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What's on in and around Knysna


The diary is a consolidation of the Festivals / Shows and Sporting Events pages and also includes South African Public Holidays.

September 2022    (20)

Annual Knysna Yacht Club Opening Cruise
Saturday 3rd September 2022
Knysna Yacht Club
WWW 2022
The Knysna Yacht Club will be celebrating the start of the new sailing season with their annual opening cruise, a tradition going back over a hundred years. The members of the yacht club are invited to get their sailing dinghies, canoes, racing boats, cruising yachts and power boats onto the water to sail in a fleet from Thesen's Jetty past the yacht club to salute the incumbent commodore. The cruise normally attracts 40 to 50 craft of various kinds, and the lagoon will be alive with the colourful sails of the many dinghies and yachts. It is a spectacle not to be missed! Cake and Tea will be served afterwards.
(12th) Cape Pioneer Trek
Sunday 4th - Saturday 10th September 2022
George to Oudtshoorn
WWW 2022
The "Race With Soul" plunges its participants into a whirlwind adventure, taking riders from the pulsating singletrack of Saasveld into the heart of the Klein Karoo. Each of the 7 days poses a completely unique challenge. With riders summiting the mighty Swartberg Mountain to traversing the arid, desert-like landscapes of the wild Kammanassie. The event combines world-class hospitality and an electric race village with a mountain biking experience like no other.
(2nd) Grape Hustle Roadshow
Thursday 8th September 2022
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
Enjoy a tasting of 14 of South Africa’s finest wine estates showcasing 54 wines in total. Ticket includes a complimentary Riedel wine glass and tasting of all wines on show which will be available to purchase on the night.
(7th) Sasol Solar Challenge
Friday 9th - Friday 16th September 2022
Pretoria to Cape Town
WWW 2022 2022 2016
The South African Sasol Solar Challenge is a biennial competition that strives to be the ultimate test of technology and innovation. Local and international teams conceptualise, design and build solar-powered vehicles to drive across South Africa in an eight-day event while competing against each other, demonstrating and showcasing their design, manufacturing, and strategy skills. The challenge travels from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Jeffreys Bay, with the ultimate winner being the team that has managed to clock the most kilometres on their solar car. The 2022 event is bringing more teams than ever from around the world - including new and experienced South African teams, making this the biggest solar challenge in Africa.
Psyshores Psychedelic Beach Party
Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September 2022
Swartvlei Beach, Sedgefield
Psyshores & Mythical Experience Records Presents, *Heaven on Earth*. !TICKETS Limited Exclusive Birthday Party!
(16th) Penguin Release
Saturday 10th September 2022
Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2022 2022 2022
Plettenberg Bay's Lookout Beach will soon be alive with the pitter-patter of penguin feet again when a group of rehabilitated African penguins dash back into the wild. The regular release of penguins that have been nursed back to health following an array of ailments, has become a popular sight in the coastal holiday town over the past four years.
(7th) Bart's Bash
Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September 2022
George Lakes Yacht Club + Mossel Bay Sailing Club
WWW 2022 2018
Bart’s Bash is a global sailing race taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat around the world. This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues host their races at weekends and we invite them to unite in one colossal global sailing event. Put simply it’s the day the world goes sailing! Bart’s Bash is an annual fundraising and participation campaign promoted by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). The event was founded in 2014 and was verified By Guinness World Record as The Largest Sailing Race in the World.
(17th) South African National Parks Week
Sunday 11th - Friday 16th September 2022
Garden Route National Parks
WWW 2022 2020
The inaugural SANParks week was held in 2006. It was aimed at linking the South African national parks system to the global national movement and to also showcase the best of South Africa’s national parks. This initiative in partnership with Total South Africa and First National Bank, is in line with SANParks vision statement of “A Sustainable National Park System Connecting Society”.
(6th) Thousand Sensations Craft Liquor, Food and Music Festival
Friday 16th - Saturday 17th September 2022
Woodifields Estate, Wilderness
WWW 2018 2016
‘Craft liquor’ includes beer, but also gin, brandy, whiskey, rum and liqueur. Although the focus is on beer, previous Thousand Sensations festivals successfully promoted many producers of other artisanal liquors. Diverse food vendors will complement these special drinks with eats aplenty. Guests can expect a gathering of craft beer breweries, artisanal distilleries, wine cellars and food stalls, while well-loved bands will take to the Woodifields stage throughout the Heritage Day long weekend.
(9th) Sports & Recreation Festival
Friday 16th September - Sunday 23rd October 2022
Mossel Bay
More than 40 sporting codes participate in this festival facilitated by the Mossel Bay Municipality. The festival is hosted to boost the local economy and encourage an active lifestyle.
Carpe Musicam! Potpourri
Sunday 18th September 2022
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Knysna
WWW 2022
Their concert is aptly titled Potpourri, as it will indeed provide an assortment of music. The Glenwood Music Academy Marimba Group will perform before the show, with coffee and refreshments on sale during their appearance.
(10th) Dr.EVIL Classic
Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th September 2022
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Kurland Hotel & Polo Estate
Cairbrogie Dairy Farm
WWW 2020 2021 2015
Contrary to the name the Dr Evil Classic is aimed at normal FUN riders as well as hardcore athletes. The three days will ALL be under 70 kilometers in distance. Leon Evans has created routes that are interesting, scenic and will test those who set out with the intention of racing the event. Each stage of the three-day event promises a unique view of Plettenberg Bay & surrounds.
(10th) Heritage Tour
Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th September 2022
George to St Helena Bay (and back)
This 10th edition of the tour will cover over 1300km of beautiful Western Cape roads. And only 25 old cars will have the privilege of participating in Heritage Tour ’22, so don’t delay if you would like to be part of the fleet!
Torpedo SwinRun Wild
Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th September 2022
Ebb and Flow, Wilderness
WWW 2018 2018
SwimRun is one of the worlds fastest growing adventure sports and it’s come to South Africa. A Friday evening Prologue traverses pristine South African National Parks trails and river. Saturday’s 26km route covers naturally diverse and unseen Garden Route terrain. The Kaaimans is the highlight and leaves you with a once in a lifetime experience! The weekend is rounded off with 2 nights of camping and festivities at Ebb & Flow and a Saturday celebration dinner and party.
Heritage Festival
Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th September 2022
George Showground, George
WWW 2022
This promises to be an exciting event, with all forms of art and performance displays exhibited in the best way South Africans can. The weekend is to celebrate our heritage that is as diverse as South Africa, including our diverse cultures, regardless of looks, background and upbringing.
Heritage Day
Saturday 24th September 2022
Public Holiday
(4th) UrbanX Obstacle Trail Run
Saturday 24th September 2022
Blackwaters River Lodge, Goukamma
A fun trail run starting with 10 easy obstacles and now including colour stations. There are no tough obstacles requiring excessive upper body strength so anyone can do it. All of these will be hosted on beautiful properties with an option to stay afterward and enjoy a coffee and/or breakfast.
Battle of the Buskers
Saturday 24th September 2022
Village Green, Sedgefield
24 September is National Braai Day - so let’s do it! let’s braai! Then let’s ALSO include some nice craft stalls for some craft shopping. And how about a kiddies playground for your chillies ... and why not let us throw into the mix some awesome local talented muso’s to battle it out for top spot and prizes sponsored by our local PicknPay to finish off our day?
Steam Train Celebration
Saturday 24th September 2022
Hartenbos to Great Brak River
What makes this celebration interesting is showcasing a 72-year-old steam locomotive that has not been functional for more than fifteen years. 'Amanda', a class 24. No 3632 is one of the remaining steam locomotives. The community at large will be granted an opportunity to ride this steam locomotive with a total of four passenger coaches. Four round trips have been planned in total from Hartenbos to Groot Brakrivier station.
(22nd) Lions Karoo To Coast
Sunday 25th September 2022
Uniondale to Knysna
WWW 2022 2019
The Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a 100km off road race from UNIONDALE to KNYSNA via the Prince Alfred's Pass. The route is scenic, challenging and riders are encouraged to train sufficiently for this event in order to maximise the enjoyment of the experience. Only 4500 entries will be available for the 2022 event, with more than half the field being carried over from 2020/2021. The Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Race has been selected as an Official Premier Seeding Event of the 2022 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
(8th) Plett ARTS Festival
Friday 30th September - Sunday 9th October 2022
Plettenberg Bay
2022 2022 2018
Following the successful fresh-air focused 2021 Plett ARTS Festival, outdoor spaces, nature and nature-inspired art will once again take centre stage. The theme of the festival is CONNECT: connect with nature, connect with the elements, connect with the artists and performers and connect with each other. Spring is sprung and, as the days lengthen, it’s time to shake off the winter months and enjoy Plett’s favourite playground: legendary hospitality, outdoor adventures, beautiful beaches and, for ten days, arts, music and drama to delight and entertain.
Pecker Rally
Cancelled Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October 2022
Swartvlei Caravan Park, Sedgefield
2021 information - Presented by The Syndicate Motorcycle Club - Gardem Route. This not to missed. We will have live entertainment, Dyno, Beer Tent, Games, Food Stalls and much more. Come and have some fun with us!
(15th) Strawberry Festival
Cancelled Friday 30th September - Saturday 1st October 2022
Redberry Farm, George
WWW 2018 2019 2018
2019 information - Another good food and family weekend can be enjoyed at this year’s George Strawberry Festival presented by Ola. There is something for everyone for everyone to enjoy during the action-packed line-up from performances by Lollos, local performers, kids entertainment, Strawberry Eat Offs and Redberry Farm Strawberry Stomping competitions, Mascot Parade and the Ace Models Miss Strawberry pageant. Take part in the 5km run/walk or 9km trail run through the strawberry and kiwi fields. Fitness fanatics can flex their muscles at CrossFit’s "Fittest in the Garden Route" challenge. Everything strawberry can be enjoyed at Redberry Farm’s Strawberry Emporium, Tea Garden, Red Shed Coffee & Berry or visit the artisanal eateries for a taste of paradise.
*** tbc *** (15th) Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike
Diepwalle to Addo
WWW 2018 2016 2016
2021 information - The Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike is an expedition for and about conservation. You will experience 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes and probably some of the wildest areas in South Africa. You will be part of a small, exclusive group of maximum 20 people that makes its way to Addo. There is no organised trail to follow. You will walk through areas where the last truly free elephants, black rhino and buffalo still roam without fences to hamper their movement. You will follow the spoor of leopard, bush buck and red hartebeest.
*** tbc *** (7th) Knysna Timber Festival
Timber Village, Knysna
WWW 2020 2018 2017
2020 information - The Knysna Timber Festival is an end-to-end showcase of local timber and woodworking materials, machinery, manufacturers, products, services, skills and industry innovations. In 2020 the festival will include more entertainment with additional events encompassing Timber Sports, log sawing skills exhibitions, physical endurance and strength demos, live music shows and much more. A special festival emphasis will be placed on family entertainment and historical items of interest from Knysna’s timber related past.
*** tbc *** (1st) Forest Festival
Kurland Hotel, The Crags + Harkerville Forest
The Forest Festival is a multi-sport weekend including educational forest hikes, mountain bike races, trail runs & an off-road triathlon which celebrates getting outdoors with the family for a weekend of active fun. The spectacular Kurland Hotel & Harkerville forest (hidden gems which locals & visitors often drive past and seldom visit) play host to this fitness fest. Get off the couch & come play in the magnificent forest!
*** tbc *** Oakhurst Insurance Eden Experience
Glenwood House School, George
2018 2018
2019 information - The Oakhurst Insurance Eden Xperience is the premier outdoor family festival in the beautiful Garden Route district of South Africa. The flagship fundraiser for Glenwood House School attracts over 7000 people each year and offers a variety of outdoor events from serious competition to just plain fun. We invite you to join in the fun by entering an event or by cheering for your favorite participant. Food, drinks, entertainment and lots of activities for the whole family are available throughout the weekend.
*** tbc *** (9th) Rhino Run
Arendrus Country Lodge, George
WWW 2017
2019 information - The George race offers a 5km route and a 15km route. All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run medal. Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching. Other runs will take place in Franschhoek, Port Elizabeth and Kenton.
*** tbc *** African Championship Canoe Polo
Knysna Waterfront
2019 information - African Champs welcomes teams worldwide, who would like to join us! SA Canoe Polo would like to take this opportunity to invite individual international players to atted this year's African Championship Canoe Polo to make up international Barbarian teams. Best venue in South Africa - come visit and play canoe polo in AFRICA!!
*** tbc *** (5th) Sedgefield Lions Braai Festival
Scarab Village, Sedgefield
2019 information - The Lions say there are two categories this year: Best Braai & Best Potjie. There will be loads of consolation prizes too, including Best Stand, Best Team Spirit and many more. And, of course, what would a Braai Festival be without beer - so our very own Sedgefield Craft Brewery will be there, as well as Red Bridge Brewery from Knysna. We will also be having a Slow Schwarma team serving some amazing foods (including vegan foods). There will also be a biltong and droewors stall for the meat lovers, and children's entertainment including face painting and a play area will be on site with candy floss, popcorn and slushies available.
*** tbc *** (3rd) iKasi CFR Spring Edition
Loerie Park, Knysna
2019 2019
2019 information - The iKasi CFR Spring Edition promises to have Loerie Park filled to capacity as some of the big names to appear there are said to include actor Simphiwe Majozi who plays Sbu in South Africa's popular soapie Uzalo; Izulu lam hit maker Mpumi; rapper YoungstaCPT, actor Thami Mbongo from Rhythm City and Isthembiso, as well as a wide variety of locals acts. There will also be a variety of food stalls, so fans are encouraged to arrive hungry and support local entrepreneurs.
*** tbc *** Robberg Xpress Trail Run
Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay
2019 information - This year’s Robberg Xpress Trail Run takes place on Sunday 29 September, and like before consists of the 1okm Robberg Xpress tough run and the 5km Shy Shark scenic run. Braai facilities. Food & drink stalls available. Bring the family!
*** tbc *** (5th) Africa T20 Cup
2018 information - The 20 participating teams are the 12 Cricket South Africa Affiliates, three Associate Members and the five guest African countries. They have been drawn into four pools of five, with the winners of each group advancing through to the semi-finals. The competition will take place over two jam-packed weekends of cricket from 14 to 16 and 23 to 24 September. Oudtshoorn will host games in Pool B from 14 to 16 September.

