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Winter time is festival time in South Africa.

With the Grahamstown National Arts Festival having just wound up last week, we look at some other great opportunities to enjoy the best of South African festivals, this winter.

Knysna Oyster Festival
Knysna | 7 – 16 July

Now in full swing. For ten days in July every year, it’s all about oysters at the Knysna Oyster Festival.
Also taking place over the festival period are the Knysna half and full marathons, and the Knysna Cycle Tour. It’s a very busy festival – so book ahead!

In spite of the devestating recent fires in the town, Knysna is still upbeat and optimisitc about the turn-out. The town is packed with visitors from all over who’ve come to taste oysters and bubbly. There are also oyster braais, (yes, braais) and oyster-eating competitions and other fun activites – in fact the festival boasts over 100 events, for the whole family.

The Cape Town Funny Festival
Rondebosch
 | 10 July – 6 August 2017

The Cape Town Funny Festival always promises loads of laughs. This year there’ll be great international and local comics, including Alan Committie, Marc Lottering, Loyiso Madinga, Captain Frodo (Norway), Paul Dabek (UK), and Mario, Queen of the Circus (USA).

WODAC Pet Expo
Gallagher Convention Centre, Durban | 14 – 16 July

The exciting family event includes arena events for various dog breeds, a hall of cats with many different breeds of felines, a spectacular pet fashion show, dog breed parades, dancing with dogs displays, the popular canine survivor competition and pony rides for children.

Also part of the expo are birds, fish, pet rats, spiders, frogs, snakes, iguanas and other exotics.

The World of Dogs and Cats and Pet Exhibition provides an avenue to learn more about different dogs, cats, reptiles and other fascinating creatures and the joys as well as the responsibilities of being a pet-owner.

Kalfiefees – Celebrating the whales
Onrus | 9 – 13 August

The Kalfiefees, an offshoot of the Hermanus Whale Festival, is now 16 years old. It celebrates the arrival of the Southern Right Whales, and this annual six-day event takes place in Onrus from 9-13 August 2017.

The festival has an Afrikaans focus and showcases the best of local talent, with a wide selection of music, drama and exhibitions.

The Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival
Robertson
 | 4 – 6 August 2017

Come and enjoy delicious food, live music, tutored tastings, and lots of other fun activities and attractions.
Cost R60 – R650
Contact 023 626 3167 | events@robertsonwinevalley.com

Klein Karoo Klassique
Oudtshoorn | 11-13 August 2017,

The Klein Karoo plays host to one of the biggest weekend-long celebration of classical music, art, food and wine with the Klein Karoo Klassique Festival

The festival offering ranges from orchestral concerts to intimate recitals, featuring award-winning artists. You’ll also see painting, sculpture and ceramics from regional artists and galleries. There’s always great dining and socialising at the festival, with excellent food and wine to be enjoyed. And while you’re there, visit the famous ostrich farms and say hello to these fabulous birds.

Oppikoppi Bushveld Music Festival
5 – 7 October | North West Province

Oppikoppi has grown bigger, louder and wilder over the years. A great event for serious festival lovers, Oppi is for real music lovers who’ll appreciate the line-up of over 60 international and local acts – over four days, on four stages. Website: www.oppikoppi.co.za

 

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