The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

A pool party, pizza, and pail loads of pinotage… Here are some of the top festival activities to look forward to in March and April.

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MARCH 2017 FESTIVALS
2 – 6 Mar 2017 SpiritFest 2017 Citrusdal
4 Mar 2017 Huawei KDAY 2017 Meerdendal Wine Estate
4 Mar 2017 Ommiberg Round the Rocks 2017 Paarl Winelands
10 – 12 Mar, 17 – 19 Mar 2017 Greenpop Reforest Festival 2017 Platbos Forest, Cape Overberg
10 – 12 Mar 2017 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Robertson
11 Mar 2017 Durbanville Plaasfees 2017 Diemersadal Wine Estate
12 Mar 2017 Festival of Bubbles 2017 The Vineyard Hotel
11 Mar 2017 Vrede En Lust Harvest Festival 2017 Franschhoek
11 Mar 2017 World Naked Bike Ride 2017 Sea Point
12 Mar 2017 Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Festival 2017 Kirstenbosch
18 Mar 2017 Cape Town Carnival 2017 Green Point
20 – 23 March 2017 South African Eco Film Festival 2017 Cape Town
23 – 26 Mar 2017 Mother City Hop 2017 Various
24 – 25 Mar 2017 Wynberg Family Festival 2017 Maynardville Park
24 – 26 Mar 2017 Paradise Springs 3-Day Festival 2017 Montagu
25 – 26 Mar 2017 Stellenbosch Pizza & Wine Festival 2017 Stellenbosch
31 Mar – 1 Apr 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2017 Cape Town International Convention Centre
31 Mar – 2 Apr 2017 Getaway Show 2017 Somerset West
APRIL 2017 FESTIVALS
1 Apr 2017 Cluver Family Harvest Day 2017 Grabouw
2 Apr 2017 SouthYeasters Summer Festival 2017 2017 Newlands Brewery
15 – 17 Apr 2017 Easter Vortex 2017 Caledon
22 Apr 2017 Bot River Barrels & Beards Post-Harvest fest 2017 Botrivier
22 – 23 Apr 2017 Pinotage & Biltong Festival 2017 Stellenbosch
24 – 30 Apr 2017 Afrikaburn 2017 Tankwa Karoo
28 – 30 Apr 2017 South African Cheese Festival 2017 Sandringham
29 – 30 Apr 2017 Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival 2017 Elgin
29 Apr – 1 May 2017 FanCon 2017 Cape Town International Convention Centre

