The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

Boats, beats, bubbly and beards… Here are some of the top festival activities to look forward to from January through to April.

Festivals in 2017

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Last year’s festivals

Many of these festivals will return in 2017, so watch this space.

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JANUARY 2017 FESTIVALS
26 Jan 2017 Up the Creek Music Festival 2017 Outside Swellendam Travel & Outdoors
27 – 29 Jan 2017 Origin: Music and Art Festival Elandskloof Farm Travel & Outdoors
28 Jan 2017 Stellenbosch Harvest Parade 2017 Stellenbosch Food & Drink
28 – 29 Jan 2017 Delheim Harvest Festival 2017 Delheim Wine Estate Food & Drink
28 – 29 Jan 2017 Littlegig Festival 2017 Wiesenhof Farm Food & Drink
FEBRUARY 2017 FESTIVALS
4 Feb 2017 Franschhoek Summer Wines 2017  Franschhoek Food & Drink
7 – 12 Feb 2017 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017 Cape Town Arts & Entertainment
TBC Burger Festival 2017 Cape Town Food & Drink
23 – 27 Feb 2017 Jazz on the Rocks 2017 Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Arts & Entertainment
24 – 26 Feb 2017 Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017  Stellenbosch Food & Drink
25 Feb 2017 Grande Provence Harvest Festival 2017 Grande Provence Wine Estate Food & Drink
25 Feb 2017 Constantia Fresh Food and Wine Festival 2017 Buitenverwachting Wine Estate Food & Drink
MARCH 2017 FESTIVALS
2 – 6 Mar 2017 SpiritFest 2017 Citrusdal Travel & Outdoors
4 Mar 2017 Huawei KDAY 2017 Meerdendal Wine Estate Arts & Entertainment
4 Mar 2017 Ommiberg Round the Rocks 2017 Paarl Winelands Food & Drink
10 – 12 Mar, 17 – 19 Mar 2017 Greenpop Reforest Festival 2017 Platbos Forest, Cape Overberg Travel & Outdoors
10 – 12 Mar 2017 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Robertson Food & Drink
11 Mar 2017 Vrede En Lust Harvest Festival 2017 Franschhoek Food & Drink
11 Mar 2017 World Naked Bike Ride 2017 Sea Point Travel & Outdoors
12 Mar 2017 Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Festival 2017 Kirstenbosch Arts & Entertainment
17 – 19 Mar 2017 Lambert’s Bay Crayfish Festival 2017 Lambert’s Bay Food & Drink
18 Mar 2017 Cape Town Carnival 2017 Green Point Arts & Entertainment
23 – 26 Mar 2017 Mother City Hop 2017 Various Arts & Entertainment
25 – 26 Mar 2017 Stellenbosch Pizza & Wine Festival 2017 Stellenbosch Food & Drink
31 Mar – 1 Apr 2017 Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2017 Cape Town International Convention Centre Arts & Entertainment
31 Mar – 2 Apr 2017 Getaway Show 2017 Somerset West Arts & Entertainment
APRIL 2017 FESTIVALS
16 – 18 Apr 2017 Easter Vortex 2017 Caledon Travel & Outdoors
22 Apr 2017 Bot River Barrels & Beards Post-Harvest fest 2017 Botrivier Food & Drink
24 – 30 Apr 2017 Afrikaburn 2017 Tankwa Karoo Travel & Outdoors
28 – 30 Apr 2017 South African Cheese Festival 2017 Sandringham Food & Drink