October 2022    (17)

Pecker Rally
Cancelled Friday 30th September - Sunday 2nd October 2022
Swartvlei Caravan Park, Sedgefield
2021 information - Presented by The Syndicate Motorcycle Club - Gardem Route. This not to missed. We will have live entertainment, Dyno, Beer Tent, Games, Food Stalls and much more. Come and have some fun with us!
(8th) Plett ARTS Festival
Friday 30th September - Sunday 9th October 2022
Plettenberg Bay
2022 2022 2018
Following the successful fresh-air focused 2021 Plett ARTS Festival, outdoor spaces, nature and nature-inspired art will once again take centre stage. The theme of the festival is CONNECT: connect with nature, connect with the elements, connect with the artists and performers and connect with each other. Spring is sprung and, as the days lengthen, it’s time to shake off the winter months and enjoy Plett’s favourite playground: legendary hospitality, outdoor adventures, beautiful beaches and, for ten days, arts, music and drama to delight and entertain.
(9th) Sports & Recreation Festival
Friday 16th September - Sunday 23rd October 2022
Mossel Bay
More than 40 sporting codes participate in this festival facilitated by the Mossel Bay Municipality. The festival is hosted to boost the local economy and encourage an active lifestyle.
(5th) Glorious Music Concert
Saturday 1st October 2022
Ouland Royale, Plettenberg Bay
The talented Trio de Musique from Cape Town can't wait to return to Plett to delight us with their repertoire of marvellous music. They will perform a selection of works guaranteed to delight everyone - timeless classics, familiar melodies from stage and screen, some modern works and a bit of jazz thrown in.
(2nd) KnysnaX Trail Series - Spring Run
Sunday 2nd October 2022
Blackwaters River Lodge
The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 1 day trail running event that takes place in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season. Trail Running at its best. Your race will officially start as you check in at Belvedere and continue all the way through spectacular fynbos and run along the old Knysna Railway. Fun and scenic, the 9km run will follow parts of the railway and Buffalo Trail. The routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery all along the Knysna Railway. A trail run you do not want to miss.
(10th) Eden Festival of Action
Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th October 2022
Wild Spirit Lodge, The Crags
WWW 2022 2022 2019
The Eden Festival of Action is an environmental action gathering combining practical ecosystem restoration work like tree-planting, with a full line-up of workshops, talks and activities from sustainability experts. The evenings are filled with campfire sessions, storytelling and music from some of South Africa’s finest musicians.
(14th) The OTTER
Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th October 2022
Natures Valley to Storms River Mouth
WWW 2020 2018 2019
The Grail of Trail™. The Otter Run has been dubbed “the Holy Grail of Trail Running.” At 42km it is a full trail marathon that traverses South Africa’s most iconic hiking trail; the Otter Trail, arguably one of the most beautiful trails on the planet. The Otter Run is the only time when trail running is permitted on the Otter Trail. It is a trail run on the upper end of the scale with regards to the technical difficulty of the trail and as such demands a high level of technical proficiency and endurance from participants.
(8th) Plett Food Film Festival
Thursday 6th October 2022
The White House, Plettenberg Bay
2022 2021 2017
2021 information - The Plett Food Film Festival is the first of its kind in South Africa – a festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The event has become known for celebrating unique films and delicious food and this year won't be any different. Themed "A Night of Kalahari Enchantment", it will take festinos on a sensory trip through the Kalahari via a movie screening, music and food.
Anything That Floats
Saturday 8th October 2022
Fish Eagle Green, Sedgefield
This event is all about ... well ... not sinking. Or at least sinking with dignity. It’s a sort of a boat race without boats. Each entered team has to bring materials to build their craft on site. These crafts can be made of ANYTHING (that floats) except real boat parts, surfboards, paddle skis etc. Then, after being launched onto the lagoon just off Fish Eagle Green, the craftily crafted crafts are put to the test against one another in an exciting series of heats.
(6th) Garden Route Kite Festival
Sunday 9th October 2022
2019 2018 2017
2019 information - This year will once again see Kitefliers from around the country flying their giant kites as well as artistic creations of all shapes and sizes. The festival also has more international kiters wanting to attend than it can handle - we have 12 names on the waiting list for 2020! That shows just how well-regarded it has become in the international kiting community. With so many kiters representing their countries, and the festival being held over 4 days this makes Eden the biggest kite festival in Africa.
(19th) Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge
Postponed Saturday 5th March 2022
Saturday 15th October 2022
Carpe Diem School, George
WWW 2022 2020 2017
A wheelchair race exclusively for disabled athletes! And - every year it is getting bigger and better! The number of entries has increased dramatically, with disabled athletes and other persons in wheelchairs flocking to this annual event. The Challenge is unique as being the first and only event exclusively for the disabled in South Africa. Athletes in racing wheelchairs, adapted bicycles, hand cycles, basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs have made this into the premier sporting event for the disabled on the South African sporting calendar. It undoubtedly has the potential to develop into one of the best events of its kind in the world!
Prince George MTB Challenge
Saturday 15th October 2022
Prince Albert to George
Prince George is a premium 100 Miler, the most diverse one-day race you’ll ever experience. It is a monumental race covering 2 mountain passes, 3 geographical areas, and a world heritage site, all in one day! The vast landscapes and diverse overload of this non-technical routes are the perfect race for all mountain and gravel bike enthusiasts, with ample opportunity to appreciate the unique surroundings you’ll be exposed to.
SA Senior Open
Cancelled Tuesday 18th - Friday 21st October 2022
Simola Golf Club
WWW 2021 2021 2021
2021 information - The Sunshine Senior Tour is pleased to announce the 4th running of the SA Senior Open to be played on the fabulous Plettenberg Bay Country Club Course. When it was last played in the month of April in 2017, Mark McNulty won with a wonderful score of 274 over the 72 holes of strokeplay. The first two days will be played in a pro-am format and the remaining two days for the professionals only. The tournament will again be blessed with big names of yesteryears, including McNulty, Kingston, Cruse, McGuigan, Scholz, Dube, Wessels, Lincoln, Quinn, Williams and Stone amongst other competent players.
(11th) Tour de Plett
Saturday 22nd October 2022
Keurbooms Lagoon Caravan Park, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022 2021 2019
Get out there and enjoy a great day of riding on some of Plett's most challenging and rewarding mountain bike trails.
(2nd) Cairo to Cape Trail Run
Saturday 22nd October 2022
Woodfields Estate, Wilderness
One of the most famous tourism beacons in the Southern Cape, Map of Africa, will once again host two unique races this year. It's a unique race and the terrain is definitely a big draw. This year's event will definitely be bigger and participants will be able to run through 26 ‘African countries’.
(3rd) Dust 4 Glory Challenge
Saturday 22nd October 2022
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Oudtshoorn
WWW 2022
The Klein Karoo Dust 4 Glory Challenge is the only obstacle course challenge in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo region. It will be a weekend of fun and adventure for families, friends, corporate colleagues or scholars. Participants can enter individually or as part of a team (although team members start together, they do not need to finish together). Just bring your running shoes and have a great time.
(18th) Vodacom Origins of Golf Final
Thursday 27th - Saturday 29th October 2022
Pinnacle Point Golf Course, Mossel Bay
WWW 2017
Vodacom Origins of Golf is a platform for the next generation of pro golfers to hone their skills in tournament play for five months during the South African winter. It is the biggest series of tournaments on the Sunshine Tour.
(43rd) Buffalo Rally
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October 2022
AKTV Resort, Hartenbos
WWW 2019 2019 2017
On offer the weekend is a beautiful campsite, with excellent Ablution facilities, live Bands, a great variety of Food and Trinket Stalls, Big Screen TVs’ as well as great prizes for rider and pillion.
(2nd) Music by the Sea
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th October 2022
Wildside, Buffalo Bay
We are proud to be hosting our Music by the Sea event which promises all attending a full weekend of continuous impeccable live music by extremely talented musicians from all over. The outdoor venue boasts the most glorious coastline by the ocean with fun to be had by all. Our two resident DJ’s will be opening and closing daily. This is most definitely an event organised for everyone to let their hair down, have immense fun, dance and appreciate and support local talent.
(3rd) Wine & Whatever Experience
Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th October 2022
Bahia Bleu, Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay
2021 2021
Forget the traditional wine and cheese concept and let the wine do the "talking" on what will tantalize your taste buds. The Wine & Whatever Experience is all about taking your palate on a great tour of discovery with an incredible range of local wines.
*** tbc *** (1st) South African Solar Boat Challenge
Knysna Yacht Club
2021 information - The Solar Boat Challenge is the spectacular result of creative expression and innovation of participants who gather once a year on the Knysna Lagoon to compete in an exciting, innovative, and challenging 3-day solar boat event. The event is hosted at the Knysna Yacht Club in partnership with Solar Sport One to bring years of expertise to the local town of Knysna. With the support of Solar Sport One, the Solar Boat Challenge aims to become part of the World Solar Boat Championship.
*** tbc *** (8th) Annual Plett Fringe Festival
Plettenberg Bay
2019 2017 2015
2019 information - Fringe Festivals exist throughout the world as havens for underground and emerging arts scenes. The Fringe concept was incubated in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Plett Fringe Festival provides a large economic and cultural boost for the community of Plett, and creates awareness of the Kids of Kurland charity.
*** tbc *** Circles in the Forest Trail Run & MTB
Concordia Contours, Knysna
2021 information - We are proud to host Circles In The Forest. A trail run and XCM event, the fourth and final event in the Eden XCM Series in 2021. This will be the highlight of the Eden XCM Series in terms of proper MTB'ing for real MTB'ers. Single track, contour paths, and a whole lot more. Bring that E-bike along for a stunning 42km ride. The Start and Finish are at the top of Simola Hill. The Registration and Prize-giving will all be held at The Farm.
*** tbc *** Oktoberfest Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay
2021 information - Craft beer & food pairings all week long. Plett Main Street Oktoberfest Party - Golf Day & Ikasi Tavern Tour - Barrington's Beer Festival - Oktoberfest Fun Run & Regmaker Sunday
*** tbc *** Spring Rose Show
Amble Ridge, Hunters Home
2021 2021
2021 information - Lectures and Rose Show. Open to the Public. Join us for a fabulous day of lectures on the 29th October and be enthralled by all our roses. Lectures: Friday 29 Oct 08:30-13:00. Rose Show & Exhibition only: Friday 29 Oct 13.00-17.00 & Saturday 30 Oct 09.00-16.00.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Barrington's Beer Festival
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2021
2021 information - Live Music. 10 Craft Breweries. Great Food.
*** tbc *** Barrington's Trail Run
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2021 2021
2021 information - Muddyfoot Adventures has teamed up with Barrington’s and with the help of some old roads, some free-range goats and some blood sweat and tears, carved out a trail that loops behind Barrington’s all the way out to Ashford on the Airport Road. Muddyfoot Adventures has teamed up with Barrington’s and with the help of some old roads, some free-range goats and some blood sweat and tears, carved out a trail that loops behind Barrington’s all the way out to Ashford on the Airport Road. As the event is part of the October Beer Fest, it goes without saying that all over 18s that enter online will be treated to one of Barrington’s newest or finest beers as reward for a good morning out.
*** tbc *** Crags Chill Out
Jaguars Rugby Club, Kurland Village
2021 information - Crags Chill Out is a cool funky vibe to give people a special experience and a place to unwind, dance and enjoy with friends. Food stalls, VIP tented area, bar and chill-out zone. Join us for funky tunes, tshisanyama, reasonably priced drinks and lots of entertainment.
*** tbc *** (19th) Midway Classic Regatta and (6th) Heads Race
2015 2015
2018 information - Knysna will once again host the annual Midway Classic Regatta and Heads Race. More than 300 rowers and their supporters will descend on Knysna for two days of racing, showcasing some of the top rowing talent in South Africa. The event, which offers a free entry marquee with luxury food and beverage vendors from the local Knysna area, will be packed with activity. In classic, rowing regatta style, tables, benches and umbrellas will line the Belvidere Water’s edge to accommodate spectators at the event.
*** tbc ***(7th) Antique & Classic Boat Show
Thesen Harbour Town
2018 2019
2019 information - The 2019 Antique & Classic Boatshow will again be held on the lawn and jetties of Thesen Harbour Town on Saturday 5th October. Boats will be in position from 10am. This year will be the first that Classic Boat rides will be available for a fee. Event merchandise will be on sale and a collection of vintage, hand built speed boats and yachts will be presented on the water and on the lawn in front of the Turbine Hotel. In the event of bad weather the event will be held in the Thesen Harbour Town parking garage.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Rainmaker RollerCoaster
Swellendam to Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2018
2019 information - The World’s First 7-day Point to Point Gravel Stage Race. It will start with a sunset time trial in the Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, a few hours drive from Cape Town and finish in Plettenberg Bay on the iconic Garden Route. With a distance of 500km+ it covers some of the world’s most varied and stunning scenery. The route follows gravel roads and trails of the farmlands in Swellendam, into the semi desert of the Little Karoo, along the lush Garden Route, through the Knysna forest and finishes at the breathtaking coast of Plettenberg Bay. Race or ride – it’s up to you!
*** tbc *** Wild Corridor MTB Tour
Kareeddouw to Plettenberg Bay
2019 information - The Wild Corridor is not just a ride, it's a life experience - true to it's roots following elephant migratory corridors between the Knysna Forests and Baviaanskloof. After a day spent riding through the corridor, riders will arrive at already set up camps, where they will be able to enjoy cold beverages, sumptuous food and fireside banter. There will be a variety of entertainment on select evenings as well as the opportunity to connect with fellow riders, before turning in for the night, for a well-deserved rest. This is an experience of a lifetime, where not only will you experience some of the most unique terrain but you’ll also create amazing new friendships and be a part of a very important conservation effort. The Wild Corridor is now e-bike friendly!
*** tbc *** (2nd) Garden Roots Expo
Garden Route Botanical Garden, George
WWW 2018
2018 information - Similar to the Chelsea Flower Show, there will be mini gardens created by some of the prominent landscapers, and nurseries from the Garden Route will showcase their work. The idea is to focus on making your garden your piece of Shangri-La. The expo will coincide with the annual GRBG spring sale at the nursery where really affordable indigenous plants will be on sale. The expo will also feature the annual Wildflower Show, done in conjunction with the George flower arrangers. Local musicians will provide live music throughout the day and a themed art exhibition will be held - focusing on nature and plants / animals. This region of the country is not named the Garden Route for nothing.
*** tbc *** (4th) Plett Chillout Street Bash
Outside Skhulu’z, Kwano, Plettenberg Bay
2018 2018
Plett Chill Out has been a tremendous event throughout its existence in Plettenberg Bay. It has always been the platform for young artists to pursue their dreams and for the people of Plettenberg Bay to enjoy themselves. This year’s Plett Chill Out STREET BASH will take place on Sat 27 Oct from 18h00 till 04h00 and will feature DJ Nazz Lumko, DJ Rebel Rizz, DJ Luyar, DJ Nathi Black, DJ Excape and DJ Siv Siya Maestro. Bring your cooler boxes and camp chairs for a street bash like no other!
*** tbc *** Sedgefield 5km Breast Cancer Walk
Sedgefield Bowling Club, Sedgefield
2016 information - Every year residents of Sedgefield join together in their usual exemplary community spirit for this worthy fundraising initiative, sporting an eclectic mix of pink attire from feather boas to pink Lycra. The number of people taking part in this initiative has steadily increased every year. Last year, 392 people took part (up 33 entries from the previous year) and R10 741.00 was raised for this important cause. This year we are hoping to get at least 400 people or more to sign up! So make sure to mark your calendars and join in this fun CANSA fundraising event, in support of the fight against breast cancer.

