Knysna Oyster Festival 21 to 30 June 2019

The 36th annual Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival kicks off at the end of June in a whirlwind of events and activities stretching over the period 21 to 30 June. Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, diarise these dates and start planning the best 10 days of your winter along the Garden Route!

The 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival is South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festival. This year it will once again offer a programme of unique events for sport lovers, families and adventurers, with an abundance activities spread over a ten day festival. There will be no shortage of fun, and a chance to experience one of the most beautiful, scenic areas in the country. Here’s what you have to look forward to this year:

Knysna Oyster Festival Events

2019 Knysna Oyster Festival Sporting Events

Saturday, 22 June kicks off with the prestigious Knysna Cycle Tour which is followed by road race events and the Harbour 2 Heads Lagoon Challenge on Sunday, 23 June. The BIG5 Sport Challenge is another festival favourite, where professional and amateur athletes compete against each other over 5 courses which always has spectators on the edge of their seats.

Knysna Events

Venue Opening Times

21 June | 10:00 – 20:00 | Knysna Cycle Tour Registration & Expo Thesen Islands Parking Garage – Registration for Knysna Cycle Race
22 June | 08:00 | Knysna Cycle Tour: MTB Race – Start and finish Waterfront Drive
23 June | 10:00 – 13:00 | Harbour 2 Heads Lagoon Challenge – Knysna Yacht Club Paddle Race on the Knysna Lagoon
23 June 8:00 | Road Event – Knysna Cycle Tour – Start and Finish Knysna Waterfront Drive CUT-OFF TIMES: 12:30 at Ruigtevlei 15:00 at High School sports field
23 June | 9:00 | Spur Children’s Tour – Sport field in Waterfront Drive
23 June |  All day | Spur’s Fun area for children – Sport field in Waterfront Drive
28th June | 10:00– 22:00 | Knysna Forest Marathon and half marathon: Registration – Thesen Island Parking Garage
29th June | 16:30 | Knysna Forest Marathon Taxi Pick-up: Vigilance Dr, Industrial Area. Start: Glebe, in the forest Finish: Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, Waterfront Drive

knysna oyster festival 2019

Food and entertainment at the 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival

The most popular food event of the festival, ‘Seafood Wednesday’ allows top notch restaurants the opportunity to showcase their best seafood dishes. Festival-goers can indulge in delicious dishes, take part in the Pick ‘n Pay Fish Braai Competition, Oyster Eating and Shucking Competition and the Pick ‘n Pay Flavours of Knysna oyster showcase. Local restaurants and cafes will have a variety of specials during the festival so be prepared for a food overload.

knysna oyster fest

From live performances, fashion shows, cruises, markets, children events and even a comedy show, the Knsyna Oyster Festival has something for everyone. Parents can enjoy the festival in its entirety thanks to the Momentum Kiddies Area which is a secure play area tailored especially for the little ones. The Fun Fair also has its thrills for both young and old and is open for the duration of the festival.

Knysna Rises

Are you heading up the Garden Route to taste some delicious oysters and take part in the events happening over the 10 day festival? Make Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa your convenient choice of accommodation in the Knysna region. Bookings can be made at +27 (0) 44 302 5746 or via email at


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Knysna Oyster Festival

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