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.
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Quick JumpJuly 2019TOPS at SPAR Wine Show Cape TownDisney On Ice Magical Ice Festival – Cape TownSoetes and Soup 2019Tropical Thrift Fest - JulyDrizzled - Winter Music & Food FestivalAugust 2019Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival Presented by NedbankSo Happy Winter Wonderland 2019The Gin Garden at Hudsons The Burger JointCMIYC Superwomen Run 5/8kmSeptember 2019The Final Quest | Cape Town 2019Goldswindler Presents Nick Warren & Friends (Cape Town)The Mother City Dance FestivalThe AfroFest 2019!Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival Cape Town 2019OctoberCAN DO! is Rocking the Daisies 2019CAMPINGTRANSPORTAnnual Penguin Festival in Simon's TownVegan Lifestyle Festival | Spring Edition25th Cape Town International Kite Festival
Winter has brought the rain to the wonderful city of Cape Town, our dam levels are looking much better and with it has brought a surplus of events and activities this July!
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show Cape Town
A glorious POURformance awaits wine lovers, as the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show returns to Cape Town.
Join them for a GRAPE night out at GrandWest, South Africa’s largest entertainment destination – you’ll blend right in. The show offers wine enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about wine varietals, wine-making processes, wine pairings and so much more.All tickets include a tasting glass, all tastings and access to the wine theatres.
- R185 - General Admission
- R385 - Combo Couple (2 Tickets)
- When: 11, 12 , 13 July, 5pm - 9pm
- Venue: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood
- More Info: TOPS at SPAR Wine Show Cape Town
Disney On Ice Magical Ice Festival – Cape Town
Get ready to enter a winter wonderland as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the most magical moments to Cape Town, as Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival!
In a new twist on fairy tale fun, comical segments from everyone’s favourite Disney films set the scene for the show stopping on-ice stories including Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled and the Academy Award® winning, Frozen!
Join the action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters for South Africa’s favourite family winter school holiday outing, book now at Computicket!
- Cost: From R50 - R350
- When: 10 - 14 July
- Venue: Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood
- More Info: Facebook Event
Soetes and Soup 2019
Mushroom & port, chicken curry, mexican meatball, waterblommetjie or biltong & blue cheese – these are just a few of the soups being served at this year’s Breedekloof Soetes & Soup festival, taking place on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July.
This exciting event, hosted at the various wineries in the Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini, and Breede River areas, will serve you complimentary cups of steaming homemade country soup and award winning wines. Each participating winery and venue has an impressive array of entertainment for you, including live music, family activities, various stalls, foods and more. This event caters for the whole family, offering face painting, various rides, jungle gyms, jumping castles and more for the little ones.
The participating wineries have put together a various premium wine events, giving you the opportunity of tasting special wines presented by their winemakers. Remember to book your place in advance as these are private tutored tastings and special dinners, with limited seating available.
- R160 - Friday Pass
- R200 - Saturday Pass
- R250 - Full Weekend Pass
- When: 19 - 20 July, 9am - 5pm
- Venue: 10 Van Riebeeck St, Rawsonville
- More Info: Facebook Event
Tropical Thrift Fest - July
Tropical Thrift Fest at Trench Town Take Five!
DJS, Hip hop , art, cocktails, golden pineapples and pink flamingos - join us on Sunday the 28th( Last Sunday of every month ) for the latest Thrift Fest venture. Line up TBA.
- Cost: R30 pp
- When: 28 July, 9:30am - 2:30pm
- Venue: Trenchtown, 143 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
- More Info: Tropical Thrift Fest - July
Drizzled - Winter Music & Food Festival
Oh, it's the most wonderful time of year. Call it the super cool and super fab winter twin sister of Sizzled summer music and food festival. Drizzled is Cape Town's First Original Winter Music festival.
Launched in 2018, this year they are doing it different and changing the game forever! The aim is to change a culture that has under represented woman in our music community. In solidarity and on the eve of Women's month they have curated an all female line-up to spotlight the City's most vibrant selectors and music artist to headline Drizzled 2019.
Kicking off Women's month early to honour our women. This is more than an event, it's a campaign to support women!
