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2021 Occasions and Festivals in South Africa


Now that the festive season is behind us and we eagerly sit up for getting life again on monitor, let’s check out which occasions and festivals in South Africa are nonetheless happening this yr.

Our beloved Mzansi has all the time been fairly the hub of social exercise, dazzling locals and vacationers alike with every thing from music festivals to sports activities tournaments and celebrations of meals and tradition. Profit from your lengthy weekends and plan some memorable little journeys!



Jazzathon has been cancelled for this yr.

As everyone knows, there isn’t any scarcity of occasions and festivals in South Africa. The Jazzathon is a Cape City establishment that’s thought-about a precursor to the Cape City Worldwide Jazz Competition. Pack a picnic basket, seize a tenting chair and make your technique to the long-lasting Waterfront for African sounds, nice camaraderie and assured frontier household enjoyable. You’re greater than welcome to convey drinks to sip on as you compromise all the way down to be wowed by a few of South Africa’s prime jazz musicians.

Anybody within the know will let you know the Jazzathon is unmistakably African, totally pleasurable and most significantly, freed from cost! Exhibits run each day, however get there early to safe an amazing seat!

Kirstenbosch Summer season Sundown Live shows

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The Kirstenbosch Summer season Live shows have been cancelled for this season. 

Say HELLO to summer time by treating your self to a Summer season Sundown Live performance at Cape City’s completely breathtaking Kirstenbosch Gardens. Select from heaps of one of the best artists South Africa has to supply and kit up for sundowners with a present! Upcoming concert events embrace Mi Casa, AKA, Don Vino and Girl Zamar to call however a couple of. Tickets promote out quick, so make sure you e book upfront!

The Pinot Noir Celebration

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The Pinot Noir Competition has been postponed to 2022.

Calling all winemakers, aficionados, lovers and drinkers. The Pinot Noir Competition celebrates South Africa’s beloved premium export wine and affords one-of-a-kind tastings, networking alternatives, conferences and extra. If the sound of celebrating wine, over a bottle of wine, by studying about wine tickles your fancy, e book your go and make your technique to the picturesque Hemel-en-Aarde area of Hermanus for an expertise par none!


Up the Creek

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Up the Creek has been cancelled for this yr.

Make your technique to Swellendam for South Africa’s second-longest-running outside music competition! At 30 years working, Up the Creek has hit an unbelievable milestone and, as such, guarantees to ship 4 days of wonderful music and tenting realness. Whether or not you like roughing it or glamping, Up the Creek caters to your each nature-loving whim. Ebook your spot, pack your weekend life into the boot of your automobile and kit up for an epic weekend!

Clarens Craft Beer Competition

Dates TBC | Clarens Village Sq.

Music, reside leisure, meals and craft beer. The issues champion weekends are fabricated from! Head for cosy Clarens for a enjoyable household day journey or only a day with the crew. The Clarens Craft Beer Competition celebrates its 11th anniversary this yr and, as such, guarantees a celebration of word! Go forward, spoil your self!

Design Indaba

The Design Indaba has been postponed to 2022.

Lauded the “finest design convention on the earth”, tickets to the Design Indaba in Cape City are value their weight in gold. Yearly creatives, designers, writers, artists and the like flock to Cape City for networking and specialist conferences on design, design considering, innovation, inventive management, design activism and way more. It’s not troublesome to see why these tickets are so wanted.

Extremely South Africa

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Dates TBC | Ostrich Farm (CPT) & Nasrec (JHB)

Needing no introduction, Extremely South Africa is likely one of the greatest digital music festivals to grace our shores. The stellar line-up contains the likes of DJ Black Espresso, Steve Aoki, Sprint Berlin, Afrojack and extra. Tickets promote out sooner than most music festivals. Don’t miss out!



13 March | Elgin Grabouw Nation Membership

Think about Woodstock, reimagined. Commerce within the mud and medicines for glamping, meals vans, spa days and starlit nights. Boasting 5 phases, a few of that are seashore dealing with, Bazique affords festival-goers a very distinctive expertise. Participate in having fun with something from artwork exhibitions and fireplace dancing to silent discos and a starlit spa! Ebook tickets and get to glamping with ease.

