Festivals and Events
With world-famous cosmopolitan cities and a rich cultural legacy, South Africa hosts a number of arts festivals and sporting events throughout the year. To help you plan your visit to South Africa we've put together a selection of some of the more popular.
Cape Town Cycle Tour
The world's largest timed cycling event has been held in Cape Town for the last 39 years, attracting some 35,000 cyclists from around the globe including some of the Tour de France greats. The 109km route follows the beautiful Cape Peninsula with road closures in Cape Town during the day.
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
Held in the Karoo town of Oudtshoorn this festival celebrates the Afrikaans art and culture with well-known and up-and-coming artists featured. Theatre, dance and classical music are also part of the programme.
National Arts Festival
Celebrating the best in crafts, theatre, jazz and opera among a host of other artistic mediums, this is Africa's biggest arts festival. It takes place in the university city of Grahamstown over 11 days with a Main and Fringe programme open to all ages.
Cape Times Waterfront Wine Festival
Representing the full spectrum of the Cape's wine producers with the region's finest wineries gathering to entice visitors alongside a variety of gourmet delicacies including South Africa's finest cheeses.
King Shaka Day Celebrations
Each year in September the Zulu heads and thousands of Zulu people congregate in the town of KwaDukuza to play homage to King Shaka and celebrate Zulu traditions. Attendees dress in full Zulu costume with speeches made by the current king.
Taking inspiration from America's Burning Man Festival, this festival in Tankwa features a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and dance performances and offers the chance for organisations and individuals to question connection within communities and larger society.
Ficksburg Cherry Festival
Towards the end of the year the country town of Ficksburg attracts thousands of people looking to feast on cherries, try their hand at pip-spitting and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Plenty of events are held including sky diving displays in what is one of South Africa's oldest festivals.
This is by no means an exhaustive list as dozens of events and festivals take place in South Africa each month. Event and festival details can change so please check with the organisers that the event is happening before making your travel arrangements.