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January Events in Cape Town & Surrounds

Kick-start the year in the Mother City and head out to our pick of the hottest and biggest calendar to-dos!

To some, January means a fresh start, a new year and a difficult few weeks of mastering the number 2017, but to us, it’s prime opportunity to cannonball into the midst of some of Cape Town’s most noteworthy festivals, events and annual highlights.

So, don’t let the festive season hangover stop you from having a jol during one of the hottest months of the year. Rather, prepare for colourful costumes, outdoor movie experiences, world-class horse racing, Shakespearian theatrics in a historic amphitheatre and so much more. 

And, as if we could forget; New Year’s Day is a South African national public holiday, make sure you turn the alarm off!

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.

COST: Tickets 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 February 2017. This season’s line-up will no doubt keep patrons enthralled and is set to feature first-rate musical acts, including Karen Zoid and The Parlotones. Bring along a picnic, some cushions and blankets and make yourself comfortable for an outdoor experience like no other. All profits from the ticket 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 R200p/p to R300p/p. Click through to the article for more information.

The Kirstenbosch hills 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 local lekker acts such as Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre, The Pixies, and even The Vamps! 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.

The 156th L'Ormarins Queen’s Plate is set to gallop onto the Kenilworth Racecourse green on Friday, 6 and Saturday, 7 January 2017. The cream of the riding crop will compete for the handsome purse of R1 million and the coveted trophy in the main race. As is the case year in and year out, spectators are required to come dressed for the occasion in strictly white and blue, and there will be ‘best dressed’ and ‘best hat’ competitions that run throughout the day.

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

The 2017 season of Shakespeare in the Park at the beloved Maynardville Open-air Theatre kicks off with Twelfth Night. The Bard’s historic drama follows the tale of twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated during a storm and subsequent shipwreck. Viola survives and arrives in Illyria, disguised at Cesario. She falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn loves Countess Olivia. Then, in a surprise twist, Countess Olivia makes her love for Cesario clear. When Sebastian arrives on the scene, Countess Olivia finds him first and they wed in secret but Duke Orsino is furious. When the four of them are finally in each other’s presence, it leads to a declaration of love but between who must remain a secret. Head to the Maynardville Open Air Theatre this season to find out what happens! The popular Wynberg outdoor theatre has been delighting audiences with Shakespeare in the Park for 60 years, and it goes without saying then that the play will make the warm summer evenings in the scenic Maynardville Park even more idyllic.

COST: Tickets are available via for between R120p/p and R180p/p. Various discounts apply, please check Computicket for more details. 

Every year audiophiles and comedy lovers flock to a scenic Swellendam spot for the Up the Creek (UTC) music festival. In 2017, this riverside rock fiesta again sees some of Mzansi’s hottest musical acts strut their stuff on stage while newcomers to the music scene get the chance to delight audiences (and make a name for themselves) with their talents. The line-up this year includes Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky and more. Not to mention, top-notch comedians take to the stage during the weekend to inspire some belly-aching laughs.

COST: Only weekend passes will be sold this year. Tickets are available via for R1000p/p. Click through to the event for more information.

Rev your engines and polish your bumper for the 2017 Cape Town Motor Show at GrandWest Casino. A family-friendly affair, this event caters for motoring enthusiasts of all ages. On show at the event will be all kinds of awesomely modified cars, bikes and trucks. There will also be a drifting demonstration and plenty of food to keep you happy! The show will run daily from 10am to 6pm. 

 Tickets are available through or at the gate on the day of the show and cost R100p/p for adults; kiddies under 12 years of age get in for free, R80p/p for pensioners and R60p/p for children aged 12 to 18 years old. Click through to the event for more information.

Stomp away in an enchanted oak forest to a soundtrack spun by some of the world’s hottest trance and techno beatmakers at Origin festival from Friday, 27, until Sunday, 29 January 2017 at the scenic Elandskloof Farm (125km from Cape Town). Apart from a sicker than sick line-up featuring top international and local DJs, the festival also includes a host of fun activities, like swimming, shopping at the craft and clothing market and perusing the likes of an on-site art gallery and tea lounge. With food stalls and bars to keep party people fuelled up, plus ample room for camping, all that’s needed is a good pair of dancing shoes because this is going to be one epic jam.

COST: Tickets are available via, at select retailers as well as at the gate on the day. Click through to the event for more information.

This family-friendly foot-stomping fiesta is back and filled with fun in the sun to celebrate the beginning of the grape harvesting season. The 2017 Delheim Start of Harvest Festival invites wine fundis and newbies alike to explore the winemaking process and get knee-deep in grape juice. Guests will have the chance to compete in teams to see who can produce the most grape juice in the grape stomp, and visitors can laze on the lush lawns along the banks of the river with a buffet-style lunch and some live music.

