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What's on in and around Knysna

Festivals, Shows, Fairs and other Events

(2nd) MosJazz Festival
Thursday 17th - Sunday 20th January 2019
De Bakke Santos Resort, Mossel Bay
2018 2019
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.
(31st) Dias and Port Festival
Thursday 31st January - Sunday 3rd February 2019
Mossel Bay
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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.
Knysna Plett Concert Series
Monday 4th February 2019
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Born in Naples, Mariangela Vacatello has been described as having ‘Technique in spades!’ As a laureate of the Liszt International Competition in 1999 when she was just 17 quick started her career on the international stage. A new artist for the Knysna Concert Series and a brilliant musician to start their year!
(14th) Veteran and Vintage Tour
Friday 8th February 2019
Klaarstroom to George
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.
(23rd) George Old Car Show
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th February 2019
PW Botha High School Grounds, George
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This event is hosted annually by the Southern Cape Old Car Club and the funds raised are donated to various local organizations. The focus in the main arena will be on rare and exotic cars, such as Dr Waldo Scribante’s 1971 Porsche 914, of which only seven were manufactured. We want to focus on rare collectors’ items which are not readily available to everybody. We believe that these cars will lend special status to the George Old Car Show.
(1st) Wilderness Art Festival
Thursday 14th - Saturday 16th February 2019
Art walk - craft & food market - live music - fun for the kids. The event will use the Wilderness Hotel for some exhibits, but will supplement those with displays in and around shops and restaurants as well as on pavements in the village centre. Live music in four locations will add to the festive vibe as well as introductory tuition in various media for both adults and children who want to test their creative abilities.
(5th) Knysna Celtic Festival
Friday 15th - Saturday 16th February 2019
Main Road & Loerie Park
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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.
(6th) Kids of Kurland Arts Festival
Friday 15th - Friday 22nd February 2019
White House Theatre, Plettenberg Bay
2019 2018
Held in aid of the Kids of Kurland foundation, the Kids of Kurland Arts Festival brings a select group of performers to Plettenberg Bay for four nights of music and theatre at the White House. This year, we’re pleased to welcome Pieter Dirk Uys, Andrew Young, Vumani Choral Project and Contagious Theatre.
(8th) Sundowners Celtic & Bluegrass Concert
Saturday 16th February 2019
Loerie Park, Knysna
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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.
(3rd) Plett Truck & Vine Festival
Sunday 17th February 2019
Kay & Monty Wine Farm, The Crags
2019 2019 2019 2017
It’s time to celebrate the wine, music and harvest in the Plett Winelands! Bring along the family and friends for another day under the beautiful African sun, celebrating life and the grape and all good things. So bring plenty of cash and an insatiable appetite. In fact, this festival is offering even more food trucks and a few extra libations for those ‘in-between-popping-corks’ moments. No need to worry about the kids as they will have more than enough to keep them busy. New this year, and in honour of the harvest, there will be some ‘wine stomping’ so get those feet ready! Kay & Monty will be pulling out all the stops - live music, gourmet food trucks and as much wine, craft beer and other favourites as you can shake a stick at.
Snow Goose
Tuesday 19th February 2019
Montessori School, Knysna
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South African theatre company Contagious Theatre, whose work has been enjoyed by audiences both locally and abroad, will be bringing Snow Goose to Knysna Montessori Primary School, on the 19th of February. The Snow Goose is a timeless classic based on the Paul Gallico short story. A chance encounter between a recluse and a young girl blossoms as they nurse an injured wild goose back to health in marshes of Essex in the 1930’s. Their idyllic world is turned upside down as the chaos of war intrudes. With the use of masks, ingenious staging and the performance skills of Taryn Bennett and James Cairns, Jenine Collocott has created a theatre gem that has enthralled audiences all over the country.
(8th) Penguin Release
Friday 1st March 2019
Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2019 2019 2017
The next penguin release (number 8!) has been scheduled by Tenikwa for Friday 1st March. We will have 4-5 healthy and fit penguins for release. Join us on Lookout Beach to release another group of rehabbed African penguins back into the wild!!
(16th) CANSA Shavathon
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Mosiac Market, Sedgefield
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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.
(10th) Knysna Literary Festival
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th March 2019
Thesen Islands, Knysna
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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.
Knysna Plett Concert Series
Monday 11th March 2019
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
WWW 2019
The Knysna Plett Concert Series welcomes the return of Olga Kern, recognised as one of the great pianists of her generation. Her family has links to great composers of the past and she herself rules the stage and the piano when she performs, with her glamour, personality and confidence in her brilliant playing.
