Festivals in Hermanus

Hermanus and its surroundings is a land of marvel and adventure. Situated in the Overberg, on the edge of Walker Bay, this amazing town has been around for over a hundred years and has become a wonderful tourist destination. Yet it still manages to maintain its allure and natural splendour through mindful conservation and utmost respect for the natural splendour and wildlife found here. There’s truly no beating the kilometres of soft sandy beaches when it comes to swimming and sunbathing and hikers as well as nature-lovers of all sorts will find a landscape here that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.  

While there is much to do and see in Hermanus, there is much to celebrate as well! This is why there are a number of annual events and festivals that attract locals and visitors alike. From beer celebrations to music happenings, marathons and races to flower fairs – there is a party, festival or event for almost everything you can think off in this part of the Western Cape. And of course, Hermanus is primarily known as a whale watching destination. And boy, does it deliver. From the rocky shores of town, you can often see whales blowing, breaching, spy-hopping and diving. This is why the community in this region pays homage to these majestic creatures every year in September during the famous Hermanus Whale Festival. 

There are also a number of regular film and art festivals here which focus on providing a visual and intellectual experience. You’ll be able to attend exhibitions, concerts, gourmet talks and even panels with influencers and industry stalwarts alike. From poetry to jewellery design to painting, there’s always a wide variety of topics and workshops to explore at these kinds of festivals. If wine and food festivals are more up your alley then you certainly won’t be dissapointed in what the Hemel-en-Aarde vineyards and orchards offer. You’ll be able to go wine tasting while also snacking on amazing treats from all around this amazing countryside. 

If you’re visiting Hermanus during a festival time then definitely look around for accommodation that is offering special rates for longer durations. Whether it’s for carols by candlelight or a local flower show, rather stay a few days longer and really savour the experience than rush the adventure. Hermanus truly has something to amaze almost any onlooker. If you visit while the town is abuzz with celebration then you’re bound to have one of your most memorable getaways.

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