17 Events in KwaZulu Natal

Explore our KwaZulu Natal Events and Festivals Calendar to see which popular festivals or events are taking place during your planned visit to in KwaZulu Natal. From sporting events to food and wine fairs, in KwaZulu Natal is host to a multitude of festivals that take place all year round. Make your holiday in KwaZulu Natal a trip to remember by attending a local event or festival. Consider staying overnight or making a weekend of it, with our great selection of accommodation and hotels.

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Entertainment / Outdoor Events

Experience the Sardine Run

Where? Durban
When? 17 June to 25 July 2024

The Greatest Shoal on Earth, as it has been named, sees thousands of visitors flock to the KwaZulu Natal east coast to witness the annual migration of millions of ...

Arts & Culture / Annual Festivals / Food & Wine

Hilton Arts Festival

Where? Hilton
When? 2-4 August 2024

The Witness Hilton Arts Festival is the premier arts festival of KwaZulu Natal and one of the leading festivals in South Africa. The annual Hilton Arts Festival ...

Sporting Events

Amashova Durban Classic

Where? Pietermaritzburg to Durban
When? 20 October 2024

The Amashova is one of the safest but toughest and most grueling cycling events, known as the Amashova Durban Classic in South Africa. Dubbed the safest cycle ...

Marathons & Half Marathons / Sporting Events

Sani Stagger Endurance Race

Where? Sani Pass
When? 9 November 2024

An out and back route, the marathon starts and ends at the Sani Pass Hotel. This is a tough run; the climb to the Sani Pass Summit is 1300 metres and you do that in ...

Outdoor Events / Annual Festivals

Litchi Festival

Where? Ballito
When? 15-31 December 2024

The annual Litchi Festival is once again set to rock the spectacular Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Although the focus here is often on the sun, sea, and sand, ...

Sporting Events

Drak Challenge

Where? Drakensberg
When? 27-28 January 2025

Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon, and the athletes and their spectators can barely wait for the excitement that this event promises. It will take place on the ...

Sporting Events

Midmar Mile

Where? Howick
When? 10-11 February 2025

The Midmar Mile held at the Midmar Dam north of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal. The Midmar Mile is the world's largest open water swimming event. The Midmar Mile ...

Outdoor Events / Sporting Events

Dusi Canoe Marathon

Where? Pietermaritzburg
When? 15-17 February 2025

Every year, the world’s top canoeists and teams come together to tackle the exciting Dusi Canoe Marathon, which continues to be the biggest event of its kind in all ...

Annual Festivals / Music Festivals / Outdoor Events

Splashy Fen Music Festival

Where? Himeville, Underberg District, Drakensberg
When? 28 March to 1 April 2025

SA's Oldest Music Festival is back with a bang. New ideas, new acts, value for money and the good old Splashy vibe that brings people back year after ...

Art In The Park

Where? Pietermaritzburg
When? 1-5 May 2025

Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of creativity at the SANBI Art In The Park event, coming to Pietermaritzburg from May 1st to 5th, 2024. Nestled amidst ...

Exhibitions & Conferences / Travel & Tourism

Indaba

Where? Durban Central, KwaZulu Natal
When? 14-16 May 2025

Indaba will be held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban! Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African ...

Entertainment / Annual Festivals / Outdoor Events

Cars in the Park

Where? Pietermaritzburg
When? 19 May 2025

For the past 42 years, car enthusiasts from all over South Africa have flocked to the annual Cars in the Park event. This event is all about celebrating the ...

Agricultural Shows / Annual Festivals / Exhibitions & Conferences

The Royal Show

Where? Pietermaritzburg
When? 24-29 May 2025

This is the biggest event in KwaZulu Natal and the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show attracts visitors from far and wide. The show has hundreds of craft and home industry ...

Annual Festivals / Outdoor Events / Sporting Events

Karkloof Classic MTB

Where? Karkloof
When? 25-26 May 2025

The Sappi Karkloof MTB Festival, takes place in the beautiful Karkloof Valley. This is one of the biggest events of its kind in South Africa and attracts some of ...

Outdoor Events / Sporting Events

Giant's Cup Trail Run

Where? Bergville
When? 31 May to 2 June 2025

The Giant’s Cup Trail Run is not only an exciting sporting event, but also one of the most scenic, pretty events in South Africa. It takes place in the Maloti ...

KwaZulu Natal as a destination

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Battlefields, Dolphin Coast, Drakensberg, Durban, Elephant Coast, Natal Midlands, South Coast, Umhlanga Coast, Valley of 1000 Hills, Zululand

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