Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2017
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.
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Everything you need to make this April a great time, whether you feel like a rocking month of partying, or general fun-filled activities. Try something new, or visit an old favourite; the choice is entirely yours! :)
Vortex Parallel Universe
On the South African music scene, there are few names more representative of a good time than Vortex. It’s a name that’s constantly mentioned, that builds up excitement, so pop your tent up and take on the trance world with full force.
Vortex Parallel Universe takes place this April over the course of three highly-fueled days. Camping facilities, lavatories, and medics are available at the event, and a good time is mandatory!
- R380 - Early Bird Online
- R430 - Online
- R480 - At Gate
- When: 15 - 17 April
- Where: Standford (2hrs from Cape Town) Click here for directions
- Full Event Info: Vortex Parallel Universe
The annual Parklife Music and Gourmet Street Food Festival returns for its third year at the Green Point Stadium fields. There will be live entertainment to keep you on your feet all day.
Some of the featured acts are:
- The Temper Trap
- Jeremy Loops
- Michael Franti
- Fancois Van Coke
- Kaki King
- Matthew Mole
- Gangs Of Ballet
- Guy Buttery
- Medicine Boy Opposite Other
With plenty more acts to be announced. Festival-goers are welcome to bring blankets and camping chairs, and to picnic on the lawns; there will be a designated area for umbrellas. The Village will also offer a variety of gourmet food stalls with options to suit all tastes.
Parklife Music and Gourmet Street Food Festival is the perfect day out for the entire family, and a relaxed way to end your Easter Weekend.
- R295 - Adults
- R195 - Teenagers (13-17)
- R125 - Kids (3-12)
- When: 17 April, 10am - 9am
- Where: Greenpoint Cricket Club, Vlei Road, Greenpoint
- Full Event Info: Parklife Cape Town
Explore the museums of central Cape Town in a new light- after dark. All museums offer free admission and are within walking distance of each other.
Museum Night is an initiative of Thursdays Projects in collaboration with Iziko Museums of South Africa as founding partners. Head out and enjoy light snacks and drinks while taking in the varied wonders of human existence.
- When: 20 April, 5pm - 10pm
- Where: Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Museum Night
Pinotage & Biltong Festival
Come and indulge in two of South Africa's favourite delicacies: Pinotage and biltong!
For each tasting, a wide range of biltong products will be paired with specific wines from 20 of SA's top Pinotage producers. Guests can taste and buy some of the best red Pinotage or have fun with alternative styles of this grape variety such as rosé, bubblies, blends, and even a white Pinotage!
Tickets include a branded crystal wine glass and a pairing card for the free Pinotage and Biltong tastings.
The event is family-friendly with live music, food trucks, light meals and casual seating. The charity beneficiary is the Pebbles Project, members of whom will be present to entertain the kids and raise funds for their many worthy projects. Have a family day with this lovely Stellenbosch vineyard as your backdrop.
- When: 22-23 April, 11am - 5pm
- Where: L'Avenir Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
- Full Event Info: Pinotage & Biltong Festival
Monark Live @ Franschoek Cellar
Catch Monark performing an acoustic show at this incredible new venue in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
Monark, celebrated for their originality and innovative contribution to the South African music scene, have made a name for themselves as one of the hottest and most versatile local groups.
Having dominated the South African airwaves with their first 2 singles, Smiling (5FM Top 3) and Build It Up (5FM Top 5, and #1 on Jacaranda FM, Highveld/KFM, Algoa FM, OFM), they also released their 3rd single, Something, in the build up to the launch of their debut album Negatives.
The gorgeous venue only enhances Monark's soul-stirring tunes, promising to make for a day rich in feels. This is a family-friendly occasion, so bring along the kids and come enjoy some splendid live entertainment.
- When: 23 April, 3pm - 6pm
- Where: Franschoek Cellar, R45 Franschoek Main Road, Franschoek
- Full Event Info: Monark Live @ Franschoek Cellar
Midnight Circus with Miyagi and Seth Schwarz
The goal of this event is to give you a night like you've never experienced before, by combining top class DJs and a fully functional circus into one production.
