Events in South Africa

Find the best events in South Africa on our South Africa Events Calendar 2018 with great events to see and interesting things to do and experience in South Africa.

On our events calendar you will find out about South Africa's favourite festivals and cultural celebrations, best theatre performances and musical concerts, acclaimed film festivals and popular sports events.


South Africa Events Calendar 2018

Whether living in South Africa or just visiting this beautiful country, you will like to know what’s going on each month. Simply click on the month to find out about the best events in South Africa during this month. 


Our South Africa events guide lists not only the big gala events, conventions and festivals, but also the lesser known local celebrations and festivities taking place all over the country’s nine provinces. Please bookmark this page as our events calendar will be updated regularly. And let us know on the contact form below should we have missed your favourite South African event. Thanks for sharing!

Annual Events in South Africa

With the many annual events, such as the major sports events, the Comrades Marathon in Durban or the Cape Town Argus cycle race in Cape Town, South Africa welcomes tourists from all over the world.

View here the monthly dates for the most popular annual events, expos and festivals in South Africa:

  • January Events: New Year’s Day, Cape Minstrel Festival, Up the Creek Festival
  • February Events: Valentine’s Day, Wine Harvest Festivals
  • March Events: Human Rights Day, St Patrick’s Day, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Argus Cycle Tour, Klein Karoo Arts Festival
  • April Events: Freedom Day Celebrations, Splashy Fen Festival, WTM Africa
  • May Events: AfrikaBurn Festival, Africa Day Open Day, Tourism Indaba, Mining Indaba
  • June Events: Comrades Marathon, National Arts Festival, South African Book Fair, Youth Day
  • July Events: Christmas in July, Durban Film Festival, Nelson Mandela Day, Winter Festival
  • August Events: Namaqualand in Bloom, Oppikoppi Festival, Zulu Reed Dance
  • September Events: Heritage Day Celebrations, Wildflower festivals, Arts Alive Festival
  • October Events: Mangaung African Cultural Festival, Hermanus Whale Festival
  • November Events: Cherry Festival, 16 Days of Activism, Christmas Markets, Festive Lights-Switch on
  • December Events:  Day of Reconcilliation Celebrations, Christmas Carols, Night Markets, Christmas in South Africa, New Years Eve Festivities

Please note, that the dates can be shifted to the previous or following months. 

A large variety of international trade fairs and exhibitions attract thousands of experts and international business visitors, so make sure to book your festival entries or events tickets as early as possible.

Where to get tickets for South Africa events?

In South Africa, official websites for online tickets sales for many events are:

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