 Tickets are limited to 120 per day, so booking is essential! The tickets will cost R100p/p, and R80p/p for children under 12 years old. Click through to the event for more information.

Sashay and strut your way to one of South Africa’s most celebrated outdoor social and sporting events of the annum. Now in its 40th year, the Met (previously known as the J&B Met) is set to take the Mother City by storm on Saturday, 28 January 2017. Marrying equestrian prowess with haute couture, this decadent afternoon will play host to the who’s who of the horse racing elite as well as some of Mzansi’s biggest celebs, many of whom will be sporting innovative designs and cutting-edge styles.

General access tickets will be available online via and at the reception offices of the Kenilworth Racecourse. Click through to the event for more information on hospitality packages and VIP tickets.

Say hello to the world's first 24-hour all inclusive experience that combines music, food, fashion and art. Littlegig did exist before but the organisers have revamped the concept and turned it up to a whole new level! This festival is setting up camp at Wiesenhof Wild Park in Stellenbosch from Saturday, 28 to Sunday, 29 January 2017. Come and play in this creative wonderland that’ll have you rethinking exactly what a music festival should be. The festival will boast 45 musicians, 16 DJs, 17 designers, 8 winemakers, 7 artists, 4 professional chefs, 2 farmers, 6 stages, 6 bars and a concept store - what more could you ask for?

COST: Tickets are available online via and range in prices from R1950p/p to R7000p/p. Click through to the event page for more!

PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.


If your pocket is still feeling the pinch of silly season, check out our guide of things to do for FREE in Cape Town, and for the moms and pops still looking after tykes before the schools re-open, check out our overview of things to do with kids in Cape Town.


These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of January, so be sure to check out our events section for a more comprehensive up-to-date overview of happenings in the Mother City. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smart phone – add to your home screen for quick access on the go!

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Cafe ExtrablattSunday Brunch at Café Extrablatt

Home to one of Cape Town’s most affordable all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets

marc lottering cape town comedy clubHalf-Price Sundays Stand-Up at Cape Town Comedy Club

Laugh 50% off top-notch entertainment every last day of the week at this one-stop-funny-shop

ismael lo Ismaël Lô Sets the Tone at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

10 years later, Ismaël Lô comes back to the continent for a stellar performance

The Full Monty - 4Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Full Monty with a Local Production

Watch a local cast tackle this British classic

Kirstenbosch Summer ConcertsKirstenbosch Goes Big for 2017/2018 Concert Series

24 concerts featuring 30 acts including 6 international artists, spread out over 20 weeks; the best summer of your life!

Shakespeare in Love - 12Shakespeare in Love at The Fugard Theatre

Romeo and… Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter

Our City Film Project - 3Big Bad Wolf Pictures Presents Our City Film Project

Head to the V&A for a movie session with a difference

Junior MTB Workshop - 2BreakAway Rides Will Teach Your Kids to Mountain Bike With Confidence

The Junior MTB Skills Workshop Series at BreakAway Rides will turn your kids into champion mountain bikers

La Motte ConcertsClassical Concerts at La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte's culture of excellence reaches far beyond wine-making, by embracing the wonder of classical music

Markets3Sunday markets in and around Cape Town

Take it easy this Sunday at one of these great Sunday markets to take a stroll through

MAReSOLSatisfying Specials at MAReSOL Restaurant

Food that will make your palate and pocket happy

sea kayaking 12 apostlesSea Kayaking Weekend Family Special

Buy one adult kayaking ticket and get a kids ticket FREE with Kaskazi

ScootoursJunior Passengers Ride FREE Every Sunday with Scootours®

This exciting off-road adventure provides fun for the whole family

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Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

GONOW LogoGet a discount on Sunday Sunsets with GONOW Electric Bicycles!

Watch the sun set over the Sea Point Promenade from an electric two-wheeler at half the price!

Food at Thali Thali Game Lodge and Reserve Sunday Lunch Buffet at Thali Thali Game Lodge

Cap off the weekend with a hearty, affordable spread at this family-friendly West Coast reserve

The Backyard Grill Lounge RibsBBQ Ribs Special at The Backyard Grill Lounge

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

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Beer Pong and DJ Sundays Competition

Are you Cape Town’s next beer pong champ?

Bugz Playpark in Cape TownSunday Funday at Bugz Playpark

Every Sunday, readers can enjoy a day of fun and learning with their children.

Kloof Street HouseSunday Lunch & Free Live Jazz at Kloof Street House in Cape Town

While away the last few hours of the weekend with some smooth tunes and good grub at this hidden gem

Crystal TowersSushi Making Classes at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

Wow guests at your next dinner party with your sushi making skills

Piano Bar 2016 food and cocktails 5Bubbly Special at The Piano Bar

Make this charming musical revue haunt home on Sunday afternoons for half price glasses of MCC

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