Activities and Amenities
Knysna Cycle Tour
Every year, the magnificent Garden Route hosts the Knysna Cycle Tour; an event for the whole family to enjoy. This is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Knysna, and promises fun for cyclists and spectators alike. This makes for an exciting winter event, during which the beauty of Knysna, and the mountains and valleys that surround it can be appreciated in new light.
Knysna Forest Marathon
The Knysna Forest Marathon is held annually during the Knysna Oyster Festival and is always a great success.
Participants can take place in either the 42.2km full marathon or the 21.1km half-marathon. This is a favourite on the running calendar.
Entries are limited to 1000 runners for the full marathon and 5500 for the half, so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.
Knysna Literary Festival
Come and join in this year’s Knysna Literary Festival. This town is a mix of culture with a rich and colourful history.
Not only does the festival celebrate the written word but it also stimulates education, as well as being committed to minimise its eco-negative impact. The event is ethically sound and embraces socially responsible principles and aims to reach out to Knysna’s residents and visitors to promote literacy as well as the best South African authors.
The festival stands for the improvement of people’s minds through reading, creativity, and production. This year promises an exciting offering, from interviews and talks, to discussion groups with South Africa’s leading authors.
Knysna Oyster Festival
The Knysna Oyster Festival is probably one of the most popular annual events in the Western Cape. It is also something of a celebration of the good life and sport and has taken place every year since 1983, where it began as the Knysna Winter Festival – a combination of sport that drew people to Knysna during the quiet winter season.
Marketed as the ‘Best 10 Days of Your Winter’, the Knysna Oyster festival is spread across two weekends that promise constant fun and activities for the whole family. The sport aspect of the Oyster Festival has evolved into two major sporting events – the Pick n Pay Cape Times Forest Marathon (half marathon), and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Cycle Tour, now a two-day event that is the biggest of its kind in the country.
Knysna Speed Festival
The Knysna Speed Festival welcomes you to Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. Knysna Speed Festival is sure to entertain any and all speed lovers from all across South Africa for a week of pure adrenalin and fun filled action for the whole family!
The Knysna Speed Festival story began in 2009 with the running of the first Knysna Hillclimb. From humble beginnings the event exploded in 2010 and, although it is a relatively new fixture on the South African motorsport calendar, it has immediately positioned itself as one of the premier events on the South African motorsport scene.
Leisure Isle Festival
Every year, the Leisure Isle Festival brings the artists and crafters together in a fun-filled weekend for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors can taste homemade food, different teas and the refreshing crisp bite of the beers in the beer garden. There are also plenty of activities for little ones, while parents peruse the many stalls.
The Fun Run (4 kilometres) and Fun Walk (1.2 kilometres) are always highlights for visitors to the festival. Both start at 09h30, and the funds raised will be donated to charities. There are watering points along the way, and fabulous prizes at the end.
Pink Loerie Mardi Gras
This very popular and highly colourful celebration is always a highlight on the international Gay Calendar. The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras offers four days of non-stop entertainment for Gay people as well as for everybody that have a need for superb entertainment, major partying or just having loads of light-hearted fun and laughter.
With thousands of like-minded people absorbing the carnival atmosphere, energy levels will have to remain at a peak! The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras is getting bigger, better and a bit more outrageous by the year. A unique experience not to be missed!
Plett Food and Film Festival
Launched in 2014, the celebration of some of the best things in life (top-notch food and entertainment) hit Plettenberg Bay. This is one of the most popular seaside towns along the Garden Route. It has gained acclaim over the years for its water sports and laid-back vibe. However, it is now putting itself firmly on the cultural map for this well-loved annual event.
The Plett Food & Film Festival is, as its name implies, focussed on showcasing the wonderful cuisine and the excellent quality of film productions coming out of South Africa. However, it is not limited by genre or style. Rather, many different facets of both food and film are explored, sampled and indulged upon at this exciting event. Some of the well-trained and experienced chefs will be on hand to discuss their inspiration and innovative approaches to enthusiastic fans of all things delicious.
Seven Passes MTB Event
Where: The route follows the 7 Passes road between George and Knysna
Level: 75 km; advanced riding
Type of route: some tar, but mainly dirt mountain roads through indigenous forest, pine plantation and private farmland
Best: in Autumn, just before the rains
This mountain bike event is a new event, inaugurated at the end of April 2015. Known as the Susan Deacon 7 Passes Weekend MTB, the race begins in George and follows the 7 Passes Route along the back roads through indigenous forest, pine plantations, farmland and across historical bridges and rushing rivers.
The Toy Run
The end of the year is often a time of gift-giving for families and friends around the world. And this spirit of giving has prompted tens of thousands of motorcyclists from biking clubs and chapters around South Africa to join forces and spoil less fortunate children in the local communities at the annual Toy Run.
This tradition is some 35 years old and has been hosted by various cities and towns throughout the country. In the Southern Cape, it will be held in the vibrant coastal town of Mossel Bay on Sunday, 26 November 2017. The proud hosts are the South Western District Motorcycling Association (SWDMCA), but it is also heavily supported by many of the biking clubs and members of the public.