It is never too early to start planning.
Many festivals have already announced their dates for 2018.
Let's fill your calendar with a variety of markets, day, night, music, food & wine festivals, you name it – we've got it all right here.
Cape Town Motor Show
- When: 2-4 March
- Where: GrandWest, Western Cape
Witness the grand revealing of marvelous cars from world-class brands, featuring mind-blowing drifting. At the same time enjoy live entertainment, featuring top SA bands.
#2018CarGoals, is the ultimate gathering of petrol heads. You'll be in love with the vehicles on show and the topnotch tech set to be unveiled.
- When: 29 March - 1 April
- Where: Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal
This is the festival that celebrates life, art, music, love, laughter and fun. Artists in this year's lineup include Bowling for Soup, Matthew Mole, Prime Circle, GoodLuck, Desmond & the Tutus and much more.
Established in 1990, Splashy Fen is South Africa's longest running and oldest music festival (yup, even older than the famous OppiKoppi Established in 1994).
The Wine Art Food Festival
- When: 5 May
- Where: Freedom Park, Pretoria
The festival comprises of three main elements that will cater for the whole family. Wine tasting and classes, gourmet food stalls and art exhibitions and classes.
For the more arty attendees, local artists from around the province will be on hand to create their signature art live on the day, whilst showcasing their talent and artworks. This year, the festival will offer a simple but fun 2-hour Art class on the basics of painting.
The festival will feature an array of wines for the day and exhibitors will be invited from across the country, keeping all the products proudly South African.
Fire & Feast Meat Festival
- When: 8-10 June
- Where: North Riding, Johannesburg
Gather 'round carnivores this is your festival. The festival will satisfy your cravings for carefully prepared meat, while educating visitors on how best to cook and enjoy different types and cuts of meat.
You can also find out more about fish, chicken and game, enjoy the Beer & Braai garden (offering a chilled vibe) or visit the wine-tasting zone and gin bar if beer isn't your thing.
Live entertainment will be available to see you through the day.
- When: 7 July
- Where: Greyville Racecourse, Durban
With the first event held in 1897, come be part of history. Not only is it an opportunity to dress the part and act like you're royalty, but it's also pretty exhilarating seeing the horses as they race past.
Don't forget the after party, where you can rub shoulders with local celebrities and see awesome live performances from top SA talent.
Robertson Slow Festival |Wine and Food Festival
- When: 3-5 August
- Where: Robertson Wine Valley, Robertson
If you are already a wine lover, you need to save these dates now. There's incredible tapas-style food on offer, which means you'll have the chance to try a little bites of everything, and you might just learn a thing or two about wine and what to enjoy it with.
- When: 4-7 October 2018
- Where: Oppikoppi Farm, Northam, Limpopo
OppiKoppi is an intense 4-day all consuming African love affair.
If you're ready to embrace the full spirit of Oppikoppi be prepared for dust, sweat and portaloos as they are part of the experience. The Oppikoppi Festival has grown to be South Africa's largest music festival attracting thousands of visitors each year. It reflects the diverse musical offerings available in South Africa.
rAGE - October
- When: 5-7 Oct 2018
- Where: Ticketpro Dome, Randburg
rAge is South Africa's biggest annual video gaming, computer, technology and geek culture exhibition.
You can enjoy crazy specials on tech, new game launches, witness awesome cosplay (and take part in it yourself) and get your hands on all sorts of comic-themed paraphernalia.