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 Festivals, Carnivals and Events   NEAR CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA


| Franschhoek Uncorked | Hermanus Whale Festival and Craft Beer Festival | Simon's Town Spring Festival |

Read more: A month-by-month Calendar of our featured Western Cape carnivals, festivals and other events: celebrating the Cape's cuisine, wine, history, culture and traditions.


Franschhoek Uncorked


Where: Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
When: 2nd week of September

Photos by Franschhoek Uncorked.

As spring peeps around the corner the town of Franschhoek starts to celebrate with a festival. It is a time to introduce the new vintages and releases of the year. Visitors can drive from wine estate to wine estate to sample the wines, olives and delicious restaurant menus along the way. Some estates will step it up a little and offer live entertainment.

Select estates will also offer cellar and vineyard tours, barrel tasting, food and wine pairings, and art exhibitions. This is also a good time to buy wine at reduced festival prices. Visitors will need to purchase a weekend pass. The pass includes a tasting glass and free wine tastings of select wines at the estates during the festival.

Ride the hop-on hop-off tram - a great way to visit the wine estates during Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, without having to drive!

Romantic inspiration in Franschhoek

[6:38 min] [Attribution: SABC3TopBilling]

Join Jo-Ann as she visits Franschhoek for a ride on their new, bio-fueled tram and has some lessons in chocolate truffle making!

Booking essential: Yes
Book at: WebTickets
Ticket sales limited: Yes

Read More about the Cape Winelands and the Franschhoek Wine Route.

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Hermanus Whale Festival | Craft Beer Festival


Where: Hermanus, Cape Overberg Whale Coast
When: 3rd week of September

In 2013 the Hermanus Whale Festival celebrated its 22nd year as South Africa’s only enviro-arts festival. Hermanus is possibly the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. During the festival the whales play just off shore to the delight of all who visit the festival. Along with whale watching, the festival offers live entertainment, food stalls, children’s activities, Marine Endangered Species Expo, arts and crafts stalls and sporting events.

During the festival a new addition adds to the festivities. The Craft Beer Festival showcases the best craft beers and ciders from across South Africa. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the beer making processes as well as to taste the varieties on offer.

Hermanus Wine and Food Festival

Hermanus Land-Based Whale Watching

Hermanus Whale Festival 2012 - Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

[1:43 min] [Attribution: Grootbos Reserve]

Whales, local wines, fine dining and an inspiring selection of arts and culture...these are the attractions of the annual Whale Festival held in Hermanus.

As always, Grootbos would like to invite you for this one-of-a-kind spectacle and guide you in discovering everything this unique coastline has to offer. That's why we've created a Whale Festival Special just for you.

Booking essential: The festival is free but some entertainment carries a fee.
Book at: Hermanus Whale Festival
Ticket sales limited: Not for the festival but there is a limit on select performances.

Read More about Hermanus and the Cape Overberg.

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Simon's Town Spring Festival


Where: Simon's Town, False Bay (Cape Town)
When: Heritage weekend, usually 3rd weekend in September

Simons Town welcomes the warmer spring weather and the return of the whales, during the Heritage weekend, with a festival. Throughout the weekend businesses offer special deals, accommodation partners offer special rates and the town opens its doors to all who would like to join the festivities. There are exhibitions such as a Wellness Expo, entertainment from comedians and musicians, a Navy gun and dockyard tour, BBQ competitions and children’s activities.

Most of the festival activities are free with only a few events requiring pre booked tickets. Free activities include whale watching from the beach, watching penguins on the beach, a walk in the mountains and craft and vintage market shopping.  Some of the cafes offer live music which is free as long as you buy a cup of coffee or a meal.

Booking essential: Only for events with space limitations.
Book at: Various events will sell tickets at the door.
Ticket sales limited: Dependent on activity or event.

During your visit to Simon's Town:
Visit the Penguin Colony and Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach.

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