Events Calendar

Summer may be over, but the action continues throughout the autumn. As always there’s plenty of exciting events taking place all over South Africa. Check out what’s on in your area.

21-22 February

Clarens Craft Beer Festival
Clarens, Free State

With more than 50 different craft beers and ciders from across South Africa to taste, this event is a true celebration of craft beer. Surrounded by the spectacular Maluti Mountains with Lesotho nearby and plenty to do in the surrounding area.

Cape Town Pride Festival

22 February – 1 March
De Waterkant, Cape Town

This popular event on the LBGTQ calendar will this year include a Pride Film Premiere, a Red Party, workshops, a pool party, Mr and Ms Cape Town Pride pageant, an interfaith service, sunset beach picnic, a book fair, a Pink Ball and so much more.

27 February – 1 March

Gauteng Homemakers Expo
Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Home Makers Expo celebrates the authenticity behind real homes and their beauty. The show will present the very latest in home renovation, interiors, soft furnishings, lighting, kitchens, furniture, and more. Meet leaders in the home lifestyle industry with exclusive insider tips and professional advice.

8 March

Cape Town Cycle Tour
Cape Town

The Cape Town Cycle Tour continues to be the largest timed cycling event in the world, attracting over 35 000 cyclists from around the globe each year. It is a unique experience for participants and spectators alike, following a route through some of the world’s most stunning scenerey. The race starts in the City Centre before making its way along the Blue Route leading into Simonstown, then turning at Smitswinkel Bay and heading back along the coastline before the steady climb up Chapmans Peak followed by the short, steep hill of Suikerbossie, before the final downhill run to the finish in Green Point.

14 March

Om Die Dam Ultra Marathon
Hartbeespoort Dam, North West

The popular Om Die Dam marathon has grown tremendously since it was first run with 1 950 athletes in 1991. Athletes and spectators alike agree that its success is due to the great race atmosphere, its setting in the beautiful surroundings and the scenic route, while the area offers os much more to enjoy when the race is over. And it’s very close to Gauteng.

21 March

Ebenezer Mile Open Swim
Magoebaskloof / Haenertsburg

Sanctioned by Swimming SA, the Rotary Ebenezer Mile and 3000m will again be hosted by the Mountain Yacht Club at the Ebenezer Dam. This is an official swimming event and also includes two 1610m swims.

21 March

Cape Town Carnival
Green Point, Cape Town

The carnival is billed as a glamorous celebration of the transformative power of creativity and our African identity with its diverse array of communities and cultures. Join the fun in Cape Town’s annual mega celebration along the Fan Walk in Green Point as dancers, giant floats, buskers, parades, cultural troupes, musicians, performers and many more take over the streets in one huge, vibrant and colourful spectacle.

24-29 March

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

One of SA’s premier arts festivals. Head down fabulous Route 62 to the ostrich capital of the world for the annual arts festival that brings the laidback Klein Karoo to life in an explosion of entertainment.

20-22 March

Wakkerstroom Music Festival
Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga

Better known as the WMF, this is a classic music festival promoting classical music in South Africa. A 3-hour drive from Johannesburg, the festival programme offers a wide variety which includes baroque, chamber, and piano music, as well as classic‐jazz crossovers.

27-28 March

Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Cape Town International Convention Centre

Affectionately known as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is famous for its star-studded line up of local and international artists. Come and enjoy an unforgettable music experience!

10-13 April

Zion Christian Church Easter Festival
Polokwane, Limpopo

The largest Christian gathering in South Africa and across the entire continent happens twice a year at Zion City, Moria near Polokwane – once over Easter and again in September. The main event is on Sunday 12 April.

9-13 April

Splashy Fen
Himeville, Drakensberg

Known as KwaZulu-Natal’s most-loved and longest-running music festival, it celebrates people, music, art and life in the beautiful lap of the Drakensberg. Born out of a red wine-driven conversation in 1990, the festival celebrates life, art, music, people, love laughter, fun and enjoyment, all within a world heritage site (the Drakensberg).

