Exploring Cape Town Part 3: 2015 Events

Traveling to Cape Town with us in 2015 or just want some fun ideas of up-coming events? Here are a few we have unearthed so far and we will keep adding the list as we discover more!

Cape Town Cycle Tour - March 8th, 2015

If you are cycling fan then be sure to catch the Cape Town Cycling Tour. This is Africa's BIGGEST cycling event on Sunday March 8th, 2015. Formerly the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, this event is a highly aniticipated annual event and attracts racers from all over the world. The 109km sees entrants taking in all of the Mother City's beautiful sights, including Chapman's Peak, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.

Cape Town Carnival - March 14, 2015

The Cape Town Carnival is a glamorous celebration that showcases and celebrates the diversity of South Africa. The first annual Cape Town Carnival was held in Long Street, Cape Town amidst the electrifying festivities that characterised our hosting of the 2010 World Cup Soccer tournament. Close on 11,000 people enjoyed this spectacle and, since then, spectator crowds at the Carnival event have swelled to over 50,000. The theme for the 2015 is ELEMENTAL - The dynamic combination of energies,the convergence of people, talents, resources and ideas,that make Cape Town, Carnival and South Africa amazing.

Carnival takes to the streets of Fan Walk, Green Point on Saturday March, 14th 2015.

Cape Town Jazz Festival

The 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival returns to the music-loving city March 27th and 28th, 2015.

As usual the 2015 Jazz Festival will feature an amazing line-up of renowned international and local performers. Find the full line-up of performers here.

From: March 27, 2015 at 7:00pm To: March 28, 2015 at 11:00pm at the Cape Town International Convention Centre

Two Oceans Ultra and Half Marathon - April 3-4th, 2015

One of the world's most beautiful marathons the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra and Half Marathon take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2015. The 46th consecutive Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will remain on the traditional route via Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek. With so many events in the lead up to the Marathon, including the Expo, Fun Runs and more, there is plenty to keep all runners and visitors occupied. Want to run a marathon on your trip? Here are a few ideas. You have to plan well in advance!

Taste of Cape Town - April 9-12, 2015

Taste of Cape Town returns from 10 – 12 April 2015 for three days of foodie heaven. A dozen of the city’s hottest restaurants set up at the Green Point Cricket Club.The featured chefs fashion special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, designed to reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients in an unbeatable gourmet setting. In addition a wide range of boutique exhibitors, artisan producers, premium drink brands and award-winning wineries will provide a bounty of the country’s finest food and drink on offer, ensuring that you can sample and shop for a range of produce in the laid back atmosphere of a boutique food market. This unique collaboration of Cape Town’s finest eateries, chefs and producers makes Taste of Cape Town a must attend event if you are in Cape Town between April 9th and 12th.

From: April 9, 2015 at 6:00pm To: April 12, 2015 at 4:00pm at the Green Point Cricket Club

Franschoek Literary Festival May 15-17, 2015

Head out of Cape Town to the charming Winelands town of Franschoek for the Franschoek Literary Festival from May 15th through May 17th, 2015. The first Franschhoek Literary Festival took place in 2007 with two main objectives:

  • To bring together a broad cross-section of mostly South African English-speaking writers and a few distinguished authors from overseas, aiming to present quality events that inspire and inform.
  • To raise funds for local community and school libraries, for which the FLF Library Fund was established.

The Festival runs from Friday to Sunday during the third weekend in May, preceded by the Book Week for Young Readers. The events take place in village venues within a few minutes' walk of each other, creating a vibrant ambience in streets buzzing with book-lovers. The emphasis is on informal discussions and spirited debates between several writers with a chairperson, or one-on-one conversations, and occasional talks. Starting at 10am and ending at 5pm, up to eight one-hour events run concurrently with half an hour between each. Fringe events include literary and publishers' dinners, book launches, writing workshops, a school spelling bee, wine writers' prizes and classical music concerts. In 2008 the FLF was honoured to host the Commonwealth Writers Prize events.

Check back with us, as we find more 2015 events we will add them here!

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