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Festivals, fairs and feasts in the Cape Winelands in the coming months

Updated Friday, 19 April 2024

Cape Winelands Events Calendar ~ Festivals are BACK with a Bang and we’re getting out for weekends, celebrating and enjoying life. ❤️

And the Cape Winelands is where many Capetonians are heading to this year, to get their festivals on. Join us at these – we’ve listed the most popular ones we’ve been told about.

We will keep updating this page as new events, details and dates are released, so bookmark us for checking future Cape Winelands events and festival information.

Wine festival

Solms-Delta Oesfees – Franschhoek 🍇

If you’re a music lover and into vineyard vibes, diarise the 6 April 2024! The popular Oesfees is returning to Franschhoek and promises to yet again become a highlight on the Winelands’ event calendar.

  • Date: 6 April, 2024
  • Venue: Solms Delta Wine Estate, Delta Road, R45, Franschhoek
  • Overnight at: Franschhoek accommodation
  • Tickets: Via Plankton / Starts at 12h00 midday until 18h00.

This unique event on the South African cultural calendar brings together farm workers and owners from the valley and beyond to celebrate and share their hard work and the Cape’s rich cultural heritage.

Experience traditional Boland Rural music and ‘Kaapsekos’ (Cape food) while enjoying the Solms-Delta wines and offerings from food vendors. Casual and fun! We love this one!


Spier Light Art Festival in Stellenbosch 🎨

The Spier Light Art Festival is an annual event that was launched in December 2018, when the 18 light art installations were showcased to more than 10 000 spectators. It’s no wonder it’s become an annual affair.

These art installations are anything but ordinary or average, though. Some are interactive, some convey a message, and some are just plain impressive.

Bring your best friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and kids—this beloved yearly celebration has plenty to offer everyone. Featuring experimental light, music, and video artworks by both local and international artists, it’s an immersive, nighttime trip.

And of course there will also be an abundance of fine wine and cuisine. See you there!

Rare Plant Fair in Stellenbosch 🪴

Lovingly nurtured by the founder of Tokara over two decades ago, their private farm garden is a place of serenity where awe-inspiring landscapes are accentuated by life-size sculptures from the family’s extensive art collection.

Usually help in April, severe weather conditions wreaking havoc in the Cape Winelands took their toll on the extensive gardens at Tokara, necessitating the postponement of the annual Rare Plant Fair & Open Garden which will now take place on Saturday, 26 October 2024.

  • Date: 26 October, 2024
  • Venue: Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
  • Overnight at Stellenbosch accommodation
  • Tickets: Tickets will only be available for purchase on the day, at the farm gate.

A dedicated oasis of indigenous plants, the extraordinary Adamastor Moss Garden, and the textural cork oak forest are just some of the treasures to be explored while meandering through tranquil walks dotted with sculptures by local artists.

Other enchanting secrets worth discovering while taking in the fresh scents of spring wafting from the terraces of the picking garden, are the wetlands, the eco-friendly vegetable garden, and the babbling mountain stream flowing into soothing lily ponds.

Rare plant Fair at Tokara

Franschhoek Literary Festival 📚

For three days in May, the streets of Franschhoek come alive with the energy of avid book enthusiasts, weaving their way between an array of quaint village venues, all conveniently within strolling distance of each other.

  • Dates: 17 to 19 May, 2024
  • Venues: Various venues throughout Franschhoek
  • Overnight: Franschhoek accommodation
  • Tickets: Bookings via Webtickets

Mark your calendars for the annual Franschhoek Literary Festival, a three-day event held on the third weekend of May, commencing on Friday and concluding on Sunday.

Franschhoek Literary Festival Event

Tulbagh Christmas in Winter 🎄

This year, Christmas arrives early once more as Tulbagh dons its winter cape in June and invites the rest of the nation to join them for a weekend full of fantastic winter warmers.

  • Date: 29 to 30 June, 2024
  • Venue: Venues throught Tulbagh
  • Overnight at Tulbagh accommodation
  • Tickets: 023 230-1348

Admire the variety of holiday décor and sparkling lights, and peruse the handicrafts, galleries, and charming stores. Savour tastings of cheese and olives.

The kids will be entertained with face painting, pony rides, jumping castles, and tractor rides, to name a few. There are interesting stops along the way of a picturesque tractor ride up the historic Oudekloof Pass.

