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What's on in and around Knysna


Festivals, Shows, Fairs and other Events

New Year's Eve 3 Day Festival
Plett Rugby Club, Plettenberg Bay
Friday 30th December 2022 - Sunday 1 January 2023
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Get Lucky Summer returns for the Biggest & Best NYE Festival the town has ever seen! Plus this year we have announced the exciting news that we are expanding to host a 3-day music, drinks, food & beach sports festival in the heart of Plettenberg Bay!!
(2nd) Plett Eco Hike and Ride
Cairrnbrogie, Plettenberg Bay
Friday 6th Jaunary 2023
2022
The event will offer three routes for participants to choose from and they can complete their chosen route on horseback, mountain bikes, by foot or with their dogs. The routes will be 2,5km; 5km and 10km. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit animal oganisations' exhibits or just relax afterwards with stalls, music and food to keep the family entertained. There will also be pony rides, the Cairnbrogie pump track and a bike track for the little ones.
Psyshores
Wildside Beach, Buffalo Bay
Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th January 2023
1 night and 2 days full of Funky Psychedelic PsyTrance. We will be bringing some Goa back to our Psyshores. Entrance yourself with the sounds of Music right through the night till sunrise.
(17th) Penguin Release
Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay
Saturday 28th January 2023
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Yes - it’s that time again!!! The next batch of penguins are ready for release. See you at Lookout Beach to see these healthy penguins off back to the ocean.
(3rd) Louvain Burn Music & Arts Festival
Louvain Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn
Friday 3rd - Monday 6th February 2023
Louvain Burn Music & Arts Festival is an event where like-minded individuals gather to co-create, dance and celebrate the ancient tradition of ceremonial burning. It is here where we may appreciate Singer/Songwriters, Artists, Creators and where friends become family to satisfy our innate desire for Community. 3 days of live music and groovy DJ's set in a forest on the foothills of the Outeniqua mountains. Lush camping, lots of shade, fresh water Lake for swimming, yummy food, excellent music, epic burns and a collective of friendly soulful people. There is nowhere else to be.
Silent Soul
Buffalo Bay
Saturday 11th February 2023
Silent Soul brings a fun and engaging yoga class with a unique experience expertly designed to enrich body, mind and soul through a combination of mindfulness, music, movement and connection to nature. Sasha Events brings a beat to the great outdoors through wireless silent headphones. Nature and music are the elixirs of life... inhale, exhale fresh ocean air, nature at its finest... bring on 2023!!
(26th) George Old Car Show
Eden Technical High College, George
Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th February 2023
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The silver jubilee edition of the George Old Car Show featured 2,000 engines of a breath-taking variety over two days. No less than 8,000 visitors breached the gates for their share of auto action, and this year’s event promises an experience that no self-respecting petrol head would risk missing. The focus in 2023 will be on Italian marques to make this ‘uno spettacolare motor show italiano’ one spectacular italian motor show, be these contributions in the form of ‘automobili, motociclette e trattori’ motorcars, motor bikes and tractors including Vespas.
Knysna Celtic Concert
Blend Country Restaurant, Knysna
Saturday 18th February 2023
The Knysna & Districts Pipe Band are back with another Celtic Concert with MissTree. An event that brings Pop/Rock & Scottish music together. Hosted by Blend Country Restaurant in Knysna where you will enjoy great music, food & drinks in comfort.
Euro Invasion 2023 - South Africa
Aalwyndal Aerodrome, Mossel Bay
Saturday 18th - Friday 24th February 2023
2023 2023 2023
Mossel Bay residents can look forward to a spectacular event with some of the world's best skydivers showing off their skill. Most of the skydivers attending are from Europe, with the others coming from the United States, Australia and New Zealand. There are different disciplines: free flying, head down, formation skydiving. We have the world champions coming here.
Psyshores Wave Simulation
Buffelskop, Buffalo Bay
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th February 2023
For the love of Music & Dance in Trance. Shaded dance-floor on grass with magnificent veiws. Short walk to the beach. Chill zone, Glamping area with Down Tempo Beats with hot chocolate and treats.
(20th) CANSA Shavathon
Knysna Mall and Mosaic Village, Sedgefield
Saturday 25th February 2023
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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.
