The Best Festivals in Cape Town

The Best Festivals in Cape Town

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The Cape is awash with fabulous events to celebrate this season. Here’s our roundup of the best festivals in the Mother City for 2020.

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March 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
1 – 8 March 2020 Cape Town Comedy Festival Foreshore, Cape Town
5 – 8 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 Durbanville
CANCELLED Cape Town Carnival Green Point
POSTPONED Klein Karoo National Arts Festival Oudtshoorn
POSTPONED Retreat Yourself Elandskloof Farm
POSTPONED Cape Town International Jazz Festival Cape Town

April 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
CANCELLED South African Cheese Festival Stellenbosch
CANCELLED Afrikaburn Tankwa Karoo
POSTPONED Decorex Cape Town Cape Town

May 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
POSTPONED Elgin Cool Wine & Country Food Festival Elgin
POSTPONED Riebeek Valley Olive Festival Riebeek Valley
CANCELLED Franschhoek Literary Festival Franschhoek
POSTPONED Cabernet Franc Carnival Somerset West

June 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
5 – 7 June 2020 Wolfkop Weekender: Cooked Sister Matjiesfontein
CANCELLED Hermanus FynArts Festival Hermanus
12 – 16 June 2020 Silver Mountain Music Festival Heidelberg
25 June – 5 July 2020 National Arts Festival Makhanda
26 June – 5 July 2020 Knysna Oyster Festival Knysna

July 2020 Festivals

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 Festivals

Date Festival Location
6 – 9 August 2020 Klein Karoo Klassique Oudtshoorn
7 – 10 August 2020 Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival Robertson
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 Mcgregor Poetry Festival McGregor
Unconfirmed Capegate Craft Beer Festival Capegate

September 2020 Festivals

Date Event Location
2 – 6 September 2020 Open Book Festival Cape Town
4 – 6 September 2020 Darling Voorkamerfest Darling
24 – 27 September 2020 Hermanus Whale Festival Hermanus
26 September 2020 Pinotage on Tap Diemersfontein Wine Estate
27 September 2020 Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic Citrusdal
Unconfirmed Namaqualand Flower Festival Vanrhynsdorp
Unconfirmed With You: Love in the City Castle of Good Hope
Unconfirmed Franschhoek Uncorked Franschhoek
Unconfirmed Darling Wildflower Show Darling
Unconfirmed Hermanus Flower Festival Hermanus
Unconfirmed Into the Wild: Moon Child Malmesbury
Unconfirmed Hermanus Wine & Food Festival Hermanus

October 2020 Festivals

Date Event Location
2 – 5 October 2020 Smalltown Beat Stanford
2 – 4 October 2020 Rocking the Daisies Cloof Wine Estate
9 – 11 October 2020 Wine on the River Robertson
Unconfirmed Oktoberfest Melkbosstrand
Unconfirmed The Bubbly Festival: Champagne and Bubbly Cape Town
Unconfirmed Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed Franschhoek Art Festival Franschhoek
Unconfirmed Cape Town International Kite Festival Muizenberg

November 2020 Festivals

Date Event Location
Unconfirmed International Tequila Festival Green Point
Unconfirmed Endless Daze West Coast
Unconfirmed Pinotage on Tap: November Edition Clarens
Unconfirmed Paul René Bubbly Festival Robertson
Unconfirmed Wavescape Cape Town
Unconfirmed Kirstenbosch Concerts Kirstenbosch
Unconfirmed Jazz & Classical Encounters Music Festival Stellenbosch
Unconfirmed Festival on the Docks V&A Waterfront
Unconfirmed Cape Town Festival of Beer Green Point
Unconfirmed Cap Classique and Champagne Festival Franschhoek

December 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
Unconfirmed Somerset Fresh Fine Wine and Food Festival Somerset West
Unconfirmed Black Coffee Summer Residency V&A Waterfront
Unconfirmed International DJs Perform at The Grand Granger Bay, Cape Town
Unconfirmed Darling Summer Beer Festival Darling
Unconfirmed Bubbly & Gin Summer Festival Melkbosstrand
Unconfirmed Goldfish Submerged at Shimmy Beach Club V&A Waterfront
31 December 2020 Kinky Summer NYE Festival Franschhoek
31 December 2020 Pacha NYE at The Grand Granger Bay, Cape Town

