The 54 Best Events in Cape Town 2019: The Ultimate Lineup!

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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 November 2018 until October 2019, so you can pick and choose where you want to be.

And, if we’ve missed one of your favourites, please let us know in the comments below.

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January 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed November 2018 – February 2019 Stellenbosch Street Soirées Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Live@Vergenoegd Löw Stellenbosch
Confirmed 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Cape Town
Confirmed 28 October 2018 – 31 March 2019 Open Streets Cape Town
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Concerts in the Park Cape Town

February 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 7 February – 10 February 2019 Up The Creek Festival Swellendam
Confirmed 9 February 2019 Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival Robertson
Confirmed 27 February – 1 March 2019 Design Indaba Cape Town
Confirmed 28 October 2018 – 31 March 2019 Open Streets Cape Town
Confirmed 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Cape Town
Confirmed November 2018 – February 2019 Stellenbosch Street Soirées Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Convivium Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Kamers/Makers Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Vasco Prix Du Cap and Cape Town Prawn Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Live@Vergenoegd Löw Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Concerts in the Park Cape Town

March 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 1 March – 3 March 2019 Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Robertson
Confirmed 10 March 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour Cape Town
Confirmed 23 March 2019 Rondebosch Potters Market Cape Town
Confirmed 21 March – 27 March 2019 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival Oudtshoorn
Confirmed 29 – 30 March 2019 Cape Town International Jazz Festival Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed SpiritFest Swellendam
Unconfirmed To be confirmed OmmiBerg Round the Rocks Cape Town
Confirmed 28 October 2018 – 31 March 2019 Open Streets Cape Town
Confirmed 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Cape Town
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Live@Vergenoegd Löw Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Concerts in the Park Cape Town

April 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 20 April 2019 Two Oceans Marathon Cape Town
Confirmed 26 – 28 April 2019 South African Cheese Festival Stellenbosch
Confirmed 29 April – 5 May 2019 Afrikaburn Calvinia
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Infecting the City Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival Elgin
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Tuning the Vine Cape Town
Confirmed 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Cape Town
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Live@Vergenoegd Löw Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Concerts in the Park Cape Town

May 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 1 – 5 May 2019 Decorex Stellenbosch
Confirmed 17 – 19 May 2019 Franschhoek Literary Festival Franschhoek
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Wacky Wine Weekend Robertson
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Riebeek Valley
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Tuning the Vine Cape Town

June 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 7 – 17 June 2019 Hermanus FynArts Hermanus
Confirmed 27 June – 7 July 2019 National Arts Festival Grahamstown
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Knysna Oyster Festival Knysna
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Museum Night Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Tuning the Vine Cape Town

July 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Jive Cape Town Funny Festival Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival Cape Town

August 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 29 August – 1 September 2019 Homemakers Expo Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Robertson Slow Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Cape Town Street Food Festival Cape Town

September 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Franschhoek Uncorked Franschhoek
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Hermanus Whale Festival Hermanus
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Open Book Festival Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Noble Vice Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Kamers Hermanus Hermanus
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Cape Town Fringe Festival Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Bierfest Cape Town Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Museum Night Cape Town

October 2019 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 18 – 27 October 2019 Open Design Festival Cape Towns
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Open Streets Cape Town
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Rocking the Daisies Darling
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Hermanus Wine & Food Festival Hermanus
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Wine on the River Robertson
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Kamers/Makers Stellenbosch Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed To be confirmed Tuning the Vine Cape Town

November 2018 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 7 November Tuning the Vine Cape Town
Confirmed 10 November 2018 – 11 November 2018 Stellenberg Gardens Open Day Cape Town
Confirmed 17 November 2018 Rondebosch Potters Market Cape Town
Confirmed 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Cape Town
Confirmed 28 November – 9 December 2018 Wavescape Cape Town
Confirmed 30 November 2018 – 2 December 2018 Cape Town Festival of Beer Cape Town
Confirmed November 2018 – February 2019 Stellenbosch Street Soirées Stellenbosch
Confirmed 28 October 2018 – 31 March 2019 Open Streets Cape Town

