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 The Umhlanga Summer Festival has been staged in its present form since 2005. It takes place annually at Main Beach during the popular December holidays when thousands of visitors flock to Umhlanga Rocks. 

Festivities have included beach games and entertainment, beauty pageants, charity Carols evenings, trail runs, fun runs, water sport contests and street parades. 

From time to time Easter Festivals (usually in April) and Winter Festivals (usually in July) are also held. 

(See our gallery of photos and videos of previous festivals). 

The Umhlanga Summer Festival is part of what makes Umhlanga the FunShine Coast and has been extremely well-supported over the years. 

Our next festival - December 2018

The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival 2018 runs from 14 to 23 December. This year’s theme is: It's Cool to Care. This means caring for people and the planet.

Umhlanga Tourism has adopted Girls & Boys Town as its charity of choice, starting with the summer festival. Toiletries and tinned foods (pilchards, baked beans, tomato & onion relish) can be dropped off at the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, during the festival. Entry fee for the Miss Umhlanga competition will also go towards purchasing needed items for the organisation.

Also on the Millennium Stage are bins for the depositing of tins, paper, glass and plastic rubbish. Help keep our beaches clean!


Daily beach fun: 14 to 23 December 2018 on the Millennium Stage, Main Beach. Carols Under the Stars: 20 December, 6pm, Granada Square. Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant: 17 December 2018, Millennium Stage, Main Beach. Waitronathon: 23 December 2018, Main Beach.




The Miss (and sometimes Mrs and Mr) Umhlanga Beauty Pageant is a highlight of the festival and is a fun event for all beach beauties. Several previous winners and finalists have gone on to claim titles on both national and international levels. Fabulous prizes, experienced judges and great compering, all in a vibey beach atmosphere, make this a unique and special event. 


Enjoy a laid-back family holiday along Umhlanga’s gorgeous stretch of coastline



Carols Under the Stars is a charity-supporting, family evening that has become a firm favourite of the Umhlanga Summer Festival. It features loads of entertainment by local talent, the delivery of Santa on a Harley Davidson, a relaxed and festive atmosphere, as well as the giving of gifts to the local Rotary Club. It usually takes place in the Umhlanga village and is very well-supported. 

Where can you find Umhlanga Tourism?

Shop 1A, Chartwell Centre, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, 4319, KZN, South Africa
Tel: +27 (031) 561 - 4257 Fax: +27 (031) 561 - 6943