Skip to content





Events in Cape Town on the up<p> </p><span><p>The City of Cape Town’s Events Permit Office has issued 436 permits to host events since the start of the financial year in July 2021.</p><p>A majority of the permits this financial year were issued in March when 64 events were approved by the permit office for that month.</p><p>This has more than quadrupled compared to the previous year when only 91 permits were issued in the 2020/21 financial year.  </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Pre-pandemic, the office issued, on average, more than 1 200 event permits annually.</p><p>Permits are required for all events with more than 200 participants or when the occasion will have amplified sounds, will require the closure of roads and structures to be erected. <br> <br>‘This financial year has provided the perfect foundation for the industry to fully recover from the impact of the pandemic. This development is testament to the fantastic partnerships between the Events Department, various event organisers who have shown resilience and continue to showcase Cape Town’s expertise in hosting successful, world class major events,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>events including, among others:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sanlam Cape Town Marathon</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Africa Energy Week</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Loeries Creative Week</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Absa Run Your City races</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">British and Irish Lions Tour</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Cape Town Cycle Tour</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Absa Cape Epic</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Suidoosterfees</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Silwerskermfees</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Red Bull King of the Air</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">FAME Week Africa </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">South African International Ballet Competition</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Miss South Africa </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">National Youth Music Competition</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">International Public Art Festival </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">SA Innovation Summit</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Cape Town Carnival</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">South Africa Disabled Golf Open </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Africa Travel Week</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Investing in the Mining Indaba</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mitchell’s Plain Festival</div></li></ul><p>‘This increase in permits also shows the appetite for events and the need to relax restrictions on event capacity, which will in turn assist organisers to earn livelihoods and bolster a struggling economy.  </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:856px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p>During the 2021/2022 financial year, Cape Town hosted a number of major </p><p>‘This also shows that organisers working with our events permit office as well as our service departments are able to successfully host major events without incidents,’ added Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>This month, Cape Town will play host to the month-long Jive Funny Festival, the United Rugby Championship knockout stages, the Encounters International Documentary Festival, Decorex Cape Town and Jazzathon. </p><p><br>End</p>2022-05-31T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835;L0|#0f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835|events;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#f60216f6-93ec-4c26-bce1-440d1485abb1;L0|#0f60216f6-93ec-4c26-bce1-440d1485abb1|sports10

You have disabled JavaScript on your browser.
Please enable it in order to use City online applications.