Festivals from 2016

MAY 2016 FESTIVALS
1 May 2016 Woodstock Autumn Beer Festival 2016 Cape Town Food & Drink
7 May 2016 Spier Poetry Festival 2016 Stellenbosch Arts & Entertainment
7 May 2016 Applewood Harvest Country Market And Trail Run 2016 Elgin Outdoors
7 – 8 May 2016 Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2016 Riebeek Valley Food & Drink
13 – 15 May 2016 Franschhoek Literary Festival 2016 Franschhoek Arts & Entertainment
14 May 2016 Trash Cabaret Carnival of Dreams 2016 Durbanville Arts & Entertainment
23 – 25 May 2016 Pint Of Science Festival 2016 Cape Town Food & Drink
27 – 29 May 2016 Good Food And Wine Show 2016 Cape Town Food & Drink
28 May 2016 South African Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival 2016 Franschhoek Food & Drink
JUNE 2016 FESTIVALS
1 – 5 Jun 2016 Kamers Vol Geskenke 2016 Cape Town Arts & Entertainment
1 – 4 Jun 2016 Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2016 Cape Town Arts & Entertainment
2 – 5 Jun 2016 Wacky Wine Weekend 2016 Robertson Food & Drink
10 – 19 Jun 2016 Hermanus Fynarts Festival 2016 Hermanus Arts & Entertainment
15 Jun 2016 Taste The Helderberg 2016 Stellenbosch Food & Drink
20 Jun – 20 Jul 2016 Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016 Grahamstown Arts & Entertainment
24 Jun – 26 Jun 2016 Vortex Phoenix Festival Of Fire 2016 Riviersonderend Arts & Entertainment
JULY 2016 FESTIVALS
1 – 10 Jul 2016 Knysna Oyster Festival 2016 Knysna Food & Drink
1 – 10 Jul 2016 Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival 2016 Stellenbosch Arts & Entertainment
11 Jul – 7 Aug 2016 The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2016 Rondebosch Arts & Entertainment
16 – 17 Jul 2016 Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2016 Franschhoek Food & Drink
22 Jul 2016 Soetes & Soup Festival 2016 Rawsonville Food & Drink
AUGUST 2016 FESTIVALS
5 – 7 Aug 2016 Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2016 Robertson Food & Drink
6 – 8 Aug 2016 Hermanus Wine And Food Festival 2016 Hermanus Food & Drink
20 – 21 Aug 2016 Winelands Chocolate Festival 2016 Stellenbosch Food & Drink
26 – 28 Aug 2016 Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2016 McGregor Arts & Entertainment
27 – 28 Aug 2016 Winter Warmer Family Festival 2016 Durbanville Food & Drink
SEPTEMBER 2016 FESTIVALS
2 – 4 Sep 2016 Cape Town Street Food Festival 2016 Cape Town Food & Drink
3 Sep 2016 Robertson Beer Festival 2016 Robertson Food & Drink
7 – 11 Sep 2016 Open Book Festival 2016 Cape Town Arts & Entertainment
22 – 25 Sep 2016 Hermanus Flower Festival 2016 Hermanus Travel & Outdoors
22 Sep – 8 Oct 2016 Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016 Cape Town CBD Arts & Entertainment
24 – 25 Sep 2016 Mmm Mcgregor Festival 2016 McGregor Food & Drink
30 Sep – 2 Oct 2016 Hermanus Whale Festival 2016 Hermanus Travel & Outdoors
OCTOBER 2016 FESTIVALS
6 – 9 Oct 2016 Rocking the Daisies 2016 Cloof Wine Estate Travel & Outdoors
7 – 9 Oct 2016 Unplugged62 2016 Joubert-Tradauw Wine Farm Food & Drink
14 – 16 Oct 2016 Robertson Wine on the River 2016 Robertson Wine Valley Food & Drink
14 – 16 Oct 2016 Cape Town International Boat Show 2016 V&A Waterfront Travel & Outdoors
21 – 29 Oct 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival 2016 Cape Town Arts & Entertainment
21 Oct – 19 Nov 2016 Franschhoek Art Festival 2016 Franschhoek Arts & Entertainment
27 – 30 Oct 2016 Cape Town Flower Show 2016 Castle of Good Hope Travel & Outdoors
29 – 30 Oct 2016 Zombie Festival 2016 Company’s Garden and Madison Avenue Arts & Entertainment
29 – 30 Oct 2016 Cape Town International Kite Festival 2016 Zandvlei Nature Reserve Travel & Outdoors
29 – 30 Oct 2016  Season of Sauvignon 2016 Durbanville Wine Valley  Food & Drink
NOVEMBER 2016 FESTIVALS
4 – 6 Nov 2016 Bierfest 2016 Newlands Food & Drink
5 Nov 2016 Franschhoek Craft Festival 2016 Moreson Farm Arts & Entertainment
5 Nov 2016 Paul Rene Bubbly Festival 2016 Wonderfontein Farm Food & Drink
12 Nov 2016 All Nations Reggae Festival 2016 Castle of Good Hope Arts & Entertainment
18 – 20 Nov 2016 No Danger Diaries Festival 2016 Nidderdale Farm Arts & Entertainment
25 – 27 Nov 2016 Cape Town Festival of Beer 2016 Hamilton’s Rugby Club Food & Drink
27 Nov 2016 Fizztherapy Summer Festival 2016 Villiera Estate Food & Drink
DECEMBER 2016 FESTIVALS
2 Dec 2016 Malkop Rock Festival 2016 Malkoppan Guest Farm Arts & Entertainment
2 – 4 Dec 2016 The Weekender Arniston 2016 Arniston Travel & Outdoors
3 – 4 Dec 2016 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2016 Franschhoek Huguenot Monument Food & Drink
8 – 12 Dec 2016 Vortex Open Source 2016 Circle of Dreams Travel & Outdoors
16 Dec 2016 Corona Sunsets 2016 Corona SunSets Oval and The Bungalow Arts & Entertainment
16 Dec 2016 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival 2016 Gugulethu Stadium Arts & Entertainment
16 – 17 Dec 2016 Cape Town Sushi Festival 2016 Green Point Cricket Club Food & Drink
18 Dec 2016 Festival of Chariots 2016 Beach Road Arts & Entertainment
22 – 23 Dec 2016 Hermanus Craft Beer 2016 Whalehaven Winery Food & Drink

The Best Festivals in Cape Town (January – April 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

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 Burger Festival

Delicious hamburger and fries
Image credit: Flavourful Events

Where Cape Town
When TBC
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

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

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

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.
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

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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

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

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

Lambert’s Bay Crayfish Festival

Lambert's Bay Crayfish Festival
Image credit: sleeping-out.co.za

Where Lambert’s Bay
When 17 – 19 March 2017
The lowdown Enjoy fresh crayfish and other delicious seafood treats prepared the Weskus way, while sipping local wines and browsing the arts and crafts stalls. And, of course, listening to live music (Desmond and the Tutus, Matthew Mole and more).
Cost Friday, R80
Saturday, R120
Sunday, R80
Contact 027 432 1000, kreeffeesinfo@gmail.com, lambertsinfo@mweb.co.za
Location Lambert’s Bay Caravan Park, Lambert’s Bay

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

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.

Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival

Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival
Image credit: 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

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

Easter Vortex

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Where Caledon
When 16 – 18 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 A hairy celebration of the new harvests, with tastings in the morning and the opskop in the evening. All in the heart of beautiful Botrivier!
Cost R450
Contact bookforbarrels@gmail.com
Where Botrivier

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)

The Best Festivals from 2016

The Weekender Arniston

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Image credit: YouTube

When 2 – 4 December 2016
The lowdown This community-driven festival is all about family fun in the heart of the Overberg. Savour the fresh ocean breeze and the smell of a good old braai, as you wander around the food stalls, and enjoy entertainment by Mathew Gold, Top Dog and others. Camping’s an option, but if tents aren’t your thing, splash out  amongst friends. And if camping isn’t your thing, splash out on a hotel or B&B.
Contact 021 836 7831, weekender@otbproductions.co.za   
Cost R180 (day pass)
R450 (weekend pass)
R1 600 (camping for 2, includes 2 weekend passes and a campsite)
R2 800 (family camping pass, includes 4 weekend passes and a campsite)
R3 600 (group camping pass, includes 6 weekend passes and a campsite)
Location Waenhuiskrans Camping Site, Arniston