Visitors can expect a selection of the following:
- Cradle Trapeze
- Rope Ariel Acrobatics
- High Diving
- Ground Acrobatics
- & More
The event will take place at the SAN Circus School, where they maintain a strong moral code when it comes to entertaining. They are totally against the use of animals in circuses, and the event will be a 100% vegan friendly one, featuring vegan-only food stalls.
- R350 - At The Door
- When: 22 April, 12pm - 12am
- Where: South African Natural Circus School, 2 Willow Road, Observatory
- Full Event Info: Midnight Circus with Miyagi and Seth Schwarz
In terms of the South African festival scene, very little comes close to the sheer magnitude of this event. Every year, there’s a kind of buzz going on as preparation for this event gets underway! Festival goers tend to prepare months in advance for "The Burn".
Costumes galore, massive tented areas, costumes galore, massive tented areas, artworks and a wide range of acoustic and electronic music - all self-organised by camps themselves and featuring no headliners - is on offer.
First time Burn goers are advised to take a look at the Survival Guide for packing requirements and admission requirements, as this isn’t your average event: it's an experiment in radical self reliance and creative expression informed by a set of 11 principles.
- When: 24 - 30 April
- Where: Stonehenge Private Reserve
- Full Event Info: AfrikaBurn
SA Cheese Festival
The SA Cheese Festival is the biggest outdoor culinary event, and takes place in April 2017. Cheese remains the jewel in the festival crown, and the selection ranges from well-known brands to unique artisan cheeses.
Every ticket you purchase allows you to enter a draw to win a brand new Chevrolet Utility 1.4 Uteforce Bakkie, which is sponsored by Reeds Motor Group.
Combine a great day out in the country with an opportunity to meet and learn from an array of exciting culinary talents as well as the chance to leave a little richer.
- R1500.00 - Connoisseurs Package
- R160.00 - General + a chance to win a car
- R100 - Pensioners + chance to win a car
- When: 28-30 April,
- Where: Sandringham Farm,Sandringham Road, Stellenbosch
- Full Event Info: SA Cheese Festival
Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival
Join the annual celebration weekend-long festival known for exceptional cool climate wine, delicious country fare and outdoor entertainment.
Soak up the last of the summer sunshine as autumn begins to transform the picturesque Elgin Valley, meet the winemakers, and discover the distinctive personality of the vineyard.
Entertainment includes performances by live bands, art exhibitions, kids' activities, and a smorgasbord of dining options to tantalise the taste buds for lunch: a la carte menus, farm style picnics, American style smokehouse BBQ, artisanal food trucks and much more. There’s something for everyone!
- R140 - Presold Weekend Pass
- R160 - At The Venue
- When: 29-30 April, 10am - 5pm
- Where: Elgin Valley,
- Full Event Info: Elgin Cool Wine and Country Festival
FanCon promises a host of entertainment for all lovers of comic books and pop culture.
Attendees can look forward to an artist alley featuring local, national and international comic artists and guests, a panel programme of talks, interviews and workshops, comic book launches, and artists and author signings of their work.
This event calls on all nerds and geeks, and promises to fulfil your ultimate comic book fantasies. Dress up (cosplay) as your favourite comic-book star, or a put a twist on an already much-loved character. All in all, this promises to be an entry into geek-heaven!
- R240 - Full 3 Day Pass
- R120 - Full Day Pass
- Free - Kids u12 Accompanied By An Adult
- When: 29 April-1 May,
- Sat, Sun, 10am - 6pm
- Mon, 10am - 5pm
- Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: FANCON
Below we have compiled a list of the biggest events reaching the shores of Cape Town this May.
Bongalong Cannabis March
This is the annual meeting and peaceful protest against the current regulations against marijuana. Attendees are invited to join like-minded people to have their voices heard. Protestors often dress up as weed-related characters to grab attention.
Come out and witness legislation being changed by the people it governs.
