Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Durban 2018
Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Durban 2018
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Durban 2018
These parties and events are too hot to miss!! We have put together a month by month updated guide on the biggest events in Durban this 2018.
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Durban 2018

These parties and events are too hot to miss!! We have put together a month by month updated guide on the biggest events in Durban this 2018.
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Durban 2018
These parties and events are too hot to miss!! We have put together a month by month updated guide on the biggest events in Durban this 2018.

The tropical paradise city, Durban will be brought to life this 2018. With unstoppable parties and massive markets this year is one for the books. As things get hotter in the KZN the only question is, where will you choose to cool off?

Please note: This list will continuously be updated during 2018.

Don't forget to check what's happening in Durban Today and this Weekend

Quick JumpFebruary 2018I Heart Market - Summer SaleECR Kings & Queens of Comedy - ICC DurbanCelebratory Champagne BrunchComm:un / 23 February / TiMO ODVMarch 2018Natural & Organic Night MarketThree Victorious Woman High tea/luncheonDecorex Durban 2018Durban Pizza & Pasta Festival 2018 | 21 March (Public Holiday)Foam Party On IceApril 2018Deep Into Techno - Abso Sunday Funday Ft Anna (Brazil)SantanaDurban Block Party: The Wilderness Edition | 20th AprilThe Grand White Durban 2018Elysium FestivalMay 2018TOPS at SPAR Wine Show DurbanAutumn Evening Cheese & Wine SoireeP.A.C.T Doggy Walk and Family Fun DayHolistic Lifestyle FairSA Bridal Fairs Exclusive Bridal Fair at Hilton DurbanLa Lucia Mall Fine Wine Prive 2018June 2018Gin & Tonic FestivalDurban Pride After Party hosted by Lasiwe [MTVBase]July 2018Durban Gaming Expo2018 Vodacom Durban JulyFact Durban Rocks #Fact15AFC Silk & Spice fair

February 2018

February brings a celebration of love that sweeps across the KwaZulu-Natal region and the world. Valentine's Day is a big one on our calendars and this February the city of Durban are definitely showing the love.

See what Durban is up to this Valentine's Day with our guides to celebrating Valentine's Day in Durban.

I Heart Market - Summer Sale

It's the first sale market of the year, the February Summer Sale! It's also your chance to get your special someone the perfect Valentine's Day Gift. Bargains, deals and steals galore.

@I Heart Market‎

Come out and support a thriving local, independent and talented creative community and be part of the #ishoplocal movement.

ECR Kings & Queens of Comedy - ICC Durban

One of South Africa’s longest running flagship comedy brands, Kings & Queens of Comedy, returns to Durban with its biggest line-up in six years.

@KNQComedy‎

Bringing world-class comedy to Durban, this comedy extravaganza sees comic giants from around South Africa entertaining audiences at the Durban ICC.

Shining their comical armour and sharpening their witty swords, the stellar line-up includes:

  • Darren Maule (MC)
  • Annalakshmi
  • Arnotte Payne
  • Celeste Ntuli
  • Donovan Goliath
  • Glen Biederman-Pam
  • Jason Goliath
  • Joey Rasdien
  • Khanyisa Bunu
  • Leeanda Reddy
  • Logie Naidoo
  • Marc Lottering
  • Riaad Moosa
  • Rory Petzer
  • Sagie Murugan
  • Sifiso Nene
  • Guest appearance by Morgan Beatbox.

Another hilarious production brought to you by Blu Blood in association with East Coast Radio and Comedy Central.

Celebratory Champagne Brunch

The Beverley Hills are celebrating the month of romance with a sumptuous champagne brunch.

@Lorna Gourlay‎

Indulge in a selection of 4 different French champagnes and an extensive sublime brunch buffet which includes seafood and sushi.

Live entertainment rounds off this 5-star event in Elements cafe bar overlooking the dramatic Indian Ocean.

  • Cost:
    • R1200 per person
  • When: 18 February, 11am - 3pm
  • Venue: The Beverley Hills, 1 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga
  • More Info: Celebratory Champagne Brunch

Comm:un / 23 February / TiMO ODV

Comm:un – [kom-uh n] adjective. United by the love of the underground and mainstream.

@Created Equal MGMT

Come and experience an amalgamation of sound and culture at one of Durban’s top venues. Johannesburg Techno meets Durban nightlife in an explosion of frequency.

