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Signature Cape Town events<h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​​Culture and creativity</h2><p> <strong>Cape Town International Jazz Festival</strong><br>Africa’s biggest jazz event with a blend of national and international artists entertains around 35 000 people over two nights on five stages.<br><span aria-hidden="true"><strong>When</strong>: March <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town International Jazz Festival<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </span></p><p> <strong>Suidoosterfees</strong><br>The event offers a variety of performances, musical shows, historical tours and art exhibitions that take place at three main venues: <a href="">Cape Town City Hall</a> and the <a href="" target="_blank">Artscape Theatre<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.<br><strong>When</strong>: April/May <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Suidoosterfees<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Tweede Nuwejaar (Minstrels, Malay Choirs and Christmas Bands)</strong><br>Communities take part in colourful celebrations, representing Cape Town’s rich cultural diversity and entertaining the crowds on the streets of the Mother City, with the Grand Parade and City Hall as a backdrop. <br><strong>When</strong>: January</p><p> <strong>Cape Town Carnival</strong><br>The city’s streets explode with colour, floats and dancers when the Cape Town Carnival takes place. It is a colourful expression of the Mother City’s diverse communities. <br><strong>When</strong>: March <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town Carnival<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Encounters South African International Documentary Festival </strong> <br>The premier documentary festival in Africa and one of the oldest film festivals on the continent, Encounters remains one of only a few documentary festivals on the continent that is solely dedicated to the genre.<br><strong>When</strong>: June <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Encounters South African International Documentary Festival <i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Jive Cape Town Funny Festival</strong><br>If you’re looking for belly laughs that will have your stomach hurting, then Cape Town’s premier funny festival is for you.<br><strong>When</strong>: June and July <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Eddy Cassar Public Relations and Promotions<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><h2 class="sectHeading"> ​​​​​​​​​​Sport​​​​​​</h2><p> <strong>ABSA Cape Epic</strong><br>Known as the “Tour de France” of mountain biking, the eight-day event includes approximately 698 km of biking and takes riders along Cape Town and the Western Cape’s breathtaking mountain passes.<br><strong>When</strong>: March<br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">ABSA Cape Epic<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Cape Town Cycle Tour</strong><br>In the world’s largest timed cycle race, around 30 000 riders set out on a route of close to 109 km winding around the Cape Peninsula.<br><strong>When</strong>: March<br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town Cycle Tour<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town</strong><br>The Cape Town leg of the eight-city tour takes place at the V&A Waterfront, against the backdrop of Table Mountain.  <br> <strong>When</strong>: February <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Triathlon South Africa<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>RAM Cape Town Open</strong><br>Big-time professional golf takes place annually at one of the Mother City’s lushest golf courses.<br><strong>When</strong>: March <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Sunshine Tour<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Two Oceans Marathon</strong><br>The world’s most beautiful marathon takes runners on a scenic route for the 56 km ultra-marathon, the popular 21 km half marathon and the 5 km or 2.5 km fun runs.<br><strong>When:</strong> April <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Two Oceans Marathon<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>South African Women’s Masters</strong><br>The South African Women’s Masters is an International Ladies European Tour and Women’s Professional Golf Association professional women’s golf tournament.<br><strong>When</strong>: February</p><p> <strong>Sanlam Cape Town Marathon</strong><br>Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon, sees some 20 000 athletes from 67 countries take on the three distances.<br><strong>When</strong>: September <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Sanlam Cape Town Marathon<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>FIA World Rallycross</strong><br>The Cape Town leg of the FIA Rallycross championship offers two days of adrenaline-pumping action on the Killarney Motor Racing Complex tracks and screaming fans in the stands.<br><strong>When</strong>: November <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Fia World RallyCross Championship<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>HSBC Cape Town Sevens</strong><br>The best live sports experience in South Africa offers two days of thrilling rugby at the DHL Stadium and exciting entertainment and gees on the Mother City's streets.<br><strong>When</strong>: December <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town 7s<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Cape Town 10s</strong><br>South Africa's biggest social sport and lifestyle event features rugby, netball, beach volleyball, football and live music.  <br><strong>When</strong>: February <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town 10s<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Volvo Ocean Race</strong><br>​The world's premier offshore yacht race has called Cape Town a home for more than a decade for its South African leg of the international competition. <br><strong>When</strong>: November <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">The Ocean Race<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><h2 class="sectHeading"> ​​​​​​​​​​Business and innovation​​​​​​​</h2><p> <strong>Africa Travel Week</strong><br>This is Africa’s leading tourism trade show.