Midmar Mile

13 – 14 March | Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

Welcome to the world’s largest open-water swim occasion! Whether or not you’re an expert or a novice, the Midmar Mile has one thing so that you can flap your flippers to. The swim takes place at Midmar Dam in Howick, simply exterior Pietermaritzburg and is open to anybody from youngsters to probably the most seasoned swimmers. Make sure to be looking out, chances are high you’ll run into one or two swimming legends so make sure you stay selfie-ready always. The Midmar Mile undoubtedly tops the checklist of occasions and festivals in South Africa, in our e book!

Cape City Cycle Tour

14 March | Cape City

The race is about to happen on 14 March 2021, depending on nationwide restrictions. Cape City Stadium will as soon as once more grow to be the rendezvous level for native and worldwide cyclists alike. The tour kicks off within the shadow of the majestic Desk Mountain and this yr’s tour takes a barely totally different route at solely 50% capability. The Cycle Tour has all the time offered a singular approach of seeing Cape City’s breathtaking seashores and, climate allowing, affords cyclists views of Robben Island as properly.

Klein Karoo Nationwide Arts Competition (KKNK)

23 March – 6 April | Oudtshoorn

Yearly, thespians, musicians, artwork college students and theatre lovers fill the streets of Oudtshoorn for a fun-filled celebration of artwork, music and tradition. Make sure to e book your lodging upfront!

Randfontein Present Meals & Music Competition

The Randfontein Present has been cancelled for this yr. 

Deal with the entire household to a day of funfair rides, superb meals, reside leisure and way more. The Randfontein Present has been wowing festival-goers for greater than 30 years and continues to take action with a lineup that features Early B, Nicholas Louw, Kurt Darren, Sky Ocean, Tanya V and lots of extra South African leisure veterans.

Cape City Worldwide Jazz Competition

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The Jazz Competition has been postponed to 2022.

Cape City’s greatest Jazz competition takes place yearly on the Cape City Worldwide Conference Centre. As typical, the Cape City Worldwide Jazz Competition is complemented by a free live performance in Greenmarket Sq. and heels and mules give approach for snug strolling sneakers as vacationers take to the streets to mingle with locals and hit up native karaoke bars. Final yr’s line-up included Abdullah Ibrahim, Lira, Ndlovu Youth Choir, Girl Zamar and lots of extra internationally acclaimed artists. We sit up for having this competition on our shores once more subsequent yr.


Two Oceans Marathon

3 April | Cape City

Gear up for probably the most scenic half and/or full marathons round! The Two Oceans Marathon sees a whopping 30,000+ runners collaborating on this completely Capetonian occasion. Select to tackle both the 56km ultra-marathon or the 21,1 km half-marathon, both approach, you deserve bragging rights! You too can select to run for charity and make each step depend.

The Rand Present

7 – 12 April | Johannesburg

The Rand Present in Johannesburg really has one thing for everybody. Take a look at something from the right way to optimize your dwelling area to expos on well being and wellness, reside music and way more. This yr’s present can be divided into zones devoted to meals, leisure, way of life and retail, and way more. This one is unquestionably to not be missed!

Pink Loerie Competition

23 – 27 April | Knysna

Welcome to Knysna Satisfaction! Have a good time queer delight with a flourish on the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras. Paint the city pink with flamboyant outfits, drag exhibits, reside music, dancing, nice meals and extra. Sure darling, its delight.

SA Cheese Competition

24 – 26 April | Stellenbosch

Foodies unite and prepare for a culinary journey. Profit from your lengthy weekend in picture-perfect Stellenbosch because it comes alive with patrons having fun with good meals, cheese, wine, beer, gin and extra on the SA Cheese Competition. Dwell music units the temper for atmosphere abuzz with full tummies and pleased individuals. Safe your tickets and get discounted charges for kids.

