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Garden Route Summer Events 2020

Experience summertime bliss, golden sunshine and cloudless days in one of the country’s most magical destinations, the fabulous Garden Route! Some of the year’s best Garden Route events are taking place in the coming months, from local art festivals that celebrate diversity of expression to lively music shows that bring people together.

The month of March boasts a myriad of exciting events for you to fill your holiday itinerary with. Activities like the recently launched Mossel Bay Zipline or Acrobranch Garden Route add even more lure to this setting during the summer season. We’ve shared some of our top events in this blog post to make sure your upcoming vacation leaves you with unforgettable moments to look back on.

This time of the year the Garden Route presents visitors with slightly cooler summer days, less crowds and many perfect opportunities to embark on adventures with loved ones or friends. Take in the surrounding beauty of the south-eastern coast with your significant other, family or friends and indulge in the best sundowners in the Garden Route, embark on adventures to The Crags in Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma’s Marine Protected area and the amazing Diaz Express and Fragrance Route Tour in Mossel Bay, in addition to numerous other Adventure Activities in the Garden Route.

Roan Ash Live in Plettenberg Bay – 1st March

Roan Ash is a well known country blues singer songwriter who lives by the philosophy of don’t just get wet but feel the rain... this sentiment alone speaks volumes about the depth of his music. As a local musician with enough soul to fill any room, Roan Ash has already won over the hearts of many. Performing some of his biggest hits live at The Barnyard Theatre, those enjoying their time in or near Plettenberg Bay are perfectly positioned to attend. Roan Ash is scheduled to perform live in Plett on the 1st March 2020 and fans are in for an unforgettable afternoon of great music and awesome vibes.

With his incredible stage presence and song performances of massive hits like “If I Ever Saw Heaven” and “Whiskey to My Soul”, Roan Ash only enhances the notion that South African talent truly does run deep. Enjoy drinks and a meal with friends and be serenaded by this beloved musician. The rustic and chilled atmosphere of the Barnyard makes this the perfect venue for this event! Book your accommodation in Plettenberg Bay and choose from a stunning selection of self-catering homes, villas, guest houses and bed and breakfasts.

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Knysna Literary Festival – 6th to 8th March 2020

The highly anticipated Knysna Literary Festival comprises of a diverse and inspired programme, where participants and attendees can let their imaginations soar to new heights (as the theme for this year event promises). As the 11th event of its kind, the annual #KnysnaLitFest attracts many visitors to the exquisite seaside suburb of Knysna, from celebrity authors and renowned journalists to curious readers, bookworms and those with a fondness for literature, languages and written works. This event exposes South African talents and gives them a platform from which to share their work and meet with captive audiences. Engaging workshops, debates, readings and conversations will take place at various venues around Thesen Island throughout the festival.

Whether you’re interested in current affairs and political discussions or would love to be inspired by the creative minds of fiction authors as they express adventure and emotion through their storytelling capabilities, the Knysna Literary Festival has something for everyone, regardless of age. The event, presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna, also encourages reading and writing within local schools and hosts a writing competition for Garden Route students. Book your summer holiday accommodation in Knysna for this amazing event!

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Knysna Timber Festival 12th – 15th March

Given that timber growth in South Africa first took root in the seaside village of Knysna, there is no better setting to appreciate the local craftsmanship and talent that has elevated our countries thriving timber industry than at this exceptional destination. Presented by the Knysna Timber Initiative, which is aligned with the economic development of the area through the timber sector, the annual Knysna Timber Festival will present industry initiatives, local timber and woodworking materials, machinery, manufacturers, services and products over the course of this weekend long exhibition. For those attending, captivating exhibitions will showcase unique timber creations of furniture, rustic hand-crafted products and workshops for DIY enthusiasts to benefit from.

Marking the 8th event of its kind, this year’s Knysna Timber Festival will again connect suppliers to buyers and promote collaboration and unity within South Africa’s timber industry. Learn more about the important role that timber plays in sustainable building and discover a new found admiration for all things timber related. The exhibition will include live demonstrations, informative talks and presentations, as well as training and merchandising opportunities.

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KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees) 23rd – 29th March

Taking place in the quiet Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn (home to the largest ostrich population in the world!) the Klein Karoo Art Festival has become synonymous with this countryside setting, situated within the spectacular Garden Route. The popular Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) is a spectacular annual coming together of creativity, performance and expression. Exceptional local productions place the spotlight on upcoming actors and producers in the Garden Route, while celebrations of the vibrant Afrikaans culture and some of the best foods and wines of the Garden Route can be fully appreciated. Classical music enthusiasts are in for a treat as various famous choirs will be performing live at this year’s event, including renowned university choirs. This event attracts tourists from all walks of life and has been considered the largest art festival in the country.

Incredible music shows, inspiring visual and performing arts and family-friendly activities will be available during the course of the event, while many of the biggest local productions debut for the first time at the KKNK festival. Oudtshoorn is also home to the famous Cango Caves, while being the start of the Route 62 wine route, producing some of SA’s best port style wines. Book your holiday accommodation in Oudtshoorn to make the most of this inspiring event!

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Sedgefield Slow Festival 27th – 29th March

Declared Africa’s first Cittaslow (literally meaning ‘slow city’) Town in 2020, Sedgefield is the ideal setting for a festival that inspires slow living and appreciating every moment for what it is. Take in the beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Sedgefield Village with your loved ones this March at the annual Sedgefield Slow Festival, where leisure and lifestyle activities focus on enjoying the vast outdoors at a pleasant pace. Some of the fun events planned for this year’s festival include a Music Night Quiz that sees teams of 4 to 6 people battle it out in a fun and festive manner, a family-fun SUP (stand up paddling) race and barefoot bowls. This fun-filled summer event is run by local volunteers who are passionate about this unique location and all that it has to offer, while all the proceeds of the Segdefield Slow Festival are in aid of local charities and various Lion’s Projects.

For those travelling to the Garden Route to unwind and enjoy this festival, Sedgefield holiday accommodation ranges from rustic bed and breakfasts to family homes and stylish villas. The popular Sedgefield Slow Festival also hosts an exciting Cake Baking Competition that expands over 3 categories namely home and family bakers, professional bakers & decorators and children under the age of 16. For those with a flair for fashion and beauty, a unique “out of the bin” fashion show takes recycling and creativity to a whole new level. Enjoy this slow paced and fun festival with your loved ones, and experience the small town charm of Sedgefield.

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With so many exciting, family-friendly events taking place this summer in the beautiful Garden Route, holiday visitors are in for tons of excitement! Our Hello Garden Route team of accommodation and travel experts are passionate about this exceptional setting and look forward to ensuring you a delightful stay from the moment you arrive!

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