The Best Events + Festivals in Cape Town 2019/ 2020

The Best Events + Festivals in Cape Town 2019/ 2020 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 November 2019 until October 2020, so you can pick and choose where you want to be.

The Best Events in Cape Town

November 2019
December 2019
January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
July 2020
August 2020
September 2020
October 2020

November 2019 Events

Date Event Location
1 November 2019 Silo Concerts: November Edition V&A Waterfront
1 – 3 November 2019 International Tequila Festival Green Point
1 – 3 November 2019 Endless Daze West Coast
2 November 2019 Pinotage on Tap: November Edition Clarens
2 November 2019 Celebrate Chenin Festival Paarl
2 November 2019 Swartland Producers Street Party Riebeek-Kasteel
2 – 3 November 2019 The Cellars-Hohenort Garden Celebration: Open Gardens Constantia
9 November 2019 Matthew Mole Live at La Parada Century City
9 November 2019 Paul René Bubbly Festival Robertson
9 November 2019 Agulhas Triangle Wine Festival Cape Agulhas
9 November – 9 December 2019 Wavescape Cape Town
9, 16 & 23 November Belmond Mount Nelson’s Classical Music Evenings Gardens
9 – 10 November 2019 Stellenberg Gardens Open Day Kenilworth
13 & 27 November 2019 Stellenbosch Street Soirées: November Edition Stellenbosch
16 November 2019 Bubbly & Bublé at Benguela Cove Hermanus
17 November 2019 Kirstenbosch Concerts Kirstenbosch
18 November – 23 November 2019 Infecting the City Cape Town
23 November 2019 Jazz & Classical Encounters Music Festival Stellenbosch
23 November 2019 Festival on the Docks V&A Waterfront
23 November 2019 Taalmonument Full Moon Picnics: November Edition Paarl
24 November 2019 The Mirage Forever Summer Concerts: November Edition V&A Waterfront
29 November – 1 December 2019 Cape Town Festival of Beer Green Point
30 November – 1 December 2019 Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Franschhoek

December 2019 Events

Date Festival Location
1 December 2019 Parklife Festival Muizenberg
1 December 2019 Summer Sound System V&A Waterfront
6 December 2019 Silo Concerts: December Edition V&A Waterfront
7 December 2019 Notting Hill Screening at Nederburg Paarl
8 December 2019 Get Lucky Summer Cape Town Edition Kuils River
8 December 2019 Somerset Fresh Somerset West
8 December 2019 Nora en Pure at Grand Africa Granger Bay
13 December 2019 Taal Monument Full Moon Picnics: December Edition Paarl
13, 20 & 27 December 2019 Black Coffee Summer Residency V&A Waterfront
14 December 2019 Bubbly & Gin Summer Festival Melkbosstrand
15, 22 & 29 December 2019 Submerged presents Goldfish V&A Waterfront
16 December 2019 RCS Gugulethu Reconciliation Race and Music Festival Gugulethu Stadium
18 December – 19 January 2020 Spier Light Art Stellenbosch
31 December 2019 Alcazar New Year’s Eve Experience Gardens

January 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
3 January 2020 Submerged presents Goldfish V&A Waterfront
3 January 2020 Silo Concerts: January Edition V&A Waterfront
4 January 2020 Black Coffee Summer Residency V&A Waterfront
9 – 12 January 2020 Cape Town Jazzathon V&A Waterfront
16 – 20 January 2020 Wolfkop Weekender : Lilo River Flow Citrusdal
24 – 25 January 2020 Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration Hermanus
25 January 2020 Harvest Festival at Delheim Stellenbosch
31 January – 2 February 2020 Origin: Music and Art Festival Elandskloof Farm
Unconfirmed Maynardville Open-Air Festival Wynberg

