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Festivals in Cape Town, South Africa

Festivals are a bit of a mixed bag in Cape Town with an upsurge in interest in recent times. This means that there are only a few well-established festivals but the newer ones are quickly gaining in popularity with people from all walks of life.









The available festivals are quite wide ranging and offer everything from family fun to adventure.

  • As a laidback city, and sometimes dates and events change! Try and phone either the organizer or the venue beforehand to ensure nothing has changed.


Music and arts festivals

Certain parts of the city are well known for their artistic bent and one of the biggest of these areas is Observatory (more affectionately known as Obz). Some of the bigger music and arts festivals include:

The Obz Festival

Takes place every year from late November till early in December and is normally a musical affair with some locally made foods and crafts.

Suidoosterfees(South Easter Festival)

This normally takes place at the Artscape Theatre at the end of January every year.

  • This festival primarily focuses on Afrikaans music, dance, art, theatre and film.

KaapseKlopse (The Minstrel Carnival)

A street carnival on the 2nd of January every year.

  • The carnival involves troupes whodress up in a multitude of colors, paint faces and sing their way through parts of the city center.

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Held every year in the beginning of April and showcases some of the best local jazz talent.


Wine and food festivals

Cape Town and its surrounds are renowned for wine producing and as such there are plenty of wine festivals on the go. And of course you really can’t go wine tasting without having a little bite to eat along the way.

The Taste of Cape Town

Normally held in April each year, this event gives everyone the opportunity to taste what the cities top restaurants have on offer.

The Good Food and Wine Show

Traditionally held in May each year, this is another showcase event that allows you to taste the very best the Mother City has to offer in both food and wine.

Franschhoek Champagne Festival

Situated just outside Cape Town, this region is famous for its variety of different wines. Traditionally held in early December, this is an absolute must for any wine lover.

Cape Town has a number of smaller wine festivals and it is best to check with your local tourism information office for the latest dates and events.


Other showcase festivals

Cape Town Fashion Week

Normally held in August each year, this event showcases the latest fashions available and features lots of local designers.

Cape Town Pride

Normally held in mid-February, this festival celebrates the colorful diversity of Cape Town’s gay community.


Nearby Cape Town

There are also a number of other festivals held in close proximity to Cape Town but not in the city itself.

  • These include the Hermanus Whale festival, Rocking the Daisies music festival and the Wacky Wine Weekend.

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