November 2022    (3)

(18th) Leisure Isle Festival
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th November 2022
Kingsway Park, Leisure Isle
WWW 2022 2019 2016
Welcome to the annual Leisure Isle Festival - known for two days as "Treasure Isle". The Leisure Isle Festival in Knysna is a community event organized by a group of friends to provide local crafters and businesses a unique opportunity to showcase and sell their products, promote community spirit, and provide a venue for approved charities to raise funds.
(5th) Trail Girl Event
Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th November 2022
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness
Fabulous fun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful trails, exclusively for Women (and Girls). Run on beautiful purpose build trails and enjoy an exciting day out or weekend away with your friends. Trail Girl events are ideal mini-break experiences and girls-only weekend getaways. It’s also the perfect introduction to multi-day Trail Running events. Treat yourself to a weekend of trail running, new friends and fun you deserve!
(5th) Knysna Extreme Triathlon
Saturday 19th November 2022
Knysna Estuary to Diepwalle
WWW 2019 2021 2018
The Knysna Extreme Triathlon is Africa's Toughest Triathlon and an experience like no other. It is a challenging Point-To-Point, self-supported race that takes place along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The course starts with a 5 km swim in the Knysna Estuary, followed by a 174 km cycle through coastal, mountain and semi-desert scenery. This is then followed by a 50 km run through plantations and the Knysna forest. It is a grueling, yet scenic route that takes triathletes back to the purest form of the sport. The route will test your fitness levels and pure mental strength and determination. With an altitude gain of nearly 3,800m over a total distance of 229 km, the Knysna Extreme is an extreme triathlon that offers an exciting personal challenge for athletes.
*** tbc *** Waterfront Half Marathon
Waterfront, Knysna
WWW 2021
2021 information - 21km, 10km and 5km fun run at the Knysna Water-front. 5km and 10km: out and back along the wates edge - very flat for fast times. 21km: along waters edge with a "bump"!
*** tbc *** Mr and Miss Plett / Knysna Beauty Pageant
Piesing Valley Hall, Plettenberg Bay
2021 information - We are so excited to announce that we are looking for Ladies & Gents to join us this year, as this is a platform to showcase YOU and what CHANGE you can make in the community! Are you excited? Are you confident? Are you photogenic? Do you like modelling? Do you want to make a change in the community? Are you ready for Lights, Camera, Action? Entertainment: Singing Acts, Dance Crews, DJ's on the Decks, Contemporary Acts, Drama & Many more! This is going to be THE SHOW OF THE YEAR!
*** tbc *** (3rd) Wittedrift Birding Festival
WWW 2020
2020 information - This year we're packing a lot into three days! Join us for bird ringing, bird counting for the SA Bird Atlas Project, many guided and self-guided destinations, an evening with the experts and great discussion of all things birds. In a beautiful, diverse, off-the-beaten-track location near Plettenberg Bay.
*** tbc *** Century Charity Run
Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market, Sedgefield
2018 2020
2020 information - The Century Charity Run is an annual event which is open to those who have a car older than 25 years and where the combined age of the car and the driver is 100 years (century) or more. Entrance to the event is limited to 100 cars. The aim of the event is to provide some noncompetitive driving fun for owners of classic cars and to raise money for Sedgefield charities.
*** tbc *** The BUCO Adventure Breakfast Trail Run Series
Royston Farms, The Crags
2020 2020
2020 information - The series will be run over a period of 6 weeks at three different venues in the Bitou area . There will be two distances available at each venue with a shorter 5-7 km route and a longer more technical and challenging 10 to 13 km route. Royston Farms/Fairview - the series opener will start and finish at the Royston Farms Packhouse. The routes will be 5km and 10km with some never before seen single tracks crafted from Bush Pig paths in the forest. The 10km route will include a kloof crossing that has been closed for the last 20 years. With lots of space to chill in the sun with a snack from the Roost Food Trailer a great mornings fun can be expected.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Uprise 5km and 10km Trail Run
Blackwaters River Lodge, Goukamma
2020 information - Aptly named Uprise not because of all the uphill, but it takes place in an area that was badly affected by the 2017 Knysna Fires. While competing in the surroundings of the area the new green growth as natures has risen and the reminiscence with the fallen burnt trees the fire left. Enjoy the story as you rise above the memories. CASH Prizes and luckydraws! Run this new terrain in PG Bison Forest. Conquer the Uprise!! Medals for the first 100 ppl.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Pig & Swig Beer Fest
Kurland Club, The Crags
2019 information - Kurland Club is hosting a Beer Fest in true German style, including draft Beer on Tap, Spit roasted whole pig or Chicken Schnitzel, Wurst on Rolls, and also a full array of other beverages. Live music and Good German Oompah can be enjoyed in a festive country atmosphere under tented roof. Tickets include the evening meal of Roast Spit pork and German Style side dishes. Tickets for Adults are fully inclusive of the meal and a complementary beer glass.
*** tbc *** Port Festival
Mossel Bay
2019 2019 2019
2019 information - The public can look forward to an array of family-friendly entertainment including tours of ships, boat rides, a careers and business exhibition, a sailing regatta, sea rescue displays, a special kids' zone, craft and food markets, live music and entertainment by crowd pullers and emerging artists, plus an array of other waterside and landside activities.
*** tbc *** (4th) George Gin Festival
The Fat Fish, George
2019 information - Your ticket includes all of the following - complimentary tasting of over 20 of South Africa’s finest craft gins, food and entertainment. Our Friday night event includes a fabulous 5 course tasting menu and live jazz. Take your time, taste then feast, then taste and feast some more! With limited availability, the Friday night event promises to be a more intimate affair. On Saturday, it’s business as usual. Plan for a packed house except that this year we will ensure everyone gets a bite - individual picnic platters for all who attend and the incredible Ten Canoes providing hours of entertainment.
*** tbc *** (39th) Toy Run
2017 2019
2019 information - It is Toy Run time again. This charity event was started in 1982 by the Italian Motorcycle Club and 35 years later it has grown into the biggest biker day "jol" in South Africa. All over the country, gazillions of all sorts of bikers and bikes will carry toys to hundreds of venues.
*** tbc *** The World Amateur Tour Championship
Fancourt, George
2018 information - World Amateur Tour was created to offer amateur players the opportunity to experience all the excitement, adrenaline and professionalism of life on tour. By joining the World Amateur Tour, competitors get a unique chance to walk in the footsteps of great champions such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy. With an annual schedule of 6 tournaments, competitors can put their skills to the test, competing on a selection of 6 of the World’s most exclusive, famous and challenging golf courses. Final leg of the 2018 World Amateur Tour to be host by The Links at Fancourt.

December 2022     (8)