December 2018 Events

Status Date Event Location
Confirmed 12 December 2018 Tuning the Vine Cape Town
Confirmed 15 December 2018 MCQP Cape Town
Confirmed 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019 Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Cape Town
Confirmed November 2018 – February 2019 Stellenbosch Street Soirées Stellenbosch
Confirmed 28 October 2018 – 31 March 2019 Open Streets Cape Town
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Live@Vergenoegd Löw Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed December 2018 – March 2019 Concerts in the Park Cape Town

Tuning the Vine

Tuning in Vine: Best Events in Cape Town

When 7 November 2018
About the event Tuning the Vine brings wine-tasting to the streets of the Mother City so that you can savour wines from Stellies, Franschhoek, Robertson and the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley without leaving the CBD, easily hopping from one venue to the next.
Contact 083 357 4069, tarn@tuningthevine.co.za
Cost R180 (early bird)
R200 (general access)
R150 (four for the price of three)
Book Direct
Where to find it Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Stellenberg Gardens Open Day

Stellenberg Open Day: Best Events in Cape Town

When 10 November 2018 – 11 November 2018
About the event Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone are, once again, opening the gates of their magnificent garden, and allowing visitors to explore their internationally acclaimed 1.5-hectare plot that dates back to the 1700s.
Contact stellenberggardens@ovenstones.co.za
Cost R50 (children under 12 enter free)
R30 (garden tea)
Please note: Payment is by cash or Zapper only
Where to find it Stellenberg Gardens, 30 Oak Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town

Rondebosch Potters Market

Rondebosch Potters Market: Best Events in Cape Town

When 17 November 2018; 23 March 2019
About the event The Rondebosch Potters Market is one of the biggest gatherings of potters in the Western Cape, featuring handcrafted and unique pieces by over 100 potters, ceramicists and sculptors.
Contact 083 571 7255, markets@ceramics-sa-cape.co.za
Cost Free
Where to find it Rondebosch Park, Campground Road & Sandown Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts: Best Events in Cape Town
Craig Howes

When 18 November 2018 – 31 March 2019
About the event The magnificent gardens of Kirstenbosch provide the backdrop for these open-air gigs. Don’t forget to pack a blanket and a hamper of goodies.
Check out the stellar lineup, and to book your tickets!
Contact 012 843 5000, info@sanbi.org.za
Cost R150 – R650
Book Direct
Where to find it Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Wavescape

Wavescape: Best Events in Cape Town

When 28 November – 9 December 2018
About the event Visitors to this annual festival get to celebrate surf and ocean culture through various media including a surfboard art exhibition, a film festival, and beach-themed party.
Contact 083 509 5106, shani@wavescape.co.za
Cost free – R450
Book Direct
Where to find it Various locations around Cape Town

Cape Town Festival of Beer

Cape Town Festival of Beer: Best Events in Cape Town

When 30 November 2018 – 2 December 2018
About the event With over 200 beers, from over 60 local and international breweries, as well as food stalls and live music, the Cape Town Festival of Beer is one of those all-round events. Ale aficionados will be in their element, as there will be limited-edition beers brewed especially for the event!
Contact info@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za
Cost R120 (Friday pass)
R150 (Saturday pass)
R100 (Sunday pass)
Book Direct
Where to find it Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Stephan Way, Green Point, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Street Soirées

Stellenbosch Street Soirees: Best Events in Cape Town

When November 2018 – February 2019
About the event Gorgeous balmy evenings – with superb wine and food on tap – set the scene for these monthly pop-up evenings that take place on select Wednesdays throughout summer in Stellenbosch.
Contact 021 886 4310, info@wineroute.co.za
Cost Free entry
R100 (for a tasting glass and 12 wine-tasting tokens)
Additional tokens for sale at the event
Where to find it Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch

Open Streets

Open Streets: Best Events in Cape Town
Rich Conyngham

When 28 October 2018 – 31 March 2019
About the event This festival gives Capetonians the opportunity to explore their neighbouring ’hoods by transforming our streets into open spaces for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users and other non-motorised transport-users.
You can arrive at any point along the route, and walk in whichever direction you’d like, just as long as you bring a happy vibe, and an open heart.
Contact 021 286 0823, info@openstreets.co.za
Cost Free
Where to find it Various locations

