February Events in Cape Town & Surrounds

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February Events in Cape Town & Surrounds

Celebrate summer (and love) at some of the Mother City’s biggest festivals, tournaments and carnivals

Dubbed as the month of love, February signals the arrival of the heart of Mother City summer and boasts the largest and most high-profile range of annual events, including popular sporting competitions, horse racing, social highlights, outdoor music festivals and so much more.

Though, as we all know, February also dishes up the (dreaded) day of love, Valentine’s Day. Luckily, we’ve put together a few guides to give you young lovebirds some dating ideas and romantic things to do.

If the idea of cuddling up under the stars whilst watching a movie, munching popcorn and intermittently gazing at gorgeous surrounds appeals, then best you book to watch your favourite movie with The Galileo Open Air Cinema. Bringing the best of the outdoor movie experience to the Mother City, the company has continued it’s schedule this year to include regular weekday and weekend screenings. Every week cinephiles can grab some popcorn (or other tasty gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors or even the new picnic hamper), settle down on the lush lawns at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Bloemendal and various venues in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands and see firm favourites, cult classics and many others.

COSTTickets are available via and costs vary according to the package selected; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.



Much like strawberries, watermelon and beach days at Clifton, horse racing in Cape Town is synonymous with the summer season, and what better way to celebrate than with a day of fun in the sun at the track. Kenilworth Racecourse, one of only two racecourses in Cape Town, is home to some of the Western Cape’s (and South Africa’s) most prestigious equestrian events, and believe it or not, the horse racing happenings also make great afternoons of entertainment for the entire family. We’ve got the lowdown on what to do and where to be seen at the races this summer in Cape Town.

COST: Entry fees to the events vary. Click through to the events for more information.

Support the Thembalitsha Foundation and enjoy top tunes, theatre, comedy and cinema at the Hope@PaulCluver Summer Festival in the Elgin Valley wine estate’s magical forest amphitheatre from November 2016 to March 2017. This season’s line-up will no doubt keep patrons enthralled and is set to feature first-rate musical acts, including Freshlyground, Elvis Blue and loads more. Bring along a picnic, some cushions and blankets and make yourself comfortable for an outdoor experience like no other. All profits from the tickets sales will be donated to the Thembalitsha Foundation, a non-profit organisation that uplifts impoverished communities in the area.

COST: Tickets are available via and Computicket outlets, and costs range from R100p/p to R300p/p. Click through to the article for more information.

The Kirstenbosch Gardens liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2016 to April 2017 for the annual summer sunset concerts. Each year, hordes of music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens. This year, the exciting bill includes some seriously big names and lekker local acts such as Matthew Mole, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre and some awesome international acts too! Additionally, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and pops can rest assured that their kiddies are in good hands.

COST: Tickets are available via and costs vary according to the performer; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.

Gather your most competitive mates and make up teams for this two-day amateur sporting tournament. The 2017 Zando Cape Town 10s will see amateur rugby, netball, beach volleyball and dodgeball tournaments taking place at Green Point’s Hamilton’s Rugby Club on Friday, 3 and Saturday, 4 February 2017. This annual sporting highlight offers athletes and avid fans alike the opportunity to get in on the action as 300 teams go head-to-head in multiple adrenaline-pumping contests. But it’s not just about the sport; this huge lifestyle event will also feature live music (think The Kiffness and Kurt Darren), food stalls and much more.

COST: Tickets are available via and cost between R50p/p and R2500p/p. Click through to the event for more information about team entry fees and more. 

Enjoy fine wines and gourmet fare when the 2017 Franschhoek Summer Wines festival swirls into the Cape Winelands at the Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards on Saturday, 4 February 2017. The Franschhoek Valley is home to some of South Africa’s finest wine producers, and what better way to make the most of the hot summer months and the farms that produce world-class tipples than by indulging in top vinos at this picturesque estate. Aside from the showcase of sublime whites and reds, the Leopard’s Leap kitchens will put forth a decadent spread of succulent rotisserie-cooked and deli-style eats, and attendees are encouraged to dress to impress in anything ‘elegantly white’.

COST: Tickets are available via as well as at the door on the day and cost R180p/p; price includes a glass and tastings of all the wines on display on the day. Click through to the event for more information.

Sip, swirl and sample fine food and fare from the picturesque valley and charming Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch from Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 February 2017 as part of its annual wine extravaganza. The vibrant festival offers serious vino lovers a hot summer weekend programme that not only showcases the region’s extraordinary viticulture and culinary prowess, but that also allows guests to take in the historic architecture and stunning natural scenery of the area. Activities include a wine expo featuring over 200 of the area’s vintages, sporting events, concerts, wine and food pairings and more.

COST: Tickets are available via and costs vary. Click through to the event for more information.

