Awesome Festivals to Check Out no Matter Where You Find Yourself This Summer in South Africa


The festive season is upon us and if you’re wondering what to do for fun, look no further.

  1. Cape Town

There are quite a few festivals for you and your friends to enjoy this summer like the Cape Town Sushi Festival. Pack up your picnic blanket and sun tan lotion, the festival takes place on the 16th and 17th of December at the Green point Cricket Stadium. Expect “mouth watering sushi from some of Cape Town’s favourite restaurants, live entertainment, craft beer tastings, wine pairings and champagne lounges.”

Enjoy some of the best entertainment SA has to offer at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts taking place from 20 November 2016 until 2 April 2017. Settle down with a picnic and enjoy the musical acts of Mango Groove, Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsveld, LIRA, Matthew Mole, Karen Zoid, Francois van Coke and a whole lot more.

Cape Minstrels’ 2nd New Year Street Parade is back on the 2nd of January where you can follow the Kaapse Klopse through the streets of Cape Town.

Kick off your weekend at the #FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme, Franschoek on selected Fridays from 9 December 2016 until 13 January 2017. Sundowners and a perfect view.

2. Johannesburg 

The 4th Sedibeng Summer Festival (previously known as the We Care Jazz Festival) will take place on 26 December at the Dickinson Park, Vereeniging.

Get into your “shorts and shades” and go enjoy the musical acts of Fifi Cooper, Naked DJ, Lulo Cafe and Dj Christos at the Tshwane Summer Festival. The festival takes place on 16 December at the Morula Sun, Mabopane.

3. Durban 

The Ballito Strawberry Festival caters for the whole family with activities, food and music. The event will take place on 17 December at the Capenny Estates in Ballito.

The Maskandi Festival is a collaboration between The Department of Arts and Culture and KwaZulu Natal Tourism, and features traditional Zulu dance groups. You can see acts like Zingane Zoma, Buselaphi and Mjikijelwa on 17 December at Lakhi’s Sportsfield in Greytown.

Every year on Ballito’s main beach, thousands of people gather for the Ballito Summer Fever Beach Festival. This year promises to be no different with the festival taking place from 26 to 29 December.

If you’re there and don’t know what to do for New Year’s Eve, check out the #BallitoNYE bash. On the 31st of December go on a “magical journey through time and music” into the New Year!

4. Garden Route

Enjoy a fun-filled day with blues music at the Knysna Blues Festival. The event takes place at Mitchell’s Knysna Brewery on 17 December and promises to bring unlimited soul. If blues music is your thing, don’t miss out!

With new acts every day, the The Barn Reed Valley Live Entertainment promises not to disappoint. Go check it out from 17 to 31 December 2016 at The Barn in Mossel Bay. They have quite the line-up!



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