Southern Cape Koi Show
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th March 2019
Garden Route Mall, George
WWW 2018 2018
(25th) Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
Thursday 21st - Wednesday 27th March 2019
The KKNK is an Afrikaans language event with smatterings of English on the festival programme. It is known to be one of South Africa’s largest arts and culture festivals. Every year it attracts thousands of visitors and over 200 performances. You can be sure that this festival will knock your socks off with a superb recipe of entertainment comprising myriad genres of music, dance, theatre, comedy, visual arts and kids theatre. The main streets are closed off to traffic and become lined with street food vendors, buskers and swathes of festival goers.
(5th) Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival
Postponed: Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th March 2019
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay
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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.
(4th) Wilderness Festival
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th April 2019
Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness
WWW 2019
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!
(42nd) Buffalo Rally
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th April 2019
AKTV Resort, Hartenbos
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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. This is a Motorcycle only rally - no cars will be permitted into the camping area. On Saturday, show and shine bikes will arrive at Garden Route Casino’s main parking area at 11h00 for a public exhibition, allowing guests to admire the motorbikes and interact with the owners. This will be followed by a thrilling stunt show by The Le Riche Brothers, which kicks off at 12h00. And for those who want even more, guests can look forward to gastronomic delights, delicious beverages and live music in the Casino’s popular Bravo Lounge.
(9th) Sedgefield's Slow Festival
Thursday 18th - Monday 22nd April 2019
Village Green, Sedgefield
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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.
(4th) Hi-Tec Garden Route Walking Festival
Friday 19th - Monday 22nd April 2019
Garden Route
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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.
(5th) The Amazing Race
Sunday 21st April 2019
Octopus Garden, Scarab Village, Sedgefield
2018 2018
A do or dare family team-effort treasurehunt-with-a-twist, to be embarked on in your own vehicle around Sedgefield and surrounding areas. There is no faster and more exciting way to get to know our town than having to solve puzzles and finish challenges with friends and family. And, better yet, there are prizes to be won!
(11th) Knysna Motor Show
Sunday 28th April 2019
Knysna High School Fields, Knysna
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This year a number of marques are being honoured by special celebrations of their centenaries, and cars from this period on display will include the halcyon era between 1925 and 1940. Think The Great Gatsby, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and the unspeakably elegant cars that they drove, and you will be on the right track! A unique part of the show’s huge appeal to enthusiasts and public alike is that it is held in very beautiful surrounds bordering on the Knysna Waterfront, on the sports fields of the Knysna High School. The area is easily able to accommodate around 400 cars and motorcycles, as well as extensive hospitality and food and beverage areas, and also includes specialised displays for companies associated with the classic car fraternity.
(3rd) Value in the Classic Car Market Conference
Tuesday 30th April - Wednesday 1st May 2019
Villa Castollini, Knysna
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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.
People of Valour 2019
Wednesday 1st May 2019
Eagles Nest, Sedgefield
Masithandane presents: People of Valour 2019. Speaker is Dr Sindiwe Magana, teacher, novelist, poet, playwright, women's activist, award winner of the Order of Ikhamanga. PLUS 12 People of Valour PLUS Shaza PLUS Morning Tea.
(10th) Knysna Speed Festival
Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th May 2019
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In 2018 we had more non-motorsport visitors than ever attend the event and the result was overwhelming - they had a blast and want to come back next year. So, whether you have attended the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb before or not, you won’t want to miss the 2019 experience as the line-up of cars and activity promises to be better than ever, while the smoke, noise, vibe, excitement levels and off-track activities are the epitome of good entertainment. Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time - don’t miss out - you will leave satisfied and enthralled at the spectacle.
Knysna Plett Concert Series
Monday 6th May 2019
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
WWW 2019
Violinist Zanta Hofmeyr (photo), violinist Miro Chakaryan and pianist Olive Sandilands in concert in Knysna. Zanta studied and graduated from Juilliard School in New York and gave her recital debut in the city’s famous Carnegie Hall. Miro was born in Bulgaria, but has lived in South Africa for many years and is concert master of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Olive Sandilands hails from Mossel Bay and is known for her delicate and sensitive playing. Together this will be a concert of wonderful pieces played by expert musicians!
Secret Sunrise
Friday 10th May 2019
Belvidere Manor
Secret Sunrise is a global movement and platform to share positivity and get the world grooving, celebrating, feeling united in joy, and making a global change. Welcome to the guided dance which celebrates the morning sunrise. Instructors, silent headphones and the most epic way to start a day in the 21st century.
