This year’s hugely popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place between June 29 and July 8. Picture: Supplied.

This year’s hugely popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place between June 29 and July 8. Held at the Garden Route area, this sport-and-lifestyle festival has become an institution on South Africa’s winter calendar and really does offer something for everyone

This year's festival will have no shortage of activities. There are 100 activities arranged over the 10-day period.

Sports enthusiasts can sign up for the country’s top cycling and road-running events, families need look no further for fun-filled quality holidays, adventurers will be overwhelmed by the area’s spectacular natural scenery and thrilling adventure options, and of course for those looking to indulge in world-famous Knysna oysters with a glass or two of bubbly, the festival is a veritable paradise.

As always, visitors can look forward to delicious food and drink, with local restaurants offering themed menus for the duration of the festival. Also on offer will be a variety of concerts, comedy and fashion shows. The little ones should visit Momentum Health Kiddies Area.

This year’s sporting events include mountain bike events on Saturday, June 30, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday July 1; and offers a 115km and 50km route.  In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 115km road race, along with the 80km and 50km mountain bike races will be seeding qualifying events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races and will take place on Saturday 7 July. Runners can look forward to experiencing the breath-taking views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads as they approach the finish line, providing all the inspiration they need.