2014 Events listing

Cape Town is a virtual mecca for annual events designed to delight and intrigue tourists from all over the world. No matter what time of year you visit Cape Town, its rich heritage will always show through and be cause for celebration. From the Cape Argus Pick and Pay Cycle Tour to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, there is something that is sure to pique the interest of everyone.

With Cape Town being such a diverse place, it’s no wonder there are many different types of festivals and annual events. Even the most seasoned world travelers look to Cape Town to fill their need for adventure and entertainment.

Every year since 1978, Cape Town has hosted the Cape Argus Pick and Pay Cycle Tour; a bicycle race that has become the largest individually timed bicycle race in the world and draws more than 35,000 cyclists and over 100,000 tourists every March to the region. Whether you are an avid bicycle enthusiast or not, the annual event is good fun for everyone.

For the music lover/foodie, Cape Town hosts its own Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Celebrating its 15th year in 2014, the festival draws around 30,000 people who come to watch the more than 40 performers and musicians showcase their talents. The festival also features music workshops, jazz master classes and “Gigs for Kids”, which is an opportunity for children to become closer to the music and perhaps even begin playing some instruments.

Finally, for all of you carnival lovers, Cape Town is home to one of the world’s largest and oldest carnival celebrations, the Cape Minstrel Carnival. Held every year since the late 1800’s, this carnival, known locally as Kaapse Klopse, originated when Malay slaves would celebrate their annual day off and they would throw parties and celebrate in the streets. It has been described as South Africa’s Mardi Gras and is very reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnivale. However you describe it, seeing the people parading through the streets, hearing the music and smelling the local food vendor’s wares it something that has to be experienced to be believed.

Cape Town has something for everyone and, from mild to wild, you are sure to find something going on no matter what time of year it is. Cape Town’s culture and heritage lend themselves to the amazing annual events that have been bringing tourists here for many years and keeping them coming back.

January

Cape Minstrels Carnival

Date: 2 January 2014
Where: District 6 and City Center

Summer festival

Date: 2 – 3 January 2014
Where: Cape Town Stadium

Cape to Rio

Date: 4 January 2014
Where: V&A Waterfront

Running of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Date: 11 January 2014
Where: Kenilworth Racecourse
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February

J&B Met

Date: 1 February 2014
Where: Where: Kenilworth Racecourse

Darling Music Festival

Date: 7 – 16 February 2014
Where: Darling (up the West Coast)

Peninsula Marathon

Date: 16 February 2014
Where: Green point stadium

Eminem Rapture Tour

Date: 26 February 2014
Where: Cape Town stadium (booking on computicket)

Design Indaba

Date: 26 – 28 February 2014
Where: Cape Town International Convention Center

Cape Town Art Fair

When: 27 February – 2 March
Where: The Pavilion
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March

Cape Town Pride festival

When: 1 – 2 March
Where: Cape Town City Bowl
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Feast of the Grape

When: 1 – 2 March
Where: Durbanville
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Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour

When: 9 March
Where: Cape Peninsula
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Infecting the City

When: 11 – 15 March
Where: Cape Town city center
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Cape Town Carnival

Date: 15 March
Where: Cape Town
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ABSA Cape Epic

Date: 23 – 30 March
Where: Cape surrounds
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Cape Town Jazz Festival

Date: 28 – 29 March
Where: Cape Town Convention Center
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April

Lourensford Vital Trail run

Date: 5 April 2014
Where: Lourensford Estate, Somerset West
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Taste of Cape Town

Date: 11 – 14 April 2014
Where: Green Point

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon & Trail run

Date: 18 – 19 April 2014
Where: Cape Town
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Decorex Design Expo

Date: 25 – 28 April 2014
Where: Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC)
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May

FAB Bridal Expo

Date: 10 – 11 May 2014
Where: Grand West Casino
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The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

Date: 26 May – 22 June 2014
Where: Baxter theatre, Rondebosch
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Good food and wine show

Date: 29 May – 1 June 2014
Where: Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC)
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Gugulethu Wine festival

Date: 30 – 31 May 2014
Where: Gugulethu shopping center
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June

KykNet Wacky Wine Weekend

Date: 5 – 8 June
Where: Robertson Wine Valley
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Cook Franschhoek

Date: 13 – 15 June 2014
Where: Franschhoek Wine Valley
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Christmas in Winter

Date: 28 – 29 June 2014
Where: Tulbagh
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July

Knysna Oyster Festival

Date: 1 – 13 July 2014
Where: Knysna
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Franschhoek Bastille Festival

Date: 12 – 13 July 2014
Where: Franschhoek Wine Valley
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August

Robertson Slow

Date: 8 – 10 August 2014
Where: Robertson Wine Valley
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Open Design Festival

Date: 10 – 30 August 2014
Where: City Hall
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September

Tru-Cape Windgat Festival

When: 6 – 7 September 2014
Where: Pringle Bay
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Creative Week Cape Town

Date: 15 – 21 September 2014
Where: City Center
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Open Book Festival

Date: 17 – 21 September 2014
Where: Fugard theatre & The Book Lounge
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October

Rocking the daisies

Date: 2 – 5 October 2014
Where: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling
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Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival

Date: 3 – 6 October 2014
Where: Hermanus
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Cape Town Boat Show

Date: 10 – 12 October 2014
Where: CTICC & V&A Waterfront
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Cape Outdoor Adventure and Travel Expo

Date: 24 – 26 October 2014
Where: Sandringham Farm, Stellenbosch
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November

Three peaks challenge

Date: 1 November 2014
Where: Cape Town city – up the mountain
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International Kite Festival

Date: 1 – 2 November 2014
Where: Muizenberg
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Discover Cape Times Big Walk

Date: 9 November 2014
Where: All over Cape Town
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Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival

Date: 29 – 30 November 2014
Where: Franschhoek monument
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December

Kirstenbosch Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts

Date: December 2014 – April 2015
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens
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MCQP

Date: 20 December 2014
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New years eve concert and fireworks display

Date: 31 December 2014 / 1 January 2015
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