Far from heading into hibernation, South Africans will be out and about this winter with some of the best festivals of the year on the go in the coming months. Check out the cheapest flights to Cape Town and join in the cool seasonal fun.
Here’s the pick of the bunch in and around Cape Town:
Knysna Oyster Festival 20 to 30 June 2019
This seafood celebration is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the culinary calendar. Expect a host of family-friendly activities and lots and lots of fabulous food. Start searching for the cheapest flights to Cape Town right away, this is the busiest (and best) time of the year in Knysna.
Phoenix Festival of Fire 21-23 June 2019
There’s nothing better than a blazing fire on a chilly winter’s night and you’ll find no shortage of that in Swellendam this June. The Phoenix festival is a fiery celebration of all that’s hot and happening in the world of trance.
Expect fiery dancing displays, trance beats at this psychedelic celebration at Nekkies Holiday Resort near Worcester.
Christmas in Winter 22 and 23 June 2019
Every year, Christmas comes early in Tulbagh when this extraordinary celebration takes over the town. Check into his sleepy village for traditional Christmas fare, wine and chocolate tastings, kids’ activities and tractor and horse rides for all ages.
National Arts Festival 27 June to 7 July 2019
Once known as the Grahamstown Arts Festival, this event has been a rite of passage for lovers of the finer things since 1974. This year, it’s set to be as enlightening and entertaining as ever with over 300 awesome shows planned throughout the event.
The Great South African Gin Festival 28-29 June 2019
If your tastes lean toward more current trends, head over to the country’s largest gin festival at Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope. Here you can sample a vast range of locally produced gins and find out why the country’s gone gin crazy. Live music and cocktail-making demos add to the fun at this highly anticipated event.
The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 1-28 July 2019
Laugh off the winter blues this July at the annual Funny Festival. Once again, the Baxter Theatre is hosting the event which promises to be a smorgasbord of giggles courtesy of local favourites, up-and-coming newbies and top international acts.
Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival 5-14 July 2019
This festival is a must for music lovers and gives you a chance to be the first to see young local musicians at their best. Recitals, orchestral concerts and chamber performances are all on the cards during this Stellenbosch celebration of fine music and burgeoning talent.
Franschhoek Bastille Festival 13-14 July 2019
On a lighter note, it’s fun all around as Franschhoek cracks a nod to its French Heritage in a celebration of the red, white and blue this Bastille Day. Buckle up your braces and berets, it’s a roller coaster ride of carnival fun, food, markets, wines and even a barrel-rolling race.
Other Events Around the Country
Cape Town isn’t the only scene of crimes against Winter woes, there is a host of action happening all over the country.
Durban plays host to two of the biggest races of the year during the winter months.
The Comrades Marathon sets off on 9 June and promises to be another battle of giants for the prestigious title of number one in this amazing race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Contestants from all over the world hasten to add this event to their CV, while supporters from around the country gather to enjoy the roadside picnics, music and entertainment.
On 6 July, Africa’s Greatest Horse racing event. The Durban July, takes place at Greyville Racecourse. Attracting blue bloods (both human and equine) from all over the country, this is the top social event on the Durban calendar and the ultimate ambition of every racehorse owner, trainer and jockey. Fashion, food and good-natured rivalry are the order of the day at Durban’s premier racing event.
There’s always something big happening in Johannesburg, with theatre shows, comedy skits and musicals on the go at theatres all over the city. Winter is time for first Thursdays where you can experience the city’s art and culture after hours, the Joburg nightlife buzzes until the wee hours, and there’s always a market on the go somewhere.
Fun All Around
Of course, outside of the major centres you’ll find no shortage of smaller events to support too. Make the most of this winter by getting out there and supporting those who are putting on a show for your enjoyment. You’ll be so glad you did.
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