The Best Events + Festivals in Cape Town 2019

The Best Events + Festivals in Cape Town 2019 Cap Classique and Champagne 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 September 2019 until December 2019, so you can pick and choose where you want to be.

The Best Spring Events in Cape Town

September 2019
October 2019
November 2019

September 2019 Events

Date Event Location
14 – 15 September 2019 Franschhoek Uncorked  Franschhoek
15 September 2019 Noble Vice  Woodstock
20 September 2019 Grand Moon ft. Monolink Live: September Edition Granger Bay
20 – 22 September 2019 Darling Wildflower Show  Darling
20 – 24 September 2019 Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic  Citrusdal
21 – 24 September 2019 !Khwa Ttu Heritage Festival  Yzerfontein
21 – 24 September 2019 Hermanus Flower Festival  Hermanus
23 – 28 September 2019 Whale Week at The Marine  Hermanus
27 – 29 September 2019 Hermanus Whale Festival  Hermanus
28 September 2019 Pinotage on Tap: September Edition Wellington
28 September 2019 Into the Wild: Moon Child Malmesbury
28 – 29 September 2019 Hermanus Wine & Food Festival  Hermanus

October 2019 Events

Date Event Location
4 – 6 October 2019 Smalltown Beat Stanford
4 – 6 October 2019 Rocking the Daisies Cloof Wine Estate
5 October 2019 Oktoberfest Melkbosstrand
11 – 13 October 2019 Wine on the River Robertson
12 October 2019 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival Stellenbosch
16 October 2019 – 25 April 2020 The Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape Town
18 – 27 October 2019 Open Design Afrika Cape Town
25 – 27 October 2019 Franschhoek Art Festival Franschhoek
26 October 2019 Cape Town International Kite Festival Muizenberg
27 October 2019 Caroline’s White Wine Review Cape Town

November 2019 Events

Date Event Location
1 – 3 November 2019 International Tequila Festival Green Point
2 November 2019 Pinotage on Tap: November Edition Clarens
9 November – 9 December 2019 Wavescape Cape Town
10 – 11 November 2019 Stellenberg Gardens Open Day Kenilworth
13 & 27 November 2019 Stellenbosch Street Soirées: November Edition Stellenbosch
17 November 2019 Kirstenbosch Concerts Kirstenbosch
18 November – 23 November 2019 Infecting the City Cape Town
23 – 24 November 2019 Steam Train to Ceres for the Annual Cherry Fair Ceres
29 November – 1 December 2019 Cape Town Festival of Beer Green Point
30 November – 1 December 2019 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Franschhoek

September 2019

Franschhoek Uncorked

Franschhoek Uncorked September Events

Where Franschhoek
When 14 – 15 September 2019
The lowdown This annual two-day spring celebration has loads on offer: fun wine-tastings and great food, and outdoor activities for the whole family at various wineries in Franschhoek.
Cost R180 (Weekend Pass)
R200 (at the door)
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley
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Noble Vice

Noble Vice: Best Events in Cape Town

Where Woodstock, Cape Town
When 15 September 2019
The lowdown Join a handpicked crop of foodies and winemakers at Noble Vice for an all-day feast. Chefs include Wesley Randles (Shortmarket Club), Kyle du Plooy (Eike), Ryan Cole (Salsify) and Andy Fenner (Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants).
Cost R895 (includes six courses, unlimited wine-tastings and music)
Contact jos@noblevice.co.za
Location Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
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Monolink Live September Events

Where Granger Bay, Cape Town
When 20 September 2019
The lowdown German singer-songwriter Monolink is bringing his eclectic mix of electronic music, acoustic beats and vocals to Grand Africa Café for this fantasy-like event.
Cost R350
Contact beach@grandafrica.com
Location Grand Africa Café & Beach, 4 Haul Road, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay, Cape Town
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Darling Wildflower Show

