The Best Festivals in the Cape in 2024

Winona Griggs

The Best Festivals in the Cape in 2024

Hey there! Are you ready to have an amazing time? Well, I’ve got some fantastic news for you. I’ve rounded up the 30 absolute best festivals happening in the breathtaking Cape region in 2024. No matter what you’re into, whether it’s art, culture, food, or music, there’s something here for everyone. So, let’s dive in and discover your next unforgettable festival experience!

First things first – where do you want to go?

The West Coast

Wolfie Familie Festival

Where: Citrusdal, Cederberg
When: March 8th to 10th, 2024
What’s it all about? Don’t let anyone tell you that festivals are only for grown-ups. The Wolfie Familie Festival is the perfect family-friendly event! Grab your camping gear, bring the kids, and make your way to the beautiful banks of the Olifants River. You’ll enjoy three days filled with river activities, music, crafts, games, and sports. Plus, you’ll get to sleep under the twinkling stars and create some unforgettable family memories. There’s something for everyone, from secret sunrise discos and family yoga sessions to mesmerizing fire shows, stargazing adventures, and cozy bonfires. The festival offers a fantastic lineup of entertainment, including pop-up theater, a talent show, magic performances, a young entrepreneurs’ market, dress-up parades, a fun park, and even an animal garden. And if you’re in need of some relaxation, you can pamper yourself at the wellness spa.
Good to know: You have options when it comes to accommodation. You can bring your own camping gear, opt for pre-pitched tents, or choose to stay in one of the luxurious glamping camps available.
Cost: Prices start at R950 per adult and R750 per child for BYO camping.
Contact: If you have any inquiries or want to book your tickets, feel free to reach out at 076 017 4905 or drop an email to howl@wolfie.co.za.
Venue: Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal

Experience the Fantastic Darling Brew Winter Festival

Hey there! I’ve got some exciting news for you. Have you heard about the Darling Brew Winter Festival? It’s an incredible event happening in Darling in July 2024 (official date to be confirmed). Let me tell you all about it!

Imagine a festival that celebrates the beauty of winter with the perfect drink in hand – dark and delicious craft beers. It’s not just any craft beer festival; it’s the famous “Stoute” Stout Festival. At this festival, you’ll get to taste and savor season-appropriate dark beers from amazing local craft brewers, including the renowned Darling Brew. They have an impressive selection, like their tantalizing Black Mist and the award-winning Arrowhead Russian imperial stout. Yum!

But wait, there’s more! It’s not just about the beer; it’s about the whole experience. Picture yourself grooving to fantastic music while enjoying your favorite brew. Sounds like a dream, right? Plus, there will be food stalls and a cash bar with other drink options. And here’s the cherry on top: your first festival beer is on the house. Cheers to that!

If you’re worried about what to wear to match this cool vibe, don’t stress. Dust off your leather jacket and slip on your trusty tackies (that’s South African lingo for sneakers), and you’ll fit right in with the festival crowd.

Oh, and did you know that Darling Brew hosts even more amazing events throughout the year? In May, they have a thrilling mountain-biking event. Then, in August, they organize an exhilarating trail-running event. And for those who love a good market, they have a weekend-long Spring Market that you won’t want to miss.

If you want more information or have any questions, you can get in touch with Darling Brew at 076 092 8313 or shoot them an email at shop@darlingbrew.co.za.

The festival takes place at the Darling Brew Taproom, located at 48 Caledon Street. It’s the perfect venue for the ultimate winter festival experience.

So mark your calendars, get ready for the Darling Brew Winter Festival, and prepare to have a blast like never before!

Riebeek Valley Solo Studios

Where: Riebeek-Kasteel + Riebeek-West
When: August 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
About:

These beautiful neighboring villages in the Swartland are brimming with talented artists who graciously open their studios to art enthusiasts and admirers once a year. The entire valley comes alive with exhibitions, guided art walks, cultural events, film screenings, talks, concerts, special dinners, wine tastings, and the delightful allure of cozy coffee shops, boutiques, and vintage stores. It’s important to book in advance as availability is limited.

Contact:

Call Klaus at 074 209 6838 or email klaus@solostudios.co.za for more information.

For accommodation, contact 022 001 0096 or email riebeekvalley@swartlandtourism.co.za.

Venue:

Various venues throughout the towns with the festival hub located at 34 Main Street.

Hopefield Fynbos Show

Where: Hopefield
When: 29 August – 1 September 2024
The lowdown: Every spring (since 1989), the whole town of Hopefield comes together to create and manage this incredible fynbos display. They collect plant specimens from the surrounding areas and showcase them in one indoor venue, similar to London’s Chelsea Flower Show. You can explore the exhibit and learn about over 500 different plant species. But that’s not all! There are also local craft and food stalls, a braai and beer tent, a tea garden, live music, sheep-shearing demonstrations, and even tractor rides. It’s a fun-filled event for the whole family!
Contact: 063 406 0421, info@hopefieldfynbos.co.za
Venue: Hopefield Sports Club, Koperfontein Road (and other venues)

Clanwilliam Wildflower Show

Cederberg Travel

Where: Clanwilliam
When: Late August to early September 2024 (dates TBC)
The inside scoop: Each year, Clanwilliam and its surroundings burst into a colorful spectacle. The “Blommekerk” (flower church) hosts a special show where more than 400 species of freshly plucked wildflowers, including rare proteas, are expertly arranged to showcase the outstanding natural beauty of the region. You can also enjoy guided walks at Ramskop Nature Reserve and Clanwilliam Dam, as well as a range of other activities, from traditional “riel” dancing and art exhibitions to exploring the rooibos route and savoring delicious treats from the food stalls, like mouthwatering “roosterkoek,” pancakes, and homemade goodies.
How to get in touch: You can contact the event organizers at 027 482 2024 or via email at cederberg@lando.co.za and bookings@clanwilliam.info.
Venue: The DR Church, located at 41 Main Street, will be the main venue, but there are also other locations for the festivities.

Blomme & Bubbles

Where Paternoster
When 6 – 8 September 2024
The lowdown Let me tell you about an amazing event that’s happening in Paternoster from September 6th to 8th, 2024. It’s called Blomme & Bubbles, and it’s a weekend festival that celebrates cap classique, which is a type of South African sparkling wine. You don’t want to miss out on this! Here’s what you can expect: tasting stations at different venues where you can sample wines from legendary South African wineries like L’Ormarins, Ken Forrester, Creation, Pierre Jourdan, and more. And that’s not all! The whole village will be alive with excitement. There will be live music, flower crowns, markets, art exhibitions, and special wine pairings at local restaurants. It’s going to be a blast! If you’re interested, you can contact the organizers at wines@paternosterwinelounge.co.za. The main venue for the festival is the Paternoster Wine & Tasting Lounge, located at 54 St Augustine Road, but there will be events happening at other venues too. So mark your calendars and get ready for a weekend filled with flowers, bubbles, and lots of fun!