Line-Up:

  • TIMO ODV
  • Aidin Caye
  • Msizi James
  • Dj Park (Michael Parkinson)
  • Syzo
  • Hendrik Joerges
  • JayyJabs
  • DJ Carly O
  • The Governor( Roland Govender)
  • Mr Black

What promises to be a great night out and one you will remember for years to come.

  • Cost:
    • R60 - General Pre Sale (Limited)
    • R100 - VIP Pre Sale (Limited)
    • R80 - General at the Door
    • R120 - VIP at the Door
  • When: 23 February, 8pm - 4am
  • Venue: Kulture, 16 Walls Ave, Greyville, Durban
  • More Info: Comm:un / 23 February / TiMO ODV

March 2018

All along the shores of Umhlanga the citizens of Durban are partying up a storm. As masses head to popular venues, Durban has an entertainment line up that could rival the biggest cities in the world.

Natural & Organic Night Market

Roseway Waldorf School will be holding a Natural and Organic Market this March.

@Natural and Organic Market - Roseway Waldorf School‎

There will be live music, bonfires, great stalls, a variety of delicious foods, organic coffee, organic vegetables and of course good vibes!

Live Music Line Up:

  • A-Frame (Corne Meyer & Roly Struckmeyer)
  • Erin Fourie (Vocals & Acoustic Guitar)
  • Diversao Trio (Max Mikula, Max Kilroe-Smith, Logan Byrne)

There is ample safe and secure parking at a small fee that goes towards the musicians performing at this night market.

Three Victorious Woman High tea/luncheon

4th Annual Victorious Woman High tea an event not to be missed as women are transformed into outstanding leaders who can invest in their potentials and contribute more broadly in their lives on-going success.

@Thee Victorious Woman‎

They invite women in all walks of life to come an be inspired. The victorious women High tea will feature lively discussions with local leaders. There will also be live entertainment, your life will never be the same. Get up! Dress up! And Show up!

Decorex Durban 2018

A vibrant selection of inspired trends will be showcased at KwaZulu-Natal’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition.

@Decorex SA‎

Decorex Durban 2018 co-sponsored by Plascon, taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre this March. Expect to find everything decor related from modern eclectic styles to old favourites that could warm any home.

If you're renovating, needing new ideas for your decor or just wanting to stay in the know how with all things decor and lifestyle, allow Decorex to be your muse.

This year Durban Street Food Festival are teaming up with Decorex to perfectly sum up a day of entertainment and showcasing with a market designed juts for you.

While they tease your taste buds with African, Indian, Asian and other mouthwatering flavours, enjoy the sumptuous sounds of the finest local musical talent, with live musicians by day and night. This market will be selling all sorts; from crafts and clothing to deli foods and deserts effortlessly making the day to night transition while keeping you thoroughly entertained.

Durban Pizza & Pasta Festival 2018 | 21 March (Public Holiday)

Possibly one of the most anticipated events in Durban, this year they have decided to open the ticket sales early because of the huge demand from the public.

@Pizza & Pasta Festival Durban

Tickets are on sale from the 2 February this year and they are selling out fast even though the organisers are keeping quiet about what exactly they have in store.

More information will be announced soon, so please check back with us as the information is released.

Foam Party On Ice

Durban Ice Arena are opening their doors for one epic night of lights, foam and a whole lot of ice!

@Durban Ice Arena‎

This party is a family friendly affair and is carefully monitored to ensure that nobody gets hurt. Rental of skates are included in the costs.

  • Cost:
    • R90 - Skaters
    • R60 - Spectators
  • When: 24 March, 7pm - 10:30pm
  • Venue: Durban Ice Arena, Sylvester Ntuli Rd, North Beach, Durban
  • More Info: Foam Party On Ice

April 2018

The shores of Durban are filled with excitement, with an incredible entertainment line up, Durban is the place to be this April.

Deep Into Techno - Abso Sunday Funday Ft Anna (Brazil)

When the weather is still warm, there’s nothing more thrilling than sipping cocktails at one of the city’s best venues, Absolute!

@Absolute

Absolute loves public its holidays and will be showcasing a unique blend of quality house and techno sounds from start to finish with Huge International Beauty ANNA! With a newly revamped venue and outside deck, they are transforming it into a sophisticated elegant sundowner experience.

Santana

Santana will be returning to South Africa in 2018 performing in Cape Town on 11th April 2018 at Cape Town Stadium (intimate configuration), at the Durban ICC Arena on Friday the 13th, and Johannesburg on Sat 14th April at the Ticketpro Dome.

