The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

Beer, bubbly, braais and barrel-rolling… Here are some of the top festival activities to look forward to from April through to July.

Upcoming festivals in Cape Town for 2017

1 Apr 2017 Cluver Family Harvest Day 2017 Grabouw
2 Apr 2017 SouthYeasters Summer Festival 2017  Newlands Brewery
6 – 8 Apr 2017 Whisky Live 2017 V&A Waterfront
8 – 15 Apr 2017 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 2017 Oudtshoorn
9 Apr 2017 Pinot Noir Festival 2017 Vineyard Hotel
15 – 17 Apr 2017 Easter Vortex 2017 Caledon
17 Apr 2017 Parklife Festival 2017 Green Point Sports Field
22 Apr 2017 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 2017  Jan Marais Nature Reserve
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
6 – 7 May 2017 Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2017 Riebeek Valley
6 May 2017 Applewood Harvest Country Market and Trail Run 2017 Elgin
6 May 2017 Stellenbosch Oyster and Bubbly Festival 2017 Stellenbosch
19 – 21 May 2017 Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival 2017 Greyton and Genadendal
19 – 21 May 2017 Franschhoek Literary Festival 2017 Franschhoek
20 May 2017 Cab Franc Carnival 2017 Somerset West
24 – 28 May 2017 Kamers/Makers 2017 Cape Town City Centre
27 May 2017 South African Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival 2017 Franschhoek
31 May 2017 Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival Rondebosch
1 – 4 June 2017 Wacky Wine Weekend 2017 Robertson Wine Valley
1 – 11 June 2017 Encounter Film Festival 2017 Cape Town
2 – 4 June 2017 Good Food and Wine Show 2017 Cape Town City Centre
9 – 18 June 2017 Hermanus Fynarts Festival 2017 Hermanus
15 June 2017 Taste the Helderberg 2017 Somerset West
23 – 25 June 2017 Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017 Riviersonderend
24 – 25 June 2017 Christmas in Winter Tulbagh 2017 Tulbagh
29 June – 9 July 2017 Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2017 Grahamstown
30 June – 2 July 2017

7 July – 9 July 2017

Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland 2017 Gordon’s Bay
30 June – 9 July 2017 Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival 2017 Stellenbosch
1 July 2017 Woodstock Winter Beer Festival 2017 Woodstock
7 – 16 July 2017 Knysna Oyster Festival 2017 Knysna
10 July – 6 August 2017 The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2017 Rondebosch
15 – 16 July 2017 Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2017 Franschhoek
21 – 22 July 2017 Soetes & Soup Festival 2017 Rawsonville

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

The Best Festivals in Cape Town

April 2017

Cluver Family Harvest Day

Cluver Harvest Day

Where 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,
Location Paul Cluver Wines, De Rust Estate, Grabouw (N2), Western Cape

SouthYeasters Summer Festival

SouthYeasters Summer Festival

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)
Location Newlands Brewery, 3 Main Road,Newlands, Cape Town

Whisky Live 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Whisky Live

Where V&A Waterfront
When 6 – 8 April 2017
The lowdown This festival is all about good-spirited fun, and offers aficionados and newbies alike the opportunity to sip, sample and enjoy some of the world’s finest whiskies.
Cost R200 (online)
R230 (at the door)
R110 (designated driver)
Tickets available at Ticketpros and at the door
Contact 010 900 2025,
Location The Lookout, Granger Bay Parking Area, Granger Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

Where Oudtshoorn
When 8 – 15 April 2017
The lowdown Now in its 23rd year, this week-long arts festival offers guests more than 150 shows across all genres. In addition, there are over 400 market stalls selling food, refreshments, clothes and memorabilia, and gourmet tasting experiences, as well as a kiddies’ amusement area.
Cost tickets available at Shoprite/Checkers or online via Computicket
Contact 044 203 8600,
Location Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Pinot Noir Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Pinot Noir
Gavin Withers Photography

