Cape Town festivals and events to welcome summer!

2016-11-06 10:20 - Carina Greeff
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Cape Town - We are SO ready to welcome the festive season and all the good things that come with it... What good things you ask? Why music concerts, sunset picnics, new year's eve parties, open-air movies, Christmas lights, carols and countless family-friendly activities, of course!

When Cape Town's crowds grow even bigger over December, events, festivals and activities line up to entertain one and all. Lazy beach walks and picnics for grandma, adventurous expos and activities for the kids and countless crowd pleasing music acts and parties are set to groove the holiday away.

While the beach beckons throughout the sunny days, weekends are filled to the brim. Don't wait till the last minute to scramble for tickets. Check out our summer events list and fill up that festive calendar!

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Here are our suggestions for a Cape Town vacation of festive proportions!      


Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Settle down to a picnic with your favourite local artists, surrounded by the slopes of Table Mountain.

When: 20 November 2016 - 2 April 2017

Where: Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens

ALSO SEE: Kirstenbosch announces Summer Sunset Concerts schedule

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Table Mountain Summer Sunset Tickets

Zip up and down Table Mountain with half price tickets to celebrate each sunset.

When:  4 January - 28 February 2017

Where: Table Mountain Cable Station

ALSO SEE: Table Mountain Cableway opens half-price Sunset Special for summer

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Africa’s first social virtual reality multiplayer arcade can be found at the Watershed, Waterfront. Head there this December for epic irtual reality games and experiences.

When:  Permanent

Where: Watershed, V&A Waterfront

Concerts in the Park 

Free community concerts for all!

When: Ends 19 March 2017

Where: At two parks in Cape Town, namely De Waal Park in Gardens and Wynberg Park in the southern suburbs. 

Galileo Open Air Cinema

Watch all you favourite classics and festive season hits under the stars and a blanky!

When: Ends April 2017

Where: Various locations throughout the Western Cape - click here to view full program.

ALSO SEE: WATCH: Galileo Open Air cinema announces summer schedule


Dinos Alive

The kids will love to explore the creatures of old at Dino's Alive. See them 'move, blink and roar'!

When: 9 Dec - 8 Jan

Where: Cape Gate Shopping Centre

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#FestiveFriday at La Petite Ferme

Artisan cocktails & live music served up with majestic Franschhoek views.

When: 9 December 2016 - 13 Jan 2017

Where: La Petite Ferme Estate, Franshhoek

Hisense in Camps Bay

Camps Bay beach-goers will get to enjoy live professional volleyball and touch rugby matches on the beach.

When: 22 - 24 December 2016

Where: Camps Bay Beach


The old time popular musical, Annie is playing at the Artscape this holiday season. Go on an adventure with the redhead girl we grew up to love.

When: 28 Oct 2016 - 8 Jan 2017

Where: Artscape

Pump Track

The V&A welcomes the young and adventurous to try out a bicycle without peddles on the Pump Track.

When: Until 10 Jan 2017

Where: V&A Waterfront


Kirstenbosch NYE Party with Slow Jack and Johnny Clegg

Welcome the new year from the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom! Johnny Clegg brings his proudly South African beats to Kirtsenbosch.

When: 31 December 2016

Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kinky Disco NYE Party

The name says it all! If you're celebrating 2017 in the Cape Winelands, head over to La Paris in Franschhoek

When: 31 December 2016

Where: La Paris, Franschhoek

NYE at the V&A Waterfront

Wander around the beautiful V&A, take in the sparkling festive lights and become a part of the 2017 vibe!

31 December 2016

Where: V&A Waterfront

Rezonance Festival

Venturing into the New Year is all about the journey and this year we will be creating our own village in the mountains, away from the city and the noise of everyday life, for 4 blissful days.

When: 30 December 2016 - 2 January 2017

Where: Pat Busch Mountain Reserve Robertson

Soul Rhythm Blues Band

MC, Zacharia Sibiya and poet Sydney Nkosi joins Soul Rhythm Blues Band for the Live spectacular Love struggle album concert at the CTICC

When: 31 December 2016

Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre

FACT Cape Town Rocks 

SABC1 and the Durban favourite FACT brand is bringing the first Fact Cape Town Rocks to the Ostrich Farm for New Year's Eve.

When: 31 December 2016

Where: Cape Town Ostrich Farm

Nederburg NYE spectacular

Head to Paarl for the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra's  NYE spectacular -  a beautiful musical celebration under the stars.

31 December 2016

Where: Nederburg Wine Farm, Paarl

NYE at Kelvin Grove

Find your new year cheer on Cape Town's biggest dance floor, after a five course meal. If you fancy a black-tie kind of NYE, this one is for you!

31 December 2016

Where: Kelvin Grove Sports Club, Newlands


Cape Minstrels' 2nd New Year Street Parade

Follow our beloved Kaapse Klopse through Adderley Street and beyond as they welcome the new year.

2 January 2017 (Subject to change)

Where: Streets of Cape Town

L'Ormarins Queen's Plate

2017 will see the first two-day rendition of Queen's Plate. Get your blues and whites on and don't miss the party!

6 - 7 January 2017

Where: Kenilworth Race Course, Cape Town

ALSO SEE: SA's biggest horse racing event returns in 2017... TWICE!

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Monark Live

Catch the trendy four-piece band live and see what the fuss is about. These guys might just be changing the SA po scene song by song. 

When: 6 January 2017

Where: V&A Waterfront

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Spier Outdoor picnic and movie

Grab your hubby and settle down under the stars for another Spier movie night. This time its 'Out of Africa'.
7 January 2017

Where: Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

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