Darling Wildflower Show

Hey there!

I’m excited to tell you about an incredible event happening in September 2024. It’s called the Darling Wildflowers Exhibition, and it’s an absolute must-see! Here’s everything you need to know:

Where: Darling
When: Third week of September 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
The lowdown:

Before you plan your trip up the coast to see the beautiful spring flowers, make sure to stop by the Darling Wildflowers Exhibition. This indoor botanical display is absolutely stunning and showcases the amazing diversity of flora in the region. You’ll get to see these beautiful plants up close and learn their names, which is a fantastic opportunity for nature enthusiasts.

While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the market filled with delicious snacks, scones, local produce, and even indigenous plants. You can also enjoy some lively music and check out the Classic Car Show, which is sure to be a treat for car enthusiasts.

If you’re interested in exploring more of the area, there’s a convenient hop-on, hop-off bus that will take you to various must-visit venues in town. You can sample some local wines, try craft beer, and discover other exciting displays at the Wildflower Reserve and Duckitt Orchids.

Contact:

If you have any questions or need further information, you can reach out to the organizers at 068 151 5692 or via email at darlingwildflowers@gmail.com.

Venue:

The main venue for the Darling Wildflowers Exhibition is the Darling Museum, which is located at the corner of Hill and Pastorie Streets. However, there are also other venues you can explore during the exhibition.

Proudly Porterville Art Weekend

Where I’m heading to Porterville
When I’m going at the end of September or early October in 2024 (dates still to be confirmed)
The scoop I’m so excited to tell you about this amazing creative route in Porterville! It’s filled with over 30 talented artists and 10 venues, all within walking distance of each other. You’ll find a wide range of art forms, from woodwork and mosaics to ceramics, jewelry, and paintings. The best part is that you can visit the artists in their studios, participate in workshops, watch demonstrations, and explore exhibitions that pop up all around this charming mountain town. And that’s not all! You can also enjoy a picnic concert under the stars, grab a drink at the beer garden, try out delicious food from local vendors, and shop at the community market. Trust me, this is an event you don’t want to miss!
Cost The best part is, it’s completely free! (except for the concert)
Contact If you have any questions, just give them a call at 022 931 3732 or send them an email at events@bergriviertourism.co.za
Venue The main venue is at Cowshed, located at 35 Frank Street, but there are also other venues you can explore.

Rocking the Daisies

Where Get ready for an unforgettable experience in Darling
When Mark your calendars for October 2024 (dates still to be confirmed)
The scoop Rocking the Daisies is an iconic three-day music festival that South Africa is proud of! It’s been around for a long time because it knows how to adapt and stay in tune with the latest trends. You’ll find four stages, multiple dance floors, and an incredible lineup of both local and international talent, including solo artists, bands, and DJs. No matter what kind of music you’re into, there’s something for everyone. But wait, there’s more! You can also enjoy art installations, interactive experiences, lifestyle pop-ups, delicious food and drinks, a beach area next to a dam, and cool camping options. It’s the perfect festival vibe that you won’t want to miss out on!
Good to know Keep an eye out for ticket sales starting around April. Also, please note that this event is only for those aged 18 and above.
Contact If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to hello@rockingthedaisies.com
Venue The festival takes place at the Cloof Wine Estate, located on Mamre Road (R315)

Paternoster Beach Fest

Hey there! I’m excited to tell you about the amazing Paternoster Beach Fest. It’s a super fun event that takes place in the beautiful coastal town of Paternoster.

Picture this: white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and a vibrant atmosphere filled with music, laughter, and delicious food. That’s what you can expect at the Paternoster Beach Fest!

This festival has something for everyone. Whether you’re a foodie, a music lover, or just looking for a great time, you’ll find it here.

Let’s start with the food. Paternoster Beach Fest is a foodie’s paradise. From fresh seafood caught right off the coast to mouthwatering local delicacies, there’s a wide variety of dishes to satisfy your taste buds. And the best part? You can enjoy all this amazing food while soaking up the sun on the beach.

But it’s not just about the food. The Paternoster Beach Fest also features live music from talented local artists. Imagine sitting back, listening to great tunes, and feeling the ocean breeze on your face. It’s an experience like no other.

And if you’re looking for some adventure, you won’t be disappointed. You can take part in exciting water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Or you can simply relax on the beach and watch the waves roll in. It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature.

There’s something magical about the Paternoster Beach Fest. It’s a place where people come together to celebrate life, let loose, and have a blast. So mark your calendar, pack your sunscreen, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. I guarantee you’ll have a whale of a time at the Paternoster Beach Fest!

Where: I’m taking you to Paternoster, a beautiful fishing village with a stunning stretch of white sand. It’s the perfect place for a thrilling beach sports showdown. You can expect touch rugby, soccer, hockey, cricket, and netball competitions for both junior and senior teams. And if you’re up for a challenge, don’t miss the “Fittest on the Beach” CrossFit event.

But wait, there’s more! If you’re not into the competitive side of things, there are plenty of other coastal activities to enjoy. Take a horse ride along the beach, go on an e-bike or beach buggy adventure, or embark on a boat trip or kayaking excursion. There’s something for everyone.

And that’s not all! As you soak up the sun and enjoy the games, you can treat yourself to some delicious food from our cool food trucks. Find a cozy spot in the beer garden and enjoy live music while browsing arts and crafts stalls. This festival is the perfect way to kick off summer!

Cost: The best part is, entry to the festival is completely free! However, there may be entry fees for teams participating in the sports competitions.

Contact: For more information about the festival or to register your team, you can contact the organizers at 074 283 5474 or sport@paternosterbeachfest.com.

Venue: The festival takes place at the Main Beach on Strandloper Street. It’s the heart of all the action!

The Winelands

Discover the Magic of the Franschhoek Literary Festival

If you’re a book lover like me, you know there’s nothing quite like getting lost in the pages of a great story. That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about the incredible Franschhoek Literary Festival — a truly magical experience that brings together readers, writers, and thinkers from all over the world.

The Franschhoek Literary Festival, or FLF as it’s affectionately known, is a celebration of words, ideas, and creativity. Every year, this enchanting event takes place in the picturesque town of Franschhoek, nestled in the breathtaking mountains of South Africa’s Western Cape. The festival attracts a diverse range of authors, both local and international, who come together to share their stories, insights, and perspectives.

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One of the key highlights of the FLF is the diverse program of events. From intimate book launches and panel discussions to thought-provoking debates and literary workshops, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned bookworm or just dipping your toes into the world of literature, you’ll find activities that will capture your imagination and ignite your literary passions.

