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Arts and Music Events in Cape Town

Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, Cape Town, 02 January
This colourful street carnival is only found in Cape Town. Better known as Kaapse Klopse, minstrel bands in bright outfits parade the streets playing banjos, swinging umbrellas and showing off some crazy dance moves.

Up the Creek Music Festival, Swellendam, 02 - 05 February
The days at Up the Creek are spent floating on the Breede River – beer in hand – while bands play from the riverbank. After sunset the intensity picks up as South Africa’s favourite bands keep the crowd going way into the night.

Infecting the City, Cape Town, 13 – 20 February
During Infecting the City artists from around the globe invade the streets and public spaces of Cape Town CBD. The artists and performers will investigate the theme Human Rite with installations, performances and public interventions.

Cape Town Jazz Festival, Cape Town, 30 – 31 March
A mix of international and local musicians is a must for every jazz enthusiast. The festival has been running for 12 years and also offers musical workshops.

Hermanus Whale Festival, Hermanus, 30 September – 04 October
Hermanus has the best land based whale whatiching in the world. Every year the little town is joined by many visitors to greet the gentle giants, who arrive in spring to breed and calve. The festival includes many culinary delights as well as live music, comedy and craft markets.

Rocking the Daisies, Darling, 07 October – 09 October
Rocking the Daisies is one of the biggest music festivals in this country. The eco-friendly music and lifestyle event attracts South Africa’s most popular bands as well as some international acts and has a clear focus on minimizing the ecological impact of the festival.

Cape Town International Kite Festival, Cape Town, 22 October – 23 October
The Kite Festival close to Muizenberg is a great outdoor experience not only for the kids. The kite show are complimented by a craft market, food stalls and an entertainment programme to make this a fun day out for the entire family.

OBZ Festival, Cape Town, 09 – 11 December
The street festival in the bohemian suburb of Observatory is the biggest of its kind in Southern Africa. The arty crowds along with party goers officially welcomes Cape Town’s summer on the first weekend of December. Live music, craft markets, art installations and a film festival attracts people from all walks of life.

MCQP, Cape Town, 17 December
The biggest queer bash in Africa is a huge costume party to raise awareness for gay rights. Make yourself look fabulous enjoy one of the greatest parties in town!