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Cultural in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

Tweede Nuwe Jaar (2 January) is when the satin- and sequin-clad minstrel troupes traditionally march through the city for the Kaapse Klopse (Cape Minstrel Festival) from Keizergracht St, along Adderley and Wale...

Music in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town’s biggest jazz event, attracting big names from both South Africa and overseas, is usually held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre at the end of March. It includes a free concert in...

LGBT in Cape Town


Standing for Mother City Queer Project, this theme fancy dress dance party held a different major Cape Town venue each December. Although it's a LGBT event, everyone regardless of sexual orientation, joins in the...

Art in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Design Indaba

This creative convention, bringing together the varied worlds of fashion, architecture, visual arts, crafts and media, is held at the end of February, usually at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Art in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

First Thursdays

This massively popular event is centred on the galleries and design shops of the City Bowl – it's a chance to dip into the local art scene, as well as join a roving street party. Food trucks and stalls gather...

Art in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Art Thursday

Held on the second Thursday of the month, galleries, shops and local bars and restaurants stay open late to promote various exhibitions and art and music events. Pick up a leaflet showing participants from AHEM!...

Music in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Adderley Street Christmas Lights

Join the tens of thousands who turn out for the concert in front of Cape Town Railway Station that precedes the switching on of festive lights along Adderley St, and a parade. The same street is pedestrianised...

Comedy in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Mama City Improv Festival

Five laughter-packed days of shows at venues in Observatory – including Obviouzly Armchair – for this stand-up comedy and improvisation festival with workshops and performances by local and international talents.

Literature in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Open Book Festival

The city's main literature festival has a packed schedule with talks, readings and discussions with local and international writers. It's organised by the Fugard Theatre, with events held there, the District Six...

Cultural in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Museum Night V&A Waterfront

Held quarterly, usually on a Wednesday evening between 5pm and 10pm, this is when the district's museums and galleries stay open late and have free entry. Other attractions have half-price entry, and various...

Wine in Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs

Season of Sauvignon

Durbanville celebrates its signature grape, sauvignon blanc, at this festival in late October, with most of the area's dozen wineries hosting events from vertical tastings (tasting different vintages of one wine...

Art in Cape Town

Infecting the City

Cape Town’s wonderful squares, fountains, museums and theatres are the venues for this innovative performing-arts festival, held every two years, featuring artists from across the continent. The next festival is...

Art in Cape Town

Cape Town Fringe

A jamboree of the performing arts, organised in conjunction with the respected Grahamstown Festival, that peppers the Mother City with interesting happenings for 11 days at the end of September and into October.

Sports in Cape Town

Cape Town Cycle Tour

Held on a Saturday, this is the world’s largest timed cycling event, attracting more than 30,000 contestants. The route circles Table Mountain, heading down the Atlantic Coast and along Chapman’s Peak Dr.

Sports in Cape Town

OUTsurance Kfm 94.5 Gun Run

This popular half-marathon (21km) is the only time that the Noon Gun on Signal Hill gets fired on a Sunday – competitors try to finish the race before the gun goes off. There are also 10km and 5km races.

Surfing in Cape Town

Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival

Events for this surfing-themed fest – which include art shows, movie screenings and masterclasses – are held at various places around the Cape, including Muizenburg and the Waterfront.

Street Carnival in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory


The lively street festival is usually held on the last Saturday in the November at various locations around central Observatory, including the Trill Rd, Station Rd and Lower Main Rd.

Food & Drink in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

Tuning the Vine

A successful monthly event enlivening midweek nightlife in the City Bowl. Follow this 'inner-city wine route' around some 13 different venues showcasing local wines and winemakers.

Air Show in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

Cape Town International Kite Festival

This colourful gathering of kite enthusiasts at Zandvlei, near Muizenberg, is held at the end of October or early November, in support of the Cape Mental Health Society.

Cultural in Green Point & ­Waterfront

Cape Town Carnival

Held along the Walk of Remembrance (the former Fan Walk), this is a city-sponsored parade and street party that celebrates the many facets of South African identity.