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Events in January | Cape Town 2020

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 2020 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 2020

Aunty Merle - It's a Girl!

  • Comedy Show with Marc Lottering
  • Until 1 February 2020
  • Baxter Theatre Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R135. More info.

Kirstenbosch Concerts 

  • Summer Concert Series
  • Every Sunday 5/12/19/26 January 2020
  • Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Tickets: From R125. More info.

Benny Bushwacker

  • Comedy Show
  • Until 18 January 2020
  • Baxter Theatre Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R80. More info.

Galileo | Open-air movies

  • Open-air movies
  • Throughout January 2020
  • various locations
  • Tickets: From R109. More info here.
Connexion by Zemba Luzamba, Cape Town First Thursdays January 2020

First Thursdays

  • Community event in the CBD
  • 2 January 2020
  • Cape Town, City Centre
  • Free all-day-event. More info.
Cape Town Minstrel Festival - image by C Paul

Cape Town Street Parade

  • Cape Town Minstrel carnival  
  • 4 January 2020 from 12h00
  • Cape Town city centre
  • Entrance free, Golden Circle tickets: R100. More info.

Viennese New Year Concert

  • Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 5 January 2020 
  • Cape Town City Hall 
  • Tickets: From R80. More info.

L'Ormarins Queens Plate

  • Annual horse racing event
  • 11 January 2020
  • Kenilworth Racecourse
  • Tickets: From R350. More info here.


  • Tribute show: Rock & Pop
  • 15 January 2020 - 8 March 2020
  • Durbanville: Barnyard Theatre
  • Tickets: R140. More info.

CPO Summer Music Festival

  • Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra  
  • 16 January - 2 February 2020.
  • Artscape Theatre in Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R190. More info.

ABBA Tribute Show

  • Musical tribute concert  
  • 18 January 2020
  • Grand West: Grand Arena
  • Tickets: From R180. More info.

The Lying King

  • Comedy Show with Alan Committie
  • Until 25 January 2020
  • Camps Bay: Theatre on the Bay
  • Tickets: From R150. More info.

Plan and Book ahead 

Red Bull King of the Air

  • Kite surfing championship
  • 1 - 16 February 2020
  • Cape Town Big Bay: Kite Beach
  • Free entrance. More info.

Sun Met Horserace

  • Horserace - 2020 Theme: 'African Luxury: Visionaries' 
  • 1 February 2020
  • Kenilworth Racecourse
  • Tickets: From R200. More info

Design Indaba 2020

  • Arts Festival & Conference
  • 26 - 28 February 2020
  • Cape Town Artscape Centre
  • More info.

Events in January | Cape Winelands Events

Shades of Afrika

  • Classical open-air concert 
  • 24 and 25 January 2020
  • Stellenbosch: Oude Libertas
  • Tickets: R250. More info.

Light Art Festival

  • Interactive light and sound art 
  • Until 19 January 2020
  • Stellenbosch: Spier Wine Estate
  • Entrance free. More info.

Delheim Harvest Festival

  • Wine harvest festival
  • 25 January 2020
  • Stellenbosch: Delheim Wine Estate
  • Tickets: R480. More info. 

Events in January | Cape Town for Kids

Peter Pan on Ice

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

Santas Festive Village

  • Exhibition for the whole family
  • Until 5 January 2020
  • Somerset Mall in Somerset West
  • Entry fee: R50 per child. More info.

If you know about other great Cape Town events in January 2020 we should add here, please contact us. 

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