For a country, South Africa has an impressive annual event calendar. They are not only varied in nature (theme) but also widely dispersed throughout the country. You can find a festival in every major city but the little hamlets are just as active in celebration of their artists, wildlife and food.
One of the busiest regions for festivals in South Africa is the Western Cape. This is a prime wine producing region. Food and wine festivals serve as a platform to show case the culture, the industry, religion, people and food of the Western Cape. Festivals and carnivals in South Africa are the best way to meet with local artisans and businesses but it is also the best excuse to party.
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Wine and art collectors should consider planning a vacation around events that feature a preferred art form or varietal. Prices are often excellent at these events because suppliers will use the festival to promote their best products. This is especially true for festivals and events in the wine regions near Cape Town where wine estates may arrange a harvest festival on the estate or where a town such as Franschhoek arranges a festival around the history and heritage of the town.
Check the dates of a festival you are interested in. It may change slightly from year to year.
Book early, many of the popular events will sell out quickly, and although some are free they may have a capacity cap.
Sometimes the festival entrance is free but special events such comedy acts or music concerts are not and need to be booked in advance.
Research the festival and make sure it is still running. Some festivals may not have had a good turn out and lack funding to repeat another year.
If you are visiting a large event from out of town, you might want to shop around for accommodation promotions. You may also find that booking accommodation in the neighboring town a few miles away is cheaper.
Visit here for a comprehensive list of festivals in and around Cape Town, South Africa.
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