Previous Festivals

MAY 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Woodstock Autumn Beer Festival 2016 Cape Town
TBC Spier Poetry Festival 2016 Stellenbosch
TBC Applewood Harvest Country Market And Trail Run 2016 Elgin
TBC Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2016 Riebeek Valley
TBC Franschhoek Literary Festival 2016 Franschhoek
TBC Trash Cabaret Carnival of Dreams 2016 Durbanville
TBC Pint Of Science Festival 2016 Cape Town
TBC Good Food And Wine Show 2016 Cape Town
TBC South African Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival 2016 Franschhoek
JUNE 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Kamers Vol Geskenke 2016 Cape Town
TBC Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2016 Cape Town
TBC Wacky Wine Weekend 2016 Robertson
TBC Hermanus Fynarts Festival 2016 Hermanus
TBC Taste The Helderberg 2016 Stellenbosch
TBC Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016 Grahamstown
TBC Vortex Phoenix Festival Of Fire 2016 Riviersonderend
JULY 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Knysna Oyster Festival 2016 Knysna
TBC Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival 2016 Stellenbosch
TBC The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2016 Rondebosch
TBC Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2016 Franschhoek
TBC Soetes & Soup Festival 2016 Rawsonville
AUGUST 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2016 Robertson
TBC Hermanus Wine And Food Festival 2016 Hermanus
TBC Winelands Chocolate Festival 2016 Stellenbosch
TBC Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2016 McGregor
TBC Winter Warmer Family Festival 2016 Durbanville
SEPTEMBER 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Cape Town Street Food Festival 2016 Cape Town
TBC Robertson Beer Festival 2016 Robertson
TBC Open Book Festival 2016 Cape Town
TBC Hermanus Flower Festival 2016 Hermanus
TBC Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016 Cape Town CBD
TBC Mmm Mcgregor Festival 2016 McGregor
TBC Hermanus Whale Festival 2016 Hermanus
OCTOBER 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Rocking the Daisies 2016 Cloof Wine Estate
TBC Unplugged62 2016 Joubert-Tradauw Wine Farm
TBC Robertson Wine on the River 2016 Robertson Wine Valley
TBC Cape Town International Boat Show 2016 V&A Waterfront
TBC Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016 Cape Town
TBC Franschhoek Art Festival 2016 Franschhoek
TBC Cape Town Flower Show 2016 Castle of Good Hope
TBC Zombie Festival 2016 Company’s Garden and Madison Avenue
TBC Cape Town International Kite Festival 2016 Zandvlei Nature Reserve
TBC  Season of Sauvignon 2016 Durbanville Wine Valley
NOVEMBER 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Bierfest 2016 Newlands
TBC Franschhoek Craft Festival 2016 Moreson Farm
TBC Paul Rene Bubbly Festival 2016 Wonderfontein Farm
TBC All Nations Reggae Festival 2016 Castle of Good Hope
TBC No Danger Diaries Festival 2016 Nidderdale Farm
TBC Cape Town Festival of Beer 2016 Hamilton’s Rugby Club
TBC Fizztherapy Summer Festival 2016 Villiera Estate
DECEMBER 2016 FESTIVALS
TBC Malkop Rock Festival 2016 Malkoppan Guest Farm
TBC The Weekender Arniston 2016 Arniston
TBC Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2016 Franschhoek Huguenot Monument
TBC Vortex Open Source 2016 Circle of Dreams
TBC Corona Sunsets 2016 Corona SunSets Oval and The Bungalow
TBC RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival 2016 Gugulethu Stadium
TBC Cape Town Sushi Festival 2016 Green Point Cricket Club
TBC Festival of Chariots 2016 Beach Road
TBC Hermanus Craft Beer 2016 Whalehaven Winery
JANUARY 2017 FESTIVALS
26 – 29 Jan 2017 Up the Creek Music Festival 2017 Outside Swellendam
27 – 29 Jan 2017 Origin: Music and Art Festival Elandskloof Farm
28 Jan 2017 Stellenbosch Harvest Parade 2017 Stellenbosch
28 – 29 Jan 2017 Delheim Harvest Festival 2017 Delheim Wine Estate
28 – 29 Jan 2017 Littlegig Festival 2017 Wiesenhof Farm
FEBRUARY 2017 FESTIVALS
4 Feb 2017 Franschhoek Summer Wines 2017  Franschhoek
7 – 12 Feb 2017 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017 Cape Town
11 Feb 2017 Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival 2017 Amandalia Farm
13 – 14 Feb 2017 Burger Festival 2017 Cape Town
18 Feb 2017 Helderberg Craft Beer Festival 2017 Southey’s Vines
24 Feb 2017 Ultra South Africa 2017 Cape Town Stadium
23 – 27 Feb 2017 Jazz on the Rocks 2017 Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
24 – 26 Feb 2017 Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017  Stellenbosch
25 Feb 2017 Grande Provence Harvest Festival 2017 Grande Provence Wine Estate
25 Feb 2017 Constantia Fresh Food and Wine Festival 2017 Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

The Best Festivals in Cape Town

March 2017

SpiritFest

SpiritFest
When 2 – 6 March
The lowdown Nourish mind, body and spirit at this weekend of yoga, dancing, swimming, chanting, live music and wholesome good food. Reconnect with yourself and others.
Cost varies
R695 (festival pass, 4 nights accommodation in the Camping Village)
R3 590 (festival pass, 4 nights accommodation in a Majestic Camping Village)
R220 – R980 (children, depends on accommodation)
Free (children under 3 years)
Contact info@spiritfest.co.za
Where Grootfontein Camping Village, Citrusdal, South Africa