The Love Unlimited
Pezula Nature Hotel & Spa
Sunday 26th February - Wednesday 1st March 2023
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Spend 4 beautiful and intensive days with us and learn the art and the science of change, transformation and self-mastery. You will learn the complete art of self-regulation, meditation for transformation at the highest level. You will understand how the mind, body and heart all work, why they function and how to get them to work together to create the changes and growth you desire. When you master your own faculties, nothing is off limits to you.
(2nd) Wine & Unwind
The Node, Oaks on Main, Knysna
Friday 10th March 2023
Pilates, food and WINE!!! All 3 amazing activities all in one evening. Come and enjoy with your friends. 60 min Pilates with Pure Posture Pilates. Snack plattes prepared by The Node and wine from Jakkalsvlei. Social into the eveing.
(16th) Two Passes Rally
Wilderness Hotel, Wlderness
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th March 2023
2023
This being a small exclusive Harley Davidson owner rally where likeminded Harley owners share together for a weekend of fun filled relaxation. Last year we had Rally entries of 280 Harley Davidson riders.
Saint Patrick's Day Celebration
The Courtyard, 5 Noble Street, Knysna Industria
Friday 17th March 2023
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Beer, green beer, beer specials, food, cake, coffee, clothing, leather luggage, bags, bespoke furniture, board games and gifts.
(2nd) Knysna Peacock Festival
AD’s Steamroom, Knysna
Friday 17th - Tuesday 21st March 2023
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The Knysna Peacock Festival wishes to highlight, create awareness of- and drive much needed support and understanding for the LGBTQIA+ community. To be inclusive, non-judgemental and further the education of society and aid in overcoming the misconceptions surrounding the LGBTQIA+ community.
Pride March
Knysna
Saturday 18th March 2023
2022
Come join us for the Knysna Peacock March! Our gathering point will be outside of Knysna Deli from 14:00. From there we will march through town and end at Melville Center, Cnr. Long & Main Street, Knysna Central.
Triumph Centenary Celebration
ATKV Resort, Hartenbos
Saturday 18th - Monday 20th March 2023
2023 2023
The first Triumph motor car was made at Coventry, England, in 1923. A hundred years later Triumph club members and enthusiastic owners are having celebrations all over the world. Local owners and enthusiasts of these great classic cars will congregate at the ATKV resort in Hartenbos to celebrate the event.
Memorable Movie Music
Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Sedgefield
Sunday 19th March 2023
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Carpe Musica! Orchestra and Choir will entertain guests with 90 minutes of music from a collection of movies that have left a lasting impression on our collective conciousness and social culture.
(12th) Annual Autumn Rose Show
Knysna Mall, Knysna
Friday 24th - Saturday 25th March 2023
2018 2023
A celebration of roses. Anyone in the Garden Route is invited to enter their home grown roses. This Show is not only a competition with prizes to be won but all roses will be on display till Saturday afternoon when bunches of roses will be sold to raise funds towards ‘Revive Knysna & Knysna in Bloom’ projects.
(2nd) Grand Ol' Dame Arts Festival
George Arts Theatre, George
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th March 2023
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On top of the stunning performance art, we have visual artists showcasing their art, speciality food and drink experiences and even a show for the little ones. This year we have gourmet street foods and local musicians entertaining us from 09:00 to 21:00 the whole weekend.
Southern Cape Koi Show
Garden Route Mall, George
Saturday 25th -Sunday 26th March 2023
2023 2022
Choosing from the spectacular varieties, the search for the unique “one-off” koi, and the challenge of creating an ideal environment makes koi keeping one of the most fascinating of hobbies and it has a worldwide following. It is hoped that more than 200 fish will be exhibited.
Cars@Coffee
Knysna Hollow Country Estate
Saturday 1st April 2023
Join us ‘for the LOVE of CARS’ at our meet-and-greet in the heart of the Garden Route! Cars@Coffee features: a display of collectible, classic and modern performance cars - interaction with owners - coffee and food available on site.
Deep intentions
The Node, Oaks on Main, Knysna
Saturday 1st April 2023
We are back for another fun filled evening full of music for the soul in a space where creativity can flow… Our intention for this event is to gather all the people of the Garden Route and connect one another through good music and a bit of fun ??
(27th) Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
Oudtshoorn
Saturday 1st - Sunday 9th April 2023
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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.
