Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2017
Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2017
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Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2017
Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Cape Town’s best, biggest and hottest events in 2017.
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Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2017

Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Cape Town’s best, biggest and hottest events in 2017.
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Annual Festivals & Big Events In Cape Town 2017
Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Cape Town’s best, biggest and hottest events in 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.

Please note: This list will continuously be updated during 2017.

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June
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April

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 fuelled days. Camping facilities, lavatories, and medics are available at the event, and a good time is mandatory!

Parklife Festival

Parklife Festival

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
  • Francois 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.

  • Cost:
    • 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

Museum Night

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.

  • Cost:
    • Free
  • 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.

Monark Live @ Franschhoek 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.

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:

  • Trapeze
  • Cradle Trapeze
  • Rope Ariel Acrobatics
  • Contortionists
  • 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.

AfrikaBurn

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, artworks and a wide range of acoustic and electronic music - all self-organised by camps themselves and featuring no headliners.

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.

  • Cost:
    • R1495
  • When: 24 - 30 April
  • Where: Stonehenge Private Reserve, Tankwa Karoo
  • 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.

  • Cost:
    • 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, an American style smokehouse BBQ, artisanal food trucks and much more. There’s something for everyone!

FANCON

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 programme of panel 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 put a twist on an already much-loved character. All in all, this promises to be an entry into geek-heaven!

  • Cost:
    • 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

May

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.

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 6km 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 will 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.

  • Cost:
    • 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!

  • Cost:
    • 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 to miss.

  • Cost:
    • 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!

  • Cost:
    • 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

Franschhoek 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.

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.

  • Cost:
    • 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!

  • Cost:
    • 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. Get ready for feasts unlike anything before experienced!

  • Cost:
    • 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.

  • Cost:
    • R220 - Per Person
  • When: 27 May, 12pm-5pm
  • Where: Anthonij Rupert Wyne, R45 Wine Route, Franshoek Valley
  • Full Event Info: TBA

June

This June Cape Town is pulling out all the stops, the air might be getting a little colder but the parties are hotter than ever!

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.

  • Cost:
    • 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.

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 and 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.

  • Cost:
    • 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.

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 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.

Clubbers GLAMPout - Wintaway @ Goudini Spa

Since camping isn't for everyone, and winter in the Western Cape can throw heavy curve balls, organiser Clinton has searched for the perfect place for a winter getaway with great activities and awesome facilities for his patrons to GLAMPout and still enjoy a great themed parties at night with some of Cape Town’s most popular DJs.

Activities available for the weekend include outdoor heated pools, a indoor heated pool, mineral baths, Jacuzzi, water slide, trampolines, miniature golf, hiking trails, tennis, volleyball, pool and an indoor games arcade.

Clubbers will be adding their own activities on the Saturday afternoon with awesome competitive games and amazing prizes up for grabs.

The comedy hour has always been a hit so they will be giving you an hour of laughs before the party begins on Saturday night. The indoor heated pool will be open for all Glampers till 1am each morning.

Other attractions onsite include a licensed restaurant, convenience store and beauty clinic, as well as a laundry, ATM and fast-food restaurant. Free Wifi will be available all weekend.

Clubbers themes have always been a hit at our events so make an effort to get your outfits and you could win yourself a Goudini Holiday worth R10 000!

  • Cost:
    • R3 600 - Caravan/Camp Plots 6 people
    • R4 000 - Standard Rondavel 4 people
    • R6 250 - Upgraded Rondavel 5 people
    • R5 000 - Upgraded Rondavel 4 people
    • R5 000 - Badsberg Flats 4 people
    • R6 250 - Badsberg Flats 5 people
    • R6 250 - Badsberg Upgraded Flat 5 people
    • R7 500 - Tulbach Houses 5 people
    • R14 400 - Boland Houses 8 people
    • R10 800 - Boland Houses 6 people
    • R10 800 - Slanghoek VIP Villas 6 people
    • R12 000 - Slanghoek VIP Villas Type A, 6 people
  • When: 23 - 25 June, 2pm - 4pm
  • Where: Goudini Spa, Worcester
  • Full Event Info: Clubbers GLAMPout - Wintaway - Goudini Spa

Vortex Festival Of Fire

With a strikingly original slant on the idea of the trance party, 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.

  • Cost:
    • R450 online
    • R500 at gate
  • When: 23-25 June 2017
  • Where: Riviersonderend
  • Full Event Info: Phoenix: Festival of Fire

July

Check out the biggest events happening this July in Cape Town.

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 lights 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.

