The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019

The sun’s out; seize the day!

The Cape is awash with fabulous things to celebrate this season. Here’s our roundup of the best festivals in the Mother City from December 2018 to February 2019.

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February 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 – 3 February 2019 Origin: Music and Art Festival 2019 Elandskloof Farm
7 – 10 February 2019 Up The Creek 2019 Breede River
8 – 10 February 2019 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2019 Cape Town
9 February 2019 Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival 2019 Amandalia Farm
27 February – 1 March 2019 Design Indaba 2019 Foreshore
Unconfirmed Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2019 Coetzenburg Sports Grounds
Unconfirmed Jazz on the Rocks 2019 Tietiesbaai
Unconfirmed Franschhoek Summer Wines 2019 Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
Unconfirmed Kamers/Makers 2019 Cape Town
Unconfirmed Vasco Prix Du Cap and Cape Town Prawn Festival 2019 Kenilworth Racecourse
Unconfirmed Constantia Fresh Food and Wine Festival 2019 Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

March 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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

April 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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

May 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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

June 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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

July 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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

August 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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

September 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
31 August – 2 September 2018 Cape Town Street Food Festival 2018 Cape Town
31 August – 2 September 2018 Darling Voorkamerfest 2018 Darling
1 – 2 September 2018 De Krans Spring Blossom Festival 2018 Calitzdorp
1 September 2018 Pinotage on Tap 2018 Diemersfontein Wine Estate
1 – 2 September 2018 Bot River Spring Weekend 2018 Bot River
5 – 9 September 2018 Open Book Festival 2018 Cape Town
7 – 9 September 2018 Namaqualand Flower Festival 2018 Vanrhynsdorp
14 – 26 September 2018 Darling Wildflower Show 2018 Darling
15 – 16 September 2018 Franschhoek Uncorked 2018 Franschhoek
21 – 24 September 2018 Hermanus Flower Festival 2018 Hermanus
28 – 30 September 2018 Hermanus Whale Festival 2018 Hermanus
28 – 29 September 2018 Bierfest 2018 GrandWest
29 – 30 September 2018 Strawberry Festival 2018 George

October 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
5 – 7 October 2018 Rocking the Daisies 2018 Cloof Wine Estate
5 – 6 October 2018 Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2018 Hermanus
6 – 7 October 2018 Say Cheese Artisanal Cheese Fair 2018 Milnerton
13 October 2018 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 2018 Jan Marais Nature Reserve
19 – 21 October 2018 Cape Town International Boat Show 2018 Cape Town
26 – 28 October 2018 Robertson Wine on the River 2018 Robertson Wine Valley
27 October 2018 Zombie Festival 2018 Cape Town
27 – 28 October 2018 Cape Town International Kite Festival 2018 Muizenberg
26 October – 4 November 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018 Cape Town

November 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 – 11 November 2018 Buskers Festival 2018 Cape Town
2 – 4 November 2018 Endless Daze Festival 2018 Silwerstroom
3 November 2018 Paul Rene Bubbly Festival 2018 Wonderfontein Farm
24 November 2018 Beer, Bubbles & Gin 2018 Stellenbosch
20 November – 2 December 2018 Cape Town Festival of Beer 2018 Cape Town

December 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
28 November – 9 December 2018 Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2018 Cape Town
1 – 2 December 2018 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2018 Franschhoek Huguenot Monument
16 December 2018 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival 2018 Gugulethu Stadium
16 December 2018 Festival of Chariots 2018  Beach Road
Unconfirmed UNPLUGGED62 2018 Joubert-Tradauw Wine Farm

January 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
26 January 2019 The Sun Met 2019 Kenilworth

FEBRUARY 2019

Origin: Music and Art Festival 2019

Origin Music Festival: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Good Times Events

Where Elandskloof Farm
When 1 – 3 February 2019
About the event 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 R570, weekend pass (phase 1)
R620, weekend pass (phase 2)
R660, weekend pass (phase 3)
R350, Sunday ticket
Book Direct
Contact info@originfestival.com
Location Elandskloof Farm, Helderstroom