Huawei KDAY

Huawei KDAY – Cape Town Festivals
Where Meerendal Wine Estate
When 4 March 2017
The lowdown Radio station KFM teams up with smartphone brand Huawei to bring a feast of live local music to this picturesque wine estate.
Details The full-day music festival promises to deliver exciting performances by Mi Casa, Matthew Mole, Jimmy Nevis, Locnville, Goodluck, Kyle Deutsch, Shekhinah, Sketchy Bongo, DJ Kent and Euphonik.
Cost R280 (adults)
R120 (children under 12)
Book here
Contact cassidy@ianbredenkampmedia.com
Location Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville

Ommiberg Round the Rocks

Ommiberg Round the Rocks
When 4 March 2017
The lowdown Taste wine fresh from the 2016 harvest, stomp grapes, take part in the blending process, or just relax under the trees with a glass of the good stuff.
The details Participating wineries include Boland Kelder, Domaine Brahms, Druk-My-Niet, Fairview, KWV, Laborie, Landskroon, Mellasat, Nederburg, Olsen Private Vineyards, Perdeberg, Windmeul Kelder, Under Oaks and Rhebokskloof.
Cost R120 (adults, online)
R150 (at the gate)
Free (under-18s accompanied by their parents)
Contact 021 872 4842, paarlwineroute@dlta.co.za
Where Paarl Winelands

Greenpop Reforest Festival

Greenpop Reforest Festival
When 10 – 12 March 2017 (Family Fest)
17 – 19 March 2017 (Friends Fest)
The lowdown This festival happens in two phases: the first weekend is a more family-orientated experience, and the second is for peeps who like to party for the planet. Both bring people together to repopulate our forests with trees, energy and life.
The lineup includes Adelle Nqeto, Brian Ernst Band, Crosscurrent, Bam Bam Brown and DJ Pure for the Family Festival and The Stone Jets, Mazula, Roots Grown Deep, Kongo Electro, Spoenk, Ronan Skillen and Touchwood for the Friends Festival.
TIG discount use this discount code “GPRFF2017INSIDEGUIDE” when buying your ticket, and get a 20% off the price of a regular adult and child ticket.
Cost R300 – R600
Contact 021 461 9265, info@greenpop.org, www.greenpop.org
Where Platbos Forest, Cape Overberg

Robertson Wine Valley’s Hands-on Harvest

hands on harvest
Where Robertson
When 10 ­ – 12 March 2017
The lowdown Get a behind-the-scenes look at how your favourite wines are crafted (from picking and stomping, to blending and tasting). Visitors can also enjoy riverside lunches, boat cruises, mountain-biking, tractor rides, and so much more.
Cost free – R500 per person (check the activities programme for more info)
Contact 023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Robertson Valley

Durbanville Plaasfees

Festivals in Cape Town: Durbanville Plaasfees
Where Diemersadal Wine Estate
When 11 March 2017
The lowdown The 10th annual Durbanville Farm Festival is back, with even more fun than in previous years. There’ll be tractor rides, farm animals, delicious wine and flavourful country food to be enjoyed, all while being entertained by former Idols winner, Elvis Blue.
Cost R50 (adults)
R20 (children 2 – 17 years, includes one ride)
Book at Computicket
Contact 082 376 3236
Location Diemersadal Wine Estate, Koeberg Road (M58), Durbanville, Cape Town

Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival

Vrede en Lust Harvest Festival
Where Franschhoek
When 11 March 2017
The lowdown A festive family day under the ancient oak trees in Vrede en Lust’s beautiful gardens to celebrate the fruits of the earth. Guests can expect live music, food stalls, grape stomping and, of course, wine-tasting. There’ll be a dedicated kids’ entertainment area with a swimming pool and lifeguard as well as face painting, so parents can get on with the important business of suiping.
Cost R150 (entrance and a free drink on arrival)
free (under 12)
Contact 021 874 1611, info@vnl.co.za
Location Vrede en Lust

