New Years celebrations in Victoria Falls have dated back decades,and have now evolved from humble beginnings to one of Africa's largest New Years Celebrations.

In 1855 when David Livingstone decided to toast to the queen at the turn of the New Year the spirit of celebration was established in Zimbabwe. The first formal music festival in Vic Falls started in 2009 with Falls Fest, which continued until 2011 when it became the legendary Vic Falls Carnival! Now with Jameson onboard this unforgettable festival gets better every year.

For 2016 the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival schedule has been updated. The 29th of December will see Vic Falls come alive with a variety of community parties including a Beach Party at Shoestrings lodge and more to be announced, the 30th sees the Train and Bush party return and the 31s of December welcomes an epic line-up of artists at the New Year's concert. #JVFC2016 is for everyone; the music festival showcases artists from all over Southern Africa, and caters for all musical tastes as long as you are ready to party into the New Year. LIVE THE ADVENTURE this New Year and join us at One Of The Seven Wonder's Of The World as we ring in 2017!

Programme of events

29 Dec – Community Parties

All 3 day ticket holders will be able to enjoy a beach party at Shoestrings with back to back local Vic Falls DJ's free of charge.

Whether your looking for adventure, culture or getting down with sand between your toes, our community parties are bound to make your last days of 2016 memorable!

*More parties still to be announced.


30 Dec – Train & Secret Bush Party

Increased Train Party capacity to 1,500 people.
Train will do multiple trips to and from the event.
This event sells out every year so get your ticket quickly!

With an African Carnival theme we encourage everyone to paint their faces, don traditional fabrics and get into the carnival vibe!


31 Dec – New Year’s Concert

The Carnival will take place at the Vic Falls Primary School.
Amazing line-up includes the likes of Goodluck, Locnville, The Kiffness, Sketchy Bongo, DJ Francis and so many more.

We will have revolving shuttles to and from JVFC venues to specific hotels and drop off points.

This year the theme is unity and we want everyone to represent the country they are coming from by bringing flags, painting their faces in their national colours or wearing local shirts. As thousands of music lovers from all over the world unite under the African stars.