@Big Concerts

On stage he will be joined by none other than Mango Groove who will only be making an appearance in Jozi and Cape Town.

  • Cost: TBA
  • When: 13 April, 8pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue: Durban ICC, 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban
  • Full Event Info: Santana

Durban Block Party: The Wilderness Edition | 20th April

Are you ready to party like you have never done before? Then this one is for you, this massive block party.

@New School Productions‎

Organisers are remaining silent about what exactly this party entails, but it has created quite a buzz of excitement around it. Details are to be released soon, so check back with us to find out more.

The Grand White Durban 2018

The Grand White event celebrates its 5th Anniversary in 2018 with an impressive entertainment program. You will be surprised.

@The GRAND WHITE SA

A new improved online seating plan helps you to get your preferred seating in advance. Book your seats now! Spend an extraordinary afternoon and evening together with friends and family, at a secret location in your city. Come dressed all in white!The Grand White will without a doubt become known as one of the most prestigious events once again in 2018.

An event where you arrive as strangers and leave as friends! During the afternoon and evening, the guests will enjoy each other's company, delicious food, live music, speeches, comedy, entertainment and much more that promises an unforgettable event.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or purchase them for collection at the event. Liquor Policies will be released later in time depending on City of Durban liquor license granted.

Elysium Festival

The word Elysium has many meanings. Majority of them all depicting a vision of paradise and beauty. It could also mean a place where certain heroes depicted by the gods, would go in the afterlife.

@OneLove Productions‎

Elysium festival is no different. Nestled in the iron hills of the Mkomazi valley, Hella Hella truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Situated right on the banks of the Mkomazi river, Hella Hella has so much to offer the people that go there. From trail walks, hikes,fishing and canoeing. Activities are endless in the area.

This is why they have chosen this special place to gather and bring to you, what is sure to be one of the best electronic music experiences of your lives. OneLove productions soul function and purpose is to bring you the best electronic acts from around the country, and to do it in a safe, beautiful and like-minded environment.

DJ Line Up:

  • Hippie Mafia
  • Abra
  • Tersius
  • Psydewise
  • Tystix
  • trogon
  • Nick Grater
  • Dub Defect & Nia Blaw
  • Dirty Disco Kid
  • Dan Scot
  • Chris Palmer
  • Jahmanji
  • Abramelin
  • Kabi
  • Defuse
  • Bionic
  • Dreama
  • Tank Girl
  • Double Story
  • Thalia
  • The Hoova Machine Kit
  • Click here to see the full DJ Line Up.

All that is left for you the festive goer to do, is arrive, pitch a tent and party your little socks off.

  • Cost:
    • R200 - Phase 1 Early Bird (Limited to 100)
    • R250 - Phase 2 (Limited to 200)
    • R300 - Phase 3 (closes 26 April)
    • R350 - Gate Prices
    • R150 - Sunday Funday
  • When: 27 - 29 April, 12pm - 3pm
  • Venue: Hella Hella Rd, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Full Event Info: Elysium Festival

May 2018

May might be bringing cooler weather to the rest of the country, but Durbanites can enjoy the tropical Durban temperature all year round.

Don't forget to check out what Durban has planned for Mother's Day this May.

TOPS at SPAR Wine Show Durban

Welcome to WINEderland, proudly poured by TOPS at SPAR. Bringing the best barrels to South Africa.

@TOPS at SPAR Wine Show‎

TOPS at Spar is a community that comes together to enjoy all the finer things in life. Enjoy a day out in the sun with good company and great wine.

  • Cost:
    • From R140 - R495
  • When: 3-5 May, From 5pm
  • Venue: Suncoast Blv, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Autumn Evening Cheese & Wine Soiree

Support Saint Giles Organisation for the Disabled and join them at a fun evening of music, cheese and wine.

@Saint Giles Durban‎

Join Saint Giles for an evening of sophistication and amazing wines. There will be snacks available that perfectly pair with your wines.

  • Cost:
    • R185 Per person
  • When: 4 May, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue: Morningside Sports Club, 132 Hollander Crs, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

P.A.C.T Doggy Walk and Family Fun Day

Show your support for Doggy Walk and Family Fun Day for PACT- The Phoenix Animal Care and Treatment Centre.