(18th) Plett Rage Student Festival
Friday 2nd - Thursday 8th December 2022
Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022 2021 2019 2018
2021 information - Plett Rage is the longest running and arguably largest student festival in the Southern Hemisphere! Hosted within one of South Africa’s most iconic & beautiful coastal towns, Plettenberg Bay, your end of school celebration cannot be imagined in a more picturesque location. International recognized as one of the best-organised student festivals and with over 20 years of experience, Plett Rage is the most aspirational end coming-of-age festival.
Day of Reconciliation
Friday 16th December 2022
Public Holiday
(2nd) Garden Route Wine Festival
Friday 16th - Saturday 17th December 2022
*tbc* George
Previous information - The Garden Route Wine Festival is the first of its kind in Mossel Bay and a producing shoot of the long-running and highly successful Knysna Wine Festival. The event will be Showcasing twenty South African Top Wineries that will bring up to six of their flagship wines giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a sophisticated wine experience while sampling up to 120 top South African wines as well as an opportunity to purchase these wines at special cellar door prices. Other tastings include Craft Beer, Gin, Whisky, and other South African distilleries and liquor.
(3rd) Sea2Tower Trail Run
Sunday 18th December 2022
Thesen Islands to Diepwalle Forest Tower
WWW 2020 2020
The Sea 2 Tower is a trail run that starts in the heart of Knysna and finishes at the top of the Knysna Forest. With 4 routes to choose from, the Sea 2 Tower offers a variety of distances that cater for most fitness levels: 32KM | 40KM | 48KM | 53KM. It is a very challenging yet beautiful route where runners will start off at sea level, wind their way up through the Knysna forest, before climbing a 6m steel ladder into the Forest Tower itself. Finishers will be greeted by the Forest Rangers manning the tower with spectacular views over the surrounding forest, mountains and valleys.
(3rd) Barrington's Wine Festival
Sunday 18th December 2022
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022
Enjoy another superb afternoon at Barrington’s exploring some of South Africa's finest estates and producers. Taste away, relax out on the lawn to live jazz, feast on oysters and more ... then stock up your cellar for season!
(in lieu of) Christmas Day
Monday 26th December 2022
Public Holiday
(19th) Sabrina Love Summer Challenge
Monday 26th - Friday 30th December 2022
Kurland Estate, The Crags
WWW 2022 2021 2020 2017
2021 information - The Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge takes place every year at the end of December and is one of the biggest sporting events on the Plettenberg Bay Event Calendar. The town of Plett becomes draped in pink as approximately 3000 athletes of all age, shape and size come out to compete in the many different events all in aid of raising funds for the Sabrina Love Foundation and our many special needs children that we look after. The must-do Sabrina Love Challenge this year takes place entirely within the magnificent private estates of Kurland. The trail runs and MTB routes will take you through breathtaking sections of indigenous forest, cool river crossings, mountain peaks with sweeping views and something for all levels of athletes.
(in lieu of) Day of Goodwill
Tuesday 27th December 2022
Public Holiday
(7th) Knysna Blues Festival
Wednesday 28th December 2022
Venue tbc
WWW 2021 2019
2021 information - Don't miss 5 World-class Blues acts for the price of one! We have kept the ticket price intentionally low, as we know it's hard out there... Come and enjoy these top-5 live artists, great food and an awesome Bluesy vibe at the forested Blend Country Restaurant in Knysna. Simply the best music event in Knysna!
(34th) Trans Agulhas Challenge
Wednesday 28th - Saturday 31st December 2022
Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay to Gordon's Bay
WWW 2021 2021 2019 2017
The "World's Toughest Inflatable Boat Challenge" starts every year on 28 December at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. It is a fast-paced, action-packed water sports event with over 40 inflatable boats battling it out in the waves.
Red Men Trail Run
Saturday 31st December 2022
Herold Wines, Montagu Pass, George
Lovely morning run in the Outeniqua Mountains, followed by a picnic and wine tasting at Herold Wine Farm
*** tbc *** Sky XC Enduro 2022
Sky Villa, Plettenberg Bay
2021 information - An MTB Event for all riders on the brand-new Sky Trails, Plettenberg Bay. The race format will be "Enduro": Its such fun!! In an Enduro only the downhill segments of the route are timed. In this case we will have 6 timed stages. The total ride is about 20km with 600m elevation. The fastest time, over ALL six stages, is the winner. It's loads of fun and a very social affair as you dont have to haul up the hills. Rather ride slow, even walk. Chat to your mates about the last run and the next.. Its really catching. Come Play.
*** tbc *** Celtic & Rock Concert
Blend Country Restaurant, Knysna
2021 information - The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band and Misstree have combined forces to bring you an incredible evening of music fusion combining Celtic music and some of your favourite rock songs for the first two sets and then rock music (from the 80' and 90's) for the second two sets. All well known songs.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Summer Splash Festival
Knysna and Sedgefield
WWW 2021
2021 inormation - 2021 will be the first year that Knysna is putting on a summer Festival. We will host exciting sport events from running, cycling and water sports including swimming. Exciting events provide enjoyment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family!
*** tbc*** Knysna Waterbike Challenge
Waterfront / Knysna Quays
2021 information - The Waterbike Challenge is a team sprint event using Schiller Waterbikes and is based on the same format as the race in Monaco!! Teams take on each other in a two race format. Each team must have at least one female participant and have a theme to their team! Prizes are awarded for best dressed teams and for the winners of the final event. Teams race in a qualifying round of 3 laps per team member, i.e. a total of 12 laps. Laps are from in front of the Knysna Adventures kiosk in towards the quays, around the quays, and back to the jetty where you swap for the other team member. The winner from each race will be entered into the grand finale where 5 winning teams will compete for the main prize.
*** tbc *** Night Adventure Race
Leisure Isle
2021 information - You will be given an A3-sized map of Leisure Isle. There are 51 markers around the island, varying in points value. Each marker has a multiple choice question you must answer. The further the marker the more points per right answer. You have one hour to answer as many questions and gain as many points as possible. The winner is the one with the most points. It's fun, it's simple, and we can't wait to welcome you.
*** tbc *** Knysna Seeff Nite Race & Run
Knysna Marathon Clubhouse, Loerie Park
2020 information - The 4.8km and 10km starts at the Knysna Marathon Club and follows a scenic route along the Knysna Lagoon with beautiful views of the Knysna Heads. Both races start together at 18:00 to run off into the twilight. Join us for the festivities afterwards.
*** tbc *** Hornlee Summer Festival
Hornlee Sportfield
2021 information - Come enjoy and celebrate the start of the holiday season with the Hornlee Community with some great offerings including food & craft stalls, kiddies games and jumping castles, face painting, potjiekos competition, live music and entertainment & Sport.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Mosaic Bubbly Festival
Mosaic Table, Sedgefield
2021 information - A Bubbly Tasting Family Festival with MCC and Sparkling Wine Tastings. Live music. Fun day for the whole family. Friday: 4 course dinner paired with MCC. Saturday: Oysters and MCC tasting. Sunday: Main event - wine farm tables with MCC tasting.
*** tbc *** Robberg Fine Foods Classic Beach Regatta
Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2021 2021 2014
20221 information - As always it takes place from Plettenberg Bay’s sheltered Hobie Beach. The sight of a fleet of beautiful, multi-coloured sails in the Bay has become an integral part of Plett’s festive season and one remembered by many visitors and residents as far back as their childhoods. Traditionally sailors from all over South Africa come and take part in this fun regatta, amongst them a number of Hobie national and world champions! Hobie sailors are famously easy-going and friendly, and members of the public are welcome to come down to Hobie Beach and "meet the fleet" when the boats are on the beach. Who knows, you may like it so much it may be you out there next time!
*** tbc *** (2nd) Jakkalberry 100 Miler
Jakkalsvlei Wine Farm to Redberry Farm, George
WWW 2021
2021 information - The gruelling inaugural Jakkalberry 100-miler MTB night race commences at the Jakkalsvlei Wine farm in Herbertsdale and winds its way across undulating scenic hills for 163km, ending at the Redberry Farm in George. Explore the back roads and hilltops of untamed Garden Route... The event will be a Cycling South Africa sanctioned event and the rules and regulations pertained to MTB XCM races will be applicable.
*** tbc *** Full Moon Beach Run
2021 information - What are you doing this coming full moon? Put those running shoes on and join Chain Gang Events for their annual Full Moon Beach Run fundraiser for the NSRI. There are two distances you can enter - a cool, calm 6km from Kleinkrantz, or a 21km from Swartvlei (not for the faint-hearted). Both races finish at Wilderness main beach by the NSRI, and your entry fee includes a finishers medal, drink and boerewors roll.
*** tbc *** (2nd) B2B Beach Run / Walk
Brenton on Sea / Buffalo Bay
2021 information - Walk or Run on one of South Africa's most stunning beach - Brenton Beach. The B2B Beach Run is a chance to get active, enjoy fresh air and give back to the local community. A portion of all proceeds will be used towards cleaning up the beach and given to the local NSRI Station. Choose your starting point (Buffels Bay or Brenton on Sea), choose your distance (5km or 10km), and bring your family, friends, even your dog for a great morning out.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Red2Head Swim
Red Bridge to Thesen Harbour Town
2021 information - Swim in one of South Africa's most stunning locations - Knysna Estuary. The Red2Head Swim is a chance to get active, enjoy fresh air and support a good cause at the same time. Swimmers will start 2 hours after tide has turned to allow the full effect of the outgoing tide to assist swimmers on their journey. A portion of all proceeds will be given to the local NSRI Station. Choose your distance and starting point: Red Bridge 10KM, Crabs Creek 7.5KM, Belvidere 5KM.
*** tbc *** Woodstock Era Picnic Concert
Scarab Market, Sedgefield
2021 information - The event is primarily a picnic type scenario we are creating similar to the Woodstock Festival of 1969. There is a large undercover dance area or patrons can dance right where they are seated on the huge grassed area, so no fear of people sitting ontop of one another. We have 2 DJ's and 2 live musicians who will be performing half hour slots of music from the Woodstock era. IE: predominantly 60's and 70's plus some 80's music to cater for most tastes. To feel part of the Woodstock era, we are asking festival goers to don some hippie type clothing and enjoy the laidback 60's and 70's free spirited vibe.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Knysna Santa Dash
Knysna Golf Club
WWW 2021
2021 information - The first Knysna Santa Dash promises an evening of fun for the whole family, regardless of fitness level. The idea is a simple one – participants must dress up in their most colourful Christmas-themed clobber and walk, run, dance, or skip their way around a 5km course. A shorter, 1km Reindeer Run for youngsters is also planned. Post-race, an evening of music, dinner and drinks are planned at the Knysna Golf Club. And. to top the night off, Santa Claus himself is all set to make a surprise appearance.
*** tbc *** Knysna Splash Swim
Knysna Lagoon
WWW 2018 2019
2021 information - Knysna Open Water Swim (3000m), Lagoon Mile Swim (1650m) and the Junior Swim (450m).
*** tbc *** Knysna Splash Quack Attack
Knysna Lagoon
WWW 2018 2019
2021 information - The race works much like a raffle, where racers purchase a number. Each of the 1,500 little yellow plastic ducks has a number. The idea is for the tide and wind to encourage the ducks to ‘swim’ along the water canal under the bridge. Racing will consist of number of heats and the race is watched by hundreds of spectators at the Knysna Waterfront! There are great cash prizes for the first three ducks over the finish line!
*** tbc *** Corona Chasing Sunsets
Thesen Islands
2021 information - From beaches and boats, to oceans, islands, rooftops and more... Corona Chasing Sunsets is back this summer with an exclusive event series of incredible artists performing at the most beautiful locations. Artists: Goldfish, Abby Nurock, Dean Fuel, Floyd Lavine.
*** tbc *** Plett Polo Festival
Kurland Estate, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2017
2019 information - Once a year on the 29th December the well-heeled and finely dressed gather at the magnificent Kurland estate, for the polo event of the year! The day has something on offer for everyone and is a wonderful family day out. Whether you are enjoying yourself in a picnic spot or are viewing the match for one of the VIP boxes, the thrill of watching highly trained polo ponies galloping across the field is endless. Building on from last year, this year there is going to be an even larger array of new spectator facilities. he day will end with an exciting collection of live music and DJ’s. Come support your national side or give a friendly cheer to the vising team.
*** tbc *** The BUCO Adventure Breakfast Trail Run Series
Covie, Natures Valley
2020 information - The series will be run over a period of 6 weeks at three different venues in the Bitou area . There will be two distances available at each venue with a shorter 5-7 km route and a longer more technical and challenging 10 to 13 km route. Covie - This hamlet above natures Valley will expose you to two of the garden routes world class trails . The 13km Run will have the best of the first few kilometres of the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail and then head down towards the coast and run parallel to the world renowned Otter Trail. This will be a sublime route and I am sure will be spoken about for time to come. The shorter 6,5km route will also have the best of both worlds on a smaller scale. The Covie Community will be out in force with refreshments and eats as will the Roost coffee wagon be there.
*** tbc *** A Night at the Opera
Ouland Royale, Plettenberg Bay
We invite you to Ouland Royale for A Night at the Opera with Dr Lisa Engelbrecht and Makudupanyane Senaoana in aid of Hospice Plett. Under the generous patronage of Wilja Reitz, Ouland Royale Baroque Barn will resound with operatic arias and duets by Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi, operetta and musicals performed by Dr Lisa Engelbrecht, soprano/piano and Makudupanyane Senaoana, tenor, two highly talented and versatile musicians. A selection of canapés will be served on the lawns and there will be a bar serving a complimentary gin cocktail as well as a cash bar for wine and spirits.
*** tbc *** Pezula Night Run
Pezula Championship Golf Course
2020 information - Explore the stunning Pezula Golf Course at night. Wind your way around this award winning championship course with views of the Indian Ocean, Knysna Estuary and the distant Swartberg Mountain range. The run is open to walkers, social runners and the more competitive athletes. Each finisher will get a Pezuia magnetic medal. Best dressed prizes up for grabs.
*** tbc *** Carols by Candlelight
Friday Market, Montessori School, Welbedacht
2020 information - Join us for an amazing Friday night LIVE - Carols by Candlelight at The Friday Market. Memory candles will be available (donation starts from R20).
*** tbc *** (2nd) Plett MTB Festival & Trail Run Festival
Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm, Plettenberg Bay
2019 information - The Plett MTB Festival offers the whole family an opportunity to get involved in the fastest growing sport in Africa. Three days of nothing but mud, sweat and gears, and of course more fun than you can shake a stick at, will see you spinning your cogs through farm lands and along coastlines. From young saplings to gnarly root rockers, the three-day festival is a celebration of MTB fun for "Fanie Flipflop" to "Rodney Racesnake". No excuses! Simply load the bikes and bring along the whole family for an event so exciting, you’ll be giddy for days.
*** tbc *** (4th) Float Day
Stanley Island, Plettenberg Bay
2019 information - Once again, we shall unite the adventures, thrill seekers and professional chillers for the third annual float day. This is a day dedicated to celebrating summer and all the joys of the festive season. Forget about the world, grab your swim wear and something (anything) that floats and head over to the island. Awesome prizes to be won for the most outrageous flotation device - the crazier the better. Judging criteria will be based on size, style, relevance and originality.
*** tbc *** KIA Summer Slam Beach Tennis Tour
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2019 2018
2019 information - The Kia Beach Tennis Tour forms part of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Beach Tennis Tour and spans two weeks in December. The four events that make up the KIA Summer Slam will all be ITF ranking tournaments and coupled with a total prize money pot in excess of $35 000. Summer crowds will witness some of the world’s best beach tennis players competing on our South African shores. It’s a fun and fresh format that is open to everyone, regardless of experience or skills. More than that, it is absolutely action packed! We look forward to seeing South African holidaymakers putting their skills to test against some of the best in the world.
*** tbc *** (8th) Beach Festival
Myoli Beach, Sedgefield
2017 2017
2019 information - It's Beach Festival time again!! This year's annual Sedgefield Beach Festival will be kicking off with a Beach Cleanup on Thursday 19 December with the main events to be held on Friday the 20th of December. There are fantastic prizes to be won and lots of fun to be had! So bring friends and family along and join us on Myoli Beach for the highlight of the Festive Season! All proceeds will be donated to the NSRI.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Bliss Festival
Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019
2019 information - This event is designed to suit people from all walks of life and ages, including children, who enjoy or would like to experience different types of Yoga. A variety of local and international Yoga instructors will be available to teach, give guidance and support. Musicians and DJ’s from around the world will also be participating, enhancing the ambiance with their beautiful tunes and chants. Start your day with Sadhana at sunrise and end it with Shavasana in the evening. Come and join us to experience the very powerful energies over the Summer Solstice!
*** tbc *** Carols by Candlelight @ Leisure Isle
Kings Park, Leisure Isle
2019 information - Carols by Candlelight. Sothebys sponsored event hosted by Lagoonside Church, Garden Route Ministry Team and Knysna Hope. This annual event takes place at Kings Park on Leisure isle (area in front of Sothebys offices). A wonderful family event. Bring a comfy chair and picnic basket if you want and some very merry Christmas cheer.
*** tbc *** Misfit NSRI Beach Run
Myoli Beach, Sedgefield
2019 information - Join Sedgefield locals and visitors at Myoli beach on 20 December 2019 for the annual MisFit NSRI Fun Run. Bring some energy, enthusiasm and fun and enjoy a family fun beach run.
*** tbc *** Polo Pony Parade
Plettenberg Bay
2019 information - The ‘polo pony parade’, in Plett, is the only one of its kind in the country! It is held on the 20th December on the main street and is the lead up to the Polo International. The Springbok polo players will be in the parade. However, everyone’s favourites are the dazzling array of thoroughbred polo ponies along with the young children that represent the future of South African polo. If horses aren’t your thing, just come to support your national team!
*** tbc *** Carols by Candlelight
Sedgefield Lions Club
2019 information - It wouldn’t be the Festive Season in Sedgefield without Carols by Candlelight at the Lions club. Grab a picnic blanket, round up your friends and family and enjoy a wonderful evening with your favourite singalongs and nativity play. Ensure you arrive early to secure your place and get comfortable. Carols starts at approximately 6:15pm and are finished by 9.30pm at the very latest.
*** tbc *** King of The Wedge
The Wedge, Plettenberg Bay
2018 2013
2018 information - The Wedge in Plett has been the scene of the same-titled bodyboarding competition for decades, its claim to fame being that it's the longest-standing event of its kind in South Africa. We decided to make it more inclusive by inviting competitors in three categories, being stand-up surfing, bodyboarding and body surfing. The coveted King of the Wedge title will go to the guy or girl who does best in all three disciplines.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Garden Roots Christmas Carnival
Sunera Equestrian Estate, Plettenberg Bay
2018 information - The famous Garden Route will come alive with its very own traditional Christmas carnival! Garden Roots Christmas Carnival is an epic holiday festival experience for the whole family. Indulge in delicious Christmas fare with the whole family while being entertained by some of SA's top music artists. Shop handmade products by local artisans while the kids go on a pony ride or watch a puppet show. Listen to local undiscovered acts busk while sipping on craft beer and gin. There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit!
*** tbc *** (6th) Summer Music Colour Run
Main Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2018 2018
2018 information - Along the 5km Route, you will be entertained at three colour stations, two music stations and each music station hosting a Local DJ playing the best of the best summer tunes… You won’t need your iPod, because this event brings the beat. The 2018 series will also see three new event experiences unveiled to participants: a glitter start to get proceedings underway; a giant inflatable slide; and a dodgeball arena. If you missed out last year don’t let the sun go down on you, come feel the beat under your feet. Don’t forget all children under 10 run, walk, dance and skip for free at all 3 locations.

