The Best Events in Cape Town This Summer

The Best Events in Cape Town This Summer Bazique Festival

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The Cape is simply swimming with funtastic events happening in and around the Mother City. From foodie festivals to open-air music concerts and art exhibitions, there’s a little something for everyone. We’ve rounded up the best events in Cape Town from Febraury until April 2020, so you can pick and choose where you want to be.

The Best Summer Events in Cape Town

February 2020
March 2020
April 2020

February 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
1 February 2020 The Sun Met Kenilworth
2 February 2020 Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival Franschhoek
6 – 9 February 2020 Up the Creek Swellendam
8 February 2020 Nederburg Harvest at Dusk Festival Paarl
12 – 16 February 2020 International Public Art Festival Salt River
14 February 2020 Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel Constantia
14 – 16 February 2020 Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes Rondebosch
21 – 23 February 2020 Wolfie Familie Festival Citrusdal
26 – 28 February 2020 Design Indaba Foreshore, Cape Town
28 February – 1 March 2020 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Robertson
29 February 2020 – 1 March 2020 Stanford MTB Classic Stanford
29 February 2020 SA Cocktail Week: Grand Opening Street Party Cape Town

March 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
1 March 2020 Harvest Festival at Cape Point Vineyards Noordhoek
5 – 8 March 2020 SpiritFest Swellendam
6 – 8 March 2020 Knysna Literary Festival Thesen Island
7 March 2020 DJ Jan Blomqvist Live at Grand Africa Café & Beach V&A Waterfront
13 – 15 March 2020 Bazique Festival Grabouw
14 March 2020 Durbanville Plaasfees Durbanville
21 March 2020 Cape Town Carnival Green Point
23 – 29 March 2020 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival Oudtshoorn
26 – 29 March 2020 Retreat Yourself Elandskloof Farm
27 – 28 March 2020 Cape Town International Jazz Festival Cape Town

April 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
1 – 25 April 2020 Galileo Open Air Cinema: April Edition Cape Town & The Winelands
5 April 2020 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts: Closing Concert Kirstenbosch
18 April 2020 Muratie Summer Concerts: Bottomless Coffee Stellenbosch
25 – 27 April 2020 South African Cheese Festival Stellenbosch
27 April – 3 May 2020 Afrikaburn Tankwa Karoo
30 April – 3 May 2020 Decorex Cape Town Cape Town

February 2020

The Sun Met

The Sun Met: Best Febraury Events

Where Kenilworth
When 1 February 2020
The lowdown Bringing racing enthusiasts and fashionistas together, the Sun Met celebrates world-class horse-racing and equestrian-inspired elegance like you’ve never seen before.
Cost R200 (general access)
R2 000 –R5 169 (packages)
R11 950 (picnic sites, maximum 10 guests)
Contact 021 700 1600
Location Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town
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Franschhoek Summer Wines

Franschhoek Summer Wine: Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
When 2 February 2020
The lowdown Enjoy a feast from Leopard’s Leap Harvest Table, and sample some of the finest wines while enjoying some laidback beats.
Good to know Booking early is essential!
Cost R295 per person (includes a complimentary tasting glass, wine-tastings and a discount voucher for the purchase of any of the day’s wines that are on show)
Contact 076 494 4747, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
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Up the Creek

Up The Creek 2020 Lineup

Where Swellendam
When 6 – 9 February 2020
The lowdown This outdoor music festival is celebrating three decades of top bands and the best vibe this side of the equator. The festival takes place on the banks of the blissful Breede River (with dedicated lifeguards all weekend), so grab your inflatable croc or flamingo and float the weekend away, with cool tunes in the background.
Cost R1 140 (Full Weekend: Phase 1)
R990 (Friday – Sunday: Phase 1)
Contact caitlin@redhotevents.co.za
Location Up the Creek Camp, Barrydale, 13.1 km after Felix Unite River Adventures, Swellendam
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Nederburg Harvest at Dusk Festival

Nederburg Harvest Festival: Best February Events

Where Paarl
When 8 February 2020
The lowdown This annual event at Nederburg’s Paarl Valley vineyards offers visitors a chance to experience the wine-making process first-hand – from vine to bottle. Festival-goers get to pick and stomp grapes, and learn from the experts – while getting some inside knowledge on the current harvest. A wide range of Nederburg wines will be available for purchase, along with soft drinks, mineral water, coffee and tea.
Good to know Guests are advised to wear hats, sunscreen, comfortable clothing and shoes.
Cost R650
Contact 081 848 4295
Location The Red Table Restaurant, Nederburg Wine Farm, Sonstraal Road, Paarl
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International Public Art Festival