But the FLF is not just for avid readers — it’s also a platform for aspiring writers. The festival offers workshops and masterclasses led by acclaimed authors, providing invaluable opportunities for budding wordsmiths to learn, grow, and refine their craft. Whether you dream of writing the next great novel or simply want to improve your storytelling skills, the FLF has something to offer you.

But it’s not all serious talk and writing workshops. The FLF also knows how to have fun! The festival hosts an array of social events, including gourmet food and wine tastings, live performances, and even a literary-themed party. It’s a chance to connect with fellow book lovers, explore the culinary delights of the region, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Franschhoek.

So, if you’re looking for a truly enriching and exhilarating literary experience, mark the Franschhoek Literary Festival on your calendar. Immerse yourself in the world of words, discover new authors, and let your imagination soar. The FLF is a celebration of the magic that happens when stories are shared, and I guarantee you’ll leave feeling inspired, enlightened, and with a few new books to add to your reading list. See you there!

Where Franschhoek
When May 17-19, 2024
The scoop Calling all book lovers, poets, and creative souls! Franschhoek is transforming into a hub of literary magic for a whole weekend. This incredible event brings together talented authors, both local and international, along with publishers, poets, and all the bookworms out there. Brace yourself for an enthralling line-up of over 80 events that will get your brain buzzing with inspiration.
What’s happening Get ready to dive into captivating debates, discussions on current trends and the state of the nation, and mesmerizing book readings. You can even participate in writing workshops to sharpen your own literary skills! And that’s not all – there will be music concerts, film screenings, gourmet food, and fine wines to indulge in. With venues just a stone’s throw away from each other, you can immerse yourself fully in this literary extravaganza as the town’s streets come alive with words.
Don’t miss If you have little ones, don’t fret! Before the main event, there’s a special Reading Festival designed especially for children. They can enjoy spellbinding storytelling, puppets, word games, mascots, and more. It’s an enchanting experience for young bookworms.
How to reach out If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to drop an email to hello@flf.co.za. They’ll be more than happy to assist you.
Where to go The festival will be taking place at various venues spread throughout the town. Keep an eye out for the literary magic happening all around you!

Nuy Valley Festival

Where: Worcester

When: May 2024 (dates to be confirmed)

The lowdown: Hey there! I want to tell you about this super cool event called the Nuy Valley Festival. It’s an awesome experience for the whole family, filled with delicious country food and the best of the valley’s wine and olive harvest. Here’s the exciting part: you get to hop on the “Nuy Valley Express,” which are tractors with wagons that will take you on a fun ride through the beautiful vineyards and olive groves. And guess what? The festival happens at different estates along the way, so there’s always something new to discover! You can join trail-running and mountain-bike races, enjoy live music, explore market stalls, and have a blast with different activities for kids. Sounds amazing, right? Now, just in case you’re not familiar with the Nuy Valley, it’s this breathtaking piece of land nestled between Worcester and Robertson, and it’s the perfect backdrop for all this excitement!

Contact: Give them a call at 084 245 3922 or shoot them an email at info@nuyvalleyfeast.co.za.

Venues: The festival takes place at various estates in the valley.

Christmas in Winter

Guess what? You won’t believe the incredible winter wonderland awaiting you at Tulbagh on the 29th and 30th of June 2024. It’s going to be a Christmas like no other, complete with the perfect holiday atmosphere, twinkling lights, and mouthwatering festive goodies. And who knows, there might even be snow!
Don’t Miss Out! Tulbagh’s historic Church Street will be transformed into a festive haven, adorned with charming stalls and beautiful decorations. But the fun doesn’t stop there! The welcoming farms in the valley are ready to give you a warm embrace, making this experience truly unforgettable. You can treat yourself to a delightful array of cheese, olive, chocolate, and wine tastings. And why not hop on a panoramic tractor ride to soak in the breathtaking views? Oh, and don’t forget to join the Winterland Blues festival at The Bike Forge for a night of festive partying! As you relax by the roaring log fires, you’ll discover a winter paradise unlike any other.
Get in touch now! Don’t hesitate to contact us at 023 230 1348 or admin@tulbaghtourism.co.za for more information about this extraordinary event. We’ll be more than happy to provide you with all the details you need. The venues in and around town await your arrival, ready to offer you an experience you’ll cherish forever. Trust us, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

Guess what? I’ve got some exciting news for you! There’s an incredible festival happening in Stellenbosch that you won’t want to miss. It’s called the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, and it’s going to be epic! This festival takes place from July 5th to July 14th in 2024, so mark your calendars now!

What makes this festival so special is that it’s not just about performances – it’s an opportunity for students to receive coaching from top-notch professionals while sharing the stage with them. You’ll get to experience 10 days of absolutely beautiful music, with a mix of familiar tunes and new or rarely heard pieces.

Each day of the festival ends with a breathtaking concert, featuring works from Mozart to modern-day composers. You’ll be blown away by the talent of the virtuoso soloists who come from all over the world to perform. And that’s not all – the last three nights of the festival are full symphony concerts led by guest conductors. It’s going to be a musical extravaganza!

But wait, there’s more! The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival isn’t just for passive listeners. You can also be a part of the action by attending masterclasses, rehearsals, and “In Conversation With” lectures. Imagine getting up close and personal with some of the brightest stars in the classical music world. Plus, there will be lunchtime recitals by renowned musicians that you won’t want to miss.

Now, I know you’re probably wondering how to get in on this incredible experience. Well, it’s simple. Just contact the festival organizers at 021 808 2343 or via email at info@sicmf.co.za. They’ll be happy to provide you with all the information you need to make the most of this festival.

The festival takes place at the stunning Endler Hall, located at Stellenbosch University on Neethling Street. The beautiful setting adds to the overall magical atmosphere of the event. You’ll be surrounded by the enchanting sounds of music while being immersed in this vibrant location.

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. It’s an experience like no other, and I guarantee you’ll leave with a heart full of music and memories to last a lifetime.

Oh, and there’s more!

If you’re still craving more festival fun, then you’ll love the Franschhoek Bastille Festival. This incredible event takes place nearby and offers even more excitement. It’s the perfect way to continue your festival adventure and explore all that the area has to offer.

Hey there! So, guess what? I just found out about this awesome event called Annerkant Die Berg, happening in Franschhoek in mid-July 2024. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

Let me give you the lowdown on what this festival is all about. It’s a celebration of the “French corner” of the Cape, and it’s been rocking the calendar since 1993. Get ready for a fantastic time filled with delicious food, fine wine, and loads of French flair. Oh, and did I mention the carnival fun? Yeah, there’s a lot of it!

When you step into this festival, you’ll be greeted by market stalls, lively buskers, and crazy contests to keep you entertained. And if you’re up for some fun, why not try your hand at boules? It’s a game that’ll keep you hooked!