Wildflower Show Cape Town
Daniela Photography

Where Darling
When 20 – 22 September 2019
The lowdown This year’s show – themed a Carnival of Flowers – celebrates 102 years! In the Landscaped Hall, there’ll be a showcase of indigenous flowers in their natural habitat, while the entertainment tent will feature live local music. Keep an eye out for the craft and food market, the old car display, as well as a range of fun workshops.
Cost R70 (adults)
R50 (pensioners and children)
Free (children 0 – 2 years)
Contact 084 916 1111, info@darlingwildflowers.co.za
Location Darling, West Coast Route 27
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Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic

Wolfkop Weekender

Where Citrusdal
When 20 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown Part music festival and part weekend away, Wolfkop Weekender allows revellers to design their own adventure while enjoying the stunning Wolfkop Camping Villages in Citrusdal to the soundtrack of electronic beats, with delicious food and drinks, and fun outdoor activities all part of the experience. Headline acts include The Drifter and Culoe De Song, with a stellar lineup of artists completing the bill.
Three campsites, situated on the banks of the Olifants River, are ideal for large groups of people, and various ticketing tiers are available to suit your budget. For lovers of slick electronic music (and nature), this is sure to be a treat.
Cost From R875 to R1 175 (includes festival pass and four nights’ camping accommodation)
From R1 675 to R18 800 (includes festival passes and four nights’ glamping accommodation)
Contact 083 260 4822, info@wolfkopweekender.co.za
Location Wolfkop Camping Villages, 59 Voortrekker Street, Citrusdal (via N7)
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!Khwa Ttu Heritage Festival

Khwa Ttu Heritage Festival

Where Yzerfontein
When 21 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown !Khwa Ttu is hosting a four-day festival at its camping and adventure ground on the West Coast. In honour of Heritage month, the event is dedicated to South Africa’s earliest known inhabitants. Festival-goers will have an opportunity to learn more about San culture through language lessons and talks, and there’ll be food stalls, pop-up food demonstrations, tea tastings, and an array of fun activities for children (including treasure hunts, traditional story-telling, tractor rides, and more)!
Good to know For those wishing to immerse themselves in the West Coast way, there will be 50 sites available in !Khwa Ttu’s camping village.
Cost R70 (one-day admission, adult + 2 children under 18)
R50 (one-day admission, pensioners)
R100 (one-night camping accommodation)
R100 (Family Fun Run)
R100 (Family Mountain Bike Ride)
Contact 0861 321 777, info@westcoastway.co.za
Location Grootwater Farm, Yzerfontein (R27), Western Cape
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Hermanus Flower Festival

Hermanus Flower Festival September Events
Nosy Rosy

Where Hermanus
When 21 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown This spring festival is a celebration of the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, talks on eco-tourism in the Cape Floral Kingdom and fun activities for the kids. Guests can also enjoy teas and light lunches as well as visits to Fernkloof Nursery.
Cost R25 (adults)
R10 (senior citizens on Monday)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
Contact maver@mweb.co.za
Location Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus

Whale Week at The Marine

Whale Week Marine Hotel Hermanus

Where Hermanus
When 23 – 28 September 2019
The lowdown This precursor to the Hermanus Whale Festival is a sumptuous celebration of whale season that takes place at The Marine in Hermanus, an Eco-Marine partner of the famous Whale Festival. Guests can look forward to a week of inspiring talks, high tea, a sea-facing seven-course dinner prepared by Greenhouse chef Farrel Hirsch, and even a Whale Bell unveiling at this five-star hotel on the cliff path.
Cost Free (talks, presentations and exhibitions)
R100 (Mini High Tea)
R95 (canapés and wine with Creation Wines)
R975 (Greenhouse pop-up restaurant)
Contact 028 313 1000, bookings@themarine.co.za
Location The Marine, Main Road, Hermanus

Hermanus Whale Festival

Best to do Hermanus

Where Hermanus
When 27 – 29 September 2019
The lowdown Now in its 28th year, the Hermanus Whale Festival in this charming coastal town, offers visitors the chance to view the migration of these southern right giants in what’s considered to be the whale-watching capital of the world. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be live music performances, vintage car shows, a street parade, great food, and quality crafts on offer in this charming coastal town.
Cost Various
Contact 071 606 3261 festival@hermanuswhalefestival.co.za
Location 100 Main Road, Hermanus

