Sure you've done Up the Creek, Daisies and MCQP - but now with the little-ones or tweens in tow you and your beloveds might be in need of something a bit more age appropriate.
You want to let your hair down, but only if you know for sure everybody in your family is going to enjoy themselves. If this is you, then you need to try this curated list of family festivals, giving you some options to plan around this year - not forgetting all the long-weekend opportunities and public holidays for your to make the most of - whether they're big or small.
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Wolfie Family Festival
Date: 21 to 23 February 2020
Where: Wolfkop Camping Village, Citrusdal
Gather your Wolfie Family Pack and come and spend some quality family time alongside the Olifants River. This incredibly beautiful glamping / camping site is ready to host its 3rd annual festival specially geared towards families. The festival has entertainment for the whole family, including fun parks for all ages, pop-up theatres, live music, an animal garden, kiddies crafty activities for all ages, superheroes, star gazing shows, canoeing, bonfire stories and loads more mind boggling activities.
Date: 01 to 03 May 2020
Where: Cape Town Stadium
An interactive festival celebrating and inspiring everything KIDS. Described as the ultimate event for kids and families. Designed for kids, and kids at heart. The coolest kids are gathering to interact and play with the latest in toys, games and entertainment. Shop the best in children’s fashion, toys and lifestyle brands - while creating some awesome family memories.
Hermanus Whale Festival
Date: 24 – 27 September 2020
South Africa’s only eco-marine festival is set to celebrate the whales that annually visit our sunny shores. All events and activities during the whale festival are focused to create awareness on how to protect the whales and all our marine wildlife who share our coastal waters. The festival takes place in September which is the peak of whale activity in the region – making for a special family getaway.
Eden Festival of Action
When: 29 June to 6 July 2020
Where: Plettenberg Bay
Greenpop is on a mission to make environmental action POPular! The Festival of Action is an environmental action summit where participants of all ages can connect with like-minded active citizens and reconnect with nature. Shift your awareness and make an impact in the beautiful Garden Route. Celebrate with live music and a renewed consciousness. It’s an eco-friendly week of quality family time.
Knysna Oyster Festival
When: 26 June – 5 July 2020
Contact: Knysna Oyster Festival
The Best 10 days of your Winter. As one of South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festivals, now in its 37th edition, the annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place during the school holidays. Sporting enthusiasts can look forward to a variety of cycling and road-running events in incredible locations. Families and adventurers alike can expect holiday and adventure options in what is considered one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural environments.
Grahamstown National Arts Festival
When: 25 June – 5 July 2020
The National Arts Festival is celebrating its 45th year. With some 200 000 visitors expected, the arts festival is a cultural bedrock offering an extensive and diverse line-up. As one of the biggest celebrations of the arts on the African continent, you have to experience this at least once.
Joburg Family Festival 2020
When: 07 March 2020
Where: Profound Conference Centre
Contact: Joburg Family Festival
The 4th Annual Joburg Family Festival will bring together children and caregivers, guardians, parents and representatives from different organisations. Entrance is free.
The Rand Show
When: 8 – 13 April 2020
A staple on the calendar during the Easter break. The all new #MyRandShow is expected to showcase six zones, jam packed with activities and interactive experiences – giving you the best in festival food, entertainment, lifestyle and retail.
Super Hero Family Festival
When: 13 - 15 March 2020
Where: Heartfelt Arena, Pretoria
If you’re a Super Hero loving family, then this one is for you. Come dressed as your favourite super hero (although this is optional). The event will have amusement rides, robot costumes, food stalls, markets, children’s crafts, kids clothing. Everyone is welcome, with state of the art rides and fascinating robot costumes set to create some unforgettable memories.
*Compiled by Selene Brophy
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