Malkop Rock Festival

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Image credit: SA Music Scene

Where Malkoppan Guest Farm
When 2 December 2016
The lowdown Waves, live bands, craft beer and delicious grub – that pretty much sums up this weekend fest. Keen to catch some waves? There are five awesome surf spots within a 10km radius. Music-wise, the lineup includes Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions; Sannie Fox; Francois van Coke; Koos Kombuis, and many more. And on the foot front, expect tasty on-the-go meals, such as wraps, burgers, pizza, chips, chicken strips, and more.
Contact   0833 700 400, 0711 59 79 29, ian@malkop.co.za, fest@malkop.co.za   
Cost R180 (Friday)
R220 (Saturday)
R400 (weekend pass)
R550 (weekend pass and camping)
Online at Webtickets
Location Malkoppan Guest Farm, Lambert’s Bay

Vortex Open Source

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Where Circle of Dreams
When 8 – 12 December 2016
The lowdown With 54 local and international DJs including Zyce; Tim Duster; Headroom; Rubix Qube; Conscious Chaos and Zezia, a main dancefloor, and a chillout floor all your bases are covered. And there’s more… drumming and yoga workshops, stargazing sessions and slacklining, as well as art exhibitions. Enjoy easy-to-eat festival food (vegan and vegetarian options are available) and a range of beverages (including cocktails, beers, ciders and shooters).
Contact  082 576 8613, tyree.opensource@gmail.com
Cost R550 (online)
R530 (selected outlets)
Location Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend, Cape Town

Corona Sunsets

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Where Corona SunSets Oval and The Bungalow
When 16 December 2016, 12pm – 11pm
The lowdown For the first time in South Africa, this world-renowned festival is a celebration of new possibilities. Festival goers are asked to raise a bottle to the glory of sunsets and the good life, while enjoying some fabulous local and international live music, from the likes of GoodLuck, DJ Low, Duke Dumont, Sam Feldt, and many, many more. Parking is limited, so arrive early.
Contact 073 339 1408, miche@amplicongroup.co    
Cost R450 (phase 2)
R550 (phase 3)
Phase 1 (sold out)
Location Corona SunSets Oval and The Bungalow, 4 Victoria Street, Clifton

RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival

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Image credit: Frederick van der Merwe

Where Gugulethu Stadium, NY49
When 16 December 2016
The lowdown This 10km run (and 4.2km fun run) brings together friends and families from all walks of life in the spirit of unity. Gugs comes alive as local DJs and musicians entertain the crowds, while visitors enjoy refreshments from food stalls. Other activities include a warm-down yoga session and a jumping castle for the kids. The race starts at 7am, and the music kicks off at around 11am.
Contact 082 476 4656 (race); 073 318 2563 (festival); info@entrytime.com
Cost
R45 (10km senior)
R30 (10km Junior)
R25 (4.2km Fun Run Senior)
R20 (4.2km Fun Run Junior)
Booking for race entries online close on 13 December 2016, book here
Location Gugulethu Stadium NY49, Gugulethu, Cape Town

Cape Town Sushi Festival

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Where Green Point Cricket Club
When 16 – 17 December 2016
The lowdown If, like us, you love the odd platter of sashimi, maki and California rolls, come and feast out at this two-day extravaganza. Some of your favourite sushi restaurants, including Sushi Box, Active Sushi, Hokkaido, Blue Marlin and Sanctuary Sushi, will have stalls selling tasty treats, while music will be provided by Good Luck (16 December) and The Rudimentals (17 December) among others. Drop the kids in the supervised kids’ area while you enjoy a glass of bubbly, wine, or a craft brewski.
Contact info@sushifestival.co.za
Cost Nigiri: R200 (includes festival access, 3 – 4 sushi tasters)
Salmon: R500 (includes separate entrance, VIP toilets, shaded seating area, private bar with access to the Champagne Lounge, 3 – 4 sushi tasters and beverages)
Free (children 12)
Book online.
Location Green Point Cricket Club, Green Point, Cape Town

Hermanus Craft Beer

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Image credit: winelands.co.za

Where Whalehaven Winery
When 22 – 23 December 2016
The lowdown This bustling beer fest has a picnic vibe, so bring along some blankets, camping chairs, hats and sunblock. You’ll also need cash, as there will be loads of frothies to sample (including La Trappe; Sxollie Cider; Stickman Brewery, among others) as well as food trucks to line your tummies.  Live music comes courtesy of  The Nomadic Orchestra; Basson Laubscher & The Violent Free Peace; Tom James; and Red Tape Riot. Plus, there’ll be kid-friendly activities to ensure that everyone is taken care of. (Oh, and if you do forget your cash, there’s a mobile ATM.)
Contact 0764167230, dawid@concertco.co.za
Book online
Location Whalehaven Winery, Hemel & Aarde Road, Hermanus

Festival of Chariots

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Where Beach Road
When 18 December 2016
The lowdown This ancient festival celebrates its 10th year in Cape Town, with activities such as hatha yoga, meditation, medhi face-painting and traditional music and chants. Food-wise, guests can expect delicious sweet and savoury vegetarian treats.
Contact  078 335 2849, SPHandley@wol.co.za or 0834885853, bmd.kks@gmail.com
Cost Free
Location Sea Point Promenade, Beach Road, Sea Point (opposite SABC building)

