Annual events

Events in Cape Town are well attended by locals and visitors. Large, well-run events are an essential part of the city's destination marketing strategy. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

A number of great events are hosted in Cape Town every year. Some, like the Cape Argus and the Two Oceans Marathon, have become world-famous.


Cape Town is a sports lover's paradise. The Cape Argus Cycle Tour, Cape Epic, J&B Met and Two Oceans Marathon are the premier sporting events in the city.

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Arts and culture

Cape Town has a vibrant music and culture scene. The Cape Minstrel Carnival, Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts and Mother City Queer Project (MCQP) are some of the events that draw visitors from far and wide. 

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Cape Town is the 2014 World Design Capital, and this is a city that celebrates and promotes creativity. Expos and conferences like Decorex and the Design Indaba, as well as events that honour the creative industry's top professionals, like the Loeries and Pendoring awards, are hosted here.

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