MCQP

MCQP: Best Events in Cape Town

When 15 December 2018
About the event The annual MCQP shindig is one of the more popular highlights on Cape Town’s party calendar, and this year is no different. This year’s theme Drag Race will no doubt see the Cape Town Stadium transformed into a massive dance party, complete with multiple dance floors and chill areas. Over 45 DJs and artists will be performing, as well as dancers and other entertainers.
Contact 083 357 4069, tarn@tuningthevine.co.za
Cost R370, general access early bird
R470, general access (starting 16 November)
R270, Racing Team of 10 early bird
R370, Racing Team of 10 (starting 16 November)
R260, Racing Team of 15 early bird
R350, Racing Team of 15 (starting 16 November)
R250, Racing Team of 20 early bird
R300, Racing Team of 20 (starting 16 November)
R1 500, Pitstop VIP
R30 000, Pole Position VIP Trailers
Book Direct
Where to find it Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Live@Vergenoegd Löw

Live@Vergenoegd Löw: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Every summer Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate hosts a wonderful lineup of Sunday concerts. Bring the entire family and enjoy an afternoon picnic and some live tunes.
Contact 021 843 3248, reservations@vergenoegd.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event There are few better ways to take advantage of the glorious summer weather than under a tree listening to good live music. So, pack a hamper, with a couple of bottles of vino, round up the familia, and head on down to De Waal Park for their monthly concerts.
Contact 021 423 4526, info@concertsinthepark.co.za
Cost Free
Where to find it Molteno Road, CBD, Cape Town

Up the Creek Music Festival

Up the Creek: Best Events in Cape Town

When 7 February – 10 February 2019
About the event Once a year, 3 000 like-minded music lovers celebrate melody, beats and Nature on the banks of the beautiful Breede River. Up the Creek is South Africa’s longest-running music festival, with a lineup that includes big-name musos as well as lesser-known (but still talented) bands.
Contact 021 510 0547, 084 942 2237, caitlin@redhotevents.co.za
Cost R970 (Friday – Sunday)
R1 120 (full weekend ticket)
Book Direct
Where to find it Take the N2, 8km before Swellendam

Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival

Saggy Stone Music Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When 9 February 2019
About the event Situated in the picturesque Nuy Valley in Robertson lies Amandalia Farm, where the annual Saggy Stone Brewing Company and Music Festival takes place. It was started by brothers Adrian and Phillip Robinson, whose love of beer inspired them to invite 2 000 revellers to their farm to celebrate all things ale. Some of SA’s hottest music acts, including Jeremy Loops, PH Fat, The Plastics, and more, take to the stage for an unforgettable 12-hour fiesta. Camping and glamping options are available.
Contact 083 453 3526, info@saggystone.co.za
Cost R355 – R455 (festival pass)
R65 (camping)
R600 – R2 950 (glamping)
Book Direct
Where to find it Amandalia Wine and Fruit Farm, halfway between Worcester and Robertson on the R60, Western Cape, South Africa.

Design Indaba

Design Indaba: Best Events in Cape Town

When 27 February – 1 March 2019
About the event Global leaders in the creative and design industries once again converge to present talks, seminars, workshops and performances on the latest trends, and share, inspire and exchange valuable insights and ideas.
Contact 021 465 9966, hello@designindaba.com
Cost R8 715 (full Indaba)
R7 845 (early bird/directory discount)
R7 405 (alumni/academic discount)
Book Direct
Where to find it Artscape, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town

Convivium

Convivium: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event The brainchild of chef Wesley Randles and butcher boy Andy Fenner, Convivium brings together passionate and creative foodies, to share ideas and knowledge and inspire one another. Expect exciting talks, fun workshops, foraging walks and interactive tastings.
Contact info@conviviumtable.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Kamers/Makers

Kamers: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Kamers/Makers brings shoppers together for an unprecedented artisanal pop-up shopping experience. Not only is it a platform for young designers to debut their creations, it’s in also a wonderful opportunity for the public to buy rare, one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, there’s always delicious food, wine and music on the cards.
Contact info@kamersvol.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Vasco Prix Du Cap and Cape Town Prawn Festival

Prawn Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Racing enthusiasts, seafood lovers and those just looking for a skop in the sun should head over to the Kenilworth Racecourse for nine races – and a feast of delectable prawns!
Contact info@conviviumtable.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest

