Strap on your party hat and enjoy summer vibes and ocean views in the beautiful Mother City.

With beautiful beaches, stunning vineyards and majestic mountain views, Cape Town is without a doubt a world-class destination with plenty to explore. Not surprisingly, the scenery in and around the city also makes it an ideal location for hosting some amazing summer festivals. Here are a few you don’t want to miss:


1. Corona Sunset Festival 

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This year, the Corona Sunsets Festival will be hosting yet another special event from midday well into the evening. Hosted at The Bungalow (which has a stunning ocean-view terrace),we have every reason to believe that this event will live up to the epic affair of the various installments of the festival we’ve seen around the world.

In addition to scenic ocean surrounds and great food, there will also be performances from the likes of Jonas Blue, Klingande, Mi Casa, Timo ODV, No Method, Da Capo, Strange Loving, Leighton Moody, Majozi, Early Hours and Johnny Paps.

When: 16 December

2. Up the Creek 

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Taking place on the gorgeous Breede River, Up the Creek Music Festival is one of the most spectacularly set festivals you’ll ever see.

This outdoor extravaganza features three music stages (Jägermeister Main Stage, Savanna River Stage and Savanna Late-Night Stage) which will see performances from over 40 live bands. Thankfully, all of the stages will be hosting acts at different times, so none of the performances overlap and you won’t have to miss out on any of the fun.

Rock ‘n Roll is the focal point of the festival, but there will also be pop, indie-folk and some DJ acts to keep the party going. The Sedgwick’s Old Brown Foodcourt stage will have an array of new up-and-coming artists every morning and afternoon. Mango Groove is the headline act of the festival this year.

When: 25 – 28 January

3. Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival 

Cape Town Summer Festivals 2017

Surf and ocean culture is a serious thing in Cape Town. But aside from its exploration of this culture, the Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival has a deeper underlying message.

This year, the festival is focused on celebrating women. This focus will see the festival showcase the talents of some of South Africa’s brightest scientists, artists, photographers and activists who advocate for women’s rights using the ocean as their muse.

Prior to the main event, there will be other activities in and around the festival including the Art Board Exhibition (this is an art exhibition out of surfboards) and auction with Rob Van Vuuren at Jack Black Beer Brewery; Film Night, Rolling Wood Surf & Skate Store at Muizenberg; Light Waves Exhibition, Red Bull Studio at Bree Street; and the Ocean Film Festival at Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront.

When: 2 December

4. Festival of Chariots

Cape Town Summer Festivals 2017

The Festival of Chariots is an ancient, traditional Hindu celebration that is held annually in major cities all over the world. In Cape Town, this festival is held on the Sea Point Promenade along Beach Road.

Now celebrating its 11th year in Cape Town, this year the festival will have a strong focus on history and tradition. Yoga, meditation, Henna body art and traditional music and chants are some of the activities avaible. Following on traditional practice, sweet and savoury vegetarian treats will be the order of the day.

When: 17 December

5Cape Town Festival of Beer

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Beer is one of South Africa’s favourite beverages. The success of the Cape Town Festival of Beer, which is now in its 8th year and the fact that it is the largest festival of beer in the Southern Hemisphere, is all the evidence you need.

Your day ticket allows you access to over 200 local and international beers (more than 60 breweries and distributors), food stalls and live music. They’ll even be several ciders available. There will also be limited edition beers brewed specifically for the festival.

Also on offer will be artisanal beer, food and beer pairing, home-brewing demos, a beer-judging competition, blind tastings, lucky draws and raffles.

When: 1 – 3 December



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