The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2018

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2018

Soup, classical music, trance beats and chocolates… These are some of the things to look forward to at Cape Town’s best-loved festivals from June to August 2018.

Upcoming festivals in Cape Town for 2018

6 – 15 July 2018 Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 2018 Stellenbosch
9 July – 5 August 2018 The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2018 Rondebosch
14 – 15 July 2018 Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2018 Franschhoek
16 July 2018 Berg River Winter Carnival 2018 Velddrif
20 – 21 July 2018 Soetes & Soup Festival 2018 Rawsonville
3 – 5 August 2018 Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2018 Robertson
9 – 12 August 2018 Klein Karoo Klassique 2018 Oudtshoorn
18 August 2018 The Chocolate Festival 2018 Stellenbosch
24 – 26 August 2018 Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2018 McGregor
30 August – 2 September 2018 Hopefield Fynbosskou 2018 Hopefield

Previous Festivals

Many of these festivals will return in 2018. Subscribe to our newsletter, and we’ll keep you informed.

 1 – 3 September 2017 Wine Whales and Music Weekend De Hoop Nature Reserve
 2 September 2017 Waterblommetjie Festival 2017 Paarl
 2 – 3 September 2017 Street Food Festival 2017 Cape Town
 2 September 2017 Pinotage on Tap 2017 Diemersfontein Wine Estate
 6 – 10 September 2017 Open Book Festival 2017 Cape Town
 9 September 2017 Robertson Beer Festival 2017 Robertson
 16 September 2017 Pizza and Pasta Festival 2017 Tokai
 16 – 17 September 2017 Franschhoek Uncorked 2017 Franschhoek
 22 – 25 September 2017 Hermanus Flower Festival 2017 Hermanus
 21 September – 8 October 2017 Cape Town Fringe Festival 2017 Cape Town
 29 September – 1 October 2017 Hermanus Whale Festival 2017 Hermanus
 30 September 2017 McGregor Food and Wine Festival 2017 McGregor
5 – 8 October 2017 Rocking the Daisies 2017 Cloof Wine Estate
7 – 8 October 2017 Plett Wine and Bubbly Festival 2017 Plettenberg Bay
20 – 22 October 2017 Robertson Wine on the River 2017 Robertson Wine Valley
20 – 22 October 2017 Cape Town International Boat Show 2017 V&A Waterfront
27 – 29 October 2017 Franschhoek Art Festival 2017 Franschhoek
28 – 29 October 2017 Cape Town International Kite Festival 2017 Zandvlei Nature Reserve
28 – 29 October 2017 Season of Sauvignon 2017 Durbanville Wine Valley
28 – 29 October 2017 Zombie Festival 2017 Company’s Garden
1 – 3 December 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer 2017 Hamilton’s Rugby Club
1 – 3 December 2017 Synergy Live 2017 Anura Vineyards
2 – 3 December 2017 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2017 Franschhoek Huguenot Monument
20 November – 10 December 2017 Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2017 Cape Town
16 December 2017 Corona Sunsets 2017 The Bungalow
16 December 2017 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival 2017 Gugulethu Stadium
17 December 2017 Festival of Chariots 2017 Beach Road
22 December 2017 Hermanus Craft Beer 2017 Hermanus Cricket Grounds
25 – 28 January 2018 Up the Creek Music Festival 2018 Breede River
26 – 28 January 2018 Origin: Music and Art Festival 2018 Elandskloof Farm
3 February 2018 Franschhoek Summer Wines 2018 Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
9 February 2018  Ultra South Africa 2018  Cape Town Stadium
10 February 2018 Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival 2018 Amandalia Farm
17 – 18 February 2018 Littlegig Festival 2018 Wiesenhof Farm
22 – 25 February 2018 Jazz on the Rocks 2018 Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
23 – 25 February 2018 Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2018 Coetzenburg Sports Grounds
23 – 25 February 2018 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest 2018 Robertson Valley
28 February – 4 March 2018 Kamers/Makers 2018 Rondebosch
1 – 5 March 2018 SpiritFest 2018 Swellendam
2 – 3 March 2018 Wynberg Family Festival 2018 Maynardville Park
2 – 4 March 2018 Paradise Springs 2018 Montagu
3 March 2018 KDAY Festival 2018 Meerendal Wine Estate
3 March 2018 OmmiBerg Round the Rocks 2018 Paarl
3 – 4 March 2018 Italian Festival @ Idiom 2018 Sir Lowry’s Pass
9 – 11 March 2018 Knysna Literary Festival 2018 Thesen Islands
10 March 2018 World Naked Bike Ride 2018 Zonnebloem
10 March 2018 Durbanville Plaasfees 2018 Diemersadal Wine Estate
16 – 18 and 23 -15 March 2018 Greenpop Reforest Festival 2018 Cape Overberg
17 March 2018 Cape Town Carnival 2018 Green Point
22 – 30 March 2018 South African Eco Film Festival 2018 Cape Town
23 – 24 March 2018 Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2018 Cape Town International Convention Centre
29 March – 4 April 2018 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 2018 Oudtshoorn
31 March – 2 April 2018 Easter Vortex 2018 Caledon
6 – 8 April 2018 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2018 Cape Town
7 April 2018 Burger Festival 2018 Cape Town
14 – 15 April 2018 Pinotage & Biltong Festival 2018 Paarl
14 – 15 April 2018 Stellenbosch Oyster & Bubbly Festival 2018 Stellenbosch
15 April 2018 Plett Truck & Vine Festival 2018 Plettenberg Bay
21 April 2018 Barrels & Beards Harvest Celebration 2018 Bot River
23 – 29 April 2018 Afrikaburn 2018 Tankwa Karoo
27 – 29 April 2018 South African Cheese Festival 2018 Sandringham
28 – 29 April 2018 Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival 2018 Elgin
28 – 29 April 2018 FanCon 2018 Cape Town International Convention Centre
19 May 2018 Cabernet Franc Carnival 2018 Somerset West
24 -27 May 2018 South African Independent Film Festival 2018 Cape Town
31 May – 3 June 2018 Robertson Valley’s Wacky Wine Weekend 2018 Robertson Wine Valley
31 May – 10 June 2018 Encounter South African International Documentary Film Festival 2018 Cape Town
8 June 2018 Taste the Helderberg 2018 Somerset West
8 – 17 June 2018 Hermanus FynArts Festival 2018 Hermanus
15 – 17 June 2018 De Warenmarkt Oyster Festival 2018 Stellenbosch
15 – 18 June 2018 Calitzdorp Winter Festival 2018 Calitzdorp
22 – 24 June 2018 Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2018 Swellendam
23 – 24 June 2018 Christmas in Winter Tulbagh 2018 Tulbagh
25 June – 8 July 2018 Plett Arts Festival 2018 Plettenberg Bay
28 June – 6 July 2018 National Arts Festival 2018 Grahamstown
29 June – 1 July 2018
6 – 8 July 2018
Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland 2018 Gordon’s Bay
29 June – 8 July 2018 Knysna Oyster Festival 2018 Knysna

