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February Festivals:

  • Prickly Pear Festival - Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.
    It is held in late February or early March every at Cuyler Hofstede farm museum near Uitenhage.
    It's a day of traditional food such as ginger beer, pancakes, potjiekos, home-made jam, a spit braai and fish braai, bunny-chow and home-made pudding.

March Festivals:

  • Lambert's Bay Crayfish Festival, Lambert's Bay - Cape West Coast. 2nd week in March.
    You can feast on fresh crayfish and get festive at rock concerts by some of South Africa's favourite musicians. There's also bungee jumping, aerial displays, a half-marathon, beer tents and more.

  • Cape Town 2 day Jazz Festival - Cape Town, Western Cape. Last weekend in March.
    It's a two-day festival featuring some 40 international and African acts performing on five stages to an audience of 15 000
  • Oppikoppi Easter Festival - Northam, North West Province. (just north of the Pilanesburg) Traditional blues  and folk. Usually a crown of 1500. (not to be confused with the Oppikoppi event in August)
  • Tonteledoos Peach Festival -  Village of Tonteledoos, 20km N.W of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. Usually in late March or early April.
  • Sedgefield Lakes Festival - Sedgefield, Garden Route. (March)
    Highlights include a coastal paragliding classic, a rock and surf angling competition, a cycling race and a Go-wild adventure race.
  • Sasol Scifest - Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Last Week of March.
    Sasol SciFest, or the National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, is held in late March in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Over seven days it features some 600 events: lectures, game drives, a laser show, workshops, sunset shows, robotics competitions, science olympics, school quizzes, interactive exhibitions, the PlayFair, field trips, talkshops and a film festival. Attendance now exceeds 35 000 visitors every year.

April Festivals:

  • Klein Karoo Festival - Oudtshoorn, Eastern Cape - Featuring up and coming artists in the arts and theatre. Has over 200 shows on 3 different stages. 

  • Philippolis Witblits Festival - Philippolis, Free State. S.West of Bloemfontein.
    This festival gets its name from the potent alcoholic spirit that is well loved in this area, known as "Witblits". Real local hospitality, authentic Afrikaner volkspele (folk games)
  • Tulbagh's Dutch Festival, Western Cape. The town is transformed into a festive carnival of street stalls and big brass bands. Predictably, being in the wineland region, food and drink are the main activities.
  • Splashy Fen Music Festival - Underberg, Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal. +/- 5th to 9th April  Mainstream and alternative rock and pop. The longest-running and most renowned annual music festival, Splashy Fen has evolved into the ultimate outdoor experience for music and nature lovers alike.

May Festivals:

  • Prince Albert Food and Wine Festival / Olive Festival, Western Cape. 2nd Week in May
    Fantastic music, food, wine and home grown festivities.
  • Cheese Festival - Franschhoek, Western Cape. New cheese makers, presentations and surprises in the Cooking Pot and hands on experiences in the Absa Cheese Theatre promise to attract food fundis and gourmets alike, to Agri-Expo’s fifth annual SA Cheese Festival.
    Bien Donné, the picturesque Boland farm between Paarl and Franschhoek, provides the perfect backdrop for a family day out in the country.

  • Riebeek Valley Olive Festival, Riebeek-Wes and Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape. 1st Week in May
    One of the highlights on the annual South African culinary calendar, the Riebeek Valley olive festival offers a variety of restaurant choices and interesting market food stalls.

June Festivals:

  • Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend - Robertson, Western Cape.  First week in June .
    Participating wineries throughout the region will be showcasing their best produce and hosting a variety of activities including cheese and olive tasting; exhibitions of local art and crafts; 4x4, quad bike, mountain bike and hiking trails; fun runs; golf and angling challenges; and a variety of live music shows. Otherwise, catch oysters paired with bubbly; petanque; themed dinners such as 'Latin American', 'Bon-Fire Potjiekos' and 'Fondue'; boat cruises and riverside picnics; and game drives. The organisers promise something for everyone — for food fundis, art & music lovers, outdoor and sporty types; for the old; and the kiddies

  • The Goatshed, Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate, Paarl. Western Cape.  First week in June . 
    Enjoy smoked salmon, fillet carpaccio, pan-fried salmon, graved lax and fillet steak paired with a range of superb Fairview wines such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot and Carignan.
  • Knysna Oyster Festival - Knysna, Garden Route.  Last week in 30th June.
    In addition to oyster braais, oyster tasting, oyster-eating competitions and other molluscular activities, there's live entertainment and lots of sporting events - cycling, running, canoeing, downhill racing and sailing.

July Festivals:

  • Franschhoek Bastille Festival, Western Cape. 16th July  + -.
    The country's finest award-winning chefs and winemakers are setting up stalls in the town centre, offering delicious fare from oysters, local and imported cheeses to charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and salmon trout from the valley, complemented by Franschhoek's fine wines.
  • The town's famous restaurants, craft shops, galleries, boutiques and food shops will be offering specials and guests will also be able to try their hand at boules, listen to musicians or shop up a storm at market stalls.
  • Grahamstown National Arts Festival - Grahamstown - 29th June, to 8th July +-.
    The National Arts Festival is one of the most important event on the South African cultural calendar, and the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent.
  • Ellisras Bushveld Festival - Ellisras, Limpopo. 1st / 2nd week in July.
    Cattle shows, a game auction, horse jumping, dog shows, agricultural activities, a three-day battle for the best 4x4 competition, a game farms expo, hunting opportunities, bird- and tree-identification competitions, boerewors and other traditional foods, a beer tent and huge camp fires.

