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The Durban Port Festival is back again! This is the third event since its re-introduction in 2016 and it is bigger and better! Come and join us for two days of entertainment, good food, education and lots of fun! The times and dates are as follows:

Saturday 29th September 2018  :  11h00 – 20h00 (gates open at 10h00)

Sunday 30th September 2018  :  11h00 – 18h00 (gates open at 10h00)

The key objective of the Port Festival’s host, Transnet National Ports Authority, in partnership with the KZN Department of Economic Development Tourism & Environmental Affairs, eThekwini Municipality, Durban Tourism, Bidfreight Port Operations, Bulk Connections and East Coast Radio, is to re-connect communities with the port and this year’s programme will definitely do that.

The festival kicks off on the Saturday with a parade along the Esplanade. Visit N-Shed at the Durban cruise terminal for access to Naval Vessels and an exhibition showcasing maritime careers and small and medium business opportunities.


This year’s theme is All Things Heritage. As a port, we will celebrate where we have come from. As a City, we will embrace the diversity of our different cultures, traditions and heritage.

Enter via the Wilson’s Wharf port entrance for access to the main festivities in the vicinity of Royal Natal Yacht Club. Here you can enjoy a special kids’ zone, a mini market, arts and crafts, a lifestyle village with food and drinks for all tastes and a 5km fun run. Expect Harley Davidsons, Supercars, Jet Ski viewing, rides and loads more.

The entertainment programme is bursting with top national and local music talent as well as dance and magic.

Dj HappyGal will be on the decks throughout the weekend and you can also catch live performances by popular South African music artists including Holly Rey, Junior De Rocka and DJ Tira on Saturday, and Ringo Madlingozi and Lady Zamar on Sunday.

Tickets are just R30 for adults, R15 for children under 13 and kids under 4 are free.  This is an event not to be missed, so set your reminders now!

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd and is responsible for the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity at eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura.

Port Festivals are an important aspect of TNPA’s People’s Port vision of bringing surrounding communities closer to the ports.   For more information visit


N Shed, Bat Centre, Maritime Museum and the Festival Island adjacent to the Royal Natal Yacht Club


29 & 30 September 2018


Saturday 11am to 8pm (gates open at 10am)
Sunday 11am to 6pm (gates open at 10am)


A wide selection of food trucks and food stalls serving a variety of your lifestyle favourites. Beer, Wine & Gin Gardens. Sushi.


Adults R30
Children 4 -12 years R15
Children under 4 are free


DJ Tira, Holly Rey & Junior De Rocka (Saturday)
Ringo Madlingozi & Lady Zamar (Sunday)
Lifestyle Village - Arts & Crafts. Kiddies Zone.

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