January 2023    (1)

New Year's Day
Sunday 1st January 2023
Public Holiday
(17th) Attakwas Extreme
Saturday 21st January 2023
Oudtshoorn to Great Brak River
WWW 2022 2022
Welcome to South Africa's toughest one-day MTB race! Dare to conquer our 121km route with a 2900m vertical ascent. Too daunting? Try the Attakwas Half, a 52km route with a 1100m elevation gain.
*** tbc *** KnysnaX Trail Series Summer Run
Blackwaters River Lodge
WWW 2022
2022 information - The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 1 day trail running event that takes place in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season. Trail Running at its best. Your race will officially start as you check in at Belvedere and continue all the way through spectacular fynbos and run along the old Knysna Railway. Fun and scenic, the 9km run will follow parts of the railway and Buffalo Trail. The routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery all along the Knysna Railway. A trail run you do not want to miss.
*** tbc *** (7th) 7 Passes MTB
George to The Farm, Knynsa
2021 2016 2022
2022 information - The “Seven Passes MTB”, powered by Toyota Knysna is back! This route offers the perfect opportunity for gravel-bikers to take on the 29ers. E-bikers are also welcome on this non-technical route. 7Passes MTB also offers a shorter route for younger or not so fit riders who still want to be part of the action! Leeuwenbosch Dairies will once again support the 38km event which starts from the Highlands Cash Store in the humble little village of Karatara.
*** tbc *** CSI Knysna
2022 information - Think you could solve a murder case? Experience life as a Crimescene Investigator in this thrilling outdoor murder mystery event. Use forensic techniques, codebreaking, and good old-fashioned detective work to crack the case. Location based gaming that gets you outside and spending quality time with your family and friends!
*** tbc *** Knysna Yacht Club Interclub Regatta
Knysna Yacht Club
WWW 2020
2022 information - A weekend of fun sailing, sundowners, friends, great food, camping and memories. A great place to spend a weekend with great sunsets and views of the lagoon. The historic regatta goes back to 1928 and now features yacht racers from East London, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and Cape Town.
*** tbc *** Save Our San
Denneberghof Private Esate, Kaaimans Valley
2022 2022
2022 information - IYX Africa will be holding its second annual #Indigiwalk to #saveoursan from 25 to 30 January from Knysna to Wilderness. The walk will be concluded on Sunday 30 January with a fund-raising event in Wilderness from 13:00 to 16:00, featuring spectacular presentations of urban and indigenous song, dance, poetry and informative talks on herbalism, agroecology and about the #savethesan campaign. Arts, crafts and natural medicines will be on sale and custom picnic baskets can be pre-ordered for the day. The audience will be able to immerse themselves in indigenous knowledge, song, arts and crafts as well as informative talks and holistic wellness.
*** tbc *** (5th) South African Waterski Competition
Portland Manor, Rheenendal
2020 2020
2020 information - Knysna residents and visitors are in for a treat, with the first competition of the 2020 South African waterski season taking place at Portland Manor off the Rheenendal road. South Africa's top waterski athletes will be joined by two top international water skiers, former national women's USA champion Leza Harrison from Orlando and former world for trick skiing champion Yves Saintviteaux from Belgium. On Saturday the skiers start with two rounds of slalom skiing at 9am followed by two rounds of trick skiing. On Sunday there will be two rounds of slalom. Admission to the Portland Manor is free and refreshments will be available.
*** tbc *** (33rd) Dias Festival
Santos Beach, Mossel Bay
WWW 2019 2020
2019 information - A three-day, family-friendly extravaganza building on the impressive successes of the Mossel Bay Municipality’s Dias Festival / Diasfees over the past 30 years. In 2019 the festival will incorporate activities aimed at celebrating the rich maritime history of the Port of Mossel Bay, South Africa’s oldest port. The action-packed Mossel Bay Dias & Port Festival programme includes a street parade, stage show with national as well as local artists, exhibitions and stalls, a beer tent, tea garden live entertainment, cultural showcases, arts and crafts markets, food stalls, children’s entertainment and numerous other family-friendly activities.

February 2023    (1)

*** tbc *** (26th) George Old Car Show
Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th February 2023
Eden Technical High College, George
WWW 2023 2022 2016
2022 information - The perfect family activity. Take your family through a tour of the ages at the George Old Car Show. Discover cars, bakkies, trikes, scooters, tractors, and even models of cars that reigned supreme back in the good old days. The George Old Car show is not only about reigniting the past, but also sharing our love for old cars with you. This event will take you on a deep dive into an era of simplicity and style. Each car is a valuable piece of history that we cannot wait to share with you.
(10th) PE>>PLETT (MTB)
Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th February 2023
Thornhill to Natures Valley
WWW 2023 2022
The journey from PE to PLETT must be one of the most diverse mountain bike rides in Southern Africa. This 4-stage and 3-night linear journey provides 300 riders each year the privilege to traverse mountain bike heaven. From the single tracks of 3 Rivers Trails, forests of MTO and the views from Sanparks Otter Trail, this is one journey not to miss out on. We are not targeting the Racing Snakes but more the keen mountain biker who wants a great ride and to be in the village by 1pm. All the time looking forward to an afternoon of chilling and bonding.
*** tbc *** (11th) Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals
Waterfront, Knysna
WWW 2018 2020 2017
2022 information - Well known as the unique open-water water polo festival hosted in the Knysna Waterfront Quays, this action-filled event is a huge attraction for schools from all over South Africa. These festivals have become an integral part of Oakhill School, not only to grow the game of water polo but to expose our beautiful town and everything it has to offer to the festival visitors. These events are the only open-water water polo festivals of their kind in Africa and will be held at the Knysna Waterfront in two specially made floating arenas.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Mini Beer Fest
Red Bridge Brewery, Knysna
2022 information - Join us for a "mini beer fest" in the courtyard to celebrate South African National Beer Day. Burgers, live music and beer lots of beer.
*** tbc *** Barrington's Beer Pong Championship
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
2022 information - Let's play! We're looking for 16 teams (2 players per team) to join us on South African National Beer Day to compete in our first ever Barrington's Beer Pong Championship! Fab prizes up for grabs, Tap Time Specials and Smokin' Hot Baby Chook & Chips Special.
*** tbc *** (8th) TransCape MTB
George to Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
WWW 2020 2016
2022 information - TransCape is an iconic South African mountain biking event taking 150 intrepid adventurers on an incredible journey across the Western Cape. It will be the best thing you do on your bike all year…! not to mention the hardcore luxury experience off the bike! TransCape offers the discerning mountain biker a unique endurance event with the perfect balance between an adventurous on-the-bike challenge and a premium off-the-bike experience. TransCape is based on passion, attention to detail, love for the outdoors, and the finer things in life.
*** tbc *** (4th) Watercourse History Fest
Piesang Valley Civic Hall, Plettenberg Bay
2022 2022
2022 information - A series of lectures and presentations on Southern African archaeology, prehistory, and recorded history, with a nod at other world events, big or small.
*** tbc *** (20th) CANSA Shavathon
Knysna Mall and Mosaic Village, Sedgefield
WWW 2017 2021 2018
2022 information - CANSA Shavathon is one of South Africa's best-loved events in support of a very worthy cause, namely showing solidarity with those affected by cancer. Losing one's hair is a common side-effect of cancer therapy - so shaving your head has become a symbolic gesture of support for cancer surviviors. Colouring your hair or paying a 'Bail-Out Fee' have bcome options for those who prefer not to shave, or who can't shave on the day.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Cupid Run
Pezula Championship Golf Course
2021 information - Celebrate life, love and everything else with a timed 5km fun run and a picnic. The KnysnaX Cupid Run follows a scenic route on the Pezula Championship Golf Course and ends the romantic day off with a picnic in nature. This event is for the whole family, friends, couples, singles, lovers of life or all of the above.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Jungle Rush Trail Run
Garden Route Trail Park, Barrington
2020 2020
2021 information - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. Many strange legends are told of these jungles nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. But none so wild and wonderful as the ones you'll create as you jog along the lush single tracks of the Garden Route Trail Park. Inspired by the iconic Oxpecker Trail Run belonging to the hills and heart of the Central Drakensburg, Jungle Rush Trail Run was born from the fire of ingenuity. A 2-day stage trail running event, set on a farm nestled in the Outeniqua mountains, halfway between bustling George and tranquil Knysna. Treat yourself to a weekend of lush single track trails, relaxation, magnificent mountains, scrumptious food and camp fire nights.
*** tbc *** (5th) Knysna Bull (MTB)
Postponed until 2022
Knysna Waterfront
2020 2020
2019 information - The riding at the Bull is sublime! It always has been, but 2019 really steps up with intensely beautiful trails. The stages have been shortened to an average 60km. Ridden at a social pace there is nothing overly technical, just a flow of forest, ocean and mountain trails. Ridden at full throttle it's a self-inflicted pain cave and the race for R100k will be sharp and furious.
*** tbc *** (6th) Knysna Celtic Festival
Main Road & Loerie Park
WWW 2019 2019 2016
2019 information - The weekend begins with the Friday Night Ceilidh at Loerie Park. Saturday's activity commences in town at 9.30am with the Street March competition followed by Massed Pipes and Drums through the centre of town/N2. This is a spectacle not to be missed and only seen in Knysna once a year! From 11.00am onward the Celtic Festival continues at Loerie park featuring the following activities and events: Pipe Band Competition, Highland Dancing Championship, Scottish Country Dancing, Highland Games, Lunch time entertainment, Beer Garden and food stalls. Then from 5.00pm to 9.00pm, and probably the highlight of the festival for some, is the Sundowners Concert.
*** tbc *** (9th) Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert
Loerie Park, Knysna
WWW 2019 2017 2016
2019 information - The eighth Celtic concert and forerunner of the Celtic Festival, kicks off at 5:00 PM at Loerie Park. Jenny and the Jameses, whose popularity continues to grow, will open the show with their outrageously gifted array of melodies. Fresh from recording their latest CD, Cape Town favourites, Blacksmith, will perform a full set in their uniquely charismatic style. Next up, the Knysna & Districts Pipe Band, and the Castle Rock Ceilidh Band, will take your breath away with their moving repertoire. Scotty and the Terriers are joining the mix this year to add a rowdy touch with their set full of Celtic pub favourites. Crowd participation is something of a given when this outfit hits the stage.
*** tbc *** (8th) Plett Performing Arts Festival
White House Theatre, Plettenberg Bay
2020 2020
2020 information - A not to be missed fixture on the Plett calendar, Plett Performing Arts Festival is back again with a captivating programme of popular and classical performers to raise funds for the Kids of Kurland project.
*** tbc *** (15th) Veteran and Vintage Tour
Klaarstroom to George
2019 information - The Veteran Tour will take part on the eve of the George Old Car Show on 8 February. The Veteran Tour will depart from Klaarstroom on Friday morning. We expect some 20 cars to take place. Two or three of these will be single cylinder cars manufactured before 1905 and will fit in nicely with the focus on rare and exclusive cars.
*** tbc *** (4th) Knysna Arts Festival
WWW 2018 2016
2018 information - There will be 4 sectors: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, the Fringe, and the Schools. The Opening Gala Evening is always very popular. A new feature will be a Light Classical Evening on the Wednesday, and a Schools Evening on the Saturday. Both public and artists can look forward to another exciting week of creative art with something to please all tastes.

March 2023    (1)

Human Rights Day
Tuesday 21st March 2023
Public Holiday
(5th) Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival
*tbc* March 2023
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2019 2016 2016
2019 information - The Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival brings together serious wine collectors, luxury consumers, and adventurous aficionados of lifestyle, providing the perfect opportunity to taste and learn about the world of wine and fine food. The two-day festival will include grand tastings of the area’s top Methodé Cap Classique (MCC) and wines, and a mouth-watering display of local foods beautifully prepared by artisans and chefs. Now in its fifth year, the festival is a showcase for Plett’s growing agriculture and culinary projects.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Sky Villa Trans Plett MTB Classic
Sky Villa, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022
2022 information - Stage 1: Cairnbrogie Farm - Riders will experience beautiful forestry trails before moving on to magnificent sea views on cliff edges and the well known Harkerville Red Route before returning back to Cairnbrogie. Indeed a perfect balance of jeep and single track routes, that will keep riders enticed all the way. The route is magnificent, but challenging, and requires a decent level of mountain bike skill and fitness. Stage 2: Sky Villa - If you want to race this, the route is tough, and certainly not to be underestimated. The reward of these custom made flowing single tracks and the stunning views over Keurboomstrand and Plettenberg Bay certainly makes up for a tough day in the saddle.
*** tbc *** (7th) REMAX Coastal Knysna Heads Marathon
Thesen Harbour Town
WWW 2017 2022
2022 information - Two Oceans and Comrades Qualifier. The Routes have been carefully chosen to allow you to enjoy your qualifier and set you up for a good time as the highest point is only 30 m above sea level. Fast and scenic does not always go together but here it does. Take a tour of Knysna that hugs the water for all but 2.4 km of the entire route.
(9th) Lawyers Polo
Kurland Estate, the Crags
WWW 2022 2022
2022 information - Lawyers Polo and Plett Polo are pleased to welcome you to the ninth lawyers polo tournament to be held in Plttenberg Bay, South Africa. Eight teams of polo playing lawyers from 18 countries around the world will be taking part. The matches will be open to the public.
*** tbc *** Outeniqua Quest
WWW 2019 2015 2015
2022 information - In 2022 we will have a brand NEW route for the Outeniqua Quest 4 day Trail run and slackpacking Hike. You will run or hike on the best parts of the Outeniqua Trail and experience the best of the Outeniqua mountain range and the indigenous forests in the Knysna area. You will summit one of the highest peak in the Outeniqua mountains, Jonkersberg with an amazing view over the quaint town of Knysna and traverse through a rain forest. This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Grand Ol' Dame Arts Festival
George Arts Theatre, George
WWW 2022
2022 information - Our beautiful theatre is hosting her very own arts festival. This promises to be an incredible weekend filled with fabulous South African Dames, including the indomitable Lizz Meiring. The arts in various forms will be celebrated over this Human Rights long weekend. The programme includes children's theatre, a jazz show, a classical music concert, a local youth performance on Human Rights Day, many other live shows and a visual art exhibition by local artists.
*** tbc *** (5th) MosJazz Festival
De Bakke Santos Resort, Mossel Bay
2019 2019 2018
2019 information- Expect great International and Local talent, to fully consolidate Mossel Bay, as one of the great Jazz locations in the world. Mossel Bay will never be the same again. Prepare to be Inspired!!! The MosJazz Festival is shaping up to to be the biggest and best thing to ever happen on a beach on the Cape South Coast. The MosJazz Festival enjoys a unique setting with the stage located on the Rocks in the sea. The best vantage point for the music onstage is knee-deep in the water itself.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Knysna Peacock Festival
AD’s Steamroom, Knysna
WWW 2022
2022 information - The Knysna Peacock Festival – Southern Cape Pride will be making it’s debut this year in Knysna. The Festival will be an annual event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Our slogan "For Knysna, by Knysna" is exactly what we are doing. The event is organized and hosted by proud locals for the town and the LGBTQ community.
*** tbc *** Southern Cape Pride March
Main Road, Knysna
2022 information - The highlight of the Knysna Peacock Festival will be the Pride March, where all people can get involved and celebrate life in general. The march will start at 3pm sharp on Saturday. We will gather on the corner of Main and Waterfront drive from 2pm. The march will proceed right into Main road, down the Main road, left in Long street to the parking lot behind Melville centre.
*** tbc *** (27th) Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
WWW 2022
2022 information - The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is a family event that attracts visitors from across South Africa and across the world. The festival programme that encompasses all genres of the performing and visual arts, as well as the rich cultural history of Oudtshoorn, the beautiful scenery of the region and the renowned hospitality of the town keeps festivalgoers coming back for more year after year.
*** tbc *** (24th) Sedgefield Striders Annual Tortoise Tuff Challenge
Sedgefield Primary School, Sedgefield
WWW 2018 2020
2020 information - All the races take place in and around Sedgefield, giving those taking part a grand tour of some of the village’s most beautiful areas. The flat course of the 10km event has always been popular amongst the ′speedsters′ of both the running and walking sectors. For those runners who are a looking for something longer and tougher the original ″TUFF″ 30km course is just what the doctor ordered. The Trail Run presents a challenging course that includes sections along the beach, through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, and some serious ′dune work′. And of course the youngsters (and perhaps not-so-fit) haven’t been forgotten with a gentle 3km fun run which always attracts great numbers of younger athletes.
*** tbc *** (12th) Knysna Literary Festival
Thesen Islands, Knysna
WWW 2019 2020 2014
2020 information - The Knysna Literary Festival is the Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary. The Festival’s diverse programme touches on matters such as hot-topic current affairs and politics, history, adventure, conservation, cuisine and storytelling - meaning there’s something for everyone. All best-selling authors are either local or have close ties to South Africa, and have been selected not only for their literary talents, but also for their skills in entertaining and delighting audiences with readings, conversations, debates and workshops.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Masters & Makers Exhibition
Entabeni Farm, Welbedacht
2020 information - The Masters & Makers Exhibition initiative came from the need for master wood craftsmen, furniture makers and emerging creatives on the Garden Route to find a platform to express their works. This has resulted in the launching of an annual exhibition to coincide with the Knysna Timber Festival.
*** tbc *** (5th) Knysna Highland Games
Montessori School, Welbedacht
2020 information - The 2020 Highland Games are here, at an all new amazing venue, the Montessori school field. This is where fitness meets fun. You don't need to be an athlete, you don't have to be a fitness freak. You just have to want to have huge amounts of fun while competing at the Keg toss , trying out throwing a pole (Kaber toss) and doing some other not so serious sweaty things. Come and PROVE YOUR MIGHT. Prizes for the best dressed teams. Don't be a dummy, dress up!