Choruses, Concertos... & Carmen!
Sunday 19th May 2019
NGK/DRC Hall, Knysna
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The new show titled Choruses, Concertos…and Carmen! will feature only local talent who are active members of the Carpe Musicam! orchestra and choir. Conductor Norman Carless is interested to see if the support for a more classical concert will be as great as the Celtic-themed event which attracted more than 900 music lovers to Eden Place and another 400 to the Knysna concert. There will not only be classical music on the programme. There will be opera and solo favourites that are seldom performed in our area. Our version of Nessun Dorma will be rather special as it features the entire choir instead of just a solo tenor. The climax is breathtaking.
Im'possible Tour
Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th May 2019
Patensie to Val de Vie
WWW 2019 2019
Grant Lottering will attempt to ride 1,340km from Patensie in the Eastern Cape to Paarl, over 17 mountains, - a vertical height gain of 16,400m - in a single non-stop ride. He aims to finish this unforgiving journey in under 96 hours, making it the most extreme solo fundraising ride ever undertaken in South Africa. The first 200km will take Lottering westward up the Baviaanskloof, riding into the first night via the Prince Albert Pass to Knysna, following which the Seven Passes Route, which crosses 10 rivers and seven gorges, to George awaits.
(19th) Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival™
Cancelled Thursday 30th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019   2019
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The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) culture and identity and takes place in the picturesque Western Cape town of Knysna. Now in its 19th year, the festival hosts a series of cultural, entertainment and community fundraising events that celebrate and empower the LGBTIQ+ community and the region.
(5th) Wigstock Festival
Cancelled Thursday 30th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019   2019
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.
(3rd) Bearfest Colony™
Cancelled Thursday 30th May - Sunday 2nd June 2019   2019
Blackwaters River Lodge, Knysna
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.
(19th) Knysna LBGTQ Pride Parade
Cancelled Saturday 1st June 2019   2019
Main Road, Knysna
Part of Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Knysna and previously referred to as Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival Street Parade.
Knysna Plett Concert Series
Monday 3rd June 2019
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
From Vladivostok comes Alexander Ramm and his superb playing of his very special cello! The only Russian national finalist and laureate of the most prestigious Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, he has won many other awards and medals for his wonderful performances. Bryan Wallick studied at Juilliard School in NY and the Royal Academy of Music in London and is considered a great virtuoso of his generation. These two musicians have played together for the Knysna Concert Series at previous evenings and together produce the most vibrant and memorable music.
(15th) Whale Rally
Friday 7th - Monday 9th June 2019
ATKV Resort, Hartenbos
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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.
(6th) Plett ARTS Festival
Thursday 20th June - Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Plettenberg Bay
2019 2017 2018
The Plett ARTS Festival was launched by Plett Tourism to showcase Plett’s cultural and heritage life and anchor the winter season. Plett Tourism will be handling the marketing and branding of extensive visual art exhibitions, organised and presented by the artists of Plett, in collaboration with artists and performers from Kwano. The Kids of Kurland will also be on the block with comedy at The Fringe and Emily Moon will be titillating your senses with delicious film and compelling food at the Plett Food and Film. All that is required from you is to wrap up against the chilly winter evenings, warm your cockles at the open nights of art, immerse yourself in food and film, and laugh your hearts out at The Fringe.
(36th) Knysna Oyster Festival
Friday 21st - Sunday 30th June 2019
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Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, diarise these dates now and start planning the best 10 days of your winter! South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festival will once again offer a programme of unique events for sport lovers, families and adventurers, with more than 100 activities spread over ten days. There will be no shortage of fun, and a chance to experience one of the most beautiful, scenic areas in the country.
(8th) Greenpop Festival of Action
Saturday 22nd June - Sunday 14th July 2019
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In 2018, Greenpop moved the Festival of Action to the Garden Route in response to the fires that devastated the area the previous year. After an incredibly successfully 2018 event, we are returning to the region in 2019 to build upon our existing work, bigger and better than before with old and new partners, projects and renewed energy! Greenpop aims to partner with and contribute to the many local environmental and social initiatives and be part of an environmental solution, while also teaching skills and lessons that are relevant across the globe - sharing and learning in a place that highlights some of the challenges that our planet faces on a whole.
(2nd) IKASI Colour Fun Run / Walk
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Loerie Park, Knysna
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.
