Events in Cape Town in January

The Diamond Works Tour in the Cape Winelands

Experience a truly luxurious South African excursion with the Diamond Works Cape Winelands experience. Start with the “Sparkling Tour” paired with premium Deetlefs Wines and embark on a wine tasting at Deetlefs Winery, followed by a gourmet burger. The tour can be booked 24 hours in advance with door-to-door pick up within the Cape Town and Cape Winelands area.

When: Available 7 days a week throughout January
Where: Pick up at your door
Tickets: Starting at R1,790 per person (minimum 2 people)
Contact: 021 425 1970,


Table Mountain sunset special

This summer, locals can enjoy a thrilling (return) cable car ride and a spectacular sunset experience on the top of the iconic Table Mountain for half the standard price after 18:00. Soak up a 360-degree view of the city and peninsula and watch as the sun sinks behind the Atlantic Ocean.

When: 3rd January to 28th February 2019
Where: Table Mountain Cable Car Station
Tickets: R90 – R330
Contact: 021 424 0015,

Table Mountain Cableway sunset special valentines

Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic

This January, GrandWest and Showtime Australia are presenting an arena rock spectacular with the most sensational tribute ever staged: “Queen It’s a Kinda Magic” coming to town for one big night only! Experience the glory of Queen with this international hit show, which has been personally endorsed by Freddie Mercury’s former assistant and biographer, Peter Freestone. Relive the magic of Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, and more: all performed live!

When: 12th January 2019
Where: Grand Arena, Grand West, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town
Tickets: R250 to R380, available from
Contact: 021 505 7777,


Matilda: The Musical

Inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is a multi-award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

When: Running until 13th January 2019
Where: Artscape Theatre, D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore
Tickets: R100 – R520, available from
Contact: 021 410 9800,

Matilda Musical

Concerts in the Park, De Waal Park

Whether for the specific artists featured or the informal warm social atmosphere (or both), the ever-popular and free Concerts in the Park attract people in the thousands. Capetonians have made this musical celebration a regular feature on their social calendars, bringing friends and families together to enjoy the fabulous live music, a picnic, and the beautiful outdoor setting of De Waal Park.

When: 13th January 2019
Where: De Waal Park, Molteno Road, CBD, Cape Town
Tickets: Free
Contact: 021 423 4526,


Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts present an exhilarating line-up of local and international artists within the sweeping green expanse of the spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Bring a picnic and camp out on the lawn with friends, while enjoying the live music.

When: 13th Jan – Parlotones | 20th Jan – Freshlyground | 27th Jan – Mafikizolo
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Tickets: R150 – R220 per person, available from

Goldfish at Kirstenbosch

Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Festival

This season, the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Festival will include performances by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town City Ballet’s Swingtime in the Park, and the Cape Town Comedy Club’s Jesters in the Park. There will also be a series of Sunday night concerts throughout the season, featuring Derek Gripper, Graham Weier, and an evening of gospel choir. So, in true Maynardville tradition, pack a picnic and enjoy a meal and some refreshments in the park before the show begins! There is also a bar and coffee shop at the venue.

When: 17th January to 10th March 2019
Where: Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Piers Road, Wynberg
Tickets: Various, depending on show. Go to
Contact: 083 414 0552,

Cape Town Philharmonic playing at Maynardville Open Air Theatre 2018. Image credit Bronwyn Lloyd

Taalmonument Full Moon Picnics

Pack a basket and blanket and head to the picturesque Paarl Mountain to celebrate a Full Moon Picnic on Friday 19th January 2019. The Taalmonument was originally built in celebration of the Afrikaans language and today stands as a proud, iconic monument in the town of Paarl. The full moon picnics are very popular with local residents and overseas visitors, who particularly enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes of the valleys, mountains, and peninsula. A free, guided tour explaining the symbolism of the monument is offered at 18:30, while outdoor games and playgrounds are available for children. Bring your own picnic or order one from 021 863 2800

When: 19th January 2019
Where: Taalmonument, Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl Mountain, Paarl
Tickets: R30 (adults) | R10 (students) | R5 (6 – 18 years) | Free (0 – 6 years)
Tickets available from


Scarborough Fair

The Scarborough Fair is a community event organised by the Scarborough Community and hosted by the Camel Rock Restaurant. The atmosphere makes them quite unique, with welcoming, friendly, vibrant, and creative energies composing a heady and enticing blend. Expect retail therapy, festivities, family fun, live entertainment, and stalls with food, craft, plants, jewellery, clothes, art, face-painting, local beer, frozen cocktails, ice cream, and so much more!

When: 20th January 2019
Where: Camel Rock Restaurant, 264 Main Rd, Scarborough, Cape Town
Tickets: Free


Jordan Full Moon Run

The popular Full Moon Night Run Series is back this summer, taking place on prestigious wine estates in Stellenbosch. In January, the venue is Jordan Wine Estate, where stunning vineyard settings, a sunset, and a moonrise during your run awaits participants. Those who compete in all three events (online entries only) will receive a special Full Moon Series medal. A Grand Prize has also been allocated for top athletes in each category. This series is both a run and an evening out, where you can enjoy music, good food, and superb wine after every race!