Where Vineyard Hotel
When 9 April
The lowdown Celebrate some of South Africa’s best pinot producers on the beautiful lawns of this historic hotel. Enjoy an assortment of canapés (and, of course, great vino) while enjoying a live music performance by Allan van der Merwe, his wife and son.
The details Participating estates include Meerlust, Newton Johnson, Hamilton Russell, Glen Carlou, Waterford Estate, Paul Cluver, and more.
Cost R250
Contact 021 657 4500,
Location Vineyard Hotel, Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town

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

Parklife Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Parklife Festival
Flash Poets

Where Green Point Sports Field
When 17 April 2017
The lowdown This live-music and street-food festival is the perfect way to end the Easter weekend. Festival-goers are invited to bring camping chairs and blankets, so they can sit back, relax and enjoy a day of good food and fine tunes.
The details The lineup includes Jeremy Loops, Francois van Coke, Matthew Mole, Guy Buttery, Medicine Boy, Opposite The Other, Kaki King from the US and The Temper Trap from Australia.
Cost R295 (early bird)
R395 (second phase)
R195 (early bird, 13 – 17 years)
R125 (early bird, under 12 years)
Tickets available at Breakout.Nutickets
Location Green Point Sports Fields, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Stellies Craft Beer Festival

Where Jan Marais Nature Reserve
When 22 April 2017
The lowdown Beer lovers can enjoy the best of local craft beer at one of the region’s best-kept secrets, the Jan Marais Nature Reserve. Lush lawns and ancient trees make this the perfect setting for this biannual picnic-style craft-beer festival, complete with food trucks and festive beats.
Cost R100 (adults, includes branded 500ml glass)
R85 (adults, includes plastic 500ml cup)
R50 (12 – 17 years)
Free (12 years and under)
Tickets available at Quicket
Contact 076 416 7230,
Location Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Marais Road, Stellenbosch

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,
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,
Location L’Avenir Wine Estate, Off R44, Klapmuts Road, Stellenbosch


Afrikaburn Cape Town
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)
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,
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,
Location Various


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
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

May 2017


Festivals in Cape Town: Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Where Riebeek Valley
When 6 – 7 May 2017
The lowdown The 17th annual Olive Festival is back with more of our favourite olive goodies (think jams, pickles, preserves, tapenades, extra-virgin olive oil, and delicious olive breads) as well as some fabulous olive-related experiences, such as soap making, guided olive-grove walks, craft-beer tasting, live music, and more.
The details Participating farms and brands include Kloovenburg, The Olive Boutique, Riebeek Cellars, The Riebeek Kasteel Town Square, Het Vlok Kasteel, Pulpit Rock and Allesverloren.
Cost R80 (weekend pass, includes glass of wine)
Free (children under 18)
Book at Webtickets
Contact 083 441 0283,
Location Riebeek Kasteel


Festivals in Cape Town: Applewood Harvest Country Market

Where Elgin
When 6 May 2017
The lowdown Elgin is celebrating the apple harvest with a couple of trail runs: 11km (for fitness enthusiasts) and 5km (for family). Other fun activities include a country market (starts at 10am), live music, children’s activities and, of course, plenty of appley food, wines and craft cider.
Cost R80 (5km run)
R180 (11km run)
R20 (voluntary donation per car at the gate)
Book at Quicket
Location Applewood Preparatory School, Appletiser Road, Elgin

Stellenbosch Oyster and Bubbly Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Stellenbosch Oyster and Bubbly Festival

Where Stellenbosch
When 6 May 2017
The lowdown Enjoy loads of bubbles and fresh West Coast oysters at Stellies’ first-ever festival of this kind. There’ll be live entertainment and food straight off the fire for those who don’t fancy slurping and shucking.
Cost R140 (includes entry, tasting voucher, tasting glass)
Free (under 18s)
Tickets available from Webtickets
Contact 084 522 5223
Location D’Trekka Antique Tractor Farm,  R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch

Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Greyton Genadendal Classics Festival

Where Greyton and Genadendal
When 19 – 21 May 2017
The lowdown Join the charming towns of Greyton and Genadendal, when their streets come alive with the sound of 10 classical concerts. Enjoy a variety of debut and seasoned international and local artists. Check out the full programme for details.
Cost R80 – R150
Tickets available at Computicket
Contact or
Location Genadendal and Greyton, Western Cape


Festivals in Cape Town: Franschhoek Literary Festival

Where Franschhoek
When 19 – 21 May 2017
The lowdown Authors, poets, editors and all literary aficionados converge on this winelands town for a weekend of over 90 fascinating events across various locations. From literary discussions and book launches to writing workshops, classical music concerts, dinners and more, there’s sure to be something that appeals.
Cost R70
Book at Webtickets
Contact 021 876 3603,
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley

Cab Franc Carnival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Cab Franc Carnival

Where Somerset West
When 20 May 2017
The lowdown Celebrate the best of Cabernet Franc with this country side festival. On offer are plenty of food stalls, delicious vino of course, cosy café seating and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the winemakers themselves as well as three special tutored tastings of the top six Cabernet Franc Challenge winners (R75).
The details Participating wineries include Avontuur Estate, CK Wines, Doolhoof Wine Estate, Edgebaston, Hannay Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein, Knorhoek Wine Farm, Lynx Wines, My Wyn, Nelson Wine Estate, Oldenburg Vineyards, Ormonde Vineyards, Raats Family Wines, Rainbow’s End Wine Estate, The Garajeest, Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards, Vrede en Lust, Warwick Estate, Whalehaven, and Zorgvliet Wines.
Please note No under 18s allowed
Cost R200 (includes wine glass, R50 food coupon)
Tickets available at Computicket and Plankton
Contact 021 981 0216,
Location Avontuur Estate, Route 44, Somerset West

KAMERS/Makers 2017

Kamers Stellenbosch
Chantall Marshall

Where Cape Town City Centre
When 24 – 28 May 2017
The lowdown If you prefer products that are caringly hand-crafted rather than factory-made, get to KAMERS/Makers is the fest for you. Traders handpicked from a pool of over 600 applicants will be selling unique fashion, decor and lifestyle items that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Of course, artisanal food and drinks will be available for purchase, too.
Cost R60 (adults online, includes a KAMERS tote bag and gift)
R80 (adults at the door, includes a KAMERS tote bag and gift)
R120 (adults full festival pass, includes KAMERS tote bag and gift)
R60 (students and pensioners, includes a KAMERS tote bag and gift)
Free (children under 18)
Tickets available at
Location Castle of Good Hope, Corner Darling and Castle Street, Cape Town City Centre


Festivals in Cape Town: South African Shiraz & Charcuterie

Where Franschhoek
When 27 May 2017
The lowdown A showcase of some of South Africa’s finest charcuterie, shirazes and syrahs for guests to enjoy. Don’t miss out on a beautiful day at Anthonij Rupert Wyne, where you simply must try the French onion soup, homemade saucisson and the ever-popular Olive Bar.
Cost R220
Pre-book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 084 207 3820,
Location Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Route 45, Franschhoek


Festivals in Cape Town: Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival

Where Rondebosch
When 31 May – 3 June 2017
The lowdown Bands representing schools, colleges and communities throughout the Western Cape take part in the 19th 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 (adults)
R350 (full festival pass)
R50 (seniors, students and scholars)
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 685 7880,
Location Baxter Concert Hall, Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch

June 2017


Festivals in Cape Town: Wacky Wine Weekend

Where Robertson Wine Valley
When 1 – 4 June 2017
The lowdown A celebration of the art of winemaking and, of course, the final product, this festival gives guests the opportunity to sample sublime vintages, take part in tutored tastings, and dance the night away to live music. Find out more here.
Cost R150 (early bird special, includes wine glass, mineral water, WWW programme and 6 wine tasting coupons)
R180 (includes wine glass, mineral water, WWW programme and 6 wine tasting coupons)
Free (under 18)
Book at Webtickets
Contact 023 626 3167,
Location Spilhaus Building, Reitz Street, Robertson