(7th) Annual Plett Fringe Festival
Saturday 22nd June 2019
White House Theatre, Plettenberg Bay
2019 2017 2015
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.
(10th) FNB Forest Family Hike
Monday 24th, Wednesday 26th, Friday 28th June 2019
Harkerville Forest
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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.
(14th) Knysna Wine Festival
Friday 28th - Saturday 29th June 2019
Premier Hotel, Knysna
WWW 2019 2019 2019
Taste over 200 wines from South Africa's top wine estates. The event will showcase up to 50 of South Africa’s best wine producers and promises to be bigger and better than any of our previous events to date. These wines will all be available for tasting and purchasing at special event prices. You can also interact with these acclaimed wine producers and learn about current trends in the industry.
(6th) Plett Food Film Festival
Wednesday 3rd July 2019
Emily Moon, Plettenberg Bay
2019 2017 2017
The Plett Food Film Festival is the first of its kind in South Africa – a festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. On the 3 July, Emily Moon and chef Alex Olivier transport you to a secret island in Patagonia where you’ll feast from a table cooked exclusively on the open fire and meet the legendary Francis Mallmann. Described by CN Traveller as "a meat-smoking nomad who quotes poetry and has barbecued for David Beckham and the King of Spain", Mallmann is also Argentina’s most renowned cook, catapulted to fame after he was featured in the culinary documentary series, Chef’s Table.
(3rd) Green Carpet Fashion Extravaganza
Saturday 6th July 2019
Nite Spot, Hornlee
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.
127th Rastafari Earth Festival
Monday 22nd - Sunday 28th July 2019
Judah Square, Knysna
WWW 2019
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.
(9th) Penguin Release
Saturday 27th July 2019
Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2019 2019 2017
In collaboration with Nature’s Valley Trust, Birdlife Plettenberg Bay, BirdLife South Africa we will be releasing the rehabilitated Penguins of our Tenikwa Wildlife Hospital, on the 27th of July, 2019 at 9 am on Lookout Beach. As before we are inviting you to come and join us in this amazing experience and see them off on their adventure back HOME!
(4th) dotsure.co.za Polar Bear Plunge
Saturday 27th July 2019
Victoria Bay
2019 2018 2018
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!
(3rd) Plett Funduro
Saturday 3rd August 2019
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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.
(11th) Klein Karoo Klassique
Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th August 2019
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The Klein Karoo Klassique promises to be an exceptional week end for followers of classical music, good wines, high quality art and scrumptious food. Come and enjoy our beautiful region and experience typical Klein Karoo hospitality.
(19th) Hospice Joburg Ballet
Friday 9th - Saturday 10th August 2019
Knysna NG Church Hall
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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.
(2nd) Mossel Bay Soul Festival
Friday 9th - Saturday 10th August 2019
Mossel Bay
2019 2019
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!
Knysna Plett Concert Series
Monday 19th August 2019
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
WWW 2019
Three international violin competitions, three unanimous judges, three gold medals - Yi-Jia Susanne Hou is the first ever violinist to achieve this! She became a scholarship student at age nine at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and received her Bachelor of Music from Juilliard School in New York. Bryan Wallick is also a graduate of that school and is considered one the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. Together they will produce exceptional music.
(11th) Sedgefield Melodrama
Tuesday 20th - Friday 30th August 2019
Laerskool Sedgefield Primary School, Sedgefield
2016 2017
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!
(13th) Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike
Saturday 31st August - Saturday 21st September 2019
Diepwalle to Addo
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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.
(6th) Knysna Timber Festival
Postponed: Friday 6th - Sunday 8th September 2019
Timber Village, Knysna
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The Knysna Timber Festival is an end-to-end showcase of local timber and woodworking materials, machinery, manufacturers, products, services, skills and industry innovations. This year the festival will include more entertainment with additional events encompassing axemanship and chainsaw competitions, 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.
Annual Knysna Yacht Club Opening Cruise
Saturday 7th September 2019
Knysna Yacht Club
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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.
(14th) South African National Parks Week
Sunday 8th - Sunday 15th September 2019
Garden Route National Parks
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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. Since its inception in 2006; national parks week has seen an influx of over 130 000 day visitors in all participating parks. The week grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors, especially people from the local communities. However, it does not include free access to accommodation facilities and other tourist activities.
Oakhurst Insurance Eden Experience
Friday 13th - Saturday 14th September 2019
Glenwood House School, George
2018 2018
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.
Strawberry Festival presented by OLA™
Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September 2019
Redberry Farm, George
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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.