Cape Town Fringe Festival

Cape Town Fringe Festival
Where Cape Town CBD
When 22 September – 8 October 2016
The lowdown The programme for Cape Town’s very own arts festival is jampacked with fresh, innovative and creative works by emerging and renowned theatre makers. Expect magic shows, dance performances, live music and loads more.
Contact 079 605 7871 (hotline), 0860 002 004 (bookings), boxoffice@capetownfringe.co.za
Cost Free – R100
Location Various

Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies, Best Festivals
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Where Cloof Wine Estate
When 6 – 9 October 2016
The lowdown Kick off the summer in the company of 250 stellar acts. From comedy and art to multi-sensory experiences, Daisies has it all while keeping it green and planet-conscious. Round up your mates and get your tent on!
Contact 021 461 9822, hello@rockingthedaisies.com
Cost R995 (full weekend pass, excludes tents)
R500 (Cycling the Daisies)
R600 (Walking the Daisies)
Location Cloof Wine Estate, Mamre Road, Off the R315
Between Malmesbury and Darling

Unplugged62

Unplugged62, Best Festivals
Where Joubert-Tradauw Wine Farm
When 7 – 9 October 2016
The lowdown A weekend of food, wine, music and classic Klein Karoo hospitality. Fit for all ages, this festival is local and lowkey. Be sure not to miss the Friday night spit braai or the market style stalls offering cheese, olives, biltong and more.
Contact  021 510 0547, 084 942 2237, caitlin@redhotevents.co.za, annie@redhotevents.co.za
Cost R750 (adults weekend pass, includes lunch + wine on Saturday, and camping facilities)
R550 for adults (concert and lunch)
R350 for adults (concert only)
R375 (children over 12 weekend pass)
R175 kids over 12 (concert and lunch)
R75 (kids over 12, concert only)
Free (children under 12)
Location Joubert-Tradauw Wine Farm, Barrydale, Route 62

Robertson Wine on the River

Robertson Wine on the River
Where The Robertson Wine Valley
When 14 – 16 October 2016
The lowdown This not-to-be-missed festival offers straight-up and tutored wine tastings by local winemakers. Enjoy local arts and crafts while meandering along the Breeder River under trees. Then, stop and listen to the smooth sound of jazz and blues, or take a gentle cruise along the river.
Contact  023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Cost
Weekend pass, R250 (adults); R190 (pensioners)
Friday, R130 (adults); R100 (pensioners)
Saturday, R180 (adults); R140 (pensioners)
Sunday, R110 (adult) R90 (pensioner)
Free (under 18)
Location Robertson Wine Valley, 2 Reitz Street, Robertson Goudmyn Farm, Robertson

Cape Town International Boat Show

Cape Town International Boat Show, Best Festivals
Where V&A Waterfront
When 14 – 16 October 2016
The lowdown Are you a boat owner, or dream of being one? Well, this family-friendly show might have the answers you seek: from sailing courses and watersports to showcases of the most luxurious boats, equipment and water toys for the whole family.
Contact  021 531 5703, 082 411 8769, dana@impactexpo.co.za
Cost R80
Location V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff Mountain Film Festival, Best Festivals
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Where Cape Town
When 21 – 29 October 2016
The lowdown This movie showcase brings 11 of the world’s top mountain films to Cape Town cinemas. Explore the great outdoors, go kayaking, mountain-climbing, base-jumping – vicariously, of course – through these incredible films that bring the beauty of the outside world inside.  
Contact 086 166 8437
Cost To be announced.
Location Ster Kinekor Cavendish Square, Dreyer St, Claremont
Ster Kinekor Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, Willie Van Schoor Ave & Bill Bezuidenhout Ave, Bellville

Franschhoek Art Festival

Blue Lion Gallery in Franschhoek
Where Blue Lion Gallery
When 21 October – 19 November 2016
The lowdown This art festival has a little of everything – from paintings in different mediums to jewellery, ceramics, sculptures and fine art. It’s a showcase of local talent  that’s not to be missed.
Contact  074 144 4999, art@artemis.co.za
Cost Free
Location The Blue Lion Gallery, Artemis Barn, 37 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek

Cape Town Flower Show

Cape Town Flower Show, Best Festivals
Where Castle of Good Hope
When 27 October – 30 October 2016
The lowdown Flora lovers, this one is for you. Any questions you might have about gardening, landscaping and outdoor-living design trends will be answered at this fun floral festival.
Contact  021 464 1141
Cost R180 (adults)
R90 (10 – 17 year olds)
Free (under 10)
Location Castle of Good Hope, corner of Darling Street and Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Zombie Festival

Zombie Festival, Best Festivals
Where Company’s Garden and Madison Avenue
When 29 October – 30 October 2016
The lowdown Does a zombie walk through the Company’s Garden appeal? Everybody is welcome (come in a scary outfit), and all proceeds go to The Lucky Lucy Foundation for abused and neglected animals. Then, things get kicked up a notch at the afterparty (sorry, no kids allowed) at Madison Avenue for some after-hour Halloween fun.
Contact  060 996 1477, zombiewalk.capetown@gmail.com
Cost R60 (early bird)
R80 (late bird)
R100 (last-minute)
R250 (limited VIP)
Location Company’s Garden, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town AND Madison Avenue Cape Town, 11 Mechau Street , Cape Town

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Cape Town Kite Festival, Best Festivals
Where Zandvlei Nature Reserve
When 29 October – 30 October 2016
The lowdown This two-day family-friendly fun-filled event includes kite displays, kite fighting competitions, kite-flying and kite-making workshops. If you have your own, bring it along; if you don’t, there are loads available for purchase.
Contact  021 447 9040, info@cmh.org.za
Cost R30 per day (adults)
R10 per day (under 12)
Location Axminster Road, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Season of Sauvignon