Festival of Bubbles

Vineyard Hotel Festival of Bubbles
Cyber Space and Time

Where The Vineyard Hotel
When 12 March 2017
The lowdown Enjoy live entertainment, delicious canapés, and a crisp glass of bubbly (or three) at this year’s perennially popular Festival of Bubbles. There’ll be more than 40 bubblies available for tasting on the afternoon, including Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel and  Villiera Tradition Brut, De Grendel Brut, L’Ormarins Brut Rosé and Steenberg 1682 Pinot Noir, and many, many more.
Time 3pm – 6pm
Cost R250
Contact 021 657 4500, eat@vineyard.co.za.
Location The Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town

World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride
When 11 March 2017
The lowdown This annual global event is a campaign for the environment, clean energy and cutting down of carbon emissions. Have a clothing-optional ride on any form of human-powered transport.
Cost Free
Contact aimee@unicorncafe.co.za
Where Sea Point Library car park, Civic Center, Three Anchor Bay Road & Main Road, Sea Point

Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Festival

Cape Town Folk ’n Acoustic Music Festival 2016
Where Kirstenbosch
When 12 March 2017
The lowdown Watch some of the finest singers and songwriters completely unplugged while picnicking on the Kirstenbosch concert lawns.
Cost R150 (adults)
R110 (6 – 21 years)
Free (children under 6 years)
Contact 021 799 8782
Location Kirstenbosch Gardens

Cape Town Carnival

Cape Town Carnival
Where Green Point
When 18 March 2017
The lowdown An extravagant parade of costumed performers, musicians and moving floats proceed through the streets in celebration of creativity, African identity, diverse cultures, community and the theme Amaza-Ocean Odyssey.
Cost R1 300 (VIP)
R300 (seated)
Free (general access)
Contact 021 408 3873, info@capetowncarnival.com
Location Green Point Fan Walk

South African Eco Film Festival

Festivals in Cape Town: South African Eco Film Festiival
Where Cape Town
When 20 March – 23 March 2017
The lowdown Change is Here is the theme for the fourth annual SA Eco Film Festival. Through engaging, thought-provoking global films, audience Q&As and guest speakers, this festival seeks to explore the effects of the changing world around us.
Cost R50 per movie
Book at Webtickets
Contact 082 560 2296, bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za
Location Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Mother City Hop

Mother City Hop
When 23 – 26 March 2017
The lowdown Get into the swing of things! Attend workshops that’ll teach you how to do the Lindy Hop and then show your skills at a party, or three.
Cost R2 300 – R3 200 (full pass, includes entrance to the workshops and to all 4 parties)
R550 (party pass, includes access to all 4 parties)
R3 200 (tour package, includes 4 day tours around the peninsula, including the winelands, Table Mountain and the city centre)
Contact info@mothercityhop.com
Where Various. Check the website for details and updates.

Wynberg Family Festival

Festivals in Cape Town: Wynberg Family Festival
visitsaltlake.com

Where Maynardville Park
When 24 March – 25 March 2017
The lowdown This two-day event features a host of local artists, DJs, dance groups and entertainers, as well as a variety of market stalls selling gourmet food, jewellery, fashion, and much more.
Cost R50 (adults, online)
R60 (adults, at the gate)
R35 (children 6 12, online)
R50 (children 6 12, at the gate)
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 391 0140, sharon@mitchellsplainfestival.com
Location Maynardville Park, 27 Piers Road, Wynberg, Cape Town

Paradise Springs 3-Day Festival

Festivals in Cape Town: Paradise Springs
Where Montagu
When 24 March – 26 March 2017
The lowdown A three-day pool party? Hello? With eight swimming pools, four dance floors, five bars, food trucks and a 24-hour restaurant, it’s bound to be a corker.
Cost R400 (normal birds)
R550 (late birds)
R700 (wake up cuzz)
Book online
Contact 021 286 1434
Location Uitvlucht Street, Montagu, Western Cape,

Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival

Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival
wineonaplatter.com

Where Stellenbosch
When 25 – 26 March 2017
The lowdown This two-day feast-ival is all about tucking into delicious pizza and superb wine, to the strains of fabulous live music while the kiddies are entertained.
Cost R160 (includes entry, a tasting glass, 5 wine tasting coupons, 3 pizza-discount vouchers and entertainment)
Free (children under 18)
Book at Webtickets
Contact 021 881 3870, info@stellvine.co.za
Location Stellenbosch Vineyards