- When: 6 May, 9am - 3pm
- Where: 1 Belle Ombre Road, Gardens, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Bongalong Cannabis March
Sunset Colour Run
The Sunset Run is excited to announce a brand new format for their very popular event. The existing Sunset Run format will continue as before (one hour to try and beat the setting sun); in addition they are now launching the Sunset Colour Run!
Option 1: The goal to beat the sun, the route is 6 km long. However, you can attempt to complete the route as many times as possible before the sun sets, making it potentially a 6km, 12km, or even 18km route.
Option 2: Contestants pass through 3 different colour stations, which spans a 4 km route. If this option is selected, contestants will be littered in colourful powder and definitely not arrive at the finish line looking the same.
Dress up in the craziest costume you have and join in on the active fun this May.
- R95 - Kids Early Bird (u15)
- R150 - Early Bird
- When: 6 May, 5pm - 6pm
- Where: Greenpoint Lighthouse, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Sunset Colour Run
Bree Street Block Party
The organisers are excited to announce a new collaboration with ARCADE, HQ and La Parada that will be bringing you the ultimate Bree Street parkade takeover: BLOCK PARTY! The debut event has been much anticipated.
Introducing the line-up:
- Tommy Gun
- Beat Sampras (Red Bull Studios)
- Birds of a Feather (Anthea Scholtz & Miss Pickett)
- Blanka (Red Bull Studios)
- Brett Aitken & Chris De Vos
- Strange Loving
- Pascal & Pearce
- Leyton Lee
There will be various tasty treats available for sale and, of course, ample supply of party juices to keep you on your feet long into the night. In celebration of city life on Bree Street and surrounds, expect a day filled with Arts, Music and Food!
- R150 - Early Bird
- R180 - Normal Bird
- R220 - Late Bird
- When: 7 May, 12pm - 12am
- Where: 75 Buitengracht St, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Bree Street Block Party
Night Nation Run Cape Town
The Night Nation Run is the world’s first Running Music Festival. A 5K musical voyage filled with live music, lights, lasers, and celebration for the lover of Electronic Dance Music. Run, walk, skip or dance your way through this electrifying adventure with pulsating tunes carrying you every step.
Your journey will take you through an illuminated racecourse to multiple on-course DJ stages, each with its own unique exhilarating party, finishing with an explosive main stage after-party, featuring top EDM DJs and special guest celebrity performers.
Your entry gets you:
- Night Nation T-shirt
- Race Bib
- Glow Necklace
- Free Giveaways
- Admission into the Night Nation after party
For a full night of celebrating all that's good in the world, get involved with this blood-pumping event, it really is one not too miss out.
- R250 - Early Bird
- R595 - General
- When: 13 May, 4:30pm - 10:30pm
- Where: Grandwest Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood
- Full Event Info: Night Nation Run Cape Town
Justin Bieber Purpose Tour
Global superstar Justin Bieber is bringing his tour to South Africa. If you are a true “Bielieber” then you don’t want to miss out on this one. A master at entertaining a crowd with a voice of dripping gold, he definitely knows how to keep you entertained.
Hosted at the biggest indoor venue Cape Town has to offer, the Cape Town Stadium comes to life this May with the appearance of this industry icon!
- R2050 - Silver Suite
- R3050 - Gold Suite
- R3550 - Platinum Suite
- When: 17 May, 4pm - 10pm
- Where: Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonneberg Road
- Full Event Info: Justin Bieber Purpose Tour
Franschoek Literary Festival
The first Franschhoek Literary Festival took place in 2007 with two main objectives:
- To bring together a broad cross-section of mostly South African writers and a few distinguished authors from overseas, aiming to present quality events that inspire and inform.
- To raise funds for local community and school libraries, for which the FLF Library Fund was established.
The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May, preceded by the Book Week for Young Readers. The events take place in village venues within a few minutes' walk of each other, which creates a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers.
The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks. Fringe events include literary and publishers' dinners, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, and classical music concerts.
- Cost: R70
- When: 19-21 May
- Where: Franshoek
- Full Event Info: Franschoek Literary Festival
Cab Franc Carnival 2017
The Cabernet Franc Carnival Cape Town event will take place at Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Taste and buy the wines directly from the wineries, enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and food stalls.
