Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival 2019

Celebrate gay pride in the Garden Route’s queen city. The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is back, bigger and bolder than ever, to take over Knsyna for another glittery weekend.

  • Event Dates

    From: Thursday, May 30th, 2019
    To: Sunday, Jun 2nd, 2019

  • Key Highlights

    The main parade on the Saturday of the weekend is one of the most colourful in all of Africa! The after-parties are also legendary!

Africa’s most colourful gay event – in the heart of the Garden Route!

Set in “South Africa’s Favourite Town of the Year”, the spectacularly colourful affair basically shuts down the tranquil Garden Route hub with five raucous days of shows, entertainment, a mini-market and heaps of over-the-top, flamboyant fun. Unquestionably a global highlight for the LGBTQ community, the festive carnival also appeals to anyone else who wants to celebrate diversity and acceptance.

Locals find it lekker too — Knysna shop-owners get in on the action by competing to win the title of Best Window Display and businesses offer sweet accommodation deals for the overcrowded town.

The barrage of drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and all-night jols culminates in a street parade, on Saturday, featuring fabulous floats and street performances followed by special afterparties.

Feathers, fairy wings and impossibly high stilettos are taking over Knysna.Here’s a quick look at what else you can expect at the out and proud fiesta.

Pink Loerie VIP Dinner
Partiers are invited to partake in a three-course, five-star meal that includes complimentary Barefoot Wine at the Simola Hotel Country Club and Spa

Mr. Mardi Gras
Irresistible males strut their stuff for a chance to win the coveted title of Mr. Mardi Gras at Zanzibar Night Club on Friday, 3 May at 10pm. Participants will model jeans and Bone Wear clothing for a go at some of the fantastic prizes, including a ride on a parade float. Entrance is R50p/p

Street Parade
The pinnacle of Pink Loerie comes with fantastic floats and brilliant costumes sailing down the streets of Knysna. The parade starts at on Saturday, 3pm sharp from behind Pledge Square. Floats must be ready and in line at 2:30pm.

We have found hotels with good reviews that keep you close to all the action,

The Capital Mirage,   The Cape Royale,    DysArt Boutique,    The Westin.

Save on Hotels

Knysna is one of the cape’s most exclusive destinations and the quality of hotels on offer is superb!

Gay Map of Cape Town

Most of the gay bars are located in the De Waterkant area, surrounded by some lovely restaurants and only a short walk to the shopping streets, we have chosen some hotels and apartment that keep you in the hard of all the action.

Video Of Pink Loerie Festival

Including some great aerial footage!

Recommended Hotels in CAPE TOWN

Most of the gay bars and clubs in Cape Town are located in the DeWaterkant district, which is right in the heart of Cape Town, close to the popular V&A Waterfront.

Cape Royale Hotel 5 Star

Great location & great service!

The Cape Royale



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This luxury 5-star hotel is located in central Green Point, just a 5-minute from the V&A Waterfront. It offers free Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool, gym and spa.

DysArt Boutique 5 Star

Close to the gay district

DysArt Boutique Hotel



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Located in Cape Town’s trendy suburb of Green Point, DysArt is a 5-star guest house offering luxurious and stylish accommodation.

The Westin 5 Star

Close to the gay centre.

The Westin Cape Town



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The Westin is set at the gateway to the V&A Waterfront and located adjacent to the CTICC. Hotel guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, free access to the Arabella Spa

The Capital Mirage 5 Star

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The Capital Mirage Hotel



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Offering a rooftop bar and outdoor pool, The Capital Mirage Hotel is conveniently situated between Cape Town’s city centre and trendy De Waterkant

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