Events in January | Cape Town 2019

Events in January - Cape Town Minstrel Carnival on 2 January by Ravi Santana/Shutterstock.comCape Town Minstrel Carnival - photo: Ravi Santana

Which events in January will be the most exciting? There will be so many concerts, shows and events happening in January, that this will be a tough choice! But make sure to visit at least one or two of these events when you stay in Cape Town and feel the vibrant atmosphere of the Mother City this summer.

Here are our recommendations for some of the best events in Cape Town. Enjoy your time in Cape Town and have a fabulous start into the new year!

Start with celebrating the new year in 2019 in true Cape Town style with visiting the Mother City’s vibrant Minstrel Carnival. Colours abound and cheerfulness galore when the minstrel bands march through Cape Town’s city centre.

The Cape minstrel bands dressed in bright fancy costumes will march through the Bo-Kaap and Cape Town's city centre every second day of January and they are cheered by their many fans, locals as well as tourists who come to enjoy the festivities along Adderley Street. Please be aware of the many street closures. More info here.

And there are many other great Cape Town events in January you can experience while visiting or living in Cape Town. Here we have pre-selected some event highlights for the month of January. And be assured: whatever the weather, Cape Town rocks!


Cape Town Events in January 2019

Swing Time

  • Ballet to the tunes of the 1930s
  • Until 5 January 2019
  • Artscape Theatre Cape Town
  • Tickets from R180. More info.

Aunty Merle

  • Comedy Show with Marc Lottering
  • Until 5 January 2019
  • Baxter Theatre Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R100. More info.


  • Musical for the whole family
  • Until 13 January 2019
  • Artscape Opera House Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R100. More info.
Cape Town Minstrel Festival - image by C Paul

Kaapse Klopse

  • Cape Town Minstrel carnival  
  • 2 January 2019 from 12h00
  • Cape Town city centre
  • Entrance free. More info.

L'Ormarins Queens Plate

  • Horserace - 18 years and above only
  • 4 - 5 January 2019
  • Kenilworth Racecourse
  • Tickets: From R350. More info here.

Viennese New Year Concert

  • Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 5 January 2019 
  • Cape Town City Hall 
  • Tickets: From R75. More info.

Kirstenbosch Concerts 

  • Summer Concert Series
  • Every Sunday 6/13/20/27 January 2019
  • Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Tickets: From R125 at webtickets. Concessions available. More info.

Queen - It's kind a magic

  • Musical tribute show
  • 12 Januar 2019
  • Grand West Complex in Cape Town
  • Tickets: R120. More info.

Ice Hockey Championship

  • Women's world championships
  • 13 - 18 January 2019
  • Grand West Complex in Cape Town 
  • Tickets: R30/60 at web tickets. More info.

Michael Jackson HIStory

  • Musical tribute concert  
  • 17 January 2019 - 9 February 2019.
  • Artscape Theatre in Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R190. More info.

Famously Incidental

  • Open-air theatre performance
  • 17 - 19 January 2019
  • Maynardville Park in Wynberg
  • Tickets: From R140. More info.

Sun Met Horserace

  • Horserace - 2019 Theme: 'African Luxury: Precious Metals' 
  • 26 January 2019
  • Kenilworth Racecourse
  • Tickets: From R150. More info

Red Bull King of the Air

  • Kite surfing championship
  • 26 January 2019 - 10 February 2019.
  • Cape Town, Big Bay
  • Free entrance. More info.

Open Streets Festival

  • Community event in Bree Street
  • 27 January 2019
  • Cape Town, City Centre
  • Free all-day-event. More info.


  • Musical and songs by Hugh Masekela 
  • 29 January 2019 - 2 February 2019 
  • Artscape Theatre Arena, CBD 
  • Tickets: R40. More info.

Galileo | Open-air movies

  • Open-air movies
  • Throughout January 2019
  • various locations
  • Tickets: From R89. More info here.
History on the Road Breakfast.- Photo by Sebnem Coskun, Turkey. My Planet, single.

Stenin Photo Exhibition

  • 67 magical award-winning photos 
  • Until February 2019
  • V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
  • Tickets: R100/free for kids under 16. More info.

Events in January | Cape Winelands Events

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi - soprano - A night in Vienna - concert

A Night in Vienna

  • Classical open-air concert 
  • 12 January 2019
  • Stellenbosch: Oude Libertas
  • Tickets: R190. More info.

Light Art Festival

  • Interactive light and sound art 
  • Until 31 January 2019
  • Stellenbosch: Spier Wine Estate
  • Entrance free. More info.

Delheim Harvest Festival

  • Wine harvest festival
  • 26 January 2019
  • Stellenbosch: Delheim Wine Estate
  • Tickets: R650. More info. 

Events in January | Cape Town for Kids

The Little Mermaid

  • Ballet for the whole family
  • Until 6 January 2019
  • Artscape Theatre Cape Town
  • Tickets: from R150. More info.

Dinos Alive

  • Exhibition for the whole family
  • Until 9 January
  • Somerset Mall in Somerset West
  • Entry fee: R40 per child. More info.

If you know about other great Cape Town events in January 2019 we should add here, please contact us. 

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