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Need to know where to see and be seen? Keen to experience the local vibe? Or just have to be part of the party? With Acacia Africa’s handy guide to the local festivals seen in South Africa, you’ll soon be living it up and partying the night away.

Ultra South Africa:

Are you looking for one of the biggest EDM music events in Africa? Then look no further than Ultra. The pinnacle of the electronic music scene, you’ll be thrilled by The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Above & Beyond and many more.

  • 1 & 2 Mar | Nasrec (JNB), Ostrich Farm (CPT)


Not sure you can handle the hectic nature of AfrikaBurn? Then Bazique may be perfect for you. Let your spirit run wild and free as you play among the many music stages, enjoy the fire and circus performances, giggle at the comedy or get inspired by the art all around you.

  • 15 – 17 Mar | Elgin Grabouw Country Club

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

Celebrate Oudtshoorn’s biggest street festival in a tangle of art, music and theatre. One of South Africa’s major art festivals, you’re sure to find some new inspiration here.

  • 21 – 27 Mar | Oudtshoorn

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

A can’t-miss for jazz fans worldwide, this exceptional annual event is in its 2nd decade this year, and sure to be better than ever. There’s even a free concert in Greenmarket Square if you can’t get tickets for the main event.

  • 29 – 30 Mar | CTICC

Splash Fen

A KwaZulu-Natal institution, this is the longest running (and most-loved) music festival around. Nestled in gorgeous Drakensberg surroundings, this is the perfect way to celebrate Easter, music and the people you love with good vibes all around.

  • 18 – 22 Apr | Himeville, Drakensberg

The Rand Show

Possibly the largest family-orientated event in the country, it’s celebrating its 125th year this year. With everything from circus acts and fire dancing expos to cook-offs and fitness buffs, there’s a little something for everyone. You can’t say you are South African until you’ve been at the Rand Show.

  • 19 – 28 Apr (unconfirmed) | Johannesburg Expo Centre

SA Cheese festival

Celebrating all things cheese (and pairing them with great wines too), expect 3 days of the tastiest nosh around. Packed with life entertainment, experience hand-crafted dainties and enjoyable, interactive tastings the whole day… you can even try your hand at cheese carving!

  • 26 – 28 Apr | Sandringham Estate, Stellenbosch


Africa’s answer to Burning Man, expect an experience like no other. Join a veritable tent city to enjoy the very best theatre, costumes and art in an intellectually challenging atmosphere that’s unlike anything else the world has ever seen, and let your wild child run free.

29 Apr – 5 May | Tankwa Karoo National Park

Which of these scintillating festivals will you be exploring this year, or are you going to bravely try them all? Acacia Africa wants to be part of the action! Be sure to show us what we’re missing with the #AcaciaLive tag!