Good to know While you’re here, why not book an awesome whale-watching tour with Southern Right Charters that will get you up close and personal (without disturbing the beautiful creatures)?
Departure times Daily, 9am; 12pm; 3pm (June – December)
Contact 082 353 0550, info@southernrightcharters.co.za
Cost R900 (adults)
R800 (students and seniors)
R450 (children under 14)
Free (children under 5)
Where to find it Southern Right Charters: The Whale Shack, New Harbour, Hermanus
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Pinotage on Tap: September Edition

Pinotage on Tap Festival Cape Town

Where Wellington
When 28 September 2019
The lowdown Started 15 years ago, this fun-filled festival is all about SA’s finest pinotage. Along with loads of tip-top pino, guests can enjoy hearty local fare and live entertainment courtesy of The Bottomless Coffee Band, Amy Jones, and Newton & Co.
Cost R295
Contact 021 864 5050, welcome@diemersfontein.co.za
Location Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Wellington
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Into the Wild: Moon Child

Into the Wild September Events

Where Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast
When 28 September 2019
The lowdown Moon Child is Into the Wild’s first psychedelic techno and progressive day party of spring, a mere 30-minute drive from Cape Town in the beautiful Riverside Forest. Expect to see talented Danish headliners MVMB and Martin Vice kick off the season with a celebratory bang.
Cost R350 – R380
Contact intothewildevents@gmail.com
Location Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast
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Hermanus Wine & Food Festival

Hermanus Fine Wine and Food Festival September Events

Where Hermanus
When 28 – 29 September 2019
The lowdown The Hermanus Wine and 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!
Cost R150 (adults)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
Contact 028 316 3988, winefestival@hermanus.co.za
Location Curro Private School, Curro Road, Sandbaai, Hermanus
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October 2019

Smalltown Beat

Smalltown Beat October Events

Where Rivers End Farm
When 4 – 6 October 2019
The lowdown Join like-minded electronic music fans at this booming weekend festival in Stanford. Hosted on the beautiful Rivers End Farm, this festival is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air providing a scenic setting for enjoying music, browsing art and taking in the natural surrounds.
Cost R550 – R650
Contact 083 251 3057, admin@smalltownbeat.com
Location Wortelgat Road, Stanford
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Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies October Events
The Green Times

Where Cloof Wine Estate
When 4 – 6 October 2019
The lowdown Kick off summer in the company of 250 stellar acts including Brit-pop sensations The 1975 and local rapstar Sho Madjozi. From comedy and art to multi-sensory experiences, Daisies has a bit of something for everyone – while keeping it green and planet-conscious, too. This year the festival is 100% cashless for a safer and better experience. Round up your mates, and get your tent on!
Cost R645 – R995 (festival entrance)
R225 – R545 (camping)
R2 195 – R11 995 (Daisyland glamping)
Contact 021 461 9822, hello@rockingthedaisies.com
Location Cloof Wine Estate, Mamre Road, Off the R315, Between Malmesbury and Darling
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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest October Events

Where Melkbosstrand
When 5 October 2019
The lowdown Craft ales and local wineries, such as Stella Artois, Newlands Spring Brew Co. and Urban Brewing Co. are the perfect accompaniments to traditional German food and food trucks on offer.
Cost R120 – R150 (includes beer mug and 10 tasting tickets)
Contact functions@atlanticbeachlinks.com
Location 1 Fairway Drive, Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Cape Town
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Robertson Wine on the River

Wine On The River

Where The Robertson Wine Valley
When 11 – 13 October 2019
The lowdown This not-to-be-missed festival is one of the most chilled festivals in the Winelands, with the option of meandering along the Breede River under the shade of trees. Robertson Wine on the River is all about relaxing, while taking in the breathtaking natural beauty of the region with top-class wine and delicious food. For its 14th year, festival-goers have the opportunity of tasting wines from over 23 wine farms in the region, making this one of the biggest wine festivals in the Cape.
Cost R350 (weekend pass)
R150 (Friday)
R250 (Saturday)
R150 (Sunday)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
R750 (VIP)
Contact 023 626 3167, admin@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Goudmyn Farm, R317, Robertson, Western Cape
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Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival October Events

