There’s always something going on in Cape Town, and during the month of May, the city hosts a number of fun and entertaining events. Whether you’re into literary greats, arts, music, food, or even fancy a run, there really is something for everyone this May.
Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
In celebration of a great olive harvest, the two Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West (a short hour drive from Cape Town) come together to host the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival. The festival is a true foodie’s delight with a great selection of not only the finest olives, olive oils, tapenades, and even soaps, but also wine from local cellars, beer from the region’s very own craft breweries, as well as great food, live entertainment, activities for the little ones. The festival is in its 17th year, and promises to be even more delicious than ever!
When: 6 – 7 May 2017
Bree Street Block Party
Back in the city, the Bree Street Block party is a celebration of a different kind. Over the past couple of years, Bree street has become the place to be for locals, with a bunch of trendy bars, eateries, clubs and art galleries popping up in the area, and giving the street its lively energy. The Bree Street Block Party celebrates this creative and fun inner city vibe, with food, art, and a great line-up of live music and DJs.
When: 7 May 2017
You don’t get much bigger than Justin Bieber.
The pop superstar has reinvented himself since his debut album seven years ago, but what has not changed is his massive popularity. The pop heartthrob sold out on his last tour of the Mother City in 2013 and the website crashed when tickets went on sale late last year for his return visit.
Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any extra tickets doing the rounds.
When: 17 May
Where: Cape Town Stadium
Franschhoek Literary Festival & Book Week for Young Readers
Readers rejoice! The Franschhoek Literary Festival is one of the highlights for book lovers from all over the country. Every year the festival hosts esteemed writers, readers, booksellers and publishers who are engaging and actively promote reading on all levels. Visitors can meet the authors, listen to readings, enjoy classical concerts, and enjoy great food at Franschhoek’s world-renowned restaurants. In addition, the ‘Book Week for Young Readers’ is dedicated to young readers, and takes place during the week leading up to the festival. Kids can listen to 46 children’s authors who will be reading and telling stories.
Young Readers: 15 – 18 May 2017
Main Festival: 19 – 21 May 2017
The Cape Town 12 OneRun
For those who want to get their blood pumping and legs loose, the Cape Town 12 OneRun is a 12km road running race and fun run that starts in Milnerton and ends at the Portside Building in the lower CBD. The flat and fast route takes runners along the coastline, through the harbour, and past many of the city’s well-known landmarks. The run is a festive affair and sees everyone from serious, competitive runners, to those who like to those who like to dress up in wacky costumes and enjoy the party vibe.
When: 21 May 2017