What's on in July in Cape Town

It’s time to enjoy the last burst of summer before the leaves start to fall and the days get a little shorter. Celebrate in style with the best events in Cape Town this April! 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.

Mandela Trilogy at Artscape Opera House

Celebrate the Mandela Centenary with the Cape Town Opera this month with two concert performances of the acclaimed Mandela Trilogy at the Artscape Opera House. It’s an opera in three acts, following Madiba’s youth in Qunu, his life in Sophiatown, and his imprisonment on Robben Island. Thato Machona, Musante Sakupwanya, and Aubrey Lodewyk star in this spectacular production, not to be missed.

When: Tuesday, 17 and Wednesday, 18 July


Odyssey Fashion Fair 2018

The Odyssey Fashion Project is an inclusive platform for South African and African fashion designers to showcase their work to the public.It attracts over 300 people annually, and showcases the work of local and African designers.

When: Saturday, 28 July


Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights

The 2018 Winter Wonderland Festival will be a brand new experience with all festival activities happening at “Carnival Park” which is located in Hendon Park on Gordon’s Bay’s beautiful beach. Expect adventure, foods from all over the world, craft stalls, music, a beer tent, a fun park, the ghost house, and lots more.

When: Friday, 6 – Sunday, 8 July

Photo by John Corser


Capegate Adventure Park

The Capegate Adventure Park is one of the best things to do with kids this winter. Kids will be able to enjoy a giant obstacle course inflatable, a nerf gun station and a jungle gym with a climbing wall. The Adventure Park is suitable for kids between the ages of 5 and 11.

When: Friday, 22 June –  Saturday, 14 July


Othello: A Women’s Story

Enjoy a classic Shakespearean play—complete with love, miscommunication, jealousy, and betrayal—but with a twist. This modern take on this classic drama is set in a world we all understand, but all the characters are women, and are played by female actors. This is not your usual Shakespeare experience.

When: Wednesday, 20 June – Monday, 23 July


Alice in Wonderland

The kids’ classic, Alice in Wonderland, shows this month at CenturyCity. The award-winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer, will entertain children with  a garden of singing flowers.

When: Saturday, 23 June –  Sunday, 15 July

The Waterfront Theatre School- presents URINETOWN

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-endorsed ban on private toilets. Citizens are forced to use public loos, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for the basic need to wee! this award-winning musical this July at the Artscape.

When: Wednesday, 4 – Saturday, 14 July




The Producers at Masque Theatre

The Producers is a musical comedy, adapted from Mel Brooks’s 1967 film of the same name. The original Broadway production premiered in 2001 and ran for over 2,500 performances, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, along with 3 Olivers. The show is on at the Masque Theatre in Muizenberg this July.

When: Wednesday, 4 – Saturday, 21 July


Giselle Ballet at Artscape Theatre

Giselle is showing at The Artscape Theatre this July. It is one of the most popular classical ballets, telling the tragic story of a young girl who loses her mind after being suddenly left by her lover.

When: Friday 6 July


2018 Soccer World Cup brings laughs to Cape Town Comedy Club

Forget smokey bars and friends’ couches. There’s a new best place to watch the game: the Cape Town Comedy Club! For World Cup 2018, Cape Town Comedy Club will be screening the games on Friday 6 July, Saturday 7 July, as well as the quarter-final, semi-final, and final. Entrance is free, but on a first come, first served basis and some of the Mother’s City finest comedic talent will be your hosts, serving up humor with their football knowledge (or lack thereof).

When: Friday, 6 – Sunday, 15 July


Big Issue Fundraising Concert & Blanket Drive

The concert features the Cape Town Male Voice Choir with guest soprano Louise Howlett and pianist Albert Combrink. Expect a mix of performances, from Mozart and Verdi to Broadway and smooth ballads.

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When: Saturday, 7 July

Cape Town Jive Funny Festival 

Cape Town’s best loved laugh-fest kicked off in 1997 as the country’s first comedy festival. Today it attracts the best comedic acts in the world. This year’s Cape Town Funny Fest lineup includes Alan Committie, Raymond Raymonson, Marc Lottering, Tats Nkonzo, Gerry Connolly, Rob van Vuuren, Siv Ngesi, Khanyisa Bunu, Goronwy Thom, Richard Garaghty, and Mookie Cornish.

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When: Monday, 9 July – Sunday, 5 August

The Franschhoek Wine Valley, South Africa’s leading wine and food destination, will once again host the annual Bastille Day celebration.

When: Saturday, 14 – Sunday, 15 July


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