Now, the best part: the wines! Franschhoek is famous for its wines, and you’ll have the chance to taste them all. And while you’re sipping on that delicious wine, make sure to take in the stunning scenery of the picturesque valley. It’s a feast for the eyes!

Oh, and here’s a fun twist – make sure to dress up in your best red, white, and blue attire. It’ll add to the festive spirit and make you feel like a part of the celebration!

If all of this sounds like your kind of party, then go ahead and mark it in your calendar. The festival takes place along Huguenot Road (the main street), at the Town Hall, and other venues. So, gather your friends and get ready for an unforgettable time!

Contact details: If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to reach out to the organizers at 066 224 6360 or drop them an email at info@franschhoek.org.za. They’ll be more than happy to assist you!

When In July 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Where In the beautiful town of Rawsonville
What’s Happening This event is called Breedekloof Wine Valley Festival, which means “over the mountains”. It’s a celebration of the fantastic wine and the close-knit community in this lesser-known but equally amazing wine valley. The festival offers a wide range of activities and experiences that highlight deliciousness in all its forms. You can indulge in a luxurious 5-course dinner, attend themed feasts, go on a barrel-tasting safari, or simply enjoy artisan bread, soup, and wine (or even chocolate soup with port!). For those feeling creative, there are workshops where you can make your very own red blend. If you’re an adventurer, you can join exciting MTB fun rides. And don’t worry, there will be carnivals at some of the estates to keep the kids entertained.
What You Need to Know It’s important to note that you need to book tickets for the specific events you want to attend, as there is no general festival pass available.
How to Get in Touch If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact the festival organizers at 023 349 1791 or email them at info@breedekloof.com.
Where It’s Happening The festival takes place at various venues in the Breedekloof, along the R101 (just off the N1 highway).

Experience Stellenbosch, the Wine City

Location: Stellenbosch
Date: July 30th – August 4th, 2024
An Overview: Come and join me in Stellenbosch, the heartland of South Africa’s wine scene, for an incredible week-long celebration of all things grape! This bustling festival offers an array of exciting grape-related experiences including guided tastings, wine blending workshops, farm walks, terroir tastings, winemakers’ dinners, and live music shows. You’ll have the chance to delve into the history and essence of the esteemed wineries and get acquainted with their latest offerings. Plus, there are fantastic restaurant deals that you won’t want to miss out on. On August 2nd and 3rd, the official Stellenbosch Wine Festival will take place at the historic Town Hall, where you can indulge in over 200 exquisite wines and savor delectable dishes prepared by renowned local chefs.

Indulge in the Taste the Tradition Festival

Welcome to the Robertson Valley, a truly magical place in the heart of the Boland. Here, we believe in taking things slow and easy, and our festivals reflect that laid-back and welcoming spirit. If you’re looking for a taste of springtime in the countryside, mark your calendars for September 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed) and join us for a “heritage-inspired” weekend.

During this special weekend, you’ll have the chance to indulge in a variety of delightful activities. Start your day with a leisurely and bubbly brunch, followed by traditional South African braais. Bring the whole family along and enjoy fun-filled days together. Take your taste buds on an adventure with vineyard wine-tastings and creative wine pairings. And for a truly memorable experience, join us for intimate winemakers’ dinners held in our underground cellars.

But it’s not just about delicious food and wine. The great outdoors beckons with a range of exciting activities. Lace up your hiking boots and explore scenic trails, or hop on a horse and go for a leisurely ride through the countryside. Embark on a game drive and spot fascinating wildlife, or take a relaxing boat cruise on the beautiful Breede River.

It’s important to note that each event during this weekend is priced individually, so you can choose the experiences that appeal to you most. If you have any questions or want to book your spot, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 076 162 9176 or email us at manager@robertsonwinevalley.co.za.

The festival will take place at various venues in Robertson, Bonnievale, Ashton, and McGregor. Each location offers its own unique charm and atmosphere, ensuring a truly unforgettable weekend for all.

Don’t Miss the SA Cheese Festival

Hey there! If you’re a cheese lover like me, then I’ve got some exciting news for you.

Get ready to mark your calendars because in September 2024 (dates to be confirmed), the beautiful town of Stellenbosch will be hosting an incredible event just for us – the cheese festival! This festival is all about celebrating South Africa’s cheese-making industry, and trust me, you won’t want to miss it.

Picture this: thousands of fellow cheese enthusiasts gathered together for a weekend of pure indulgence. From delicious cheeses to fine wines, craft beers, and even gin, you’ll have plenty of options to pair with your favorite cheeses. It’s a food and drink lover’s paradise!

And it’s not just about eating and drinking. The festival will also feature live demos, foodie events, and an amazing marketplace where you can find artisanal products. Plus, there’s Gourmet Lane, a culinary haven where you can explore a variety of gourmet foods.

But wait, there’s more! This festival isn’t just for adults. There will also be music concerts and a carnival-style theme park to keep kids of all ages entertained. It’s a family-friendly event that promises fun for everyone.

If all of this sounds like your kind of party, you won’t want to miss out. Make sure to mark your calendars and keep an eye out for the official dates. You can find more information and contact details at info@cheesefestival.co.za.

So get ready to indulge, have fun, and make some cheesy memories at the Stellenbosch Cheese Festival. I’ll see you there!

Garden Town Stellenbosch

Where: Stellenbosch
When: Late October, early November 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
The scoop: Spring in Stellenbosch is truly magical. The lush greenery, blossoming oak trees, and vibrant flowers create a breathtaking sight. During this 10-day festival, you have the opportunity to explore beautiful private gardens as well as iconic public and wine estate gardens. The event also offers a range of garden-related activities such as workshops, guided walks, stunning flower sculptures, a magnificent flower parade, and captivating botanical art exhibitions. And of course, you can indulge in Stellenbosch’s renowned food and wine pairings throughout the festival.
Contact: 021 886 4310, info@visitstellenbosch.org
Venue: Various venues in Stellenbosch and the surrounding areas

Franschhoek Open Gardens

Hey there! I want to tell you about something really cool happening in Franschhoek. It’s called the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, and it’s a fantastic way to experience the breathtaking scenery and landscapes of this beautiful place.

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Picture this: you grab a treasure map and set off on an adventure to explore twelve absolutely enchanting gardens. From small village gardens to sprawling wine estates, each stop on your journey will be more spectacular than the last.

As you make your way through these magical gardens, you’ll have the chance to indulge in some delightful activities. How about enjoying a lovely tea and some scrumptious scones on the lush lawns of La Cotte? And if you’ve got a green thumb, you can even take home some plants to add a touch of nature to your own space.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Franschhoek experience without some bubbly! So while you’re strolling through these amazing gardens, why not savor a glass or two of sparkling wine? And if you’re feeling fancy, you can even do a wine-tasting at a couple of the stops.

