Winter is gone (was it ever here?) and there are a few exciting October festivals happening in South Africa celebrating everything from wine and music, to art and flowers.
Find your favourite, get your tickets, climb into your festive boots and head off to one (or more) of these regional festivals where a lekker vibe is guaranteed.
October festivals happening in South Africa
Here’s a quick roundup of some of the best October festivals happening in the Western and Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the Free State, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in 2019.
Rocking the Daisies
Experience South Africa’s biggest three-day outdoor music festival with an exciting line-up of hundreds of top local artists across all genres and international acts like The 1975 and Russ.
Where: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling, Western Cape.
When: 4-6 October 2019.
Bedford Garden Festival
Dig your green fingers into Bedford for the annual Garden Festival and experience the countryside in all its floral glory. The festival is a three-day event where private gardens are open for viewing, local farms welcome visitors with refreshments and light lunches and the town’s abuzz with entertainment, good food, and a market.
Where: Bedford, Eastern Cape.
When: 18-20 October 2019.
Wine on the River
The 14th annual Wine on the River is taking place in the Breede River Valley. You can look forward to experiencing more than 25 wine farms’ finest and taste and admire the creations of talented winemakers, innovative craftspeople and inspiring chefs.
Where: Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson, Western Cape.
When: 11-13 October 2019.
Taste of Tzaneen Food & Arts Festival
Tickle your taste buds in Tzaneen and join in on the cooking competitions, demonstrations and live entertainment featuring productions of visual art, theatre, dance and music. Trot along the ever popular wine tasting meander, admire golden oldies at the yesteryear vintage car show and get a taste of artisan food and beverages.
Where: Fairview Hotel, Tzaneen, Limpopo.
When: 31 October 2019 – 2 November 2019.
Macufe Fest (Mangaung Arts & Cultural Festival)
In its 22nd year, the Mangaung Arts & Cultural Festival is a showcase platform of the best talents from Mangaung and around the world. The Macufe musical programme includes hip hop, jazz, divas, and gospel performances, while Kirk Whalum (US) and Deborah Cox are ready to headline this year’s festivities.
Where: Bloemfontein, Free State.
When: 4-13 October 2019.
SA Gin Festival
Summertime rhymes with gin o’clock and the country’s biggest gin festival, brought to you by Schweppes and the SA Gin Society, is back in Gauteng for a second year! You can look forward to some of South Africa’s top gin distillers, amazing food trucks as well as live entertainment.
Where: Ground Café, Muldersdrift, Gauteng.
When: 5 October 2018.
Durban Sushi and Wine Festival
The Durban Sushi and Wine Festival is only in its second year but once again it promises to be a mouth-watering experience featuring Durban’s best sushi restaurants showcasing sushi, seafood, and desserts. And if seafood – or any animal products – is not on your dream menu, you can also indulge in a variety of vegan and vegetarian sushi. Festivalgoers can also look forward to craft gin and wine bars and live music.
Where: Alliance Café, Morningside, Durban.
When: 26-27 October 2019.