Paradise Springs 3-Day Festival

Where Montagu
When 24 March – 26 March 2017
The lowdown A three-day pool party? Hello? With eight swimming pools, four dance floors, five bars, food trucks and a 24-hour restaurant, it’s bound to be a corker.
Cost R400 (normal birds)
R550 (late birds)
R700 (wake up cuzz)
Book online
Contact 021 286 1434
Location Uitvlucht Street, Montagu, Western Cape

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Image credit: Jeffery Abrahams

When 31 March – 1 April 2017
The lowdown Two days of world-class music from international jazz greats and emerging stars (over 40 in total) on five stages, with over 37 000 music lovers in attendance.
Cost
R1 190 (weekend pass)
R690 (day pass)
Contact 021 671 8716
Where Cape Town International Convention Centre

Getaway Show

Cape Getaway Show, Festivals in Cape Town
Image credit: Neighbourhood

Where Somerset West
When 31 March – 2 April 2017
The lowdown With over 250 interactive exhibits, fabulous specials, exciting competitions, a variety of food options, and fun for the whole family, this is a family event you won’t want to miss.
Cost R50, adults on Friday
R80, adults on Saturday or Sunday
R40, adults after 3pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
R40, pensioners on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
R150, family pass for 4 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Kids under 12 free
Tickets are available at Ticketpros
Contact 021 530 3308
Location Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Avenue

April 2017

Cluver Family Harvest Day

Cluver Harvest DayWhere Grabouw
When 1 April 2017
The lowdown While parents celebrate harvest day with a chilled cider or a glass of wine, the little ones will be kept entertained with supervised games (bobbing for apples, sack races, and more). With live music and a selection of gourmet snacks on offer (cheeses, charcuterie, sandwiches and so on), it promises fun for everyone.
Cost R250 (adult)
R100 (children under 18)
R550 (family package: 2 adults and 2 children)
Tickets include entry, a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons.
Book online
Contact 021 844 0605, info@cluver.com
Location Paul Cluver Wines, De Rust Estate, Grabouw (N2), Western Cape

SouthYeasters Summer Festival

SouthYeasters Summer Festival
CapeTown.Travel

Where Newlands Brewery
When 2 April 2017
The lowdown It’s the Oktoberfest in April! With over 50 brewers (that’s over 100 beers to taste) and plenty of food trucks to keep the munchies at bay, there’s hardly a better excuse to share a few brewskis.
Cost R100 (early bird)
R120 (adults)
Contact events@southyeasters.co.za
Location Newlands Brewery, 3 Main Road,Newlands, Cape Town

Easter Vortex

easter-vortex
Where Caledon
When 15 – 17 April 2017
The lowdown This three day trance party has everything you need, water, camping, bar, market, music, and food.
Cost Pre-sold R420
Online R430
At the gate R480
Contact admin@intothevortex.co.za

Bot River Barrels & Beards Post-Harvest fest

Bot River Barrels & Beards
When 22 April 2017
The lowdown This hairy celebration of the new harvest includes a best beard competition, barrel tasting, a wine auction, the opskop and a harvest table feast – all in the heart of beautiful Botrivier!
The details Participating wineries include Anysbos, Barton, Beaumont, Family Wines, Gabriëlskloof, Genevieve MCC, Goedvertrouw Wine Estate, Luddite Wines, Maremmana Estate, Momento Wines, Paardenkloof Estate, Rivendell Estate, Wildekrans Boutique Wine Estate and Villion Family Wines.
Cost R450
Book online
Contact 084 231 8930, bookforbarrels@gmail.com
Where Barton Vineyards, Botrivier

