Cape Town was recently named the ‘World’s Leading Festival and Events Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards that took place at the Pátio da Galé, in Lisbon, Portugal. This accolade was off the back of being voted ‘Africa’s Leading Festival and Events Destination’ in October. This is yet another milestone for Cape Town and this accolade is reaping the reward for the City’s Events Strategy that enables event packaging and promotion for the tourism industry.
Woke up to the reality of no plans for the summer? It happens to the best of us. But fret not as there is time yet to enjoy one or more of the many festivals going down all over Mzansi.
Whether the warmer weather and longer days echo the return of dusty, sweaty dancing on a far-flung farm, street parties that seem to never end or or epicurean food and drink experiences - it's that time of the year to toast with visitors and countrymen alike.
South Africa is full of places to enjoy some festive feasting and laid-back mingling with fellow summer lovers.
Here are some of the best festivals for you to enjoy this summer:
SEE: #AfriTravel: Top festivals and events to plan around in 2019
Cape Town and surrounds
SEE: So many summer wine festivals, so little time
- Sun Met 2019 - When: 26 January @ 10:30 | Where: Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth | Cost: R150 - R5169 @ Ticketpro
- Open Streets Cape Town - When: 27 January, 24 February and 31 March | Where: Bree St, Langa and Mitchells Plain | Cost: Free
- Cape Town Festival of Beer - When: Friday 15:00 - 23:00, Saturday 12:00 - 23:00, Sunday 10:00 - 19:00 | Where: Hamilton Rugby Club, 1 Stephen Way, Green Point | Cost: Friday R120, Saturday R150, Sunday R100 @ Webtickets
- Up The Creek - When: 7 0 10 February | Where: Breede River, Swellendam| Cost: R770 - R1120 @ Howler
Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds
- Good Music Festival - When: 1 & 2 December | Where: Dries Niemandt Park, Kelvin Street, Kempton Park | Cost: TBA
- eKasi Braai Festival - When: 23 December @ 12:00 | Where: Soweto | Cost: R60 adults, R30 children under 12
Durban and surrounds
- Rage Festival - When: 30 November - 8 December | Where: Sound Factory, Durban | Cost: R150 - R4000 @ Howler
SEE: What to do this summer in the 9 off-the-KeDezemba-grid cities of SA