The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2018

The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2018

When the flowers start to bloom, it’s time to celebrate!

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

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NOVEMBER 2018 FESTIVALS
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 2017 FESTIVALS
1 – 3 December 2017 Cape Town Festival of Beer 2017 Hamilton’s Rugby Club
1 – 3 December 2017 Synergy Live 2017 Anura Vineyards
2 – 3 December 2017 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2017 Franschhoek Huguenot Monument
20 November – 10 December 2017 Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival 2017 Cape Town
16 December 2017 Corona Sunsets 2017 The Bungalow
16 December 2017 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival 2017 Gugulethu Stadium
17 December 2017 Festival of Chariots 2017 Beach Road
22 December 2017 Hermanus Craft Beer 2017 Hermanus Cricket Grounds
JANUARY 2018 FESTIVALS
25 – 28 January 2018 Up the Creek Music Festival 2018 Breede River
26 – 28 January 2018 Origin: Music and Art Festival 2018 Elandskloof Farm
FEBRUARY 2018 FESTIVALS
3 February 2018 Franschhoek Summer Wines 2018 Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
9 February 2018  Ultra South Africa 2018  Cape Town Stadium
10 February 2018 Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival 2018 Amandalia Farm
17 – 18 February 2018 Littlegig Festival 2018 Wiesenhof Farm
22 – 25 February 2018 Jazz on the Rocks 2018 Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
23 – 25 February 2018 Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2018 Coetzenburg Sports Grounds
23 – 25 February 2018 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest 2018 Robertson Valley
28 February – 4 March 2018 Kamers/Makers 2018 Rondebosch
MARCH 2018 FESTIVALS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

The Best Festivals in Cape Town

November 2018

Buskers Festival 2018

Buskers Festival Cape Town
Nardus Engelbrecht Photography

Where Cape Town
When 1 – 11 November 2018
The lowdown Locals and tourists are sure to marvel at this year’s Buskers Festival where free street performances and busking take centre stage at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, and around the city centre.
Cost Free
Contact 046 603 1103
Location V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Endless Daze Festival 2018

Namaqualand Flower Festival Cape Town
Dirk Steenkamp Everfelt Media

Where Silwerstroom
When 2 – 4 November 2018
The lowdown After it’s debut in 2016, Endless Daze has branded itself as the best boutique outdoor festival. Expect local and international acts and great grub with plenty of seaside fun – just no swimming at night or while intoxicated as the waters are known for their strong currents and being a popular shark hangout.
Cost R750, general tickets
R950, at the door
R150, per vehicle with just a driver
R100, per vehicle with a driver and passengers
Book tickets at Nutickets
Contact info.psychnight@gmail.com
Location Silwerstroom Resort, Silwerstroom, Western Cape

Paul Rene Bubbly Festival 2018

Paul Rene Bubbly Festival Cape Town

Where Wonderfontein Farm
When 3 November 2018
The lowdown A celebration of fine bubbly and gin cocktails! Partake in a game of boules or croquet, or knock back a couple of Saldanha Bay oysters and other fine treats on the lawn, while the kids are kept busy with various activities.
Cost R285
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 023 626 2212, admin@paulrenemcc.co.za
Location Wonderfontein Farm, McGregor Road, Robertson

Beer, Bubbles & Gin 2018

Beer Bubbles Gin Festival Cape Town

Where Stellenbosch
When 24 November 2018
The lowdown This festival covers all its bases by offering three of SA’s most-loved tipples, as well as a variety of street food. Expect the fruits of boutique breweries and estates as well as gin tastings, live music, and tasty grub.
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 086 166 8437
Location Anura Vineyards, Off Simondium Road, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Cape Town Festival of Beer 2018

Cape Town Festival of Beer

Where Hamilton’s Rugby Club
When 20 November – 2 December 2018
The lowdown Over 200 beers, from over 60 local and international breweries, food stalls, live music, and live rugby on big screens. There will even be limited-edition beers brewed especially for the event!
Cost R70
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact info@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za
Location Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Stephan Way, Green Point, Cape Town

Research 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: 25 August 2018

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29 Responses to “The Best Festivals in Cape Town 2018”

  1. Chumz

    Newsletter

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  2. Elna Hadfield

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

    Regards
    Bartenders Cocktail

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  3. 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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  4. 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 ?

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  5. Amina Toefy

    Who can I contact for Halaal foods to sell

    Thank you

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  6. 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.

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  7. abdul moses

    interested in having a foodstall at your event

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  8. Rayne M

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

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  9. 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?

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  10. Micheline

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

    Regards

    Micheline

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  11. Eugene

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

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    • Ashraf DIRK

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

      Regards
      Ashraf

      Reply
  12. Miche Juel

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

    Regards
    Miche

    Reply
  13. gregna

    Hie send me all events, shows and festivals

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  14. 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

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  15. 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

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  16. abdul moses

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

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  17. Michelle

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

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    • 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

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  18. Willy

    Can u infprm me of any reggea festival?

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  19. 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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  20. Pat

    Please inform me of any events for a Steers stand.

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  21. Nich

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

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  22. Mariam

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

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  23. paul.silkstone

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

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  24. Stanly Muyambo

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

    Reply
  25. Edmore art

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

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