The Place for Events

February: The Garden Route 300

The Garden Route 300 is the ultimate ride in Knysna. Since its inception in 2011, the event has shared with participants the best routes and trails in Knysna – without the hassle of lugging your kit around from truck to tent to truck every day. Riders stay at hotels and B&Bs of their choice and cycle 3 glorious unparalleled days on their mountain bikes
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March: Sedgefield Slow Festival

It’s a festival celebrating the real things in life: Wholesome goodness, Family, Friends, Fun, the Outdoors and Great food. There are plenty of activities for the children and indeed the whole family to do. There is entertainment galore, much to see, great competitions with lots of prizes to be won and best of all, many deserving charities are supported by monies raised during the festival.
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March: Knysna Literary Festival

It is the Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary.
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April: Pink Loerie Mardi Gras

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival™ 2016 is a festival and celebration so dancing, fun and music also played an enormous part of the event, with daily shows held at various locations throughout the town and club nights. The grand finale of the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, the Parade and after-party, is held on the final weekend of the celebrations. The festival attracts floats, performers and DJ’s from all over the world and local businesses also get into to the spirit, competing for the best Pink Loerie window display.
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May: The Knysna Speed Festival

The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb 2017 will be the eighth running of the event and is set to continue the growth that it has shown since its inception and build on the record setting success of the 2016 event. Scheduled for 4-7 May 2017, the Hillclimb is the fourth edition as the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.
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June: RECM Knysna 200

The three day stage race is an excellent opportunity to unwind in a town you love, participating in a sport you adore as you recharge their batteries. The intimate nature of the race, with only 350 riders means that by Stage 2 you’ll recognise all your fellow riders. For RECM this means they have the chance to answer rider’s questions on the complex world of investments personally.
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July: Oyster Festival

Running, cycling, culinary delights, family fun and more (over a 100 events!).The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party!
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August: Ross Taylor Surf Contest

The remarkable spirit of this brave young man who’s biggest passion in life was surfing, and who worked tirelessly throughout his illness, sharing his experiences so that others would benefit. Through this contest, and related activities, he continues to care for others.
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September: Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge

The Lions Karoo to Coast is a 100km offroad race from UNIONDALE to KNYSNA via the Prince Alfred’s Pass and is not for the faint-hearted.
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October: Knysna Arts Festival

The festival is underpinned by the philosophy of stimulating locally-produced art whilst also supporting the greater Knysna community and numerous charitable organisations. Festivities kick off on 1 October with an opening gala evening and continue through the week where visitors will be treated to a host of art displays, workshops, performances, talks and exhibitions – there will literally be something for everyone.
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November: Knysna Timber Festival

The Knysna Timber Festival is the creation of the Knysna Timber Initiative, a group of local Knysna businesses who see Knysna as the Woodworking Capital of South Africa – largely due the the deep and rich heritage and history of timber-related activities in the area.
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December: Knysna Blues Festival

The first Blues-dedicated music event in the Garden Route, the newly-established Knysna Blues Festival, will showcase both world-renowned musicians and local talent. aking place on the 17th December 2016 from 12h00 at the Mitchell’s Brewery lagoon-side venue the event will feature an impressive line up of eight Blues and Blues-inspired bands – five of which are travelling down specifically for the show. It’s going to be a day of unlimited soul, so don’t miss this for anything!
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