(1st) KKNK Youth Arts Festival
Oudtshoorn
Saturday 1st - Tuesday 4th April 2023
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A festival within a festival where high school learners gather to experience the arts with a programme of dance, drama, music, visual arts, workshops, and discussions specifically designed for them. Content is curated in such a way that groups can not only experience the arts outside the classroom, but also meet professionals in the arts and participate in discussions and workshops. This is also a wonderful opportunity for the youth to be introduced to the KKNK, as they are the audiences of the future.
Viva la Diva
St Peter's Anglican Church Hall, Plettenberg Bay
Sunday 2nd April 2023
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Opera Angels, Dr Lisa Engelbrecht (Soprano and Pianist) and Lindsay Thomson (Mezzo-Soprano), create unique performances of opera classics, sacred music, Broadway hits, and their own arrangements of some truly beautiful contemporary classics. Opera Angels have brought their distinctive collaboration to a variety of wonderful venues across South Africa, as well as on the high seas aboard the exclusive Queen Victoria. They are excited to share their love of music and song with you.
Kerry Hiles
Studio 42, Sedgefield
Moday 3rd April 2023
Wander through the decades with Kerry and enjoy songs that range from ballads to blues, rock and pop to soul and musicals. Interspersed with anecdotes from her life as an entertainer or just as a human being, this hour may have you laughing or even crying, but definitely singing along.
Easter Egg Hunt
Knysna Waterfront
Sunday 9th April 2023
There's nothing quite like the thrill of searching for hidden eggs filled with treats and surprises. Plenty of eggs will be hidden throughout the area, so come ready to search high and low! We also have some secret GRAND PRIZES that our shops have sponsored, so you definitely do not want to miss out! Bring your friends and loved ones along for a day filled with laughter, joy, and of course, lots of chocolate!
Open Air Cinema
Kay & Monty Vineyards, The Crags
Sunday 9th April 2023
2023
Enjoy sundowners on the lawn to live music by Mekhala from Driftwinds before a visit from the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt for the kids. This will be followed by a screening of The Greatest Showman. Delicious food, wine and other beverages will be available.
Silent Soul
Buffalo Bay
Moved Saturday 29th April 2023
Saturday 15th April 2023
SILENT SOUL IS BACK and bringing you a fun and engaging yoga class with a unique experience expertly designed to enrich body, mind and soul through a combination of mindfulness, music, movement and connection to nature. Sasha Events brings a beat to the great outdoors through wireless silent headphones. Nature and music are the elixirs of life... inhale, exhale fresh ocean air, nature at its finest !!!
(4th) Wilderness Art Festival
Wilderness
Thursday 20th - Sunday 23rd April 2023
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The Wilderness Art Festival 2023 will meet all expectations, with approximately 80 artists from across South Africa exhibiting and performing at three venues, The Wilderness Hotel, Palms Garden Square and Milkwood Village. Three days packed full of fun activities, livemusic, workshops, book launches and poetry. The festival and all performances are free and open to the public.
Knysna Yacht Club Closing Cruise
Knysna Yacht Club
Moved Saturday 29th April 2023
Saturday 22nd April 2023
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Earth Day Celebration
Pledge Nature Reserve
Saturday 22nd April 2023
Join Pledge Nature Reserve on Earth Day for a session of alien weeding and planting of indigenous understorey in the Arboretum of the reserve. Bring a spade and garden fork if you can, hat, gardening gloves, mosquito repellent, water, and a picnic if you like.
(1st) Chilli Festival
Plettenberg Bay
Monday 24th - Saturday 29th April 2023
2023 2023
You can experience a taste sensation at all participating restaurants, at prices that won’t break the bank. For the brave fun seekers, come and celebrate your taste buds at our night market on 29 April 2023, from 5 to 9 pm. Right next to Sol Kitchen on Main Street, stalls will offer everything chilli, and for the brave... enter the chilli eating competition! Fantastic Prizes to be won.
(4th) Watercourse History Festival
Piesang Valley Community Hall, Plettenberg Bay
Wednesday 26th - Saturday 29th April 2023
2023 2022
A series of lectures by historians and journalists.
(8th) City Nature Challenge
Garden Route
Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2023
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The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a friendly contest with each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. he Garden Route District proudly participates in the annual City Nature Challenge & Great Southern BioBlitz.Be part of the fun to show off the Garden Route and learn more about the environment around you. This is a family fun, global event.
