Knysna Oyster Festival 2023
The 2023 Knysna Oyster Festival kicks off 30 June and runs until 9 July 2023. Celebrating its 40th year this year, the 2023 programme is bursting with exciting events including wine tastings, oyster parties, padel tournaments, trail runs and after parties!
We’re dishing all the details on this year’s hottest events not to be missed below.
30 June to 2 July | Knysna Cycle Tour
The annual Knysna Cycle Tour is often the highlight of the Knysna Oyster Festival. This two-day MTB event takes place from 30 June to 2 July with exciting new routes this year!
Event Registration is on 30 June 2023 at Knysna High School Fields from 11h00 to 18h00 and there will be stalls and activities at the field.
2 July 2023 | Sea2Tower Reversed
The Sea2Tower is being reversed for July 2023. Runners will start their journey at Buffelsnek Fire Tower and wind their way through the Knysna Forest and back down to Knysna.
The route promises to be challenging, yet beautiful with spectacular views over the surrounding forest, mountains and valleys. With 4 routes to choose from, the S2T offers a variety of distances that cater for most fitness levels.
3 to 7 July 2023 | LivPadel Tournament at Knysna Hollow
Join us for 3 different tournaments and coaching catering for all ages ranging from Intermediate and advanced levels.
Venue: Knysna Hollow Country Estate, 5 Welbedacht Lane, Knysna
Contact: 082 446 0795
5 July 2023 | Pezula Sunset Wine Run
The fun continues at Pezula Championship Golf Club for the 5km Sunset Wine Run. Enjoy a stunning trail run with two scenic wine stops on the way. You can ‘grab and go’ or take your time and enjoy the company of friends over a glass of wine.
After the run, there are some awesome give-aways, food specials, wine tastings and great entertainment to be enjoyed.
6 July 2023 | KnysnaX Trail Run
The winter edition of the KnysnaX Trail Run sees another new route added to the series. All of the routes follow some amazing railway sections, forest and scenes of the Goukamma River, Knysna Lagoon and more.
The Winter Run has a new 25km route available for the serious trail blazers and a 6km fun run for the entire family. Children are welcome to enter this fun run but must be accompanied by an adult.
6 July 2023 | Simola Twilight Forest Trail Run
Simola Golf and Country Estate is the venue for a truly unique night running experience. Head off at sundown on two well-marked routes around the surrounding MTO Simola Plantations.
Choose between a 6km route or the more challenging 12km route and wind your way through the stunning landscape before finishing on the Simola Helipad with a spectacular view overlooking Knysna.
7 July 2023 | Oyster Better Ball Championship
Knysna Golf Club in partnership with Red Bridge Brewing Co. proudly presents the 2023 Oyster Better Ball Championship. Get together and enjoy a day of golf at one of the Garden Route’s finest facilities – Knysna Golf Club for a game of better ball taking place on Friday, 7 July 2023.
The entry fee is R450 per person, with a shotgun start at 11h00. Stick around for live music, fantastic prizes and great food. Contact the Knysna Pro Shop on +27 (0)44 384 1150 for more info.
7 July 2023 | Knysna Wine Festival
The Knysna Wine Festival takes center stage as the ultimate platform for celebrating local wines during the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
Drawing in hundreds of wine enthusiasts, this splendid festival offers the opportunity to savour over 200 wines from more than 50 diverse wine estates. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a weekend wine lover, you’ll relish in the chance to sample a wide range of wines and craft liquors hailing from the Cape Winelands and Garden Route regions.
Venue: Premier Resort Knysna Moorings, Knysna
Day Pass: R150 to R180
8 July 2023 | Knysna Forest Marathon
The Knysna Forest Marathon presents an array of extraordinary features that distinguish it from any other trail run in the world. As its name suggests, the majority of the course delves deep into the enchanting Knysna Forest, treating participants to awe-inspiring vistas of the estuary and the iconic Knysna Heads. These captivating sights serve as a welcome distraction, motivating and inspiring runners during those final kilometers.
Registration: 7 July ’23 | 10h00 to 22h0
Full Marathon: 8 July ’23 | 07h00
Half Marathon: 8 July ’23 | 08h00
8 & 9 July 2023 | Knysna Oyster Festival After Parties
Celebrate in style and be part of the unforgettable finale of the 2023 Knysna Oyster Festival at The Node at Oaks on Main. Get ready to immerse yourself in an electric atmosphere as local DJs take center stage, setting the perfect tone for an evening filled with infectious rhythms and good vibes that will carry on into the night. To enhance your experience, enjoy the sensational live performance by the talented Mary-Jane Paulsen.
Set to be a night to remember, join fellow festival-goers for live music, entertainment, and great company to mark the closing of the 2023 Knysna Oyster Festival in the most unforgettable way possible.
Stay with us
Looking for accommodation for the holidays over the Knysna Oyster Festival? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for last minute bookings and availability at Knysna Hollow. Our convenient location just outsite of central Knysna offers the perfect tranquil setting amidst the hustle and bustle of this busy time of year.
We can’t wait to welcome you!