That's right lovelies, come indulge in amazing gourmet street food and get down to a plethora of music genres featuring SA's freshest underground hip hop, house and electronic music artists.
- R100 - Phase 1 (Limited)
- R150 - Phase 2 (Limited)
- When: 28 July, 12pm - 10pm
- Venue: Mason's Press, Woodstock
- More Info: Drizzled - Winter Music & Food Festival
With the days getting longer and the colder weather only a memory, Cape Town prepares for the arrival of spring by getting outdoors. Check out what the windy city is getting up to this August!
Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival Presented by Nedbank
Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival presented by Nedbank Private Wealth International.
South Africa’s most anticipated wine and food festival is back, and it is more spectacular than ever! Stellenbosch Wine Routes, in association with Nedbank Private Wealth, will bring the invigorating energy of Stellenbosch to life in August when it unites talented winemakers and top chefs for the ultimate culinary showcase, The Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival presented by Nedbank Private Wealth.
Food and wine lovers have one opportunity to experience this incredible collaboration of talent: on Saturday 3 August, in Stellenbosch’s historical Town Hall, from 17:00 to 23:00.
The beautiful Stellenbosch region is regarded as the country’s gourmet capital. Home to South Africa’s best premium wines, as well as the country’s most awarded restaurants, it is perfectly positioned to present a festival which promises to captivate all senses.
Flexing its culinary muscles, The Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival will present guests with the ‘authentic taste of Stellenbosch’. Capitalising on Stellenbosch’s remarkable terroir which shapes its globally awarded wines, only wines made from grapes grown in the Stellenbosch region, and therefore certified as Wine of Origin (W/O) Stellenbosch, will be presented by the winemakers on the day. To these, Stellenbosch’s famous chefs, including Bertus Basson, George Jardine and Michael Broughton, will provide expertly paired canapés for heightened tasting experiences.
- Cost: R500 pp
- When: 3 August, 5pm - 11pm
- Venue: Stellenbosch Town Hall, Plein St, Stellenbosch
- More Info: Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival Presented by Nedbank
So Happy Winter Wonderland 2019
Welcome to the mystical annual winter experience! 🎉
On 3 August 2019 the creators of the So Happy brand invite you to celebrate winter and take a step into wonderland, join them in their magical home in wonderland which will be held at South Africa’s breath-taking venue The Grand Cafe & Beach, which is perfectly suited for the annual hibernation. Allow them take you on a surreal fantasy journey, as you enter into a mystical winter themed setting, as we dance together again under the frosted sky! ❄️
It all kicks off with a fabulous Lunch: 🍕 WINTER WONDERLAND LUNCH 🥂.Join them for an early headstart at the Winter Warm-Up Lunch at the Grand Africa Café & Beach with a delicious set menu. Space is very limited so gather your brunch besties and lets get festive!
- Lunch: 3pm - 7pm
LIVE ACTS: 🤸♂️✨This year will feature even more enchanted acts then ever seen before, including terrific trapeze artists, curious contortionists and dramatic dancers...
DRESS CODE: 👗🕺You are encouraged to wear white from head to toe and of course adding your own mystical touch, so be sure to pull out your best threads and stand a chance to win incredible prizes by putting in some extra magic into your outfits.
Funky surprises around every corner with mystery styled games and engaging activations.
So Happy have a powerful charitable drive and are proud to be associated with The Smile Foundation, whose aim to help kids with severe facial conditions - to aid in changing the lives of many victims. Celebrate in the knowledge that your fun is helping other people become happy too. 10% of every ticket sold will go towards the Smile Foundation.
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- Early Owl: R200 For 2 Tickets (Limited)
- Winter Bird: R250
- Late Bird: R300
- When: 3 August, 7pm - 2am
- Venue: Grand Africa, Granger Bay R (off Beach Rd), Granger Bay
- More Info: So Happy Winter Wonderland 2019
The Gin Garden at Hudsons The Burger Joint
The Gin Garden returns to Hudsons The Burger Joint on Saturday, 3 August 2019 from 12pm in collaboration with Whitley Neill Gin South Africa & Fitch & Leedes.