Now here’s the best part: all the proceeds from this fabulous event go to the Fleur de Lis Home for the Aged. So you get to enjoy a day filled with beauty, fun, and delicious treats, all while supporting a great cause.

If this sounds like your kind of thing, mark your calendar for early November 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed). And don’t forget to get in touch with the organizers at fhkgardens@gmail.com or give them a call at 073 535 0007 for more details.

The festival takes place at various venues in and around Franschhoek, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore this charming town and its surroundings.

Imagine this: it’s early December 2024, and you find yourself in the beautiful town of Franschhoek. The festive season is just beginning, and there’s a fantastic event happening called the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival. This festival is a celebration of the best South African and French bubbles, and you get to experience it in a glamorous garden-party setting.

At the festival, you’ll have the opportunity to taste cap classiques from over 20 local producers. You can also enjoy sipping on Champagne by the glass or bottle. And to complement all the delightful drinks, there will be pop-up food stalls offering a range of delicious treats, from frites to chocolate and oysters. It’s a day filled with pure indulgence.

It’s worth noting that this event is for adults only, as no under-18s are allowed. So, gather your friends or loved ones, and get ready for a fabulous day of bubbly bliss.

If you’re interested in attending the Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, you can contact the organizers at 066 224 6360 or franschhoekevents@franschhoek.org.za. The festival will be held at the Huguenot Monument on Lambrechts Road.

Now, let’s switch gears and explore another exciting event happening in the Overberg region.

Welcome to the Overberg

Up the Creek

Picture this: it’s February 8-11, 2024, and you’re near Swellendam, experiencing the magic of the Up the Creek music festival. This summer festival has been rocking the river for over three decades, and it’s back after a three-year hiatus.

The festival takes place on the banks of the picturesque Breede River, and it promises an unforgettable weekend filled with top bands and incredible vibes. With four stages and over 50 acts, there will always be something amazing happening. So grab your inflatable crocodile or flamingo and let the music carry you away throughout the entire weekend.

Some of the awesome artists performing at Up the Creek include Jeremy Loops, Good Luck, BCUC, Springbok Nude Girls, Congo Cowboys, and Zebra. With a lineup like this, you know you’re in for a wild ride.

Just to keep you informed, this event operates on a cashless system, so make sure to come prepared. And like the previous festival, Up the Creek is an adults-only event, so you must be over 18 to attend.

If you’re itching to join the fun at Up the Creek, you can get in touch with the organizers at caitlin@redhotevents.co.za. The venue for this epic festival is Up the Creek Camp, located 13 km after Felix Unite on the Malgas/Infanta road off N2.

Classics For All Festival

Hey there! I’m excited to tell you about the Classics For All Festival happening in Greyton and Genadendal from 10 to 12 May 2024. It’s a fantastic event that brings together talented musicians and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

This festival is all about great music and heartfelt hospitality. Over the course of three days, the festival hosts 10 concerts in the beautiful Moravian churches of both towns. The acoustics there are simply amazing! You’ll have the chance to enjoy performances by both local artists and well-known rising stars.

What’s great about this festival is its no-frills format. It’s all about the music and the experience. There’s no need to worry about fancy decorations or over-the-top productions. Just pure music enjoyment in a relaxed setting.

Between concerts, you’ll have the opportunity to cozy up beside a warm log fire and indulge in comfort food and wine. It’s the perfect way to keep your energy up and enjoy the festival to the fullest.

If you’re interested in attending, you can contact the festival organizers at 028 254 9414 or send an email to info@classicsforall.co.za. They’ll provide you with all the necessary details and answer any questions you may have.

So mark your calendars and join us at the Classics For All Festival in Greyton and Genadendal. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Elgin Railway Cool Wine Festival

Where Elgin
When May 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed)
The scoop The Elgin Valley is known for its outstanding cool-climate wines, including pinot noir, chardonnay, malbec, and merlot. Experience the best of these wines at the Art Deco Railway Market, a charming steampunk-style venue. This weekend festival offers a unique opportunity to savor a wide variety of wines from renowned wineries like Paul Cluver, South Hill, Oak Valley, and Almenkerk. In addition to the wine tasting, you can also indulge in a selection of gourmet foods from local artisanal producers and enjoy live entertainment that adds to the vibrant atmosphere.
Insider tip: Want to take your experience to the next level? Hop aboard a vintage steam train and enjoy a scenic journey through the picturesque Elgin Valley.
Contact For more information, call 021 204 1158 or email info@elginrailwaymarket.co.za.
Venue Elgin Railway Market, Oak Avenue

Discover the Arts in Hermanus

Let me tell you about Hermanus, a place that comes alive with creativity from 7 to 17 June 2024. It’s a magical event that celebrates art in all its forms – painting, music, writing, cooking, and even performances. And the best part? It coincides with the beginning of whale season!

Get ready for a jam-packed program that will blow your mind. You can watch captivating theater shows, listen to live music from all genres, explore incredible art exhibitions (they even add new sculptures to the Cliff Path every year), attend interesting talks, and participate in workshops. Not to mention the fantastic food and wine experiences that will leave your taste buds craving for more. Oh, and did I mention there are plenty of activities for children too?

If you want to join in on the fun, all you have to do is contact the organizers at 060 957 5371 or send an email to admin@hermanusfynarts.co.za. They’ll give you all the details you need. The festival takes place in various venues throughout the town, so you’ll get the chance to explore different places and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Wine, Whales & Music

Hey there! Let me tell you about this amazing event happening at the De Hoop Nature Reserve near Bredasdorp. It’s a weekend gathering that’s all about enjoying the finer things in life, set in one of the best spots for whale-watching along our coast. Sound interesting? Keep reading!

So, when is this happening? Mark your calendars for June 21st to June 23rd, 2024. It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend, I promise!

Now, let me give you the lowdown on what you can expect at this special event. The program is filled with fantastic activities like live music, wine and cheese tastings, gourmet dinners, and fascinating guest speakers. But the real showstoppers? The whales, of course! You’ll have the opportunity to go on gentle excursions in nature, like a boat cruise or bird walk. Imagine having a picnic breakfast on the dunes or enjoying a relaxing high tea under the trees. It’s going to be a nature lover’s dream!

Here’s what you need to know: When you buy a ticket, your accommodation is included. You can choose to stay in rondawels, cottages, or suites. And the best part? Food, beverages, music, and most events are also included. It’s a package deal that’s hard to resist. Just keep in mind that any optional activities will have separate charges.

If you’re interested in attending this fabulous event, you can reach out to the organizers at 021 442 4522 or send an email to res@dehoopcollection.co.za. They’ll be happy to provide you with all the details you need.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your spot at the De Hoop Nature Reserve event and get ready for a weekend filled with incredible experiences. See you there!

