Summer holidays are here. With 2018 coming to an end, it is essential to make sure you rested and revitalized for 2019. What better way to rest and relax than heading down to the coast and enjoying the sun, sea, and activities the coastal towns and cities have on offer? If you are wondering where to go over the holiday period; this blog is just for you. Allow us to put your coastal vacation itinerary together so that you can relax your way into the summer holidays. 

This blog will take you to various festivals around the coastal areas of South Africa. From wine tasting to music festivals – this guide will have all the must-see coastal attractions and events for you and your family to attend while on holiday.


Where: Green Point, Cape Town  | When: 30 November to 02 December 2018

This festival is in honour of the brewing heritage and craft from all around the world and locally. You can expect to taste and try over 200 beers at the largest annual gathering of beer enthusiasts in South Africa. 

If you are a connoisseur, beer lover or would like to learn about the craft of beer making, then this is something you most certainly should not miss out on.

Along with beer tasting, you will be able to enjoy great local entertainment, food stalls, live music and so much more. 

This festival is kid friendly. Your kids will be able to enjoy the increasingly popular kiddie’s area which has become a highlight of the festival for both locals and international visitors.

Cape Town


Where: Franschhoek, Cape Town | When: 1-2 December 2018

Bid a farewell to 2018 by enjoying the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, ‘The Magic of Bubbles’, presented by Sanlam Private Wealth. If you are someone who loves dressing up and enjoys a glass of bubbly, this festival is just the ticket for you.

This two-day event celebrates the beauty of South Africa’s finest MCC’s. Come and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, live music, delicious food and of course all the bubbly. This year’s theme is Black and White, so put your best foot forward as awards will be won by the best dressed.

This is one not to be missed.

Cap Classique Champagne


Where: Nieu-Bethesda near Graaff-Reinet | When: 31 December 2018

If you are looking for an opportunity to visit the fascinating and mesmerising Nieu-Bethesda near Graaff-Reinet, then the New Year’s festival of lights is the ideal opportunity to take in this fantastic gem of a town. The lights and lantern parade is a community event that continues to inspire people from all over South Africa to start the new year with hope. Along with the lantern parade, you will be able to enjoy live performances, puppet shows, live music, dancing and enjoying great food. 

Can you think of a better way to bring in the New Year?

Festival Of Lights


Where: Salt Rock, KwaZulu-Natal | When: 14 December 2018 to 02 January 2019

With summertime comes fresh summer fruit. If you are in the KwaZulu-Natal area, along with the beach and beautiful weather, go and enjoy the festival dedicated to the delicious flavours of the litchi fruit. After spending some time enjoying the 15-minute tractor trips around the orchards, you will be able to have a lovely picnic along the dam. 

You will be able to purchase delicious treats (cash only) from various vendors. This is definitely an ideal family outing which everyone can enjoy.

Litchi Festival


Where: Hobie Beach, Plett | When: 15 – 17 December 2018

If you find yourself around the Garden Route area during the December period, the Robberg fine foods classic beach regatta might tickle your fancy. This beach regatta takes place at Hobie beach in Plettenberg Bay, and it is a sight to behold. 

Imagine a bay filled with a colourful fleet of sails – many come from far and wide to enjoy this sight. 

This spectacle is a vital part of the Plettenberg Bay festive season and its one that is remembered by many visitors and locals. 

What can you expect from this festival? Fantastic beaches, boat races, live entertainment and so much more. 


A holiday is meant to be a relaxing time, so make sure you fill your holiday calendar with unusual events and destinations. If you happen to try any of these excellent activities, be sure to tag us in your images.

Happy Holidays!