Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2019
Cape Town is truly the city that never sleeps, with parties and activities happening all year round; even in our rainy season, it’s no wonder why Cape Town is the tourist’s party-central destination.
Please note: This list will continuously be updated during 2018.
- If trance is your thing, then check out our guide to Trance parties in Cape Town.
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Quick JumpJanuary 2019L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Racing Festival 2019Silo Concert | Puesta Del Sol concertShimmy Beach Club presents Black Coffee 05.01.2019Full Moon: Summer Vibrations ft: Deliriant & Special FriendsErotickles VSoulshaker Movement: Lake HouseFreshlygroundEKasi Wine Tasting & Music FestivalOpen Streets City CentreFebruary 2019M4A SummerFest'19Bonobo Live at KirstenboschScrilla The Cruel Summer EditionHeart Cape Town Music FestivalThe Discovery Retro Run powered by KFM 94.5International Public Art Festival - Cape Town - South AfricaFuzzy Funday ft Broken Toy, Geometric Flux, Gokon Rave & FriendsMuseum Night Cape Town 2019Cape Town PIzza & Pasta Festival 2019TAMIA Live in South Africa [Cape Town]With You Festival II ft. Dirty Doering (KATERMUKKE//GER)Gin & Tonic Festival CT 2019The First Obs-fficial Thrift Fest of 2019March 2019Ultra South Africa 2019 (Cape Town)
The new year brings a fresh start, whether you choose to experience new things or visit old favourites, Cape Town is in no short supply of things to do in January 2019!
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L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Racing Festival 2019
Molded on famed international racing festivals such as the Qatar Goodwood Festival and Royal Ascot, 2017 saw the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate becoming South Africa’s first ever multi-day Racing Festival, now formally known as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which is held over a Friday and Saturday with the main L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Race being held on the Saturday.
2019 sees host to the third official L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Racing Festival, being held over Friday, 4th of January and Saturday, 5th of January. Various hospitality options will once again be available over both race days, including the much anticipated Garden Party being held on Friday, 4th of January. Tickets go on sale on 16 November 2018!
- From R350
- When: 4 - 5 January 2019, 11am - 11pm
- Venue: Kenilworth racecourse, Rosemead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town
- More Info: L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Racing Festival 2019
Silo Concert | Puesta Del Sol concert
Find your Latin American rhythm at the Puesta Del Sol concert in the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District on Friday, 4 January 2019.
The audience can expect an opening act of traditional Argentinian folk music followed by pure flamenco, a six-piece tango ensemble, and ending with a nine-piece hot high energy Salsa band. Professional dancers will encourage the audience to join them. The free two-hour outdoor concert begins at 7pm.
- Cost: FREE
- When: 4 January, 7pm - 9pm
- Venue: V&A Waterfront, Breakwater Blvd, Cape Town
- More Info: Facebook Event
Shimmy Beach Club presents Black Coffee 05.01.2019
Back from outer space, Black Coffee lands at Shimmy Beach Club this December for four exclusive summer shows!
Get ready for a summer season that will bring the heat like never before, with phenomenal supporting acts, stellar production and an element of the extra-terrestrial to bring the energy of the galaxy’s best dancefloors to the sands of Shimmy Beach.
- R195 - Early Bird GA
- R280 - GA
- R295 - Early Bird VIP
- R380 - VIP
- When: 5 January, 2pm - 1am
- Venue: Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Rd, Cape Town
- More Info: Shimmy Beach Club presents Black Coffee 05.01.2019
Full Moon: Summer Vibrations ft: Deliriant & Special Friends
Wolf Pack Productions Presents: Full Moon Summer Vibrations ॐ
As the nights get longer, the days get hotter & the drinks get colder...Join us in celebrations to kick start 2019 with a bang. So be sure to join them for Wolf Pack Productions SA "21st" FULL MOON Party. This one Promises to be EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER!!!
- R100 - Pre Sold (Reps)
- R100 - General Online
- R150 - At the Door
- When: 5-6 January, 6pm - 6am
- Venue: Club Fever, C/o Castor and Pollux Roads, Lansdowne
- More Info: Full Moon: Summer Vibrations ft: Deliriant & Special Friends
An itch, a scratch and a tickle walked into a bar whilst I was sitting at a table with friends enjoying some pints of flesh, feelings and forgotten dreams. One of my mates turned to me, gesturing towards the menage-a-weird, and said, "Now that must be what love feels like..."