8-13 April

The Rand Show
Johannesburg Expo Centre

Already one of Africa’s biggest and oldest expos now in its 126th year, and probably the greatest Easter show on earth, this year’s Rand Show is set to be even bigger and better than ever. It has everything from food, wine and beer, to lifestyle exhibitions, gaming expos, circus acts, amusement parks, fitness expos, creative demonstrations, and much, much more, divided across 6 different zones – Play Zone 1 and 2; Foodie Zone; Lifestyle and Retail Zone; SA Zone; Outdoor Zone; and Entertainment Zone.

11 April

Two Oceans Marathon
Cape Town

Since the first race was run in 1970, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon has earned a reputation as the world’s most beautiful marathon. Considered to be one of the major running events on the international calendar, it takes runners and spectators through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, and the only such event in the world that is run alongside two different oceans.

18 April

Forever Loskop Marathon
Middelburg, Mpumalanga

Runners leave the town of Middelburg at the crack of dawn and pass thbrough some spectacular countryside with plenty of twists and turns, passing through the Kranspoort Pass before reaching the dam.

25-27 April

SA Cheese Festival
Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch

Escape to SA’s favourite outdoor culinary festival over the long weekend! Discover an exciting selection of cheeses, including well-known local and international brands and unique artisanal creations. Experience an incredible range of products that complements cheese perfectly – from wine to beer, gin and bubbly … plus #CapeMade and #Alternatives unique to the #SACheeseFest. Enjoy live music concerts and relax with your #festivalfriends to complete a perfect day out!

25-27 April

SA Cheese Festival
Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch

Escape to SA’s favourite outdoor culinary festival over the long weekend! Discover an exciting selection of cheeses, including well-known local and international brands and unique artisanal creations. Experience an incredible range of products that complements cheese perfectly – from wine to beer, gin and bubbly … plus #CapeMade and #Alternatives unique to the #SACheeseFest. Enjoy live music concerts and relax with your #festivalfriends to complete a perfect day out!

27 April – 3 May

Tankwa Karoo National Park

AfrikaBurn is the spectacular regional event of the original Burning Man event in the US. It is the result of the creative expression of participants who gather once a year in the Tankwa Karoo to create a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance. See the giant weird and wonderful creations, many of which are burnt in huge bonfires at the end.

9 – 10 May 2020

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
Riebeek Valley / Riebeek-Kasteel

In celebration of a good olive harvest, the twin Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West host the popular annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival. Experience an abundance of olives, wine, craft beer and good food.

12-14 May

Africa’s Travel Indaba
ICC, Durban

Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Come and discover Africa and its wonderful destinations in a day or two at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC).

15-17 May

Franschhoek Literary Festival
Franschhoek, Western Cape

Bringing together a broad cross-section of mostly South African writers and a few popular international authors, this annual literary get-together in the heart of SA’s wine country, with spirited live debates, discussions and interviews, is a must. Inspiring, delighting, informing and challenging audiences, while raising funds for local community and school libraries and training and placing assistant school librarians, through the FLF Schools Library Project.

22-24 May

Greyton Genadendal Classics

With 4 days of music across 12 concerts in two villages, the 16th Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival aims to make classical music accessible to all, young and old, novice and expert. The festival has been held annually in Greyton for the past fifteen years. The concerts are held at various churches in neighbouring villages Greyton and Genadendal, as well as guest houses, restaurants and a historical farm in the Greyton area.

22-31 May

Rustenburg Show
Rustenburg, North West

Held annually at the Rustenburg showgrounds, this show offers all the best of a traditional agricultural show plus modern entertainment and fun.

7 June

East Rand Motor Show
Benoni, Gauteng

This popular motor show is now in its 7th year. Rediscover the small child in you or take a trip down nostalgia lane with this wonderful display of vintage and classic cars, luxury sports cars, special vehicles, street rods and plenty more.

5-7 June

Wacky Wine Weekend

Over 40 wine estates and wineries from Ashton, McGregor, Robertson and Bonnievale will showcase their award-winning wines, plus pairings, cuisine, cellar tours, craft markets and outdoor activities.

14 June

Comrades Marathon
Pietermaritzburg – Durban

This event has become SA’s internationally best-known marathon, always providing plenty of excitement, drama and surprises along the way. The 95th Comrades Marathon will be a Down Run on Sunday, June 14, 2020. The race starts at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 and ends 12 hours later at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, covering a 90,2km distance. This will be the 47th Down Run in Comrades history.