January 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
16 – 20 January 2020 Wolfkop Weekender’s Lilo River Flow Citrusdal
24 – 25 January 2020 Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration Caledon
25 January 2020 Harvest Festival at Delheim Stellenbosch

February 2020 Festivals

Date Festival Location
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
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

March 2020

Cape Town Comedy Festival

Cape Town Comedy Festival: March Events

Where Foreshore, Cape Town
When 1 – 8 March 2020
The lowdown Since its wildly successful launch in 1996, Cape Town Comedy Festival has hosted hundreds of local and international comedians, including Trevor Noah, Jimmy Carr, Russell Peters and Jim Jeffries. And this year’s week-long festival is no different, with guaranteed laughter provided by UN Comedy Show; Funny Talks (featuring Loyiso Gola), as well as one-show editions of Bafunny Bafunny and Book Club.
Cost R30 – R285 (depending on which show)
Contact 011 234 3650, info@capetowncomedyfestival.com
Location Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
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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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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 Cancelled
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

Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

Best March Events: Klein Karoo Arts Festival
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Where Oudtshoorn
When Postponed
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

Retreat Yourself

Best March Events: Retreat Yourself

Where Elandskloof Farm, Greyton
When Postponed
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

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town Jazz Festival: Best March Events

Where Cape Town
When Postponed
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

April 2020

South African Cheese Festival

South African Cheese Festival April Events

Where Stellenbosch
When Cancelled
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

Afrikaburn

Afrikaburn April Events
Jan Verboom

Where Tankwa Karoo
When Cancelled
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

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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Compiled by Bianca Hausle

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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: 06 January 2020

49 Responses to “The Best Festivals in Cape Town”

  1. Avatar

    Sheryn Dikgale

    Hi
    I have a company that deals with providing brands, companies and business owners with event Staff.
    From trained premium waitresses, barmen, promoters, ushers, registration staff and etc
    How can I communicate with the people who post their events here ?

    Reply
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    Chantal Booyse

    Hello, I want to know how you get a band to play/feature at the festivals advertised in this guide.

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    margaret

    hello I have a Food Truck how and who do I contact MENU Various eatables please let me know THANK YOU

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    kagiso

    Hello, how does one sign up for a stall…

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    Julietta welcome

    Please inform me what is the cost of the festival and the theme. who can i book through

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    Asad

    We Love Summer’s 7th Birthday Feat. Josh Butler & Friends | Festival | 2019

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    Crystal

    Hi there
    please can someone help me? How to register for the festivals. I would like to sell food braai, spit braai, burgers curries brenani <ets. please be so kind as to assist. Where must I go and how to contact.

    Reply
    • The Inside Guide

      The Inside Guide

      Hi Crystal

      You’ll need to contact each festival directly.

      Good Luck.

      Reply
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    Tahir Ansari

    cotton Hand woven product sale

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    Tahir Ali

    Hi good afternoon sir/madam I am interested for cotton hand woven bedspread,couch throws different colors sale in fastival 25to27oct2019
    Thanks

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    Herschel

    Hi.
    Who does one contact about being a vendor at the bubbly and gin in melkbos in December.

    Regards
    herschel Hoffmann

    Reply
    • The Inside Guide

      The Inside Guide

      Hi Herschel
      Your best bet would be to contact the organisers of that specific festival. Good luck.

      Reply
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    Alvida Williams

    Please I urgently need the dates for the lamberts bay crayfish festival for 2020

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    Aaron

    How do I apply for a foodstall of springrolls and jalapeno poppers?

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    Nicky Heenop

    Is there any Octoberfest ‘s in Cape Town this year?