Party Goers can expect; some silky DJ tunes. Alive At Midnight (punk rock) , the hooligans who do what they do better than anyone else on the planet. An enormous and comfortable venue with plenty of sitting or standing options and a spacious dance floor to get loose. A cash bar with reasonable prices.
This is an early event so you can all wake up on a Sunday morning without regrets (or wreck yourself at the after party @ Stones in Obs) Come along and be consumed. This is an event not to be missed. All u18s must be accompanied by their parent/s. There is a lekker outside smoking section, so inside will be a smoke free environment.
- R30 - Before 5:45pm
- R40 - Thereafter
- When: 12 January, 5pm - 10pm
- Venue: Wittebome Civic Centre, Cape Town
- More Info: Erotickles V
Soulshaker Movement: Lake House
Join the Soulshakers Movement by the pool and lake at this stunning venue to launch the 1st Official 12 Hour Outdoor Event.
Celebrate their First Birthday as they bring you a unique sound and style within the Deep Tech & Tech House community. Let’s go back to the roots of Underground House Music where we explore your tribal instinct to get lost in forward thinking Beats.
Dj Line Up:
- Siya Master Deep
- Chad Wall
- Jason Spikes
- Dillyn Will
- Kilopascal Vs Ikon
- Beat 2 Beat Brothers
- The Rudeman
- VIPER 2.0
- Disco Daze
Showcasing some local and headliner DJs that has been in the Cape Town Underground scene for some time. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and into your element to get your Soul shake’d!
- R100 - Pre Sold Phase 1
- R150 - pre Sold Phase 2
- R180 - At the Gate
- When: 12 January, 12pm - 12am
- Venue: CPUT, Symphony Wy, Cape Town
- More Info: Soulshaker Movement: Lake House
One of the most acclaimed and successful bands to emerge from South Africa in recent years, multi-award winning, Freshlyground blends the infectious kwela style and musical traditions from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with elements of pop, jazz, blues and indie rock.
Formed in Cape Town the band became a national hit with the release of their 2003 debut, Jika Jika. Freshlyground has toured the world and recorded six increasingly popular albums, as well as a collaboration with pop superstar Shakira for the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Gates to the concert area open at 16h00.
- Cost: (Proof of ID required)
- FREE - Children u6 years
- R150 - Youth Ages 6 -12 years
- R190 - Adults
- When: 20 January, 5:30pm - 7pm
- Venue: Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, Rhodes Ave, Newlands
- More Info: Freshlyground
EKasi Wine Tasting & Music Festival
Welcome to the first eKasi Wine tasting & Music festival happening at Guga Sthebe Art & Cultural Centre in Langa on Sunday 27th January 2019.
Experience the taste of 10 wine brands and jam to the best of live acts and local DJs. Tickets to be won via various on consumption and off consumption outlets AND via our social platforms.
- R150 - General Entry (Includes a tasting booklet)
- When: 27 January, 1pm - 9pm
- Venue: C/o Washington & Church St, Langa
- More Info: EKasi Wine Tasting & Music Festival
Open Streets City Centre
Open Streets Days are a local programme inspired by Colombia’s Ciclovía. The concept is to close down a street temporarily so that it becomes car-free. It’s a chance for people to reclaim streets as public space, for walking, cycling, skating, playing, exploring and general socialising. Open Streets suspends reality and allows us to imagine a new “normal” for our streets.
Join Cape Town residents to walk, cycle, skate, play, dance, explore and connect with neighbours, friends and family on a car-free Bree Street. Leave your car at home and join the movement to experience streets differently! #StreetsForPeople #ItsYourSpace #CarFree
This will be the fourth time Bree Street hosts Open Streets (since 2015), and the day falls in the middle of the Open Streets 2018-19 season. The series kicked off in October Transport Month in Woodstock, followed by Bellville in November, and will continue in February in Langa and March in Mitchells Plain (the last Sunday of each month).
- Cost: FREE
- When: 27 January, 9am - 2pm
- Venue: Bree Street, Cape Town
- More Info: Open Streets City Centre
February has arrived with a bang, fizzle and pop! from open Musuem nights to Retro Runs powered by KFM, Cape Town are you ready?
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A place for Friendship & Metal \m/
Join www.metal4africa.com along with hundreds of hard rockers and metallers at the bi-annual (est. 2007) celebration of all-African heavy music. Curious first timers are equally welcome to come and meet the community and see what it's all about.