They've partnered with 3 amazing Gin brands - Whitley Neill Protea, Hibiscus Finery Elderflower & Amber Triple Three African Botanical - to bring you a day of fun and delicious G&Ts mixed with their favourite Fitch & Leedes mixers. Come for a fun-filled lunch and stay for a courtyard party!
Upon entry you will receive a booklet containing 4 tickets, 3 tickets for each specific Gin and then one Wildcard for you to have a second of your favourite!
- Cost: R150 pp
- When: 3 August, from 12pm
- 021 887 2025
- Venue: 77 Dorp St, Stellenbosch
CMIYC Superwomen Run 5/8km
Lace up for our CMIYC Superwomen Run 5/8km and celebrate the superwoman in you!
Celebrate Women's Month and invite your sisters, girlfriends, aunties, moms and granny for this exciting event, as our Superwomen Run is for all fitness levels. You can walk, run, laugh and crawl the 5km or 8km route. All finisher will receive a beautiful superwoman medal.
Dress up as your favourite superwoman on the day, and stand the chance to win great prizes! FIRST 200 Entries get a free Catch Me If You Can Headband!
- R80 - Kids u14 years
- R160 - Adults
- When: 18 August, 8am - 11am
- Venue: Greenpoint Salsian Football Club, Stephan Way, Greenpoint
- More Info: CMIYC Superwomen Run 5/8km
As Spring rolls in ,the parties and events are only getting hotter - check out what Cape Town is getting up to this September!
The Final Quest | Cape Town 2019
The final quest… the last chapter before the sun rises on Pirate Fest 2019 and the dawn of a new wave of rock n’ roll experiences that The Kraken is Alive intends to unleash in 2019 and beyond.
Cape Town called and Captain Renegade has answered! Gathering the Krew of the Kraken Hunter for one more night of rum and rock n’ roll, he’ll be arriving in the Mother City on the 5th of September at the head of a mighty armada led by American metalcore legends, Atreyu!
- 7pm: Set for the Sky
- 8pm: Treehouse Burning
- 9pm: Zombies Ate my Girlfriend
- 10:15pm ATREYU
You’ll get to see them live for the first time ever in South Africa before they head back to Johannesburg for the official Pirate Fest 2019 party on the 7th of September at Marks Park. Get your horns up, Acolytes! We’re coming to give you a taste of adventure, liberation and joy!
- R285 - Phase 1
- R325 - Phase 2
- R750 - VVIP (meet & greet)
- When: 5 September, 6pm - 2am
- Venue: Mercury Live, 43 De Villiers St, Zonnebloem
- More Info: The Final Quest | Cape Town 2019
Goldswindler Presents Nick Warren & Friends (Cape Town)
...on the back of September 2018’s GU Artist Series show with Dave Seaman, Goldswindler are proud to announce that Nick Warren will be playing an extended set for the Cape Town massive at “Reset Club” with it’s unbeatable quad Funktion One sound system on Friday the 13th September 2019.
...On the back of sell out gigs across the world, notably belting out his more progressive journey sets at Rainbow Serpent, Amsterdam Dance Event, his own brand of Soundgarden Parties and many more, Nick is flying in to play at one of our limited numbers parties.
Nick is at the top of his game, touring the world with his arch companion Hernan Cattaneo and delivering to massive dance floors, this intimate limited numbers party is a rare occasion for a DJ of his status.They have also, very carefully, selected 2 pioneers of the Cape Town electronic music scene to build the perfect lineup to support Nick and deliver a journey of music for this special party.
- Nick Warren
- Dino Moran & Faadil
- Dave Irish
- DJ Miss Creamer
- Alexey Sonar (Moscow)
They are are honoured that these power houses have accepted to join Goldswindler for this one!
- Cost: R350 pp
- When: 13 September, 9pm - 4am
- Venue: Reset. 71 Loop Street, CBD
- More Info: Goldswindler Presents Nick Warren & Friends (Cape Town)
The Mother City Dance Festival
Don't miss out on the first annual Mother City Afro-Latin Festival coming to Cape Town for the Heritage Day long weekend in September 2019.