April 2023    (3)

(27th) Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
Saturday 1st - Sunday 9th April 2023
WWW 2022 2022
2022 information - The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) is a family event that attracts visitors from across South Africa and across the world. The festival programme that encompasses all genres of the performing and visual arts, as well as the rich cultural history of Oudtshoorn, the beautiful scenery of the region and the renowned hospitality of the town keeps festivalgoers coming back for more year after year.
Good Friday
Friday 7th April 2023
Public Holiday
Family Day
Monday 10th April 2023
Public Holiday
(4th) Wilderness Art Festival
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd April 2023
WWW 2020 2021 2020
2020 information - The Wilderness Art Festival every year is a unique experience and this upcoming event aspires to be bigger and better. The Wilderness Art Association is young but rich with talent. An event not to be missed as we include artists from the Garden Route to turn the quaint little town of Wilderness into an explosion of art. Not to mention the live music and planned creative events along the Wilderness Art Walk ....
Freedom Day
Thursday 27th April 2023
Public Holiday
(23rd) Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival
*tbc* Sunday 30th April - Monday 1st May 2023
WWW 2022 2018 2016
2022 information - The Pink Loerie is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally (LGBTQIA+) culture and identity held in the picturesque town of Knysna. At its heart, the Pink Loerie is a festival and a celebration; so, dancing, fun and music also played an enormous part of the event, with daily shows being held at various locations throughout the town and club nights. This beautiful tradition of celebration, Pride and creative expression in a gorgeous setting has continued to glitter and thrive for over twenty years.
*** tbc *** IFBB MaxFITT Classic
Knysna Primary School
2022 information - The Biggest Bodybuilding show the Garden Route & Knysna has seen to date. Arnolds Classic Qualifier
*** tbc *** (3rd) Bergplaas MTB & Trail Run Challenge
Mandalay Farm, Hoekwil
2022 information - The event forms part of the Eden XCM League. Entry includes finishers medal, Darling Brew beer / colddrink and Hamburger!
*** tbc *** Hospice Annual Golf Day
Pezula Championship Golf Course
WWW 2022
2022 information - Lots of surprises! Shotgun start 10:30 / four ball alliance. Light meal & prize giving. All funds raised will be used to ensure the ongoing support of palliative care in our area.
*** tbc *** (15th) BUCO Adventure Easter Weekend
Plettenberg Bay
2022 2022 2018
2022 information - BUCO Adventure Weekend Easter 2022 starts on Saturday 16th of April when the weekend kicks off with the traditional Trail Runs at Cairnbrogie. Sunday 17 April sees us once again looking for a bit more adventure and we will be hosting a multisport event.
*** tbc *** (12th) BUCO Cairnbrogie Trail Runs
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022 2019 2021 2021
2021 information - Join Muddy Foot on the BUCO Adventure Weekend for the Cairnbrogie Trail Runs. 16km - The tough one! This years’ long run will see some new additions along the coast and boasts a couple of good climbs. The route offers breathtaking views along a mixture of single track, jeep track and cow paths. 12km - A good introduction to trail running, this route will have some new single track with a couple of technical sections that make for a challenging route for your less serious runner. Fantastic views make it all worthwhile. Fun 5.5 km - Suited to fit 10 - 12 yr olds and ‘fun-runners’, the 5km run offers a fun off road (but not technical) run through the forest. Kiddies Farmyard 1,5 km Adventure Trail - An easy self-guided walk for parents and kids along the dam, through the forest, past the calf pens and back.
*** tbc *** (3rd) BUCO Adventure Challenge
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022 2021
2022 information - The format will be run-swim-run-ride with all the distances still to be finalized but looking like approximately 5 km trail run - 350m swim - 2 km trail run - 20 km MTB ride. Teams of three will be welcomed with each person doing a different leg for those who are afraid of getting wet or individuals for the hardcore athletes. The route will be run on a novice adventure race style with Google maps and other maps showing the route to be followed. Checkpoints will be collected along the route adding an element of skill to finding your way.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Love Fest
Grand Africa Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022
2022 information - Art & Culture, Comedy, Community, Dance, Family, Fashion, Film, Food & Beverage, Lifestyle, Music, Wine. Whether you are part of the LGBTQI+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer or gender variant) OR consider yourself a CIS male or female, we would like to invite you to our inaugural LOVE FEST in the beautiful bay of Plettenberg Bay.
*** tbc *** Earth Day Celebration
Pledge Nature Reserve
2022 information - An afternoon of playful, creative and mindful connection with self, others and nature in honour of Earth Day (22 April) in the beautiful oasis of Pledge Nature Reserve, right in the heart of Knysna. Together we will enjoy the beauty and quiet of the surroundings, and (re)discover the threads of our connection with the Earth in all her many expressions. Suitable for adults and children.
*** tbc *** Knysna Yacht Club Closing Cruise
Knysna Yacht Club
WWW 2019
*** tbc *** Southern Cape Koi Show
Garden Route Botanical Garden, George
2022 2022
Koi fish and other koi-related products will be on sale, and, for the first time, this year's show will be introducing a gold fish show section which will be judged independently from the koi. Various food and craft stalls will add to the show's enjoyment.
*** tbc *** Western Cape XCO Series
Oakhill School Sports Campus, Welbedacht
WWW 2021
2022 information - Western Cape 2022 Provincial XCO Series - Round #3. XCO (Cross-Country Olympic) is an extreme mountain bike discipline which consists of lap racing around a short circuit. Being the only mountain bike discipline practiced at the Olympic Games, it requires high intensity participation.
Austin Healey National Tour
Gsrden Route
2022 information - The Austin Healey Club of Southern Africa was formed in 1973 making us forty five years old. With branches in Durban, Cape Town and the Garden Route there are over to 160 members countrywide with more than 250 Austin Healeys. Every second year, each branch is tasked with the job of organising a National Tour. In 2022 it is the Garden Route Branch who once again has the job after the Tour in 2020 was canceled due to Covid 9 restrictions.
*** tbc *** (5th) Garden Route Expo & Outdoor Show
Bartelsfontein Farm, Mossel Bay
WWW 2022 2020
2022 information - The Garden Route's Biggest Outdoor Expo. Two on-site intermediate 4×4 tracks will be available on-site. Enjoy the thrill of self-driving this 6-part obstacle course or have a trained professional take you for a drive. We will offer a range of on-site activities, such as quad biking, heli-flips and bike riding. Bring your tekkies and enjoy a range of fun outdoor-activities for the entire family to enjoy. This year we have exciting new performers on the celebrated entertainment stage, an improved Kids Zone area and a variety of self-catering, and fully equipped camping accomodation for all to enjoy!
*** tbc *** The Knysna Pride Parade
2022 information - Knysna Pride Street Parade from Rawson Street to The Waterfront Knysna Quays via Gray Street, 4pm, led by UK pop sensation Cassa Jackson and Mr Gay World™ South Africa 2021 Shanon Kannigan.
*** tbc *** PAWS Amazing Race
Plettenberg Bay
2022 information - The Race is loosely based on the TV series "The Amazing Race". The race is not about speed or physical endurance. It is about your team’s ability to think on their feet. Teams in cars will navigate from one well-known Plett destination to another, by solving a series of cryptic clues. All the answers will be on your route; you will just need to find them!!! ?? At the destination (a pit stop) the team will perform fun activities. They will then receive their next set of clues to guide them to their next pit stop.
*** tbc *** (5th) Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival
Garden Route
WWW 2021 2019 2017
South Africa’s only walking festival is becoming the not-to-miss event on the Garden Route over the Easter Weekend. Home to the country’s most famous trails and hikes, the festival celebrates the region’s iconic walks and appeals to adventure lovers and walkers of every kind, offering an exciting programme suitable for everyone in the family, from beginners to seasoned hikers. Walking festivals are a big trend globally, and the Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival is the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
*** tbc *** (10th) Sedgefield's Slow Festival
Village Green, Sedgefield
WWW 2018 2017
2019 information - Family Fun The Way It’s Meant To Be. Sedgefield's Slow Festival is about returning to family values, real experiences and a natural way of life... It's a festival celebrating the real things in life: Wholesome goodness, Family, Friends, Fun, the Outdoors and Great food. There are plenty of activities for the children and indeed the whole family to do. There is entertainment galore, much to see, great competitions with lots of prizes to be won and best of all, many deserving charities are supported by monies raised during the festival.
*** tbc *** Veterans Cricket Festival
WWW 2021
2021 information - The SA Veterans, a Celebrity XI and Vets cricket teams from all over the country are coming to the Garden Route!
*** tbc *** (2nd) Evoking Art Experience
Timberlake Organic Village
2021 information - The festival will involve an exhibition of up to 75 contemporary artworks by 25 emerging young local artists, as well as poetry readings, live music and an exciting art auction. Hosted at Timberlake Organic Village, a place where nature art, craft, and entertainment converge. One can expect an enriching outdoor lively environment where creatives of all walks and collectors of all kinds get to connect and enjoy the creative spirit together.
*** tbc *** (7th) The Slow Town Amazing Race
Octopus Garden, Scarab Village, Sedgefield
2021 information - Join us in exploring Sedgefield and our surrounding areas in a whole new way! The event will start and end at the Octopus Garden (Scarab Village), and the route will include amazing local scenery in and around Sedgefield and beyond. It's all based on having fun, though there are prizes for three winning teams, Each team of up to 4 people will receive a route schedule in which they must find (and photograph) various answers along the route (be sure you have a cell phone/camera with you) You will need eyes at the back and sides of your head, and a car full of fun spirited occupants.
*** tbc *** (20th) Kingfisher MTB & Trailrun Challenge
Beyond the Moon, Hoekwil
WWW 2017
2020 information - The 19th edition of the Kingfisher MTB and Trail Run, will take place on Saturday, 19 September 2020, at Beyond the Moon Guest Farm, Hoekwil. This is a fundraising initiative of Hoekwil Primary School and the school will once again, have foodstalls for take away meals only.
*** tbc *** Pesach MTB Classic
Plettenberg Bay / The Crags
2020 information - The Chol Hamoed Pesach MTB Classic is a 3 day stage race/ride covering some of South Africa's most spectacular courses, along the Garden Route, on very manageable trails that will test the racing snakes, and tantalize the adventurous souls of social riders. We have planned and established three magnificent routes in this beautiful area, consisting of Bramon Wine Farm, Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm and Garden of Eden from Edenbrook. These routes have been designed by the legendary Dr Evil, A.K.A. Leon Evans, and will ensure an unforgettable experience.
*** tbc *** (4th) Plett Truck & Vine Festival
Kay & Monty Wine Farm, The Crags
2020 2019 2019 2017
2020 information - Get ready to for a Plett celebration of wine, music and harvest in the Plett Winelands! Bring along the family and friends on Sunday for a day under the beautiful African sun, celebrating life and the grape and all good things. We will be pulling in some exciting food trucks, including a few new surprises sure to become a crowd pleaser! Kay & Monty always aims to please - live music, gourmet food trucks and as much wine, craft beer and other favourites as you can shake a stick at.
*** tbc *** (5th) Wilderness Festival
Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness
WWW 2019
2019 information - Following the success of the 2017 and 2018 Wilderness festival which grew from a small festival in 2016, the picturesque village of Wilderness along the N2 in The Garden Route, has proven to be an excellent venue for The Wilderness Festival. The Wilderness Hotel will once again house the main venue with food and liquor stalls, while the garden and lawns surrounding the sparkling pool will provide a superb background for activities as well as the main music stage. Activities will spill over onto the Wilderness common, where ample parking will also be available. Remember to pack your running shoes when visiting the 2019 Wilderness Festival - young and old will be able to join in the fun!
*** tbc *** (3rd) BUCO Cairnbrogie MTB Rally Ride
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2019 2015
2019 information - The Kids Bike Ride follows the runs with U9 and U11s riding a loop course for 1 hour to see who can do the most laps. The BUCO Adventure rally Ride sees teams of two follow a rally style route book of instructions around Cairnbrogie and the surrounding MTO Plantations.
*** tbc *** (13th) BUCO Adventure Surf Ski Challenge
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2019 2019 2015
2019 information - Easter Sunday sees the 12th running of the BUCO Easter Surf Ski Challenge. The morning sees K1 and K2s racing over a 12 km course. At lunch time The BUCO Dash for Cash takes place with paddlers racing 1000m in a knock event to see who will walk away with the lions share of R15 000-00 worth of prize money.
*** tbc *** (12th) Annual Autumn Rose Show
Knysna Mall, Knysna
2018 2018
A celebration of roses. This is our Annual showcase for roses grown in the greater Knysna Area. All amateur rose-growers are welcome to enter their roses in a number of different classes. We ask anyone who has a rose bloom or two or more to bring them between 07:00 and 09:30 and after judging at 10:00 the display is open to the public for viewing. The beautiful cut roses that will be on display will be sold at noon on Saturday when the show closes.

