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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 provides 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.

Upcoming Events

Glenelly 2017 Vintage Supper

Join Glenelly Estate for a delicious, interesting evening of food, wine, and beautiful vineyard views at The Vine Bistro celebrating their 2017 vintage, known throughout the region as one of the best vintages in recent memory.

This dinner is a must-do for wine enthusiasts, as the evening kicks off with a generous tasting of all the Glenelly 2017 wines served with elegant canapés, followed by a hearty wine pairing dinner.

Thursday, 11 April. Glenelly Estate. Read more here.

Blaauwklippen Wine Trails

Explore the foothills of Stellenbosch Mountain by way of the Blaauwklippen Wine Trails network with an experienced guided tour through vineyards, orchards, and Fynbos to Dornier’s modern art-inspired tasting area, where you can enjoy their famed bagels and exceptional wines. This will be followed by a short walk to the nearby Stellenzicht Wine Pod, where you will be treated to an exquisite wine and chocolate pairing. Still more adventure awaits – you will be transported back to Blaauwklippen by tractor and wagon, where your unique tour will culminate with an award-winning wine and food pairing!

Tours currently run every Friday morning, starting at from 12 April at 08:00. The experience will end at +- 15:00 . Click here for more.

Lievland and Neighbours Wine Dinner

A wine dinner all about getting to know Lievland, it’s neighbours and the wines from their little corner of the wine world. In collaboration with Mitres Edge, Nattevalleij, Kanonkop and Le Bonheur, Lievland invite you to share in an evening of great wines, good food and conviviality.

The evening kicks off with an array of canapés paired with several wines to to try on arrival. To follow, long tables will be set and ready to serve hearty, delicious supper dishes and wines to savour with them.

Friday, 19 April. Booking is essential. Payment requested to secure your booking. cafe@lievland.co.za

Rare South African Art Auction

Art affectionados are in for a treat at Aspire Art‘s auction at Boschendal Estate on the 20th of April 2024. IN FLIGHT: Selected Works from the Phoenix Collection, a legacy exhibition and premium auction in the beautiful Manor House, features a treasure trove of important 20th-century and contemporary South African art. Read more

Fine food, Smooth jazz

The Hazendal Jazz Club evenings begin with a tasting journey through Hazendal’s premium wines, before guests settle in for an evening of contemporary cuisine paired with the dulcet tones of leading jazz and classical performers.

The monthly Hazendal Jazz Club events have become a popular fixture on the winelands cultural calendar, and advance booking is essential.

Thursday, 25 April. Book your seat at bookings@hazendal.co.za

Dine and Draw at De Vier

Join De Vier restaurant and indulge in delectable dishes while preparing for your journey through the realms of science fiction and speculative storytelling.

Thursday, 25 April. Read more and book here.

Pop-Up Collective Market

The vibeyest curated market for the whole family! A day out to the winelands with the family the last Sunday of every month. Support local and small business entrepreneurs and traders, and meet the makers and designers.

Sunday, 28 April. Morgenhof Estate.

Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival makes a welcome return 3 and 4 May 2024 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre featuring the likes of Matt Bianco, Kokoroko and The Yussef Dayes Experience make their way to Cape Town to join an all-star SA line-up. Read more

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.

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.

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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