Cape Town Carnival

Actors, dancers and performers make their way down the route, outrageously dressed in bright colours and magnificent attire. They escort gigantic floats, breath-taking in their scale and magical charm. The running of this event means high levels of participation and activity from various industries like set-building, clothing and costumes. Because of the needs and requirements of such a large and complicated operation, there are numerous training opportunities in float design, production and logistics.

What results is a glamorous occasion with locals and tourists alike revelling in the incredible experience and energetic displays of pride and identity. It takes place in March each year.


  • Celebrates the diversity and culture of Cape Town
  • Contributes to creative expression, job creation, skills development, social cohesion and economic development
  • Draws crowds of up to 50,000