The South Coast is heating up this winter with an array of festivals on offer. Picture: Supplied.

The South Coast in KwaZulu-Natal is the place to be this winter. With a string of events being planned, including the famous Sardine Run, travellers will get to enjoy the sun, sand and sea.

With sardine season set to start this month, why not plan a spontaneous road trip through Durban, down the South Coast, to watch fishermen drop their nets, or partake in the festivities yourself?

Kay Robertson of Ugu South Coast Tourism said Sardine Season brought with it many cool festivals that catered to all ages.

Music lovers can raise their voices,and applauses, at the Melville Sanctuary of Love Acoustic Music & Folk Festival and car fanatics can satisfy their car desires at the Scottburgh Classic Car Show.

“The South Coast is one of our biggest holiday seasons and the annual Sardine Run that takes place between May to August. Over the years the Sardine Run has grown in reputation, both locally and internationally, and we welcome fishermen and families from all over the world, who wish to find themselves in the midst of the frenzied action when the sardines decide to run.

“There are many other great events from major gamefish competitions, golf tournaments, lifestyle, music, art and cultural festivals, as well as classic cars and motor racing events that are hosted between the June and July period,” she said.

Here are just some of the best Sardine Season events that will take place this winter:

The South Coast Lions Show

When: June  29-July 1

Where:Port Shepstone Country Club

The Annual Sardine Run 3-Day Golf Tournament

When: June 14 – 16

Where:Scottburgh Golf Club, Selborne Park Golf Estate, Umkomaas Golf Club

Melville Sanctuary of Love Acoustic Music & Folk Festival

When: June 16

Where: Melville Sanctuary of Love

TO Strand Golf Tour

When: June 24 –30

Where: TO Strand, Port Edward


When: June 29 – 30

Where: Dezzi South Coast Raceway

Maidens Ceremony

When: 30 June

Where: KwaNyuswa

Ugu Jazz & Arts Festival

When: 30 June

Where: Ugu Sport & Leisure Centre, Gamalakhe

Margate Mardi Gras

When: 27 June; July 4, July 11

Margate Kennel Club Open Show – Agility & Dog Jumping

When: June 24 and July 15

Where: Borough Sports Ground, Port Shepstone

Mercury Ski Boat Festival

When: July 4 – 7

Where: Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club

Umtamvuna Sardine Festival

When: July 6 to 8

Where: Mattison Square, Port Edward

1st Annual Umdoni Classic

When: July 6 – 8 July

Where: Umdoni Park Golf Club

Dezzi Invitational Challenge

When: July 7-8

Where: Dezzi South Coast Raceway

Scottburgh Classic Car Show

When: July 8

Where: Scottburgh High School

Gamefish Junior Nationals

When: July 16 – 20

Where: Shelly Beach Ski Boat Club

KZN Drag Racing

When: July 21

Where: Dezzi South Coast Raceway

Ramsgate Book & Art Festival

When: August 2-5 August

Where: Ramsgate