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January 2: Kaapse Klopse
(Cape Minstrels’ Carnival), New Year ‘karnaval’
with a parade through the city centre, from the city centre to Green
January 2: Tweede Nuwe
Jaar (Second New Year), informal public holiday, throughout Cape
January: Cape to Rio Yacht Race,
international yacht race, at the Royal Cape Yacht Club.
Mid January: Standard Bank Cape Town Jazzathon,
jazz festival, at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.
January / February:
J&B Met, Western Cape’s premier horse race, at Kenilworth
January to February: Maynardville
Shakespeare Season, open air theatre, Maynardville Open Air Theatre,
February: International Design
Indaba, workshops, lectures and the yearly Construction
New Media Awards, Cape Town International Convention Centre.
February: Old Mutual Marathon, at the
Old Mutual Sports Fields, Jan Smuts Drive, Pinelands.
Aqua Opera, floating operatic spectacular, Feb, North Wharf and
V&A Marina, V&A Waterfront.
to early March: Community Chest Carnival, international
food festival, fun fair and fête, at Maynardville Park, Wynberg.
Mid March: Cape
Argus / Pick ’n’ Pay Cycle Tour, 108 kilometres
(67 miles) race around the peninsula, attracting 35,000 cyclists,
around Cape Peninsula.
March / April:
Out in Africa South
African Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, the most successful
film festival in South Africa, at Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront.
Town Festival, arts, culture and heritage festival to promote
unity within the city, at various venues.
Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, 56 kilometres (35 miles) race, around
the peninsula from the Celtic Harriers Athletic Club, Main Road,
March 21: Human Rights Day,
commemoration of the martyrs of apartheid, throughout Cape Town.
Late March: North Sea Jazz Cape Town Festival,
Africa’s biggest jazz festival, at the Cape Town International
April 27: Freedom
Day, commemoration of South Africa’s 1st democratic elections,
throughout Cape Town.
Gourmet Festival, food and wine festival, various venues.
May: Cape Times and V&A
Waterfront Wine Festival, over 90 of the Cape’s top wine
estates, producers and wineries gather for exhibitions and tasting's,
at the V&A Waterfront.
Bull BWA (Big Wave Africa), surfing spectacular, Dungeons, The
Sentinel, Hout Bay.
June: Man In Focus,
workshops, touch rugby tournaments, music concerts and other events
of interest to men, V&A
June / July: Children’s
Festival, workshops, events and entertainment for children, at Market
Documentary Film Festival, at various cinemas.
Hout Bay Snoek Derby, festival in celebration of Cape Town’s
favourite fish, at Hout Bay harbour.
In Focus, workshops and events of interest to women, V&A
August: Winter Food Fair,
August: National Women’s Day, celebration
of the role of women in the anti - apartheid struggle, throughout
September: Spring Flower Show,
September / October: Smirnoff International
Comedy Festival, at the Baxter Theatre Centre, Rondebosch.
October: Whiskey Festival, at Jetty 2, V&A
Mid October: Cape Times
/ FNB Big Walk,
a walk for charity, a city tradition since 1903, in Cape Town and
surrounding areas, finishing at the Hartleyvale Stadium.
Early November: Three Peaks Challenge, hike
up Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s
Head, start at 5.00 am at Scott House, 108 Long Street.
November: International Dragon Boat Festival, V&A
Mid November: Sithengi,
film and television market, at the Artscape Theatre Centre.
Mid November: Cape Town World Cinema Festival,
international film festival at various venues.
Waggle Walkathon, a 4 kilometre (2.5 miles) walk for dogs at
November to March: Kirstenbosch
Appletiser Summer Sunset Concerts, open - air concerts, Kirstenbosch
Mid December: Mother
City Queer Project Festival, gay and lesbian events and themed
costume party, at various venues.
Day of Reconciliation, day of national unity across political
divides, all over Cape Town.
December 31: New
Year’s Eve Bash, open-air concert and party, at the V&A
December to February:
Obz Festival, street festival, at Lower Main Road, Observatory.
December to March: Spier
Arts Summer Season, jazz, opera, comedy, dance and classical
concerts at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch.