What's on in March in Cape Town

It’s time to enjoy the last burst of summer before the leaves start to turn orange and the days get a little shorter. Celebrate in style with the best events in Cape Town this March! For an exhaustive look at the events happening in Cape Town this month, take a look at our events calendar. For our select few highlights, read on.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts continue this March with performances by Goodluck, The Kiffness, The Christians, Jeremy Loops, Petite Noir, Slow Jack, Dan Patlansky, and Albert Frost. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunshine and rolling lawns at one of these fantastic open-air shows.

When: Sundays, December 2017 – April 2018

Jeremy Loops performing at Kirstenbosch

Jeremy Loops performing at Kirstenbosch, by Craig Howes


The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Cape Town’s summer staple and much-loved outdoor movie experience, The Galileo, is back! Offering locals and visitors from near and far popular films screened under the stars at venues across Cape Town and the Winelands, The Galileo offers an excellent evening out for film buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. This month, catch such classics as Wedding Crashers, The Count Of Monte Cristo, Grease, Dead Poets Society, Love Actually, Titanic, and Top Gun—to name just a few!

When: November 2017 – April 2018

The Galileo Open Air Cinema


Cape Town Pride

Cape Town Pride 2018, produced by OUTReach Africa, promises a bumper year of community Events. The Parade will take place at the end of Pride week (3 March) at the Green Point Urban Park.

When: Friday, 23 February – Saturday, 3 March

Cape Town Pride


Free Sunset Concert at the Silo District

On the first Friday in March, you’re in for a special musical treat at the Waterfront. The Symphony Choir of Cape Town and The Gentlemen’s Ensemble will be performing as the sun sets over the Silo District. The Choir will perform a wide variety of traditional African Choral works, as well as Mozart, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Brahms’s “Requiem”, the soaring Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah and many more popular classics.

When: Friday, 2 March

Cape Town Symphony Choir to perform at the V&A Silo District

Cape Town Motor Show

The Cape Town Motor Show, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is set to wow the crowds again at Sun GrandWest this year. It promises to be a weekend of incredible fun with a broad appeal to all car and bike buffs, petrol heads and the entire family, with loads of entertainment for everyone.

When: Friday, 2 March to Sunday, 4 March

Cape Town Motor Show

Cape Town Cycle Tour

The largest timed cycling event in the world is set to go with over 35,000 cyclists from around the globe. The Cycle Tour takes in 109 km of some of the most scenic spots in the world, from the City Bowl around almost the whole Cape Peninsula.

When: Sunday, 11 March

cape town cycle tour

Cape Town Carnival

The Cape Town Carnival will proudly showcase the incredible beauty and diversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as the diverse, resourceful and determined people of the Mother City. Carnival-goers can expect to be wowed by massive floats ranging from a depiction of Mother Nature with the seed of life in her hands, through the spectacular indigenous flowers of the region to the “tree of life” that connects us all.

When: Saturday, 17 March

Cape Town Carnival

Absa Cape Epic

Starting on the iconic Table Mountain, the 2018 Absa Cape Epic will visit Robertson, Worcester and Wellington, and finish at the Val de Vie Estate in the Paarl-Franschoek Valley. The total distance of 658km with 13 530m of climbing will include four consecutive days of over 100km, and in a break with tradition, the final stage of the Epic will not be the easy day it has been in the past. It will take riders from Wellington to Val de Vie over a testing 70km with 2000m of climbing that will make riders earn that precious finishers medal.

When: Sunday, 18 March

Absa Cape Epic riders

The Crazy Store Super Hero Charity Dash

The Crazy Store calls on caped crusaders, their sidekicks, and wannabes to transform into your favourite heroic character! If you can put smiles on kids’ faces, we need you! Secondly, the only superpower you’re going to need is the ability to cover a choice of 2,5km or 5km and deliver a gift halfway through. You can choose to walk, crawl, fly, skip or run the distance… it’s up to you!

When: Wednesday, 21 March

The Crazy Store Super Hero Charity Dash

The South African Eco Film Festival

The 5th Annual SA Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town this year. The theme is #connected, and the festival will showcase challenging, intriguing, and creative film content from SA and across the world. It’s also a great way to get inspired to make sustainable living choices and lifestyle changes.

When: Thursday, 22 – Friday, 30 March

The South African Eco Film Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival is affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”. It is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is famous for its star-studded line up of local and international artists, and is currently preparing for its 19th annual event.

When: Friday, 23 – Sunday, 24 March

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival


South African International Tattoo Convention

The second annual South African International Tattoo Convention returns to Cape Town to host 80 of the world’s most reputable and respected tattoo artists. Artists have opportunity to connect with South African tattoo enthusiasts and members of the public, who can explore and learn more about these virtuoso’s and their styles, or even get inked on site!

When: Friday, 23 – Sunday, 24 March 

South African International Tattoo Convention


Old Mutual Two Ocean Marathon

The 49th consecutive Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon will remain on the traditional route via Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek. It’s known as the world’s most beautiful marathon, and it’s not hard to see why—the views from almost every stretch are magnificent.

When: Saturday, 31 March

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon


Remember to book your tickets for summer events in Cape Town early to avoid disappointment! 

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