Events in May

Have you ever wondered which events in May to visit or what to do and see when living in South Africa? Here are some of the best festivals and events in May in South Africa.

In our listing below we have included the most popular South African events for all provinces. These events are listed with links to event organisers so you can get more information and find out where to buy tickets.

Enjoy these great South African festivals and if you like this page, please spread the word and share with your family and friends.

What's on in South Africa?
May 2016

1 May 2016


Worker's Day. Public HolidayMore info

25 April - 1 May 2016

Tankwa/Northern Cape

AfrikaBurn Festival. Annual creative community festival with entertainment for the whole family. More info

27 April - 7 May 2016

Bloemfontein/Free State

Annual 10-day Bloem Agricultural Show. More info.

30 April - 2 May 2016


Sabie Xperience 2016. This traditional December race has been moved to May! More info.

6 - 15 May 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape

European Film Festival. Various Cinema Nouveau in Cape Town/Durban/Jhb/Pretoria. More info

7 - 8 May 2016

Riebeek Valley/Western Cape 

Popular Olive Festival in the scenic Riebeek Valley. More info

13 - 15 May 2016

Franschhoek/Western Cape

Franschhoek Literary Festival. More info

14 May 2016


Colour Run Festival. More info

23 - 25 May 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape

Pint of Science Festival. More info

26 - 28 May 2016


We are Africa Exhibition. Join in the celebrations for Africa month in Newtown. More info

29 May 2016


Comrades Marathon. The world's greatest ultra-marathon. More info.

For more May events in Cape Town and the Western Cape

please go to our special page on ExpatCapeTown.

Great South Africa Shows and Exhibition
Events in May 2016

There are many exhibitions and shows that cater not only for trade visitors but also are open to the public. The May Events listed below provide great insights for all living in South Africa.

7 - 9 May 2016


Travel Indaba 2016 at the ICC. Africa's premier tourism expo. More info

17 - 19 May 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape

African Utility Week at the CTICC. Africa's premier power and water utilities expo. More info

21 May 2016


Kingsmead Book Fair. Fifth annual book fair at Kingsmead College in Rosebank. More info

27 - 29 May 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape 

Good Food and Wine Show at the CTICC. More info

Looking for more great things to do and to see in South Africa?

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Disclaimer: This events listing is for information purposes only. You should contact the event organiser to confirm any dates in advance.

Image Credits for Events in May: Image by various events organisers. Other images by SATourism, Shutterstock and own images.

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