What’s on in August 2023 in Cape Town

Things to do in Cape Town

Things to do in Cape TownGet ready for a busy August in Cape Town – it may still be Winter but the city is alive with a vibrant array of events! Immerse yourself in the captivating rhythm of live music performances that will leave you wanting more. Unleash your inner culture enthusiast at awe-inspiring concerts and theatrical productions, showcasing the best of local and international talent.

Thursday 3 August 2023

Join Zeitz MOCAA for the opening of Past Disquiet and Seismography of Struggle: Towards a Global History of Critical and Cultural Journals – on Thursday, 3 August as well as accompanying Symposium and Book Launch on Saturday, 5 August 2023. The exhibitions explore archival, exhibition, and publishing histories related to resistance, struggle, and solidarity. They bring together both storytelling and immersive viewing experiences. 

Exhibition: Thursday, 3 August 6 pm
Book Launch: Saturday, 5 August
Venue: Atrium Foyer and Level 4 
Free entry

Saturday 5 August 2023

Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Collective at Against the Grain in Wale Street, Bo Kaap

This poetry collective is an inclusive platform for poets hosting weekly online readings and open mics around the city. On Saturday 5 August you can see Joy Millar, Thokozile Madonko and Megan Hall in action in Bo Kaap.

Follow @redwheelbarrowpoetrycollective on Instagram to stay up to date with events around Cape Town.

Sunday 6 August 2023

Festive Jazz Sundays at Beluga

Starting the first Sunday in August, Jazz lovers can enjoy lunch and live music from 1-m at Beluga on the 1st floor of the Cruise Terminal next to Makers Landing at the V&A Waterfront. Booking is essential.

Visit for more information.

Wednesday 9 August 2023

Dope Saint Jude Live at Artscape

Dope Saint Jude will be performing a special live show on Women’s Day at the Artscape Theatre. Supported by a live band made up of Giovanni Serci (Drums), Antonio Cencherle (Keys), Arianna Carini (Guitar) and Jody Engelbrecht (Musical direction) and many more, this will be her first live band offering in South Africa in over 5 years. Long-time Dope Saint Jude collaborator and Drag Queen, Manila von Teez, will serve as the opening act of the show.

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Wednesday 9 August 2023

Total Sports Women’s Race

The streets of Cape Town will resemble a “Sea of Pink” on 9 August when runners and walkers join forces in solidarity to celebrate National Women’s Day at the iconic Totalsports Women’s Race!

Starting and finishing point is the Grand Parade in Darling Street.

Celebrating all women – mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts, the Totalsports Women’s Race launched in the Western Cape in 2001. In 2007 the event expanded to Johannesburg, before heading to Durban in 2011 making it SA’s largest Nationwide Women’s Day Celebration.

Each entrant will receive an Event tee as part of their entry. No U14yrs.

Race info here

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From 10 August 2023

Harrington’s East City Sessions

ECS features established jazz acts, as well as up-and-coming experimental acts that are looking for a stage to cut their teeth. 

This is a weekly event that’s growing a loyal following with every set, so be a part of the good vibes and join us every Thursday for some of the local and international talent. 

10th August – Giuliette Price Quintet
17th August – Buddy Wells Quartet
24th August – Emmaleen Duo
31st August – MaxX and Love

Entrance is free. Music starts at 7pm. Booking is advised: 

Saturday 12 August 2023

French Affair – ladies only event

Look forward to embracing the essence of French elegance and dress up for a chic day out. Ladies enjoy cocktails, live music as well as a Parisienne flea market.
Queen’s Lounge at the V&A Waterfront.

Wednesday 16 August 2023

Morning Melodies – Ivor Joffe & Friends

Baxter Concert Hall
Morning Melodies is an engaging series of morning concerts, designed with seniors in mind. Offering a diverse array of performances, we ensure there’s something to suit every taste. From soul-stirring music to invigorating dance and laughter-filled comedy, Morning Melodies promises a well-rounded entertainment experience. You can purchase your tickets directly from our box office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 10am to 4pm.

Wednesday 16 August 2023

School’s Arts Festival at Artscape

The Schools’ Arts Festival gives learners the opportunity to showcase their talent on a professional stage. The festival stimulates a love for theatre and the performing arts while creating an individual sense of self-esteem, pride and achievement. The project encourages nation building as kids and their parents from different cultural backgrounds come together to experience a common goal. Selected items from schools participating in the Schools’ Arts Festival will be showcased at the Gala event on Thursday 31st August 2023.

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Friday 25 August 2023

Comedy at the Radisson Red

Join us for a night of laughter and entertainment at the Radisson Red V&A Waterfront as we present a side-splitting comedy show that will have you ROFL. Headlining the event is the incredibly talented Marc Lottering, known for his unique brand of humor and quick wit. Setting the stage for an unforgettable evening is the charismatic host, Keenan Cerff, whose infectious energy will keep the audience engaged and entertained throughout the show. With his natural charm and comedic timing, Keenan will ensure a seamless flow from one act to another.


Saturday 26 August 2023

The Royal Jubilee at GrandWest Grand Arena

Robin Pieters and Craig Lucas will honour strong women in an incredible evening of music. They promise to inspire and motivate through music. Concert goers can look forward to performances of old classics and the artist’s original music.

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Sunday 27 August 2023

Rands 8th Birthday Celebration in Khayelitsha

Rands turns 8 so be prepared to embark on an extraordinary journey as we delve into the incredible theme of “Infinity & Beyond!” The line-up that will leave you breathless!
This is iParty that you definitely don’t want to miss, so mark your calendars and in as Rands takes party goers to the outer limits of iGROOVE!!

VVIP bookings :

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