(5th) Garden Route Expo & Outdoor Show
Bartelsfontein Farm, Mossel Bay
Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2023
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The Garden Route's Biggest Outdoor Expo. Everything Outdoor - whether it is for camping, driving, construction, decor or anything else you will find outdoors. Local car dealerships will be showing off their 4x4 vehicles to view, test drive and experience. Two intermediate 4×4 tracks - enjoy the thrill of self-driving this 6-part obstacle course or have a trained professional take you for a drive. We offer a range of on-site activities, such as quad biking, heli-flips and bike riding. Our A-list entertainers will blow your socks off. A large, safe play zone is available for kids up to 12 years to enjoy. A variety of food stalls, cooldrink stands, SAB Beer tent, lovely tea garden and more.
(13th) Knysna Motor Show
Thesen Harbour Town
Sunday 30th April 2023
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The Knysna Motor Show returns to Thesen Island Harbour Town with even more for the senses. Don't miss this annual ‘must-do’ motoring event in Knysna! With more than 120 vehicles across 15 different categories and spanning 112 years of motorsport, as well as a small display of classic boats, this promises to be more than just your ordinary car show. And what would a motor show be without a few motorbikes? Well for starters it wouldn't be the Knysna Motor Show, because there will be a small display of classic motorcycles during this year's show.
*** tbc *** (23rd) Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival
Knysna
*tbc* Sunday 30th April - Monday 1st May 2023
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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.
(1st) Journey to Jazz
Prince Albert
Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 7th May 2023
2023
Journey to Jazz (J2J) is a showcase of unique, cutting edge South African music talents and their international counterparts, at the intersection of ancient stories, ecology, jazz music and art, tastefully curated by leading artists from the town and surrounds. J2J is set to be a leading platform for up-and-coming artists, constantly creating spaces for fresh talent to access new ideas and audiences. The festival is directed at all key demographics and will match artistic experiences to their followers. In the main street of the town , food and craft stalls with live music will be the order of the day…and night.A diverse array of activities to fill the discerning jazz lovers diary.
(13th) Knysna Speed Festival
Knysna
Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th May 2023
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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.
67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Roadshow
Town Hall, Mossel Bay
Saturday 13th May 2023
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“Local Blankets Is Lekka” - Come have fun with the Mossel Bay KnitWits at the Town Hall for inspiration. We are having a “Festival of Blankets” with talented local performers like Petronell Baard; the Hillcrest School Choir; Traditional Dancers, jumping castles and more. There will be enough food stalls to buy something nice to eat and drink as well.
Amy Winehouse - The Diva & Her Demons
Studio 42, Sedgefield
Tuesday 16th - Wednesday 17th May 2023
The life, the music and the loss - Kerry Hiles sets to mesmerize audiences in this poignant portrayal. Kristo Zondagh on drums, adds to the stellar line up, and Rob Thomson on lead guitar completes the talent trifecta!
The Great Brak Cabaret
De Dekke Restaurant, Great Brak River
Wednesday 17th - Thursday 18th May 2023
2023
Not only will you have a night full of entertainment and laughter, but you'll also be supporting two amazing charities, CAWS 4 PAWS and Child Welfare. As always, wonderful entertainment awaits with song, dance and humour. Young and old are welcome, and with great prizes to be won you can be sure that this evening will be brim-filled with FUN.
(7th) Afrika Day Festival
Outeniqua Nature Reserve, Witfontein
Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th May 2023
2023 2022
Africa’s rich culture will be showcased through family-friendly activities, along with music, performances, sport and educational elements. Outenikwa-Stat House of Rastafari has been the driving force behind Africa Day celebrations in George since 1999. Over the years, the international programme of events and the profile of Africa Day in the media has grown consistently. This year we are expecting at least 2,000 people to come and enjoy the festivities in the forest.
Flock to Wilderness
Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness
Wednesday 24th - Sunday 28th May 2023
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Featuring 6th LAB Learn about Birds and BirdLife South Africa’s 94th AGM. As part of the Flock to Wilderness activities, BirdLife South Africa and the FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology will be co-hosting the 6th Learn About Birds (LAB) Conference as well as a host of exciting birding excursions and activities. The LAB Conference was originally established to provide a platform for laymen and scientists to present their research, share their knowledge and network with ornithologically inclined people and birding enthusiasts from across South Africa and the world.
