Top 5 Events To Attend In Cape Town Before Easter
Cape Town is buzzing with activity around this time of year with a multitude of events that you can attend. From sporting events to music festivals, the Western Cape hosts a wide array of events that will make your holiday a trip to remember.
20 February to 28 February – Cape Town Pride
The annual Cape Town Gay Pride Parade, Cape Town Pride, kicked off on the 20th of February with the Pink Party at the De Waterkant. This year marks the 12th consecutive parade that celebrates cultural diversity and aims to create awareness around issues that impact the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.
The main event of the Cape Town Pride is the Pride Parade and Mardi Gras which will take place on Saturday the 28th of February. Typically it kicks off at around 11am with the Pride March which commences at Cape Town Stadium. The Mardi Gras then kicks off at 2pm and costs R40p/p.
If you would like to know the events full calendar then visit the Cape Town Pride website.
28 February – KDay Music Festival
The Kday Music festival is hosted by 94.5 KFM and MTN, the event will be taking place at Newlands Cricket Ground and will offer visitors a full day of family fun in the sun. The event will feature a number of local musicians, so be prepared to dance your heart out to some of the hottest tunes performed by South Africa’s leading musicians. Make sure to bring along your picnic baskets or spoil yourself by visiting one of the many delicious food stalls, halaal options will be provided.
The KDay 2015 Line Up
- Jimmy Nevis
- DJ Kent
- Mi Casa
- Prime Circle
- Matthew Mole
- Elvis Blue
- Lloyd Cele
Ticket prices range from R240 for grass seats to R350 for Golden seats, book your tickets to KDay now.
8 March – Cape Town Cycle Tour
The Cape Town Cycle Tour takes place on Sunday the 8th of March, this race is said to be one of the largest individually timed cycling events in the world. The race, which was originally started to raise awareness about the lack of bike paths in South Africa, will see 35 000 people from all over the world competing to win a medal. The 109 km race, which started in 1978, will kick off in Hertzog Boulevard at the Cape Town Civic Centre and will take riders along the N2, down the M3 and along to the False Bay Coast, then along the Atlantic coast, over Suikerbossie Hill and on to the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.
14 March – Cape Town Carnival
Seen as one of Cape Town’s biggest street parties, the Cape Town Carnival will liven up the Green Point Fan Walk. This stylish event aims to celebrate the diverse communities and cultures of Africa. The colourful parade is anticipated to generate roughly 50 000 people, the audience will be introduced to stunning giant floats, wacky puppets and amazing specialty acts. The event will start at 4pm, where people are encouraged to enjoy the variety of foods and crafts along the Green Point Fan Walk. The street will close at 6pm in order to allow organisers to set up for the main event which takes place at 7pm.
This year’s theme is ELEMENTAL which aims to celebrate fire, water, air and earth, the four unstoppable forces that shape us and our environment. Each person is encouraged to shine bright and celebrate what the ELEMENTAL theme means to them.
27 – 28 March – Cape Town International Jazz Festival
This year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival is set to once again take over the CTICC, with a star-studded line up that is set to feature more than 40 local and international artists, performing over five different stages. This year jazz lovers can expect everything from jazz legends and newcomers to music storytellers and upbeat high energy acts.
The 2015 line-up includes local icon Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi, Beatenberg, Amel Larrieux, the melodic Basia Trzetrzelewska, UK jazz legend Courtney Pine C.B.E, seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau, the Gerald Clayton Trio and many more.
Prior to the main event aspiring musicians are offered a wide range of workshops and master classes where they can directly benefit from industry experts and local musicians. Collaboration between the Festival, musicians and the media has ensured that participants at all the workshops benefit generously from the contributions of these professionals.
Tickets are available through Computicket and cost R530 for a day pass and R860 for a weekend pass.