The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2019 National Arts Festival, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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The Cape is awash with fabulous events to celebrate this season. Here’s our roundup of the best festivals in the Mother City from June through to August 2019.
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September 2019 Festivals

SEPTEMBER 2019 EVENTS
4 – 8 September 2019 Open Book Festival 2019 Cape Town
6 – 8 September 2019 Namaqualand Flower Festival 2019 Vanrhynsdorp
6 – 8 September 2019 Darling Voorkamerfest Darling
7 September 2019 With You: Love in the City Castle of Good Hope
14 – 15 September 2019 Franschhoek Uncorked 2019 Franschhoek
20 – 22 September 2019 Darling Wildflower Show 2019 Darling
20 – 24 September 2019 Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic 2019 Citrusdal
21 – 24 September 2019 Hermanus Flower Festival 2019 Hermanus
27 – 29 September 2019 Hermanus Whale Festival 2019 Hermanus
28 September 2019 Pinotage on Tap 2019 Diemersfontein Wine Estate
28 September 2019 Into the Wild: Moon Child Malmesbury
28 – 29 September 2019 Hermanus Wine & Food Festival Hermanus

October 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
4 – 6 October 2019 Rocking the Daisies 2019 Cloof Wine Estate
4 – 6 October 2019 Smalltown Beat 2019 Stanford
To be confirmed Say Cheese Artisanal Cheese Fair 2019 Milnerton
12 October 2019 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 2019 Jan Marais Nature Reserve
11 – 13 October 2019 Robertson Wine on the River 2019 Robertson Wine Valley
23 October 2019 Caroline’s Annual White Wine Review 2019 Cape Town
26 – 27 October 2019 Cape Town International Kite Festival 2019 Muizenberg

November 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 – 3 November 2019 International Tequila Festival 2019 Cape Town
2 November 2019 Pinotage on Tap 2019 Clarens
30 November – 1 December 2019 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2019 Franschhoek Huguenot Monument

December 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
To be confirmed Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2019 Cape Town
16 December 2019 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival 2019 Gugulethu Stadium
To be confirmed Festival of Chariots 2019  Beach Road
Unconfirmed UNPLUGGED62 2019 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

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 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
7 – 9 June 2019 Wacky Wine Festival 2019 Robertson
7 – 17 June 2019 Hermanus FynArts Festival 2019 Hermanus
14 – 17 June 2019 Silver Mountain Music Festival 2019 Heidelberg
21 – 23 June 2019 Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2019 Worcester
21 – 30 June 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival 2019 Knysna
22 – 23 June 2019 Christmas in Winter Tulbagh 2019 Tulbagh
27 June – 7 July 2019 National Arts Festival 2019 Makhanda
28 – 29 June 2019 The Great South African Gin Festival 2019 Cape Town

July 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 – 28 July 2019 The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2019 Rondebosch
5 – 14 July 2019 Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 2019 Stellenbosch
13 – 14 July 2019 Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2019 Franschhoek
19 – 20 July 2019 Soetes & Soup Festival 2019 Rawsonville

August 2019 Festivals

Date Festival Location
3 August 2019 Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival 2019 Stellenbosch
3 August 2019 Battery Park Underground Series 2019 V&A Waterfront
8 – 11 August 2019 Solo Studios: Intimate Art Encounters 2019 Riebeek Valley
8 – 11 August 2019 Klein Karoo Klassique 2019 Oudtshoorn
9 – 11 August 2019 Elgin Winter Festival Elgin
9 – 11 August 2019 Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2019 Robertson
23 – 26 August 2019 Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2019 McGregor
29 August – 1 September 2019 Hopefield Fynbosskou 2019 Hopefield
29 August – 1 September 2019 Cape Town Homemakers Expo 2019 CBD
30 – 31 August 2019 Capegate Craft Beer Festival 2019 Capegate
31 August – 1 September 2019 The Chocolate Festival 2019 Stellenbosch

September 2019

Open Book Festival 2019

Open Book Festival September Events

Where CBD and Zonnebloem
When 4 – 8 September 2019
The lowdown A chance for bookworms, poetry lovers and comic fans to learn from – and meet – local and international poets, novelists and comic-book creators. Come and be inspired at this delightfully entertaining book festival. In addition to paid events, there are a range of free events, but you’ll need to book tickets to secure a spot.
Cost R45 – R180 (individual events)
R150 (day pass, includes 6 events per day)
R600 (festival pass, includes 6 events per day for 5 days)
Book Now
Contact frankie@openbookfestival.co.za
Location
Central Cape Town

