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Festivals & Events in Hermanus on the Cape Whale Coast

Extreme Sports

Annual sporting community event announced annually via social media networks

First Friday Night Art Walk

First Fridays’ in Hermanus is our part of a worldwide initiative to make art and art galleries more accessible to the public. On the first Friday of every month, the eleven art galleries in the centre of Hermanus remain open until 8pm.

First Friday Art Walk FB

Fynarts Festival

A unique Celebration of South African Arts. Ten days packed with Art Exhibitions, Music, Literature, Photography, Illustrated Talks, Discussions, Interviews, Gastronomy and Award-winning Wine.


Hermanus Whale Festival

Held annually to herald and celebrate the arrival of our beloved Southern Right Whales, the Hermanus Whale Festival is usually held toward the end of September. The enormously popular festival is well attended by visitors from far and wide creating a welcome buzz to wake up Hermanus from its winter slumber.

Hermanus Whale Festival

Sandbaai Kalfiefees

The Hermanus Kalfiefees is a highly anticipated cultural festival which coincides with the arrival of the Southern Right Whales, which is why the festival was given its name. The annual six-day event takes place in Onrus annually during August.

Apart from the star attractions, the Southern right whales, the Afrikaans-centred festival showcases the local talent - from productions and exhibitions to musical performances and topical discussions.

Kalfiefees Hermanus

Other Noteworthy Festivals

  • Hermanus Wine and Food Festival
  • Mountain Run
  • The Wildflower Festival