Hermanus Whale Festival

  • Where: out of town – various locations in Hermanus
  • When: late Sept

Hermanus is at its most happening when the southern right whales come out to play. See how many blubbery beauts you can spot amid the festivities that include an art gallery ramble, live music, stand-up comedy, boules championship and half-marathon.

Cape Town International Kite Festival

  • Where: Zandvlei, Muizenberg
  • When: late Oct/early Nov

The sky’s the limit as far as designs go at Africa’s biggest kite festival. Larger-than-life South Park characters dip and dive along with giant octopi and Chinese dragons on Muizenberg’s Zandvlei grounds.

Khayelitsha Festival

  • Where: OR Thambo Hall, Khayelitsha
  • When: late Oct

Shake your groove thang at this new festival celebrating the vibrant community of Khayelitsha. In addition to a large expo showcasing local businesses, NGOs and corporate companies, there’s a stage dedicated to live music, fashion shows boasting local design talents, and a storytelling boma that promises a fair amount of yarn spinning.

FNB Whisky Live Festival

  • Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
  • When: early Nov

Whether you indulge in the odd dram or have an extensive range of single malts, you’ll get your money’s worth out of this tipple fest. There are over 180 top brands, from stalwart master blenders in Scotland and Ireland to lesser-known spirit makers from Japan and Wales.