Pinotage & Biltong Festival

Cape Town Festivals: Pinotage & Biltong Festival
Where Stellenbosch
When 22 April – 23 April 2017
The lowdown The third annual Pinotage & Biltong festival is a celebration of two of our country’s finest products: pinotage and biltong! If neither of those appeal (!), there will also be a range of rosés and bubblies, as well as a white pinotage, and food trucks selling tasty snacks. Live music comes courtesy of Guy Feldman and his band.
The details participating wineries include L’Avenir Wine Estate, Altydgedacht, Anura Vineyards, Badsberg Wine Cellar, Beyerskloof Wines, Doolhof Wine Estate, Flagstone Winery, Kaapzicht Estate, Knorhoek Wine Estate, Lanzerac Wine Estate, Leipzig Wines, Mellasat Vineyards, Namaqua Wines, Overhex Wines, Perdeberg Wines, Simonsvlei, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Vriesenhof Vineyards, Wellington Wines and Windmeul Kelder
Cost R200 (adults, includes a branded crystal wine glass and a pairing card for the pinotage-and-biltong tastings)
Free (under 18)
Tickets available at Computicket and Plankton
Contact 021 981 0216, bjorn@cvomarketing.co.za
Location L’Avenir Wine Estate, Off R44, Klapmuts Road, Stellenbosch

Afrikaburn

Afrikaburn Cape Town
Image credit: Simon O’Callaghan

When 24 – 30 April 2017
The lowdown This year’s theme is “play”, so unleash your creative spirit for a week of costumes, music, bonfires, entertainment, and community sharing.
Cost R1 495 (General)
R180 (Children, under 14)
R645 (Subsidised) Tickets
R180 (Community)
Contact info@afrikaburn.com
Where Tankwa Karoo

South African Cheese Festival

South African Cheese Festival
When 28 – 30 April 2017
The lowdown Join 30 000 fromage fans for three days of eating, drinking and general merriment to celebrate South Africa’s cheese-making industry.
Cost R160 (adult)
R100 (senior citizens)
Free (children 13 and under)
Book online
Contact 021 975 4440, admin@agriexpo.co.za
Where Sandringham (just off the N1, halfway between Cape Town and Paarl)

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival

Cape Town Festivals: Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival
Where Elgin
When 29 April – 30 April 2017
The lowdown Celebrating the end of the harvest season, Elgin invites festival-goers to enjoy country life the way they’d like to. With a host of outdoor activities, culinary experiences and entertainment on offer, you get to choose which ones you’d like to partake in. Expect tractor rides, jumping castles and face-painting for the kiddies; and wine tastings, pop-up kitchens, food trucks and live music for the adults.
The details Participating farms include Almenkerk Wine Estate, Arumdale & Robin Hood Legendary Wines, Belfield, Charles Fox Wines, Corder Family Wines, Elgin Ridge, Elgin Vintners, Hannay Wines, Highlands Road Wines, Iona, Oak Valley, Oneiric Wine Estate, Paul Cluver Wines, Paul Wallace Wines, South Hill Vineyards, Sutherland Vineyards and Moya Meaker @ Terra Madre Food Barn.
Insider tip Festival-goers should pre-book activities and meals at the farm restaurant of their choice, as space is limited. Plan ahead by checking out the full programme. Tickets include a festival pass, and tasting glass. Your festival programme must be collected at the Festival Office at Peregrine Farm Stall prior to visiting any of the participating farms.
Cost R120 (early bird)
R140 (at festival office, depending on availability)
Contact 071 267 9785, info@ecwcf.elginwine.co.za
Location Various

FanCon

Festivals in Cape Town: FanCon
Where Cape Town International Convention Centre
When 29 April – 1 May 2017
The lowdown Cape Town’s very own comic convention is back – and bigger than ever – with three days of panels, guests speakers, workshops, comic launches, author (and artist) signings, stalls selling a range of geek products, a cosplay (look it up!) competition and quizzes. It’s time to geek out.
Cost R120 (day pass)
R240 (3-day pass)
Book at Computicket
Contact info@fancon.co.za
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

January 2017

Up the Creek Music Festival

Up the Creek Music Festival
When 26 January – 29 January 2017
The lowdown An outdoor music festival set along the beautiful Breede River, with three music stages, and over 40 live bands.
Cost R970 (weekend pass)
Contact 021 510 0547, caitlin@redhotevents.co.za
Location Breede River, outside Swellendam