February 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
1 February 2020 The Sun Met Kenilworth
1 February 2020 Franschhoek Summer Wines Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard
6 – 9 February 2020 Up The Creek Breede River
7 February 2020 Silo Concerts: February Edition V&A Waterfront
14 – 16 February 2020 Equinox Enchanted Forest Breede River
21 – 23 February 2020 Wolfie Familie Festival Citrusdal
26 – 28 February 2020 Design Indaba Foreshore
29 February – 1 March 2020 Italian Festival at Idiom Somerset West
Unconfirmed Cape Town Electronic Music Festival Cape Town
Unconfirmed Saggy Stone Beer & Music Festival Amandalia Farm
Unconfirmed Cape Town Art Fair Cape Town
Unconfirmed Stellenbosch Wine Festival Coetzenburg Sports Grounds
Unconfirmed Jazz on the Rocks Tietiesbaai
Unconfirmed Kamers/Makers Cape Town
Unconfirmed Vasco Prix Du Cap and Cape Town Prawn Festival Kenilworth Racecourse
Unconfirmed Constantia Fresh Food and Wine Festival Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

March 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
5 March 2020 SpiritFest Swellendam
6 – 8 March 2020 Knysna Literary Festival Thesen Island
13 – 15 March 2020 Bazique Festival Grabouw
14 March 2020 Durbanville Plaasfees Diemersdal Wine Estate
24 – 29 March 2020 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival Oudtshoorn
27 – 28 March 2020 Cape Town International Jazz Festival CBD
Unconfirmed Cape Town Carnival Cape Town
Unconfirmed Equilibrium Festival Paarl
Unconfirmed Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Robertson
Unconfirmed Paarl Harvest (OmmiBerg) Paarl

April 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
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 CBD
Unconfirmed Pinotage & Biltong Festival Paarl
Unconfirmed Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival Durbanville

May 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
9 – 10 May 2020 Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Riebeek Valley
15 – 17 May 2020 Franschhoek Literary Festival Franschhoek
Unconfirmed Cabernet Franc Carnival Somerset West

June 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
5 – 16 June 2020 Hermanus FynArts Festival Hermanus
19 – 28 June 2020 Knysna Oyster Festival Knysna
25 June – 5 July 2020 National Arts Festival Makhanda
Unconfirmed Wacky Wine Festival Robertson
Unconfirmed Silver Mountain Music Festival Heidelberg
Unconfirmed Vortex Phoenix Festival of Fire Worcester
Unconfirmed Christmas in Winter Tulbagh Tulbagh
Unconfirmed The Great South African Gin Festival Cape Town

July 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
17 July – 19 July 2020 Wine, Whales and Music Weekend De Hoop Nature Reserve
Unconfirmed The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival Rondebosch
Unconfirmed Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed Franschhoek Bastille Festival Franschhoek
Unconfirmed Soetes & Soup Festival Rawsonville

August 2020 Events

Date Festival Location
6 – 9 August 2020 Klein Karoo Klassique Oudtshoorn
29 – 30 August 2020 The Chocolate Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed Battery Park Underground Series V&A Waterfront
Unconfirmed Solo Studios: Intimate Art Encounters Riebeek Valley
Unconfirmed Elgin Winter Festival Elgin
Unconfirmed Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival Robertson
Unconfirmed Mcgregor Poetry Festival McGregor
Unconfirmed Hopefield Fynbosskou Hopefield
Unconfirmed Cape Town Homemakers Expo CBD
Unconfirmed Capegate Craft Beer Festival Capegate

September 2020 Events

Date Event Location
2 – 6 September 2020 Open Book Festival Cape Town
Unconfirmed Namaqualand Flower Festival Vanrhynsdorp
Unconfirmed Darling Voorkamerfest Darling
Unconfirmed With You: Love in the City Castle of Good Hope
Unconfirmed Franschhoek Uncorked Franschhoek
Unconfirmed Darling Wildflower Show Darling
Unconfirmed Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic Citrusdal
Unconfirmed Hermanus Flower Festival Hermanus
Unconfirmed Hermanus Whale Festival Hermanus
Unconfirmed Pinotage on Tap Diemersfontein Wine Estate
Unconfirmed Into the Wild: Moon Child Malmesbury
Unconfirmed Hermanus Wine & Food Festival Hermanus

