The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019 AfrikaBurn, Jan Verboom

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

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Find Festivals in Cape Town by Month

March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019

March 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 March – 3 March 2019 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Robertson
2 March 2019 Paarl Harvest (OmmiBerg) Paarl
2 March – 3 March 2019 Italian Festival @ Idiom Somerset West
8 March – 10 March 2019 Knysna Literary Festival Thesen Island
9 March 2019 World Naked Bike Ride Sea Point
9 March 2019 Durbanville Plaasfees Diemersdal Wine Estate
16 March 2019 Cape Town Carnival Cape Town
21 March – 27 March 2019 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival Oudtshoorn
23 March 2019 Equilibrium Festival Paarl
29 – 30 March 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival CBD

April 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
13 April – 14 April 2019 Pinotage & Biltong Festival Paarl
27 April 2019 Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival Durbanville
26 April – 28 April 2019 South African Cheese Festival Stellenbosch
29 April – 5 May 2019 Afrikaburn Tankwa Karoo

May 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 May – 5 May 2019 Decorex Cape Town CBD
4 May – 5 May 2019 Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Riebeek Valley
17 May – 19 May 2019 Franschhoek Literary Festival Franschhoek
18 May 2019 Cabernet Franc Carnival Somerset West

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 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


Robertson Wine Valley Hands-On Harvest 2019

Robertson Valley Wine Harvest 2019: Best Festivals

Where Robertson
When 1 – 3 March 2019
About the event This family-friendly festival celebrates autumn’s bountiful grape harvest at several farms and venues in the Robertson Wine Valley.
Cost Free entrance; activities are priced individually
Contact 023 626 3167,
Location Robertson Valley

Paarl Harvest Celebration 2019

Paarl Harvest Celebration: Best Festivals 2019

Where Paarl
When 2 March 2019
About the event Ommiberg Round the Rock returns as the Paarl Harvest Celebration where visitors are invited to stomp grapes, take part in the blending process, enjoy wine-and-food pairings or just relax under the trees with a glass of the good stuff, and a plate of delicious grub.
The details Participating wineries include Boland Cellar, Domaine Brahms Wines, Mellasat Vineyards, Nederburg Wines, Perdeberg Wines, Rhebokskloof, Simonsvlei Winery, Vendôme Wine Estate and Windmeul Kelder.
Cost Free entrance; activities are priced individually
Contact 021 872 4842,
Where Paarl Winelands, Western Cape

Italian Festival @ Idiom 2019

Italian Festival at Idiom: Best Festivals 2019

Where Somerset West
When 2 – 3 March 2019
The lowdown For one weekend only, this picturesque farm in the heart of wine country is transformed into The Italian Festival, where festival-goers can experience la dolce vita, while enjoying sweeping views of the Helderberg mountains and False Bay beyond. So, round up the famiglia for a weekend trip to Italy – er, Somerset West where delicious food (think pizzas, pastas, and gelatos), vino, Prosecco, Italian craft beer and live music awaits.
Cost R200 (adults, day pass)
R80 (children, day pass)
Book Now
Contact 021 858 1088,
Location Idiom Wine Farm, Knorhoek Estate, Knorhoek Road, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Somerset West

Knysna Literary Festival 2019

Knysna Literary Festival: Best Festivals 2019

Where Thesen Island
When 8 – 10 March 2019
About the event Three days of interactive sessions, presentations, and informal chats with some of South Africa’s feted authors.
Cost Please check the activities programme for the cost of individual activities.
Book Now
Location Thesen Islands, Long Street, Knysna Central, Knysna

World Naked Bike Ride 2019

World Naked Bike Ride: Best Festivals 2019

Where Sea Point
When 9 March 2019
About the event Go for a clothing-optional ride on any human-powered vehicle to raise awareness around clean energy and cutting down of carbon emissions.
Cost Free
Location Colin Eglin Sea Point Library, Sea Point, Cape Town

Durbanville Plaasfees 2019

Durbanville Plaasfees: Best Festivals 2019

Where Diemersdal Wine Estate
When 9 March 2019
About the event The 12th annual Durbanville Farm Festival is back, promising even more fun than in previous years. Expect tractor rides, farm animals, delicious wine, and flavourful country food, all while being entertained by Cobus and Christo, as well as well-known artists Elandré.
Cost R60 (adults)
R20 (children 2 – 18 years)
Free (children under 2)
Book Now
Contact 082 376 3236,
Location Diemersdal Wine Estate, Koeberg Road, Durbanville

Cape Town Carnival 2019

Cape Town Carnival: Best Festivals 2019

When 16 March 2019
About the event An extravagant parade through the streets of Cape Town in celebration of African identity, creativity, diversity and community.
Cost R350 (seated)
Free (general access)
R1 390 (VIP)
Book Now
Location Green Point Fan Walk, Green Point, Cape Town

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 2019

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival 2019

Where Oudtshoorn
When 21 – 27 March 2019
About the event Now in its 25th year, this weeklong arts festival offers guests more than 150 shows across all genres.
Cost Free entrance; activities are priced individually
Book Now
Contact 044 203 8600,
Location Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Equilibrium Festival 2019