Robertson Hands on Harvest: Best Events Cape Town

When 1 March – 3 March 2019
About the event This family-friendly event allows visitors to experience a grape’s journey from vine to glass, with grape-picking and stomping, vineyard safaris, as well as blending and tasting experiences on offer. More than 20 wineries – from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson – take part, with a lineup of activities including riverside lunches, vineyard picnics, food-and-wine pairings, skydiving, 4×4 routes, golfing, rock-climbing, hiking, mountain-biking and river cruises. Don’t miss the food market on Sunday, 1 March 2019 at Viljoensdrift Wines, from 10am to 2pm. Check the activities programme for prices of individual activities.
Contact 023 626 3167, Events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Cost Free
Where to find it Corner Voortrekker and Reitz Streets, Robertson, Western Cape

Cape Town Cycle Tour

Cape Cycle Tour: Best Events in Cape Town
Bike Hub

When 10 March 2019
About the event Every year (if gale force winds aren’t blowing) 35 000 cyclists from all over the world head to Cape Town for the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour. The event boasts the most beautiful route, which starts at the foot of Table Mountain, heads around the peninsula to Simon’s Town through to Chapman’s Peak, and ends in Camps Bay. People of all ages, shapes and sizes participate in this race, which has even had someone compete on a unicycle! Streets are lined with spectators as we cheer on locals and out-of-towners.
Contact 087 820 4300, info@capetowncycletour.com
Cost R540
Where to find it Grand Parade, CBD, Cape Town

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

KKNK: Best Events in Cape Town

When 21 March – 27 March 2019
About the event Every year thousands of culture vultures descend upon the Karoo town of kirstenbosOudtshoorn for a week-long festival of over 150 shows. Also known by its Afrikaans abbreviation, KKNK (Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees), as most of the performances are in Afrikaans, it is one of the largest arts festivals in the country, attracting a wonderful cross-section of South Africans.
Contact 044 203 8600, info@kknk.co.za
Cost Various
Where to find it 76 Voortrekker, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival: Best Events in Cape Town
Merrick Winter

When 29 – 30 March 2019
About the event Two days of world-class music from international jazz greats and emerging stars (over 40 in total) on five stages, with over 37 000 music lovers in attendance.
Contact 021 671 0506, info@espafrika.com
Cost R999 (Early Bird, limited weekend passes)
R1 290 (Weekend Pass)
R850 (Day Pass)
Book Direct
Where to find it Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

SpiritFest

Spiritfest: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event This wonderfully feel-good festival takes place at Somerset Gift Getaway Farm in Swellendam. With plenty of space to chill, festival-goers will feel inspired to take part in the many activities, such as yoga, guided dance sessions, early-morning sadhana (the repeated practice of observation and reflection), swimming, t’ai chi, massages and hikes to waterfalls. There’s also a SpiritFest Bazaar, selling arts, crafts, clothes and decor, and more. And, come sundown, the dancefloor awaits…
Contact info@spiritfest.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

OmmiBerg Round the Rocks

Omniberg: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event A fabulous wine festival where you can stomp grapes, take part in the blending process, or just relax under the trees with a glass of the good stuff, and a plate of grub. Participating wineries include Boland Kelder, Domaine Brahms, Landskroon, Mellasat, Perdeberg, Rhebokskloof, Ridgeback and Windmeul Kelder.
Contact 021 872 4842, paarlwineroute@dlta.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Two Oceans Marathon

Two Oceans Marathon: Best Events in Cape Town
Catch Me if You Can

When 20 April 2019
About the event What first started as 26 runners lining up for a race in 1970 has blossomed into the biggest running race in the country and one of the most beautiful in the world. Every year 26 000 contestants from South Africa and the around the world enter this great fitness challenge. Runners have the choice of the scenic 56km ultra marathon or popular 21km half marathon or even 5km or 2.5km fun runs.
Contact 087 740 5260, info@twooceansmarathon.org.za
Cost R500 (ultra marathon)
R210 (half marathon)
R40 (fun runs)
Where to find it Main Road, Newlands, Cape Town

South African Cheese Festival

Cheese Festival: Best Events in Cape Town
Mr Cape Town

When 26 – 28 April 2019
About the event Join 30 000 fromage fans for three days of eating, drinking and general merriment to celebrate South Africa’s cheese-making industry.
Contact 021 975 4440, admin@agriexpo.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Sandringham Farm, Stellenbosch