Silver Mountain Music Festival

Where: The Silver Mountain Music Festival takes place in the beautiful Grootvadersbosch Valley, near Swellendam.
When: The festival is typically held in June 2024, although the specific dates are yet to be confirmed.
What’s it all about: Picture a secret valley and a enchanted forest, bathed in music. That’s what you’ll find at the Silver Mountain Music Festival, a wonderful event organized by the renowned conductor, Richard Cock. Each year, the festival revolves around a different theme and showcases the incredible talent of South Africa’s finest musicians. But it’s not just about the music – the festival also celebrates the natural beauty of the region, which is known for its rich biodiversity. Guests can indulge in wine and brandy tastings, take enchanting forest walks, discover local arts and crafts, attend author talks, and explore fascinating farm experiences.
How to get in touch: For more information, you can contact the festival organizers at 079 335 0269 or send an email to info@silvermountainmusic.co.za.
Venues: The festival is held at various venues in Grootvadersbosch, Swellendam, and the surrounding area.

Hermanus Whale Festival

When October 26 – 29, 2024
Where Hermanus
The Scoop Get ready for a whale of a time! The Hermanus Whale Festival is back for its 32nd year, and it’s the best time to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures. This festival transforms the whole town into a vibrant celebration, with something for everyone to enjoy. From colorful street parades to live music at Gearings Point, art and craft tents, delectable food and wine, and exciting sports events – there’s a buzz of excitement in the air!

The Highlight Brace yourself for the mesmerizing Eco-Marine Tent, the heart of the festival. Dive into a world of marine wonders with interactive exhibits, captivating films, and enlightening talks by marine biologists and experts. Explore the vibrant ocean displays that will transport you to an underwater paradise. Challenge your knowledge and discover the wonders of our oceans. It’s an educational experience like no other!

The Cost Entry fees for the events are priced individually to suit your preference and interests. Enjoy the festival at your own pace and pick the activities that ignite your curiosity the most.

Get in Touch You can contact the festival organizers at 066 478 0081 or send an email to festival@hermanuswhalefestival.co.za for any questions or inquiries you may have. They’ll be delighted to assist you.

The Venue The festival takes place at various venues in and around the charming town of Hermanus. Explore the nooks and crannies of this picturesque location while immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring festival atmosphere.

Discover Elgin Open Gardens

Welcome to Elgin Open Gardens! I’m excited to share with you the wonderful experience awaiting you in Elgin, a charming town nestled in the heart of nature.

Elgin Open Gardens is a unique event that gives you the opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of this beautiful place. When you visit Elgin during this special event, you’ll have the chance to stroll through a variety of stunning gardens that have been carefully curated just for you.

As you walk through each garden, you’ll be greeted by an array of vibrant colors, captivating fragrances, and breathtaking landscapes. This is an incredible chance to immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and witness the wonders that spring forth from the earth.

Whether you’re a seasoned plant enthusiast or simply someone who appreciates the splendor of nature, Elgin Open Gardens has something for everyone. It’s an event where you can reconnect with the natural world, breathe in the fresh air, and marvel at the incredible diversity of plants and flowers that thrive in this region.

Imagine standing among towering trees, feeling the cool breeze on your face, and hearing the gentle whispers of nature all around you. The gardens of Elgin have a magical way of transporting you to a place of tranquility and wonder.

Apart from the chance to explore these enchanting gardens, Elgin Open Gardens also offers a unique opportunity to meet passionate gardeners who are eager to share their knowledge and answer any questions you may have. This is an ideal occasion to learn new tips and tricks, discover different plant species, and gain insights from experienced gardeners.

As you plan your visit, make sure to check the schedule of events. Elgin Open Gardens often hosts workshops, demonstrations, and talks by gardening experts that provide further insight into the world of gardening. These events give you the chance to delve deeper into the art of cultivating plants and creating your own personal oasis.

So, mark your calendar, grab your walking shoes, and prepare yourself for an awe-inspiring adventure in Elgin Open Gardens. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, connect with like-minded individuals, and let the wonders of these gardens awaken your senses. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and with a newfound appreciation for the art of gardening. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience – Elgin Open Gardens awaits you!

Guess where I’m planning to go in late October or early November of 2024? Elgin-Grabouw! Let me tell you all about it.

During those dates, a magical event takes place. I like to think of it as a secret garden extravaganza. It’s called Elgin Open Gardens, and it’s something truly special. On two weekends in early summer, a bunch of amazing properties like private farms, country houses, and wine estates open up their stunning gardens for everyone to enjoy.

Oh, and let me tell you, these gardens are something else. Each one has its own unique design, beautiful water features, and outdoor artworks. It’s like stepping into a fairytale land. Some of these spots even have plant sales, so you can take home a piece of the magic with you. Others offer fun activities like croquet or have lovely picnic spots where you can relax and enjoy a delicious tea and cake or even sip on some wine while taking in the picturesque surroundings.

And the best part? Elgin Open Gardens takes you on a delightful day drive, uncovering hidden gems along those country roads you usually just fly past on the N2. It’s a perfect opportunity to slow down, soak in the beauty of nature, and discover new places that will leave you in awe.

But it gets even better. Your visit not only brings you joy but also supports local charities. Proceeds from Elgin Open Gardens go towards helping those in need in the community. So, you get to have an incredible time while making a difference – talk about a win-win!

If you’re as excited about this as I am, you can get more information by contacting 021 844 0154 or emailing info@elginopengardens.co.za. They’ll be happy to provide you with all the details you need.

All in all, Elgin Open Gardens is an event that fills my heart with joy. It’s a chance to connect with nature, explore beautiful gardens, and contribute to a great cause. So mark those dates in your calendar because this is one experience you won’t want to miss!

See you there!

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Where Elgin-Grabouw
When Late October, early November 2024 (dates TBC)
The lowdown Each year, over two weekends in early summer, several properties – private farms, country houses and wine estates – open up their blooming beautiful gardens to visitors to enjoy. Each has its own special delights, design, water features and outdoor artworks. Some offer plant sales, activities such as croquet or picnic spots, as well as tea and cake or wine and snacks to enjoy in scenic surroundings. It’s probably one of the loveliest day drives you’re likely to take, discovering hidden gems down those country roads you usually whizz past on the N2. Proceeds go to local charities.
Contact 021 844 0154, info@elginopengardens.co.za
Venue Various venues in the Elgin Valley

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Poetry in McGregor

Hey there! McGregor is a magical little village that feels like it’s tucked away in a secret corner of the world. It’s a place that captures your heart and ignites your imagination – especially if you’re an artist. And guess what? McGregor is home to a fantastic festival that celebrates the power of words, called Poetry in McGregor.