Youth Day Music Festival & Market
Loerie Park, Knysna
Friday 16th June 2023
Get ready to groove to the amazing beats of your local & national music talent at the Knysna Youth Day Music Festival and Market! There will be a market selling various foods and young local artists/entrepreneurs will be able to showcase their various talents at the market and at the music festival, with nationally recognised artists such as Loufi, Dladla Mshunqisi, Sneziey.
All Creatures Great and Small
Outeniqua High School, George
Friday 16th June 2023
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Previous information - Memorable Movie Music: Carpe Musicam! Orchestra and Choir will entertain guests with 90 minutes of music from a collection of movies that have left a lasting impression on our collective conciousness and social culture.
(17th) Whale Rally
Gouritsmond Caravan Park, Gouritz
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June 2023
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Our aim is simple, and that is to host “The Rally” in the Western Cape that not only is arguably the best, but that there is something for everyone to do, no matter who you are and what your preferences are.
The George July
The Acropolis Venue, George
Saturday 24th June 2023
Join us for the biggest horse racing event of the year. Fashion, entertainment and the best jockeys out there. Experience a day like no other at our ‘Out of this World’ themed event! Join us for an unforgettable day of glamour and luxury while supporting a great cause. Come dressed to impress in your best red carpet attire and be transported to a whole new galaxy. Indulge in delicious gourmet food while sipping on exquisite wines from our tastings. Get ready to cheer on your favourite hobby horse racer in thrilling competitions that will have you on the edge of your seat.
(39th) Knysna Oyster Festival
Knysna
Friday 30th June - Sunday 9th July 2023
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The annual Knysna Oyster Festival is a feast for foodies, families and sports lovers and this year’s Festival will not disappoint. The programme is filled with events for all ages, fitness levels and interests. From the famous Spar Knysna Marathon and Knysna Cycle Tour, delectable oysters, kids’ entertainment, and live entertainment - visitors are spoilt for choice!
(2nd) Plett Ocean Festival
Plettenberg Bay
Friday 30th June - Sunday 9th July 2023
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The Plett Ocean Festival will offer a variety of fun and family-friendly activities such as rocky shore excursions, scuba diving and snorkelling, collaborations at the festival with Nature's Valley Trust and Open Plan Pictures to screen the movie Whale Rider, and a marine educational programme for young learners. Adopt-A-Swimmer and the Black Mermaid Foundation have partnered to introduce youngsters to the wonders beneath the waves.
(2nd) Plett Marine Science Symposium
Beacon Island Resort, Plettenberg Bay
Friday 30th June - Sunday 2nd July 2023
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The line-up and topics feature experts on marine mammals, sea birds and sharks, marine life great and small, and inspiring lessons from the ocean. The symposium will also take on tougher topics such as the sustainability of boat-based whale watching, the dangers facing migrating whales, spatial planning for marine protected areas and the importance of diverse representation in the ocean.
(16th) Knysna Wine Festival
Premier Hotel, Knysna
Friday 7th - Saturday 8th July 2023
2022
Hundreds of wine lovers flock to this beautiful Wine festival to enjoy the over 200 wines from more than 50 different wine estates. Wine connoisseurs and quaffers will have the pleasure of tasting the many wines and craft liquors from across the Cape Winelands & Garden Route.
(131st) Rastafari Earth Festival
Judah Square, Knysna
Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th July 2023
2019
The Rasta Earth Festival is a celebration of His Majesty Haile-I Selassie-I’s Earthday (Birthday) and Emancipation Day. The Rasta Earth Festival showcases the Rastafarian way of life, the music, the food and the philosophy behind this sometimes mis-understood faith.
(3rd) Garden Route International Film Festival
*tbc* Mossel Bay
Tuesday 2nd - Sunday 6th August 2023
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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.
(4th) Louvain Burn Music & Arts Festival
Louvain Guest Farm, Oudtshoorn
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th August 2023
2022
Louvain Burn Music & Arts Festival is a Bi-annual event where like-minded individuals gather to co-create, dance and celebrate the ancient tradition of ceremonial burning. It is here where we may appreciate Singer/Songwriters, Artists, Creators and where friends become family to satisfy our innate desire for Community. Louvain Burn is situated on the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains and is a collective of some of South Africas finest Singers, Songwriters, Artists and Creators. The Festival is Family Friendly offering 3 nights of lush Forest Camping with multiple Bonfires to keep you warm at night along with food stalls catering for Vegan and Vegetarian.