(4th) Sedgefield Lions Braai Festival
Tuesday 24th September 2019
Scarab Village, Sedgefield
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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.
(2nd) iKasi CFR Spring Edition
Saturday 28th September 2019
Loerie Park, Knysna
2019 2019
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.
(6th) Thousand Sensations Craft Beer, Liquor, Food and Music Festival
Cancelled: Saturday 28th September 2019
Bramble Hill, Fancourt, George
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2018 information - The 2018 Thousand Sensations Fancourt Festival will host all stalls in a combined tented area of more than 1500sqm. We use the word Craft Liquor that will include Craft Beer as the main focus but complemented with craft gin, brandy, whiskey, rum and the old ones witblits, mampoer, liqueur and sherry. And do not forget the organic wines and garagiste.
(6th) Antique & Classic Boat Show
Saturday 5th October 2019
Thesen Harbour Town
2018 2019
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.
(1st) Wittedrift Birding Festival
Saturday 19th - Sunday 27th October 2019
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Get ready to join this celebration of abundant birdlife in Wittedrift, home to more than 130 species. Experience these beautiful birds in all the diversity of fynbos, wetlands, grasslands and forests. Book your places now and be part of this fantastic week. Led by qualified guides, visitors can enjoy nine different bird-watching trails, by car, on foot and even on horseback. Activities include a bird-ringing demonstration by the Nature’s Valley Trust and evening dinner lectures by leading bird-watching authorities, including renowned experts Dr Mark Brown of the Nature’s Valley Trust and Mike Bridgeford of BirdLife Plett.
Spring Rose Show
Friday 25th - Saturday 26th October 2019
Woodmill Walk
Blooming Rose Show at Woodmill Walk. There will be a much anticipated Rose Show at Woodmill Walk on Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 october. Anyone can enter on the Friday from 07:00 to 10:00, and entry is free.
(1st) Knysna Intimate Film Festival
Tuesday 29th October - Saturday 2nd November 2019
Knysna Waterfront + Thesen Harbour Town
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The festival aims to give filmmakers an opportunity to engage intimate audiences about their films. The organizers believe in diversity, not only of people but of films. The film festival is a first major step in promoting local and international filmmakers and the region. The venues are hosted on Thesen Island and in the Knysna Waterfront to encourage not only industry players, but also local and international visitors to watch your films.
(1st) Garden Route 4x4 Expo
Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd November 2019
Bartelsfontein Farm, Mossel Bay
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Mossel Bay will soon be placed on the map as its first 4×4 outdoor expo takes place locally and will create a new platform for exhibitors, both locally and nationally. Besides the trailers, caravans, products, tools, equipment and outdoor equipment that will make your outdoor 4×4 experience comfortable, there will be activities for old and young.
(1st) Pig & Swig Beer Fest
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Kurland Club, The Crags
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.
Port Festival
Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd November 2019
Mossel Bay
2019 2019 2019
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.
Century Charity Run
Sunday 3rd November 2019
Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market, Sedgefield
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 and entrants will drive a distance of 100 km to the end point and prizegiving in Rheenendal. The aim of the event is to provide some noncompetitive driving fun for owners of classic cars and to raise money for Sedgefield charities. The public is welcome to view the cars and also to enjoy the Art Market which will be held at the Mosaic market on that morning.
(3rd) George Gin Festival
Friday 8th - Saturday 9th November 2019
The Fat Fish, George
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.
(17th) Leisure Isle Festival
Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th November 2019
Kingsway Park, Leisure Isle
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Leisure Isle - for two days it is ‘Treasure Isle’. The Leisure Isle Festival in Knysna is a community event organized by citizens 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. Visitors will once again find ample opportunities to stock up on Christmas shopping and sample an even larger variety of good foods, great entertainment and enjoyable refreshment.
(10th) Penguin Release
Saturday 16th November 2019
Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
2019 2019 2017
It’s that time again! We have a group of happy African Penguins ready for release. It is a Saturday so bring the whoooole family to see these little guys be reunited with the waves.
(38th) Toy Run
Sunday 24th November 2019
2017 2019
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.
(3rd) MosJazz Festival
Thursday 28th November - Sunday 1st December 2019
De Bakke Santos Resort, Mossel Bay
2019 2019 2018
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.