Encounter Film Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Encounter Film Festival

Where Cape Town
When 1 – 11 June 2017
The lowdown Watch the most-buzzed-about local and international documentaries at this 10-day film festival where filmmakers from around the globe get the chance to strut their stuff.
Cost R55 per film
Tickets available at Cinema Nouveau and Webtickets (for the Labia)
Contact 021 418 3310, 021 418 3271,
Location Cinema Nouveau, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and The Labia Theatre, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Good Food and Wine Show 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Good Food and Wine Show
Pacific Asia Travel Association

Where Cape Town City Centre
When 2 – 4 June 2017
The lowdown Meet international celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, among others at Cape Town’s premier tasting experience. And then browse and purchase a  wide range of culinary equipment, home and lifestyle products, food, drink, and much more.
Cost R60 – R380
Book tickets at Computicket or at the door
Contact 021 702 2280,
Location Cape Town Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street

Hermanus FynArts Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Hermanus FynArts

Where Hermanus
When 9 – 18 June 2017
The lowdown Hermanus FynArts is everything great about Hermanus rolled into one. Enjoy food and wine tasting, art galleries, live performances and even children’s activities.
Cost Varies
Book at Webtickets
Contact 028 312 2629,
Location Hermanus, Western Cape

Taste the Helderberg 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Taste the Helderberg

Where Somerset West
When 15 June 2017
The lowdown The Helderberg region is a centuries-old premium wine-producing spot. And now, guests are invited to taste that legacy for themselves, sampling the wares of around 25 prominent wine producers.
Cost R100
Book at
Contact 021 886 8275,
Location NH Lord Charles Hotel, Broadway Boulevard and Main Road , Heldervue, Somerset West

Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire
Joffrey Hyman

Where Riviersonderend
When 23 – 25 June 2017
The lowdown Courtesy of Vortex Trance Adventures, the Circle of Dreams campsite once again becomes a psychedelic celebration of the winter solstice. So if you’re up for being mesmerised by night fires and trans beats, you won’t want to miss out on this immersive outdoor experience.
Cost R350 (full festival early bird ticket – ends 30 April 2017)
R450 (full festival ticket)
R350 (Saturday & Sunday)
Tickets are available from Quicket and selected outlets
Contact 071 468 8339,
Location Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend, Western Cape

Christmas in Winter Tulbagh 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Christmas in Winter
Vineyard Car Hire

Where Tulbagh
When 24 – 25 June 2017
The lowdown The village comes alive for a festive mid-year Yule, with Santa riding through the streets with treats for the kids, and restaurants decked out in Christmas trees and fairy lights. Expect traditional Christmas dinners; cheese-, Belgian chocolate- and olive-tastings; tractor and horseback rides, and face painting and a jumping castle for the little ones.
Cost  R100 (adults, includes wine glass, Christmas hat, programme, entrance to 5 museums)
R60 (ages 13 – 17)
Free (under 12 years)
Contact 023 230 1348,
Location 4 Church Street, Tulbagh, Western Cape

Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Where Grahamstown
When 29 June 2017 – 9 July 2017
The lowdown Virtually every building that contains a hall plays host to performances, exhibitions or cultural events of some kind during this town-wide celebration of the arts. Expect over 300 amazing shows.
Contact 046 603 1103,
Location Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Gordon's Bay Winter Wonderland

Where Gordon’s Bay
When 30 June 2017 – 2 July 2017
7 – 9 July 2017
The lowdown This quaint seaside town becomes a winter wonderland, with fairy lights, street decor, parades, food and craft markets, a gigantic amusement park, live music, a beer tent, tea garden and pop-up restaurants dotted throughout.
Cost R10 (adults)
Free (children under 12)
Contact 071 606 3261,
Location Gordon’s Bay, Western Cape

Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival

Where Stellenbosch
When 30 June – 9 July 2017
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, chamber performances and orchestral concerts.
Cost R125 (adults, 30 June – 5 July)
R140 (adults, 6 July – 9 July)
R90 (pensioners, 30 June – 5 July)
R100 (pensioners, 6 July – 9 July)
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 808 2343
Location Neethling Street, Stellenbosch University

July 2017

Woodstock Winter Beer Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Woodstock Winter Beer Festival

Where Woodstock
When 1 July 2017
The lowdown With top-notch “brews for brewers,” delicious street food and live music, it’s Woodstock Winter Beer Festival time at The Palms. Brewmasters will be whipping up some special brews especially for this not-to-be-missed event.
Cost R65
R80 (at the door)
Tickets available at Quicket
Contact 079 164 3798,
Location The Palms Centre , 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

Knysna Oyster Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Knysna Oyster Festival

Where Knysna
When 7 –16 July 2017
The lowdown The annual and hugely popular Knysna Oyster Festival offers a little bit of everything, from outdoor activities such as running, cycling, canoeing, as well as plenty of oysters and bubbly.
Cost Varies; check festival programme for individual activities.
Contact 044 382 5510,
Location Knysna, Garden Route, Western Cape

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

Where Rondebosch
When 10 July  – 6 August 2017
The lowdown Cape Town Funny Festival is back – with more laughs than ever before. This year sees some much loved international and local comics hit the stage, including Alan Committie, Marc Lottering, Loyiso Madinga, Captain Frodo (Norway), Paul Dabek (UK), and Mario, Queen of the Circus (USA).
Cost R190
Book at Computicket
Contact 021 680 3962
Location Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Where Franschhoek
When 15 – 16 July 2017
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 includes a village market, barrel-rolling competition, boule, and loads of wine tasting.
Cost R280 (adults)
Free (under 18s)
Book at Webtickets
Contact 021 876 2861,
Location Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek

Soetes & Soup Festival 2017

Festivals in Cape Town: Soetes & Soup Festival

Where Rawsonville
When 21 – 22 July 2017
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 farmers’ market, art exhibition, craft beer stalls, and children’s entertainment.
Cost R150 (standard ticket)
R100 (designated driver)
Book at Webtickets
Contact 023 349 1791,
Location Breedekloof, Rawsonville, Western Cape


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Time of publication: 13 April 2017

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

  1. Abdul

    Hi can I get the up coming events program plse and would like to apply for a stall thanks

  2. Kashifah

    Hii Goodmorning/Day..would like to know how do i go about getting a space for a food trailer@festivals&events?

  3. Adrian Lazarus

    OOPs – missed out on the Bokeh Fashion Film Festival in April! …. and its free!

  4. Sherry Woods

    Where’s the Patat Festival in Napier WC in June? You missed that one and it’s a great Festival. Please give the smaller towns a showing too. Thank you.

  5. Pearl

    Hi, kindly advise of any upcoming events that has opportunity for rap artists to perform. Thank you

  6. Pearl

    Kindly advise any upcoming events that has opportunity for rap artists to perform. Thank you

  7. Taariq

    Food truck Matt Black. Gourmet burgers , Ribs and chips

  8. Amina

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

  9. Sarah Field

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

  10. Abdul

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

  11. Kunjulwa

    Ooh wow this is great .

  12. Joseph kabongo

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

  13. Saleem

    Howci can get stall in festivals

  14. Saleem

    How I can get stall in festivals.

  15. Samantha

    SpiritFest 2-6 March 2017
    Should be on the list

  16. Deborah

    Bastille festival franschhoek
    Uncorked festival also franschhoek

    • The Inside Guide

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

  17. Lynn

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

    • The Inside Guide

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


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