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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 Point Stadium.

January 2: Tweede Nuwe Jaar (Second New Year), informal public holiday, throughout Cape Town.

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 Racecourse.

January to February: Maynardville Shakespeare Season, open air theatre, Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Wynberg.

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.

February: Aqua Opera, floating operatic spectacular, Feb, North Wharf and V&A Marina, V&A Waterfront.

Late February 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.

March: Cape Town Festival, arts, culture and heritage festival to promote unity within the city, at various venues.

March: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, 56 kilometres (35 miles) race, around the peninsula from the Celtic Harriers Athletic Club, Main Road, Newlands.

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 Convention Centre.

April 27: Freedom Day, commemoration of South Africa’s 1st democratic elections, throughout Cape Town.

May: Cape 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.

June: Red 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 Waterfront.

June / July: Children’s Festival, workshops, events and entertainment for children, at Market Square, V&A Waterfront.

July: International Documentary Film Festival, at various cinemas.

August: Hout Bay Snoek Derby, festival in celebration of Cape Town’s favourite fish, at Hout Bay harbour.

August: Woman In Focus, workshops and events of interest to women, V&A Waterfront.

August: Winter Food Fair, V&A Waterfront.

August: National Women’s Day, celebration of the role of women in the anti - apartheid struggle, throughout Cape Town.

September: Spring Flower Show, V&A Waterfront.

September / October: Smirnoff International Comedy Festival, at the Baxter Theatre Centre, Rondebosch.

October: Whiskey Festival, at Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront.

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 Waterfront.

Mid November: Sithengi, film and television market, at the Artscape Theatre Centre.

Mid November: Cape Town World Cinema Festival, Sithengi, international film festival at various venues.

November: Wiggle Waggle Walkathon, a 4 kilometre (2.5 miles) walk for dogs at Constantia.

November to March: Kirstenbosch Appletiser Summer Sunset Concerts, open - air concerts, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Mid December: Mother City Queer Project Festival, gay and lesbian events and themed costume party, at various venues.

December 16: 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 Waterfront Amphitheatre

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.