Karoo Festivals Guide for 2016


nieu bethesda festival of lights

Nieu-Bethesda Festival of Lights on New Year’s Eve.

Here’s your Karoo Festivals Guide for 2016. Visit the linked websites for updates and details. Bring your Party Hat. A very large and empty cooler box for that Karoo Lamb you’ll be taking home. A camera with loads of memory. And prepare to make a whole bunch of new friends out here in the Karoo.


Star attractions at the Nieu Bethesda Pump-Palooza Festival.


Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn

Date: March 24 – 30

Nieu Bethesda Pump-Palooza Pumpkin Festival

Date: March 26

AfrikaBurn setting in the Tankwa Desert of the Northern Cape.

AfrikaBurn setting in the Tankwa Desert of the Northern Cape.


AfrikaBurn, Tankwa Desert

Date: April 25 – May 1

Karoo Food Festival, Cradock

Date: April 29 – May 1

Karoo mountain biking at its best.

Karoo mountain biking at its best.


Swaershoek MTB Challenge, Cradock

Date: May 1

Calitzdorp, in the heart of Route 62.

Calitzdorp, in the heart of Route 62.


Calitzdorp Port Wine Festival

Date: June 16 – 19

Biltong Festival, Somerset East

Date: June 17 – 18

Platteland Preview, Smithfield, Southern Free State

Date: June 24 – 26

olive schreiner

Olive Schreiner’s Cradock home – now a museum.


Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival, Cradock

Date: July 22 – 25



calvinia, northern cape

Calvinia, where the annual Meat Festival (Vleisfees) happens in Spring.


Klein Karoo Klassique, Oudtshoorn

date: August 11 – 14

Montagu National Youth Arts Festival

August 1-0 – 20

Calvinia: Hantam Meat Festival

Date: August 26 – 27


williston winter festival riel dancers

Young Rieldancers wow the crowds at the Williston Winter Festival in September.


Williston: Winter Festival

Date: September 1 – 3

Kimberley: Gariep Arts Festival

Date: September 1 – 4

Montagu: Makiti Family Heritage Festival

Date: September 24


hansa fish river canoe marathon, cradock

Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon time in Cradock.


Graaff-Reinet: Karoolus Festival

Date: September 30 – October 1

Cradock: Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon

Date: October 7 – 8

Philipstown: Wire Car Festival

Date: TBA

Richmond: Bookbedonnerd

Date: TBA

Bedford: Garden Festival

Date: October 21 – 23

cradock agricultural show

Cradock Agricultural Show – one of the oldest in SA.


Cradock: Agricultural Show

Date: October 28 – 30

Upington: Kalahari Kuierfees

Date: November 3 – 5

Prince Albert: Leesfees

Date: November 4 – 6

port nolloth diamond boats

Life on the diamond coast of South Africa.


MacDougall’s Bay: Sand Festival

Date: December 30

Nieu-Bethesda: Festival of Lights

Date: December31

Karoo Agricultural Shows

All Year

Every Last Saturday of the Month:

Laingsburg Farmers’ Market

Every Saturday Night in the Karoo:

Steytlerville Follies Dinner Show


  • Obviously, TBA means To Be Announced. Keep checking the links above for updated details on festival dates;
  • If your Karoo town has a festival that has not been mentioned, contact us at info@karoospace.co.za or telephone us at: +27 (0) 48 881 2660.


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2 Responses to Karoo Festivals Guide for 2016

  1. David Robbins May 24, 2015 at 8:37 am #

    Whatever happened to the Apollo Film Festival in Victoria West?

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