Audiophiles, listen up! The 2017 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival is scheduled to, once again, rock the Mother City with an all-out shindig from Tuesday, 7 to Sunday, 12 February 2017. The yearly opskop will transform the Cape Town City Hall into a massive multi-level club where master international beatmakers will drop thundering basslines alongside over 30 local acts. Apart from the core music fiesta, the festival will also host a series of satellite events and workshops in the run up to the main event.

COST: Tickets are available via and cost between R250p/p and R550p/p. 

Dust off your running shoes and retrace the steps of South Africa’s father of democracy at the Nelson Mandela 27 for Freedom Run on Saturday, 11 February 2017. The 27-km competition (1-km for each year Madiba spent in prison) and the additional 10-km race and 5-km fun walk aim to pay homage to our late former president by affording participants the opportunity to walk in his footprints – the routes, which start and end at the Drakenstein Correctional Facility (formerly Victor Verster Prison), follow the same path that Mandela took on his journey to freedom.

Interested parties can register online or manually; for more information, visit

It sounds too crazy to be true, but the annual Bat Run in Cape Town invites brave runners to conquer three of the Mother City’s most treacherous icons – Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head – in a gruelling night-time challenge on Saturday, 18 February 2017. The moonlit mission begins at 7pm at a parking lot in Kloof Nek, and competitors are tasked with running all the way up each peak and back in their own time. Along the way, they may encounter rain and mist while trying to see in the dark, but the jovial spirits of fellow runners should surely make up for the hard times. The route covers 26-km, including 1700-m of climbing, so runners should make sure that they have safety equipment in preparation for the worst.

COST: Entries for the Bat Run are SOLD OUT, but you can visit to join the waiting list. For more information, email

After successfully debuting on the African continent in 2014, the Ultra South Africa music festival is heading back to the Mother City for a massive shindig at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 24 February 2017. This jam is widely regarded to be one of the world’s largest electronic dance music (EDM) throwdowns, and if this year's line-up is anything to go by, stompers can expect a jam-packed jol with killer beats from stellar international and local doof doof superstars, like David Guetta, Dash Berlin, Martin Garrix and more!
Tickets will be released in phases and can be bought via, and costs range from R650p/p to R850p/p depending on the ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.

Sip and swirl fine wines amidst the picturesque suburban winelands valley of Constantia on Saturday, 25 February 2017. The celebration invites connoisseurs and amateurs alike to develop an appreciation for the region’s top vino and haute cuisine. Attendees can taste over 200 vinos from 40 producers at the Buitenverwachting Wine Estate. Not to mention, the afternoon of vino comes complete with perfectly paired canapés crafted by some of Mzansi’s finest chefs. 

Tickets: Tickets are available via and cost R550p/p. All food and wine samples are included in the price.

The Mother City is set to go wild this February when South Africa’s biggest – and only – extreme sports lifestyle fair back-flips into town for an extended fiesta. Now, in its eighth year, the 2017 Ultimate X Festival will take place over at the GrandWest Grand Arena. This high-flying affair will transform this Northern Suburbs venue into an extreme sports junkie’s paradise on Saturday, 25 February 2017. So, join scores of adrenaline addicts and watch local and international FMX, BMX, MX/MTB and skateboarding dare-devils perform gravity-defying stunts and compete in contests to mind-blowing pyrotechnics and lasers and more.
COST: Tickets are available via and costs are between R150p/p and R250p/p depending on the ticket type.

Embrace your inner dancing sprite at 2017’s first Alien Safari trance party from Saturday, 25 February to Sunday, 26 February 2017. DJ all-stars will keep the dance floor pumping and the feeling of playful abandon in full swing. And, as in the past, the massive jol descends on a secluded beach area near Gordon’s Bay that features great camping sites, a grand view and the opportunity to catch some waves between sets.

COST: Tickets prices have not been announced just yet, but keep an eye on their Facebook page. Gates will open on Saturday at 10am. Click through to the event for more information.




The Darling Music Experience is an annual festival devoted to jazzing up the perceived image of classical music and features intimate performances across a handful of genres, including classical, jazz, opera and chamber music, at various venues along the West Coast and in the Cape Winelands. Whether you’re a classical fundi or simply looking to expose your family to incredible music, West Coast culture and more, then this 16-day celebration is just the event for you! As a platform for young musicians and international performers alike to play in front of  a live audience, this experience is a unique and worthwhile one to attend. The fiesta kicks off in Darling before heading out to other small town in the West Coast area.
COST:Events for the Darling Music Experience are ticketed individually, and prices range from free to R350p/p. Visit for full programme details and booking information. Click through to the event for more information.

The Red Bull King of the Air Kiteboarding Competition is back in the Mother City’s Big Bay for yet another year of epic loops, sick shredding and massive airs. Since the contest, which features some of the world’s best kitesurfers, is weather dependant, the one-day event will fall on the windiest day between Saturday, 30 January and Sunday, 14 February 2016. Spectators are most welcome to check out the happenings from Eden on the Bay and the surrounding beach. 

COST: Public access to this event is gratis, mahala, for free. Click through to the event for more information.

