9 - 18 July 2021

The Knysna Oyster Festival is almost upon us! Taking place from 9 – 18 July 2021, it is a highlight on the social calendar for residents and local visitors alike. Following up our blog on the planned sporting attractions, we’ve put together a wide variety of more leisurely events to look forward to.

Happy Hour & Live Music at Gastro Pub

Every Friday, the Gastro Pub on Thesen Island hosts Happy Hour with live music. Between 17h30 and 19h30 enjoy buy 1 get 1 FREE on craft beer draught, gin on tap & house wine. On Friday 9 July 2021 Dave McMillan will be performing and on Friday 16 July 2021 Marlene & Valdi Jazz Band will be performing.

Date: Friday 9 & Friday 16 July 2021
Time: 17h30 – 19h30
Venue: Gastro Pub at Turbine Hotel & Spa
Price: Free
Book: 044 302 5746

Pop Up Outdoor Shopping Experience

Support local artists, artisans and musicians by attending an outdoor Pop Up shop in bustling Queen Street. Browse through a variety of stalls, sample freshly-baked goodies, grab a cup of coffee, enjoy some live music and just generally soak up the incredible vibe. This is outdoor shopping at its best.

Date: Friday 9 & Saturday 10 July 2021
Time: 9am – 3pm
Venue: 10 Queen Street
Price: Free
Book: N/A

Classic VW Beetle Showcase

Car-lovers will delight at the incredible section of classic VW Beetles on show at the Scarab Village in Sedgefield on Saturday 10 July 2021. Coupled with the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market, it’s a morning of fun not to be missed for motor-heads and families alike.

Date: Saturday 10 July 2021
Time: 0830 – 1130
Venue: Scarab Village
Price: Free
Book: N/A

Moonlight Meander

The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun sets. Get up-close-and-personal with the nocturnal life of Swartvlei Beach under a spectacular sky of stars. Beginning at the parking area, attendees will stroll towards Gericke’s Point, meeting the amazing and fascinating wildlife and marine life onshore and in the rock pools. Make sure to bring along a torch that will last at least 3 hours and shoes you don’t mind getting wet.

Date: Saturday 10 July 2021
Time: 7pm
Venue: Swartvlei Beach
Price: R150
Book: 072 390 6667

Steve Crane

Knysna Oyster Festival Heritage Route

Learn all about the rich history of Knysna with a guided walk through an array of historical buildings, the famous Old Gaol Museum and the fascinating Millwood House Museum. The tour will be rounded-off with a stop at the Art Cafe for a coffee and a delicious slice of cake.

Date: Friday 9 – Sunday 18 July 2021
Time: 10h00 & 15h00
Venue: Knysna Main Road
Price: R120
Book: +27 63 064 6552

Alvis Drift Bubbly & Oysters Pairing

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of bubbly and oysters pairing at the Island Cafe on Thesen Island on Thursday 15 July 2021. The Island Cafe overlooks the stunning Thesen canals with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, retro decor and open fireplaces. The kitchen is run by Head Chef Greg Coleman.

Date: Thursday 15 July 2021
Time: 17h45
Venue: Island Cafe at Turbine Hotel & Spa
Price: R350
Book: 044 302 5746


Craig Hinds from Watershed Unplugged

Take in the smooth sounds of Craig Hinds, front-man from the band Watershed, overlooking the iconic Knysna Heads. Following the recent launch of Watershed’s seventh studio album, Elephant in the Room, this event will certainly be one for the books. The ticket price includes a welcome drink and tapas.

Date: Thursday 15 – Saturday 17 July 2021
Time: 17h00
Venue: Head Over Hills
Price: R795
Book: +27 44 384 0384

Take a look at our Facebook page for more updates on and events at the Knysna Oyster Festival 2021. If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, make sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible as it’s filling up quickly. We look forward to welcoming you to our beloved seaside gem!

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