Please Note: Cash or Card? Whilst some traders within the venue, including the bar, do have card facilities, not all traders will. Entrance to the event at this time is payable in cash only.
- R140 - At the Gate
- When: 2 February, 4pm - 2am
- Venue: Metronome, 12 Viben Ave, Brackenfell Industrial, Cape Town
- More Info: M4A SummerFest'19
Bonobo Live at Kirstenbosch
Kicking off 2019, Bonobo and his 8-piece live band will head down south to SA shores and play to an army of local fans at one of Cape Town’s top outdoor venues.
After countless online petitions and social media requests, it’s finally confirmed – British musician, producer and DJ Bonobo will head to Cape Town on Friday the 8th of February 2019 to perform a one night live show with his 8-piece band at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
"Simon Green, aka Bonobo, is one of the most widely played producers on the planet!" – Katie Roche, RedBull . com
Bonobo's rise has been stealthy but unstoppable, and Simon Green, the man behind it all, is now one of the biggest electronic artists of our time! He initially debuted years back with a trip-hop aesthetic, and since ventured into more of an upbeat approach while experimenting with Jazz and World Music.
- Cost: From R565 pp
- When: 8 February, 6pm - 10pm
- Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Dr, Newlands
- More Info: Bonobo Live at Kirstenbosch
Scrilla The Cruel Summer Edition
Come an end off your summer the #Scrilluation Way!!#Scrilla strives in making sure, that you will have the best time of your lives! Experiences matter to them and uniqueness is what they always aim for.
#Scrillacpt is a music festival that is not only to be spoken about but a music festival that grows each time it is presented! This time they present their first ever 12 hour Summer Music Festival. Bringing you an unforgettable #CRUELSUMMEREDITION #itsnotjustanyparty
Keeping you entertained on the night, the hosts are, Ms Celestè Mitchell and Mr Infamous AJG. The recent Winners from The Chilli Bar #DANCEOFFCOMPETITION Keanu Lil-Wolf Bergman and Spencer Diedericks will be performing live at Scrilla.
Dj Line Up:
- Ricardo Hartzenberg
- Bryan Travis
- Dj TiffyBeat
- Kilopascal DJ
- Fizz & Shai-A
- Dunn Kidda
- VJ Jonno
They are moving to a Bigger Venue Space, bringing you a whole new experience and atmosphere, for you to make moments that last forever! Their passion lies in giving you what you truly deserve, a party like no other, we are unique, we are different. Keeping it versatile by bringing you a wide range of genres all on 1 OUTDOOR DANCE FLOOR!
- R120 - General Access
- R2100 - VIP Package
- When: 9 February, 2pm - 2am
- Venue: Fives Futbol Arena, C/o Mercantile Rd & Century Blvd, Cape Town
- More Info: Facebook Event
Heart Cape Town Music Festival
Following its successful inaugural event, Heart FM is proud to announce the Heart Cape Town Music Festival will take place on the 9th of February in 2019 at PPC Newlands Cricket Stadium.
Confirmed artists already include the likes of Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Emo Adams, Mango Groove, Freshly Ground, Micasa, Lady Zamar, Shekhinah, Goodluck and AKA, to name a few.
The 2019 Heart Cape Town Music Festival will see more than twenty top South African acts on one stage.
- R150 - Adults
- R70 - Children u12 years
- When: 9 February, 8:30am - 10pm
- Venue: PPC Newlands Cricket Stadium, Cape Town
- More Info: Heart Cape Town Music Festival
The Discovery Retro Run powered by KFM 94.5
The Discovery Retro Run powered by KFM is returning to the Mother City, happening on Saturday 9 February in Cape Town during the Discovery Get Active Weekend 2019.
Participants can either enter a 5km or the 8km run through the Retro Route.
Entry into the race get you: • Exclusive Retro Run t-shirt • Finishers prize • Entertainment post-race
Vitality members can earn bonus Vitality Points for taking part: 8km = 1100 points and 5km = 800 points.
- When: 9 February, 4pm - 9pm
- Venue: Greenpoint, Cape Town
- More Info: The Discovery Retro Run powered by KFM 94.5
International Public Art Festival - Cape Town - South Africa
Baz-Art is pleased announce the dates for the 3rd International Public Art Festival (IPAF2019).
Ipaf is a community based street art event hosted by Baz-Art in Salt River, Cape Town. The theme for the annual International Public Art Festival is (Ipaf festival sa 2019): “GENERATION NEXT: EDUCATE, COLLABORATE, EMPOWER.”