Comedian-Con Cape City

24 – 27 April | Cape City Stadium

Calling all nerds and superfans! Comedian Con is coming to Cape City. From 24 – 27 April, Cape city can be awash with cosplay, gaming merchandise, comedian e book artwork and lots extra. The very best of popular culture, comedian e book tradition and literary classics will come alive at each Comedian-Con, in addition to KidsCon! Ever puzzled what fandoms your youngsters and/or companions are into? Take them to Comedian-Con and discover out! Make a day of it, and stroll away with a cool t-shirt or two. Sound like a plan? Ebook a day or weekend go. To infinity, and past!


Huawei Joburg Day in The Park

This occasion has been cancelled for this yr. 

The Johannesburg Botanical Backyard turns into the backdrop to the Huawei Joburg Day within the Park. Pack a picnic basket and make a household day of it. This competition is about having fun with one of the best of timeless South African hits in a scenic venue, surrounded by individuals you may have enjoyable with.


Comrades Marathon

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13 June | Pietermaritzburg

This yr’s Comrades Marathon kicks off on the Pietermaritzburg Metropolis Corridor and finishes at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. At 90 kilometres, this down-run guarantees to be fairly the occasion.

Innibos Competition

30 June – 4 July (TBC) | Nelspruit

Subsequent cease: Nelspruit! Nestled amongst hills and waterfalls, Nelspruit units the scene for the Innibos Competition which is yet one more famed alternative to have fun South African tradition by way of music, theatre, dance, meals and extra.


Grahamstown Nationwide Arts Competition

July | Grahamstown

This yr marks the 46th Grahamstown Nationwide Arts Competition. Boasting each a bodily and on-line viewers this yr, the Grahamstown Nationwide Arts Competition is likely one of the extra distinguished artwork festivals and attracts fairly the gang of theatre and music heavyweights. Ebook your flight to PE or East London and take a scenic drive as much as Grahamstown. When you’d desire to observe out of your lounge, many components of the competition can be streamed on-line.

Knysna Oyster Competition

2 – 11 July (TBC) | Knysna

The picturesque Backyard Route beckons! Make your technique to the quaint, seaside village of Knysna for a 10-day lengthy Oyster competition that features shucking competitions and seafood style explosions! Make sure to e book lodging upfront as guesthouses and inns replenish moderately shortly!

Vodacom Durban July

3 July | Greyville Racecourse

As all the time, it’s proper there within the identify! The Vodacom Durban July will, but once more, be a shining beacon on many a social calendar this yr. Ebook your Durban lodging upfront and head to the races for a day of glitz, glamour, bubbles and cameras.


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10 – 11 July | Structure Hill Johannesburg

It’s the last word celebration of Africanism! Afropunk by no means ceases to wow attendees with world-class artists, vibrant style, and shows of tradition and African delight. The likes of Solange, Sho Madjozi, AKA, Masego, Busiswa and extra have graced this iconic stage, so make sure you e book your tickets and lodging approach upfront as this can be a competition favorite for individuals the world over.

Free State Wine Present

July (TBC) | Bloemfontein

Wine, superb wine! Bloemfontein as soon as once more hosts the annual Free State Wine Present and guarantees decadent tastings, pairings and fascinating decisions for buy.

Bastille Competition

July (TBC) | Franschhoek, Cape City

Time to get in contact along with your interior avant-garde, and don your finest French apparel. Wine, gourmand eating, high fashion and extra await you on the Bastille Competition in luscious Franschhoek. Be sure you e book your lodging upfront!


Winelands Chocolate Competition

29 – 30 August | Stellenbosch

Calling all candy tooths and chocoholics! You possibly can count on a mouth-watering line-up of one of the best candies, brownies, macarons, doughnuts, the creamiest ice cream and the fluffiest candyfloss to tease your style buds with. This two-day occasion is the right household time out with hundreds on supply, together with face portray, a film lounge, craft beer and reside music for all to take pleasure in.


Hilton Arts Competition

10 – 12 September | Hilton, Durban

Hilton Faculty in Durban performs host to the most important theatre even in KwaZulu-Natal! Deal with your self to a cascade of color as artwork college students and thespians alike placed on a present of theatre, dance, music, tradition, delicacies and much extra.