Picture this: you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes while listening to captivating poetry recitals. The festival even has a cool competition where talented poets explore a different theme each year. So, if you’re curious about things like the sound of water or the sensation of touching the wild, you’re in for a treat!

But that’s not all – there are also open mic sessions, book launches, art exhibitions, and workshops to discover. And of course, we can’t forget about the delicious food and drinks that McGregor has to offer. It’s a festival that nourishes both the soul and the stomach!

If you want to experience the magic of Poetry in McGregor, mark your calendars for November 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed). Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this enchanting event. For more information, you can reach out to the festival organizers at 023 625 1908 or marketing@poetryinmcgregor.co.za.

The Garden Route

Knysna Speed Festival

Rev your engines, because Knysna is revving up for a heart-pumping event – the Knysna Speed Festival! If you’re a fan of all things fast and furious, this festival is tailor-made for you.

Imagine witnessing jaw-dropping races on a thrilling 1.9km hillside track. You’ll see drivers from all skill levels zooming by in an exciting array of vehicles, from supercars and sports cars to modified street cars and vintage classics. Last year, there was even a bakkie in the mix – how cool is that?

Classic Car Friday is a crowd favorite, where both drivers and spectators dress up in fabulous vintage outfits. Keep your eyes peeled, because you might just spot some famous racing drivers and celebrities too!

If you want to get up close to the action, head over to the Fan Fest at Knysna High School. You’ll have the chance to check out the vehicles, indulge in delicious food and drinks, and enjoy other exciting activities. Plus, there’s even pit access or grandstand seating available for an upgraded experience.

Here’s a fun fact: the current record on the course is a mind-boggling 34 seconds, achieved by Andre Bezuidenhout in 2022 while going at a heart-stopping speed of 200km/h! Now that’s some serious speed.

The festival takes place from 2nd to 5th May 2024. The daily ticket costs R160, or you can grab a pass for all four days at R400. Children under 12 get in for free – yay for family fun! If you’re looking for a VIP experience, you can also choose from various lounges starting at R3,000 per day.

For more information about the Knysna Speed Festival, you can contact the organizers at 044 382 7500 or drop them an email at info@speedfestival.co.za. Start your engines and get ready for an adrenaline-fueled adventure!

Knysna Oyster Festival

Where: Knysna
When: 21 – 30 June 2024
The inside scoop: I can’t believe it’s been 40 years since the Knysna Oyster Festival started! This big event brings together so many people along the beautiful Garden Route. Of course, we celebrate oysters, but there’s so much more to enjoy. The festival has tons of activities and events for everyone to enjoy. You can have a blast at the wine festival, join the forest marathon, go mountain-biking, groove to live music, laugh at comedy shows, play a round of golf, and have some family fun. There are also art walkabouts, markets, and whale-watching. But wait, there’s more! You can try lots of creative and delicious oyster dishes at the local restaurants. And if you’re feeling competitive, you can enter the oyster-shucking and oyster-eating contests. So much to do, so little time.
Cost: Prices vary for each event
Contact: Call 044 382 5510 or email info@knysnaoysterfestival.co.za
Venue: Various venues around town

Garden Route International Film Festival

Have you heard of the Garden Route International Film Festival? This exciting event takes place in Mossel Bay in August 2024 (specific dates to be confirmed). It brings together established and emerging filmmakers from all over the world, showcasing feature films, documentaries, short films, animations, and new media. This festival is more than just a film screening; it is a platform for creativity and knowledge sharing.

There are films from over 30 different countries, giving you a glimpse into different cultures and perspectives. And it’s not just about watching movies. The festival also offers seminars and workshops where you can learn about various aspects of filmmaking. Last year, they even had stunt training! Plus, there are fun events like wine-tasting and the glamorous “green carpet” opening and closing nights.

The festival takes place at the Diaz Hotel, right on Beach Boulevard in Mossel Bay. The cost varies depending on the event you want to attend, so you can pick and choose what interests you the most. If you’re interested in the festival or have any questions, you can contact them at info@gardenrouteinternationalfilmfestival.com.

Mossel Bay may be a small town, but it’s home to one of the most exciting film festivals in the world. Don’t miss out on the Garden Route International Film Festival – an experience like no other.

Plett Arts Festival

Where: Plettenberg Bay
When: September 20 – 29, 2024
The scoop: Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience at this boutique arts festival in Plettenberg Bay. Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and outdoor adventures. From captivating shows and music concerts to poetry nights and dance lessons, there’s something for everyone. And don’t miss the fabulous film festival, featuring movie-inspired food menus prepared by top chefs. The festival kicks off with a mesmerizing twilight art exhibition meander, setting the tone for an unforgettable 10-day event.
The highlights:

  • Sip-and-paint sessions that let your creativity flow
  • Workshops to unlock your artistic potential
  • Floral art to ignite your senses
  • A land art walk through the enchanting forest and fynbos

With all this, plus the breathtaking beauty of Plettenberg Bay during whale season, you’re in for a truly special getaway.

Cost: Ticket prices vary for each event.
Contact: For more information, call 044 533 4065 or email info@pletttourism.com.
Venue: The festival takes place at various venues in town.

The Klein Karoo

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

Where: Oudtshoorn
When: March 23 – 31, 2024
The scoop: Experience the vibrant culture of South Africa at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn. This festival showcases the rich diversity of Afrikaans arts and culture. With over 150 shows spanning across theater, dance, comedy, and more, there’s something to captivate everyone, regardless of the language you speak. Many performances are multilingual and language-neutral, ensuring that everyone can appreciate the talent on display. You’ll also find arts and crafts, workshops, and markets to explore. Come and discover the beauty and versatility of the Afrikaans language and culture at KKNK.
Cost: Ticket prices vary for each event. Tickets go on sale in January 2024.
Contact: For more information, call 044 203 8600 or email info@kknk.co.za.
Venue: The festival takes place at various venues around town.

Eroica SA

Where Montagu
When April 12-14, 2024
About this Event If you’re a fan of classic cycling, then Eroica SA is the festival for you. Originating in Italy, this event now takes place all over the world, and in Montagu, it offers an unforgettable experience on some of the most picturesque routes available. With three different options to choose from, you can partake in a one-of-a-kind cycling adventure while enjoying exquisite food and drink stops along the way. Whether you prefer the Classic route (68km), the more challenging Hero route (170km) for serious competitors, or the exhilarating Nova route (170km) designed for gravel bikers, there’s something for everyone at Eroica SA.
Highlights The excitement begins on Friday with an exhibition showcasing meticulously restored vintage bikes. Then, on Saturday night, you can indulge in a food market filled with delectable treats and refreshing beverages. After all your hard work, you can reward yourself by joining the relaxed Sunday morning breakfast ride through town.
Important Details Please note that only pre-1999 steel bikes are allowed at this event. Mountain bikes and modern carbon/aluminum bikes are not permitted.
Cost The fee for participating in Eroica SA is R1,195 (approximately 60 euros).
Contact Information For more information or to get in touch, you can email info@eroicasouthafrica.com.
Location The main hub for the festival is located at De Bos, Brown Street in Montagu.