Origin: Music and Art Festival

Origin Music & Art Festival
When 27 – 29 January 2017
The lowdown Enjoy some of the best psychedelic music from around the world while relaxing by a river under the trees. Or dip into the swimming pool – and browse local and international artworks – between swimming and dancing.
Cost R450 (online until 16 January)
R500 (online from 17 January)
R530 (at the gate)
Contact info@originfestival.com
Location Elandskloof Farm, Helderstroom

Stellenbosch Harvest Parade

Stellenbosch Harvest Parade
When 28 January 2017
The lowdown Celebrating the workers behind the wine, this parade includes marching bands, the Cape minstrels and drum majorettes. Participating wineries include Simonsig, Lanzerac, Neethlingshof, Delheim, and more.
Cost Free
Contact 021 886 8275, marketing@wineroute.co.za
Location Stellenbosch

Delheim Harvest Festival

Delheim Harvest Festival
When 28 – 29 January 2017
The lowdown Back after a one-year hiatus, this fun fest includes grape-stomping, live music, lawn games, barrel-rolling races, delicious food and, of course, delicious Delheim wine.
Cost R100 (adult, includes a glass of wine, freshly pressed grape juice and a sweet mosbolletjie
R80 (children)
Contact 021 888 4607, restaurant@delheim.com
Location Delheim Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch

Littlegig Festival

The 24 Hour Littlegig Festival
Where Stellenbosch
When 28 – 29 January 2017
The lowdown This all inclusive 24-hour festival returns to Wiesenhof Farm, and once again sees the coming-together of local and international musicians, DJs and esteemed celebrity chefs, ensuring top class entertainment and sustenance for festival goers.
Cost R1 950 (day trip ticket)
R2 500 (camping ticket)
R3 150 – R4 500 (glamping ticket)
R1 000 (Chef’s Table, additional per head cost)
Book tickets at Quicket
Contact 021 422 3381, enquiries@littlegig.co.za
Location Wiesenhof Farm

February 2017

Franschhoek Summer Wines

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Where Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
When 4 February 2017
The lowdown Enjoy a feast from Leopard’s Leap Harvest Table and sample some of the finest wines from around while dressed in impeccable white and listening to the finest tunes.
The details participating wineries are Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Protea, L’Ormarins, Leopard’s Leap, Haute Cabriere, La Chataigne, Lynx, Holden Manz, La Motte, Mont Rochelle, Babylonstoren, Grande Provence, Boekenhoutskloof, Rickety Bridge, Topiary, Franschhoek Cellars, Bellingham and Boschendal
Cost R180 (Includes complimentary tasting glass and tasting of all wines on show)
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
Where Cape Town
When 7 – 12 February 2017
The lowdown Cape Town’s iconic City Hall is where electronic-music lovers can get their groove on.
Cost R400 – R900 (tickets being released in stages)
Contact 082 783 4447, info@ctemf.com
Location Cape Town City Hall

The Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival 

Saggy Stone Festivals Cape Town
When 11 February 2017
The lowdown Enjoy good craft beer, great music and camping fun at this family-friendly beer and music festival, at the microbrewery, brewpub and restaurant at Amandalia Farm near Robertson.
Cost R210 – R255
R50 (additional camping charge)
R400 (additional family camping charge)
Read our full review here.
Contact 083 453 3526, info@saggystone.co.za
Location Saggy Stone Brewing Company, Amandalia Farm, Agtervinkrivier, Robertson, Western Cape

The Burger Festival

Delicious hamburger and fries
Image credit: Flavourful Events

Where Cape Town
When 13 – 14 February 2016
The lowdown Over 25 burger vendors , 10 wine estates, 10 craft breweries, a coffee corner and a cocktail bar, will be on site. Entertainment from rock guitarist Jono Dose, singer-songwriter Natasha Meister and Carla Louw will add to the fun.
Cost R65 (Saturday); R65 (Sunday)
Contact kelly@flavourful.co.za
Location Jan Van Riebeeck High School