The Best Festivals in Cape Town

July 2018

Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 2018

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Best Festivals

Where Stellenbosch
When 6 – 15 July 2018
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 R1 120 (adults, festival pass)
R130 (adults, 6 – 11 July)
R150 (adults, 12 – 15 July)
R100 (pensioners and students,  6 – 11 July)
R110 (pensioners and students, 12 – 15 July)
R850 (pensioners and students, festival pass)
Book tickets at Computicket
Contact 072 531 3235,
Location Neethling Street, Stellenbosch University

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2018

Jive Funny Festival Best Festivals

Where Rondebosch
When 9 July – 5 August 2018
The lowdown Cape Town Funny Festival is back – with more laughs than ever before, with some much-loved international and local comics hitting the stage.
Cost R160 – R190
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 021 680 3962
Location Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2018

Festivals in Cape Town: Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Where Franschhoek
When 14 – 15 July 2018
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 R350 (Saturday, includes entry, a tasting glass, five wine-tasting coupons and a R20 voucher)
R280 (Sunday, includes entry, a tasting glass, five wine-tasting coupons and a R20 voucher)
Free (children under 18)
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 021 876 2861,
Location Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek

Berg River Winter Carnival 2018

Berg River Winter Carnival Best Festivals

Where Velddrif
When 16 July 2018
The lowdown From food stalls and live performance to canoe races, the Berg River Winter Carnival is always a fun day out for the whole family.
Cost Free
Contact 022 783 1821
Location Berg River, Velddrif, Western Cape

Soetes & Soup Festival 2018

Soetes and Soups Best Festivals

Where Rawsonville
When 20 – 21 July 2018
The lowdown Enjoy a glass of wine from one of the wine estates in the Breedekloof region, while sampling a variety of unusual soups! Other highlights include a farmers’ market, art exhibition, craft beer stalls, and children’s entertainment.
Cost R160 (standard ticket)
R110 (designated driver)
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 023 349 1791,
Location Breedekloof Wine Valley, Rawsonville, Western Cape

August 2018

Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2018

Robertson Slow Best Festivals

Where Robertson
When 3 – 5 August 2018
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 TBA
Contact 023 626 3167,
Location Corner Voortrekker & Reitz Street, Robertson

Klein Karoo Klassique 2018

Klein Karoo Klassique Best Festivals
Hans van der Veen

Where Oudtshoorn
When 9 – 12 August 2018
The lowdown Once again the Klein Karoo Klassique showcases ensembles and soloists in the charming town of Oudtshoorn. Expect a medley of chamber, symphonic and a sprinkling of jazz music accompanied by delicious food, local art and sublime wines.
Cost TBA
Contact 044 203 8600,
Location Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

The Chocolate Festival 2018

Chocolate Festival Best Festivals

Where Stellenbosch
When 18 August 2018
The lowdown Willy Wonker has come to Cape Town or, rather, the winelands? A chocolate fountain, artisanal chocolatiers, bakers, sweet-makers and ice creams are what the sweet-toothed visitors are here for, but there are also gourmet burgers, charcuterie platters, gin, bubbly, wine and beer bars for those seeking something more. Plus, kiddies’ entertainment and a live band!
Cost R150
Free (children under 14 years)
Book tickets at  Webtickets
Contact 084 207 3820,
Location Anura Vineyards, Off Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch

Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2018

Festivals Cape Town: Mcgregor Poetry Festival
Poetry in Mcgregor

Where McGregor
When 24  – 26 August 2018
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 TBA
Contact 023 625 1908,
Location McGregor, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

Hopefield Fynbosskou 2018

Hopefield Skou Best Festivals

Where Hopefield
When 30 August – 2 September 2018
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 TBA
Contact 022 723 0569, 072 802 3634
Location Hopefield Sportsclub, Hopefield, West Coast

Research by Alicia Chamaillé

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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: 25 June 2018

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50 Responses to “The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2018”

  1. Rayne M

    Hi there how do we apply for a food store at these festivals.

  2. Oriana Brothers

    Hello there

    We sell fish in order to raise funds for school fees. Please could you keep us posted as to when we can have a stand at your events?

  3. Micheline

    Hi, please advise how do I apply for a food stall at these festivals.



  4. Eugene

    Please advise how do I register for a stall at these festivals.

    • Ashraf DIRK

      Hi how do I register for a forestall at these festivals.


  5. Miche Juel

    Hi there how do I go about registering for a food stall at these festivals?




  7. abdul moses

    hi would like if can inform me of any foodstall available for the upcoming festavils

  8. Michelle

    Sausage Saloon Vendor – Probably the best hotdogs in the world 😀

    • Nhlanhla Shakur Mokoena

      My associate and l would like to register for all up coming festivals for this year. How do we go about doing that, because some of them the contact os not accessible. We are on a ceramic industry, producing grater plates. Please help im this regard
      Kind regards


  9. Willy

    Can u infprm me of any reggea festival?

  10. Alison Combrink

    Hi there. My name is Alison. I’m a singer songwriter and have written 24 songs.. All different genres.. Rock pop jazz. Two of which are currently playing on One Fm. I’m auditioning dancers in the hope of showcasing some uptempo original songs. Would love if u could direct me how to audition for these shows along with my dancers.. Would appreciate ur feedback..

  11. Pat

    Please inform me of any events for a Steers stand.

  12. Mariam

    Hi there, can you inform me of any upcoming events for a boerewors stand.

  13. paul.silkstone

    please tell me of upcoming event to go sell coffee thanking you

  14. Stanly Muyambo

    I am interested in these festivals, would love to participate as a Raw Juice and Smoothies trader.

  15. Edmore art

    I want to join your festival,l specialize in handcrafted wood art

  16. Nokuzola


  17. Unathi

    How do I get into contact with the organizer’s?

    • Nich

      Hi how to be part of this activities? I’m interested to be part as trader.thanks

  18. L J

    Hey, How do I get into contact with the organizer’s. I would like an vocal artist to perform at the events.
    L J.

  19. Peter

    Plz any events around Capetown or northern cape or eastern cape let me know plz

  20. MARK

    Stalls for hire

  21. Joseph

    Pls notife me when the events are ready so that I can book.

  22. louise

    pls keep me informed of festival dates .THANK YOU

  23. 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.

  24. 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 🙂

  25. Lindiwe

    wish to know any food and wine events in Durban.

  26. Tia

    Brunch will be wonderful for me and my friend…


  27. Abdul

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

  28. Kashifah

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

  29. Adrian Lazarus

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

  30. 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.

  31. Pearl

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

  32. Pearl

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

  33. Taariq

    Food truck Matt Black. Gourmet burgers , Ribs and chips

  34. Amina

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

  35. Sarah Field

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

  36. Abdul

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

  37. Kunjulwa

    Ooh wow this is great .

  38. Joseph kabongo

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

  39. Saleem

    Howci can get stall in festivals

  40. Saleem

    How I can get stall in festivals.

  41. Samantha

    SpiritFest 2-6 March 2017
    Should be on the list

  42. 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.

      • Buffet florian

        I have a vintage food trailer who does any types of food . I am coming from French restaurant background . any one interested give me a shout

  43. Lynn

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