The 2016 Robertson Hands-on Harvest Festival invites lovers of good food and vino to visit what is, arguably, the longest wine route in the world from Saturday, 6 February to Saturday, 27 March 2016. The annual vino-themed fiesta stomps back onto the harvest festival scene for 50 days with countless chances for visitors to experience the journey from vine to table. The vast and varied array of activities spans more than 20 wine estates and multiple towns in the area and includes everything from grape picking and stomping to wine blending and tasting, and, of course, festival-goers can try their hand (and feet) at winemaking without having to quit their day job. Even if these endeavours don’t pique your interest, keep in mind that the celebration boasts a jam-packed programme of many other fun-filled events and adventure activities.

COST: Tickets must be booked with the respective wine farm hosting the event; don’t delay in booking as groups are kept small and therefore spaces are limited. Prices vary according to the activity, and reservations must be made at least three days prior to the start date of the respective to-do.

The largest and most distinct BMX and mountain biking competition in Cape Town is back for the fifth time! Packing the adrenaline punches, the Night Harvest happens in Hout Bay on Saturday, 13 February 2016. Watch in amazement as the riders catch massive air and fearlessly perform all manner of tricks on the tricked-out track! With skill that matches their daring, they’ll keep guests gasping in awe. International and professional BMX riders include Kevin Peraza and Declan Brooks, while pro MTB riders include Danny Pace and Dylan Stone. Get revved up and ready to witness one of the Cape’s most exciting events.

COST: The event takes place at 5 Garron Avenue in Hout Bay from 6pm until 11pm. Tickets cost R50p/p with a R5 booking fee, via Do note, this event could still happen on Friday, 12 February depending on the weather.

Get ready for a design intervention! The 2016 Design Indaba festival, the creative fandango that’s put Cape Town on the world map as a hotbed of innovation, takes place at the Artscape and a few subsidiary venues from Friday, 11 February to Sunday, 20 February 2016. From engaging with intellectuals at the conference and simulcast and browsing bespoke wares and local goods at the Emerging Creatives exhibition to voting for South Africa’s Most Beautiful Object and seeing design-inspired flicks at the film festival, you will find yourself 100% inspired and motivated to make your mark on the city and beyond.

COST: Tickets are available via or, in some cases, at the venue on the day, and costs vary according to event. Click through to the event for more information.

Soak up the sun and the soulful sounds of local and international musicians on the undisturbed beaches of Tietiesbaai at the Jazz on the Rocks music festival from Thursday, 25 February to Sunday, 28 February 2016. Set on the protected patch of strand in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve – it’s on the border of Paternoster – the live music fiesta boasts a stage built on the rocks overlooking the sea and promises a splashing jol for even the most water-fearing jazz cats.
COST: Costs for the campsites vary according to proximity to the stage and weekend passes are priced at R600p/p and do not include accommodation. Click through to the event for more information.

Lace up those takkies and hit the tarmac for an easy, flat run through the Mother City and on to Simon’s Town as part of the 2016 Cape Peninsula Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, 21 February 2016. As an official qualifying run for both the Two Oceans and the Comrades marathons, this race offers runners the perfect opportunity to train and better their times for a good seeding in the major competitions.

COST: Interested parties can register online or manually; for more information, visit Manual entries for both runs close on Sunday, 7 February and online entries close on Sunday, 14 February 2016.

Wine enthusiasts, listen up! This annual Durbanville-based vino extravaganza swirls onto the social calendar from Saturday, 27, to Sunday, 28 February 2016 in celebration of the end of the harvest. The fourth Feast of The Grape is chock a block with fun activities and, of course, tons of wonderful wine tasting. With grape stomping till your feet hurt – family fun is guaranteed.  This year’s soiree will be hosted at the beautiful D’Aria Wine Farm, and will feature fabulous vintages from 12 participating estates. Expect tutored tastings, tons of food, glorious food from the valley’s wine estate restaurants as well as a jam-packed live music performance line-up, with tunes from Bottomless Coffee and Newton & Co.

COST: Tickets are available via and cost R120p/p, which includes a glass and tasting coupons. 

PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.

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Audiophiles, listen up! The 2017 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival is scheduled to, once again, rock the Mother City with an all-out shindig from Tuesday, 7 to Sunday, 12 February 2017. The yearly opskop will transform the Cape Town City Hall into a massive multi-level club where master international beatmakers will drop thundering basslines alongside over 30 local acts. Apart from the core music fiesta, the festival will also host a series of satellite events and workshops in the run up to the main event.
COST: Tickets are available via and cost between R250p/p and R550p/p.

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Savour succulent, sticky ribs for just R150 per kilogram on Wed, Sat and Sun

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Score entry, a beer, a burger and a table dance for less than you’d expect at this Mother City revue bar

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Learn to SUP for less thanks to High Five Kite, SUP and Surf School

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Celebrate the midweek mark with discounted cocktails, 2-for-1 local craft beers and ciders and uninterrupted 360-degree views of the Mother City

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