Season of Sauvignon, Best Festivals
Where Durbanville Wine Valley
When 29 October – 30 October 2016
The lowdown This year 12 wineries come together to give us the best blancs on the block. Combining great food, fabulous wine, live music and some much needed country air, this two-day festival is perfect for wine lovers and foodies alike.
Insider tip Bubbles and Blanc at Durbanville Hills is one for MCC aficionados. In addition to live music, and a variety of food trucks, there’s an oyster and bubbly bar, where you can get stuck in while the kids are entertained in the kiddies’ area.
Contact  083 310 1228, events@durbanvillewine.co.za
Cost Free – R300
Location Durbanville Wine Valley

Bierfest

Bierfest, Best Festivals
Where Newlands Brewery
When 4 November – 6 November 2016
The lowdown Good beer, tasty grub, and loads of fun activities , such as archery, a mechanical bull and a soccer wall.
Contact  021 824 3132, info@bierfest.co.za
Cost Friday, R150 (adults)
Saturday, R150 (adults)
R120 (children over 12)
Free (children under 12)
Location 3 Main Road, Newlands Brewery, Newlands, Cape Town

Franschhoek Craft Festival

Franschhoek Craft Festival
Where Môreson Farm
When 5 November 2016
The lowdown Browse stalls selling limited-edition art, jewellery and leather goods, while enjoying live music and artisanal food and drinks.
Contact  021 876 3055, sales@moreson.co.za
Cost R180
Location Môreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek

Paul Rene Bubbly Festival

Paul Rene Bubbly Festival, Best Festivals
Where Wonderfontein Farm
When 5 November 2016
The lowdown A celebration of fine bubbly and gin cocktails. Saldanha Bay oysters, Norwegian salmon and other fine delicacies will be on sale as well as Strictly Coffee hot beverages. Zoot around the farm in the sidecar of a motorbike, or partake in a game of boules or croquet, while the kids enjoy a pony ride.
Contact  083 380 3980, henk@paulrenemcc.co.za
Cost R200 (adults)
Free (children)
Location Wonderfontein Farm, McGregor Road, Robertson

All Nations Reggae Festival

All Nations Reggae Festival, Best Festivals
Where Castles of Good Hope
When 12 November 2016
The lowdown If you’re a fan of the genre, don’t miss this fun festival, which features international and local artists, such as Bushman, Etana and Turbulence (Jamaica), Souljah Luv (Zimbabwe) and Lucius Banda (Malawi).
Contact  073 130 8484, events@castleofgoodhope.co.za
Cost R250 (online)
R300 (at the door)
Location Castle of Good Hope, Darling Street, Cape Town

The No Danger Diaries Festival

No Danger Diaries Festival, Best Festivals
Where Nidderdale Farm
When 18 November – 20 November 2016
The lowdown A weekend dedicated to learning through fun experiences. There are 21 activities, all aimed at opening your mind and keeping you active, with three or four activities happening every hour, so you can choose the ones that appeal. Activities include paint-dancing, acro-yoga, mixology, pottery workshops, cook-offs, and tons more.
Contact  nodangerdiaries@gmail.com
Cost R390 (early-bird general access)
R450 (general access)
R1 450 (glamping, includes tent, mattress, stove, kettle)
R220 (children under 12)
Location Nidderdale Farm, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus

Cape Town Festival of Beer

Cape Town Festival of Beer, Best Festivals
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Where Hamilton’s Rugby Club
When 25 November – 27 November 2016
The lowdown Over 200 beers, from over 60 local and international breweries and distributors,  food stalls, live music (by the likes of The Parlotones, and others), and live rugby on big screens. There will also be home-brewing demos, a beer-judging competition, blind tastings, lucky draws and raffles. Contact  info@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za
Cost R150
Location Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Stephan Way, Green Point, Cape Town

Fizztherapy Summer Festival

Fizztherapy Summer Festival, Best Festivals
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Where Villiera Estate
When 27 November 2016
The lowdown In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of French winery, Domaine Grier, this festival brims with French flair. With food trucks, top-drawer wine and bubbly and live music by Newton and Co, there are few better ways to spend the day. There’ll be a prize for the best-dressed festival goer, who oozes style without having to shout about it.
Contact 021 865 2002, wine@villiera.com
Cost R120
Location Villiera Estate, Corner R101 & R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch

Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Where Franschhoek Huguenot Monument
When 3 December – 4 December 2016
The lowdown Expect exquisite local cuisine, superb MCC and France’s best champagnes, all with the breathtaking backdrop of Franschhoek scenery. This year’s theme is Black and White with Floral Flair, with a prize for the best-dressed couple.
Contact 021 876 2861 , info@franschhoek.org.za
Cost R350 (access to festival and complimentary tasting glass)
Location Huguenot Monument, 13 Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek

HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL 2016

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Where Hermanus
When 30 September – 2 October 2016
The lowdown Now in its 25th year, the Hermanus Whale Festival offers visitors the chance to view the migration of southern right whales and other marine wildlife in what is considered the best whale-watching destination in the world. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be live music performances, sports events, educational and environmentally friendly adventures and activities, great food and quality crafts on offer in this charming coastal town. So head to Hermanus for a right whale of a time!
Cost Free
R10 (day performances)
TBA (night performances)
Contact 028 313 0928, festival@hermanus.co.za
Location 100 Main Road, Hermanus

MMM MCGREGOR FESTIVAL 2016

MMM McGregor Festival 2016
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Where McGregor
When 24 – 25 September 2016
The lowdown The promise of a springtime festival in the heart of the Cape countryside is certainly a tempting prospect, especially when it involves the chance to browse McGregor’s art galleries, view band and street performances and enjoy some good local food and wine. Mmm… sounds good.
Cost R50 (includes a tasting glass)
Contact 023 625 1954, info@tourismmcgregor.co.za
Location Main Food & Wine Marketplace, McGregor, Western Cape