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    frederick strydom

    wish to get live music schedule for 16-20 December 2019

    Reply
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    B. Verwey Bertus

    Would like to have a pizzastall @ your beerfestival

    Reply
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    Alvida Williams

    Would like to know the dates for crayfish festival in lamberts bay for 2020

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      Alvida Williams

      This is my 2nd request…is there anyone that can kindly reapond to my requests..thank you kindly

      Reply
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    Amiena Toefy

    İm interested to do halaal on show if you got anything available

    Reply
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    Raymond Misplon

    Thank you,now I can keep track of all the Capes festivals

    Reply
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    Washiela

    Hi There

    Would like to know where I can book tickets for the Jazz on the Rocks 2020 festival coming up

    Thanks

    Reply
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    Linda Fortnum

    We are in the Western Cape for all of September. Are there any festivals/craft events happening.

    Reply
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    Klaus Piprek

    Intimate Art Encounters, Riebeek Valley, 8-11 August 2019.

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    Alvida Williams

    Would like to know the dates for the 2019 Lamberts Bay crayfish festival is taking place as well as the snoek en patat festival

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    Donald

    Can i please have a list of upcoming festivals in July 2019

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Donald

      These are the best festivals happening in July 2019:

      5 – 14 July 2019 Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival
      1 – 28 July 2019 The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival
      13 – 14 July 2019 Franschhoek Bastille Festival
      19 – 20 July 2019 Soetes & Soup Festival

      If you sign up to our newsletter, we’ll be able to keep you up to date with the details of each festival.

      Reply
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    meg halse

    When are you going to publish details of the wines and the estates that will be at the Festival? Here it is the middle of April already and no information on anything except the date available on your website!!!

    Reply
    • Nikki Benatar

      Nikki Benatar

      Hi Meg

      Thanks for your message. Which festival are you referring to?

      Reply
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    Chris

    Hi there

    How do we apply for a stall for Coffee or Freshly Squeezed juices?

    Regards
    Chris

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Chris

      Thanks for your message. You’ll need to contact each festival separately. Most of them have applications for stall holders. I’d suggest contacting the festivals that you think best fit your brand.

      Good luck!

      Reply
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    Miss Africa

    Is there any arts and craft festival?

    Or do these mentioned above festivals offer arts and crafts

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    Philippine Wallart

    Hi !
    There is also the reforest Fest in March 🙂
    As well as the Bazique festival

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    JC Ngoyi

    Hi, I would like to me in touch of every commercial festivals.

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    Sanjeev

    Jazz in the Rocks, I have tried calling the number posted with no luck. Is this event really happening as I can’t find any information or tickets for sale?

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Sanjeev, thanks for your comment. The festival is taking place from 28 February 2019 – 4 March 2019. We suggest making contact through their Facebook page as the number listed there is the same one we have above. Good luck and enjoy the festival!

      Reply
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    Mluleki

    I would like to know the contact details of people who are organising the events.

    Reply
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    Jbottice

    I’m looking a space or a store to do henna tattoos and some hand made,I’m looking forward to read from you managent .

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi there, thanks for your message. You’re through to The Inside Guide. You’ll need to contact the festivals/events directly to organise a stall. Good luck!

      Reply
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    Pieter Louw

    Would love to offer our services and Craft beer product to the community.. Want to know who we can speak to in regards to engaging and adding value with our product Diesel&Dust Craft Beer

    Reply
    • The Inside Guide

      The Inside Guide

      Hi Pieter
      Your best bet would be contacting each festival’s organisers individually. Good luck.

      Reply
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    Leigh-Ann Bredenkamp

    Hi I would love to know how do I go about apply as a food vendor please for the up and coming events please Many thanks

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      The Inside Guide

      Hi Leigh-Ann, you’ll need to contact the events for that. I’d suggest going through our list of Best Festivals and deciding which ones might best work with your offering and contacting those ones about how to cater the event.Good luck.

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    Desmond

    Is there any Festivals happening Easter weekend 2019 on The coastal route’s….Mosselbay, Lambert’s bay,West Coast’s,Garden route

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    Desmond

    Date for Sea food festival in Lambert’s bay …or Cray fish festival

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    sheilagh

    How many food trucks are allowed ? What is the price for a stand and how does one ap[y ?

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    Eastern cuisine festival at Castle of good hope 14 and 15 December 2018

    WhatsApp us

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