Afrikaburn

Afrikaburn: Best Events in Cape Town
Jan Verboom

When 29 April – 5 May 2019
About the event The 2019 theme for Afrikaburn is Ephemeropolis, so live in the moment, in the now, for a week of outrageous costumes, uplifting music, communal bonfires, and much, much more.
Contact info@afrikaburn.com
Cost R1 895 (general tickets)
R2 700 (Mayday tickets)
R200 (kids tickets online, R250 at the gate)
R695 (subsidised tickets)
R200 (community tickets)
R200 (vehicle pass, R250 at the gate)
Where to find it Tankwa Karoo National Park, R355, Calvinia, Western Cape

Infecting the City

Infecting the City: Best Events in Cape Town
Rofhiwa Maneta

When To be confirmed
About the event Infecting the City is an annual arts festival that happens in and around the city of Cape Town. Its aim is to make visual and performing arts accessible to all Capetonians with four days of free performances.
Contact 021 418 3336, info@africacentre.net
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival

Eglin Cool: Best Events in Cape Town
Wines of Elgin

When To be confirmed
About the event Each year, wine enthusiasts flock to this fertile valley for a fun celebration. The 2019 participating wineries each have their own programmes, which include wine tastings, blending sessions, chocolate-and-wine pairings, and more.
Contact 071 267 9785, info@elginwine.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Decorex

Decorex: Best Events in Cape Town

When 1 – 5 May 2019
About the event Decorex 2019 is where home-makers, interior designers, architects and full-time shoppers go in search of the latest home decor-related trends, products, information and tips.
Contact 011 549 8300, decorexinfo@ThebeReed.co.za
Cost To be Confirmed
Where to find it Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Franschhoek Literary Festival

Franschhoek Literary Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When 17 – 19 May 2019
About the event Authors, poets, editors and all literary aficionados converge on this winelands town for a weekend of over 90 fascinating events taking place at various locations. From literary discussions and book launches to writing workshops, classical music concerts, dinners and more, there’s sure to be something that appeals.
Contact 021 876 3603, help@flf.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Franschhoek Wine Valley, Western Cape

Wacky Wine Weekend

Wacky Wine Weekend: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Situated on the scenic Route 62, cupped between the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges, with the Breede River running through it, the Robertson Wine Valley is the picture-perfect setting for this fun-filled stalwart on the Cape’s festival scene. Your ticket includes a wine glass, bottle of mineral water, a Wacky Wine Weekend Programme and six wine-tasting coupons per winery. Expect food-and-wine pairings, live entertainment, a mechanical rodeo bull, food trucks, fun and games for the kids, and so much more.
Contact 023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Various wine farms in the Robertson Wine Valley

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Olive Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Situated in the picturesque Riebeek Valley, this delicious festival offers a wonderfully diverse range of homemade olive-related goodies – from jams, pickles, preserves and tapenades to flavoured extra-virgin olive oils and freshly baked olive breads. Other activities include olive-oil soap-making, guided walks in the olive groves, craft-beer tasting, live music, and more. Plus, there’s stuff to keep the little ones entertained, so bring ’em along, too.
Contact 083 4412083, riebeekvalleyolivefestival@gmail.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Hermanus FynArts

Hermanus Fynarts: Best Events in Cape Town

When 7 – 17 June 2019
About the event Hermanus FynArts is everything great about Hermanus rolled into one: food-and-wine tastings, art galleries, live performances and even children’s activities.
Contact 060 957 5371, fynarts@hermanus.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Hermanus, Western Cape

National Arts Festival

National Arts Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When 27 June – 7 July 2019
About the event Virtually every structure that has a ceiling and walls plays host to a wonderful and diverse selection of performances, exhibitions and creative events during this town-wide celebration of the arts. Expect over 300 amazing shows.
Contact 046 603 1103, info@nationalartsfestival.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Knysna Oyster Festival

Knysna Oyster Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Apart from eating these magnificent molluscs, The Knysna Oyster Festival boasts a fabulous programme of activities – from live music and comedy performances to lemonade days, bike races and marathons – which makes it a fun holiday for sports fans, families, and lovers of a good party.
Contact 044 382 5510, headoyster@oysterfestival.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Knysna, Western Cape