May 2023    (3)

(in lieu of) Workers' Day
Monday 1st May 2023
Public Holiday
(23rd) Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival
*tbc* Sunday 30th April - Monday 1st May 2023
WWW 2022 2018 2016
2022 information - The Pink Loerie is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally (LGBTQIA+) culture and identity held in the picturesque town of Knysna. At its heart, the Pink Loerie is a festival and a celebration; so, dancing, fun and music also played an enormous part of the event, with daily shows being held at various locations throughout the town and club nights. This beautiful tradition of celebration, Pride and creative expression in a gorgeous setting has continued to glitter and thrive for over twenty years.
(13th) Knysna Speed Festival
Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th May 2023
WWW 2016
2022 information - The Knysna Speed Festival’s vision is to host and organise the premier motorsport event in the country that is recognised as a premier event internationally. Our goal is to attract an ever-increasing number of visitors to the beautiful town of Knysna to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere of entertainment, motorsport, motoring activities and the natural beauty of the region. The festival not only boosts economic activity in the town, but also benefits charities in the area.
(13th) Simola Hillclimb
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th May 2023
Simola Hill, Knysna
WWW 2022 2022 2019 2017
2022 information - The 2022 running of the Simola Hillclimb will be the twelth edition of what has become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with a growing international footprint. Classic Car Friday opens competitive proceedings for the Simola Hillclimb and caters exclusively for historic, classic and vintage cars. Saturday and Sunday’s action has been dubbed the King of the Hill Shootout and is where the country’s fastest machinery will duel it out on the Simola hill.
*** tbc *** Austin Healey National Tour
Garden Route
2022 information - The Austin Healey Club of Southern Africa was formed in 1973 making us forty five years old. With branches in Durban, Cape Town and the Garden Route there are over to 160 members countrywide with more than 250 Austin Healeys. Every second year, each branch is tasked with the job of organising a National Tour. In 2022 it is the Garden Route Branch who once again has the job after the Tour in 2020 was canceled due to Covid 9 restrictions.
*** tbc *** (13th) Knysna Motor Show
Thesen Harbour Town
WWW 2022 2022 2016
2022 information - Join us to celebrate the ‘love of cars‚ with classics and collectibles, all new marques and even Simola Hillclimb racing cars! With refreshments available, drivers on hand to chat about their incredible machines and some 150 cars to view, it’s a great day out for the enthusiast and the whole family alike.
*** tbc *** Psyshores
Wildside, Buffalo Bay
2022 information - Psychedelic beach party. Two Days of Trance, 2 floors, Downtempo mixed with a Triphop journey, get ready for another Psyshore adventure on the beach. There will be bon fires to keep you warm. coffee and tea available all night.
*** tbc *** Secret Sunrise
Wedge Beach, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022 2019
2022 information - Secret Sunrise is a global silent guided dance and meditation community. Using headphone technology, headsets are handed to you on arrival. Our accredited facilitators guide you through a series of music of all genres. Our public sessions encompass a variety of mindful practices, including meditation, breathwork, movement and dance.
*** tbc *** Soulshine Frequency of Love Festival
Sky Villa, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2021 2021
2022 information - Established in 2016, SoulShine Festival is a glorious togetherness and celebration of life! A lifestyle, wellness & music festival aiming to inspire a more sustainable, healthy, unified and soul-centred approach to life on planet earth. SoulShine features a colourful program of leading speakers, wellness educators, practitioners, healers and artists. Participants attend their choice of workshops/classes during the day and then gather at sunset for a groovy boogie to celebrate life in all it’s messiness and magic under the stars on the Sky deck, featuring visionary musical performances by special guests and artists.
*** tbc *** SADAA South East Coast Agility Club Trial
Loerie Park Sports Ground
2022 information - On the weekend of the 28-29th of May we will be holding two days of Agility, Jumping, and Snooker trials. We will also be having a fun event on each of the days.
*** tbc *** Daytona Mossel Bay Rally
Mossel Bay
WWW 2021 2021
2021 information - This first-of-it-kind event will see 50 luxury supercars compete against the clock on a street time attack race. Cars valued at R600mil racing for 5 hours in town on a course build for the event.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Road Less Travelled Off-Road Experience
Wilderness Common
2020 information - This is the third year visitors can explore the Park's routes guided by SANParks' Honorary Rangers, Wilderness Region. This year there are three options participants can select, all available for two days. Each route leads through the national park's unique dramatic landscape of indigenous forest, spectacular views and fynbos. The routes are expected to take participants along "roads less travelled" through Karatara Forest, Windmeulnek to Platbos and Goudveld Forest, enjoying the spectacular views of the Outeniqua Mountains along the way.
*** tbc *** (4th) Value in the Classic Car Market Conference
Villa Castollini, Knysna
WWW 2019 2019
2019 information - In 2019 the VCCM conference will focus on the ownership aspects of rare and collectable motorcars, while still recognising their status as appreciating assets of passion. Topics will include the current market situation, restorations, valuations, insurance, trust and estate planning for collectables and local success stories, amongst others.
*** tbc ***(5th) Wigstock Festival
2019 information - The international Wigstock has a local chapter now in South Africa. The best drag shows, pageants and other “wig” related events. First launched in New York City in 1985, Wigstock became a cultural phenomenon and brought a new level of respectability and attention to the art of drag.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Bearfest Colony™
Blackwaters River Lodge, Knysna
2019 information - A mutual playground for all Bear Groups in Southern Africa. In male gay culture, a bear is often a larger, hairier man who projects an image of rugged masculinity. Bears are one of many LGBT communities with events, codes, and a culture-specific identity.
*** tbc *** Knysna Pre Oyster Bridge
Knysna Angling Club, Knysna
2019 information - Red Point Pairs Tournament. 4 sesions. Prize money of R5000 sponsored by Personal Trust. Players must be members of the South African Bridge Federation.

June 2023    (0)

Youth Day
Friday 16th June 2023
Public Holiday
*** tbc *** Nature (W)Rites
Pledge Nature Reserve
2022 information - An afternoon designed to connect you to your own innate creativity through quiet time, mindful processes and play in the beautiful oasis of Pledge Nature Reserve, right in the heart of Knysna. Taking our inspiration from outer and inner nature, we will find our creative writing voice and give expression to what is alive in and around us. No previous writing experience is required! This is suitable for everybody - you’ll be amazed by your own creative expression!
*** tbc *** Carpe Musicam Movie Delights
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Sedgefield
WWW 2022
2022 information - As the title suggests, all the music on the programme has been used or written for use in movies - some dating back to the 1950s. As usual the programme will have something for everyone and will be presented in Carpe Musicam!'s light-hearted and chatty way.
*** tbc *** The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (A New Variant)
Mosaic Market, Sedgefield
2022 information - If you like Shakespeare, you will love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you'll love ths show! It is time to enjoy theatre again, outdoors and mostly comedy, since it has been a rather miserable two years, hasn’t it?
*** tbc *** (2nd) Plakkie Classic Surf Competition
Victoria Bay
WWW 2022
2022 information - The first-ever Plakkie Classic Surf Competition will be held in Victoria Bay over Youth Day Weekend. The four-day contest will offer events from u/12 to u/18 for boys and girls, with a total pot of R50 000 in prize money.
*** tbc *** VK Challenge
George Peak, George
WWW 2021
2021 information - The George Peak Vertical Kilometre, known as the VK Challenge, is the vertical route going up to the second-highest peak in the Outeniqua Mountains, George Peak, which stands at 1 336 metres above sea level. This is a strenuous climb, with (as the name suggests) a 1 000m vertical climb. Naturally, the views are spectacular, as with every 100 metres gained, your birds-eye view of the city of George intensifies. The idea is to encourage everyone who is able to get up the mountain. There are many prizes up for grabs, for different categories.
*** tbc *** (5th) George Mountain Ultra Trail
Witfontein, Outeniqua Nature Reserve
WWW 2022 2022
2022 information - This is a trail run event in the surrounding mountains of George, the gateway to the Garden Route. Distances on offer will be 60km ultra, 25km, and 10km. Endless gravel roads and footpaths – many of them linked to the legendary Outeniqua Hiking Trail system offer unfettered access to the rugged surrounding peaks, and to the indigenous forest that blankets the foothills. George is a true trail running destination nestled in the middle of the Garden Route.
*** tbc *** Redberry Moonlight Maze
Redberry Farm, George
2022 information - Get your flashlights ready for our annual Moonlight Maze at Redberry Farm! Bring your family and friends to conquer the maze and find all seven stations AT NIGHT! You’ll be lost, laughing, and loving it! Wear neon or white to participate in the UV fun.
*** tbc *** MTO Trails Twilight Run
Royston Farms, The Crags
2022 information - This event is about the routes and experiencing the night not the nightlife. Get to experience the true magic of running at night on two well-marked routes. Running at night opens a whole new world to runners. One gets into the zone of your headlight, with limited visibility your other senses sharpen and bring you back closer to nature than ever. There will be two routes of approximately 5,5 km and 12 km. Once again the longer run will have something new to keep it interesting so something new on what is becoming a tried and tested route.
*** tbc *** Kasi Food Festival
Kwanokuthula, Plettenberg Bay
2022 information - Kasilyfstyle Tshisanyama is hosting an event promoting local food businesses and attracting people who are interested in experiencing our great kasi lyfstyle. A variety of different delicious dishes will be sold at affordable prices. There will be local artist entertainment and many more not to miss out on!
*** tbc *** (17th) CA2CX MTB Tour
Klein Joostenberg to Knysna
2022 information - The CA2CX is a mountain biking tour that every keen cyclist should experience. This isn't a faced-paced race but a fun tour that takes you through the picturesque landscape of our beautiful province each year in June. Please note that race entries are limited to 60 riders. The daily route, of about 100km per stage consists of farmlands, spectacular landscapes and amazing views. Couples, Singles and Groups (Teams) are welcome! Riders can enter one of the following groups: 14 - 18 km/ph, 18 - 22 km/ph, 22 km/ph upwards. Accommodation throughout the race will be 4-5 star guesthouses and hotels.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Vic Bay Classic
Victoria Bay
2019 2019
2019 information - Local surf break Victoria Bay will host a high profile professional surfing competition this month. Top international athletes will face off against our best local talent in the Vic Bay Classic from 20 to 22 June. It will be the first time in 25 years that Victoria Bay has featured on the South African World Surf League Qualifying Series. Over 100 competitors will face off in men's, women's and pro junior divisions in the inaugural event. The Vic Bay Classic will conclude the 2019 City Surf Series and will be the seventh stop on the WSL Africa Tour.
*** tbc *** (2nd) Kurland Forest Triathlon
Kurland Hotel, The Crags
2019 information - It’s school holidays so let’s get outside and play! There’s no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothing choices, so no need to hibernate in daylight. Beat the winter blues & join us at the beautiful Kurland Hotel Polo estate and farm for the inaugural Kurland Forest Triathlon. With distances for anyone, you’ll explore the Crags in the water, via mountain bike and on footpaths with family & friends. You can choose any distance from our "Clydesdale" Standard triathlon, "Polo Pony" Sprint, or the kids "Shetland" Super Sprint. Our aim is for you to have a forest adventure while embracing quality family time, health and wellness for all ages in an eco-friendly way.

July 2023    (0)

