Stellenbosch Carnival (February)
Towards the end of January the University students come back to Stellenbosch and mark the start of the new year with a Carnival which generates money for their community service. This usually occurs on the first week of February (check the University website to be sure www.sun.ac.za) and really only starts on the Thursday evening with an event called 'Vensters'. Every men's rez (a university hostel) teams up with a girls' rez and performs a rehearsed show full of dancing and joking. Even though these shows are in Afrikaans, it is still worth a look! The excitement in the air is really tangible!
On the Saturday morning, a variety of floats made by the different rez's are paraded around town. Be sure to find a spot along Bird Street (only the one half, you'll be able to tell which half...), since people goes to town very early to ensure a nice spot. Afterwards, some local talent performs on the 'braak' which is situated in Bird Street. This usually costs about R15 to see and is definitely worth while!