January

The Cape Minstrel Carnival

Also known as "The kaapse klopse" takes places every year on the 2nd of January. This is a cultural showcase from vibrant, colourful, musical troops marching through the main roads of the cbd in a bright, festive manner which dates back to the 1940s when slaves were given a holiday from their 'masters' to feast, visit neighbours and celebrate in costumes. Many roads are closed off during this time so navigating through the city by foot on this traffic intensive day is recommended.
 

L'Ormarins Queen's Plate

A fusion of fashion, glamour and all things equestrian as the country's elite gather at this sophisticated horse racing day event which has been running for over 150 years. Ladies and Gents are required to adhere to the dress code of blue and white. Usually held on the 2nd Saturday of the year from 11am to 11pm.

 

J & B Met

A larger scale version of the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate which takes place at the Kenilworth race track. Every year a different theme is chosen for the dress code and guests are able to enjoy the various hospitality tents for which tickets must be purchased before the main event. Takes place on the last Saturday in January.
 The SuidoosterfesThis festival aims to promote dance, music, theatre, film and fine art in Cape Town.

February

Design Indaba expo

An Annual expo where interior decorators, architects, designers and and various creatives showcase their creations.

March

Cape Argus/Pick and Pay Cycle TourEvery year over 40 000 cyclists partake in this 110 km race which takes place along one of the most scenic routes in the world which starts in the city centre, goes along the southern peninsula and atlantic seaboard before ending in Green Point.

April

Cape Town international Jazz FestivalThis Jazz Festival which runs over two days was established in 2000 and has grown in attendance figures from 14 000 to 34 000 over the years with over 40 local and international Jazz heavy weights.
Pink Loerie Mardi GrasA Gay and Lesbian festival which takes place the last week in April in Knysna, four hours drive along the garden route from Cape Town.

May

Taste of Cape TownCelebrating its 8th anniversary in 2013. Here Cape Town's culinary masters, award winning wine estates and restauranteurs come together to showcase their wares at the Jan van Riebeek Sportsfield. 

June

The Cape Town Book FairA literary featuring over 200 activities such as author interviews, book signings, poetry readings and book launches.

The Wacky Wine Weekend Takes place roughly two hours drive outside of Cape Town in Robertson Valley. It features 48 wineries, live entertainment, fishing and food markets. A fun day out for the whole family.   

July

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster FestivalIncludes activities such as cycling, running, wine pairings, whisky tastings and more.

August

Rocking the DaisiesS.A's favourite lifestyle and rock music weekend which takes place in Darling. The message of the event is 'Party Hard, Tread Lightly.' 

September

Hermanus Whale festivalWhale watching in Hermanus, about 1 and a half hours drive from Cape Town combined with arts and crafts. 
Cape Town International Boat Show

October

Cape Town International Kite festival.

November

FNB Whisky live festival. Over 180 whisky brands showcased at the Cape Town convention centre.

December

Adderly Street Night Market

Takes place in on Adderly street in the Cape Town CBD. Combined with the switching on of the christmas lights and over 200 night stalls. Something for everyone. Starts the 15th of December til the 28th. 

The Obz Arts Festival 

The Mother City Queer Project

The biggest dress up event in the Gay and Lesbian Social calendar.