Where Jan Marais Nature Reserve
When 12 October 2019
The lowdown Beer-lovers can enjoy the best of local craft beer at one of the region’s best-kept secrets, the Jan Marais Nature Reserve. Lush lawns and ancient trees make this the perfect setting for this biannual picnic-style festival, complete with food trucks and festive beats.
Cost R105 (adults, includes branded 500ml glass)
R90 (adults, includes plastic 500ml cup)
R65 (children 12 – 17 years)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
Contact 076 126 1634, megan@dpk.co.za
Location Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Marais Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Galileo Open Air Cinema

Where Cape Town
When 16 October – 25 April 2020
The lowdown Relive your favourite movie moments under the stars in some of the Cape’s most picturesque settings, every Wednesday to Saturday, and select Sundays at the Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Cost R109 – R130 (individual ticket)
R195 (VIP)
R360 (couple’s ticket)
Contact 021 510 0929, hello@thegalileo.co.za
Location Various venues
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Open Design Afrika Festival

Open Design Afrika Festival October Events

Where Cape Town
When 18 – 27 October 2019
The lowdown The programme focuses on people and art from all walks of life, thus reflecting a diverse array of events, including Open Streets Woodstock, walking tours, talks and markets.
Cost Free for most events
R65 (Black Filmmakers Film Event)
R100 (Bag & Sewing Workshop)
R250 – R350 (Bo-Kaap Architecture Culture Connect)
R450 (Township Walking Tour)
Contact info@opendesignafrika.org
Location Various locations

Caroline’s Annual White Wine Review

Caroline's White Wine Review October Events

Where V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When 23 October 2019
The lowdown Caroline’s Annual White Wine Review is an opportunity for white wine and MCC aficionados to meet the very best South African winemakers and, of course, sample their wares at The Table Bay Hotel!
Good to know As this event is so popular (only 400 guests are permitted), please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Cost R350
Contact 021 712 2258, carowine3@mweb.co.za
Location The Table Bay Hotel Ballroom, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Where Zandvlei Nature Reserve
When 26 – 27 October 2019
The lowdown Let Hope Fly is the theme of this two-day family-friendly event that raises funds for a good cause. Expect incredible kite displays, free kite-making workshops, good food and live entertainment all in support of Cape Mental Health. If you have your own, bring it along; if you don’t, there are loads available for purchase, or you can even make your own.
Cost R40 per day (adults)
R15 per day (children 0 –12 years)
R110 (family ticket: 2 adults + 2 children under 12 years)
Contact 021 447 9040, info@cmh.org.za
Location Axminster Road, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg, Cape Town
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Franschhoek Art Festival

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Where Franschhoek
When 27 – 29 October 2019
The lowdown This art festival has a little of everything – from paintings in different mediums to ceramics, African artefacts, sculptures and fine art – showcasing an array of local talent.
Contact 074 144 4999, art@artemis.co.za
Cost Free (some events might require booking)
Location Various locations in Franschhoek

November 2019

International Tequila Festival

Tequila Festival Cape Town

Where Cape Town
When 1 – 3 November 2019
The lowdown The first of its kind, the International Tequila Festival brings mezcal, Mexican food and tequila masterclasses to Cape Town. Twelve bands and DJs, some of Cape Town’s finest food trucks, cocktail bars and tequila experts will be dotted across the venue, spreading the spirit of fiesta around Cape Town.
Cost R150 – R235 (per day, includes tasting glass and 8 tequila tasting vouchers)
R399 (three-day pass, includes tasting glass and 24 tequila tasting vouchers)
R1 500 – R9 000 (VIP)
Contact 062 649 4439
Location Hamiltons Rugby Club, Green Point
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Pinotage on Tap: November Edition

