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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.
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:
Takes place every year from late November till early in December and is normally a musical affair with some locally made foods and crafts.
This normally takes place at the Artscape Theatre at the end of January every year.
A street carnival on the 2nd of January every year.
Held every year in the beginning of April and showcases some of the best local jazz talent.
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.
Normally held in April each year, this event gives everyone the opportunity to taste what the cities top restaurants have on offer.
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.
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.
Normally held in August each year, this event showcases the latest fashions available and features lots of local designers.
Normally held in mid-February, this festival celebrates the colorful diversity of Cape Town’s gay community.
There are also a number of other festivals held in close proximity to Cape Town but not in the city itself.