(17th) Plett Rage Student Festival
Friday 29th November - Friday 6th December 2019
Plettenberg Bay
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Plett Rage is the longest running and arguably largest student festival in the Southern Hemisphere! It caters for students that are celebrating the end of high school, and includes beach events, sports competitions, brand activations and SA’s top music acts. Plett Rage unofficially started off as a few hundred students migrating to Plett for a few days in the early 80’s for good times and to celebrate the summer. Fast forward to today and Rage is now days of partying at awesome festival venues, 300 staff to help you and of course 15,000 of your fellow students rocking it out to the biggest and best of SA’s live and electronic music scene.
Hornlee Summer Festival
Friday 13th - Monday 16th December 2019
Hornlee Sportfield
Come enjoy and celebrate the start of the holiday season with the Hornlee Community with some great offerings including food & craft stalls, a beer garden, kiddies games and jumping castles, face painting, potjiekos competition, live music and entertainment & Sport: cricket, cycling, rugby, netball, basket ball, & soccer.
(5th) Eden Kite Festival
Friday 13th December 2019
Myoli Beach, Sedgefield
2019 2019 2018 2017
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.
(5th) Eden Kite Festival
Saturday 14th December 2019
Sasol Highway, Garage, N2, George
2019 2019 2018 2017
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.
(5th) Eden Kite Festival
Sunday 15th - Monday 16th December 2019
Knysna High School fields
2019 2019 2018 2017
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.
Carols by Candlelight
Tuesday 17th December 2019
Knysna Waterfront
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2018 information - Entry by donation to Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice. Attendees are requested to bring a gift, which Father Christmas, who always makes an appearance, can collect and distribute to the needy children of Knysna. Candles and song sheets are provided and the families gather around the gazebo where, accompanied by a choir and band, they sing all the familiar songs of Christmas. The highlight of the evening, and also the most moving, is the lighting of the memory candles. People can buy memory candles during the two weeks preceding the event and on the evening for this purpose.
(1st) Barrington Wine Festival
Wednesday 18th December 2019
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
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Explore some of the Cape’s finest wines as well as a number of Plettenberg Bay’s very own local bubblies at the first ever Barrington’s Wine Festival. Entrance to the festival includes a glass and a tasting of every wine on show at Plettenberg Bay’s newest venue. Light meals will be available from the Barrington’s throughout the afternoon.
(7th) Beach Festival
Thursday 19th - Friday 20th December 2019
Myoli Beach, Sedgefield
2019 2017 2017
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.
(2nd) BlissFest
Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd December 2019
Plettenberg Bay
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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!
Carols by Candlelight @ Leisure Isle
Friday 20th December 2019
Kings Park, Leisure Isle
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.
Polo Pony Parade
Friday 20th December 2019
Plettenberg Bay
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!
(5th) Knysna Blues Festivals
Saturday 21st December 2019
Blend Country Restaurant
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Blues is arguably the most important form of the modern art alive today. It gave birth to Rock n Roll, Country & Western, Pop, Funk and even R&B (to name but a few). It is the most natural foundation of music and those wanting to learn an instrument are most often steered towards classic Blues. It is truly multi-cultural and multi-generational, and the ideal match for both the Knysna environment and its mix of cultures.
Carols by Candlelight
Monday 23rd December 2019
Sedgefield Lions Club
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.
Secret Sunrise
Friday 27th December 2019
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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. We welcome all bodies, ages and fitness levels, backgrounds and creeds. Our aim is to be fully accessible. Hey, how else would we change the world for the better together?
Secret Sunrise
Saturday 28th December 2019
Beacon Isle Beach, Plettenberg Bay
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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. We welcome all bodies, ages and fitness levels, backgrounds and creeds. Our aim is to be fully accessible. Hey, how else would we change the world for the better together?
(8th) Knysna Rotary Lagoon Splash
Saturday 28th December 2019
Knysna Lagoon
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SPLASH is the Garden Route’s entertaining family water-based festival. Two exciting events provide enjoyment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family! Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE - Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK DUCK RACE. You can have a great time while supporting some of Knysna’s community projects. The SPLASH festival is for both locals and visitors and promises to be lots of fun for the whole family, competitors and spectators!
(3rd) Float Day
Saturday 28th December 2019
Stanley Island, Plettenberg Bay
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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.
Plett Polo International
Sunday 29th December 2019
Kurland Estate, Plettenberg Bay
2018 2017
2018 information - Plett Polo is excited to announce this year’s international, South Africa vs Ireland. 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 tradition of the ‘Plett Polo International’ test match, is one that is highly anticipated and very well attended. Our boys in green and gold (the best South Africa has to offer) go into battle against the opposing international team. 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.
Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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