What’s on in Cape Town …


What’s on in (and around) Cape Town.

Festivals, Music, Sport, Other stuff, recuring events, etc. If you’re ever bored in Cape Town, it really is your own doing. This is just a short list of what’s happening in Cape Town; events and happenings. We’re probably not even scratching the surface.


Festivals …


Usually 2 January:
Cape Minstrels
Tweede Nuwe Jaar Street Parade
Mardi Grass street type carnival, but with a unique Cape Town Flavour

Usually end-Jan to start-Feb:
Arts Festival
Opera, plays, music, etc.

Usually end-Feb to start-March:
Cape Tattoo Convention / Expo
Thousands of visitors
Many international artists, exhibitions, concerts, etc.

Usually in March:
Infecting the City
Public art in the streets – impromptu performances
Different types of art and performances

Usually in March:
Cape Town Carnival
Street parties, dancers, floats, performers, etc.

Usually in April:
Taste of Cape Town
Festival for the foodies

Usually end-May to start-June:
Good Food and Wine Show
Tast delights and great wine
Part of South African culture.

Usually in June
Encounters International Documentary Festival
V&A Waterfront

Usually in November:
Cape Town Festival of Beer
Does this need any further explanation?
More than 150 beers and styles to choose from.
Tours, workshops, judging, blind tatsting, demonstrations, food, etc.

Every year in December:
Adderley Street Christmas Lights
Street parties at the switch on.

Every year in December:
Cape Town Summer Market
Jewellery, fashion, crafts, food, music.


Music …


Usually in February
Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
See the video from the first festival in 2012:

Usually in March/April:
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
Top supported and hugely influential Jazz festival
Positively impacts on Cape Town’s GDP!

Usually in November
Cape Town World Music Festival
Showcasing the best in World Music


Sport …


Often in January:
International Cricket at Newlands
Newlands Cricket Stadium

Usually in February:
J&B Met
Horse racing and top social and fashion event of the year

Usually 2nd weekend in March:
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour
The first of three world class sporting events in March
Largest timed cycle race in the world
The best ride you can do as a non-professional road cyclist (anywhere)
Superbly organised for more than 35 years already

Usually in March:
Cape Epic
8 day mountain bike stage race
Probably the world’s premier multi-stage mountain bike race

Usually in March:
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Spectacular, scenic marathon
Their tagline is “the world’s most beautiful marathon” – that says it all.

Usually in June:
Annual Clifton Polar Bear Swim
A swim in the icy winter sea.
To celebrate winter solstice

Usually in July:
Berg River Canoe marathon
Yet another Cape Town ‘world’s best’ event.
Four days (around 240km) of paddling down the Cape’s iconic river.
Has been held since 1962 (more than 50 years already).

Usually mid-July:
Red Bull BWA (Big Wave Africa)
Big Wave surfing
At Dungeons, Hout bay
Largest rideable waves in Africa

Usually in September:
Aca Joe Cape Town Marathon
Great event. Fast flat route.
Covers the city centre, V&A Waterfront, Green Point, etc.

Usually in October:
Gun run
21km, 10km and 5km options
Spectacular Cape Town scenery – including along the Sea Point promenade.

Usually in November:
3 Peaks Trail Run
One of the premier trail runs in the premier trail running city.
Cape Town is situated against Table Mountain.
Behind Table Mountain the mountain range extends to Cape Point
Spectacular runs – too many to choose from.
See the site below for many more options.

Usually in November:
Discovery Cape Times Big Walk
Another great Cape Town Sporting event
Opportunities for ‘professionals’ and ‘everyone’ to take part.
Long history, with the first walk in 1903.
Ten distances of between 5km and 80km to choose from.
Different routes to choose from.
A great day out – and all for charity.
The finish is in Mowbray – next door to Observatory (where we are).

Usually in December:
First Ascent Mountain Run
Tough trail run in spectacular setting.
Check Runners World for info.

Usually in December:
Fenn Cape Point Surfski Challenge
Surfski Race with the most spectacular backdrop in the world.
From Soetwater, around Cape Point to Fish Hoek.


Other Stuff …


Usually in September:
Hermanus Whale Festival
Best land-based whale viewing in the world

Usually in October:
Cape Town International Boat Show
Boats, boats, boats!

Usually in November
Cape Town International Kite Festival
Kites of all descriptions and sizes

Usually in December:
MCQP (Mother City Queer Projects) Party
Top gay event of the year

Usually in January:
Classic Car and Bike Show
The name speaks for itself
If you are a petrolhead and classic stuff is your passion.

Usually Feb – March:
Design Indaba – Top SA creativity showcase
Great design and stunning creativity

Usually in April:
Architecure, design, good living

Usually in June:
Cape Town Book Fair
Books, books, books!
A festival dedicated to reading

Usually in July:
Cape Town Fashion Week
Fashion, fashion, fashion!


Recuring Events …


Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
Music concerts taking place at the Kirstenbosch Gardens
Throughout summer every year

Neighbourgoods Market
In nearby Woodstock at the Old Biscuit Mill
Discover treasures in an age of Shopping Mall boredom
Every weekend

Full Moon Bike rides
Every full Moon
Through Cape Town city centre and surroundings
What else …


Please also google the events that you are interested in. Dates and details sometimes change. We hope that you will stay with us on your way to the events or during the events! We are a perfect affordable hostel accommodation option. Our position in Observatory means that we are very central and it is easy to get to most of the events on this list (from here).

Or you can simply just chill in Cape Town. There’s is also a miriad of white sandy beaches and the most beautiful mountain in the universe (recently voted as one of the New 7 wonders of the World).

Then we also believe that Cape Town is the best place in the world for sports such as hiking, cycling, mountain biking, surfing, surfskiing, waveskiing, sailing, rock climbing, kloofing, horse riding and many more. Oh, yes, and some of the best art, design, theatre and music that you can imagine. And clubs, nightlife, restaurants, wine farms, … (ok, we know, you get the picture).