Culteral Interests, Festivals & Markets

Knysna’s natural beauty and cosmopolitan community inspire a unique creativity in artists – both local and international – making it the art capital of the region.
Various rambles and craft routes allow visitors to enjoy the local craftwork, its history and its people.

Zulu, English, Xhosa, Afrikaans and even Rastafarian are just a few of the languages you’ll hear on the streets and with them come an extraordinary mix of cultures – all with their own rich stories to tell.



With 26 years of fun and games to celebrate this year, the ten-day annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, one of the country’s longest-running festivals, will boast a jam-packed programme of sport, entertainment and 200 000 oysters!

More than 100 exciting events ranging from super-popular sports events and adventure challenges to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings, are expected to draw a crowd of some 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town.

The festival’s two main sporting events, the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, will give participants the unique opportunity to run and cycle through the ancient indigenous forests that have made Knysna famous. And if marathons are not your style, there’s a full programme of adventure and soft sports for the whole family to participate in, including paddling, golf, bowls, soccer, night biking and angling.

To live up to its name, the festival will present a variety of oyster-related events including the annual oyster-shucking (opening) competition, the ever-popular oyster eating competition and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras – a fabulous evening of oysters and wine tasting.

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras

Fabulously flamboyant and totally outrageous, this is the party of the year!


Pink Loerie in a Nutshell

The annual Pink Loerie Mardi Gras will transform the town again at the end of April. The first Mardi Gras that was held in May 2001 was a great success and since then it has grown every year to be more popular with huge support from the gay and lesbian community. Originated by Knysna local, Juan Lerm, it is Africa’s biggest, boldest and most colourful Gay carnival.

The Mardi Gras is a celebration of freedom and the diversity of the gay culture and offers six days of non stop entertainment for anyone, no matter their sexual orientation, who enjoys a party.


There are great festivals all over the world…

Gastronomica in Knysna is the only one ahead of the rest.

Share good talent, unique recipes, knowledge about raw food, inspiring community projects, beautiful product and fun people you encounter in this part of the world.

Stimulate a sustainable tourism industry in Knysna and the Garden Route by providing an exciting focus on Knysna’s growing reputation as a forward thinking culinary and tourist centre in South Africa.


AN EXCITING AND SIGNIFICANT LANDMARK IN THE HEART OF SOUTH AFRICA’S GARDEN ROUTE, this multiple award-winning WILD OATS Community Farmers’ Market is located on the outskirts of the tiny coastal town of Sedgefield, (see map) adjacent to the beautiful Swartvlei lake-lagoon. Now in it’s tenth year, this small, rustic but internationally famous farmers’ market continues to attract the enthusiastic attention of proud locals and discernng travellers who consistently return for more of its festive fare. What this initiative has achieved is the blending of people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix where important educational experiences about local food sources, nutrition, environmental awareness and agricultual issues all blend into an unusual festive spirit of community.

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