1The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
The biggest happening on South Africa’s arts calendar. This festival showcases the best of theatre, dance and performing arts the country can offer. Look out for the alternative performances on 'The Fringe'.
2MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival
This fun festival takes place over the Easter weekend and is four days of fun in the sun on Hobie Beach. There is sports, beach games, arts & crafts, food stalls and lots for the young ‘uns.
3Billabong Pro, Jeffreys Bay
An international surfing competition, which takes place during July and makes the most of the Super Tubes that put this beach town on the map.
4The Kirkwood Wildlife Festival
Kirkwood comes alive in June when it hosts a major game auction that sells African wildlife to local and international bidders. Up to 25 000 people attend this event, there are also music events, stalls and exhibits.
5The Wild Coast Jikeleza Country Fair, East London
This shindig takes place over 17 days in June/July at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve and is a never-ending sequence of music and performance arts shows, art and craft exhibitions and some sporting events.
6Annual National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology
Staged during March in Grahamstown, this festival aims to create a culture of science in the country with interactive demonstrations and updates on the latest trends and developments.
7The Biltong Festival, Somerset East
This festival runs over three days and is hosted by the town of Somerset East. Biltong is of course, the main attraction but there are also lots of food and drink stalls as well as excellent entertainment and fun for the kids.
8Hogsback Arts Festival
Takes place over four days in December and showcases artistic talent and has a distinct New Age edge. Expect to see poetry and music recitals, dance, singing, art exhibitions and craft demonstrations.
9Shell Festival, Jeffreys Bay
In September each year Jeffreys Bay hosts the week-long Shell Festival that showcases food, art, crafts, fashion and live performances, plus of course, sporting events.
10New Year’s Festival of Lights, Nieu-Bethesda
A parade of lanterns is staged on Old Year’s Eve in this small Karoo town that is home to the legacy of the artist Helen Martins.