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 …
Art in Grahamstown

National Arts Festival

Africa's largest arts festival runs for 10 days at the beginning of July. Remember two things: book ahead, as accommodation at this time can be booked out a year in advance; and bring something warm, as nights can b…
Cultural in Zululand

King Shaka Day Celebration

On 24 September, as a part of the larger nationwide Heritage Day celebration, thousands of Zulus converge on KwaDukuza (Stanger) for the King Shaka Day Celebration. The annual event, attended by the current Zulu kin…
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…
Cultural in Namakwa & the Hantam Karoo


The subcultural survivalist blowout happens about 100km south of Calvinia, off Rte 355 (untarred) to Ceres, near Tweefontein and the Tankwa Karoo National Park. It's a weeklong event, usually taking place in late Ap…
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 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.
LGBT in Knysna

Pink Loerie Festival

Knysna celebrates its gay-friendliness with a flamboyant Mardi Gras around the end of May.
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…