Building on the environmental theme of last year’s festival, ‘Nature Doesn’t Need Us. We Need Nature’, the 2019 theme represents a renewed focus on the future and the responsibility of present and successive generations to create a better world for all.
IPAF 2019 International Public Art Festival in Cape Town, will once again harness the immense power of public art to engage individuals, communities, businesses and others on our chosen theme, reinforcing our collective responsibility for each other and the well being of the planet.
- When: 9-13 February, From 10am
- Venue: Baz-Art, De Waterkant Centre, 9 Sommerset Rd, Cape Town
- More Info: Facebook Event
Fuzzy Funday ft Broken Toy, Geometric Flux, Gokon Rave & Friends
In the spirit of the warm and fuzzy feeling we got from all of you at Festive Funday ft. Headroom, Broken Toy & Friends, and with Valentine's Day day taking place a few days later...
FTP (For The People) is giving The People what they asked for, Part 3 of their series of Sunday Funday themed events 💘 Fuzzy Funday ft Broken Toy, Geometric Flux, Gokon Rave & Friends 😬.
With it being a Sunday Funday and all, they've decided to give you access to Super Trooper Entry if you present your bands at the door.
Decodance Night Club is a spacious venue with air conditioned smoking and non-smoking dance floors, lots of comfortable seating, 3 bars and kick-ass sound! 🔊 The venue will be kitted out with MIND MELTING psychedelic decor as well as a photographer to capture your Funday memories.
- R50 - Super Trooper
- R70 - Early Bird (Pre Sold)
- R100 - Phase 2 (At the Door/ Online)
- When: 10 February, 4:20pm - 12am
- Venue: Decodance Nightclub, 120 main Rd, Sea Point
- More Info: Fuzzy Funday ft Broken Toy, Geometric Flux, Gokon Rave & Friends
Museum Night Cape Town 2019
Museum Night Cape Town returns on Thursday 21 February 2019. More information about the event and programme will be made available soon, but for now please save the date.
Museum Night is a multi-institution after hours cultural experience. For one night, the public is invited to explore their city’s museums and cultural institutions after-hours and free of charge.
Museum Night is an initiative of Thursdays Projects, with Iziko Museums of South Africa as a founding partner.
- Cost: FREE
- When: 21 February, 5pm - 10pm
- Venue: Natural History Museum, Gardens, Cape Town
- More Info: Museum Night Cape Town 2019
Cape Town PIzza & Pasta Festival 2019
Welcome to Cape Town's only Pizza & Pasta Festival!
Expect gourmet pizza & pasta dishes, dessert pairings, wine pairings, craft beer pairings, LIVE music, kiddies entertainment, 360 degree views of Table Mountain, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront, CT Stadium, & much, much more!
PIZZA & PASTA EATING COMPETITION! This edition of the Cape Town Pizza & Pasta Festival will include a PIZZA & a PASTA eating competition. Battle it out to WIN amazing prizes on the day. More details coming soon!
- R60 - Early Bird (Limited)
- R80 - Normal Bird
- R100 - Late Bird
- R120 - At the Door (If Available)
- When: 23 February, 12pm - 10pm
- Venue: Fort Wynyard - Cape Garrison Artillery, Granger Bay Blvd
- More Info: Cape Town Pizza & Pasta Festival 2019
TAMIA Live in South Africa [Cape Town]
With the release of her acclaimed new album 'Passion Like Fire' and countless fan requests we are pleased to announce that a six-time Grammy Award nominee, Canadian musician, producer and actress Tamia will grace South African shores in February 2019 with three (3) shows taking place in Tshwane at the Sun Arena at Time Square, Cape Town A Track in Green Point and the Durban Botanic Gardens.
She will be joined at shows by a top local line up including the superb songstress and award winning Lady Zamar.
- R495 - General Access
- R895 - Golden Circle VIP
- When: 23 February, 5pm - 11pm
- Venue: Green Point Track, 11 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point
- More Info: TAMIA Live in South Africa [Cape Town]
With You Festival II ft. Dirty Doering (KATERMUKKE//GER)
In the age of non-human interaction, With You Festival invites you to come together once again, to a place where human bonds are created through music and dance.
They welcome another member of the Katermukke family to their stage - Headliner Dirty Doering from New York to Tokyo, he has set dance floors alight with every new release or remix he has released.
Once the BAR 25 era came to an end, the Kater-era started. Naturally it was Velten, who had the idea of founding the label KATERMUKKE. He’s been releasing music on the label ever since. Whether it’s deep or driving, weirdly enchanted or crystal clear.
