Here’s what you need to know about the Knysna Oyster Festival

Posted on 7 June 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Knysna is home to impressive natural beauty and plenty of adventure. Each year, the destination welcomes thousands of visitors for its longest running event.

First initiated in 1983 as the Knysna Winter Festival, the exciting Knysna Oyster Festival is a family-friendly feast of food, sport and cultural activities. It presents plenty of entertainment, fun and of course, oysters!

Picture: Sourced / Knysna Oyster Festival

If you would like to attend the exhilarating multi-day event this year, here are a few things to know:


The 2024 Knysna Oyster Festival will be taking place from the 21st  to the 30th of June.

Who can attend?

The event presents a plethora of activities which are designed to cater for diverse interests and age groups. From live musical performances to art markets and even wine festivals, there’s something in store for everyone.

Picture: Sourced / Knysna Oyster Festival

What you can expect…

When attending the festival, you can expect a vibrant atmosphere, delectable oysters and thrilling sporting events.

If you are a thrill seeker, adventure enthusiast or lover of sports, there are plenty of adventures which await you at the Festival. Here are just a few sporting activities to look forward to:

Knysna Forest Marathon

The Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon will take the lead on the 22nd of June. Expect an unparalleled and memorable running experience amidst the Knysna Forest’s stunning landscapes.

Oyster Festival Street Soccer Tournament

Picture: Sourced / Knysna Oyster Festival

On the 26th of June, the Street Soccer Tournament presents pulse-pounding action and entertainment. The sporting activity is aimed at community participation and soccer development.

Simola Sunset Wine Run

The Simola Sunset Wine Run is where the love of wine and the passion for fitness collide. Join wine enthusiasts and fitness fanatics on the 27th of June at the Simola Golf Course for an unusual celebration of fun and fitness.


Apart from sporting activities, there are also a number of other interesting things to enjoy. These include leathercraft workshops, gin tasting, comedy shows, cooking competitions, the spice route tasting and so much more.

For more information about all of these sporting events and details of entry and registration, head to 


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