5 Great Markets in and around Knysna

Stuck for something to do on the weekend? Well, there’s always the markets… Fun for the kids, great food, live music, and fresh air. Perfect ingredients for a great time out with friends and family. Here are 5 of our favourites.

Wild Oats Farmer’s Market

This internationally famous and multiple award-winning farmers’ market is located on the outskirts of Sedgefield, next to the beautiful Swartvlei lake. The small, rustic market attracts both locals and tourists who consistently return for more of its festive fare.

Come rain or shine, the market takes place every Saturday morning throughout the year. Locally-produced offerings include free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese, as well as fresh-from-the-field veg, and freshly baked goods. The market is famous for its wide variety of fresh-off-the-coals breakfasts and many plants and flowers of the unique Southern Cape Floral Kingdom are available too.

Market hours: Every Saturday from 7h30 – 12h00 (summer) and 8h00 – 12h00 (winter)

Scarab Village

Scarab Village is Sedgefield’s one-stop arts and craft market. The market offers original art, handmade clothing, metalwork, wooden products, hand spun wool, ceramics and much more. The majority of the stall holders have crafted their own products, which makes it entirely unique and original.

The market is a fun outing for the whole family. The country market feeling prevails with many locals combining their shopping with a friendly chat. There is live music, a playground for the kids and plenty of seating for Granny. You can also enjoy a visit to the Sedgefield Craft Beer brewery.

Adequate parking is available and the Scarab Market is pet-friendly.

Market hours: Every Saturday from 8h00 to 13h00

The Friday Market

This established Supper and Craft Market, at the Knysna Montessori School, has a good vibe, where you can enjoy good food and music with friends and family.

The market takes place every Friday from the end of September through to the end of May and attracts local, national and international visitors. Enjoy being entertained by a local musician, while savouring delicious wares from a variety of food stalls and a licensed bar. In the winter you can warm yourself by the bonfires.

Children can play on the jungle gym, try their hand at the games stall or just run around and look at the free-roaming bunnies. There is plenty of space for them (the kids) to run freely. Please note that, regrettably, no dogs are allowed at the Friday Market.

Market hours: Open from the first Friday in September to the second-last school Friday in June, every week from 16h00 – 20h00 out of season and to 20h30 in season.

Harkerville Saturday Market

This rural and rustic market is your typical South African market with a great vibe.

There is a great variety of good food, where the emphasis is on natural and organic products: fresh bread, organic vegetables, and home-cooked meals. Stock up on locally produced cheeses, fresh mushrooms, delicious pies, fresh meats, bottled products, and loads more.

The market also boasts a variety of crafters and artists selling art, décor, woodwork, jewellery, clothing, Barbie doll clothes, old world wooden toys, and soft toys. You can also buy books, music, plants, flowers, shells, and gems. Children can enjoy doing Sandart, while Mom and Dad enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Market hours: Open every Saturday from 08h00 – 12h00

Outeniqua Family Market

Enjoy a festive atmosphere and more than 150 food and craft stalls offering farm fresh fruit and veggies, international cuisine, sweet treats, gifts, and décor. There is live entertainment, lots of undercover seating, excellent ablution facilities and tons of secure parking.

Kids will love the Boere train ride, pedal cars, face painting, bunnies, Sandart and a massive play area. So, bring your family, your friends and your pets. There are doggy water stations available for your furry companions…

Thanks to their free Wi-Fi, you can even check your emails and stay connected, while enjoying the outdoors.

Market hours: Open every Saturday from 08h00 until 14h00. Open on Sunday, 18 December, and 1 January from 8h00 until 14h00.