Helderberg Craft Beer Fest

Helderberg Craft Beer Festival
Where Southey’s Vines
When 18 February 2017
The lowdown The first of what will promises to be a regular annual event promises plenty of craft beer and good food, a discotheque and live music by Kathy Ashwell, Dave Mason and Heather Waters.
The details Participating breweries include Berg River Brewery, Birkenhead Breweries, Drifter Brewing, Everson’s Cider, Newlands Spring Brewing, Red Sky Brew, Stickman Brewery, Stripe Horse Craft Beer, Stellenbosch Brewing, Triggerfish Brewing, Woodstock Brewery and Zebonkey Brewery.
Cost R70, online
R80, at the gate
Free (children under 8)
Contact simon@simonmills.co.za
Location Southey’s Vines, 186 Main Road, Somerset West

Jazz on the Rocks

Jazz on the Rocks, Festivals in Cape Town
Where Tietiesbaai
When 23 – 27 February 2017
The lowdown This annual event combines the finest elements of outdoor living with great music. Kayak, sunbathe or go fishing in between watching some of the coolest jazz in the world.
Cost R600 (weekend pass)
R200 (children 12 – 18 years)
Free (children under 12 years)
Contact 021 591 5208, admin@jazzontherocks.net
Location The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Ultra South Africa

Ultra Festival Cape Town
Where Cape Town Stadium
When 24 Feb 2017
The lowdown The fourth edition of Ultra South Africa promises to be massive. Featuring the likes of Dash Berlin, David Guetta, KSHMR, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, and 30 more leading artists, you know you’re in for an electronic-music extrvaganza.
Cost R750 (phase 1)
R850 (phase 2)
R1 300 (VIP phase 1)
R1 600 (VIP phase 2)
Contact 021 680 5356, patrickd@amplicongroup.co
Location Cape Town Stadium, Greenpoint, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Wine Festival

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Where Stellenbosch
When 24 – 26 February 2017
The lowdown Savour the Stellenbosch lifestyle! Sample some of the best wines in the area, while enjoying gourmet food, live music and fun outdoor activities in picturesque surroundings.
Cost R190
free (children under 12)
Contact 021 886 4310, info@wineroute.co.za
Location Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Coetzenburg Road, Stellenbosch

Grande Provence Harvest Festival

Grande Provence Harvest Festival
Where Franschhoek
When 25 February 2017
The lowdown The day starts with coffee and farm-baked muffins and ends with a lavish harvest feast expertly prepared by Grande Provence’s executive chef. In between all that, visitors will be treated to a day of harvesting, stomping, touring, sipping and savouring on one of the finest wine farms in the Cape Winelands.
Cost R695 (adults)
R350 (children under 12)
Contact 021 876 8600, reservations@grandeprovence.co.za
Location Grande Provence Wine Estate

Constantia Fresh Food and Wine Festival

Constantia Fresh Food and Wine Festival
When 25 February 2017
The lowdown With over 200 wines and an array of gourmet canapés to tuck into, this is one event you don’t want to miss. Sit back on the manicured lawns of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate and enjoy live entertainment.
Cost R550
Book here or at participating wineries.
Contact 083 265 2405; info@finewineevents.co.za
Where Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 06 March 2017

12 Responses to “The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017”

  1. Amina

    Please let me know of upcoming events suitable for selling nuts, dried fruit and honey. Tx

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  2. Sarah Field

    You missed out on a really big festival in April… Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival, plus its free!!

    Reply
  3. Abdul

    Hi would like to apply for a food stall selling pies.samoosas akni small pizza and akni

    Reply
  4. Kunjulwa

    Ooh wow this is great .

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  5. Joseph kabongo

    Pls notified me any time when the events are ready so that I can apply for a stall .

    Reply
  6. Saleem

    Howci can get stall in festivals

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  7. Saleem

    How I can get stall in festivals.

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  8. Samantha

    SpiritFest 2-6 March 2017
    Should be on the list

    Reply
  9. Deborah

    Bastille festival franschhoek
    Uncorked festival also franschhoek

    Reply
    • The Inside Guide

      Thanks Deborah
      This post is for May and June; we will publish those with our July festivals.

      Reply
  10. Lynn

    Xmas in Winter in Tulbagh – 25 & 26 June – should be on list too. A festival not to be missed!

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    • The Inside Guide

      Thanks Lynn. We’ve heard it’s fabulous – we have yet to attend. Thanks!

      Reply

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