10 Annual South African Events You Should Not Miss Out On

South Africa is a country filled a rich and diverse range of cultures, and getting to the true essence of South Africa takes more than just one-holiday trip.

Getting to know the country, explore its cultures and interact with people from all walks of life and interests can be overwhelming.  Whether your interest is in art, fashion, music, sport or you’re just looking to have a good time, South Africa has a range of events to cater to each and every one of your needs. 

With so much to offer it may be hard to narrow down what you would like to experience and what you should not miss out on.  South Africa has plenty to offer and if you’re looking for a well-blended pot of cultures then these events will be right up your alley.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Here are the top 10 annual events in South Africa that are not to be missed and experienced.

  1. Kaapse Klopse

January 2nd was the only day off in the entire year for South African slaves and has become a day of celebration and joy. It’s a grand affair involving costumes dancers and musicians parading down the streets of Cape Town to embracing their culture and heritage.

  1. Cape Argus Cycle Tour

This cycle tour is hosted in Cape Town and spans 109 km long. This sees close to 31, 000 cyclists, participating in this event. With its scenic route and being one of the world’s largest timed cycle races, it is one the best events to part of, as a cyclist or spectator.

Find out more on their website – Cape Town Cycle Tour

  1. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

This three-day event from the 23-25 March sees Cape Town brimming in style. This event is South Africa’s leading fashion exhibition and showcases the best of local and continental designers.

  1. Two Oceans Marathon

This 56 km ultramarathon takes its route through the breath-taking Cape Peninsula. With tens of thousands taking part, there is no wonder why it is dubbed the “world’s most beautiful marathon to run”.  

Find out more on their website – Two Oceans Marathon

  1. Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Perfect for jazz lovers, as it is the largest music event in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has been named “Africa’s grandest gathering”. It is notorious for providing a star-studded line up of local and international jazz artists, with its 5 stages and over 40 artists performing.

Find out more on their website – Cape Town Jazz Fest

  1. National Arts Festival

Situated in Grahamstown, it is the largest celebration of art on the continent. It is open to everyone; regardless of race, colour, sex or creed from performers to spectators.

Find out more on their website – National Arts Festival

  1. Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

This is one of the world’s biggest comedy events, hosting acts from all over the globe. With the best of comedy from around the world and South Africa, it’s no wonder it keeps us laughing and entertained.

Find out more on their Facebook page – Cape Town Comedy Festival

  1. OBZ Festival

With live music, nightlife, art and film installations, craft market and a ‘Lazy Sunday’ jazz concert and lots of beer, it boasts as being the largest street festival of its kind in SA.

Find out more on their Facebook page – OBZ fest

  1. Umhlanga Summer Carnival

This carnival asserts 14 days of fun-filled beach events aimed to encourage outdoor activities for young and old. From surfing events, fun-runs & walks and many other events, all having prizes in store, it sure is not to be missed.

Find out more on their website – Umhlanga Summer Carnival

  1. Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival

This festival is famous for being SA’s biggest and hottest outdoor gathering which takes place in the first week of October for 4 days. It’s the official kick-off to summer hosting the best local and international acts across music, comedy, art and films.

Find out more on their website – Rocking the Daisies

10 More reasons to visit South Africa

There you have it 10 annual events to look forward to each year when visiting South Africa. 

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