Every year in June, the southern right whales begin their migration from the icy waters of the Antarctic to warm Walker Bay, where they come to mate and breed. Whale-watching season runs from June to December, peaking between August and October.
Watching these gentle giants go about their reproductive cycle is, naturally, the main attraction – but there’s so much more to keep you entertained at the perennially popular Hermanus Whale Festival – such as live music, craft and produce markets, sports events, as well as kiddies’ activities.
Above and Below
The Eco Village, themed Above and Below, is open from 9am to 5pm daily, and features interactive exhibitions on the waterfront piazza. It also includes Shark, Whale, Penguin, Dolphin and Educational Kiddies’ areas, as well as award-winning botanical garden and biosphere displays.
And be sure to get the little ones to the Pirates and Mermaids Treasure Hunts on Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm to 2pm.
The Market Square will be abuzz with activity, with a children’s entertainment area, food trucks, and art and craft marquees dotted around.
Fun for everyone
The Coke Music Stage (29 September to 1 October) features over 15 artists performing between 1pm and 5pm on Friday; from 9am to 5pm on Saturday; and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Watershed will be performing on 29 September at 8pm (R150, book at Webtickets), and the Oldies But Goldies Tribute Show happens on 30 September at 7pm ( R120 for adults; R70 for children under 18, book at Webtickets).
Whales and Wheels Vintage Car Show (30 September) Over 250 vintage and classic cars (from the 1920s to the 1980s) will be on display at Hermanus Primary School. Viewings start at 7am and, at around 11am, the cars will tour through the town. There will be food stalls selling tasty treats.
Annual Street Parade (30 September) The popular Street Parade leaves Swallow Park at 10am, making its way along the coast past Gearings Point and Market Square before stopping at the Marine Hotel.
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