Pinotage On Tap

Where Clarens
When 2 November 2019
The lowdown This fun-filled festival is all about SA’s finest pinotage. Along with loads of tip-top pino, guests can enjoy hearty local fare and live entertainment to be confirmed closer to the date.
Cost R295 (includes a wine glass, endless pinotage and a surprise gift on arrival)
Contact 021 864 5050, online@diemersfontein.co.za
Location St Fort Guest House, Clarens
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Wavescape

Wavescape November Events

Where Cape Town
When 9 November – 9 December 2019
The lowdown Visitors to this wildly popular annual festival get to celebrate surf and ocean culture through various media.
Cost Free – R120
Contact shani@wavescape.co.za
Location Various locations in Cape Town (including Clifton 4th, Labia Theatre, Jack Black Taproom)

Stellenberg Gardens Open Day

Stellenberg Gardens Day November Events

Where Kenilworth, Cape Town
When 9 – 10 November 2019
The lowdown Explore these beautiful, historic gardens in the heart of Kenilworth (in support of St Joseph’s Home for chronically ill children.
Cost R50 (entry)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
R30 (garden tea)
Please note Payment is by cash or Zapper only.
Contact St Joseph’s Home: 021 934 0352, magda@stjosephshome.org.za
Location Stellenberg Gardens, 30 Oak Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Street Soirées: November Edition

Stellenbosch Street Soirees Best Events
lekkerwyn

Where Stellenbosch
When 13 November & 27 November 2019
The lowdown Enjoy monthly pop-up food-and-wine evenings on select Wednesday throughout summer in Stellenbosch. Expect gorgeous balmy evenings filled with the latest vintages and a slew of gourmet restaurants.
Cost R150
Contact 021 886 4310, info@wineroute.co.za
Location Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch

Kirstenbosch Concerts: Summer 2019/2020 Lineup

Kirstenbosch Concerts Best Events
Ivan Hendricks

Where Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
When 17 November 2019 – end-March 2020
The lowdown The summer sunset concerts are back! And, as usual, the magnificent gardens of Kirstenbosch provide the backdrop for these open-air gigs – the perfect place to spend lazy afternoons.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 021 799 8783, kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Location Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Steam Train to Ceres for the Annual Cherry Fair

Steam Train Ceres Cherry Fair Best November Events
Wayne Nauschutz

Where Ceres
When 23 – 24 November 2019
The lowdown Ceres Golf Estate is hosting the annual Cherry Fair; and Ceres Rail is offering two return trips to the festival aboard one of its magnificent steam trains. After a picturesque ride, guests at the Cherry Fair can expect lorry loads of fresh cherries, as well as an array of cherry-themed artisanal stalls, and cherry-inspired food and beverages.
Cost R850 (adults, return trip)
R550 (children 3 – 13 years, return trip)
Free (children 0 – 2, return trip)
Location Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town

Infecting the City

Infecting The City November Events
Rofhiwa Maneta

Where Cape Town
When 18 November – 23 November 2019
The lowdown For 12 popular years, this public arts festival has been intriguing viewers in various communal spaces of Cape Town with music, theatre, dance, poetry performances, and visual art installations. Through these multi-disciplinary artworks, observers are able to confront historical and social issues to bring about change.
Cost Free
Contact info@infectingthecity.com, 021 418 3336
Location 28 St George’s Mall, Cape Town

Cape Town Festival of Beer

Cape Town Festival of Beer: Best Events in Cape Town

Where Green Point, Cape Town
When 29 November – 1 December 2019
The lowdown Over 200 beers, from over 60 local and international breweries, food stalls, live music, and live rugby on big screens at this event’s 10th year running. There will even be limited-edition beers brewed especially for the event!
Cost R99 – R150
Free (children under 12 years)
Contact info@capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za
Location Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Stephan Way, Green Point, Cape Town
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Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

Best Events Spring
Country Life

Where Franschhoek Huguenot Monument
When 30 November – 1 December 2019
The lowdown Expect gourmet cuisine, superb MCC and France’s best champagnes, all against the breathtaking backdrop of the Franschhoek Valley.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 021 876 2861, info@franschhoek.org.za
Location Huguenot Monument, 13 Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek

Researched by Bianca Hausle, Annabel Short, Hannah Littlewood.

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Time of publication: 10 September 2019

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