Our Big Fat Guide to the Summer Festival Season

It’s time to hang up your raincoat and bust out the sunscreen because the sunny summer days are back. Along with the longer days and shorter nights, the long awaited festival season is upon us. This is the chance to slip on some sandals and soak in the sights, music and culture of Cape Town and surrounds.

Food Festivals

15 September: Pizza and Pasta Festival

For the lover of pizza and pasta, be sure to attend the Cape Town Pizza and Pasta Festival in Tokai. Opening its doors at 12:00, you can enjoy good food as well as local wine, craft beer and live entertainment.

For more info visit their Facebook page

29 September: McGregor Food and Wine Festival 

The McGregor Food and Wine Festival takes place at the Dutch Reformed Church Hall in McGregor. Open from 10:00 to 16:00, this food and wine haven offers warming country foods and everything from whites to blends to bubblies will be at your fingertips.

For more info visit tourismmcgregor.co.za

29-30 September: Strawberry Festival 

The Strawberry Festival will be taking place at the Redberry Farm in George. Offering all things strawberry, this family-friendly event will open its doors at 09:00 on both days. Tickets range from R55-R70 per adult and R25-R35 for children (aged of 3-12). The event is free for children under the age of two years.

For more info visit strawberryfestival.co.za

6-7 October: Say Cheese Artisinal Cheese Fair

Say Cheese to the Artisanal Cheese Fair, which takes place in Milnerton at the Italian club. For R95 per adult or R55 for children aged 12-18, this family-friendly fair offers not only cheesy goodness, but also an array of wine, beer, olives, bread and more. Children under the age of 12 have free entrance.

For more info visit their Facebook page

12-14 October: Coffee and Chocolate

Coffee and Chocolate at the Durbanville Racecourse is a definite must for anyone with a taste for the decadent. Unique pairings and demonstrations will also be available.

For more info visit coffeechoc.co.za

26 – 28 April: South African Cheese Festival 

The South African Cheese Festival on Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch showcases a vast selection of cheeses, from artisanal varieties to more recognised names. This event is family friendly and offers entertainment for kids and teens alike.

For more info visit cheesefestival.co.za

 

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Drinks Festivals

13 October: Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 

The Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival, taking place at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch offers a beer-filled day. From 11:00 to 20:00, you can sample a wide selection of breweries, distilleries and food trucks. There is also kids entertainment on offer. Ticket prices include a choice of beer glass for R100, or plastic cup for R85. Tickets for children aged 12-17 are R60 and children under the age of 12 have free entrance.

For more info visit their Facebook page

7-28 October: Oyster, Bubbles and Blanc Festival

Oyster, Bubbles and Blanc festival at the Hillcrest wine farm in Durbanville is perfect for anyone with a taste for oysters and sparkling wine. This event starts at 12:00 and tickets cost R200 per person.

For more info visit their Facebook page

26-28 October: Robertson Wine on the River 

Robertson Wine on the River, taking place along the banks of the Breede River in the Robertson Wine Valley, invites you to a variety of wine, chocolate and nougat tastings. This is an outing for the whole family.

For more info visit wineonriver.com

24 – 25 November: NovemBeer Festival

The NovemBeer Festival held at the ROOT44 Market in Stellenbosch is for anyone with an interest in rare beers. Tickets cost R100 and includes your own branded beer glass.

For more info visit their Facebook page

1-2 December: Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

A champagne lover’s delight, the Cap Classique and Champagne Festival will be held at the Franschhoek Monument. The event opens both days at 12:00. Ticket prices are R375 per person and include a tasting glass and 10 tasting vouchers.

For more info visit franschhoekmcc.co.za

2 March: Ommiberg Harvest Celebration

Ommiberg Harvest Celebration, along the Paarl Wine Route, celebrates all wineries in the area and is a family friendly event. Tickets cost R150 per person and children under the age of 18 have free entrance. Ticket prices include tasting glass, tasting coupons and free access to events.

For more info visit ommiberg.co.za

12-14 April: Whisky Live Festival

The Whisky Live Festival takes place at the V&A Waterfront and showcases a range of whiskies from across the world. The tickets range from R210 to R245 per person and includes 16 tasting vouchers, a bottle of still water as well as a glass. The opening night begins at 18:00.

For more info visit whiskylive.co.za

13-14 April: Pinotage and Biltong Festival

The Pinotage and Biltong Festival in the Cape Winelands offers the perfect biltong and wine pairings, as well as live music and great food. This event is family friendly and starts at 11:00 both days. Ticket prices range from R200 to R230 and include 18 pairings, and includes a branded glass.

For more info visit cvomarketing.co.za

20 April: Bot River Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival

The Bot River Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival offers not only unique wines with a modern twist, but also the Best Bot Beard award. Tickets cost R450 per adult and the event starts at 17:00.

For info visit their Facebook page at their Facebook page

 

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Music Festivals

5-7 October: Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies, taking place on the Cloof Wine Estate, is one of the most anticipated music-and-lifestyle festivals of the year. This festival is one of the frontier events promoting environmentally friendly products and initiatives.

For more info visit rockingthedaisies.com

1-11 November: Buskers Festival

The Buskers Festival takes over the streets of Cape Town, where you can immerse yourself in 11 days of music, street performance and circus acts, with everything from mimes to artists. Entrance for this cultural experience is free and family friendly.

For more info visit ctbuskersfestival.co.za

1 – 3 December: Synergy Live Music Festival 

The Synergy Live Music Festival hosted at Anura Wine Estate invites anyone up for a non-stop party, with awesome music and the option to camp on site. The festival starts at 12:00 on Friday the 1st.

For more info visit synergylive.co.za

7-10 February: Up the Creek Music Festival 

Up the Creek Music Festival is a must for anyone who loves live music and comedy and has a passion for anything that floats. The festival takes place on the Breede River in Swellendam. Don’t forget your lilo.

For more info visit upthecreek.co.za

29 March – 1 April: Ultra Music Festival 

Ultra Music Festival at the Cape Town Stadium is the world’s largest electronic dance party. Every year the lineup has some of the biggest names on the dance and DJ scene. Tickets range from R650 to R1600 per person.

For more info visit ultramusicfestival.com

 

 

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Lifestyle and Entertainment Festivals

28-30 September: Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus Whale festival takes place every year in Hermanus to welcome the Southern Rights wales to the Walker Bay. There will also be music, comedy and local entertainment over the three day festival period.

For more info visit hermanuswhalefestival.co.za

27 October: Zombie Walk

Get your scary on, as the Zombie Festival takes to the streets of Cape Town. The zombie walk is an opportunity for all ages to channel their inner zombies, and is also pet-friendly. This entrance has no fee, so feel free to join the hoards.

For more info visit zombiewalksouthafrica.co.za

27-28 October: Cape Town International Kite Festival 

The Cape Town international Kite festival in Muizenberg is a kite-enthusiast’s dream and is fun for the whole family. The event opens both days at 10:00.

For more info visit their Facebook page

3 December: Adderley Lights Festival 

Join the masses on Adderley Street and Grand Parade in Cape Town for the official switching on of the festive lights which will be switched on at 20:30. There will also be live performances starting at 16:00 , as some of the country’s biggest names will take the stage. Entrances are free.

For more info visit captown.gov.za or email contact.us@capetown.gov.za

 

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