You just need to travel an hour north from Cape Town to get to South African city of Darling for the Rocking the Daisies Music and Lifestyle Festival. It’s the kick off to the “summer of love” vibe with four days of all kinds of music (think Burning Man’s more chill sibling), art, film, and comedy from both local and international artists. Past performers included Foster the People and Mac Millar. This year boasts a host of upcoming names like Flume, Two Door Cinema Club, and Snakeships. The fest’s motto of “play hard and tread lightly” makes the outdoor camping experience an explosive but green good time. So book a hotel or bring a tent from October 5-8. www.rockingthedaisies.com
Have a whale of a time in the coastal town of Hermanus at this year’s Whale Festival. Join over a 100,00 visitors and listen to the siren sounds of the humpback at the “best landbased whale-watching destination.” The three-day event puts nature’s beautiful giants at the center with whale centric family entertainment including musical performances, sports, unique crafts, and even a vintage car show. By the end of the weekend you’ll be saying, “Alls whale that ends whale.” September 29-October www.whalefestival.co.za
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