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 2019

26 April - 4 May 2019

Bloemfontein/Free State

Annual 10-day Bloem Agricultural Show. More info.

1 May 2019

Countrywide

Worker's Day. Public HolidayMore info

4 -5 May 2019

Riebeek Valley/Western Cape 

Popular Olive Festival in the scenic Riebeek Valley. More info

8 May 2019

Countrywide

National and Provincial Elections. Public HolidayMore info

17 - 19 May 2019

Franschhoek/Western Cape

Franschhoek Literary Festival. More info

19 May 2019 - tbc

Benoni/Gauteng

Colour Run Festival. More info

23 - 25 May 2019

Johannesburg/Gauteng

Bassline Africa Day Festival. More info

24 May - 1 June 2019

Durban/KwaZulu Natal

Zafiko Music Festival. More info

29 May - 1 June 2019

Cape Town/Western Cape

Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival at the Baxter Theatre. More info

30 May 2019 - 2 June 2019

Knysna/Western Cape

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras. Carnival and Arts Festival. 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 2019

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.

1 - 5 May 2019

Cape Town/Western Cape

Decorex Cape Town at the CTICC. More info

2 - 4 May 2019

Durban/KwaZulu-Natal

Travel Indaba 2019 at the ICC. Africa's premier tourism expo. More info

14 - 16 May 2019

Cape Town/Western Cape

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

25 May 2019

Johannesburg/Gauteng

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