Namaqualand Flower Festival 2019

Best September Events

Where Vanrhynsdorp
When 6 – 8 September 2019
The lowdown The Namaqualand Flower Festival returns for an impressive 12th year! Expect a weekend of wholesome family fun, complete with trail runs, secret sunrise sessions courtesy of No Danger Diaries, live music, star-gazing, bush walks and yoga.
Cost R750 – R1 900
Book Now
Contact 082 409 8212, experiences@nodanger.org
Location Gifberg Holiday Farm, Gifberg, Vanrhynsdorp, Western Cape

Darling Voorkamerfest 2019

Darling Voorkamer Festival September Events

Where Darling
When 6 – 8 September 2019
The lowdown Now in its 14th year, the annual Darling festival brings to life the essence of this small town, while celebrating the spirit of cultural diversity that it’s known for. Expect diverse theatre, music, dance and comedy, performed by South African and international artists.
Cost R210 – R270
Book Now
Contact 079 190 3218, 072 573 7937, tasha@thedarlingtrust.org
Location Darling, West Coast Route 27

With You: Love in the City

With You Festival September Events
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Where Castle of Good Hope
When 7 September 2019
The lowdown This open-air festival at the historic and atmospheric Castle of Good Hope, aims to create human connection through alternative music and dancing. So round up your friends, pull on your waviest garments and let loose in the sunshine.
Cost R250
Book Now
Contact withyoufestival@gmail.com
Location Castle of Good Hope, 1 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

Franschhoek Uncorked 2019

Franschhoek Uncorked September Events

Where Franschhoek
When 14 – 15 September 2019
The lowdown This annual two-day spring celebration has loads on offer: fun wine-tastings and great food, and outdoor activities for the whole family at various wineries in Franschhoek.
Cost R180 (Weekend Pass)
R200 (at the door)
Book Now
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley

Darling Wildflower Show 2019

Wildflower Show Cape Town
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Where Darling
When 20 – 22 September 2019
The lowdown This year’s show – themed a Carnival of Flowers – celebrates 102 years! In the Landscaped Hall, there’ll be a showcase of indigenous flowers in their natural habitat, while the entertainment tent will feature live local music. Keep an eye out for the craft and food market, the old car display, as well as a range of fun workshops.
Cost R70 (adults)
R50 (pensioners and children)
Free (children 0 – 2 years)
Book Now
Contact 084 916 1111, info@darlingwildflowers.co.za
Location Darling, West Coast Route 27

Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic 2019

Wolfkop Weekender

Where Citrusdal
When 20 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown Part music festival and part weekend away, Wolfkop Weekender allows revellers to design their own adventure while enjoying the stunning Wolfkop Camping Villages in Citrusdal to the soundtrack of electronic beats, with delicious food and drinks, and fun outdoor activities all part of the experience. Headline acts include The Drifter and Culoe De Song, with a stellar lineup of artists completing the bill.
Three campsites, situated on the banks of the Olifants River, are ideal for large groups of people, and various ticketing tiers are available to suit your budget. For lovers of slick electronic music (and nature), this is sure to be a treat.
Cost From R875 to R1 175 (includes festival pass and four nights’ camping accommodation)
From R1 675 to R18 800 (includes festival passes and four nights’ glamping accommodation)
Book Now
Contact 083 260 4822, support@wolfkopweekender.co.za
Location Wolfkop Camping Villages, 59 Voortrekker Street, Citrusdal (via N7)

Hermanus Flower Festival 2019

Hermanus Flower Festival September Events
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Where Hermanus
When 21 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown This spring festival is a celebration of the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, talks on eco-tourism in the Cape Floral Kingdom and fun activities for the kids. Guests can also enjoy teas and light lunches as well as visits to Fernkloof Nursery.
Cost R25 (adults)
R10 (senior citizens on Monday)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
Contact maver@mweb.co.za
Location Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus

Hermanus Whale Festival 2019

Best to do Hermanus

Where Hermanus
When 27 – 29 September 2019
The lowdown Now in its 28th year, the Hermanus Whale Festival in this charming coastal town, offers visitors the chance to view the migration of these southern right giants in what’s considered to be the whale-watching capital of the world. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be live music performances, vintage car shows, a street parade, great food, and quality crafts on offer in this charming coastal town.
Cost Various
Contact 071 606 3261 festival@hermanuswhalefestival.co.za
Location 100 Main Road, Hermanus

