South Africa Festivals

South Africa Events Calendar

Our South Africa festivals listing will provide a basic events calendar with a listing of some of the best events in South Africa for every month. For more comprehensive listing go to this page.

In South Africa you will find so many attractions, festivals and events worth a visit. There are so many events that I can not list all of them in my calendar, but I will include the most important dates to remember and try to choose the best events for each month.

This is a tough choice, however I am sure you like my listing which limits your search and you will know which one of the events are a real must go and see.

South Africa Festivals

-The best Festivals in South Africa-

Click on the events to get more info about what’s on at these annual South Africa festivals:

January: New Year’s Day (Public Holiday countrywide), Minstrel Carnival (Cape Town), J&B Met Horse Race Festival (Cape Town), Marula Festival (Phalaborwa)

February: Dusi Canoe Marathon (Durban/KZN), Design Indaba (Cape Town), Harvest Festivals (Stellenbosch and Robertson)

March: International Jazz festival (Cape Town), Cape Argus Cycle Race (Cape Town), St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance (Cape Town and Johannesburg), Human Rights Day

April: Easter (Public Holiday countrywide), KKNK Klein Karoo Kunstefees (Oudtshoorn), Tulbagh goes Dutch (Tulbagh), Scifest (Grahamstown), Two Oceans Marathon (Cape Town), SA Cheese Festival (Stellenbosch), Decorex (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg), Freedom Day (Public Holiday countrywide)

May: Workers’ Day (Public Holiday countrywide), Olive Festival (Ribeek Casteel), Pink Loerie Mardi Gras (Knysna), Franschhoek Literary Festival, (Franschhoek), Taste of Cape Town Culinary Arts Festival (Cape Town), The Royal Show (Durban)

June: National Arts Festival (Grahamstown), Comrades Marathon (Durban), Youth Day Celebrations (Public Holiday countrywide), Christmas in Winter Festival (Tulbagh)

July: Oyster Festival (Knysna), Durban July Horse Race (Durban), Nelson Mandela Day (countrywide), International Film Festival (Durban), America Day Celebrations (Cape Town, Johannesburg), Bastille Day French Festival (Franschhoek)

August: Women’s Day (Public Holiday countrywide), Oppi Koppi Bushveld Festival (Northam), Fashion Week (Cape Town), Comedy Festival (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban), Joy of Jazz Festival (Johannesburg), National Boat Show (Johannesburg), Slow Festival (Robertson), Wildflower Festival (Clanwilliam)

September: Whale Festival (Hermanus) , Arts Alive Festival (Johannesburg), Heritage Day ('Braai Day' – Public Holiday countrywide), Woodstock Music Festival (Haartbeeshoek), Awesome Africa Musicfestival (Midmar Dam), Boat Show (Cape Town)

October: Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival (Darling), Beer Festivals (countrywide), International Motor Show (Johannesburg), Bandana Day (nationwide), International Kite Festival (Muizenberg)

November: Cherry Festival (Ficksburg), Military Tattoo (Cape Town), Rose and Garden Festival (Elgin), World Cinema Festival (Cape Town), christmas markets and bazars (countrywide)

December: Festival of Lights (George), Mother City Queer Project (Cape Town), Summer Festival at Spier (Stellenbosch), Day of Reconciliation (Public Holiday nationwide), Christmas (Public Holiday countrywide), End of Year Celebrations and Fireworks

For a comprehensive monthly listing of the biggest festivals and events happening in South Africa, go to our partner site

Living in South Africa

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