Visitors can also book for one of three tutored tastings of the Top 6 wines of the 2017 Cabernet Franc Challenge, presented by head of the 2017 judging panel and Cape Wine Master, Christine Rudman. Tickets for the tutored tasting costs R75pp extra and only three sessions of 20 persons each can be accommodated. The very popular public "vote" to choose the favourite wine of the day, will once again take place which will give an interesting perspective on the differences between expert and amateur palates.
- R200 - Per Person
- R75 - Per Person Tasting
- When: 20 May, 11am - 5pm
- Where: Avontuur Estate, Broadway Blvd, Helderberg Estate
- Full Event Info: Cab Franc Carnival 2017
FNB Cape Town 12 Onerun 2017
The third edition of the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN has arrived, after the successful 2016 event this one promises to be a smasher.
They are calling all runners to join them for a fast, flat 12km in the Mother City. Your entry includes a participation tee as well as other bonuses!
- R160 - Standard Package
- R670 - Gold Package
- When: 21 May, 7am - 10am
- Where: 8 Riebeek St, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: FNB Cape Town 12 Onerun 2017
The Friday Night Feats
Cape Town’s cozy months have grown to love the Night Feast tradition, and they are proud to say it's back with a series of four on the LAST FRIDAY of every month throughout the winter season.
Feastival have carefully curated a night of complete sensory indulgence to be enjoyed in one of the city’s favourite locations - a warm home for the winter – the Palms Décor & Lifestyle Centre right here in Woodstock.
You are invited to celebrate, dance and feast in the inner city gathering of food, music and design culture.mGet ready for Feasts unlike anything before experienced!
- R100 - Early Feaster
- R120 - Normal Feaster
- R150 - Late Feaster
- R200 - At The Door
- When: 26 May, 6pm - 2am
- Where: The Palms Decor and Lifestyle Centre, 0C Sir Lowry Rd
- Full Event Info: The Friday Night Feast
Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival 2017
Sample Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s range of Shiraz wines with a selection of South Africa’s finest Syrahs paired with mouth-watering charcuterie and other delicious artisanal fare. Participating producers include Rust en Vrede, Waterford, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Hartenberg Estate, Simonsig and Thelema. Tickets include entry and tastings of the wines on show.
- R220 - Per Person
- When: 27 May, 12pm-5pm
- Where: Anthonij Rupert Wyne, R45 Wine Route, Franshoek Valley
- Full Event Info: TBA
Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
The Cape Town Big Band Festival features an array of school and college big bands showcasing what they do best. Come out and enjoy the musical talents of South Africa's up and coming musicians at the opulent Baxter Theatre.
- R100 - General
- R50 - Students
- When: 3 June
- Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival
Good Food and Wine Show - Cape Town
Over 60 000 visitors attended the three Good Food and Wine Shows in 2016, and this year’s footfall is expected to increase with chefs like White and Van der Westhuizen on the bill of fare, the biggest elephant cake in the world and a wide selection of vendors and interactive installations showcasing food and fare from around the globe.
The floor will be divided into nine specific exhibition areas for attendees to explore: Market, Street Food, Gourmet, Baking, Kids, Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Beer and Alcohol.
- From R100 - R380
- When: 2-4 June, 10am - 6pm
- Where: CTICC, Cape Town City Centre
- Full Event Info: Good Food & Wine Show - Cape Town
Wacky Wine Weekend
Taste the Lifestyle at the Robertson Wine Valley’s 14th annual Wacky Wine Weekend showcasing more than 40 wine estates, boutique wineries and tourism establishments from the Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson.
Warm up this winter with award-winning wines through tutored tastings by winemakers, cellar tours, wine pairings and tastings. Expect to be entertained with live music, outdoor sports, arts & craft stalls, a variety of country cuisines and family fun!
The event takes place at multiple wineries and tourism establishments, each showcasing a feast of unique activities planned. Expect a line-up to suit the fun-seeker, novice or wine connoisseur. Most activities featured in the programme are included in your weekend pass; others work on a pay as you go system.