Take a horseback ride through the picturesque scenery to appreciate the peace and beauty of the natural world, or venture further into the Valley on a zip line adventure.

Christmas in Winter

International Chamber Music Festival 🎻

This special festival features performances by renowned local and international artists along with student coaching. Ten days of exquisite music – both well-known and obscure – are in store.

Dates: 5 to 14 July, 2024
Venue: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, Neethling Street, Stellenbosch
Overnight at Stellenbosch Guest Houses
Tickets: Online via Webtickets

Every day concludes with a festival concert featuring pieces by contemporary composers as well as Mozart performed by world-class soloists; the final three evenings feature complete symphony concerts conducted by special guests.

Leading figures in the field of classical music are also available for public attendance at masterclasses, rehearsals, ‘In Conversation With’ talks and lunchtime recitals.

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 🥐

This year’s Bastille Day celebration will take place over the weekend of July 13 and 14, 2024, at the Franschhoek Wine Valley, the Cape’s very own French outpost.

  • Dates: 13 to 14 July, 2024
  • Venues: Various venues throughout Franschhoek
  • Overnight At: Recommended Franschhoek accommodation
  • Tickets: Book tickets via Webtickets

With a weekend full of decadent cuisine and Franschhoek wines, the valley is expected to be a hive of activity and French flair. Tickets are available through Webtickets and include eight tokens for wine tasting.

Put on your red, white, and blue ensemble, including a beret, and enjoy the French atmosphere. On Saturday the 15th, there will be amazing prizes up for grabs for the best-dressed. Prescient is pleased to be a part of this year’s Bastille Festival, including all of its Main Street events and celebrations.

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 🍷

Visit the Stellenbosch Wine Festival to get a glimpse of the heart of the Cape Winelands. Experience the finest produce from these vineyards in this breathtaking region in Stellenbosch, which was chosen as the International Wine Region of the Year.

  • Dates: 2 to 3 August, 2024
  • Venues: Stellenbosch Town Hall
  • Overnight at Stellenbosch hotels
  • Tickets: Online via Plankton

The festival, which coincides with the yearly harvest, offers you the chance to take part in the celebrations, discover more about the locals and their history, indulge in some delectable cuisine, and sip some amazing wines.

A street celebration in the historic Church Street, a harvest parade, cultivar showcases, specialty tours and tastings, art exhibitions, dining-in-the-vine experiences, and other unique events are all part of the Festival schedule.

Franschhoek Open Gardens 🌼

There’s something so special and grounding about being in the blossoms and bouquet of somebody’s hard planting and pruning work. The Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival in November, showcases the exquisite work of avid gardeners in this beautiful little part of the Cape Winelands.

  • Dates: 15 to 17 November, 2024
  • Venues: Throughout Franschhoek
  • Overnight: Franschhoek accommodation
  • Tickets: Online through Web Tickets or from the office in Main Street, Franschhoek.

A number of different gardens are showcased for this festival – from sprawling farm gardens to little gardens in the village that have an enchanting charm. Maps and brochures are provided so that you get to enjoy the full experience.

In 2023, there were 11 gorgeous gardens on display. Five of these were new, five hadn’t featured in two or more years, and one was from the 2022 festival. This gives visitors an opportunity to see the full array of colourful gardens while also getting to experience the picturesque prettiness of Franschhoek.

Franschhoek Open Gardens Festival

Franschhoek Cap Classique Festival 🥂

Starry eyed lovers, champagne aficionados, merrymakers, curiosity cats and anyone who simply loves the good life will be heading to Franschhoek for this “Magic of Bubbles” festival.

  • Dates: 30 November to 1 December, 2024
  • Venues: The Hugenot Monument in Franschhoek
  • Overnight: Franschhoek Hotels
  • Tickets: Available online via Webtickets.

The culinary capital of South Africa has a dazzling array of outstanding eateries. Restaurants will compile special menus to complement the bubbly and awaken your senses to the Valley’s outstanding cuisine.

A shopper’s seventh heaven, Franschhoek’s stylish boutiques will entice festive-season shoppers! Of course bubbly in all its guises will be on sale throughout the festivities, a perfect Christmas gift.

Submit your Winelands Events! Let us know of any noteworthy Cape Winelands events or festivals that are not on our calendar, that you think will appeal to a broad audience, especially the ones you plan to attend. ❤️