Good to know While you’re here, why not book an awesome whale-watching tour with Southern Right Charters that will get you up close and personal (without disturbing the beautiful creatures)?
Departure times Daily, 9am; 12pm; 3pm (June – December)
Contact 082 353 0550, info@southernrightcharters.co.za
Cost R900 (adults)
R800 (students and seniors)
R450 (children under 14)
Free (children under 5)
Book Now
Where to find it Southern Right Charters: The Whale Shack, New Harbour, Hermanus

Pinotage on Tap 2019

Pinotage on Tap Festival Cape Town

Where Wellington
When 28 September 2019
The lowdown Started 15 years ago, this fun-filled festival is all about SA’s finest pinotage. Along with loads of tip-top pino, guests can enjoy hearty local fare and live entertainment courtesy of The Bottomless Coffee Band, Amy Jones, and Newton & Co.
Cost R295
Book Now
Contact 021 864 5050, online@diemersfontein.co.za
Location Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Wellington

Into the Wild: Moon Child

Into the Wild September Events

Where Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast
When 28 September 2019
The lowdown Moon Child is Into the Wild’s first psychedelic techno and progressive day party of spring, a mere 30-minute drive from Cape Town in the beautiful Riverside Forest. Expect to see talented Danish headliners MVMB and Martin Vice kick off the season with a celebratory bang.
Cost R350 – R380
Book Now
Contact intothewildevents@gmail.com
Location Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2019

Hermanus Fine Wine and Food Festival September Events

Where Hermanus
When 28 – 29 September 2019
The lowdown The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival showcases over 250 wines by some of the Overberg’s finest estates, from Elgin to Elim. It also features gourmet food stalls, craft beer, children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more!
Cost R150 (adults)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
Book Now
Contact 028 316 3988, winefestival@hermanus.co.za
Location Curro Private School, Curro Road, Sandbaai, Hermanus

Compiled by Bianca Hausle, Annabel Short, Hannah Littlewood

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Time of publication: 02 September 2019

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

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    Aaron

    How do I apply for a foodstall of springrolls and jalapeno poppers?

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    Nicky Heenop

    Is there any Octoberfest ‘s in Cape Town this year?

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    frederick strydom

    wish to get live music schedule for 16-20 December 2019

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    B. Verwey Bertus

    Would like to have a pizzastall @ your beerfestival

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    Alvida Williams

    Would like to know the dates for crayfish festival in lamberts bay for 2020

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    Amiena Toefy

    İm interested to do halaal on show if you got anything available

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    Raymond Misplon

    Thank you,now I can keep track of all the Capes festivals

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    Washiela

    Hi There

    Would like to know where I can book tickets for the Jazz on the Rocks 2020 festival coming up

    Thanks

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    Linda Fortnum

    We are in the Western Cape for all of September. Are there any festivals/craft events happening.

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    Klaus Piprek

    Intimate Art Encounters, Riebeek Valley, 8-11 August 2019.

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    Alvida Williams

    Would like to know the dates for the 2019 Lamberts Bay crayfish festival is taking place as well as the snoek en patat festival

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    Donald

    Can i please have a list of upcoming festivals in July 2019

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Donald

      These are the best festivals happening in July 2019:

      5 – 14 July 2019 Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival
      1 – 28 July 2019 The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
      13 – 14 July 2019 Franschhoek Bastille Festival
      19 – 20 July 2019 Soetes & Soup Festival

      If you sign up to our newsletter, we’ll be able to keep you up to date with the details of each festival.

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    meg halse

    When are you going to publish details of the wines and the estates that will be at the Festival? Here it is the middle of April already and no information on anything except the date available on your website!!!

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    • Nikki Benatar

      Nikki Benatar

      Hi Meg

      Thanks for your message. Which festival are you referring to?

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    Chris

    Hi there

    How do we apply for a stall for Coffee or Freshly Squeezed juices?

    Regards
    Chris

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Chris

      Thanks for your message. You’ll need to contact each festival separately. Most of them have applications for stall holders. I’d suggest contacting the festivals that you think best fit your brand.

      Good luck!

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    Miss Africa

    Is there any arts and craft festival?

    Or do these mentioned above festivals offer arts and crafts

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    Philippine Wallart

    Hi !
    There is also the reforest Fest in March 🙂
    As well as the Bazique festival

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    JC Ngoyi

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

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    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!

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    Mluleki

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

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    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!

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    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

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    • The Inside Guide

      The Inside Guide

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

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    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.

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    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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    Desmond

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

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