What's on in January in Cape Town
2019 is upon us, and things are kicking off with some of the most exciting events of the summer! January is all about sunshine, warmth, and long, jam-packed days. So get out there and celebrate the new year in style! Here are a few of our top picks for the month.
For a complete list of events, take a look at our calendar.
This event takes place on 2 January each year and is one of the biggest events in the mother city. Performers, known as the Kaapse Klopse, don colourful suits, face-paint, hats, and parasols and strut their stuff through the streets, with brass instruments and drums, in the traditional ghoema musical style.
When: 2 January
The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcomes you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalizing treats and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars. Watch a movie at one of several fantastic outdoor venues. Check Webtickets for the full line up for January.
When: 2-31 January
L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has become South Africa’s first ever multi-day Racing Festival which is held over a Friday and Saturday with the main L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Race being held the Saturday. This year the event sees to host the third official L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival. The much anticipated Garden Party will be held on Friday as well.
When: 4-5 January
The Musical Aunty Merle and role of Aunty Merle is written and played by comedian Marc Lottering. It has received no fewer than four Fleur du Cap award nominations. This hit show has already enjoyed two sell-out seasons and is back by public demand. Be sure to catch it at the Baxter Theatre this month.
When: 5 January
Be sure to catch Goldfish in the beautiful Kirstenbosch setting this month. They’re bringing a spectacular and eclectic genre-defying mix of live instruments, house beats, infused vocals and a searing live performance.
When: 6 January
Following its sold-out run earlier this year, Nik Rabinowitz returns to the Baxter Concert Hall with his hilarious new show Dry White. Having recovered from his early-onset midlife crisis just in time for Cape Town to almost become the world’s first city to run out of water, stand-up comic Nik Rabinowitz decided to explore the recent drought in Cape Town for his new show. Be sure to catch this comedian live at the Baxter Theatre.
When: 12 January
Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by Roald Dahl. The show has won over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical. The performances will take place at the Artscape Theatre.
When: 9 December – 13 January
A world of frozen fun is back at Canal Walk this festive season. Ice Slide World will transform the Centre Court into a chill-out zone with a fantasy area, ice slides and much more entertainment for the whole family.
When: 6 December – 13 January
Come and Join the 19th Annual Classic Car & Bike Show hosted by Timour Hall Villa. Enjoy a wonderful static display of vehicles and engines hosted over two days.
When: 19 – 20 January
This event will bring racing enthusiasts and fashionistas together to celebrate and witness the thrill of Africa’s Richest Race Day. Expect world-class horse racing entertainment, and equestrian-inspired elegance like you’ve never seen before. Come and enjoy the day out with friends and family.
When: 26 January
Cape Town is set to play host to the world’s finest and most daring kiteboarders. The competition takes place on the windiest day between the 26th of January and 10th of February. The event is a highlight on the kite surfing calendar and sees the very best board-riders from all over the world.
When: 26 January – 10 February
Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights and browse accommodation now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus.
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