International Public Art Festival

Where Salt River
When 12 – 16 February 2020
The lowdown The streets of Cape Town are set for a technicoloured upgrade when some of the best local and international street artists showcase their mural-painting skills at this unique event. International Public Art Festival is an initiative of BAZ-ART, an NGO that places art at the centre of community expression, and is also a launchpad for a number of programmes, including community gardens, art classes for children, and other interventions started by residents.
Good to know The 2020 theme is Digitalisation – which aims to draw attention to the potential opportunities and obstacles that may arise as a result of technological advances.
Cost Donations-based
Contact 071 370 1246, hello@baz-art.co.za
Location 289 Victoria Road, Salt River, Cape Town

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Where Constantia
When 14 February 2020
The lowdown Treat your special someone to a sumptuous six-course dinner for two at The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort this Valentine’s Day. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of chilled bubbly on arrival, before enjoying a candle-lit dinner that includes a trio of West Coast oysters, saffron and mushroom ravioli, fynbos herb-crusted springbok loin, Madagascan dark chocolate mousse and more.
Cost R750 per person
Contact 021 794 2137, coordinator@cellars-hohenort.co.za
Location The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes

Cape Town Sixes

Where Rondebosch
When 14 – 16 February 2020
The lowdown Africa’s biggest Sixes tournament is back – and bigger than ever, combining all our favourite pastimes: live music, sunshine, the outdoors, food stalls, beer and sport!
The family-friendly festival is being held at the iconic Western Province Cricket Club – the first time since the festival began five years ago – a move that takes cricket back to its roots in the southern suburbs.
Cost R60 (day pass)
R100 (weekend pass)
Contact https://www.capetownsixes.com/contact
Location Western Province Cricket Club, Avenue De Mist, Rondebosch, Cape Town
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Wolfie Familie Festival

Family Festival Citrusdal

Where Citrusdal
When 21 – 23 February 2020
The lowdown Three days and two nights of camping, swimming, music, games and activities and quality family time at Wolfie Familie Festival. Highlights include live music performances, family yoga, secret sunrise dancing sessions. There’s even a wellness spa where parents and care-givers will be able to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Cost R350 (children, BYO campsite)
R700 (adults, BYO campsite)
From R3 337. 50 (luxury camping packages and group packages)
Contact 076 017 4905, howl@wolfie.co.za
Location Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal
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Design Indaba

Design Indaba: The Best Festivals in Cape Town

Where Foreshore, Cape Town
When 26 – 28 February 2020
The lowdown For the 25th year, global leaders in the creative and design industries converge to present talks, seminars and workshops on the latest trends.
Cost 3 555 (one-day ticket)
R5 540 (two-day ticket)
R4 945 (Full Indaba, early bird)
R8 240 (Full Indaba, three-day ticket)
R7 004 (Full Indaba with alumni and academic discount, three-day ticket)
R6 592 (Full Indaba for SETA registered organizations, three-day ticket)
R6 180 (Full Indaba with balcony seating, three-day ticket)
R7 004 (group booking discount for 5 – 10 people, three-day ticket)
R7 416 (group booking discount, 11 – 25 people, three-day ticket)
R7 828 (group booking discount, more than 26 people, three-day ticket)
Contact 021 465 9966, hello@designindaba.com
Location Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
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Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest

Hands on Harvest

Where Robertson
When 28 February – 1 March 2020
The lowdown This family-friendly festival celebrates autumn’s bountiful grape harvest at several farms and venues in the Robertson Wine Valley.
Cost Free entrance; activities are priced individually
Contact 023 626 3167, admin@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Robertson Valley
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Stanford MTB Classic

Stanford MTB Race
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Where Stanford
When 29 February 2020 – 1 March 2020
The lowdown Hosted at Stanford Valley Guest Farm, the annual Stanford MTB Classic invites lovers of the outdoors to enjoy a fun, noncompetitive ride through the valley. Experienced MTB riders and newcomers can take part in the long or short stages. And for those who cannot resist racing competitively, Strava segment winners will be awarded.
Cost Two-day entries: R1 050 per person (Stanford Standard, long)
R750 per person (Stanford Lite, short)
One-day entries: R550 per person (Stanford Standard, long)
R400 (Stanford Lite, short)
Contact 084 228 0414 (Anneke Jacobs), anneke@overbergmtbevents.co.za
082 927 7794 (Andries de Villiers)
Location Stanford Valley Guest Farm, R326, Stanford
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SA Cocktail Week: Grand Opening Street Party