When: 23rd January 2019
Where: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Rd, Vlottenberg, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R80 for 5 km | R130 for 10 km, available on
Contact: 021 881 3441,


Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Music Festival

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be staging their 13th Summer Music Festival on Thursday evenings, showcasing a variety of national and international soloists. The main works on the programs include the Second Symphony by Rachmaninov, the Eighth Symphony by Dvorak, the Third Symphony by Sibelius, and the Symphony no 6, “Pastoral” by Beethoven. The conductors are Martin Panteleev and Victor Yampolsky, both making a welcome return to the CPO. The soloists for January are:

  • 24th January: Lucas and Arthur Jussen, an acclaimed young Dutch piano duo who will be performing the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos.
  • 31st January: Daniel Prozesky and Junnan Sun who will be performing the Krommer Double Clarinet Concerto

When: 24th January to 14th February 2019
Where: Cape Town City Hall, Darling St, Cape Town
Tickets: R95 – R245, available from
Contact: 021 410 9809,


Food Truck Friday, Jack Black Brewing Company

Food Truck Fridays was conceptualized in early 2018 and has, every month since, gained massive exposure, interest, and attendance. As the name promises, attendees can expect a delicious variety of foods and beverages courtesy of the bevvy of food trucks, as well as Jack Black craft beers and live music.

When: 25th January 2019
Where: Jack Black’s Brewing Company, 10 Brigid Road, Diep River, Cape Town
Tickets: Free
Contact: 021 286 1220,


The Sun Met 2019

On 26th January 2019, the Sun Met Celebrated with G.H. Mumm Champagne 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!

When: 26th January 2019
Where: Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosemead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Tickets: R150 (general admission) | R3,444 (Circa Trackside Deck) | R5,169 (Circa Winning Post Pavilion), available from TicketPro
Contact: 021 700 1600

sun met

Open Streets: January Edition

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative that strives to change how we use, perceive, and experience our city’s streets. The monthly festival gives Capetonians the opportunity to explore their city by transforming our streets into open spaces for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users, and other non-motorised transport-users. The aim is to create shared spaces that bring people together, no matter who we are or how we move, for a more equitable, integrated, vibrant and safer Cape Town.

When: 27th January 2019
Where: Various locations around Bree Street in Cape Town
Tickets: Free
Contact: 021 286 0823,

Open Streets

The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Fugard Theatre

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos. For a fat Englishman, a Welshman, and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…

A new production from the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Merry Wives of Windsor is screened as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2.

When: 27th January 2019
Where: Fugard Theatre, Corner of Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Tickets: R100, available Online Here.
Contact: 021 461 4554 / 4570

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Spier Festival of Light Art

Spier presents the first ever Festival of Light Art, which presents a dazzling and enchanting array of light and sound artworks, transforming the historic Stellenbosch farm into a multi-sensory, cross-cultural wonderland.

“Some of the works are whimsical and flitting, ironic; some may be glimpsed at from a distance and in passing, some will require more time and interaction,” curator Jay Pather explains. “These experiences – of walking and pausing, catching a glimpse or settling down to absorb – invite us to be introspective, adventurous and playful in turn.”

When: Running until 30th January 2019
Where: R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Tickets: Free entry
Contact: 021 809 1100,

Spier Festival of Light Art

Heliostat: Wim Botha, Norval Foundation

The Heliostat: Wim Botha exhibition at the Norval Foundation in Steenberg brings together key works in the South African artist’s career spanning two decades and is organised around the idea of refraction. Refraction, as understood in optics, is the transformation of light; the increasing or decreasing of its wavelengths, as it passes through a material, such as glass or a prism. We perceive this change in wavelengths as either the splitting of light into its visible spectrum, a rainbow, or the bending or distortion of an object.

When: The exhibition runs until 29th January 2019
Where: Norval Foundation Art Gallery, 4 Steenberg Rd, Cape Town
Tickets: R140 per person | U18s free
Contact: 087 654 5900,

Wim Botha Bends Light At Norval Foundation

Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival

The Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival features an enchanting line-up of local musicians and performers, including Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground, Afrikaans singer Laurika Rauch, Cape Town City Ballet’s Giselle, and maestro Richard Cock. For over 40 years, the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre has provided musicians and theatre productions with a popular performance venue with stunning views of the Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards.

When: Concerts run until 9th March 2019
Where: Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Adam Tas Rd, Stellenbosch
Tickets: Prices range between R210 and R250 – available from or at the theatre box office on the day of the event.
Contact: | 021 809 7473 | 021 809 7380


The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema continues its seventh season, featuring a variety of movie favourites under a ceiling of stars in some of Cape Town’s most popular venues, such as Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, and the Cape Winelands. If you haven’t yet spent an evening watching a classic film or a blockbuster movie on one of their massive screens under the stars, you are doing yourself a disservice! The movie schedule is released closer to the time.

Open Air Venues:

Wednesdays: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Newlands
Thursdays: 4 rotating venues in Cape Town
Fridays: 3 rotating venues in Cape Town
Select Saturdays: Various wine estates, Cape Winelands
Select family Sundays: Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands
When: Weekdays, 18:00 | Saturdays 17:00 | Sundays 16:00
Tickets: R89 – R175 | Couples R320, available from the website
Contact: 071 471 8728 or

Galileo Open Air Cinema