Cape Town is filled with year-round attractions for locals and travellers alike, with every time of the year bringing its own appeal.
While you don’t need a reason to visit the Mother City, these incredible events are as good an excuse as any to book a flight to Cape Town, sooner rather than later.
Here’s a month-by-month overview of what’s going down in Cape Town for the rest of 2019.
For What’s Left of March
Cape Town Cycle Tour fever will be in full swing from the 4th of March, as international and local cyclists, many with families in tow, descend on the city. The world’s most beautiful cycle race sets off on 10 March, make sure you’ve secured your spot along the way to experience Cape Town ‘gees’ (spirit).
Another big event that will be swinging into town on the 29th and 30th March is the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Every year, thousands of jazz aficionados descend on the city to lap up the smooth sounds of top international artists as well as local newbies at the CTICC. Book your ticket now.
April Events in Cape Town
This month it’s the turn of the runners to pound the city streets in search of personal glory. The Two Oceans Marathon is an exciting annual event which attracts competitors from all over the world. Join in the side-line fun during this festive time or book your place at the starting tape this April 20.
Other top attractions in the Mother City this month include:
- South African Cheese Festival at Stellenbosch on 26-28 April
- Afrikaburn at Calvinia from 29 April to 5 May
Don’t forget the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts and Concerts in the Park at De Waal Park to make the most of summer’s last balmy days.
Make the Most of a May Day
Decorex is in town this month from 1-5 May, so join the other interior design trendsetters at the CTICC for all the latest on home-décor and products. You’re bound to come away with some useful tips and information.
Bookworms will want to diarise the Franschhoek Literary Festival, which sees this beautiful winelands town come alive with over 90 events from 17-19 May. All the best poets, authors and editors will be in town for this prestigious occasion.
It’s All About Art in June
Thoughts are turning to indoor attractions as winter moves in on the Mother City this month. Head to Hermanus for the FynArts Festival on 17-19 June and then hang around for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown on the 27th.
Jiving in July
Laugh away the winter blues at the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival from 1 to 28 July at the Baxter Theatre. With a whole month of giggles on the go, there’s no excuse to miss out on a slice of the comedic pie this year.
On a more serious note, you can tune in to the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival from 5 to 14 July. There are 29 acts booked for this premier occasion, which promises to wow the crowds with classical sounds once again.
August Attractions in Cape Town
It’s all about innovation at the Open Design Festival, which showcases the most exciting and ground-breaking designs for the year from 29 August to 1 September at venues all over the city.
Take it easy at the Robertson Slow from 9-11 August 2019 where you’ll get to experience a taste of laid-back country living, hearty cuisine and fine red wine.
Spring is in the Air this September in Cape Town
Spring brings the whales to their offshore playground along the Western Cape. Celebrate their long-awaited arrival at the Hermanus Food Festival from 27 to 29 September. There will be food, wine and fun for all ages during this 2-day festival honouring the town’s esteemed visitors.
You’re guaranteed to have a whale of a time!
Along another wine route a few miles away, you can join in the spring fever at Franschhoek Uncorked on 14 and 15 September. Book your ticket and pop in to participating wineries to see what family-friendly fun is on offer.
Start the Party in October
It’s all about the wine around Cape Town this October, you can sip your way through the month at the following festivals:
- Hermanus Food and Wine Festival – Date TBA
- Wine on the River in Robertson – Date TBA
Be sure to book a flight to Cape town and car hire for a designated driver if you want to make the most of these festive occasions.
A November to Remember in Cape Town
November heralds the start of a slew of summer monthly and weekly events in and around Cape Town.
The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset concerts are back on Sundays and Stellenbosch streets come to life with monthly pop-up food and wine street soirees.
With the holiday season at its peak you’ll find fabulous fun around every corner in the Mother City as a matter of course during December.
The most fabulous of all has got to be the MCQP which has gained a cult-following as one of the country’s biggest dress up parties. You have to see it to believe it.
Start planning your trip, or trips, to the Mother City now and book your tickets to these exclusive events. You know where to get the cheapest flight to Cape Town, now you just need to decide when to go.