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Things to do in Stellenbosch

Experience the best things to do in town with our guide to enjoying all that is Stellenbosch.

Stellenbosch’s vineyards and mountainous nature reserves provide a range of unforgettable outdoor experiences. The oak-lined streets offer world class food and wine, entertainment, art and culture, and a nightlife scene synonymous with a university town. We make recommendations for a perfect weekend in Stellenbosch, unforgettable adventures and where to stay while in town.

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

The 2024 Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival returns with a star-studded faculty of internationally acclaimed artists inspiring, coaching and performing alongside student participants from across the globe.

5-14 July, Stellenbosch University.

Fokofpolisiekar at Daisy Jones Bar

Fan favourite Fokofpolisiekar is launching their latest album, Dans Deur Die Donker, while also performing their standards at the Daisy Jones Bar. Opening acts include Cistamatic and The Man Motels. Super fans can look out for VIP tickets comprising of special access, beer and signed lyrics.

Friday 19 July, The Daisy Jones Bar, Summerhill Wine Estate, doors open at 5pm. Click here for more info, – for tickets

Franschhoek Bastille Festival

 

Franschhoek is set to once again dazzle and delight as it gears up for another spectacular Bastille Day celebration, in partnership with global financial services business, Prescient.

Renowned for its culinary delights and world-class wines, the Franschhoek Wine Valley invites you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of French culture during the annual Bastille commemoration. Whether you choose to indulge in the abundant wine tastings within the iconic Bastille marquee (boasting festivities aplenty, with local food stalls and live entertainment) or prefer to explore the lively streets and undeniable atmosphere of the village united in its celebrations – there’s something on offer for everyone to enjoy.

So, don your finest French attire of blue, white and red, and feel free to opt for the practical addition of wintry gumboots. Nothing will dampen the spirit of the 2024 edition of the beloved Bastille weekend celebrations.

Saturday, 20 July & Sunday, 21 July. Franschhoek. Book tickets here.

Wine Festivals

Wine Town Stellenbosch, incorporating the Stellenbosch Wine Festival, involves more than mere wine tasting — it’s cultural immersion. Wine Town Stellenbosch, from 30 July to 4 August, transforms the region into a hive of activity, with local artists and chefs showcasing their talents alongside the winemakers.

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival, 2–3 August at the Town Hall, offers a curated experience of premium wines paired with gourmet food.

Trail running with a wine tasting on the routes at Warwick

 

Warm up on a winter Sunday morning by running in the green Winelands and sip some wine at a refreshment station on the 5, 10 and 15km routes taking in the stunning views of Simonsberg and the Winelands from the slopes of Klapmutskop.

More information on www.dirtopia.co.za or mail info@dirtopia.co.za or whatsapp 0783433572. Follow Dirtopia on Instagram, Facebook and X for the latest updates.

Woordfees

 

Die 2024 Toyota Stellenbosch Woordfees bot, blom en bruis dié lente uit met meer as 400 unieke produksies wat in nagenoeg 60 venues in en om Stellenbosch aangebied word.

Die fees vind vanjaar van 28 September tot 6 Oktober in die Eikestad plaas.

Die 2024-program bied aan feesgangers die geleentheid om met oorgawe uiting te gee aan ’n eie spontaneïteit, wat gestalte gee aan vanjaar se feestema – Speel.

Klik hier vir meer inligting.

More Things To Do

Hiking and Mountain Biking

The Jonkershoek Mountains, just outside town, offer beautiful vistas, birding, picnicking and rewarding walks and cycling trails. Here are five of the best hiking trails to explore in Stellenbosch’s mountains. Mountain bikers are reminded to invest in a Wine Lands Regional Permit that allows year-round access to 1,300km of first-rate mountain trails in and around Stellenbosch.

Local Wine Bars

Stellenbosch’s wine bars are the new vibe in the historic town centre. We share our favourite spots for enjoying local wines, taking in the unique atmosphere and excellent fare of each bar en route.

Family-friendly Activities

While our region is famous for its picturesque vineyards and award-winning wineries, several family-friendly farms offer unique experiences for families, so parents can enjoy the lovely setting while their children enjoy a variety of activities.

This year Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience takes place on 18- 19 November 2023 at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch University. Entrants can choose between marathon and half-marathon races. Click here for more. 

Food & wine

South Africa’s second oldest town is slowly surpassing its wine reputation to become a fully fledged gastronomic destination. If the promise of five wine routes, consisting of more than a hundred wineries, is not enough, a range of top-tier restaurants, wine bars, eateries, markets and food experiences are making this region that go-to destination for epicureans around the globe.

Outdoor sports and activities

Stellenbosch is a fantastic destination for those who love getting out in the open air, engaging in physical activity and appreciating the charms of Mother Nature, thanks to a combination of its natural geography and year-round clement weather. Enjoy outdoor pursuits in and around Stellenbosch; think hiking, cycling, running or golf. Read more.

Landmarks

From Oom Samie se Winkel to the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, Stellenbosch’s to-do list is as plentiful as its sunny days. We offer our list of what to do in Stellenbosch for the time-smart traveller. Discover fine art, natural wonders, performing arts spaces and so much more.

Art

Stellenbosch boasts a high concentration of art museums and private galleries scattered across town, extending to wine estates and private gardens. You’ll find fine art in public and private spaces, along with blockbuster exhibitions like the Stellenbosch Triennale featuring contemporary art from Africa. Read more

Stay over

Make the most of your visit to Stellenbosch by staying over. With a range of fine hospitality establishments, there’s something for everyone. Here is our list of some of the hidden gems that justify a visit all by themselves.

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