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

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 Sts …
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 Greenmark…
LGBT in Cape Town

MCQP

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 fu…
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 around…
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! Art…
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 each …
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 Hom…
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 cultura…