Winter is starting to roll into the Western Cape, but don’t let that put you off, because some of the best events and festivals happen in the province’s cooler months! Take a look at some of our favourites here.
Calitzdorp Expressed – 17-19 June
Get ready to uncork, because the town of Calitzorp is ready to pop the cork on this epic festival. Sample award winning wineries, tuck into local cuisine at local restaurants, share a pint with the locals at quirky pubs, and sample the baked goods (and take some home with you). The Calitzdorp Uncorked is also a showcase for local talent, from artists to musicians and dancers, and when the sun sets you can either continue with the part of shift gears, while sipping delicious local "port" around a fire.
Welcome Whales Celebration – 24-26 June
Winter is whale season in Hermanus, as with the return of the southern right whales to the coastal waters of Cape Overberg town. the annual ‘Welcome Whales Celebration‘ in Hermanus hosted by enthusiasts, scientists and locals is a celebration of this marvellous migration – and the sightings it might bring. The three-day event will be held in the New Harbour and you can expect big discounts on whale watching and other ocean-related activities; a programme of fascinating talks, exhibitions, art and lots of other fun activities. The whales, of course, will always be the stars of the show.
Tulbagh Christmas in Winter – 25-26 June
Christmas is coming early to Tulbagh this winter with the physical returning after its enforced hiatus. As winter settles into the Western Cape, this wonderful town in the Cape Winelands welcomes visitors to a Christmas-themed festival with all the trimmings. Take in all the glittering lights as you browse through the arts, crafts, photographic exhibitions, art galleries and quaint shops. Join the winemakers and their staff for wine tastings, cellar tours and a variety of activities which will be on offer. Enjoy roaring log fires, glittering Christmas trees, winter warmer lunches and traditional Christmas fare and dinners at our world-class restaurants and coffee shops.
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Knysna Oyster Festival – 1-10 July
Running for over a week in July, the Knysna Oyster Festival is jam-packed with activities sure to appeal to just about everybody. From oysters and wine to live entertainment and sports, the festival is one of the most popular events in the country and a staple for locals. What makes it so special is the incredible diversity of events on offer – from the annual bicycle race and Forest Marathon to whisky pairings and live music – everybody is catered for at the festival. Race in the morning and relax in the evening, then repeat!
Porterville Winter Series – 7-8 July
Introducing the Proudly Porterville: Winter Art Series. A collaboration of Porterville artisans are hosting fun workshops to develop your creative muscles. Choose from 19 workshops over three days hosted by local creatives and supported by selected visiting artists. Highlights included a live cooking show with Jenny Morris, the Bergrivier Gin Experience, and much, much more.
Garden Route Wine Festival – 15 July
Held in Knysna over the Oyster Festival, this incredible event will be showcasing 20 of South Africa’s top wineries, bringing up to six of their flagship wines, for visitors to sample. Not only will you be able to taste up to 120 top SA wines, but you will also have the opportunity to purchase them at special cellar door prices. The festival will also include craft beer, gin, and whisky tastings, should you be looking for something other than wine (or simply want to add to the occasion).
The Bastille Festival – 16 and 17 July
The Bastille Festival in Franschhoek is easily one of the most anticipated events on the Western Cape calendar and it’s finally back! A celebration of wine, food and the town French-infused history, the Bastille Festival is one you do not want to miss! Enjoy gourmet food from some of the town’s award-winning eateries, sample world class wines, stroll around the farmer’s market and enjoy the live entertainment on offer – you will not be bored when Bastille rolls into Franschhoek. The event is also family friendly, while those looking to get an adrenaline fix can enter the annual trail run.