“O’zapft is” at The Crater at Sun City this October

As the mayor of Munich taps the first barrel at the Schottenhamel Tent, crying “O’zapft is” (It’s open), the famous Oktoberfest celebrations start and are set to overflow to venues across the globe, including Sun International’s flagship resort, Sun City.

This Spring, visitors to the resort can look forward to its annual Oktoberfest celebration. Think sunny days, warm nights, a spectacular lineup of shows and entertainment, enticing food and Bavarian beer in abundance. This is one folk-fest not to be missed.

Opening and entertaining throughout the Oktoberfest at The Crater, Sun Central, is the Rock of Ages band, which will rock the socks off visitors throughout the festivities, with classic rock numbers and other jovial jingles. Sharing the stage with them is the Dixie Hillbillies. Known to generate overwhelming responses from their audiences with their very unique folk-rock music and excellent lyrics, this band will have guests swaying along.

Guests can get into the Bavarian spirit by suiting up in Trachten (traditional attire for the festival), with men sporting the suspendered leather trouser “lederhosen” and woman the traditional “Bavarian Dirndl”.

Celebrations take place on 30 September and 1 October and again on 28 and 29 October. Those on a Saturday start at 12h00 and finish at 22h00 and will see celebrators dancing to the music made by the Dixie Hillbillies and Rock of Ages. The Sunday sessions start at 12h00 and end at 18h00 with entertainment by the Velvet Sounds Oompah band. Velvet Sounds specializes in German Carnival and Beer Feasts and features vocals, a trumpet, a saxophone, a tuba, a trombone and congos. With their performances of original German songs, marches and waltzes from “Munchen” and “Sneewltzer” to “Beer Barrel”, “Schonemaid” and many more, no foot shall be seen not at least tapping along to their festive song. 

Oktoberfest forms part of Sun City’s Memorable Moments campaign which runs until the end of the year in celebration of the new season. Memorable Moments features a spectacular lineup of shows and entertainment such as Oktoberfest, Super Sokkie, Diwali and Halloween as well as value added accommodation packages, enticing food promotions and thrilling gaming promotions. Sun International’s legendary Sun City remains one of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations for both local and international travelers. Only an hour and a half drive from Pretoria, the newly revitalised Sun City has a diverse offering that combines a choice of action-packed entertainment options for all ages, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature.

Sun City offers choice of accommodation: The Palace is a five-star hotel offering grand African luxury; the five-star Cascades offers secluded luxury, the four-star Soho is the resort’s ‘always-on’ Vegas style hotel, and the three-star Cabanas provides contemporary, island-style accommodation. The resort’s timeshare offering, Sun Vacation Club, boasts self-catering accommodation with a choice of exciting amenities.

There are riveting leisure experiences for all ages from thrilling water rides at the Valley of Waves and action packed water sports at Waterworld, to supervised children’s workshops, adrenalin pumping activities at Adrenalin Extreme and a host of entertainment at the newly upgraded entertainment hub, Sun Central, which also houses the South African Hall of Fame. Sun City is home to over 30 restaurants to try, from casual and family eateries to fine dining.

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