Winter Fest

The change of season has dawned upon us, have fun in the sun and party through the night, non-stop 10 hours of dancing. Next level entertainment, Stilt Walkers, Insane Bass and Crazy 4D Visuals to light up the world around you. Indoor and outdoor dance floors and so much more.

Join them for this 'Soundscape Style' amazing adventure to celebrate the changing of a season.

  • Cost: TBA
  • When: 1 July, 3pm - 1am
  • Where: Newlands Cricket Stadium, 146 Campground Rd, Newlands, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Winter Fest

Deep In Space CPT

The creators of Valley of Light (DASH Productions) have decided to return to Cape Town this winter break with the second Deep In Space event - Frozen Edition.

Every Winter holidays has its own story to tell, and we welcome you to be a part of this special chapter in Dash Productions U19 events. The last Deep In Space SOLD OUT so please be sure to buy your pre-sold tickets well in advance to avoid missing out.

As always they will bring you the best possible party experience, this time in Cape Town's only super club for a night like no other - Madison Avenue Cape Town!

  • Cost:
    • R120 - Super Early Bird
    • R150 - Early Bird
    • R200 - At the Door
  • When: 5 July, 7pm - 1am
  • Where: Madison Avenue, 11 Mechau Street, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Deep In Space CPT @ Madison Avenue

Decompression 2017

Step up, roll up and of course dress up - it's Decompression time again! This year's event is a pageant, a carnival, a fiesta and a variety show and it's one at which you make it happen.

This Decom is a costume-only affair, so if you or a mate rock up at the gate looking normal, that'll mean double at the door. So get your best Tankwa finery out of that closet or cupboard and prepare to dazzle in the default!

This year's Decom is an experiment where, just like Tankwa Town, you create the performance, the art, the sound and the experience. It's a space where you're able to bring along the thing you love to do, and do it.

There'll be different areas, for various kinds of activities and with a midday start, it'll be a family affair, so bring the kids.

  • Cost:
    • R100 - At the Door
    • R20 - Kids
    • R200 - No Costume
  • When: 15 July, 12pm - 10pm
  • Where: German Club, Hope St, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Decompression 2017

Electronic & Gaming Expo 2017 - Cape Town

Get ready for the biggest electronic and gaming expo in Cape Town. Some exciting things to look forward to are:

  • E Sports
  • Cosplay
  • Tabletop Games
  • Memorabilia
  • Competitive Gaming
  • Awesome Stands

Dress up as your favourite game character or cosplay your own take on a super hero, whatever your fancy don't miss out on this opportunity to satisfy your inner gamer.

  • Cost:
    • R100 - Single Day Pass (online)
    • R120 - Single Day Pass (at the door)
    • R220 - Weekend Pass
    • R20 - Scholars (must be in uniform)
  • When: 28 - 30 July
  • Where: CTICC, 9 Lower Long St, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Electronic and Gaming Expo 2017

Derby Day

Come and join TVHS as they go up against Camps Bay High School in one of the biggest sporting events of the year! Spectators are welcome and there will be no charge at the door. Join them for an adrenaline-filled morning that might just get you involved.

  • When: 29 July, 8am - 2pm
  • Where: Table View High School, Janssens Avenue, Milnerton
  • Full Event Info: Derby Day 2017

August

With spring just around the corner you can be assured Cape Town will ring it in with a bang, pop and fizzle!

So Happy Winter Wonderland

On the 5th August 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 Beach Cafe, which is perfectly suited for the second annual edition. Allow them to take you on a surreal fantasy journey, as you enter into a mystical winter themed setting as everyone dances together again under the frosted sky.

This year will feature even more enchanted acts then ever seen before including terrific trapeze artists, curious contortionists and dramatic dancers. Party goers are encouraged to wear white from head to toe and of course add their 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 activations that will unlock the inner-child in all of us. Join them for an early head start at the Winter Wonderland Brunch at the Grand Café & Beach with a delicious set menu. Space is very limited so gather your brunch besties and let's get festive.

  • Cost:
    • R200 - Early Bird
    • R280 - Winter Bird
    • R320 - Late Bird
  • When: 5 August, 7pm - 2am
  • Where: Grand Cafe & Beach, Beach Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: So Happy Winter Wonderland

Tales of Tomorrow

Anyone who’s anyone has been to District, the most up-and-coming nightlife spot in all of Cape Town.

Ditch any and all upcoming plans and make some space on your calendar for something real special. A chance to make memories that are actually worth sharing the day after. District will handle the rest.

Getting lit on a Tuesday has never felt so good. The following day is a public holiday, so you'll have the day off to lick your wounds.

