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Capetonians are generally keen outdoors and sports enthusiasts and there are a number of annual sport, music and food & wine events that have become extremely popular and an important part of the Cape Town calender.
Cape Argus/Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour - arguably one of the biggest sporting events on the Cape Town calender the cycle tour has become increasingly popular over the years and now sees close to 30 000 cyclists taking part in the one of the most scenic cycle tours in the world. The event attracts both competitive and casual cyclists alike and includes various events for the whole family during the week leading up to the cycle. Takes place in March. More ...
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon - since humble beginnings in 1970, this marathon following a beautiful 56km scenic route around the Cape Peninsula now attracts over 12 000 entrants, including competitors from overseas. Spectators line the course to cheer participants along and the race ends at the University of Cape Town with a carnival for the whole family. Takes place in April.
Music & Entertainment Events
North Sea Jazz Festival - held in the city centre, this event offers a full weekend of Jazz showcasing artists from South Africa, Africa and abroad. Takes place in March.
Klein Karoo National Arts Festival - held in the ostrich farming town of Oudtshoorn in the Karoo this festival offers music, dance, poetry, theatre and cabaret and is aimed at the whole family. Accommodation needs to be booked well in advance. Takes place March/April.
Cape Town International Comedy Festival - an international comedy festival showcasing both local talent as well as well-known American and British comedians. Takes place early September.
Food & Wine Festivals
Cape Times V&A Waterfront Wine Affair - showcases over 75 Western Cape wine estates all under one roof. Includes food and wine pairings and many special dinner offers at Waterfront restaurants. Takes place 6-9 May.
Cape Gourmet Festival - two weeks of food and wine and more food and wine. The festival encompasses a host of events from the Good Food and Wine show to cookery demonstrations with top international and local chefs, restaurant promotions and the Table of Unity luncheon at the foot of Table Mountain. Takes place in May.
Fashion, Decor & Lifestyle
Design Indaba Expo - a variety of exclusive architects, decorators and designers showcase their cutting edge creations. Also on offer are fashion shows, films and other performances. Takes place 27 Feb - 1 March.
Cape Town Book Fair - a massive show encompassing many aspects of literature including discussions and readings by renowned authors. Special childrens programme. Takes place 13-16 June.
Cape Town Fashion Week - a proudly South African show sporting the latest designs from talented local designers. Takes place in early August.