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March 14, 2012

The mother of all city festivals

Gugulethu Wine Festival is just one of the many festivals Cape Town hosts each year

Testament to Cape Town's ability to successfully host a festival are the recent Infecting the City festival, and Cape Town Pride.

Celebrating everything from culture and music to food and comedy, festivities in the Mother City are always are vibrant and fascinating.

Here’s what’s in store in Cape Town in 2012:

For the musos:

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

This two-day spectacular, now in its 13th year, features a stunning line-up of international and local musicians.

Date: 30-31 March
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Contact: +27 (0)861 915 8000
Website: www.capetownjazzfest.com or www.computicket.com

For the foodies:

Taste of Cape Town Festival

It’s the culinary event of the year and promises to have you hungry for more with its delectable assortment of gourmet and wine stalls.

Date: 19-22 April
Location: Green Point Cricket Club, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 4516
Website: www.tasteofcapetown.com

For the wine connoisseurs:

Second TOPS Gugulethu Wine Festival

Experience the wonderful blend of township life and local viticulture in the heart of Gugulethu this May.

Date: 25-26 May
Location: Gugulethu Shopping Centre, Cape Town
Website: www.gugulethuwinefestival.co.za or www.webtickets.co.za

Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2012

This decadent festival attracts thousands of wine lovers each year and showcases the best of the Stellenbosch wine region.

Date: 28 – 31 July
Location: Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27 (0)21 886-4310
Website: www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za

For the cultural fundis:

Vodacom Funny Festival

Prepare for a week-long laughter fest as world-renowned comedians and variety acts entertain you at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch.

Date: 11 June - 8 July
Location: Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch
Contact: +27 (0)21 685 7880

Website: www.baxter.co.za

Ubuntu Festival

Celebrate the wonder of Nelson Mandela, Father of the Nation, with this multi-cultural event in the city centre. Offering everything from dance exhibitions to gourmet cook-offs, this event should not be missed.

Date: 13-16 July
Location: Cape Town CBD
Website: www.saubuntu.co.za

Cape Town Festival

The impressive Good Hope Centre comes to life with this arts and culture festival

Date: July
Location: Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 465 9042
Website: www.capetownfestival.co.za

Open Book Festival 2012

Book enthusiasts will adore this four-day festival of readings, book signings, dinners with authors and more in The Fringe.

Date: 20 – 24 September
Location: Cape Town
Website: www.openbookfestival.co.za

For the lifestyle fanatics:

Cape Town Wedding Festival

Designers, cake decorators, accommodation specialists, photographers and more await eager brides-to-be and their entourages at this bridal fair.

Date:TBC
Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 674 7350
Email:  info@celebrationhouse.co.za
Website: www.celebrationhouse.co.za

The Two Oceans Hermanus Whale Festival

Spring brings majestic whales and thousands of spectators to the shores of the picturesque costal town, Hermanus.

Date: 28 September-1 October
Location: Hermanus
Contact: +27 (0)28 313 0928  
Website: www.whalefestival.co.za

Cape Town International Kite Festival 2012

Show off your kite-flying skills and your imaginative designs while enjoying some quality family time at the popular annual International Kite Festival in October.

Date: 20-21 October
Location: Zandvlei, Muizenberg
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 9040
Website: www.capementalhealth.co.za

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