The Cape Town Fringe Festival is intimate and artsy, with opportunities to see some of the rising stars of the arts scene without breaking the bank. There are a number of exhibitions, performances, and theatre shows, as well as daily pop-up performances and giveaways too. 2018 is the event’s fourth year, and it attracts rich local and international talent, with many award-winning productions taking to the stage.


Fringe takes place in the spring time every year. The 2018 Cape Town Fringe will take place across the Mother City from 20 September to 7 October 2018. Expect two weeks of local and international innovation and a whole lot of fun.

The venue

The centre of the festival will be in the Cape Town City Hall. Here, the Fringe Club will have a great line-up of free events and live performances. Other venues will be scattered around the Mother City during the course of the festival. These venues include the Alexander Bar, Langa’s Theatre in the Backyard and the Makukhanye Arts Room in Khayelitsha, Guga S’Thebe, and the new AFDA Theatre in Observatory.

The vibe

The affair is set to showcase over 80 acts across a number of genres – think drama, dance, comedy, performance art, illusion, music and more – although organisers are aiming to establish the popular annual event primarily as a theatre festival. This major showcase is one of the biggest in the Mother City that fully celebrates nurturing South African creative talent and the arts.


The Cape Town Fringe Festival is all about fresh new theatre, dance, and comedy by local and international artists. This festival will rock Cape Town and the line-up includes firm favourites like Police Cops, and the national debut of a local adaptation of The Gruffalo, especially for the children.

The inaugural Cape Town Buskers’ Festival is part of Fringe, these outdoor sessions can be enjoyed from 6 to 9 October, and including a number of acclaimed local and international public street performers; such as ‘Dynamike’ from Canada, who has travelled to dozens of festivals around the world, and is renowned as one of the world’s best.

There are other fantastic shows for the entire family too, and these are offered through the course of the school holidays. However, they are extremely popular, and those who would like to enjoy them are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.


Tickets range from R40 to R100 and the 2018 festival has been extended so that the maximum number of people gets to enjoy this experience. Furthermore, pensioners and students get discounts, and there are special offers, such as half-price Mondays.