It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the the hottest destinations in southern Africa for festivals of all varieties. Whether you’re a music lover, beer enthusiast or a carnival convert – or all three – the Mother City has got an unbeatable summer line-up of events planned.
Thinking about booking a trip over here but not sure when? Perhaps our top festival picks of the summer can help you make a decision – don’t forget to book directly with our HAPPYDAYS code for 20% off too…
CAPE TOWN FESTIVAL OF BEER
If you’re a beer lover, you’re in luck because the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere is in Cape Town and better yet, it starts next week. Just a 15 minute walk from our front door, The Cape Town Festival of Beer promises great entertainment including a variety of brewers, food stalls and live music.
While you don’t have to be a beer connoisseur, you can expect to to see over 60 breweries – both local and international – with limited edition beers on offer especially for the festival. It’s a fun way to start the summer in the Mother City and you don’t want to miss it.
WHEN: 30th Nov – 2nd Dec 2018
WHERE: Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point
WAVESCAPE SURF & OCEAN FESTIVAL
Between now and 9th December is a lineup of ‘ocean-conscious events’ happening across the city as part of the Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival. Bringing you 29 surfing and ocean films from around the world screened in 3 indoor locations, there really is something for everyone.
Don’t miss the beach cleanup at Queens beach in Seapoint on 1st December then cruise to Clifton early enough for an ice cold sundowner or two before the annual Wavescape outdoor screening!
WHEN: Now until 9th Dec 2019
WHERE: Across the city
UP THE CREEK FESTIVAL
Up the Creek is South Africa’s second longest-running music festival. It’s set on the banks of the Breede river, arguably in one of the most Instagram-worthy locations of the summer. Each year, around 3000 people head over to (just outside) Swellendam for a 4-day festival of music, sun and a whole lot of fun.
The lineup showcases some of the best South African music talent and comics while providing facilities for an unforgettable camping experience beside the water. It’s a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town but is definitely worth the road trip – just don’t forget to pack your inflatables to go floating down the river!
WHEN: 7 – 15th Feb 2019
WHERE: Felix Unite River Adventures camp, Swellendam
ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA
This world-renowned electronic dance music festival returns to Cape Town for the 6th year running with The Chainsmokers making their South African debut as one of the headline acts. As the largest electronic music festival in Africa, Ultra never fails to get heads spinning with their lineup which is packed full of the biggest DJs in the business. Secure your tickets, make sure your mates have too and get ready to go off!
WHEN: 1st Mar 2019
WHERE: The Ostrich Farm, Cape Town
CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL
Going to be visiting us in March? Don’t miss the infamous annual Cape Town Carnival while you’re over here. The festival is “a glamorous celebration of the transformative power of creativity and our African identity with its diverse array of communities and cultures”. Over 2000 glittering costumed performers will take to Cape Town’s Fan Walk in our neighbourhood of Green Point in a showcase of art, music and dance. Grab some friends, hit the streets and experience a truly unique day out.
WHEN: 16th Mar 2019
WHERE: Starts at Fan Walk in Green Point
KINKY SUMMER NYE GOES TO SEA
We Love Summer are famous for throwing some of the country’s best festivals and this year they’ve collaborated with Kinky Disco to host THE New Year’s Eve party to see off 2018 in style. With 6 outdoor dance floors hosting the very best international & local DJs, a man-made dam to cool off from the sun and a swimming pool, it’s safe to stay you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking to toast to the New Year, fear not as there are a heap of bars to keep you hydrated including a craft beer garden, gin mixology bar and champagne (and hookah) lounge. Camp under the stars and get 2019 off to a flier – we’re excited even thinking about it…
WHEN: 31st Dec 2018 – 1st Jan 2019
WHERE: LA PARIS – Franchehoek
THE 19TH ANNUAL CAPE TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
If you’re a lover of jazz, you can’t be in the Mother City in April and not experience the world-renowned Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
As the fourth-largest jazz festival in the world – and the biggest music event in sub-Saharan Africa – the lineup is guaranteed to serve up some of the best local and international jazz artists. Definitely a date to put in your calendar.
WHEN: 29th – 30th Mar 2019
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