@Cindene Sheasby‎

This day is for the animals and those humans who behave like animals. Enjoy walking your dog and making new friends in a furry friendly environment where you are doing your bit for charity.

  • When: 5 May, from 6am
  • Venue: Park next to La Lucia Mall, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Holistic Lifestyle Fair

The Holistic Lifestyle Fair invites you to a fun filled family day out that will leave you feeling re energised and rejuvenated.

@Holistic Lifestyle Fair KZN‎

Have your aura cleansed or your angel cards read and know whats in store for your future. Take advantage of the scrumptious food available for sale or peruse the stalls for unique treasures, self help books and all things holistic. This day out is for the entire family and promises something for everyone.

  • Cost: FREE
  • When: 6 May, 10am - 3pm
  • Venue: Dhs Old Boys, 20 Gainsborough Dr, Athlone, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

SA Bridal Fairs Exclusive Bridal Fair at Hilton Durban

The exclusive Hilton Hotel invites you to a fashion expo unlike any other, this one is for the brides to be, the mother in-laws and of course the groomsmen.

@SA Bridal Fairs‎

Get inspired for your big day or find the perfect co ordinator who shares your dream wedding vision. This day will help soon to be couples in their journey down the isle.

  • Cost:
    • R40 - Per person Online
    • R50 - Per person at the Door
  • When: 27 May, 10am - 3pm
  • Venue: Hilton Durban, 12-14 Walnut Rd, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

La Lucia Mall Fine Wine Prive 2018

Celebrate South Africa’s finest wines at this exclusive wine tasting event where you will get to experience wines from 50 of SA’s premier wine estates in an exquisite setting complete with light canapes, and the opportunity to chat with the winemakers themselves.

@La Lucia Mall‎

In its 7th year of success, this is a night not to be missed by any KZN wine enthusiast.

  • Cost:
    • R185 pp
  • When: 31 May, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue: La Lucia Mall, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

June 2018

As autumn arrives, the city of Durban pulls out all the stops to bring you non stop fun and entertainment.

Gin & Tonic Festival

The Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival is back for yet another unforgettable day out in the picturesque Chris Saunders Park.

@Fitch & Leedes

They are really excited to once again be partnered with the internationally award winning Fitch & Leedes range of bespoke mixers. Fitch & Leedes is the ultimate in mixers. Delicately carbonated, finely balanced and infused with the world’s finest flavours.

Choose between a G&T taster or a handcrafted, perfect serve G&T poured by our mixologists and bartenders, accompanied with fresh garnishes. Tasters starts from R12,50.

Don't forget to grab your limited edition branded Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival glass and a Rate Your Gin leaflet upon arrival. You can use this leaflet to guide yourself through the festival and to rate your gin experience as you go.

TIP: Don’t forget to get your leaflet stamped at each different gin bar.

Hand in your completed leaflet to the Token Stand to stand a chance to win a years worth of Gin and Tonic. Please note tickets are limited so get yours early to avoid disappointment.

  • Cost:
    • R140 - Early Bird
    • R160 - Pre Sale
    • R180 - On the Day
  • When: 2 June, 11am - 8pm
  • Venue: Chris Saunders Park, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Durban Pride After Party hosted by Lasiwe [MTVBase]

After a day out celebrating sexual preferences surrounded by like minded folk filled to the brim with humanity, we cannot think of a better way to end it than with the Durban Pride After Party.

@Tamatiso Entertainment‎

On this special day they will also be celebrating Ndisoh Tamatiso's birthday, along with some of his closest friends.

Line Up:

  • Mandisa Nduna [She is King]
  • Kim Mbingo
  • Freshboy Candy
  • DJ Lesoul
  • Dj Boni
  • DJ Ugin The Musikal Frik
  • DJ Biskit
  • DJ Lobzin
  • DJ Khekhe
  • Weza Nash
  • DJ Smash
  • Mazz & Luee
  • More TBA

Come out and party like you have never done before, everything is alot more fun when covered in glitter!

  • Cost:
    • R60 - Early Bird (Available beginning of June)
    • R100 - General Access
    • R200 - VIP (Limited)
  • When: 30 June - 1 July, 7pm - 6am
  • Venue: Urban Lounge Durban, 101 Pine St, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

July 2018

July means one thing for the coastal city of Durban the annual Durban July, however there is plenty to do after races in Durban for the month of July.

Durban Gaming Expo

East Coast Radio House & Garden Show in association with N-Tech Computers present the first ever Durban Gaming Expo.

