Knysna Oyster Festival

“South Africa’s Premier Sports & Leisure Festival”

The Knysna Oyster Festival is most likely the most popular festival in the Western Cape. It started in 1983 as the Knysna Winter Festival, drawing people to the town during its quiet winter season. The festival is a lifestyle and sports celebration with a wonderful variety of events taking place over two weeks.

Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and all who appreciate the good life gather for this fun-filled, activity packed lifestyle festival. The sporting aspect of the event includes a half marathon, a cycle tour, trail runs, family hikes and even a marathon style canoe event.

The star of the show though however are the oysters which are served cooked, naked or garnished at over 30 local Knysna hotspots throughout the festival. Other wonderful events and activities taking place will include wine shows, whiskey tastings, live music, night markets, kids’ activities and competitions, Comedy entertainment, cooking demonstrations, art exhibitions and so much more!

If you are looking for a great party and fun-filled winter holiday then book early, this popular festival ensures Knysna accommodation gets booked up quickly!


  • Winter Wonderland Opening Event
  • Fun Fair
  • Knysna Living Local Craft Shop
  • Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras
  • Lemonade Day Festival
  • Knysna Travelling Community Theatre
  • Obstacle Challenge
  • Inflatable Games
  • Big 5 Sport Challenge
  • Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour
  • Motorsport Gymkhana
  • Children’s Fun Cooking & Crafts Activities
  • Phantom Forest Night Run
  • Live Music Events
  • Whiskey & Live Jazz Cruise
  • Wine Festival & Night Market
  • Forest Family Hike
  • Green Carpet Kasi Vibes Event

And so much more……….


Dates : Friday, 7 July to Sunday, 16 July 2017

Times : 08h00 ‘til late daily

Venue : Festival Pavilion, Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds & various venues in Knysna

Tickets  : No tickets are required to enjoy the Festival, however certain activities may require an entrance fee.

                See website for Accommodation


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