*** tbc *** (39th) Knysna Oyster Festival
WWW 2022 2022 2012
2022 information - Families, foodies, sport lovers and adventurers - are you ready for a shucking good time? Then diarise 1 - 10 July for an unforgettable experience and a sensory explosion, in the heart of the Garden Route. The Knysna Oyster Festival promises to indulge wine lovers, satisfy food fundies and satiate any daredevils appetite for adrenalin. The World is your OYSTER and KNYSNA is where it’s at!
*** tbc *** (2nd) Plett Ocean Festival
Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2022 2022 2022
2022 information - In celebration of the ocean and marine life, the Plett Winter Festival will incorporate ocean-themed seminars, marine research and conservation events and activities like diving, snorkelling and kayaking, alongside all the riverine and other nature and adventure activities you have come to love in Plett. It is envisaged to be an all-inclusive collaboration between the town’s sea and fishy folk, venues and adventure activities, with something for the whole family.
*** tbc *** (5th) Miss Pearl
2022 2022
2022 information - For the first time in 13 years, the Miss Pearl beauty pageant will be dazzling Knysna residents when models from across the Garden Route take to the catwalk. It will not only be a beauty pageant but also a fashion show that showcases works from local fashion designers and artists.
*** tbc *** (34th) Knysna Cycle Tour
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
WWW 2019 2022 2018
2022 information - Two day MTB Cycling Event. Gravel, MTB & E-bikes are all welcome. DAY 1: For the more experienced MTB riders - 42km and 82km MTB routes through the majestic Knysna indigenous forest. Experience the favourite rides of Knysna locals. Day 2: Fabulous Family Fun! Start and Finish at the popular Garden Route Trail Park outside Sedgefield nestled at the foot of the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains & Karatara River Gorge - 12km non-technical route designed for the young & young at heart - 35km technical single track for the more skilled & adventurous riders - Fun Pump Track eliminator for all age categories.
*** tbc *** (12th) Featherbed Trail Run
Cruise Cafe, Knysna
2022 information - The Featherbed Trail Run is not just a run along a trail, it is a bespoke, encompassing, paradigm-shifting experience. 21 km Great White - 11km Seahorse. For the first time, the course will be reversed, starting in town with the closing kilometers weaving down the Garden Route's most iconic feature, Knysna’s Western Heads. The Featherbed Restaurant, with its breath-taking setting as the gateway to the Western Heads, will be the fishline venue hosting and entertaining participants and spectators as they replenish their energies and relish their race experiences. Rounding off the most memorable day of your winter will be the Ferry Trip across the estuary and back to town.
*** tbc *** Open Rapid Chess Tournament
Knysna High School Hall
2022 2022
2022 information - Format: 6 round Swiss Pairing System 25 + 5SIPM per player.
*** tbc *** The Wedge Shootout
The Wedge Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2022 2018 2018
2022 information - The Wedge Shootout, a 4-man team surfing event over two days is back! Get out the big guns and face the edge of the wedge in this two-day dueling contest. Great prizes from Surf Life, and a movie and prize-giving on Sunday night.
*** tbc *** Harbour 2 Heads Lagoon Challenge
Knysna Yacht Club
WWW 2022
2022 information - This canoe race incorporates the iconic Knysna Heads, Thesen Island, and the Knysna Yacht Club. Course: 11km & 22km (and 2km junior race).
*** tbc *** (2nd) Perle Trail Run
Natures Valley to Keurboomstrand
2022 information - The coastal route between Natures Valley and Keurbooms is hiked by many and Muddyfoot Adventures is now mapping and launching it as Plett’s newest trail run, to be called the Perle Run. The name has been chosen to bring attention to the devastating Abalone poaching that that part of the coastline has experienced recently. The paths on the trail have been used by the perlemeon poachers and law enforcement officers alike. One of the paths that will be reopened on private property will allow officials and runners a great view of the coastline to help with the enforcement of the law. The route will follow SANParks trails and then onto The Forest Hall estate until the Maatjies River where it will return to the coastline to end at the Singing Kettle Beach.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Garden Route International Film Festival
Diaz Hotel, Mossel Bay
WWW 2022
2022 information - GRIFF is a festival for filmmakers, creative expression, education, new technology and media. The GRIFF festival supports emerging and established filmmakers, encourages community participation and learning through innovation. GRIFF will continue with its Virtual festival as a destination for filmmakers to showcase their films. Attend GRIFF in Mossel Bay hosted by the Diaz Hotel Monday 11th July to Saturday 16th July or stay on the couch and enjoy our virtual offering Monday 4th July to Sunday 17th July.
*** tbc *** Taste of Knysna
The Knysna Experience, Thesen Harbour Town
2019 2022
2022 information - Come taste the best that Knysna has to offer - watch the top restaurants take on each other with their version of the best oyster recipe and see who takes the trophy home,
*** tbc *** KnysnaX Trail Series Winter Run
Blackwaters River Lodge
WWW 2022
2022 information - The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 1 day trail running event that takes place in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season. Trail Running at its best. Your race will officially start as you check in at Belvedere and continue all the way through spectacular fynbos and run along the old Knysna Railway. Fun and scenic, the 9km run will follow parts of the railway and Buffalo Trail. The routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery all along the Knysna Railway. A trail run you do not want to miss.
*** tbc *** (16th) Knysna Wine Festival
Premier Hotel, Knysna
2022 information - Some 40 wineries will converge on the Knysna Wine Festival, to offer unlimited tastings of more than 200 varietals. In addition to wine, guests can enjoy craft beer, Gin, various liqueurs, whisky tastings as well as a taste of some South African artisan craft cheeses and olive oils. Once you’ve finished tasting you can purchase all wines at cellar door prices either to enjoy on the day or stock up your cellar.
*** tbc *** (38th) Knysna Forest Marathon
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
WWW 2022 2017
2022 information - Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) version, the race offers several unique highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world. Much of the run takes place deep in the forest with a breath-taking view over the Knysna lagoon into The Heads, for inspiration towards the finish. If you haven’t done this race yet, it’s an absolute must! Padding through the enchanting forest, the scent of pine trees, and views of golden fields and coastlines on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that some of this race is uphill.
*** tbc *** (30th) Klein Karoo Championships
Red Rock Raceway, Oudtshoorn
2022 information - The Klein Karoo Championships is the oldest annual event of Oudtshoorn Motor Club. This event has been one of the biggest events in South Africa mainly due to the traditional Klein Karoo hospitality that the competitors, their families and the spectators experience. The Klein Karoo Championships is one of the biggest events in motor sport in South Africa, hosted by the smallest Oval track club in South Africa...
*** tbc *** (10th) Houtkapper Trail Run
Goudveld, Knysna
WWW 2019 2019
2022 information - This trail run offers 3 routes of varying lengths and difficulty, taking runners through the forests made famous by Daleen Mathee (the late authoress of Circles in the forest, Fiela’s child, Moerbeibos and others). The 15km and 27km routes have been chosen not only to challenge the intermediate to experienced trail runners but to provide them with an opportunity to experience the deepest secrets at the heart of the Knysna forest. Single track and terrain to excite trail runners of all ability including an easier route for the beginner trail runner of 9km.
*** (3rd) Garden Route Wine Festival
Diaz Hotel, Mossel Bay
2022 information - The Garden Route Wine Festival is the first of its kind in Mossel Bay and a producing shoot of the long-running and highly successful Knysna Wine Festival. The event will be Showcasing twenty South African Top Wineries that will bring up to six of their flagship wines giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy a sophisticated wine experience while sampling up to 120 top South African wines as well as an opportunity to purchase these wines at special cellar door prices. Other tastings include Craft Beer, Gin, Whisky, and other South African distilleries and liquor.
*** tbc *** (131st) Rastafari Earth Festival
Judah Square, Knysna
2022 information - The vibrant Rastafarian community of Knysna invites Rastas and visitors from all walks of life, from South Africa and abroad to participate in the annual Rasta Earth Festival. This colourful, rich festival celebrates the Rastafarian way of life - their food and music, as well as the philosophy behind this sometimes misunderstood faith. All in celebration of His Majesty Haile-I Selassie-I's Earthday (Birthday) and Emancipation Day.
*** tbc *** (3rd) IKASI Colour Fun Run / Walk
Loerie Park, Knysna
2019 information - This sporting event will create a platform for fun/walk and entertainment. It is meant to bring people together regardless their cultural background or colour of your skin. It will cater for both young and old, physically fit or unfit and offer a great opportunity for people to come together and create wonderful memories whilst having a great time. Additional activities include Maxxfit Bodybuilding, Schools 5-a-side Challenge from 10:00, Live Music, food & wine, Best Dressed Competition etc.
*** tbc *** (11th) FNB Forest Family Hike
Harkerville Forest
WWW 2019
2019 information - The legendary Harkerville Trails are considered mountain biking and trail running Utopia. We provide the opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to absorb the magic of these famous forests with friends and family. You can loosen up your off-day legs with a brisk hike over a longer 10km distance or amble the shorter 6km and 2.5km walks at fairy listening pace. Who knows, you may just spot a Knysna Loerie, or better, an elephant. Our aim is to educate the ecological importance of the forests whilst embracing quality family time, health and wellness for all ages in an eco-friendly way.
*** tbc *** (7th) National Golf Festival
Garden Route
2019 2018
2019 information - THE BEST WINTER GOLFING EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA. 24 Individual golf days over 4 days. Spectacular golf courses to choose from (5 in the SA Top 20). All skill levels/handicaps welcome. Value for money pricing. Create your own itinerary. Great prizes. Enjoy quality time with friends, colleagues, family and clients. Unique points system for festival winners per handicap category. Welcoming and Prize Giving Dinner.
*** tbc *** (4th) Green Carpet Fashion Extravaganza
Nite Spot, Hornlee
2019 information - Green carpet fashion extravaganza is a fashion, lifestyle, wine, entertainment and food event that is showcasing local designer's clothing range. Cultural fashion inspired by nature ... this year dress code is Vintage style or Afrocentric.
*** tbc *** (5th) dotsure.co.za Polar Bear Plunge
Victoria Bay
2019 2018 2018
2019 information - The Polar Bear Plunge is an annual charity event hosted by dotsure.co.za that raises blankets and spirits all along the Garden Route. Every winter, hundreds of participants strip down into bikinis and baggies and run screaming into the icy, 11-degree waves in the spirit of goodwill and generosity. dotsure.co.za challenges you to dress in your most exciting swimwear and brave the freezing winter waves to show your support for this very deserving cause. Invite all your friends and family members to take the plunge and to bring a blanket as your entry fee. The dotsure.co.za Polar Bear Plunge, in short, is a blanket drive on steroids!

August 2023    (0)

National Women's Day
Wednesday 9th August 2023
Public Holiday
*** tbc *** Fun4u Fun Fair @ Hornlee School Carnival
Hornlee Primary School
2022 information - Our fun fair is suitable for both adults & children.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Garden Route Cannabis Expo
Piesang Valley Community Hall, Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2021
2021 information - The Garden Route Cannabis Festival (CannaFest) is dedicated to raising awareness on the emerging cannabis market, the growers and the end users of the Garden Route whilst increasing visitor traffic and business, during the quieter season, along the paradisiacal coast. The Garden Route Canna Cup: are you the Garden Route's Best Grower?
*** tbc *** (11th) Storms River Traverse
Storms River Village
WWW 2022
2022 information - The beautiful and untouched gem of the Garden Route will host riders on this 3-day mountain bike stage ride. With tracks hugging the rugged coastline and views only seen on postcards, this ride is designed for the intermediate cyclist looking for an adventure without having to spend hours training every day. The daily distances range from 40-70 kms and will traverse the mountains, plantations and coastline adjacent to the Village.
*** tbc *** (14th) Klein Karoo Klassique
WWW 2022
2021 information - Klein Karoo Klassique, Oudtshoorn's festival of classical music is back. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the escape and breathe a sigh of relief with us in the Klein Karoo.
*** tbc *** (17th) Whale Rally
Gouritsmond Caravan Park, Gouritz
WWW 2018 2019 2016
The Whale Rally is a serious biker’s rally, started in 2005. One of the best biker rallies in South Africa. Not hardcore, just a rally where you can relax, have fun and enjoy an unforgettable weekend with biker friends. A rally for bikers – we do our best to not allow entry to those who are not bikers & who do not understand the biking lifestyle. Over the years this rally has grown from strength to strength with around 1500 bikers having attended in some years.
*** tbc *** (11th) SOX Trail Run
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness
WWW 2018 2022
2022 information - The SOX Trail Run is known as the most diverse 3-day trail run in South Africa and takes place in the Garden Route. You will run on pristine hiking trails in the mountain on day one, experience the tranquillity of our lush, indigenous forest on day two and end off, with day three, along the stunning coastline of the Garden Route.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Garden Route Cannabis Cup
Piesang Valley Community Hall, Plettenberg Bay
2022 information - Experience420: presents the second Garden Route Cannabis Cup aimed to create local brand awareness, quality insurance through good practice & standards, industry transparency and an offset for our local produce. The Garden Route Cannabis Cup and Festival is the first step in connecting and providing exposure for our Paradise Growers and Region!
*** tbc *** (7th) Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run
Tsitsikamma Big Tree to Nature's Valley
WWW 2022
2022 information - The Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run is a 60 km, linear trail, that begins under "The Big Tree" near Storms River and ending at Covie near Natures Valley. The trail traverses the Tsitsikamma Mountains crossing many streams and valleys . With wonderful support crew at the two aid stations and a chilled friendly vibe at the finish this is what trail running is all about. You and the mountains. In conjunction with the MTO Trails Ultra we will run a circular 23 +/- km loop from Covie. The route will include The Covie Trails, The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail as well as MTO Plantations.
*** tbc *** Expedition Africa 60km &120km Garden Route
Blackwaters River Lodge, Goukamma
WWW 2022
2022 information - Kayak, Trekking, MTB and navigate in the beautiful Garden Route area. Teams of 2 and 4. This event is the 4th event of the ARWS Africa Regional series. The ARWS Africa Circuit is a collection of the best mid-distance adventure races in the Africa region.
*** tbc Western Cape Eventing Championships
George Riding Club, George
WWW 2018 2022
2022 information - Eventing is an equestrian triathlon consisting of dressage, show jumping and cross country, each presenting its own test for the horse-rider combination.
*** tbc *** SA Masters Surfing Championships
Victoria Bay
2021 information - Eight teams from across South Africa will take part in the event. Surfers will compete in seven divisions, ranging in age groups from over 35s to over 60s. But don't be mistaken - these surfers are not on the downward slope of their surfing careers. With decades of competitive surfing under their wetsuits, these guys are more serious than ever.
*** tbc *** (4th) Plett Funduro
WWW 2017
2019 information - This is gonna be the Funduro of the Year!! Putting "Enduro back into the Fun". This the one you DO NOT wanna miss!!!! The Plett Boys have created an Amazing Enduro Track that throws everything at you an Enduro can ask for. Please note that this is a Fun Ride and that no competitor licenses or club memberships are needed. Riders of all levels together with family and friends are welcome. Perfect for beginners with some fun obstacles for pro's to enjoy!!! A loop - Intermediate & Pro's - Technical Loop. B loop - Beginners and experienced Kids (But with some stings!!!). Kiddies Loop - Kids (FLAT TRACK UNDER PARENTS WATCH). An Enduro X track awaits at the Finish!!! Food & Drink will be available.
*** tbc *** (20th) Hospice Joburg Ballet
Knysna NG Church Hall
WWW 2015 2015
2019 information - Lovers of the finer things in life should not miss Joburg Ballet's annual visit to Knysna, the most prestigious event on the Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice calendar. The South African Ballet Theatre, the country’s foremost professional ballet company first travelled to Knysna in 2001 in order to raise funds for Hospice. Many years later the event is still as popular as ever. Joburg Ballet, as the company is now named, is Johannesburg’s professional ballet company, proudly resident at the Joburg Theatre. The company consists of dancers skilled in both classical and contemporary dance and the performances are always outstanding.
*** tbc *** (3rd) Mossel Bay Soul Festival
Mossel Bay
2019 2019
2019 information - Mossel Bay is once again baring it`s soul to South Africa. From your foot soles to your inner soul and everything else that touches your inner being, Mossel Bay is the place to be! Plenty to eat, music to make your feet tap, arts (visual and performing), crafts, wine/craft beer/gin, things for the kids to do, things to giggle about, places to take selfies at, things to take home with, memories to remind you of Mossel Bay – it is all on the menu!
*** tbc *** (5th) 24 Hour Adventure Race
*** tbc *** Knysna
2019 information - The Merrell Adventure Racing Team are hosting the fourth 24 HR ADVENTURE RACE in the Garden Route. The event is an overnight 22-24 hour adventure race. NAVIGATION, NIGHT RACING and TEAMWORK. This time IT IS A RACE! The race is the fourth race in the Adventure 1 South Africa series, which comprises 5 races around the country. Each race will be non-stop, and involve the core disciplines of trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, and navigation. The “Premier Mixed” category team that completes the series with the most points from their best 3 of 5 races, will be crowned the South African Adventure Racing Champions.
*** tbc *** (12th) Sedgefield Melodrama
Laerskool Sedgefield Primary School, Sedgefield
2016 2017
2019 information - This year promises to deliver a fantastic show with producer Margie van Rensberg once again taking the reins. Audiences will surely be delighted to see some of the old Melodrama faces on stage, as well as loads of local folk who are testing their talents for the first time. The Melodrama generates a large cash injection to our local charities so supporting this worthy cause not only gives you a fabulous evening of entertainment, but supports those in need too! So put your wine on ice, dust off your glad rags and pack a picnic - what could be better than a good laugh with good friends for a great cause!
*** tbc *** (3rd) Bia Tour de Femme
Plettenberg Bay
WWW 2018
2018 information - 2016 hosted the inaugural Tour de Femme, a mountain biking weekend of spoils especially for women. The idea behind the Tour de Femme is not to create a gender gap, or exclude men, but rather to foster an environment of spoils and treats that women so richly deserve, and sharing that among a group of your best mates doing what you love - riding your bike!
View from Westhill Luxury Guest House, Knysna Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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