UP THE CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

Up the Creek: Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Breede River
When 7 – 10 February 2019
About the event This outdoor music festival set along the beautiful Breede River boasts three music stages, and over 40 live bands. And to make things ultra-convenient, the organisers introduced a cashless system, last year, called Howler Loaded: Once you’ve purchased your festival ticket, you can set up and preload your festival money onto your Howler account, collect your loaded wristband at the festival and you’re ready to go!
Cost R970 (single day ticket)
R1 120 (full weekend pass)
R1 800 (full weekend pass + transport)
Book Direct
Contact 021 510 0547, caitlin@redhotevents.co.za
Location Up The Creek River Camp, Breede River (outside Swellendam)

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2019

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Cape Town
When 8 – 10 February 2019
About the event Cape Town’s iconic City Hall is where electronic-music lovers go to get their groove on, so we can’t wait to hear where this year’s music festival is taking place.
The details To be confirmed
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 082 783 4447, info@ctemf.com
Location To be confirmed

Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival 2019

Saggy Stone Beer and Music Festival: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Amandalia Farm
When 9 February 2019
About the event Situated in the picturesque Nuy Valley in Robertson lies Amandalia Farm, where the annual Saggy Stone Brewing Company and Music Festival takes place. It was started by brothers Adrian and Phillip Robinson, whose love of beer inspired them to invite 2 000 revellers to their farm to celebrate all things ale. Some of SA’s hottest music acts, including Karen Zoid, Jack Parow, The Kiffness, Freshlyground, and more, take to the stage for an unforgettable 12-hour fiesta. Camping and glamping options are available.
Contact 083 453 3526, info@saggystone.co.za
Cost R355 – R455 (festival pass)
R65 (camping)
R600 – R2 950 (glamping)
Book Direct
Where to find it Amandalia Wine and Fruit Farm, halfway between Worcester and Robertson on the R60, Western Cape, South Africa.

Design Indaba 2019

Design Indaba: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Foreshore
When 27 February – 1 March 2019
About the event Global leaders in the creative and design industries once again converge to present talks, seminars, workshops and performances on the latest trends, and share, inspire and exchange valuable insights and ideas.
Contact 021 465 9966, hello@designindaba.com
Cost R8 715 (full Indaba)
R7 845 (early bird/directory discount)
R7 405 (alumni/academic discount)
Book Direct
Location Artscape, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2019

Stellenbosch Wine Festival: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Stellenbosch
When To be confirmed
About the event Savour Stellenbosch – and all it has to offer: some of the best wines in the world gourmet food, live music and fun outdoor activities in picturesque surroundings.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 021 886 4310, info@wineroute.co.za
Location Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Coetzenburg Road, Stellenbosch

Jazz on the Rocks 2019

Jazz on the Rocks: Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Tietiesbaai
When To be confirmed
About the event 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 around.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 021 591 5208, admin@jazzontherocks.net
Location The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Franschhoek Summer Wines 2019

Franschhoek Summer Wine: Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
When To be confirmed
About the event Enjoy a feast from Leopard’s Leap Harvest Table, and sample some of the finest wines while enjoying some laidback beats.
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Cost To be confirmed
Location Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek

Kamers/Makers 2019

Kamers Makers: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Kamers/Makers brings shoppers together for an unprecedented artisanal pop-up shopping experience. Not only is it a platform for young designers to debut their creations, it’s in also a wonderful opportunity for the public to buy rare, one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, there’s always delicious food, wine and music on the cards.
Contact info@kamersvol.com
Cost To be confirmed
Location To be confirmed

Vasco Prix Du Cap and Cape Town Prawn Festival 2019

Prawn: The Best Festival in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Racing enthusiasts, seafood lovers and those just looking for a skop in the sun should head over to the Kenilworth Racecourse for nine races – and a feast of delectable prawns!
Contact 021 700 1600, TammyG@kenilworthracing.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Location To be confirmed

CONSTANTIA FRESH FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2019

Constantia Fresh: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event 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 To be confirmed
Contact 083 265 2405; info@finewineevents.co.za
Location Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

Compiled by Alicia Chamaillé

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Disclaimer:

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

Time of publication: 03 December 2018

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42 Responses to “The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019”

  1. JC Ngoyi

    Hi, I would like to me in touch of every commercial festivals.