V&A Museum Night

Museum Night: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Museum Night offers Capetonians (and visitors) the opportunity to get cultural with several museums at the V&A Waterfront open to the public – free of charge. The internationally acclaimed Zeitz MOCAA – one of the most exciting cultural attractions in South Africa – is a not-to-be-missed stop. Other museums participating in the fun include: Iziko Maritime Centre, Robben Island Jetty Museum, Cape Medical Museum, Springbok Rugby Experience Museum, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Everard Read CIRCA, Robben Island Jetty One Museum and Nelson Mandela Gateway.
Contact 021 408 7600, info@thursdaysprojects.co.za, events@waterfront.co.za
Cost Free
Where to find it V & A Waterfront, Greenpoint, Cape Town

Good Food & Wine Show

Good Food and Wine Show: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event As always, the Good Food & Wine Show is one of the culinary highlights on Cape Town’s calendar, and includes a host of fun activities, such as live demonstrations by top chefs, a market and street food zone, a wine, beer and alcohol zone, an eat well/live well theatre, and a baking zone.
Contact 021 702 2280, info@fieramilano.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

Jive Funny Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Now in its 15th year, the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival 2019 is back at the Baxter Theatre, with a stellar line-up of local and international acts guaranteed to banish any pesky winter blues. Last year saw Capetonian Alan Committie as host and previous performances included Marc Lottering, Dalin Oliver, Mel Jones, Loyiso Madinga, Ndumiso Lindi and Daniel Richards.
Contact 021 438 2595, shana@eddycassarpr.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it The Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival

Stellies International Chamber Music: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Bringing classical music and youth development to the fore, this prestigious international event gives aspiring young musicians the chance to perform in a musical extravaganza of evening recitals, chamber performances and orchestral concerts.
Contact 072 531 3235, info@sicmf.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Stellenbosch University, Merriman Street, Stellenbosch

Homemakers Expo

Homemakers Expo: Best Events in Cape Town

When 29 August – 1 September 2019
About the event The Homemakers Expo is one of the largest household-dedicated events, where visitors have an opportunity to browse the best in home decor, furniture, paint, tools, resources and equipment, while gaining top-class inspiration for their dream homes (and gardens).
Contact 0861 466 321, expocape@homemakersonline.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Robertson Slow

Robertson Slow: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Robertson Wine Valley’s wildly popular Slow Food and Wine Festival is back and, despite being bigger than ever, its slow, intimate and cosy vibe is a given. Like previous years, there’s loads to keep you busy – slow-style, of course – with meals hosted by winemaking families, cooking lessons, wine-tastings, horse-riding, and a whole lot more.
Contact 023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Cape Town Street Food Festival

Street Food Festival: Best Events in Cape Town
Your Neighbourhood

When To be confirmed
About the event The Cape Town Street Food Festival is back for its sixth year in a row, with Side Street Studios once again playing host to this ever-popular event. Tuck into some utterly delicious, proudly South African street fare, such as Gatsbys stuffed to capacity, vinegary fish and slap tjips, and some of the best – straight off the fire – braaied grub, prepared by some of South Africa’s best street-food vendors.
Contact streetfood@studio-h.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Franschhoek Uncorked

Franschhoek Uncorked: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event The annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival rings in spring with a two-day celebration of wine tastings, good-value specials and fun outdoor activities. It’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy varietals from established estates, and to discover new gems from the smaller jewels in the valley. Your Uncorked Weekend Pass (R150) includes entry to the participating farms, a complimentary tasting glass, and tastings of the wines on show. Last year’s featured estates included: Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle, Allee Bleue, Boschendal, Lynx, Topiary & La Chantaigne, Leopards Leap Family Vineyards, Rickety Bridge, Mont Rochelle, Black Elephant, Dieu Donne, Haute Cabriere, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Moreson
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Various Wine Farms, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus Whale Festival: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Every year in June, the southern right whales begin their migration from the icy waters of the Antarctic to warm Walker Bay, where they come to mate and breed. Whale-watching season runs from June to December, peaking between August and October. Watching these gentle giants go about their reproductive cycle is, naturally, the main attraction – but there’s so much more to keep you entertained at the perennially popular Hermanus Whale Festival – such as live music, craft and produce markets, sports events, car shows as well as kiddies’ activities.
Contact 071 606 3261, festival@hermanuswhalefestival.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Hermanus, Western Cape

