Sporting Events & Festivals

Browse A List Of Exciting Knysna Events
Knysna Bull MTB20-23 Feb 2019
Knysna Heads Marathon17 Mar 2019
Jaguar Simola Hillclimb2-5 May 2019
Knysna Oyster Festival21-30 Jun 2019
Knysna Cycle Tour22-23 Jun 2019
Knysna Forest Marathon29 Jun 2019
Dr. Evil MTB19-21 Sep 2019
Karoo to Coast MTB22 Sep 2019
Timber FestivalTBC

Knysna Bull



Head out into the forest on your solo mission! For the Pros, the Bull provides a unique opportunity to test form over a multiday stage race, without being affected by riding in a team.

Dates: Evening Lagoon Prologue 3 Forest Trail Stages 20-23 February 2019 (Wed to Sat)
Venue: Starts at the Knysna Waterfront
Times: Wednesday, 20 February, 16h00 – 21h00 Registration
Races start at 08:00

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb



It’s party time. In 2019 we will celebrate the big TEN! Yes, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will roar to the sound of engines, cheering spectators and popping champagne corks as we celebrate ten editions of South Africa’s leading motorsport lifestyle event.

Dates: 2 – 5 May 2019
Venue: Knysna
Times: To be confirmed

Enquiries: +27 (0)44 302 5777 or

Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour




A two-day family cycling festival in Knysna, South Africa

Dates: 22 June & 23 June 2019
Venue: Waterfront Drive
Times: Start at 08:00

Enquiries: or 079 796 7834

Dr Evil MTB



Dr Evil aka Leon Evans and Zandile decided to change the race format in 2016. This has been done with the rider in mind and for the maximum enjoyment of the stunning routes that we have in the area.

Dates: 19 – 21 September 2019
Venue: See website.
Times: To be Confirmed

Enquiries: or 082 851 3622

Karoo to Coast



The Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a 100km off road race from UNIONDALE to KNYSNA via the Prince Alfred’s Pass. The route is scenic, challenging and riders are encouraged to train sufficiently for this event in order to maximise the enjoyment of the experience.

Dates: 22 September 2019
Venue: Uniondale Sports Grounds
Times: To be Confirmed

Enquiries: or 082 851 3622

Knysna Literary Festival8-10 March 2019
Knysna Speed Festival2-5 May 2019
Knysna Oyster Festival21-30 Jun 2019
Knysna Timber FestivalTBC

Knysna Literary Festival


Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna to promote South Africa’s rich literary heritage, the Knysna Literary Festival is now in its 10th year. It is the Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary.

Dates: 08 – 10 March 2019
Venue: To be Confirmed
Times: To be Confirmed

Enquiries: or 044 382 5574

Knysna Timber Festival


The Timber Festival is the property of the Knysna Timber Initiative (KTI) – a trade body of local industry leaders who represent every segment of the timber and woodworking value chain. Committed to the growth of the sector as a key driver of Knysna’s economic development, local government has a vested interest in the Knysna Timber Festival and is largely responsible for translating KTI’s vision into reality.

Dates: TBC
Venue: Timber Village Knysna
Times: TBC

Enquiries: or +27 (0)82 571 2462

Knysna Oyster Festival



The annual Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals, attracting sports lovers, families and foodies from far and wide.

Dates: 21 – 30 June 2019
Venue: Knysna High School Fields
Times: To be Confirmed