Festival goers can expect:
- Performance Bootcamps
- Pool Parties
- Beach Parties
- The legendary Boat After Party
- and much much more....
Save the date and watch this space for artist announcements and extra special "Early Bird" rates coming soon!
- Cost: TBA
- When: 19 - 23 September, 2pm - 4am
- Venue: Park Inn at Radisson Cape Town Newlands, 10 Hemlock St, Newlands
- More Info: The Mother City Dance Festival
The AfroFest 2019!
The Afrofest's third edition is here with plenty more to offer!!
Afrofest are an annual decentralised festival that collaborates with local businesses, organisations, activators, and creatives all over the city, to put up this amazing festival during heritage weekend, all in celebration and appreciation of African Culture and Heritage!
Activities include live concerts, African food, art and craft exhibitions, film screenings, themed music parties, story-telling and poetry, amongst others! Locations for this year include; CBD, Observatory, and Langa! (sounds less, but a lot to experience.)
- Cost: TBA
- When: 21-24 September
- Venue: CBD, Observatory, Langa
- More Info: Facebook Event
Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival Cape Town 2019
Fitch & Leedes invites you to their annual Gin & Tonic Festival, this bespoke range of mixers are delicately carbonated and finely balanced - a perfect accompaniment to a top quality gin.
Expect artisanal food, local music, salivating garnishes and the very best Gin in South Africa! Grab your Festival Gin glass upon arrival and head to the cash loading station to load money onto a Howler card (the event is completely cashless - what a breeze!).
Once you have your Howler card sorted take a stroll through the various Gin bars where you can choose to purchase your Gins as either tasters, singles or double perfect serve G&Ts. Each Gin is perfectly paired with nothing but the freshest and finest garnishes to tantalise your tastebuds and compliment each individual Gin's botanicals.
Tickets include entry in to the event as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass and a free Gin Taster.
- R160 - Early Bird
- R180 - General Admission
- R200 - Last Minute Ticket (At the Door - These tickets do not receive a festival Gin glass)
- When: 28 September, 12pm - 8pm
- Venue: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Granger bay
- More Info: Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival Cape Town 2019
The rain and cold have finally left the Mother City, check out what Cape Town has in store for you this October!
CAN DO! is Rocking the Daisies 2019
From 4-6 October 2019, festival-goers can expect a multi-faceted and multi-sensory action-packed weekend featuring the best local and international entertainment including music, comedy, art and film.
There'll be hundreds of top local acts and some of the world’s most inspiring artists performing across multiple stages.
- The 1975 (UK)
- Russ (US)
- Tash Sultana (AUS)
- Giggs (UK)
- IAMDDB (UK)
- Earth Gang (US)
- Smino (US)
- Nasy C
- Cassper Nyovest
- Sho Madjozi
- BenjiFlow (UK)
- Jay Prince (UK)
- Tay Iwar (NG)
- Austin Millz (US)
- Santi (NG)
- + much much more!
RTD crew have thought of everything, if you are bringing along valuables they have even supplied party-goers with lockers to keep their kit safe.
The festival is 100% cashless this year, meaning it’ll be faster, more efficient, and safer for all festival-goers.
The general camping sites are not included in your ticket price, but if you are after that exclusive privacy of the outdoors there are a variety of options available to suite your camping style.
General Camping 1 - This is the closest camping area to the main festival entrance. Bring your own tent, size limited to 3x4 m per person sharing.
- Cost: R225 pp (SOLD OUT)
General Camping 2 - Bring your own tent, size limited to 3x4 m per person sharing.
- Cost: R325 pp (Does not include festival ticket)
General Camping 3 - Bring your own tent, size limited to 3x4 m per person sharing.
- Cost: R335 pp (Does not include festival ticket)
Ladies Camp - This campsite is exclusively for women and there are limited tickets available. Includes: make up trailers and plug points, private bar, porters, separate priority parking and private festival entrance. Limited Tent size of 3x4 m.
- Cost: R545 pp (Does not include festival ticket)
Priority Camping - An elevated experience from general camping areas, this campsite is closer to the festival entrance and main arena. (Previously known as Daisy Plus). Includes: private bar, porters, separate priority parking and private festival entrance. Limited Tent size of 3x4 m.
