January 2nd - Kaapse Klopse
The history of Kaapse Klopse is quite dark - it originally marked the one day off a year that South African slaves were granted by their masters, but the modern day event is a flamboyant affair involving costumed dancers, a colourful parade, live music, entertainment, cultural shows and row upon row of food and drinks stalls, in what is a fantastic party atmosphere.
March 13th - Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
This is an annual cycle race hosted in Cape Town, usually 109 km long. With as many as 31,000 cyclists taking part, it is the world's largest individually timed cycle race. You may not be able to join in, but it is still an amazing race to watch!
April 2-9 - ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival
The small town of Oudtshoorn hosts this Afrikaans language arts festival which includes thousands of both visual and performing arts in the biggest Afrikaans festival in South Africa. The festival boasts an exceptional programme of music, theatre and entertainment with a sociable atmosphere and much more.
April 22-23 - Two Oceans Marathon
Another race held in Cape Town, this one being of the running variety. The ‘Two Oceans Marathon’ is a 56 km ultramarathon that is claimed to be the ‘world’s most beautiful marathon’. The race is run against a backdrop of spectacular scenery through the Cape Peninsula with tens of thousands taking part.
April 27-May 2 - AfrikaBurn Festival
AfrikaBurn is an arts festival inspired by the 'Burning Man' festival based in Nevada, USA. It is a kookie project that promotes freedom of expression and speech through communal/community participation. It is an experimental project looking to broaden cultural horizons by challenging peoples concepts of life. The event has been running since 2007, with all events to date held on a private farm called 'Stonehenge', in the Tankwa Karoo National Park.
June 30-July 10 - National Arts Festival
The National Arts Festival is huge in South Africa. Situated at Grahamstown it is the biggest annual celebration of the arts on the African continent. The event has always been open to all regardless of race, colour, sex or creed, and every type of arts performance, from music to theatre, is here at the Nation Arts Festival.
August 31-September 19 - Cape Town Comedy Festival
The Cape Town Comedy Festival is one of the world's biggest comedy events, bringing in acts from all over the globe. The festival has a performance called 'Best of the Fest' that always delights crowds as it puts all the best acts from across the festival onto one stage. If you want comedy in South Africa then this is the place to be.
December 3-5 - OBZ Festival
P.A.R.T.Y. This is the largest street festival of its kind in South Africa that creates a carnival vibe. The festival boasts live music, nightlife, art and film installations, a craft market and a 'Lazy Sunday' jazz concert. And beer. There are a lot of beer tents. In fact, it has everything. Attendees will not be disappointed.
December 10-23 - Umhlanga Summer Carnival
The South African summer holiday kicks off with the Umhlanga Summer Carnival featuring a line-up of 14 days of fun-filled beach events designed to encourage outdoor activities for the young and old. There are surfing events, fun-runs, walks and a number of other activities with prizes in each event.
December 20-January 10 - Incwala
Incwala, also known as the 'Festival of the First Fruits,' is an important Swazi religious ritual that unites the inhabitants of Swaziland in order to gain blessings from their ancestors. It marks the start of the harvest season and there are a number of fascinating events that are worth looking into. It is very colourful and there is a lot of singing and dancing...