- Dirty Doering (NYC)
- Stab Virus
- Ian Skene
- The Fogshow
- Pierre Johnson
- Jimmy Chronic (Live)
- Sacred Sun
The venue for this one is located in the heart of the city, The Castle of Good Hope is a bastion fort built in the 17th century. This venue will play host to a celebration of house and techno. Watch as they transform this historical site into your playground for the day.
- R200 - Dirty Bird (Limited)
- R250 - Phase 1
- R300 - Phase 2
- R350 - Final Phase
- When: 23 February, 2pm - 2am
- Venue: Castle Of Goodhope, Cape Town
- More Info: With You Festival II ft. Dirty Doering (KATERMUKKE//GER)
Gin & Tonic Festival CT 2019
The Original Gin & Tonic Festival returns to Cape Town on the 24th February 2019 at the iconic Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock!
The Gin & Tonic Festival, now in its 4th year and on its 8th event, is at the forefront of the ever-growing gin scene. The event is a platform to exhibit the most popular, lesser known and spanking new gin brands, allowing them to shine and showcase their fantastic gin to the fanatics across South Africa, at one of the finest venues in the city.
Join them for a day of delicious artisanal eats, an incredible local line-up which will be celebrating some of the country's finest musos, and a curation of the gin scenes finest purveyors, spirits and cocktails.
There will be gin in abundance to sip on and enjoy, and the makers will be there to share their unique stories and enlighten us all on what makes their product so simply irresistible.
Please note that tickets for the day are limited, so we advise making a note in the calendar and purchasing your tickets as soon as possible.
Together with our fantastic partners, The Neighbourgoods Market, we have an incredible day planned honouring the fastest growing spirit category in the world. We look forward to sharing another monumental day with you all in the notorious Cape Town summer-sunshine come February.
- R120 - early Bird
- R160 - General Admission
- R150 - Per Person Group of 4
- R140 - Per Person Group of 8
- R130 - Per Person Group of 12
- When: 24 February, 11am - 5pm
- Venue: The Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Rd, Woodstock
- More Info: Gin & Tonic Festival CT 2019
The First Obs-fficial Thrift Fest of 2019
Upon a time in the land of Observatory , There was a Thrift Fest that occurred every now and then.
It was said that once you shop there , no matter where you live , Your local mall prices offend. You won't leave empty handed , theres a whole array of things.
From Second hand, hand made to good food, coffee and silver rings. So jot down the date, tell the family and don't forget, to visit Observatory's own Organic and Second hand community fete.
Please Note: If you have any papers, plastic, tin or glass bring it along for a free entrance. 1 Bag of recycling = 1 FREE entry!
- R10 - Entrance
- R5 - Kids u5 years
- When: 24 February, 10am - 2:30pm
- Venue: Observatory Community Centre, C/o Collingwood & Rawson Rd, Observatory
- More Info: The First Obs-fficial Thrift Fest of 2019
Warmer weather means one thing in the Mother City, more parties and outdoor events to keep you busy all through March.
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Ultra South Africa 2019 (Cape Town)
Ultra South Africa returns to the Ostrich Farm in Cape Town for its 6th edition on Friday, 1 March!
The Ultra brand has fast track cemented their name and presence in the electronic music industry. providing a platform that brings local and international artists together.
This massive party has extended itself to almost all the corners of the globe and have grown in following by the hundreds.As the line up details treacle in, Ultanaughts are in for a treat as they have some massive acts performing across 2 stages!
Line Up Across Ultra Mainstage & Resistance Stage:
- Above & Beyond
- The Chainsmokers
- Mar+in Garrix
- Culoe De Song
- Da Capo
- Infected Mushroom
- Vini Vici
- More TBA
Ultranaughts, hard core Ultra supporters follow the entire world tour from city to city and country to country. There is something about the atmosphere shared with like minded music lovers, it simply brings people together!
Please Note: Tickets can ONLY be purchased through the Ultra website!
- R500 - General Admission Tier 1 (SOLD OUT)
- R650 - General Admission Tier 2
- R750 - General Admission Tier 3
- R900 - VIP Tier 1
- R1250 - VIP Tier 2
- R1500 - VIP Tier 3
- Get your ticket here
- When: 1 March, 2pm - 2am
- Venue: Cape Town Ostrich Farm, N7
- More Info: Ultra South Africa (Cape Town)
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