Splashy Fen Music Competition

23 – 26 September | Pietermaritzburg

Head for the Splashy Fen Farm in Pietermaritzburg to expertise South Africa’s longest and oldest working music competition. Select from 5 totally different phases and family-friendly actions like tenting, meals stalls. Weekend passes embrace discounted charges for kids.

Comedian Con Africa

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23 – 26 September | Johannesburg

Ebook your flights to Johannesburg, safe your lodging and head for Comedian Con Africa! It’s assured to be a bonafide journey stuffed with merchandise, screenings, panel discussions, cosplay and extra. Tickle your nerd fancy with superstar sightings and once-in-a-lifetime picture alternatives.


28 September – 3 October | Potchefstroom

One other certainly one of South Africa’s beloved artwork competition establishments, Aardklop kicks off in Potchefstroom and ensures an array of theatre performances, music, and meals.

Hermanus Whale Competition

September | Hermanus

As soon as once more, the seaside village of Hermanus opens its doorways to vacationers from far and large for the annual Hermanus Whale Competition. So far as occasions and festivals in South Africa go, whale watching has quick grow to be a social event. Prepare to observe the majestic Southern Proper whales return to their residence in southern Africa as you gear up for a day of fine meals, wine, interactive eco-marine displays and extra. Ebook your Hermanus lodging upfront and make a bit getaway of it!

Klein Karoo Klassique

TBC | Oudtshoorn

Make your technique to the slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains for a beautiful little Oudtshoorn tour. Dates for the Klein Karoo Klassique are but to be confirmed, however you’ll be able to sit up for good meals, nice wine, artwork exhibitions, reside music and extra. Why not take a scenic highway journey alongside Route 62? If flying is extra your factor, e book a flight to George and make your technique to Oudtshoorn from there.


Rocking the Daisies

1 – 3 October: Cape City | 2 – 3 October: Johannesburg

Registration to purchase a Rocking the Daisies competition and tenting go has formally opened! Prepare for one of many greatest South African outside music festivals. Dubbed “The African Coachella”, Rocking the Daisies has been wowing festival-goers with some one of the best native and worldwide artists for 15 years.

Cape City Worldwide Movie Market & Competition (CTIFMF)

TBC | V&A Waterfront, Cape City

When you’re a movie pupil, videographer, drama pupil, actor or simply take pleasure in enjoying round along with your digicam, the CTIFMF affords a useful studying alternative in addition to screenings of cutting-edge movie & drama, panel discussions, masterclasses, workshops and extra. The competition additionally affords a chance for filmmakers to submit their work for viewing and culminates in an awards ceremony which will get printed.


Cherry Choosing Competition

November (TBC) | Ficksburg, Free State

Dates for this long-running crop competition are but to be confirmed, however make sure you depart your calendar open for the Cherry-Choosing Jazz Competition within the Free State this yr. Bask in cherry mampoer, craft beers, nice meals and reside exhibits.


Mom Metropolis Queer Venture (MCQP)

December (TBC) | Cape City

One of many extra celebratory occasions and festivals in South Africa, this themed social gathering is a homage to the New York queer ball tradition that paved the way in which for LGBTQIA+ rights in every single place. The precise date, time, venue and theme can be introduced nearer to the time, however make sure you depart area in your December itinerary. Costume up, whip out the glitter, get your wig snatched, nails did and social gathering the night time away!


December | Artscape Theatre, Cape City

The Suidoosterfees is a melting pot of theatre, music and charming dialog. Watch one of the best of Cape City expertise inform really Cape City tales by way of efficiency artwork and music. This Artscape custom additionally provides proficient hopefuls a platform to showcase their artwork. Assume you may have what it takes? Join the Suidoosterfees expertise search! Make sure to doublecheck the present you might be reserving!

That’s it for this version of “the right way to enhance your social itinerary”! Seize your crew and get planning! We have now flights, lodging and automobile rent coated. All you want to do is e book your tickets and get there!

We urge you to stick to our nationwide well being and security protocols always. Occasions are more likely to change at quick discover on account of Governement restrictions and nationwide lockdowns.

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