August Festivals:

  • Ellisras Bushveld Festival - Ellisras, Limpopo. 1st / 2nd week in July.
    Cattle shows, a game auction, horse jumping, dog shows, agricultural activities, a three-day battle for the best 4x4 competition, a game farms expo, hunting opportunities, bird- and tree-identification competitions, boerewors and other traditional foods, a beer tent and huge camp fires.
  • Gariep Kunstefees - Kimberley, Free State. 30 August to 2 September  + -.
    Afrikaanse Cultural festival.
  • Stellenbosch Wine Festival, Western Cape - 3/4 &   5th August + -. 
    Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch.
    Over 400 wines from some 90 of South Africa's foremost wine cellars will be available for tasting, along with a comprehensive program of festivities, including winemakers tackling each other in cook-offs, historic tours, kiddies entertainment area, tutored wine-tastings, food, crafts and a Brandy Emporium. Entrance fee which includes a tasting glass. Bookings can also be made at Computicket.
  • Oppikoppi Bushveld Festival - Northam, North West Province. 1st week in August.
    Oppikoppi has helped establish many South African musicians' careers, but it's not for the faint-hearted. This is real bushveld: hot, dry and covered in red dust and thorn trees. Expect to shower a lot when you get home
  • Hantam Vleisfees - Calvinia, Northern Cape. Last week in August.
    Calvinia is sheep country, and this festival celebrates meat. There's meat braaied, stewed, curried, in pita, on sosaties, in potjies - you can even pick up a done-to-perfection sheep's head for a mere R30. First held in 1989, the three-day Hantam Vleisfees has a music concert, street party, vintage car rally and, a highlight for many, the Miss Vleisfees competition - a glittering affair with dinner and dancing.

September Festivals:

  • Aardklop Cultural Festival - Potchefstroom, North West Province. Last week in September.
  • Hermanus Whale Festival, Western Cape. Last Week in September.
    To mark the migration of the Southern right whales to Walker Bay at Hermanus.
  • Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show - Johannesburg - 7/8/9 & 10th September . 
    Gallagher Estate, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand, Gauteng
    Discover sensational kitchen accessories, never-before-seen gadgets and taste food from around the world. Explore over 200 exhibits from award-winning wines, foreign beers and South African spirits to delicious delicacies, fresh produce and mouth-watering masterpieces. Learn new tricks when you watch your favourite celebrity chef cook up a storm in the Chefs in Action Theatre. Wine tasting, gourmet braaing or Champagne and oysters, savour your favourite taste sensation while discovering a host of new and exciting ones.
  • South African National Gold Panning Championships, Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga.
    3rd Week in September.
    Contestants will be vying for gold nuggets as they pay tribute to our gold rush ancestors of old.
  • Woodstock Festival - Hartbeeshoek, North West Province. Near Hartbeespoort Dam.
    The largest youth-oriented music and lifestyle festival in South Africa. In addition to mainstream music, the festival offers a market of crafters and alternative lifestyle products over four days.
  • Southern Cross Music Festival - Mooi River, Kwazulu-Natal - 22nd to 25th September.
    A three-day event in Hidden Valley on the banks of KwaZulu-Natal's beautiful Mooi River.
    The performances will take place on the River Stage alongside the Mooi River, with an emphasis on blues, folk, jazz, light rock and ambience. The line-up encompasses Southern Cross favourites and newer bands. Dan Patlansky, Richard Warne, Butter, Wendy New, The Hairy Legged Lentil Eaters, Guy Buttery, Sitter,Undersound, Starplayer, Plush, Nimbus Experience, The New Academics, Josie Field, Lance Goldman and more. Free Stage on Sat/Sun.
  • Boertjie Kontreifees – Builtfontein, Free State. Agricultural festival with over 350 stalls. Usually drawing in over 20000 people. During a 4 day period. Cattle, sheep, horses, buck and lots more.
  • The Fouriesburg Asparagus Festival - Fouriesburg, Free State - Held in the last weekend of September. It offers local arts and crafts, a mountainbike challenge, a fun run, a potjiekos competition, live music, horse events and lots more.

October Festivals:

  • Afrikaanse Music Festival - Vredendal, Cape West Coast during the last week in October.
  • Awesome Africa Music Festival - Durban. 1st Week in October
    It has three stages of non-stop music, with over 200 artists from more than 20 countries. The focus is on collaboration with musicians from Africa and beyond.
  • Prince Albert Agricultural Show - Prince Albert, Western Cape. 12th to 14 October
    Join the people of Prince Albert as they celebrate their agricultural heritage at the Show Grounds. Homecrafts, art & flowers, horses on show, motorbike obstacle route, sheep and angora goat competitions, local products, delicious food - the farm breakfast and steak braai are a must, bar facilities, entertainment for young and old.

November Festivals:

  • Cherry Festival - Ficksburg, Northern Free State.
    This week- long festival offers wall-to- wall fun including cherry tasting and beauty pageants. The Cherry Festival is the oldest crop festival in South Africa and has been held annually during the third week in November.


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