What's happening in July in Cape Town

Capetonians are known to go into a bit of a hibernation during winter, but that doesn’t mean the city goes to sleep when the cold and the rain hits. From food to funny, music to magic, there’s a ton of activities to keep everyone entertained. July is also time for the winter school holidays, and there are lots of activities during aimed at children during the chilly days.

Here are a couple of events happening in the Mother City in July:

Woodstock Winter Beer Festival

Cape Town isn’t only known for its excellent wine, it’s also home to some of the country’s best craft beer. The Woodstock Winter Beer Festival at The Palms celebrates all things beer, and of course, the delicious food that goes with it, with live music to jazz up the atmosphere. It’s a day not to be missed for beer aficionados or for those who fancy good food and a fun time.

When: 1 July 2017
Where: The Palms Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Contact: (+27) 79 1643798
Get tickets: www.quicket.co.za

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Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland Festival

The sleepy seaside town of Gordon’s Bay lights up (literally) at the beginning of July to celebrate winter. The main attraction is the Festival of Lights that gets bigger and better each year. In addition, the Carnival Weekend (or weekends) sees the town abuzz with activities — from food and craft markets, live music, parades, pop-up restaurants, and kids’ favourite, a great big amusement park.

When: 30 June – 2 July, 7 – 9 July 2017
Where: Gordon’s Bay
Contact: (+27) 71 606 3261
Website: winterwonderland.co.za

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

The internationally renowned classical music festival opens its doors once again for intimate recitals, chamber performances, and symphonic orchestras. The festival is also a great youth development event, with public master classes, lectures and coaching, and the opportunity to perform in front of appreciative audiences

When: 30 June – 9 July 2017
Where: Stellenbosch
Contact: (+27) 21 808 2343
Website: www.sicmf.co.za

Children’s Magic Festival

While it’s not quite Hogwarts, Cape Town’s College of Magic (the only one of its kind in the world, mind you) presents their annual Children’s Magic Festival, just in time for the school holidays. From Wednesday to Saturday, kids can marvel at all kinds of magic, and learn the, uhm, tricks of the trade from current and former students. Jugglers, clowns and mimes will add to the magical atmosphere.

When: 5 – 8 July 2017
Where: Claremont, Cape Town
Contact: 021 683 5480
Website: collegeofmagic.com

The Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

With a line-up of popular local, as well as international comedians, the annual Cape Town Funny Festival will once again be tickling funny bones at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch. Local funnymen Marc Lottering, Loyiso Madinga, Alan Committie, as well as Captain Frodo, all the way from Norway, the UK’s Paul Dabek, and Mario, Queen of the Circus, from the USA will ensure the laughs are plentiful.

Where: Baxter Threatre, Rondebosch, Cape Town
When: 10 July – 6 August 2017
Contact: 021 680 3962
Website: eddycassar.co.za

Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival

One of the Cape’s favourite festivals, the annual Bastille Day Festival coincides with the French holiday of the same name. During the weekend, the quaint little ‘French’ village of Franschhoek puts on its red, white and blue garb, and celebrates French independence with great food, superb wine, interesting markets, and a whole host of fun and games, such as barrel rolling, and the popular boules competition.

When: 15 – 16 July 2017
Where: Franschhoek
Contact: 021 876 2861
Website: www.franschhoekbastille.co.za

Eikehof Wine Farm

The view from Eikehof on the Franschhoek Wine Tram route

Disney on Ice

Another one for the little ones (and not-so- little ones), Disney on Ice brings the magic to Grand West’s ice rink. The show is titled The Wonderful World, and features nearly 50 of Disney’s much-adored characters gliding along the ice. It’s the perfect outing for the school holidays.

When: 19 – 23 July 2017
Where: Grand West, Goodwood, Cape Town
Contact: 079 218 1658
Buy tickets: computicket.mobi

See our Events Calendar for more events and our list of top activities for kids these school holidays.