Equilibrium Festival: Best Festivals 2019

Where Paarl
When 23 March 2019
About the event Brand-new to the festival scene, Equilibrium Festival is all about finding the perfect balance, with conscious living and explore our own creativity as the focus. With yoga, workshops, talks, music, DJs and dancing, craft and food stalls, wine-tastings, and more, this 14-hour festival offers a novel way of partying.
Cost R300 (early bird)
R350 (normal bird)
R400 (late bird)
Book Now
Location Nelson’s Creek Wine Estate, Paarl, Western Cape

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2019

Cape Town International Jazz Festival: Best Festivals 2019
Merrick Winter

Where CBD
When 29 – 31 March 2019
About the event 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 290 (weekend pass)
R850 (day pass)
Book Now
Contact 021 671 0506,
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

April 2019

Pinotage & Biltong Festival 2019

Pinotage and Biltong Festival: Best Festivals 2019

Where Paarl
When 13 – 14 April 2019
About the event The annual Pinotage & Biltong Festival is a celebration of two of our country’s favourites: pinotage and biltong! If neither of those appeal (!), there’ll also be a range of rosés and bubblies, as well as a white pinotage, an oyster and MCC bar, food trucks selling tasty snacks and live music.
The details TBC
Cost R230 (online)
R250 (at the gate)
R500 (VIP tickets)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
Contact 021 981 0216,
Location Perdeberg Cellar, Vryguns Farm, Windmeul, Paarl

South African Cheese Festival

SA Cheese Festival: Festivals in 2019

Where Stellenbosch
When 26 – 28 April 2019
The details Join 30 000 fromage fans at the18th annual Cheese Festival for three days of eating, drinking and general merriment to celebrate South Africa’s cheese-making industry.
Cost R950 (connoisseurs package)
R180 (general access)
R120 (pensioners)
R20 (children, 2 – 13 years)
Book Now
Contact 021 975 4440,
Location Sandringham Estate, (via N1) Stellenbosch

Afrikaburn 2019

Afrikaburn: Best Festivals 2019
Jan Verboom

Where Tankwa Karoo
When 29 April – 5 May 2019
About the event This year’s theme is Ephemeropolis – the temporary nature of existence. So let your creative spirit run wild for a week of outrageous costumes, uplifting music, communal bonfires, cashless living, and much, much more.
Cost R1 895 (general)
R200 (children 0 – 14 years, online)
R250 (children 0 – 14 years, at the gate)
R695 (subsidised tickets)
R200 (community)
R200 (vehicle pass, online)
R250 (vehicle pass, at the gate)
Location Tankwa Karoo, R355, Calvinia

Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival 2019

Oysters Bubbles and Blanc: Best Festivals 2019

Where Durbanville
When 27 April 2019
About the event Formerly known as the Oyster & Champagne Festival, this year’s event celebrates the best oyster producers in South Africa, SA’s Cap Classique and sparkling wine producers, as well as a range of tipples from Europe: champagne from France, prosecco from Italy and cava from Spain. The day is complete with live musical entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations, and a number of fun competitions.
Cost R200
Book Now
Contact 021 976 4959,
Location Hillcrest Quarry, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town

May 2019

Decorex Cape Town 2019

Decorex Cape Town: Festivals 2019

Where CBD
When 1 – 5 May 2019
About the event Decorex 2019 is where home-makers, interior designers, architects and full-time shoppers go in search of the latest home decor-related trends, products, information and tips.
Cost TBC
Contact 011 549 8300,
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2019

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival: Festivals Cape Town 2019
Laurenda van Breda at CapeClick

Where Riebeek Valley
When 4 – 5 May 2019
About the event The 19th 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 guided walks in the olive groves, craft-beer tasting, live music, and more.
The details Participating farms and brands include Riebeek Valley Wine Co, Pulpit Rock Winery, The Olive Boutique, Meerhof Wines, Kloovenburg Wine and Olive Farm, Het Vlok Kasteel, Allesverloren, and The Riebeek Kasteel Town Square.
Good to know Check out The Wild Olive Acoustic stage at Riebeek Valley Wine Co. for toe-tapping beats.
Cost R125 (weekend pass)
Book Now
R80 (Sunday-only pass)
Book Now
Free (children under 18)
Location Riebeek Valley, Western Cape

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019

Franschhoek Literary Festival: Festivals in Cape Town 2019

Where Franschhoek
When 19 – 21 May 2019
About the event 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.
Where to stay Check out our picks of the best Franschhoek accommodation.
Cost R70
Contact 021 876 3603,
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley, Western Cape

Cabernet Franc Carnival 2019

Cabernet Franc Carnival: Festivals in Cape Town 2019

Where Somerset West
When 18 May 2019
About the event Celebrate the best cabernet francs in the land at this countryside festival.
Cost R275 (online, includes a branded wine glass, and a R50 food coupon)
R300 (at the gate, includes a branded wine glass, and a R50 food coupon)
Contact 021 981 0216,
Location Avontuur Estate, Route 44, Somerset West

Compiled by Alicia Chamaillé and Annabel Short

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Time of publication: 26 February 2019

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

  1. JC Ngoyi

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

  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?

    • 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!

  3. Mluleki

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

  4. Jbottice

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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!

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    • The Inside Guide

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

  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

    • 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.

  7. Desmond

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

  8. Desmond

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