(3rd) Garden Route Cannabis Cup & Expo
Piesang Valley Community Hall, Plettenberg Bay
Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th August 2023
2023 2023
The Garden Route Cannabis Cup and Expo is dedicated to raising awareness of the current, changing Cannabis legislation in SA, as well as the miraculous applications and economic transformation possibilities of the emerging Cannabis market, gaining exposure for growers, and satisfying consumers of the Garden Route; whilst increasing visitor traffic and business during the quieter season along the paradisiacal Garden Route coast.
(7th) Cantamus National Chorus Festival & Competition
George City Hall, George
Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th August 2023
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This annual 3-day choral event is an ongoing project to promote cultural tourism in the Garden Route region and has been attended by more than 60 school choirs from all provinces of South Africa. Participating choirs have the opportunity to promote themselves on stage and in the media, attend workshops and compete in several competition categories. The competition is open to all amateur choirs, and is evaluated by experienced jury members who are all performing conductors of note.
Psyshores Beach Front Festival
Wildside Beach, Buffalo Bay
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th September 2023
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Psyshores is more than a festival... It’s a quest to bring people closer with their higher selves, through a dancing meditation we call Trance. Auditory and visual excellence is our passion. We aim to transform our existence by seeing all the possibilities presented to us clearly. All while bringing you one of the Most beautiful venues on the planet. Come and explore a truly new world. In such an order, that the chaos starts to make sense.
(13th) Sedgefield Melodrama
*tbc* Sedgefield Primary School, Sedgefield
*tbc* September 2023
2016 2017
2022 information - Sedgefield Memodramam presents "About Dang Time". Let us entertain you starring some of Sedgefield’s talent pool. Four shows - loads of fun and laughter guaranteed. The cast and crew have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you some action acked local is lekker laughs.
Annual Knysna Yacht Club Opening Cruise
Knysna Yacht Club
*tbc* September 2023
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2022 information - 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.
(4th) Simphonia National Orchestra & Band Festival
George City Hall, George
Friday 6th - Monday 9th October 2023
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Our 3-day orchestra & band festival is hosted in collaboration with the South Cape Music Academy. Competition categories include: Wind Bands, String Ensembles, Marimba & Steel Drum, Jazz Bands, Drumline & Brass and Contemporary groups. Participants attend workshops, compete in several competition categories, and visit some of the best tourist attractions that have made the Garden Route a world-class destination.
(7th) Garden Route Kite Festival
Karatara
Sunday 8th October 2023
2022 2022 2017
2022 information - Join us for a fun filled day flying kites, enjoying great foods and lots of other activities out in the open! Kiters are coming down from Pretoria and Port Elizabeth and our two Garden Route kiters, who have been to over 100 international kite festivals between them, will also feature. You'll be able to buy kites at the festival or make your own in one of the kite-making workshops. There will be a show of agility by Happy Dogs of Knysna, food and craft stalls, games of all kinds for children and even a tea garden, among other attractions.
(44th) Buffalo Rally
AKTV Resort, Hartenbos
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th October 2023
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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.
Pecker Rally
Harkerville Forest Lodge, Harkerville
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th November 2023
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!
(22nd) Plett Rage Student Festival
Plettenberg Bay
Friday 1st - Friday 8th December 2023
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2022 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 and coming-of-age festival.
(4th) George TENS Sport & Lifestyle Festival
Outeniqua Park, George
Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th Deember 2023
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We have a goal - to turn the Africa Skills George’s TENS into the biggest social sport and lifestyle event in South Africa! Kicking off in 2019 as a rugby only festival, the event has now evolved to include Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Golf, Womens & Mixed Netball, Touchies and for the 2023 edition, we’re adding a Colour Run, Dodgeball, Fishing, Clay Court- and Padel Tennis! The George TENS will not only feature top notch sporting activities, but the Festival Village will be rocking. This year, local and emerging artists are invited to showcase their talents on the Festival Stage.
Celebration Secret Sunrise
Wedge Beach, Plettenberg Bay
Friday 29th December 2023
WWW 2023 2020
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. Each session is unique, often curated according to a theme that attendees come together to celebrate and are even welcome to dress up.
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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(c. 6km) ... any distances specified are from the Tourism Information Office in Main Road, Knysna.