Festivals & Events

The lifeblood of Hermanus and surrounding towns and villages on the Cape Whale Coast are all of the annual festivals and events which draw crowds from far and wide.


Extreme Sports

Annual sporting community event announced annually via social media networks


Hermanus Whale Festival

Held annually to herald and celebrate the arrival of our beloved Southern Right Whales, the Hermanus Whale Festival is usually held toward the end of September. The enormously popular festival is well attended by visitors from far and wide creating a welcome buzz to wake up Hermanus from its winter slumber.

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First Friday Night Art Walk

First Fridays’ in Hermanus is our part of a worldwide initiative to make art and art galleries more accessible to the public. On the first Friday of every month, the eleven art galleries in the centre of Hermanus remain open until 8pm.

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Sandbaai Kalfiefees

The Hermanus Kalfiefees is a highly anticipated cultural festival which coincides with the arrival of the Southern Right Whales, which is why the festival was given its name. The annual six-day event takes place in Onrus annually during August.

Apart from the star attractions, the Southern right whales, the Afrikaans-centred festival showcases the local talent - from productions and exhibitions to musical performances and topical discussions.

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Fynarts Festival

A unique Celebration of South African Arts. Ten days packed with Art Exhibitions, Music, Literature, Photography, Illustrated Talks, Discussions, Interviews, Gastronomy and Award-winning Wine.

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Other Noteworthy Festivals

  • Hermanus Wine and Food Festival
  • Mountain Run
  • The Wildflower Festival
Hornbill House

Hemel & Aarde Village, Hermanus
Western Cape, South Africa
e: info@hornbillhouse.co.za
m:  +27 73 888 6363
t: +27 28 316 2696

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