When: 16 November 2019
Where to Stay: see accommodation below
Situated in the scenic panorama of the Eastern Free State, along the Highlands Route, Ficksburg is nestled between the foot of the Imperani Mountain and the banks of the Caledon River, the border with Lesotho. It boasts magnificent views of the majestic Maluti Mountains which form a backdrop which changes with the seasons, from the purple haze of summer to the snow-clad slopes of winter. But more than this, it is the cherry capital of the year, home to the Ficksburg Cherry Festival and the Cherry Jazz Festival.
The Cherry Jazz Festival is a one day event which starts in the late afternoon and carries on until the early hours of the next morning and is always held at the Ficksburg Show grounds during the month of November. It aims to promote the heritage of South Africas local talent. The cherry jazz is supported by different sponsors, showcasing international, national, provincial and local artists through whom local music lovers are introduced to the world best. It is also part of the well known Cherry Festival which is South Africas oldest crop festival, starting way back in 1967.
The aggressive marketing of the Cherry Festival has ensured that the Cherry Jazz Festival has become one of the largest annual events in the Eastern Free State and Ficksburg and that it has become a household name in South Africa. Since its inception exceptional benefits have been realized by both the local community and the community outside of the Setsoto Municipality.
For more information please contact:
The Information Office
Cherry Jazz Festival
Take the N3 to Villiers. Take exit 169 for R26/R103 toward Villiers(SUID)/Frankfort. Turn Right onto R26/R103 continue towards Frankfort. Turn Right onto R26/R34. Pass Frankfort, Once over the bridge, turn Left towards Reitz. Drive over the STOP intersection at Reitz and continue to Bethlehem. Entering Bethlehem, Turn Right onto Eeufees St / R26. Turn Left onto Commissioner St / R26, Continue to follow R26. Pass Fouriesburg, Continue to follow R26. Turn Left into Ficksburg.
Alternative route from Johannesburg
Take the N1 toward Kroonstad. Take the 394 to merge onto R76 toward Bethlehem. Turn Right onto R720 at Steynsrus. Turn Left onto R70 toward Senekal. Turn Left onto R70/N5 toward Senekal. Pass through Senekal, then turn Right onto R26. Pass Rosendal and continue on the R26. Turn Right toward Ficksburg.
Distance is approx 400 kilometres from Johannesburg to Ficksburg.
Enter the N3 toward Harrismith. Turn Left at Van Reenen Pass onto N3/R103. Continue to follow N3. Take the N5 ramp to N1 / Harrismith / Bethlehem / Bloemfontein. Keep Right at the fork to continue toward N5. Turn Left onto R74. Continue onto R712. Turn Left onto R711. Turn Left onto R26 toward Ficksburg.
Distance is approx 570 kilometres from Durban to Ficksburg.
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