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WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND SOUTH AFRICA

Posted on Thursday, 04th Jun 2015

While the cold winter temperatures may make you want to wrap yourself into a blanket ball and hibernate for three months, there are still loads of exciting events taking place around South Africa. We have highlighted some of our favourite festive events for the months of June and July, and here they are...

Wacky Wine Weekend, Robertson (4 - 7 June)
Looking for a Wacky Wine Weekend in the Western Cape (and abundant alliteration)? This winter wine festival is all about the tantalising views, delectable food and (of course) magnificent wines that the Robertson valley has to offer. There will also be great music and entertainment on show across the numerous venues in the valley. As you have to travel between wineries there are special designated driver programs as well as a buddy bus service. Find out more at www.wackywineweekend.com

Encounters Film Festival, Johannesburg and Cape Town (4 - 14 June)
This documentary film festival is a highlight for many of the cultural connoisseurs in South Africa. Serving as a meeting ground for like-minded people and featuring films from across the globe. If you are wanting to socialise after a screening there are various social events that take place in conjunction with Encounters. The festival runs simultaneously in Johannesburg and Cape Town. You can visit www.encounters.co.za to find out more.

Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival, Calitzdorp (13 & 14 June)
This event is a celebration of the Little Karoo town's rich dessert wine production culture. The historical Calitzdorp Railway Station serves as the main venue for this festival, with other events taking place at Boplaas, De Krantz and Calitzdorp Cellars. You will be able to indulge in gourmet food markets and musical performances during this weekend. Different events have different cover charges and some require pre-booking, check out www.portwinefestival.co.za to find out more.

National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (2 - 12 July)
Comedy, art, drama and dance. The ‘Grahamstown festival’ is South Africa’s showcase for the best in performance and visual art. Eleven days of exhibitions, installations, lectures and workshops. The festival is split up into the Main programme, the Arena and the Fringe. The National Arts Festival holds great historical importance in that it served as a pedestal for political protest theatre. For more information and the full festival programme visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za

Dullstroom Winter Festival, Dullstroom (3 - 5 July)
Located in one of South Africa’s top fly fishing destinations, the Dullstroom Winter Festival has multiple facets. Apart from some of the top local musicians performing, there is also a mountain bike race and a 10km trail run. Be sure to visit the Wild About Whisky speciality bar for the largest collection of whisky in the southern hemisphere! For festival updates check out the Dullstroom facebook page: www.facebook.com/DullstroomWinterFestival/

Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, Knysna (3 - 13 July)
The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals. If you are looking for a party, sporting events or some family friendly fun, the Knysna Oyster Fest offers it all (and more)! There is also a night market, fish braai competition and a comedy show. Accommodation can be scarce, be sure to book in advance. You can find out more at www.oysterfestival.co.za/

JBay Winterfest, Jeffreys Bay (8 - 19 July)
The JBay Winterfest is a host to multiple sporting events spearheaded by the JBay Open of surfing! Days can go by while contestants wait for prime waves, luckily there are a bunch of informal festivities and celebrations happening at restaurants and bars around the town. There’s also a Mountain Bike Open, Trail Running and a Kite Festival! Need more convincing? Go to www.jbaywinterfest.com/ and find out more!

Want to know more? Feel free to contact our team at any time for specific tours, specials and bespoke packages that will make your visit to South Africa the most memorable ever!

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