The winter season is upon us and there are many interesting events in Cape Town to look forward to in July. From the wine and oyster festival to orchestral concerts, there is an abundance of things to keep you entertained in South Africa’s Mother City this winter. Here is our round-up of the most interesting events in Cape Town during July 2018.
1 Knysna Oyster Festival (29 June-8 July)
Head out to the lovely Garden Route town of Knysna between 29 June and 8 July and visit the annual Oyster Festival. There will be plenty of ocean-fresh fare and local wines, as well as a number of activities including fashion shows, concerts, and entertainment for children. Like every year, the festival will include several sporting events like mountain biking and running races including the Half Marathon and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon on July 7. The entrance to the festival is free, but some events and activities require a booking fee. For more information, please visit www.oysterfestival.co.za.
2 Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights (29 June-8 July)
One of the most anticipated events in Western Cape, the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights is taking place at the charming seaside town of Gordon’s Bay and runs over two weekends. Whether you are into wine tastings and enjoying food at the food stools or you wish to see street parades, this amazing festival offers plenty of entertainment and activities to its residents and visitors. During the festival, the whole town is lit up by over 24 000 LED twinkling fairy lights which are hung from trees and buildings. Some of the must-see attractions include art and craft stalls, green screen photo booth, food trucks, motoring exhibition, and wine tastings. The entrance to the festival will set you back R20.
3 Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival (6 – 15 July)
If you are into classical music, make sure to visit the famous Stellenbosch International Chamber of Music Festival from 6 to 15 July at the Stellenbosch University. Over the course of 10 days, the visitors will have a chance to see daily faculty and student concerts, as well as public master classes in Stellenbosch. The biggest event is definitely the performance from the event’s Festival Concert and Symphony Orchestras. Tickets for orchestral concerts cost around R120 and can be purchased at computicket.com
4 Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen (11 – 15 July)
One of the most interesting events in Cape Town this July is the 5-day performance from Joseph Clark at the Artscape Theatre. Joseph is regarded as one of the best tribute acts to the music of the legendary Queen band and his Music of Queen performances are truly outstanding. Expect to hear classic Queen songs like “I Want To Break Free”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Killer Queen, and many other catchy tunes. The tickets for the concerts cost between R 150 and R 250.
5 Tops at Spar Wine Show 2018 (12 – 14 July)
Wine lovers will be pleased to hear that the Tops at Spar Wine Show is coming back to Cape Town for the second time. Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy live local music and sample and purchase a variety of wines by case or bottle over three days from 12 to 14 July. This year’s theme is “Welcome to Winderland” and besides a great selection of wines, gourmet South African food is offered to visitors. The entrance costs R140 and includes a complimentary wine glass. For additional information about the event, please go to wineshow.co.za.
6 Bastille Festival at Franschhoek (14 – 15 July)
Also known as France’s Independence Day, the Bastille Festival is taking place at the lovely town of Franschhoek from 14 to 15 July. Besides top-class wines and a feast of tasty food, the festival includes a number of events including the porcupine ridge barrel-rolling contest, a variety of fun games for families with kids, and the popular boules competition. You can purchase your ticket at webtickets.co.za for R350 on Saturday and R280 on Sunday. The good news is that kids under 18 years of age can enter for free.
7 Pole Art Cape Town (28 July)
There are many interesting events in Cape Town this July and Pole Art South Africa is one of them. Held for the first time, this event celebrates pole performances and many international and local pole artists will be invited to perform at the event. Competitors will be judged by their moves, artistic elements, and execution. The tickets for this one-day festival cost R250 per person.