatre, music, craft and visual arts are also included in the programme. There are nine performance venues as well as a number of venues used exclusively for theatre and music related workshops.  Held in October, it includes theatre and cabaret staged by the country's top talents.

Spar Weekend Witness Ladies Race

Spar ladies RaceEntries are now available for the SPAR Weekend Witness Ladies’ Race, which takes place in Pietermaritzburg .For the more social runners, the event attracts like-minded women and is used as a wonderful opportunity for team-building. And of course, a chance to get out there and exercise socially with friends and family.




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