HERMANUS FLOWER FESTIVAL 2016

Hermanus Flower Festival 2016
Where Hermanus
When 22 – 25 September
The lowdown The 2016 festival theme, Fynbos and Fire, is fitting, as a fire in late December 2015 burnt a large portion of the Fernkloof Reserve. There’s a marquee with environmental exhibits, goodies for purchase, and fun activities for the kids. You can also visit the Hermanus Botanical Society Hall, Fernkloof Nursery and Fynbos Café for daily garden teas and lunches.
Cost R20 (adults)
R10 (pensioner’s day, Thursday 22 September)
Free (children under 12 or in school uniform)
Contact 028 313 0819
Location Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus

OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL 2016

Open Book Festival 2016
Where Cape Town
When 7 – 11 September 2016
The lowdown Spread between the city’s cosiest corners in the Fugard Theatre and the Book Lounge, the Open Book Festival offers bookworms, poetry lovers and comic fans the chance to learn from – and meet – local and international established and emerging poets, novelists and comicbook creators. So come be inspired at this delightfully entertaining book festival.
Cost Free to R80
Book at Webtickets
Contact frankie@openbookfestival.co.za
Location Fugard Theatre, D6 Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge

ROBERTSON BEER FESTIVAL 2016

Robertson Beer Festival 2016
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Where Robertson
When 3 September 2016
The lowdown Head to the rustic town of Robertson, famous for its warm hospitality and country charm, for this short but sweet spring festival. Beer tasting, naturally, is the drawcard, with 12 awesome micro breweries showcasing their wares, and there’s also tasty German food, a live band and kids’ entertainment.
Cost R100 (adult)
R50 (children)
Contact  023 626 4437, info@robertson.org.za
Location Robertson Show Grounds, Robertson, Western Cape

CAPE TOWN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL 2016

Cape Town Street Food Festival
Where Cape Town
When 2 – 4 September 2016
The lowdown The Cape Town Street Food Festival is a wildly popular event that offers local delicacies such as Smileys, Walkie Talkies, samoosas, Gatsbys, bunny chows, rotis and vetkoeks. You’ll be able to purchase these South African classics, and loads more, from the street-food vendors at Side Street Studios.
Cost R50 (market)
R400 (dinner)
R550 (talks)
Contact streetfood@studio-h.co.za
Location Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Winter Warmer Family Festival 2016

Winter Warmer Family Festival 2016
Where Durbanville
When 27 –  28 August 2016
The lowdown The Northern Suburbs plays host to this special family festival designed to warm your winter days with food stalls and a craft-beer garden at the beautiful and newly restored Stone Shed, built in 1847. Grown-ups can enjoy the live entertainment, while the younger members of the family are entertained at the petting zoo and soft-toy entertainment area.
Cost R20 (adults)
Free (children under 13)
Contact 083 602 5119, iheartwesterncape@gmail.com
Location Stone Shed, Adderley Road, Durbanville

MCGREGOR POETRY FESTIVAL 2016

McGregor Poetry Festival 2016
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Where McGregor
When 26  – 28 August 2016
The lowdown Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor! Aimed at promoting community spirit and nurturing talented young artists, this national festival offers poets the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect poetry recitals, music events, art and calligraphy exhibitions and workshops.
Cost Free to  R100
Book at Computicket
Contact 023 625 1908, info@mcgregorpoetryfestival.co.za
Location McGregor, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

WINELANDS CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 2016

Winelands Chocolate Festival
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Where Stellenbosch
When 20 – 21 August 2016
The lowdown Held at the picturesque Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, this decadent festival features a Lindt tea, chocolate tempering and truffle-making workshops in the Manor House, live entertainment and fun for the kids. Get up close and personal with these deliciously sinful treats in the Victorian Kitchen, Chocolate Emporium, and life-sized cocoa plantation. With bubbly, whisky, craft beer, gourmet food and chocolate on the menu, this festival has all your winter cravings covered!
Cost R60 (children 6-17)
R120 (adult pass, includes wine glass and chocolates)
R50 (demos)
R250 (Afternoon tea and day pass)
Contact 021 880 0133, info@chocolateSA.co.za
Location Blaauwklippen, Route 44, Stellenbosch

HERMANUS WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL 2016

Hermanus Food and Wine Festival 2016
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Where Hermanus
When 6 – 8 August 2016
The lowdown The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival showcases over 250 wines by some of the Overberg’s finest estates, from Elgin to Elim. That’s a lot of wine! Rated one of SA’s Top 10 Wine Shows, the event also features awesome gourmet food stalls, craft beer and quality wine, children’s activities, a wine-tasting hall, festival lounge, live entertainment, and much more!
Insider info Looking for a good place to eat? Check out our favourite Hermanus restaurants
Cost R50 – R150
Book at Computicket
Contact 028 316 3988, wineoffice@hermanus.co.za
Location Curro Private School, Curro Rd, Sandbaai, Hermanus

ROBERTSON SLOW FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL 2016

Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2016
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Where Robertson
When 5 – 7 August 2016
The lowdown The Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival invites you to come enjoy Robertson hospitality, leaving behind the chaos of city life. Traditional food, fresh produce, crafts, live music, wine masterclasses, and fun for the whole family are just some of the activities and attractions on offer.
Cost R60 – R650
Book tickets online
Contact 023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Corner Voortrekker & Reitz Street, Robertson

SOETES & SOUP FESTIVAL 2016

Soetes & Soup Festival 2016
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Where Rawsonville
When 22 – 23 July 2016
The lowdown Enjoy a glass of wine from one of the wine estates in the Breedekloof region, while sampling a variety of unusual soups, such as onion marmalade, chicken curry, vegetable, waterbloometjie, and even chocolate! Other highlights include a farmer’s market, art exhibition, craft beer stalls, and children’s entertainment.
Cost R120
Book at Webtickets
Contact 023 349 1791, info@breedekloof.com
Location Breedekloof, Rawsonville, Western Cape