October 2020 Events

Date Event Location
Unconfirmed Smalltown Beat Stanford
Unconfirmed Rocking the Daisies Cloof Wine Estate
Unconfirmed Oktoberfest Melkbosstrand
Unconfirmed The Bubbly Festival: Champagne and Bubbly Cape Town
Unconfirmed Wine on the River Robertson
Unconfirmed Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed Open Design Afrika Cape Town
Unconfirmed Cape Town International Boat Show V&A Waterfront
Unconfirmed Caroline’s White Wine Review Cape Town
Unconfirmed Franschhoek Art Festival Franschhoek
Unconfirmed Cape Town International Kite Festival Muizenberg

November 2019

Silo Concerts: November Edition

Silo Concerts: Best November Events
Perron FM radio

Where V&A Waterfront
When 1 November 2019
The lowdown The cool Silo District plays host to a series of free concerts headed by top-name musicians, with music ranging from Afro-soulful to swing and tango. The November performance sees singer-songwriter Amanda Black and Wandile Mbambeni take to the stage.
Cost Free
Contact 021 408 7600, info@waterfront.co.za
Location Silo District, V&A Waterfront, South Arm Road, Cape Town

Endless Daze

Endless Daze: Best November Events
Media.withtank

Where West Coast
When 1 – 3 November 2019
The lowdown For the fourth year running, this boutique seaside festival features some hot local and international acts.
Cost R800 (phase three)
R1 000 (at the door)
Contact info@endlessdazefest.com
Location Silwerstroom Resort, West Coast, Western Cape
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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: Best November Events
Marie Claire

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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Celebrate Chenin Festival

Celebrate Chenin Festival

Where Paarl
When 2 November 2019
The lowdown Join us in celebrating barrel-fermented whites, fruity summer flavours, MCCs and dessert wines at this fun-filled family festival. Participating wineries include Alleé Bleue, Darling Cellars, Delheim, Durbanville Hills, Riebeek Cellars, Slanghoek Wine Cellar, Spier, Stellenbosch Vineyards, Villiera Wines and Vrede en Lust.
Cost R280 on the day (includes branded crystal glass, R60 coupon and free tastings)
R250 (online)
R100 (chenin tasting sessions with Chenin Blanc Association; excluding festival entrance)
Contact 021 869 8244, info@perdeberg.co.za
Location Perdeberg Cellars, Vryguns Farm, Paardeberg, Paarl
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Swartland Producers Street Party

Swartland Producers Street Party: Best November Events

Where Riebeek-Kasteel
When 2 November 2019
The lowdown Street food, wine, live performances and festive cheer in the Swartland.
Cost R450
Contact swartland.independent@gmail.com
Location Short Street, Swartland, Riebeek Kasteel
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The Cellars-Hohenort Garden Celebration: Open Gardens

Cellars-Hohenort Open Gardens: Best November Events

Where Constantia
When 2 & 3 November 2019
The lowdown Celebrate the season at Open Gardens, while you wander around Cellars-Hohenhort’s award-winning grounds that are beautifully cultivated by Leigh-Ann van Wyk and her team. Afterwards, sit down and enjoy tea and scones on the lawn (included in the ticket price).
Contact 021 794 2137, coordinator@cellars-hohenort.co.za
Cost R70
Location The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, Cape Town

Matthew Mole live at La Parada

Matthew Mole Live: Best November Events

Where Century City
When 9 November 2019
The lowdown A full day and night of electrifying live music, delicious food, and drinks aplenty at the Square in Century City. The humming outdoor venue will be set alight by music from the likes of Matthew Mole, DJ René the Frenchman and DJ Michael Sutton.
Cost R120
Contact 021 286 9046, centurycity@laparada.co.za
Location La Parada, 1 Energy Lane, Apex Building, Century City, Cape Town
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Paul René Bubbly Festival

Paul Rene Bubbly: Best November Events

Where Robertson
When 9 November 2019
The lowdown A celebration of fine bubbly and gin cocktails! Partake in a game of boules, badminton or croquet, then knock back a couple of Saldanha Bay oysters and other snacks on the lawn, while the kids are kept busy with various activities.
Cost R285 (adults, includes glass, welcome MCC drink and a goodie bag)
free (children)
Contact 083 380 3980, admin@paulrenemcc.co.za
Location Wonderfontein Farm, McGregor Road, Robertson
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Agulhas Triangle Wine Festival