<br><strong>When:</strong> April <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Africa Travel Week<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Design Indaba</strong><br>Design Indaba is driven by a passion for innovative work with a strong local flavour.<br><strong>When</strong>: February/March <br><strong>Official website: </strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Design Indaba<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Mining Indaba</strong><br> Africa’s leading mining investment event with roughly 7 800 professionals, including top economists, mining analysts and financiers, representing more than 1 500 international companies from over 100 countries. <br><strong>When:</strong> February <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Mining Indaba<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></p><p> <strong>AWIEF</strong><br>Brings together more than 1 200 female entrepreneurs, industry experts, academics, development organisations and investors to ensure accelerated growth of women-owned businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.<br><strong>When</strong>: November <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneur Forum<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Smart Procurement World/Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo – Western Cape 2019</strong><br>The conference is aimed at assisting procurement professionals better understand the demands placed on them to source local content. It also gives them a platform to find SMMEs who can fit into their business structure. <br> <strong>When</strong>: April <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Smart Procurement<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>SA Innovation Summit</strong><br>The SA Innovation summit presents a thought leader conference that bridges all players in the innovation system including business, academics and government.<br><strong>When</strong>: September <br> <strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">SA Innovation Summit<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><h2 class="sectHeading"> ​​​​​​​​​Community driven events​​​​​​​</h2><p> <strong>Community Chest Twilight Run</strong><br>Families and friends join forces to enter teams in the most colourful fun run, aimed at raising funds for various communities across the Western Cape. Residents and visitors are encouraged to support the event by entering the run or cheering on participants as they make their way through the CBD. <br><strong>When</strong>: December <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Community Chest<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></p><p> <strong>DSTV Mitchells Plain Festival</strong><br>Cape Town’s largest community festival features some exciting local musical talent and other entertainers, while also providing a platform for SMMEs to exhibit their products.  <br> <strong>When</strong>: November/December <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Mitchells Plain Festival<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Jazzathon</strong><br>Known as the ‘People’s Festival’, Jazzathon has a jam-packed programme featuring emerging artists, women in jazz, more than 20 live bands and over 200 musicians performing over 4 days at the V&A Waterfront. <br> <strong>When</strong>: January    </p><p> <strong>Cape Town Summer Markets</strong><br>The five-day Cape Town Summer Market in the Company’s Garden is a family event with free live entertainment and delicious food. You can also buy a variety of crafts and clothing made by local entrepreneurs.<br><strong>When</strong>: December    </p><p> <strong>Open Streets</strong><br>Leave your car at home, get on a bicycle, skateboard or dust off those rollerblades and join hundreds of people for a day of fun on the road without any motorised transport. <br><strong>Official website</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Open Streets<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </p><p> <strong>Free Jazz Concert</strong><br>A precursor to the three-day Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Community Concert at Greenmarket Square provides an opportunity to enjoy access to some of the best local and international artists on one stage.<br><strong>When: </strong>March<br><strong>Official website:</strong><a href="" target="_blank">Cape Town International Jazz Festival<i class="icon link-external"></i></a><strong></strong></p><p> <strong>Festive Lights</strong><br>The City’s flagship event ushers in the festive season with some of the biggest local musical acts performing on one stage. With a history spanning five decades, the Festive Lights Switch-on event draws in thousands of locals and visitors for a celebration on the Grand Parade in front of the iconic City Hall.<br><strong>When</strong>: December    </p>GP0|#807e97d3-86ef-45a8-8983-43fff040cc19;L0|#0807e97d3-86ef-45a8-8983-43fff040cc19|Signature Cape Town events;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#dd380eeb-e475-4015-8bce-31d959a30dd4;GPP|#740feb11-308e-41dd-934a-ec1e6d1132bf;GPP|#c529c1ac-1f8d-48ae-8079-d34f4dae9c57;GP0|#fa086c84-65ef-40db-b7f7-d26d9b3289ee;L0|#0fa086c84-65ef-40db-b7f7-d26d9b3289ee|Signature events in Cape Town;GPP|#c2b2fff1-0d02-4be9-a5a8-936638b70b67;GPP|#0c2420be-c66e-49a2-a10b-86921ae3c3c2;GPP|#af370586-9ba3-404a-9d6e-02066ca42752;GP0|#f292b49d-0466-4344-b9b2-931e94e99959;L0|#0f292b49d-0466-4344-b9b2-931e94e99959|Signature Cape Town events;GPP|#fa47cc88-5736-4fc5-a418-6a4b3afb6983;GPP|#89735f7d-4b7f-4fbf-9c41-33a1721f9caf;GP0|#ac59828a-7476-42b9-90d2-7040155ec3ae;L0|#0ac59828a-7476-42b9-90d2-7040155ec3ae|Signature events in Cape Town;GPP|#270232b7-07f9-4896-a90b-442c3804ba37;GPP|#07a08cd3-03c2-4703-bb40-76a6c7a471e0The City supports and hosts a wide range of events, which showcases its unique culture and diversity.0





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