@N-Tech Computers‎

DGE will be held during the House & Garden Show from the 5 – 7 July 2018. The aim of the event is to increase awareness and promote growth amongst the computer gaming community of Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as to expose people to the benefits of computer gaming and IT related technology in a comfortable, enjoyable and safe environment.

DGE is a multi-genre gaming experience and competitive scene set in Durban. DGE will be following Mind Sports South Africa international Rule sets for all competitively played games.

There will be approximately 150 Seats available for 2018's event, Competitive Games being played are as follows:

Official Games:

  • CounterStrike: GO, (5v5)
  • DotA 2 (5v5)· FIFA ’18 (1v1)
  • HearthStone (1v1)
  • Overwatch(6v6)
  • Rocket League (1v1)(2v2)(3v3)

Unofficial Games:

  • Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG
  • League of Legends
  • Battlefield 1

If gaming is your thing you definitely do not want to miss the opportunity to take on some of the best in the industry at the Durban Gaming Expo.

  • Cost: Ticket Booking opening soon!
  • When: 5 - 7 July, 8am - 12am
  • Venue: Walnut Rd, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

2018 Vodacom Durban July

Television has brought great sporting events right into the living rooms of homes around the world but there is still no substitute for being right there, right in the thick of things, to experience the sights and the sounds and, above all, the adrenaline rush that comes with live action.

@The official Vodacom Durban July

On Saturday, 7 July the adrenaline will be flowing like water among the massive crowd expected at Greyville Racecourse in Durban for the running of the R4.25 million, Grade 1, Vodacom Durban July, the greatest racing, fashion and entertainment extravaganza on the African continent.

On that day Greyville and its surrounds will be teeming with people and vehicles and the best way to avoid being held up in queues of people and cars is to secure entrance tickets early.

The parking area on the Golf Course can only take a set number of cars and only this number of Parking Tickets will be sold. If you do not have a Parking Ticket for this area please do not attempt to access this area as Parking Tickets for this area will NOT be sold on Vodacom Durban July day.

  • Cost:
    • R170 - Golf Course Parking (Online Only)
    • R176 - DSTV General Racecourse Entry
    • R220 - General Racecourse Entry
  • When: 7 July, 10am - 10pm
  • Venue: Avondale Ave, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Fact Durban Rocks #Fact15

Fact Durban Rocks have believed for a long time that SA talent would become as good, or even better at drawing crowds to events, as international artists have in the past.

@Fact Durban Rocks‎

Last year July they proved it with FACT July selling out even with international artist competition on our doorstep. They can’t take the credit for this because it is their #FactFans that vote with their money and they keep voting more and more every year.

The artists who have been confirmed for this July’s event is nothing short of SA’s best in Hip Hop, House and Kwaito.

Line Up:

  • Cassper Nyovest
  • AKA
  • Gemini Major & Da Les
  • DJ Tira
  • Riky Rick
  • Duncan
  • Okmalumkoolkat
  • Sphe & Naves
  • Black Motion
  • Babes Wodumo
  • Big Nuz
  • Naak Musiq
  • Kwesta
  • Lvovo
  • Sox
  • Culoe De Song
  • Distruction Boys
  • Shimza
  • DJ Cleo
  • Junior De Rocka
  • DJ Fisherman
  • Cndo
  • Dream Team
  • DJ Gukwa and Prince Kaybee

You MC's for the night are Vuzu’s Dash and the one and only Somizi. Great brands like Amstel, Hunters, RedBull and Jagermeister have supported local artists with them over the years and they appreciate the support again this year.

All food and drinks are sold on site as well as ice. Empty Cooler Boxes and deck chairs are allowed but not under any structures like dance floors and VIP areas.

  • Cost:
    • R200 - General Area
    • R800 - VIP Marquee
  • When: 7-8 July, 6pm - 6am
  • Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

AFC Silk & Spice fair

A unique event that is hosted and managed by a ladies committee with all stall holders and patrons being strictly females only.

@Al Falaah College‎

The lavish venue is fully air conditioned with brightly decorated displays of items on sale will surely put patrons in the mood to shop in comfort and leisure!

NB: Strictly females only
  • When: 28 July, 9am - 5pm
  • Venue: Al Falaah College, 99 Lotus Rd, Durban
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Remember that we will be updating this guide weekly, so don't forget to check in with us to see what Durban has in store for 2018!

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