Whether you’re travelling through the region on your way to or from the National Arts Festival, planning a Plett family holiday or just looking for some fun entertainment on the Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay and the Plett ARTS Festival is sure to chase those winter blues away.
Plett has established itself as far more than a summer beach destination. With the launch of the Plett Winelands and its array of charming and unique wine estates, the slack-packing gem that is the Plett Trail and a variety of hiking, biking and animal experiences, Plettenberg Bay is now firmly settled as a year-round destination for South African and international travellers.
The Plett ARTS Festival, Plett’s anchor festival for the winter months and holidays is a fantastic combination of music, film, art, culinary delights and more – the perfect season for a bit of wine, theatre and fabulously good food. So, go ahead and indulge your creative side at the Plett ARTS Festival this June and July in Plettenberg Bay, here are five reasons not to miss the festival:
Plett Food & Film provides three nights to indulge your love of movies and munchies with a pairing of three brilliant films (South African film, Katrina, Oscar-nominated Tangerines & classic Casablanca) with dishes inspired by those films. Local and celebrity chefs work to whisk guests away on a culinary journey through the film and entertainment is also matched to the film of the evening. Additionally, there are two “side-dish” evenings, at The Fat Fish and Emily Moon, to ensure that whatever time you’re visiting Plett, you can experience our unique Plett Food & Film. Find out more & book tickets.
The festival is designed to spread out over three weeks, ensuring that there is never a dull moment in Plett. Visitors can enjoy weekly features such as Plett SunSets, ongoing art exhibitions and a weekly Twilight Art Meander through the vibrant Main Street. View the full schedule of events here, to ensure that you know what is happening during your Plett holiday. See full calendar of events
3. Sunset Music
A visit to Plett would be incomplete without spending some time on Plett’s beaches, even in our off-season. The Plett SunSets concerts are a first for the Plett ARTS Festival as local musicians perform every Friday night on Central Beach between 6 and 7pm. After this you head out for a cocktail, see a show or have dinner. See schedule of musicians – these are free concerts.
Plettenberg Bay is home to many talented and creative artists: sculptors, painters, designers and this year’s Plett ARTS Festival highlights that variety. Exhibitions such as CAP Local Identity, Ilovani and Pushing Colour and the fantastic finale of our festival “Peep Art”. See full schedule of exhibitions here.
5. Markets, Crafts & Theatre
Friday Market, comedy shows and the popular Plett Country Fair ensure that you have something fun to do, day and night. The Barnyard brings a slew of South African artists to their popular venue and our markets are perfect for a day of browsing.