A little bit of planning goes a long way when there are so many tempting events in Plettenberg Bay in 2019. We are thrilled to be able to offer visitors adventure and sporting events, food, wine, arts and culture in our enviable natural setting. So, grab your calendar and have a browse through selected upcoming events in 2019. These are by no means all the events to be enjoyed in Plett throughout the year, but it’s a starter guide to finding your favourite event or three.
Information correct at time of publication.
FOOD & WINE
17 February │ Truck & Vine Festival
A day of sunshine, sublime wine, food trucks and music awaits in the Plett Winelands. The Truck and Vine Festival is back, this time at the gorgeous Kay & Monty Vineyards. Join Plett’s winemakers for a celebration of the harvest season, fun in the sun and even grape stomping at this delightful pairing of delicious wines and scrumptious food-truck fare.
ARTS & CULTURE
17-30 June │ Plett ARTS Festival
Plett’s fifth ARTS Festival is a celebration of music, dance, art, film and food with a uniquely “Plett” flair. Look out for festival favourites Plett Food & Film, Afridocs, Plett Twilight Meander and Plett Winter School amongst many other colourful, musical and entertaining features. The schedule for the festival will be finalised soon, so watch this space.
15-22 February │ Kids of Kurland Arts Festival
Hosted in aid of the Kids of Kurland foundation, the Kids of Kurland Arts Festival brings a select group of performers to Plettenberg Bay for four nights of music and theatre at the White House. This year, we’re pleased to welcome Pieter Dirk Uys, Andrew Young, Vumani Choral Project and Contagious Theatre. The Kids of Kurland Project, established in 2001, helps to equip the children of the Kurland community through education and life skills.
ADVENTURE & NATURE
19-22 April │ Garden Route Walking Festival
Explore the incredible walks and hikes of the Garden Route. The popular Garden Route Walking Festival returns in April, offering free and professionally guided walks and trails over the Easter weekend. From easy, family-friendly walks to extreme mountain peaks and everything in between, there are walks galore for everyone to enjoy!
20-21 April │Buco Adventure Weekend
Easter is always an adventurous time of year for us in Plettenberg Bay, thanks in no small part to Buco’s Adventure Weekend. The event comprises a series of sporting challenges that provide a fun challenge for serious sportspeople and families alike. The weekend offers a trail run, fun MTB for the kids, a night run, surf ski challenge and the thrilling “Round the Blinders Dash for Cash” surf ski. As one of Plett’s longest-running adventure events, you’ll return year after year.
14 May │ Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run
Forest, mountain, stream and kloof, Tsitsikamma is known for some of the most beautiful trails on the planet. The Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run is a 60 km, linear trail that begins under “The Big Tree” near Storms River and ends at Natures Valley. The run will follow the Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail in a reverse direction from Storms River to Natures Valley.
19-21 September │ Dr Evil Classic MTB Stage Race
Three days of trails, three awesome race villages. Dr Evil Classic returns to Plett Game Reserve, Kurland Estate and Cairnbrogie, each with their own special features and unique views, in September. This is one of those races where it makes sense to include the whole family for a long weekend of fun in Plett. The race’s namesake, Leon Evans (aka Dr Evil), received his nickname from his days designing some of the gruelling Absa Cape Epic’s routes. However, his approach to designing this event in his own backyard is more focused on fun and adventure than testing riders to their limits. Tickets sell out fast, so don’t dawdle!
9 & 11 October │ Otter African Trail Run & Challenge
The Grail of Trail, as the Otter is known, is without a doubt one of the most admired trails in the world. It was global Grand Final of last year’s inaugural Salomon Golden Trail series and runners travel from all over to take on this challenging trail race. With four river crossings, over 2600m of elevation gain and 11 significant climbs, the Otter is a trail runner’s dream come true. Each year, the Otter Trail Run changes direction and, this year, runners will start at Storms River and finish at Nature’s Valley.
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