The annual Whale Festival is held to celebrate the arrival of the magnificent Southern Right Whales that come to Walker Bay to calve and mate. For a few days each September, Hermanus is transformed as thousands of visitors arrive to enjoy arts and the enviro-experience that is the Whale Festival. Around 30 shows – usually the most successful productions from the country’s two largest arts festivals – are staged each year and include theatrical pieces as well as classical and popular music.
The Festival offers a variety of eco-environmental activities; a children’s festival; an arts ramble that takes visitors to the studios and galleries of local artists, and other live entertainment. There’s also plenty of action for the health- conscious with five sporting events, namely a triathlon, half-marathon, fun cycle ride and soccer day.