Calitzdorp Unleashed

Where Calitzdorp
When June 15th – 17th, 2024
The Inside Scoop Come and experience the warm and inviting heart of the Klein Karoo at this weekend festival. It’s a time when the entire town comes together to put on a show, offering a variety of activities, live entertainment, and delicious food and wine. Calitzdorp is famous for its port-style wines and now you can also enjoy their new fortified pomegranate wine. The festival will include a market and church bazaar, a family-friendly trail run, delightful choc-and-coffee pairings, live music, cozy fires, a car show, and more. You won’t want to miss it!
Cost To be confirmed. Your passport will grant you access to free wine tastings, farm transport that allows you to hop on and off, discounts on meals, and a fantastic goodie bag.
Did you know? In addition to the festival, Calitzdorp also hosts a “Vetplantfees” (succulent plant festival) in September, and celebrates the apricot harvest in November with food, music, markets, and more.
Contact Get in touch with us at calitzdorpexpressed@gmail.com
Venue Festival office located at 1 Van Riebeeck Street, along with various other venues around town.

Klein Karoo Klassique

Where: Oudtshoorn
When: 9 – 11 August 2024
The lowdown: Hey there! I wanted to tell you about this really cool classical music festival called Klein Karoo Klassique. It’s happening in Oudtshoorn from the 9th to the 11th of August 2024. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it! This festival is all about enjoying beautiful music, tasty food, and great wine. They have a diverse lineup, featuring amazing musicians like string quartets, pianists, choirs, opera singers, and even a little bit of jazz. It’s a chance to experience the talents of South Africa’s finest musicians. But that’s not all, there’s also history tours, a music-themed art exhibition, food-pairing sessions, book readings, and so much more! Oudtshoorn is a charming town, so you’ll have plenty to explore when you’re not busy enjoying the festival.
Contact: If you want more information, you can call 044 203 8600 or 065 285 2337. You can also email hugo@kunste.org.za.
Venue: The festival will take place at the Civic Centre and other venues around town.

Barrydale in Bloom

Imagine this: you’re a flower lover looking for a unique weekend getaway. Well, look no further! In Barrydale, from 18-24 October 2024, you can experience a bloomtastic weekend like no other. The town is hosting an enchanting event called Barrydale in Bloom.

Are you ready for a nature-filled adventure? Barrydale in Bloom has got you covered. They have a “open gardens safari” program that will take you on guided tours through both wild and domestic gardens. You’ll get to explore gardens filled with indigenous, succulent, vegetable, and medicinal plants. And if that’s not enough, there will be talks by plant and food experts, a long table dinner with a botanical theme, a Mad Hatter’s G&Tea party, a labyrinth walk, creative workshops, a market, and even a scarecrow parade! There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

And the best part? All the proceeds from Barrydale in Bloom go to a local charity. So not only will you have an amazing time, but you’ll also be supporting a good cause.

You can contact the organizers at 079 318 4289 or barrydaleinbloom@gmail.com. The event will be held at various venues around the town.

If you’re in the mood for a different kind of music experience, then you should check out Tankwa Classics near Ceres. From 12-15 April 2024, they will be hosting a celebration of classical music in a breathtaking setting. Picture yourself surrounded by glittering stars in a canyon amphitheatre that has been around for thousands of years. It’s truly a magical place.

During the three-day open-air concert program, you’ll get to listen to a variety of instruments, singers, and composers. From movie music to opera, there’s something for every classical music lover. But Tankwa Classics is more than just music. You can also enjoy delicious cuisine, take a walk in nature, explore outdoor art, and even camp under the stars. It’s a chance to unplug and connect with the beauty of the surroundings.

It’s worth mentioning that there is a limit of 200 people, so make sure to secure your spot early. Tankwa Classics is also hosting the Easter Family Edition from 28 March to 1 April 2024. This edition is perfect for a fun-filled family getaway.

To get more information or book your tickets, you can reach out to them at 060 960 0859 or hello@placeofdreams.co.za. The venue for Tankwa Classics is Place of Dreams, located on R356.

So whether you’re a flower enthusiast or a fan of classical music, these events are perfect for you. Don’t miss out on these unforgettable experiences. Book your tickets now and get ready for an incredible adventure!

AfrikaBurn

The Location Tankwa Karoo
The Date 29 April – 5 May 2024
What You Need to Know Imagine a festival similar to Nevada’s Burning Man, but set in the breathtaking desert landscapes of the Cape, filled with unique local flavor. AfrikaBurn is an extraordinary event that combines art, music, performances, costumes, themed camps, mutant vehicles (also known as “mobile art”), and nightly spectacular fires, all of which are created by the attendees. This year’s theme is “Creation.” Get ready to embrace the unexpected, disconnect from the grid, and immerse yourself in the unconventional atmosphere of this gathering. To attend, you must be completely self-sufficient and participate in the festival’s barter economy. Keep in mind that the road leading to the site is notoriously rough, so be prepared for the journey.
What You Should Know The last-chance tickets, if available, will go on sale on 27 February 2024.
How Much It Costs Starting from R2 799 per person.
Vehicle Pass R299 per vehicle
Contact Information For more information, reach out to info@afrikaburn.com
Where to Find Us AfrikaBurn takes place at Quaggafontein Farm (Kwaggakop), off R355.

Embark on a Journey to Jazz

Where: Prince Albert
When: May 1-5, 2024
All the Details: Picture this: the enchanting main street of Prince Albert buzzing with the captivating sounds of world-class music. That’s exactly what you’ll experience at the Journey to Jazz festival. This charming Karoo village comes alive with performances that will leave you in awe. From the NG Church to the Showroom Theatre, art galleries to rustic barns, you’ll be treated to incredible music in venues that echo with perfect acoustics. As you stroll through the town, you’ll also encounter local musicians, talented youths showcasing their projects, and street performers adding their own flair to the festivities. Don’t miss the traditional “riel” dancing that will make your heart dance along. But the music is just the beginning. There are so many more experiences to immerse yourself in. From sunrise yoga sessions to guided nature hikes, open studios to foodie workshops, and captivating storytelling sessions, this festival has it all.
Contact: 079 409 1605, 023 541 1066, admin@journeytojazz.co.za
Venue: Various locations throughout the town

If you have a favorite Cape festival, we would love to hear about it in the comments below!

If you have a favorite Cape festival, we would love to hear about it in the comments below!

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