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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May 2019
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February 2019
March 2019
April 2019

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 2018 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 2018 Festivals

Date Festival Location
23 – 25 August 2019 Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2019 McGregor
29 August – 1 September 2019 Hopefield Fynbosskou 2019 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

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

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 R110 (adults)
R100 (students & pensioners)
R20 (children under 12)
Contact 011 549 8300, decorexinfo@ThebeReed.co.za
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)
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R80 (Sunday-only pass)
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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
Book Now
Contact 021 876 3603, help@flf.co.za
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)
Book Now
Contact 021 981 0216, cobie@cvomarketing.co.za
Location Avontuur Estate, Route 44, Somerset West

June 2019

Wacky Wine Weekend 2019

Wacky Wine: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Robertson
When 7 – 9 June 2019
The details 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. And since 2019 marks the 16th anniversary of the Wacky Wine Festival, this year’s event is going to be more wonderful than ever before.
Good to know

  • Pre-booked shuttles and train trips are available online for those who’d rather not drive.
  • The festival tasting hours are 10am to 4pm from Friday to Sunday, but some events fall outside of these times. Be sure to check the programme and plan ahead.
  • Most activities are included in your ticket, but some require that you pay as you go. For these, bookings and payments should be made directly with each wine farm.

Cost R200 (adults)
R150 (pensioners)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
Book Now
Contact 023 626 3167, admin@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Robertson Wine Valley, Robertson

Hermanus FynArts Festival 2019

Hermanus Fynarts: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Hermanus
When 7 – 17 June 2019
The details Hermanus FynArts is everything great about Hermanus rolled into one: food and wine tastings, art galleries, live performances and lots to keep little ones busy.
Cost Varies
Book Now
Contact 060 957 5371, fynarts@hermanus.co.za
Location Hermanus, Western Cape

Silver Mountain Music Festival 2019

Silver Mountain Music: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Heidelberg
When 14 – 17 June 2019
The details A celebration of music (and nature) with feted conductor Richard Cock, Lucia Scott, Rocco de Villiers, and others. Enjoy the music (obviously), as well as a host of other fun activities for the whole family, including a night hike in the forest, stargazing, lavender-picking and farm picnics with sheepdog herding displays.
Cost Varies (R80 – R280
R1 400 (adults weekend pass)
R600 (children, 5 – 14 years weekend pass)
Book Now
Contact 079 335 0269, info@silvermountainmusic.co.za
Location Grootvadersbosch Conservancy, Strawberry Hill Farm, Grootvadersbosch, Heidelberg

Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire 2019

Pheonix Festival of Fire: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Jeffrey Hyman

Where Swellendam
When 21 – 23 June 2019
The details Courtesy of Vortex Trance Adventures, the Kam’Bati River Resort is hosting this year’s psychedelic celebration of the winter solstice complete with night fires and trance beats.
Cost R550 (full festival ticket)
R450 (Saturday & Sunday)
Book Now
Contact 071 468 8339, chantelle.opensource@gmail.com
Location Nekkies Holiday Resort, Worcester Nekkies, Worcester, Western Cape

Knysna Oyster Festival 2019

Knysna Oyster: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
AFK Travel

Where Knysna
When 21 – 30 June 2019
The details The annual and hugely popular Knysna Oyster Festival offers a little bit of everything, from outdoor activities to plenty of foodie experiences that include oysters and bubbly!
Cost Varies; check festival programme for individual activities
Contact 044 382 5510, events@visitknysna.co.za
Location Knysna, Garden Route, Western Cape

Christmas in Winter Tulbagh 2019

Christmas in Winter: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Vineyard Car Hire

Where Tulbagh
When 22 – 23 June 2019
The details The village comes alive for a festive mid-year Yule. Expect traditional Christmas dinners; chocolate-and-wine tastings; tractor and horseback rides; face-painting and a jumping castle for the little ones.
Cost R100 (adults)
R60 (13 – 17 years)
Free (0 – 12 years)
Book Now
Contact 023 230 1348, tulbaghtourism@lando.co.za
Location 4 Church Street, Tulbagh, Western Cape

National Arts Festival 2019

National Arts Festivals: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Where Makhanda
When 27 June – 7 July 2019
The details 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.
Cost Varies; check festival programme for individual activities
Contact 0860 002 004, boxoffice@nationalartsfestival.co.za
Location Makhanda, Eastern Cape

The Great South African Gin Festival 2019

Gin: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Walkersons

Where Cape Town
When 28 – 29 June 2019
The details This festival celebrates gins from around the world and features live cocktail demos, talks from industry experts and live music.
Cost R220
Book Now
Location Castle of Good Hope, Corner of Darling Street and Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

July 2019

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2019

Jive Funny: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Rondebosch
When 1 – 28 July 2019
The details Cape Town Funny Festival is back – with more laughs than ever before, and some much-loved international and local comics hitting the stage.
Cost R160 – R190
Book Now
Contact 021 680 3962
Location Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 2019

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Stellenbosch
When 5 – 14 July 2019
The details 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 R130 (adults, 6 – 11 July)
R150 (adults, 12 – 15 July)
R100 (pensioners and students, 6 – 11 July)
R110 (pensioners and students, 12 – 15 July)
Book Now
Contact 072 531 3235, info@sicmf.co.za
Location Neethling Street, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2019

Bastille Day Franschhoek: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Fabulous Woman Magazine

Where Franschhoek
When 13 – 14 July 2019
The details Oh là là! Good food, fine wine and a whole lot of carnival fun await at the Franschhoek Bastille Festival. This colourful festival includes a village market, barrel-rolling competition, and loads of wine-tasting.
Cost R350 – R395
Book Now
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek

Soetes & Soup Festival 2019

Soetes & Soups: The Best Festivals in Cape Town
Stephanie Marthinus

Where Rawsonville
When 19 – 20 July 2019
The details Enjoy a glass of wine from one of the wine estates in the Breedekloof region, while sampling a variety of unusual soups!
Cost TBC
Contact 023 349 1791, info@breedekloof.co
Location Breedekloof Wine Valley, Rawsonville, Western Cape

August 2019

Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2019

Mcgregor Poetry Festival: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where McGregor
When 23 – 25 August 2019
The details Witness captivating poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops in the artists’ haven of McGregor!
Cost TBC
Contact 023 625 1908, info@poetryinmcgregor.co.za
Location McGregor, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

Hopefield Fynbosskou 2019

Hopefield Fynbosskou: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Hopefield
When 29 August – 1 September 2019
The details The whole town of Hopefield comes together for this four-day affair to build, manage and run this wonderfully festive annual fynbos show that includes loads of food, craft stalls, and live music.
Cost Thursday: R40 (adults); R25 (seniors); R10 (children)
Friday – Sunday: R45 (adults); R30 (seniors); R20 (children)
Contact 074 602 8248
Location Hopefield Sportsclub, Hopefield, West Coast

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Time of publication: 01 May 2019

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

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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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