5 not-to-be missed festivals in Cape Town this summer

By travel writer Time of article published Nov 22, 2017

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Here are 5 festivals you should check out this summer in Cape Town.

Cape Town is summer is known as silly season with a plethora of events and festivals happening in and around the City. 

The scenery in and around the city also makes the city an ideal location for hosting some amazing summer festivals. Here are a few you should consider attending:

Cape Town Festival of Beer

Beer is a favourite beverage for South Africans. The success of the Cape Town Festival of Beer, which is now in its 8th year and the fact that it is the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere, is all the evidence you need.

Your R150 a day ticket (the festival is set on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd) allows you access to over 200 local and international beers (more than 60 breweries and distributors), food stalls and live music. They'll even be several ciders available. There will also be limited edition beers brewed specifically for the festival.

Also on offer will be artisanal beer, food and beer pairing, home-brewing demos, a beer-judging competition, blind tastings, lucky draws and raffles. 

Event Information:

Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Stephan Way, Green Point

Date: 01 - 03 December 2017 

Time: 12:00

Tickets: R60 - R150, available at Webtickets

Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival 

Surf and ocean culture is a serious thing in Cape Town. But aside from its exploration of this culture, the Wavescape has a deeper underlying message to it. 

The festival this year announced a focus on women. This focus will see the festival “showcase the talents of scientists, artists, photographers and activists who add a feminine voice to a growing chorus by some South Africa’s most talented creative and scientific minds who use the ocean as their muse to advocate change”. 

Prior to the main event on the 2nd of December, there will be other activities in and around the festival including the Art Board Exhibition (this is an art exhibition out of surfboards) and auction with Rob Van Vuuren at Jack Black Beer Brewery; Film Night, Rolling Wood Surf & Skate Store at Muizenberg; Light Waves Exhibition, Red Bull Studio at Bree Street; and the Ocean Film Festival at Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront.

Event Information:

Venue: Various venues in Cape Town

Date: 20 November - 10 December 2017

Tickets: R60 - R150, available at Quicket

Corona Sunsets Festival

On the 16th of December, the Corona Sunsets Festival will be aiming to host yet another special event from midday well into the evening. Hosted at The Bungalow (which has a stunning ocean-view terrace) we have every reason to believe that this will be the epic affair we've seen at the various instalments of the festival around the world.

Apart from stunning ocean views and great food, there will be performances from the likes of Jonas Blue, Klingande, Mi Casa, Timo ODV, No Method, Da Capo, Strange Loving, Leighton Moody, Majozi, Early Hours and Johnny Paps. Tickets will be going for R450 (regular) and R550 (last minute).

Event Information:

Venue: Corona Sunsets Oval & Bungalow, Clifton

Date: 16 December 2017

Time: 12:00

Tickets: R450 - R550, available at Nutickets

Festival of Chariots

The Festival of Chariots is an ancient, traditional Hindu celebration that is held annually in major cities all over the world. In Cape Town, this festival is held on the Sea Point Promenade along Beach Road.

Now celebrating its 11th year in Cape Town, this year the festival will be held on the 17th of December, with a strong focus on history and tradition. Yoga, meditation, Henna body art and traditional music and chants are some of the activities available. Following on traditional practice, sweet and savoury vegetarian treats will be the order of the day.

Event Information:

Venue: Sea Point

Date: 17 December 2017

Up the Creek Music Festival 

Set on the gorgeous Breede River, Up the Creek Music Festival is one of the most spectacularly set festivals you’ll ever see.

This outdoor festival, held between the 25th and 28th of January, features three music stages (Jägermeister Main Stage, and both the Savanna River Stage and Savanna Late-Night Stage) which will see over 40 live bands. Thankfully, all of these stages will be hosting acts at different times.

Rock ‘n Roll is the focal point of the festival, but there will also be pop, indie folk and some DJ acts. The Sedgwick’s Old Brown Foodcourt stage will have an array of new up and coming artists every morning and afternoon. Headlining the festival this year is Mango Groove.

Event Information:

Venue: Breede River

Date:  26 - 29 January 2018

Time: 15:00

Tickets: R1 060. available at Nutickets

Visit: www.upthecreek.co.za

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