FRANSCHHOEK BASTILLE FESTIVAL 2016

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2016
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Where Franschhoek
When 16 17 July 2016
The lowdown Good food, fine wine and a whole lot of carnival fun await you at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival. Staying true to the town’s French roots, this colourful festival includes barrel-rolling competitions, food-and-wine tastings, farm markets, and much more. It’s held in the grounds of the historical Huguenot Monument, and is not to be missed!
Cost R220 (adults)
Free (under 18s)
Book at Webtickets
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek

THE JIVE CAPE TOWN FUNNY FESTIVAL 2016

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2016
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Where Rondebosch
When 11 July  – 7 August 2016
The lowdown Considered South Africa’s premier comedy festival, the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival brings together some of the best local and international comics, such as Marc Lottering, Gino Fabbri and Alan Committie, comedy pianist Kev Orkian and the world’s top human cartoonist Mario Marchetto for some laughter-filled nights. It’s on at the Baxter Theatre and it’s sure to be a hoot!
Cost R170
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 438 2595
Location Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

STELLENBOSCH INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival 2016
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Where Stellenbosch
When 110 July 2016
The lowdown Bringing classical music and youth development to the fore, this prestigious international event gives aspiring, young musicians, the chance to perform in a musical extravaganza of evening recitals, instrumental and chamber performances and orchestral concerts. Read more about SICMF here.
X factor The public master classes and tuition from esteemed artists and experts.
Cost R20 – R140
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 808 2343
Location Neethling Street, Stellenbosch University

KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL 2016

Knysna Oyster Festival 2016
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Where Knysna
When 1 – 10 July 2016
The lowdown The annual and hugely popular Knysna Oyster Festival offers a little bit of everything, from outdoor activities such as running, cycling, golfing and adventure-racing to wine and whisky tastings, gala evenings, food-and-wine pairings, cooking competitions, entertainment for the whole family and, yes, oysters too. It really is the perfect excuse to escape to the lush Garden Route in July.
Cost R20 – R175
Contact 044 382 5510, headoyster@oysterfestival.co.za
Location Knysna, Garden Route, Western Cape

Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016

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Where Grahamstown
When 30 June – 10 July 2016
The lowdown A cultural institution and the largest arts festival on the African continent, the National Arts Festival draws around 50 000 people to Grahamstown each year, effectively doubling the population of the small university town. The closest thing to a focal point for the festivities would be the Village Green in the centre of town, where tickets for the various events are on sale in the marketplace. From there the festival spreads out across the town, with virtually every building that contains a hall playing host to a performance, exhibition or cultural event of some kind.
Contact 046 603 1103, info@nationalartsfestival.co.za
Location Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2016

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Where Riviersonderend
When 24 – 26 June 2016
The lowdown Courtesy of Vortex Trance Adventures, the Circle of Dreams campsite becomes a psychedelic celebration of the winter solstice that draws inspiration from ye olde Pagan festival of Yule. So if you’re up for being transfixed by night fires and mesmerised by trance music, you won’t want to miss out on this immersive outdoor experience.
Cost R380
Book at Quicket
Contact 071 468 8339, tyree.opensource@gmail.com
Location Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend, Western Cape

Taste the Helderberg 2016

Taste the Helderberg
Where Stellenbosch
When 15 June 2016
The lowdown Proximity to the ocean and fresh mountain air has made the Helderberg a premium wine-producing spot for centuries. So, if you’re at the NH Lord Charles Hotel on 15 June you’ll be able to taste that legacy for yourself. Take your pick from a range of fine vintages provided by around 25 prominent wine-producers, in a region renowned for its culinary delights.
Cost R100
Book at Wineroute.co.za
Contact 021 886 8275, info@wineroute.co.za
Location NH Lord Charles Hotel, Broadway Boulevard and Main Road , Heldervue, Somerset West

Hermanus FynArts Festival 2016

cape-philharmonic-youth-orchestra hermanus fynarts
Where Hermanus
When 10 – 19 June 2016
The lowdown Hermanus FynArts is not so much an arts expo – it’s everything great about Hermanus rolled into one. Food-and-wine tastings,  art galleries, live performances and children’s activities are all thrown into the mix, in a festival that spans 10 days and transforms the sleepy seaside town into a vibrant hub of activity.
Cost R200
Book at Webticket
Contact 028 312 2629, fynarts@hermanus.co.za
Location Hermanus, Western Cape

Wacky Wine Weekend 2016

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Where Robertson Wine Valley
When 2 – 5 June 2016
The lowdown A celebration of the art of winemaking and, of course, the final product, providing guests the opportunity to learn about the craft from some of the valley’s top wine makers. Most of your time will be spent experiencing the fruits of their efforts firsthand, as over 40 wineries and boutique wineries will be showcasing their wares. Find out more here.
Cost R150
Free (under 18)
Book at Webticket
Contact 023 626 3167, admin@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Spilhaus Building, Reitz Street, Robertson

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival 2016

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Where Rondebosch
When 1 – 4 June 2016
The lowdown Bands representing schools, colleges and communities throughout the Western Cape take part in the 18th iteration of this music fête that celebrates the country’s young musical talent. Proceeds go towards the development of education in disadvantaged areas of the Cape.
Cost R100
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 685 7880, info@baxter.co.za
Location Baxter Concert Hall, Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch

Kamers Vol Geskenke 2016

Kamers-vol-Geskenke
Where Cape Town City Centre
When 1 – 5 June 2016
The lowdown If you prefer products that are carefully created rather than mass produced, hand-crafted rather than factory-made, get to Kamers. Traders handpicked from a pool of over 600 applicants will be set-up at the Castle of Good Hope, selling unique fashion, decor and lifestyle items that are unlikely to be found elsewhere. Of course, artisanal food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Cost R50 at plankton.mobi
R70 at entrance
R100 (5-day pass)
R50 (students and pensioners)
Free (under 18)
Contact info@kamersvol.com
Location Castle of Good Hope, Corner Darling and Castle Street, Cape Town City Centre

