Category Archives: Events

Days Of The Dinosaurs

They have ruled the world for 100 million of years and now they are back! The Days of the Dinosaur is an interactive exhibition, filled with relevant and up-to-date scientific research including more than 45 size dinosaurs which move many parts of their bodies; some even move their eyes, tongues and fingers.

Different kinds of educational information will be available, including information on the geological eras – Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous eras.

A large interactive area for the young ones will keep them busy for hours. This includes dino rides, sand box excavation, photo opportunities and a 3D movie theatre.

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Sandton Conv Cntr, Exhibition 2, Johannesburg And Reef – Gauteng
20 Jun – 20 Jul – 14 9:00 AM (Open)
C T I C C, Hall 3, Cape Town – Western Cape
02 Aug -21 Aug 14 9:00 AM (Open)

 

Jeff Dunham On Stage Comedy

America`s number one comedian and his beloved cast of characters are back in a brand new jam-packed show with more laughs than ever before! Dunham returns with Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border Jose Jalape?o, and Peanut`s own ventriloquist dummy Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.

DATE:

Venue: The Coca-Cola Dome – Johannesburg And Reef, Gauteng
Date: Sat 10 May 2014 8:00 pm

30 Seconds To Mars - Concert

Thirty Seconds to Mars have gone on to scale the heights of rock and roll stardom and are known for their energetic live performances and their fusion of different genres.
Although they found modest success with their self-titled debut, it was their second album, “A Beautiful Lie,” which announced them as bonafide rock and roll superstars. Released in 2005, the platinum selling album broadened the band`s sound and garnered them frequent spots on MTV while also spawning two top 10 modern rock hits, “They Kill” and “Bury Me.” “They Kill” set a record for the most weeks on the US Modern Rock Chart and the album`s success opened the doors to numerous successful tours and spots at major rock festivals such as Roskilde, Pinkpop and Download.

DATES:
Grand Arena, Grand West, Cape Town – Western Cape
Fri 13 Jun 14 8:00 PM (Open)
The Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg And Reef – Gauteng
Mon 16 Jun 14 7:00 PM (Open)

Lion's Head Full Moon Hike

In case you didn’t know – Lion’s Head is a mountain in Cape Town. At 669 metres above sea level it’s just about high enough to see some cool views of Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years), the Atlantic Seaboard and a windy stretch of beach called Blouberg on the other side of the bay. During the 17th century the British tried to call Lion’s Head the Sugar Loaf Mountain. Yes, just like the one in Brazil. The Dutch, however, felt that the mountain’s shape resembled a crouching lion and eventually settled on Leeuwen Kop (Lion’s Head).

The hour-long climb to the top is a popular Capetonian tradition during full moon, but we decided to dangle ourselves off the side of a cliff for two hours instead. Armed with trusty walking boots, a camera and a backpack containing one solitary bottle of wine (you never know when you might need it) I set off for a hike amongst the Silver Trees with a group of ten friends at 16:00 – giving us ample time to reach the summit before sunset.

As we emerged from our initially strenuous climb through the undergrowth our path levelled out onto an open space lined with indigenous fynbos and aerial views of Sea Point. Our view of the city changed constantly. Directly above Signal Hill we reached a sign for Lion’s Head and with the famous peak in the background this provided an ideal photo opportunity. Our path began to climb towards the peak and became rockier. We passed a small cave where a small child had set up camp and refused to budge until I wickedly told him that the bear might be back soon.

Stormers

The Stormers, for sponsorship reasons referred to as DHL Stormers, is a South African professional Rugby union team based in Cape Town competing in the Super Rugby competition (formerly Super 14). Despite their lack of silverware over the years, their home stadium, Newlands, typically draws the highest average attendance figures of any ground in Super Rugby. The team’s captain for 2012 is centre Jean de Villiers.

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Ajax Cape Town

Cape Town is also home to the Premier League soccer team, the Ajax Cape Town. A rather new team to football, the Ajax was a combination of two of South Africa’s best football clubs and they have been nicknamed the Urban Warriors. Based out of Parow, Capetown, the Ajax Cape Town has provided local football fans with some very exciting wins and has even entered the playoffs a few times.

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J&B Met

When you want fast-paced, heart racing action, Cape Town offers up a wide array of events including some of the best horse racing in the world. The annual J&B Met takes place the last Saturday in January and is one of South Africa’s premier horse racing events. It is attended by everyone from horse racing fans, tourists and local celebrities. This annual event takes place at Cape Town’s Kenilworth Racecourse and draws well over 50,000 spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of the winning jockey and see the horses thunder across the finish line.

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Cape Argus Cycle Tour

The naturally rugged terrain and bustling urban areas make Cape Town a natural choice for annual sporting events. Whether you are visiting Cape Town for business or as a much needed vacation hot spot, be sure to take in some of the local sporting events as they offer a good combination of culture, entertainment and adventure; you might even be inclined to join in the fun.

Every year in early March, Cape Town hosts one of the largest bicycle races in the world and it has grown larger with every year that passes. All of a sudden, Cape Town is filled with racers and spectators, all gathered to join in the Cape Argus Pick and Pay Cycle Tour. Besides world class bicycle racing, you will also be able to view another side of Cape Town that you may not normally see as you watch the cyclists twist and turn their way through the winding terrain.

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2014 Public holidays

January

1 January 2014 - New Years Day

March

21 March 2014 – Human Rights Day

April

18 April 2014 - Good Friday
21 April 2014 - Family Day
27 April 2014 – Freedom Day
28 April 2014 – Public Holiday

May

1 May 2014 – Workers Day

June

16 June 2014 – Youth Day

August

9 August 2014 – National Womens Day

September

24 September 2014 - Heritage Day

December

16 December 2014 – Day of Reconciliation
25 December 2014 – Christmas Day
26 December 2014 – Day Of Goodwill

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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