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  2. Sanjeev

    Jazz in the Rocks, I have tried calling the number posted with no luck. Is this event really happening as I can’t find any information or tickets for sale?

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Sanjeev, thanks for your comment. The festival is taking place from 28 February 2019 – 4 March 2019. We suggest making contact through their Facebook page as the number listed there is the same one we have above. Good luck and enjoy the festival!

      Reply
  3. Mluleki

    I would like to know the contact details of people who are organising the events.

    Reply
  4. Jbottice

    I’m looking a space or a store to do henna tattoos and some hand made,I’m looking forward to read from you managent .

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi there, thanks for your message. You’re through to The Inside Guide. You’ll need to contact the festivals/events directly to organise a stall. Good luck!

      Reply
  5. Pieter Louw

    Would love to offer our services and Craft beer product to the community.. Want to know who we can speak to in regards to engaging and adding value with our product Diesel&Dust Craft Beer

    Reply
    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Pieter
      Your best bet would be contacting each festival’s organisers individually. Good luck.

      Reply
  6. Leigh-Ann Bredenkamp

    Hi I would love to know how do I go about apply as a food vendor please for the up and coming events please Many thanks

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Leigh-Ann, you’ll need to contact the events for that. I’d suggest going through our list of Best Festivals and deciding which ones might best work with your offering and contacting those ones about how to cater the event.Good luck.

      Reply
  7. Desmond

    Is there any Festivals happening Easter weekend 2019 on The coastal route’s….Mosselbay, Lambert’s bay,West Coast’s,Garden route

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  8. Desmond

    Date for Sea food festival in Lambert’s bay …or Cray fish festival

    Reply
  9. Chumz

    Newsletter

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  10. Elna Hadfield

    Hi, where do I apply to set up a mobile cocktail bar at these festivals?

    Regards
    Bartenders Cocktail

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  11. Karin Terblanche

    I am just wondering whether anybody is receiving a response to all these questions? Not seeing anything.
    Regards
    Karin
    Universal Virtual Assistant

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  12. Aaron

    Hey how can I apply for a foodstall

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    • sheilagh

      How many food trucks are allowed ? What is the price for a stand and how does one ap[y ?

      Reply
  13. Amina Toefy

    Who can I contact for Halaal foods to sell

    Thank you

    Reply
  14. Calvin Beyer

    I would like to trade at your events.I have a top class food trailer doing a top class range of footlong German sausages the Frankfuter / Cheese Griller /Bockwurst on a roll.I am in possession of a trade and health certificate issued by the Cape Town City Council.

    Reply
  15. abdul moses

    interested in having a foodstall at your event

    Reply
  16. Rayne M

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

    Reply
  17. 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?

    Reply
  18. Micheline

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

    Regards

    Micheline

    Reply
  19. Eugene

    Hi,
    Please advise how do I register for a stall at these festivals.
    Regards
    Eugene

    Reply
    • Ashraf DIRK

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

      Regards
      Ashraf

      Reply
  20. Miche Juel

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

    Regards
    Miche

    Reply
  21. gregna

    Hie send me all events, shows and festivals

    Reply
  22. 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

    Reply
  23. PAUL GREEN

    WANT TO KNOW IF ANY OF THESE FESTIVALS REQUIRED FOOD STALLS AND HOW DO I REGISTER TO APPLY TO PUT UP A FOOD STALL
    IT IS CAPE MALAY GOURMET HOME STYLE FOOD

    Reply
  24. abdul moses

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

    Reply
  25. Michelle

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

    Reply
    • 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

      Nhlanhla

      Reply
  26. Willy

    Can u infprm me of any reggea festival?

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    • HELEN

      Will be in Capetown Dec 29 thru Jan 13. What’s going on with music, dance, food

      Reply
  27. 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..

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  28. Pat

    Please inform me of any events for a Steers stand.

    Reply
  29. Nich

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

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  30. Mariam

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

    Reply
  31. paul.silkstone

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

    Reply
  32. Stanly Muyambo

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

    Reply
  33. Edmore art

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

    Reply