  • Cost:
    • R100 - Early Bird (Online)
    • R120 - Presold
    • R150 - At the Door
    • R3000 - VIP Tables
  • When: 8 August, 10pm - 4am
  • Where: District, 61 Harrington St, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Tales of Tomorrow @ District

Total Sports Women's Race Cape Town

Run for more than a personal best. Run for the thousands of women who are, have and will be affected by breast cancer.

Enter the Total Sports Women’s Race to help raise awareness of prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Run For Life.​ In celebration of National Women’s Day in August, thousands of women will be on the run through the streets of Cape Town. Push your limits against top athletes or set your own pace and show them what it means when road meets runner.​

Choose between 5km or 10km and join South African women raising awareness around the breast. In association with PinkDrive, the Total Sports Women’s Race is committed to raising awareness and education around breast cancer as well as improving the services available to women across South Africa.

Half Price Cocktails @ HQ with The Entertainer

HQ have partnered with their good friends at The Entertainer App and will be running a 2-for-1 cocktail special on the last Wednesday of each month.

All you need to do is show your waiter The Entertainer App (either the free or paid for version) downloaded onto your phone. You can also use the app to get 2-for-1 on your dinner as well.

It’s HQ, so naturally there’ll be DJs keeping the party going. There will also be giveaways on the night, so make a plan and join them for an awesome time.

Spring Fest 2017 ft: Mandragora & many others

Celebrate the start of Spring at the City's most loved under 18 Outdoor Music Festival. It's time to experience Cape Town as never before, Soundscape promises that SF2017 will be bigger and better than any other U18 Music Fest at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch.

It’s going to be a day filled with fun and entertainment with carnival rides, food stalls, live entertainment, visuals, dancers, games and prizes and a music line up courtesy of an all-star line up of DJs and musicians kicking it on the biggest sound, lighting and visual rig yet!

SF2017 will see 2 main stages set up for your ultimate experience, from thundering sound, to beautiful decor pieces, 15 Mega Bedouin Tent Structures, 3 Major carnival rides, Face Painting, Food Vendors, ATMs, 25 lasers, a plethora of international and local acts - this list goes on.

Doors open at 2pm for 10 hours of magical mayhem! Super Early Bird Tickets goes on sale at the price of R140 on the 27th April (limited to the first 500 ticket buyers), available at all Computicket Outlets (Full Ticket Price is R300 - so get yours soon).

Sunflower Music Festival ft: Vini Vici, Mandragora, Nok & more

It's time to clean up and get dirty, get dressed up and get messy as Sunflower Festival gathers, yet again, for one of Cape Town's most loved Spring events.

Sunflower Festival 2017 is a salute to the best local and imported artists our community is producing. With 2 main dance floors showcasing a spectrum of electronic music including psytrance, progressive and techno, this year the focus is on unity. Unity through music, through culture, through dreams and through our collective love of the beat.

This year they'll feast on the bass and revel in the rhythm, unlocking a wild and wonderful adventure of improv and embellishment where you are the stars. Expect a daytime playground transformed into a night time wonderland - a symphony of lights complimented by an invasion of the senses. This will be the greatest composition yet, and you will play its notes.

  • Cost:
  • R380 - Early Bird
  • R460 - Full Price
  • Sunday Tickets are limited
  • When: 26-27 August, 2pm - 5pm
  • Where: Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, Morning Star Rd, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Sunflower Music Festival ft: Vini Vici, Mandragora, Nok & more

September

Everything seems to come alive in September, like a long stretch after that winter hibernation. Cape Town has plenty planned for these warmer days.

Namaqualand Flower Festival 2017

The 10th anniversary edition of the Namaqualand Flower Festival is one event you don't want to miss! This wholesome weekend, set in the heart of Namaqualand is something for the adventurous at heart.

Join No Danger Diaries for a flower filled, wholesome adventure with a 4, 9, or 21km trail run, live music, open mic, star gazing, bush walking, sunrise yoga and SO much more. Experience the outdoors and enjoy frolicking in the spring flowers, all while mixing with beautiful, like-minded people.

Their 10th year anniversary sees the addition of the "Family Zone" -a separate camping area for families with young children. A children's play zone will be provided and will feature activities and exciting entertainment to keep your children active, stimulated and enriched all weekend long.

Please specify during the ticket check out process whether you will be bringing children and if you'd like to be included in this Family Zone camp site.

With tons of activities for all fitness levels this weekend promises to be one you won't easily forget!