Agulhas Triangle Wine Festival: Best November Events

Where Cape Agulhas
When 9 November 2019
The lowdown The wine estates of the southernmost region of Africa will be showcasing their varietals and allowing guests to enjoy the unique flavours of the region.
Cost R50 – R160
Contact 082 658 3883, info@agulhaswinetriangle.co.za
Location Black Oystercatcher Wine Farm, Elim, Cape Agulhas
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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)

Belmond Mount Nelson’s Classical Music Evenings

Belmond Mount Nelson Musical Evenings: Best November Events

Where Gardens, Cape Town
When 9, 16 & 23 November 2019
The lowdown The elegant Lord Nelson Restaurant at the Mount Nelson is the venue for these wonderful concerts, which take place in partnership with Boschendal Wine Estate. November highlights include iconic film scores and Italian opera.
Cost R720 (includes three-course dinner, paired with Boschendal’s finest wines, plus tea, coffee and gratuity)
Contact 021 483 1948, restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com
Location Lord Nelson Restaurant, Belmond Mount Nelson, 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Stellenberg Gardens Open Day

Stellenberg Gardens: Best 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
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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

Bubbly & Bublé at Benguela Cove

Bubbly at Benguela Cove: Best November Events

Where Hermanus
When 16 November 2019
The lowdown Soak up the soothing, swinging live jazz music, while sipping on MCC and enjoying tasty tidbits food at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. Dress code is classic white.
Cost R200
Contact 087 357 0637, info@benguelacove.co.za
Location Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43 Bot River Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus
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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

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

Jazz & Classical Encounters Music Festival

Jazz Classical Encounters Music Festival: Best November Events

Where Stellenbosch
When 23 November 2019
The lowdown The grand open-air amphitheatre at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch is the setting for this wonderfully soothing musical event, which runs from early afternoon to late evening, so you can enjoy live jazz and classical performances during the day, at sunset and beneath the starlit sky.
Cost R380
Contact 021 809 1100, 078 398 62 50, info@spier.co.za, aypeguillan@gmail.com
Location Spier Wine Farm, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
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Festival on the Docks

Festival On Docks: Best November Events

Where V&A Waterfront
When 23 November 2019
The lowdown This first-ever celebration of the local wine, beer and gin scene is one to diarise. Creation, Warwick, Boschendal and Red Rock Brewery are among the names to look out for.
Cost R250 (general entry)
Contact hello@elveeconsultancy.co
Location Life Grand Café, Quay 4, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Taalmonument Full Moon Picnics: November Edition

Taalmonument Picnics

Where Paarl
When 23 November 2019
The lowdown Located on a hill overlooking Paarl, with some of the most unique and beautiful views in the Western Cape, the Taalmonument was built in 1975 to celebrate the Afrikaans language. Its location makes it the perfect venue for these full-moon picnics.
Good to know You can bring your own picnic or pre-order one from the Volksmond Coffee Shop (R300 for two people; R400 with a basket).
Cost R40 (adults); R10 (SA students); R5 (children); Free (children 0 – 6 years)
Contact admin@taalmuseum.co.za, 021 863 0543,
Location Taalmonument, Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl Mountain, Paarl
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The Mirage Forever Summer Concerts: November Edition

Mirage Concert: Best November Events

Where The Mirage Yacht, V&A Waterfront
When 24 November 2019
The lowdown Celebrate summer with a six-hour cruise, complete with unlimited MCC and light snacks throughout. And, of course, performances by The Kiffness and Majozi.
Cost R1 200
Contact 071 428 1126, info@miragecatamaran.com
Location The Mirage Yacht, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Book Now

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
Book Now

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
Book Now
Researched by Bianca Hausle, Annabel Short, Hannah Littlewood.

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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: 04 November 2019

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    Astrid

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