Open Book Festival

Open Book: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event A chance for bookworms, poetry lovers and comic fans to learn from – and meet – local and international poets, novelists and comic-book creators. Come and be inspired at this delightfully entertaining book festival. In addition to paid events, there are a range of free sessions, but you’ll need to book tickets to secure a spot.
Contact frankie@openbookfestival.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Fugard Theatre, D6 Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge

Noble Vice

Noble Vice: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Once again Noble Vice at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock promises to be sensory extravaganza, during which a dynamic group of local chefs and boutique winemakers will set your senses alight.
Contact info@noblevice.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Kamers Hermanus

Kamers Hermanus: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event You might know it as Kamers Vol Geskenke, but it’s had a name change… These days, it goes by the name of Kamers/Makers and, like previous years, brings shoppers an unprecedented mind-bustingly creative shopping experience. If you’ve ever been to any Kamers/Makers events, you’ll know that participating exhibitors are not your run-of-the-mill designers and crafters; they have been hand-picked by the Kamers/Makers team for their unique, rare and “perfectly imperfect” items of fashion, jewellery, art, lighting, decor, and more. You’ll be able to find everything from hand-carved wooden bow ties, hand-turned wine-barrel furniture, handcrafted porcelain jewellery, and even hand-spun scarves, from a variety of Kamers/Makers veterans, and some exciting newbies.
Contact info@kamersvol.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Cape Town Fringe Festival

Fringe: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Much like other successful fringe festivals across the globe, such as Edinburgh, New York, Adelaide and Amsterdam, Cape Town Fringe aims to make the arts accessible to a much broader slice of the population. Festival CEO, Tony Lankester guarantees a “young, dynamic and cutting edge” lineup. Last year boasted the City Hall as the ‘’home base’’, where up to 40 productions played in 16 venues around the city centre and also in previously untapped areas such as Langa, which allowed people who normally would not have attended such events easier accessibility and affordable tickets.
Contact 064 664 9697, boxoffice@capetownfringe.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Bierfest Cape Town

Bierfest: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Tons of beer, tasty German grub, friendly waitrons in traditional Bavarian attire, and of course, music – this year’s Bierfest is sure to knock your lederhosen off!
Contact 021 824 3132, info@bierfest.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Open Design Festival

Open Design: Best Events in Cape Town

When 18 – 27 October 2019
About the event For 12 days, Cape Town comes alive with culture, design and innovation at this (mostly) free festival. Open Design festival-goers can expect awesome citywide talks, exhibitions, workshops, tours, activations and – for the first time in 2018 – the International STEAM Symposium.
Contact 021 762 168, rachel@opendesignct.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it Cape Town City Hall, City Street, Cape Town City Centre and various locations around Cape Town

Rocking the Daisies

Rocking Daisies: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Kick off summer in the company of 250 stellar artists. From comedy and music to art and multi-sensory experiences, Daisies has a bit of something for everyone – while keeping it green and planet-conscious, too.
Contact 021 461 9822, hello@rockingthedaisies.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival

Hermanus Food and Wine: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event The Hermanus Wine & Food Festival showcases over 250 wines by some of the Overberg’s finest estates, from Elgin to Elim. It also features gourmet food stalls, craft beer, children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more!
Contact 028 316 3988, wineoffice@hermanus.co.za
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Wine on the River

Wine on the River: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event This not-to-be-missed festival offers straight-up as well as tutored wine tastings by local winemakers. Enjoy local arts and crafts while meandering along the Breede River under trees. Then, stop and listen to the smooth sounds of jazz and blues, or take a gentle cruise along the river.
Contact 023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Kamers/Makers Stellenbosch

Kamers: Best Events in Cape Town

When To be confirmed
About the event Venture into the heart of the Winelands for Kamers/Makers Stellenbosch, where you can shop for unique fashion, decor, art and more.
Contact info@kamersvol.com
Cost To be confirmed
Where to find it To be confirmed

Researched by Alicia Chamaillé and Annabel Short

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 14 November 2018

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