SA Cocktail Week: Best February Events

Where Cape Town
When 29 February 2020
The lowdown Calling all cocktail enthusiasts: now’s your chance to shake and stir a selection of top-drawer tipples. The opening party is a blast, with games, food, live DJs and, of course, flowing cocktails.
Good to know This party kicks off a thirst-curing week of cocktail experiences, tours and masterclasses, which run until 7 March.
Cost R195 (early bird)
R230 – R275 (next phases)
Contact info@sacocktailweek.co.za
Location Corner of Loop and Waterkant Street, Cape Town City Centre
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March 2020

Harvest Festival at Cape Point Vineyards

CPV Harvest Festival March Events

Where Noordhoek
When 1 March 2020
The lowdown Cape Point Vineyards welcomes wine lovers to celebrate the harvest with winemaker, Riandri Visser, known as “The Siren of Sauvignon.” A long-table feast in the courtyard follows with a traditional South African fish braai, including three courses of family-style sharing platters.
Cost R550 per person
Contact 021 789 0900, events@cape-point.com
Location Cape Point Vineyards, Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
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SpiritFest

Spiritfest

Where Swellendam
When 5 – 8 March 2020
The lowdown Nourish mind, body and spirit at this weekend of yoga, dancing, swimming, hiking, live music and wholesome good food.
Cost R1 100 (adult festival pass, 1 – 4 nights, free camping)
R850 (early bird, adult festival pass, 1 – 4 nights, free camping)
R350 (children 4 –13 years festival pass, 1 – 4 nights, free camping)
R30 (children 0 – 4 years festival pass, 1 – 4 nights, free camping)
Contact info@spiritfest.co.za
Location Somerset Gift Getaway Farm, Swellendam
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Knysna Literary Festival

Best March Events: Knysna Literary Festival

Where Thesen Island, Knysna
When 6 – 8 March 2020
The lowdown Three days of interactive sessions, presentations, and informal chats with some of South Africa’s feted authors.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 044 382 5574, info@knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za
Location Thesen Islands, Long Street, Knysna Central, Knysna
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DJ Jan Blomqvist Live at Grand Africa Café & Beach

Jan Blomqvist The Grand

Where V&A Waterfront
When 7 March 2020
The lowdown Catch the first Grand Moon instalment of 2020 – featuring none other than international techno sensation, Jan Blomqvist. Groove into the moonlight at the sea-scraping Grand Africa Café & Beach. Jan Blomqvist’s infectious melodies and sloping sound, supported by female phenomenons Duchess and Elif, will set the scene for a perfect evening of living in the moment.
Cost R330 (phase one)
R430 (final phase)
Contact celebrate@grandafrica.com, wearemusicpeoplesa@gmail.com (table bookings and enquiries)
Location Grand Africa Café & Beach, 1 Haul Road, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay Boulevard, Cape Town
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Bazique Festival

Best March Events: Bazique Festival

Where Grabouw
When 13 – 15 March 2020
The lowdown Set beside a lake, this fun music festival is a creative collaboration between some of the best party organisers in the business. The 2020 edition sees nine international DJs and 60 local bands and DJs providing the soundtrack, alongside intriguing performance art and unexpected installations.
Cost R850 (standard)
R500 – R950 (additional camping tickets)
R2 900 – R6 950 (glamping tickets)
Contact media@bazique.co.za
Location Elgin Grabouw Country Club, Worcester Street, Grabouw
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Durbanville Plaasfees

March Events: Durbanville Plaasfees

Where Durbanville
When 14 March 2020
The lowdown This year, the 13th ever-popular Durbanville Plaasfees (Farm Festival) makes its way to Meerendal Wine Estate for the first time. Good old country-style fun is the focus with highlights such as; tractors, animals, a farm shop, wholesome food stalls, and a draadkar grand prix wire-cart competition, to name a few. Tasché (the youngest winner of The Voice SA) and well-known local artists, Cobus and Christo will perform live; while the Lollos & Lettie children’s show and Lekkerland entertainment area will keep the kids entertained.
Good to know This event is an important fundraiser for community development in the broader Durbanville area.
Cost R70 (adults)
R30 (children 2 – 18 years)
Contact 082 376 3236
Location Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Road, Durbanville
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Cape Town Carnival

Cape Town Carnival: Best Festivals 2019

Where Green Point
When 21 March 2020
The lowdown An extravagant parade through the streets of Cape Town in celebration of African identity, creativity, diversity and community.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 021 406 3584, info@capetowncarnival.com
Location Green Point Fan Walk, Green Point, Cape Town
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Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

