Ficksburg Cherry Festival


Ficksburg is known as the “Cherry Capital of the World” and to celebrate this title the small, but beautiful town hosts an annual Cherry Festival. The first Festival took place in 1968, making this the longest running crop Festival in South Africa.

The main events back in 1968 were the street parades, the Cherry Ball and the crowning of the Cherry Queen. Over time the events have changed slightly, but the whole feel of the festival still makes visitors fall in love with the delicious cherries!

The Ficksburg Cherry Festival now attracts approximately 20 000 visitors to this quaint town each year and offers magnificent scenery along with a fun filled festival with something for both young and old. A number of events run alongside each other over the three days from sporting activities and kids’ activities to farm tours, tastings, workshops, an exhibition and market stalls jam packed with goodies galore. This allows visitors more than enough choice that will leave them wanting to come back next year to attend the events they didn’t get to!

In addition to the usual activities visitors can expect to see a few old favourites’ back such as the wine and chocolate pairings, the popular Scottish Pipe band and even the Scarecrow-making workshop. Bring the whole family for a weekend away and enjoy more than just the festival, but a little tranquillity in this very pretty spot of the country.


  • Cherry Farm Tours
  • Cherry Exhibition
  • Cherry Tastings
  • Fun Run
  • Road Cycle Race
  • Workshops
  • Introduction to Cooking with Cherries
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairings
  • Read, Steady, bake Competition
  • Markets
  • Craft Beer and Wine Village
  • Picnics
  • Cherry Beer Tastings
  • Live Music
  • Scottish Bagpipe Band
  • Kids Entertainment
  • Wow Mini Circus
  • Miss Cherry Blossom Competition
  • KFC Speed Eating Competition


Dates : Thursday, 16 November to Saturday, 18 November 2017

Times : Thursday 09h00 to 20h00, Friday 08h00 to 21h00, Saturday 07h30 to 20h00

Venue : Ficksburg, Free State Province

Tickets : tickets are available at the doors or online at

Prices  : R40 to R100 for single day tickets and R150 for 3 day pass

              Discounted Price for Thursday only, Kids 6 to 18yrs, R30 per tickets and R80 for 3 day pass

              Tickets for Farm Tours available at Café Chocolat, 9 Fontein Street, Ficksburg

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