  • Cost:
    • R650 - 9km Ticket
    • R650 - 21 km Ticket
    • R650 - 4km Family Run
    • R650 - Non Runner Ticket
    • R1500 - Glamping Ticket
  • When: 1-3 September 2017
  • Where: Gilberg Holiday Farm, Lazarus St, Vanrhynsdorp
  • Full Event Info: Namaqualand Flower Festival 2017

Wolfkop Weekender Flower Power Picnic 2017

Wolfkop are readying themselves for their fourth edition of Power Flower Picnic, and as it turns out it will be the tenth Wolfkop Weekender!

From the most humble of beginnings they have slowly and steadily grown into the tiny but feisty festival they are today. Four Lilo Flows, three Power Flower Picnics and two Cooked Sisters has placed them in good stead to throw you a party that you would not have seen the like of before.

Scheduled to start on Spring Day, they are moving into the flower fields for the first weekend of September and will once again hold nothing back to make sure you crazy kids have the weekend of your lives.

They have also introduced bundled ticketing, so you can buy tickets for more than one Weekender at a time with massive savings tucked away within them. This is a save the date, so you can cancel all other plans for that weekend.

  • Cost:
    • R1550 - Power Flower + Lilo Flow BYO
    • R5050 - Power Flower + Lilo Flow Comfy
    • R5560 - Power Flower + Lilo Flow + Cooked Sister BYO
    • R7960 - Power Flower + Lilo Flow + Cooked Sister Comfy Option
  • When: 1-3 September
  • Where: Wolfkop Caping VIllage, Citerusdale
  • Full Event Info: Wolfkop Weekender Flower Power Picnic

Street Food Festival Cape Town

The fourth annual Street Food Festival will pay homage to South African food culture by dishing up authentic South African street foods pavement-style.

The festival features a food market, live music and a conference geared towards food entrepreneurs. Conference line up includes industry speakers like Ming-Cheau Lin, Nikki Albertyn, Third Culture Experiment and Weekly Wors.

  • Cost:
    • R50 - Saturday Market
    • R100 - Sunday Market + Conference
  • When: 2-3 September, 5pm - 4pm
  • Where: Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
  • Full Event Info: Street Food Festival Cape Town

Blouberg Full Moon Beach Gathering

The Full Moon is an incredibly powerful time in the lunar cycle. It is a time of balance and a time to let go of that which no longer serves us. It is an opportunity to reflect.

Bring your family and friends along and join Lauren Mensikovas Yoga for another beautiful beach Yoga session focusing on a calming, restorative sequence, followed by a meditation. This is all fairly informal, so if you want to simply come and enjoy the energy please feel welcome.

Please bring some water and a yoga mat or towel, and warm clothes for post sunset. Feel free to bring any musical instruments; guitar, djembe, didgeridoo, triangle as music is healing. Donations are welcome and go towards their efforts in the community of DuNoon.

Cape Town Pizza & Pasta Festival

Welcome to Cape Town's 1st ever Pizza & Pasta Festival! Expect gourmet pizza and pasta dishes, wine, craft beer, live music, kiddies entertainment and much, much more! The line up for this fun-filled event is as follows:

  • Majozi
  • Sean Koch
  • Trio
  • Sunset Sweatshop
  • Diatone
  • Soldier

Tickets are limited and selling out fast, so make sure to grab yours early so you don't miss out.

Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run / Walk

Cape Town is the proud and gracious hostess of an international 10km Peace Run / Walk. They challenge you to experience Africa’s beautiful Mother City as never before, by running for PEACE in the Sanlam Cape Town 10km peace run.

Join the global community of thousands of people in countries across the world, who traditionally come together to run 10km races to commemorate the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on 17th of September 2017. This heartfelt and unifying 10km peace run is open to all runners ranging across elite athletes to social runners/walkers.

The 10km peace run provides a flat and fast route, where you will be able to take in the natural beauty of the Atlantic seaboard. By running this event you will experience the vibrant spirit of the Cape Town community in a unique way and also contribute towards peace. The one hour 50min cut-off time can easily accommodate walkers.

  • Cost:
    • R30 - Temp Runners License
    • R90 - Entrance
  • When: 17 September, 7:10am - 9am
  • Where: Race starts in Greenpoint
  • Full Event Info: Sanlam Cape Town Peace Run/Walk

Hermanus Whale Festival

The Hermanus Whale Festival bloomed and gathered residents and visitors across the world to celebrate the migration of Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions, emphasising education and environmentally responsible adventures and activities.

What better way to enjoy one of the wonders of nature than seeing them in their natural habitat. Whales can be viewed from all along the coast. Everyone needs to see these gentle giants gracefully move through the South African waters.

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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