The Arnold Sports Festival hosts multi-sport festivals on six continents each year, including the Arnold Classic Africa, which takes place in Johannesburg, Gauteng, each May. The Arnold Sports Festival USA is held in Columbus, Ohio in March, followed by events in Melbourne, Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Spain. All events feature professional bodybuilding and related contests, amateur bodybuilding, strength and combat sports, a large health and fitness expo and youth events that vary from continent to continent.

"The Arnold Classic Worldwide brand is now the largest series of multi-sport festivals in the world and we look forward to making each of our Arnold Classic weekends better than our previous best," said James J. Lorimer, CEO of Classic Productions, Inc., who co-founded the Arnold Classic in Columbus with Governor Schwarzenegger.


Three years ago, four South African bodybuilding and sports enthusiasts collaborated to make the Arnold Sports Festival a reality on the African continent under the broad theme ‘My Sport, My Passion’. In partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Arnold Classic Africa affords athletes the opportunity to compete in an international competition, against participants from all continents, in Africa. Like its global counterparts, the African rendition embraces numerous sporting codes and promotes these through demonstrations, contests, record attempts and sports celebrities over three days each May.

Come and Try:

Arnold Sports Festival Africa annually presents a “Come & Try” programme for differently abled, children, parents, and pensioners who would like to partake in a specific sport or event they might be interested in.
This is a perfect opportunity to expose young children to different sports and create an interest to get active motivating a healthier lifestyle.  The “Come and Try”  programme is published in the souvenir magazine and available at no charge at the door on the weekend.  For more information and programme times of each sport or event at the ACSF visit our web page or contact the different sporting codes for more information.

Sport and Venues:

Arnold Sport Festival Africa 2019 will take place over 4 venues, Sandton Convention Centre is the main venue, where the Trade Expo will also take place, Crawford College will host some of our various sporting codes, Country Club Johannesburg will be the venue for our Golf Classic, and Ten Pin Bowling will take place at the Northcliff Bowl.


Sports & Events

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