- R150 - Pre sold (Sales close end of April)
- R180 - Thereafter
- When: 1-4 June
- Where: Robertson Wine Valley, Cnr Voortrekker and Reitz St, Robertson
- Full Event Info: Wacky Wine Weekend
International Day Of Yoga 2017
Since 2014, International Day of Yoga has been celebrated on 21 June and is acknowledged by the United Nations. People all around the globe will celebrate the gift of yoga on that day and we will also participate in this international yoga party.
Yoga is about union, so let’s bring all the different yoga communities in Cape Town and surrounding areas together to practice as one. There will be two sessions to choose from.
The first 250 people to arrive at each session will receive a complimentary adidas goodie bag. Hand in or show your Quicket ticket at the event to enter the competition and one winner will be selected to enjoy a three-night Yoga Glamping Retreat in the Karoo from 2-5 November 2017 for two people, complete with Yoga gear, all courtesy of adidas. Prize is valued at over R15 000.With amazing prizes like these up for grabs this event is definitely worth checking out.
- Cost: Free
- When: 17 June, 8am - 8pm
- Where: CTICC, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: International Day Of Yoga 2017
Don Julio's Diablos Danzantes - Dancing Devils Festival
Time to get those costumes out of the cupboard because the most deadly party of the year is nearly here, HQ is hosting a Dancing Devils themed celebration brought to you by Don Julio.
For one night, and one night only, you will have the chance to fully immerse yourself in this ancient Venezuelan tradition as HQ transforms itself into a night of spectacular masked dancing celebrations. The courtyard will be open, and there’ll be an outdoor dance floor to get the blood pumping and the party going. When the night grows older, the festivities will move inside.
- Cost: Free
- When: 17 June, 7pm - 3am
- Where: HQ, 104 Short Market St, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Don Julio’s Diablos Danzantes - Dancing Devils Festival @ HQ
Diskotopia Block Party
Every winter has it's own story to tell, and this time Diskotopia had to make it something very special. After an amazing welcome and continuous support throughout the years, it has become very clear to them that their family is much bigger than ever imagined.
They are kicking off this leg of winter at one of Cape Town's favourite venues, The Train Lodge. They will be transforming this intimate rail side venue into an audiovisual paradise, fit for their beautiful friends. The further you wonder from this reality your imagination will lead you into this cosmic paradise as it welcomes all of us to meet, love & dance.
Join them for an intimate night of great music, top class production, three dance floors, mind blowing visuals, LED tunnel, multiple bars, outside crafted gin and cocktail lounge and chill areas. A euphoric wonderland awaits you.
- When: 24 June, 5pm - 5am
- Where: Train Lodge Platform 29 Monument Station, Old Marine Dr, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Diskotopia Block Party @ Train Lodge
Vortex Festival Of Fire
With a strikingly original slant on the idea of the trance party- that of linking it to the already existing celebration of the winter solstice this 3-day event offer the opportunity for a kind of renewal, a rebirth of energy for the second half of the year.
Set up all the way out in Riviersonderend, this event promises that the drive will be utterly worth it as it celebrates the existence of fire - fire as renewal, as rebirth, as the ultimate natural force. One dance floor. One energy. One love.
- R450 online
- R500 at gate
- When: 23-25 June 2017
- Where: Riviersonderend
- Full Event Info: Phoenix: Festival of Fire
Gordon's Bay Winter Wonderland 2017
The quiet seaside town, Gordon's Bay, becomes a winter wonderland this July. Streets will be lined with fairy light creating the illusion of snow. Bring the whole family to enjoy our 2 weekends of wonderful entertainment. Every day at the Festival will be a new adventure, with foods from all over the word, craft stalls to do some shopping, music, a beer tent, a fun park, the ghost house and lots more
- R10 - Adults
- Free - Kids U12
- When: 30 June - 2 July, 7-9 July
- Where: Gordons Bay, Cape Town
- Full Event Info: Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland
We will be updating this list on a weekly basis to include all events all year round, so stay up to date with the biggest most happening events Cape Town has to offer.
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