Your Guide to Cape Town’s Best Festivals & Blue Flag Beaches

According to the World Travel Awards, the Mother City is the best host city in all of continental Africa. To those of us who live here, this does not come as a surprise!

On 6 October, a stunning star-studded gala held in Durban unveiled that Cape Town was to be named Africa’s leading destination for festivals and events. As a popular accommodation venue with hundreds of travelers passing through on a weekly basis boasting about their adventures in our beautiful city, we would have to agree.

From large, industry-wide initiatives to smaller, local community festivals and markets, Cape Town has an exciting event suitable for all walks of life. What’s more? With a whopping score of ten beaches, Cape Town has once again been named the city that boasts the largest amount of beautiful blue flag beaches.

What is a blue flag beach, you ask? The National Blue Flag Programme is a program coordinated by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa. To be awarded a blue flag (an International accreditation), each beach must display excellence across four different categories: environmental education, environment management, safety and water quality. Essentially, Cape Town’s beaches are among some of the safest, most clean and environmentally sound beaches around!

So, which beaches & festivals should you be heading to? We’ve got the scoop below.


Upcoming Festivals & Events


  1. Constantia Gift Fair:

Where: SA Riding for the Disabled Association, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

When: 7-11 November 2018

What: A lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas & hand-picked innovative products and gifts.

Cost: R30 entrance fee for adults, FREE for children



  1. Cheese & Wine Fair:

Where: Life Grand Café at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

When: 10 November 2018 | 2pm – 11pm

What: Cheese, wine, live DJ & sunset celebrations.

Cost: R220

Tickets: Quicket





  1. The Dessert Expo:

Where: Cape Town Stadium, Green Point

When: 23-25 November 2018 | Fri & Sat 10am-8pm | Sun 10am-5pm

What: An interactive, educational & entertaining event including elite pastry professionals, bakeries, local restaurants, caterers, confectioners, chocolatiers, ice cream shops, frozen dessert makers & boutique dessert companies, all under one roof.

Cost: R120 for adults | R60 under 13 | R30 under 6 | R60 pensioners

Tickets: Quicket




  1. Cape Town Festival of Beer:

Where: Hamilton’s Rugby Club

When: 30 November – 2 December 2018-11-07

What: Over 200 beers from over 60 local & international breweries, food stalls, live music & rugby, of course!

Cost: R70 per person

Tickets: Webtickets





  1. Festival of Light Art:
    1. Where: Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
    2. When: 8 December 2018 – 30 January 2019 | Opening ceremony takes place at 5pm | Festival evenings take place from 7pm daily
    3. What: Spier presents their annual festive season light festival where Spier lights up each evening with a journey of life & sound artworks across the farm. The opening ceremony takes place on 8 & 9 December 2017.
    4. Cost: Opening ceremony R75 – R200 | Free entry for remainder of festival period


  1. Tribute Fest SA:
    1. Where: Hillcrest Quarry
    2. When: 26 December 2018
    3. What: The 5th annual Tribute Fest is a concert dedicated to some of the greatest rock legends of all time, performed by top local South African artists. The lineup is still to be confirmed, so be sure to check closer to the date.
    4. Cost: TBC

Blue Flag Beaches

  1. Bikini Beach
  2. Mnandi Beach
  3. Strandfontein Beach
  4. Muizenberg Beach
  5. Fish Hoek
  6. Llandudno
  7. Camps Bay Beach
  8. Clifton 4th Beach
  9. Melkbosstrand
  10. Silwerstroomstrand


Have any other exciting events to add to our list? Pop us a comment below!


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