South African Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival 2016

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Where Franschhoek
When 28 May 2016
The lowdown The Anthonij Rupert Wyne Estate once again hosts this event. Mouthwatering charcuterie, cheese and olives will be paired with wines from some of the region’s top producers including Rust en Vrede, Hartenberg Estate and Simonsig. Of course, you’ll be able to experience the famous  Anthonij Rupert Wyne Shiraz blends that give the festival its name.
Cost R180
Book at Webticket
Contact 021 874 9004, tasting@rupertwines.com
Location Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Route 45, Franschhoek

Good Food and Wine Show 2016

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Where Cape Town City Centre
When 27 – 29 May 2016
The lowdown Expect around 200 exhibitors at Cape Town’s premier tasting experience demonstrating a wide range of wares from culinary equipment, home and lifestyle products, food, drink, and much more. Get the opportunity to meet celebrity chefs such as MasterChef Australia’s George Calombaris, Sarah Graham and Siba Mtongana.
Cost to be confirmed
Contact 021 702 2280, daniel@fieramilano.co.za (for general enquiries)
021 702 2280, thirza@fieramilano.co.za (for ticket enquiries)
Location Cape Town Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street

Pint of Science Festival 2016

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Where Cape Town City Centre & Muizenberg
When 23 – 25 May 2016
The lowdown Why talk science in a stuffy classroom when you can do so over a pint of the good stuff? That’s the idea behind the Pint of Science Festival, during which local pubs host a series of talks covering a wide range of topics from the environment to space exploration. The festival comes to South Africa for the first time this year, with 13 local experts giving talks on six topics, three of which will be hosted at the Empire Cafe in Muizenberg and the other three at Sgt Pepper on Long Street.
Cost R35
Book at Quicket
Contact 072 200 3152, pintofsciencesa@gmail.com
Location Sgt Pepper Long Street & Empire Cafe

Trash Cabaret Carnival of Dreams 2016

hillcrest-quarry
Where Durbanville
When 14 May 2016
The lowdown Supposedly the brainchild of a French nun who decided that juggling eggs was more fun than hanging out in a monastery, this festival sees acrobats, jugglers and musical performers entertaining revellers in the midst of the picturesque Durbanville hills. You’re encouraged to wear a mask to add to the atmosphere. In fact, wear pretty much anything that comes to mind…
Cost R100
Book at Quicket
Contact 021 976 4959, 072 456 9071, mike@hillcrestquarry.co.za
Location Hillcrest Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2016

franschoek_lit_fest
Where Franschhoek
When 13 – 15 May 2016
The lowdown South Africa’s literature reflects the diversity of our colourful nation, a diversity that is celebrated at the annual FLF. Over 90 authors, poets, editors and other literary minds participate in over 70 events, raising funds for the development of local libraries and learning institutions. Rather than being restricted to one venue, the events are spread out across a number of locations within walking distance of each other, lending a vibrant energy to proceedings as festival-goers wander the streets of Franschhoek in search of knowledge. More details here.
Cost R70
Book at Webticket
Contact 021 876 3603, help@flf.co.za
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2016

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
Where Riebeek Valley
When 7 – 8 May 2016
The lowdown The winner of the West Coast Tourism’s Best Tourist Event returns this year, and with it the opportunity to savour the delicious and Mediterranean fruit that’s a universal symbol of peace and reconciliation. Olive oils, olive breads, jams and other related products will be available for purchase. More details here.
Cost R125 (weekend pass)
Free (children under 18)
Book at Webticket
Contact 022 448 1545, olivefestival@gmail.com
Location Riebeek Kasteel

Applewood Harvest Country Market and Trail Run 2016

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Where Elgin
When 7 May 2016
The lowdown Apples are falling from the trees, and Elgin is celebrating the harvest with a trail-run that will put your endurance to the test. Fitness enthusiasts may be up to the challenge of the 11km trail, while the rest can participate in the light 5km family run. Craft cider, Elgin wines and food (much of it apple-themed) will be available, along with live music and children’s activities.
Cost R50 (5km family run)
R100 (11km run)
Book at Quicket
Contact 021 848 9121, 082 449 4554,
Location Applewood Preparatory School, Appletiser Road, Elgin

Spier Poetry Festival 2016

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Where Stellenbosch
When 7 May 2016
The lowdown Spier Wine Farm has a proud history dating back to the first free burghers in 1692, and it’s the ancient and free-spirited art of poetry that is celebrated at this estate every year. Readings, translations and debates will be conducted by renowned poets from home and abroad.
Cost Free (Converations)
R220 (Readings)
Book at Webticket
Contact 021 809 1100, info@spier.co.za
Location Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Road, Route 310, Stellenbosch

Woodstock Autumn Beer Festival 2016

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Where Woodstock
When 1 May 2016
The lowdown The Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre becomes a bonafide meadow in May, with a host of breweries and food vendors displaying their stuff. Since the next day is a public holiday, you’ll be able to indulge (a bit) more than usual. Find out more here.
Cost R40
Book at Quicket
Contact 082 256 4056, sales@riotbeer.co.za
Location The Palms Centre , 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

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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: 11 January 2017

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

  1. Joseph kabongo

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

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  2. Saleem

    Howci can get stall in festivals

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  3. Saleem

    How I can get stall in festivals.

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  4. Samantha

    SpiritFest 2-6 March 2017
    Should be on the list

    Reply
  5. Deborah

    Bastille festival franschhoek
    Uncorked festival also franschhoek

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    • The Inside Guide

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

      Reply
  6. 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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