The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2017

Comedy, craft beer and cabernet franc for days… Here are some of the top festival activities to look forward to from May to August.

Upcoming festivals in Cape Town for 2017

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
15 – 18 June 2017 Silver Mountain Music Festival 2017 Heidelberg
16 – 18 June 2017 Patatfees 2017 Napier
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 Autumn 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
4 – 6 August 2017 Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2017 Robertson
11 – 12 August 2017 Hermanus Wine And Food Festival 2017 Hermanus
24 – 27 August 2017 Hopefield Fynbosskou 2017 Hopefield
25 – 27 August 2017 Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2017 McGregor

Previous Festivals

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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
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
11 May 2017 Cape Town Steelband Festival 2017 Rondebosch
12 May 2017 Cape Town Marimba Festival 2017 Rondebosch
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

The Best Festivals in Cape Town

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

Silver Mountain Music Festival 2017

Festivals Cape Town: Silver Mountain Music Festival

Where Heidelberg
When 15 – 18 June 2017
The lowdown A celebration of music (and nature) with feted conductor Richard Cock, Samson Diamond, the Odeion String Quartet, and others. Enjoy the music (obviously), as well as a host of other fun activities for the whole family, including dairy tours, forest walks and nature talks, as well as wine-, beer- and milk tastings. Find a comprehensive outline of all the festival fun here.
Cost R850 (adults, full festival pass)
R350 (children, full festival pass)
R35 to R160 (for individual events)
Tickets available
Contact 079 335 0269,
Location Grootvadersbosch Conservancy, Strawberry Hill Farm Grootvadersbosch, Heidelberg, Western Cape

Patatfees 2017

Napier Patatfees
Keith Murray

Where Napier, Western Cape
When 16 – 18 June 2017
The lowdown Once again the Napier Patatfees offers festival-goers the chance to partake in a variety of activities from a mountain-bike challenge to marathons and walks. Also to be enjoyed are vintage cars, tractors and Harley-Davidson displays, street parades, market stalls and delicious potato dishes, naturally.
Cost Free entry; costs vary per event
Contact 028 424 2584,
Location Agulhas School of Skills, Napier, Overberg, Western Cape

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 Autumn 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

August 2017

Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2017

Festivals Cape Town: Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival

Where Robertson
When 4 – 6 August 2017
The lowdown The Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival invites you (and your whole family) to come and enjoy delicious food, live music, tutored tastings, and a whole host of other fun-filled activities and attractions.
Cost R60 – R650
Contact 023 626 3167,
Location Corner Voortrekker & Reitz Street, Robertson

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival 2017

Festivals Cape Town: Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

Where Hermanus
When 11 – 12 August 2017
The lowdown The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival showcases over 250 wines by some of the Overberg’s finest estates, from Elgin to Elim. The event also features gourmet food stalls, craft beer, children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more!
Insider info Looking for a good place to eat? Check out our favourite Hermanus restaurants.
Cost R50 – R170
Book at Computicket
Contact 028 316 3988,
Location Curro Private School, Curro Rd, Sandbaai, Hermanus

Hopefield Fynbosskou 2017

Festivals Cape Town: Hopefield Fynbosskou

Where Hopefield
When 24 – 27 August 2017
The lowdown The whole town of Hopefield comes together for this four-day affair to build, manage and run this wonderfully festive annual fynbos show. Plant lovers, botanists, and festival-goers can look forward to loads of food and craft stalls, live music, and even a beer tent.
Cost R40 per person
Contact 022 723 0569, 072 802 3634
Location Hopefield Sportsclub, Hopefield, West Coast

Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2017

Festivals Cape Town: Mcgregor Poetry Festival

Where McGregor
When 25  – 27 August 2017
The lowdown Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor! This special weekend offers poets from all walks the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.
Cost Free to R100
Book at Computicket
Contact 023 625 1908,
Location McGregor, Breede River Valley, Western Cape


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: 10 May 2017

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

  1. louise

    pls keep me informed of festival dates .THANK YOU

  2. Nate

    You guys need to add Feastival to the list!!!
    One of Cape Towns finest for amazing craft food and drinks with live acoustic music that eventually turns into amazing DJ sets. One of my ultimate favourites for Cape Town winter.

  3. Gal


    How do we get Feastival on this list?

    Cape Town based winter festival with a passion for food, art and design – seeing over 10,000 attendees in the four months of winter.

    Let me know 🙂

  4. Lindiwe

    wish to know any food and wine events in Durban.

  5. Tia

    Brunch will be wonderful for me and my friend…


  6. Abdul

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

  7. Kashifah

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

  8. Adrian Lazarus

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

  9. 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.

  10. Pearl

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

  11. Pearl

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

  12. Taariq

    Food truck Matt Black. Gourmet burgers , Ribs and chips

  13. Amina

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

  14. Sarah Field

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

  15. Abdul

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

  16. Kunjulwa

    Ooh wow this is great .

  17. Joseph kabongo

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

  18. Saleem

    Howci can get stall in festivals

  19. Saleem

    How I can get stall in festivals.

  20. Samantha

    SpiritFest 2-6 March 2017
    Should be on the list

  21. 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.

  22. 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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