- Cost: R545 pp
Daisyland Options - Daisyland is their luxury-tented accommodation for 2, in a separate and tranquil environment. Tent, bedding and pother amenities included. Festival tickets are not included with Daisyland accommodation.
- R2195 - Daisyland 1 Star
- R3295 - Daisyland 2 Star
- R4995 - Daisyland 3 Star
- R5995 - Daisyland 4 Star
- R7995 - Daisyland 5 Star
- R11995 - Daisyland 5 Star Plus
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Zeelo is the official transport partner for CAN DO! Rocking the Daisies 2019. They are providing a luxury bus service to and from the festival, and with live vehicle tracking, you can keep your eye on your bus at the time of travel!
Book your seat on the bus here!
All camping passes include VAT and booking fees. Festival tickets are not included. No camping pass = no access to campsites.
- Phase 1 - (SOLD OUT)
- Phase 2 - (SOLD OUT)
- Phase 3 - R995
- When: 4 - 6 October 2019
- Venue: Kloof Wine Estate, Darling
- Parking: General Parking and camping will not be adjacent. No sleeping is permitted in parked cars and camper-vans.
- More Info: Rocking The Daisies 2019
Annual Penguin Festival in Simon's Town
This annual event is a platform to highlight the plight of the iconic African penguin species and educate the public on how to play their part in supporting SANCCOB’s conservation efforts and those of all collaborators and exhibitors.
SANCCOB’s 17th Annual Penguin Festival in collaboration with the City of Cape Town, Cape Town Environmental Education Trust (CTEET) and South African National Parks (SANParks) kick-starts with a public release of rehabilitated African penguins for all to witness how they waddle back to where they belong. It’s an experience not to be missed as we count down to tip the boxes! This year Kfm’s mascot, Rocket, will also tip a box.
From 10h30 the festival will take place at Simon’s Town School in Harrington Road, within walking distance from the beach release site and parking is available at the school’s hostel.
There will be educational exhibits with an environmental spin by exhibitors, food vendors, boerewors rolls made with love by the SANParks Honourary Rangers, and a designated craft beer and wine area.
- FREE - General Admission
- R50 - Kids Zone
- When: 5 October, 10am - 2pm
- Venue: Simon's Town Harrington Rd
- More Info: Annual Penguin Festival in Simon's Town
Vegan Lifestyle Festival | Spring Edition
Six months have passed and it’s time for another Vegan Lifestyle Festival!
A day filled with live music, over 100 food, drink and craft stalls, interactive educational workshops, talks and demonstrations, live art installations, movement and artistic expression spaces and classes and so much more.
This time around they have day-pass sale phases. Your day pass grants you full access to all the workshops, talks, classes, and activities throughout the day.
A full program and schedule will be posted for the day but get excited for incredible local talent and activities for the whole family all included in your day pass.
- R50 - Early Bird
- R80 - Second Phase
- R100 - Door Snapscan Sales
- When: 19 October, 10am - 6pm
- Venue: The Source Cape Town located on the grounds of Herzlia Primary School Sports Field, 11 Townsend Ave, Constantia
- More Info: Vegan Lifestyle Festival | Spring Edition
25th Cape Town International Kite Festival
The 25th edition of Africa's biggest kite festival, proudly flying in support of Cape Mental Health. Join the celebrations, see some of the world's most incredible kites and enjoy fresh-air family fun at this much-loved festival.
Bring a kite, make a kite at the free workshops or just come along to see spectacular kites decorate the sky. There will also be live entertainment, children's activities, food trucks and craft market - so there will be lots to enjoy. Picnics are welcome, so invite your friends & family, pack a picnic and join the festivities.
Tickets are available at the gate, or on Quicket. All profits of this event go directly to Cape Mental Health, to help us to provide vital mental health services for children and adults.
- R40 - Adult
- R15 - Children u12 years
- When: 26-27 October, 10am - 6pm
- Venue: C/o The Row & Windermere Rd, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg
- More Info: 25th Cape Town International Kite Festival
Stay tuned as we will be updating this guide regularly to keep you in the loop with what's happening in Cape Town.
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