Best March Events: Klein Karoo Arts Festival
DWR Distribution

Where Oudtshoorn
When 23 – 29 March 2020
The lowdown This weeklong arts festival offers guests more than 150 shows across all genres.
Cost Free entrance; activities are priced individually
Contact 044 203 8600, info@kknk.co.za
Location Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
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Retreat Yourself

Best March Events: Retreat Yourself

Where Elandskloof Farm, Greyton
When 26 – 29 March 2020
The lowdown Escape the daily grind, and custom-create your own serene weekend, with a choice between yoga and movement sessions, talks, workshops, entertainment and activities.
Cost R850 (adults)
R500 (children, 4 – 11 years)
Contact hello@retreatyourself.co.za
Location Elandskloof Farm Cottages, Helderstroom, Greyton
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Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town Jazz Festival: Best March Events

Where Cape Town
When 27 – 28 March 2020
The lowdown Two days of world-class music from international jazz greats, local luminaries and emerging stars (over 40 in total) on five stages, with over 37 000 music lovers in attendance.
Cost R999 (two-day pass)
R649 (day pass)
Contact 021 671 8716, info@espafrika.com
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
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April 2020

Galileo Open Air Cinema: April Edition

Galileo Open Air Cinema: Best Events

Where Cape Town + The Winelands
When 1 – 25 April 2020
The lowdown How does watching a flick under a starry sky sound? If the thought appeals, then check out Galileo Open Air Cinema’s April lineup for the final month of the 2019/20 season, and watch a silverscreen classic (or a millennium favourite) at a scenic venue in and around Cape Town.
Cost From R109 – R360
Contact hello@thegalileo.co.za
Location Various Venues
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Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts: Closing Concert

Kirstenbosch Concerts: Best Things To Do Cape Town

Where Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
When 5 April 2020
The lowdown The summer sunset concerts season ends off with a performance by Andrew Young and Don Vino.
Cost R170 – R220
Contact 021 799 8783, kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Location Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
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Muratie Summer Concerts: Bottomless Coffee

Muratie Concert April Events

Where Stellenbosch
When 18 April 2020
The lowdown Concerts In The Garden at Muratie make for the perfect outing – a relaxing soundtrack for an afternoon in the sun. Local multi-instrumental alternative duo, Bottomless Coffee, will take to the stage for the last of the series. Before the concert starts, why not enjoy a hearty lunch at the Muratie Farm Kitchen, before settling down under the ancient oaks with a glass of wine in hand?
Cost R150
Contact 021 8652330, festival@muratie.co.za
Location Muratie Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
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South African Cheese Festival

South African Cheese Festival April Events

Where Stellenbosch
When 25 – 27 April 2020
The lowdown Join 30 000 fromage fans at the19th annual Cheese Festival for three days of eating, drinking and general merriment to celebrate South Africa’s cheese-making industry.
Cost R200 – R215 (early bird, general)
R240 (general)
R200 (pensioners)
R20 (children 2 – 13 years)
Contact 021 975 4440, admin@agriexpo.co.za
Location Sandringham Estate, (via N1) Stellenbosch
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Afrikaburn

Afrikaburn April Events
Jan Verboom

Where Tankwa Karoo
When 27 April – 3 May 2020
The lowdown This year’s theme is Afroboratory – an African-inspired space for experimenting and cultivating ideas, much like a laboratory, where everyone is invited!l So let your creative spirit run wild for a week of outrageous costumes, uplifting music, communal bonfires, cashless living, and much, much more.
Cost R1 985 (general)
R2 500 (New Horizon general)
R 3 500 (Mayday)
R1 985 (children 15 – 17 years)
R250 (children 0 – 15 years, online)
R300 (children 0 – 15 years, at the gate)
R695 (subsidised tickets)
R200 (community)
R250 (vehicle pass, online)
R300 (vehicle pass, at the gate)
Free (pensioner, over 70 years old)
Contact info@afrikaburn.com
Location Tankwa Karoo, R355, Calvinia
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Decorex Cape Town

Decorex: Best Events in Cape Town

Where Cape Town
When 30 April – 3 May 2020
The lowdown Home-makers, interior designers, architects and full-time shoppers in search of the latest home decor-related trends, products, information and tips converge at this one-stop home-decor paradise.
Cost 110 (adults)
R100 (students and pensioners)
R20 (children 0 – 12 years)
R100 (exhibitor)
Contact 011 549 8300, decorexafrica@reedexpoafrica.co.za
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town
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Researched by Bianca Hausle.

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Time of publication: 31 January 2020

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