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Events in May | Cape Town 2019

This Cape Town listing for events in May will provide you with an overview of some of the best Cape Town events for this month. May in Cape Town is a good time when the autumn brings colder but mild temperatures and the occasional rainy day will brings out fresh green colours and new growth in nature. 

Cape Town Table Mountain from Big BayTable Mountain as seen from Big Bay

In May you will encounter the occasional rainstorms but most of the days are still sunny and warm. So do not forget to pack your warm sweater and windbreaker but also short sleeved shirts when coming to the Cape at this time of the year. 

Foodwise, there are many festivals taking place at this time and the wonderful local fresh food should not to be missed like the grenadillas which are back again and the yummy brinjals are something you should definitely try. So here is a selection of great events and activities in the Mother City in May. 

Remember, Wednesday 1 May is Workers' Day, a public holiday, this will be serve as start for a long weekend for many. Saturday, 25 May is Africa Day, although not a public holiday, many museums in the city will be open to the public for free. Mothers' Day is on 12 May in 2019 and time for a treat, so book your favourite events ahead to avoid disappointment.


Cape Town Events in May 2019


  • Cape Town arts festival
  • Until 1 May 2019
  • Cape Town, various locations
  • More info.

The Snow Goose

  • Drama theatre production
  • Until 4 May 2019
  • Cape Town: Fugard Theatre
  • Tickets: From R140. More info.


  • Dance/drama production
  • Until 4 May 2019
  • Baxter Theatre in Cape Town
  • Tickets: From R90. More info.

The Goat Or Who is Sylvia?

  • Drama
  • Until 11 May 2019
  • Newslands: Baxter Theatre
  • Tickets: R120. More info.


  • Home Deco Exhibition 
  • 1 - 5 May 2019
  • Cape Town, CTICC
  • Tickets: From R100. More info.

My Children! My Africa!

  • Drama by Athol Fugard
  • 9 - 15 May 2019
  • Cape Town, Artscape Theatre
  • Tickets: From R110. More info.

Lokal is lekka

  • Music & Craft Beer Festival
  • 10 - 11 May 2019
  • Grand West
  • Tickets: R150. More info.

We are Africa

  • Travel trade fair
  • 13 - 16 May 2019
  • Cape Town stadium
  • More info.

Italian Opera Evening

  • Italian Concert & Aperitivo
  • 17 May 2019
  • Cape Town: Artscape Theatre
  • Tickets: R300. More info.

FNB CapeTown 12 One Run

  • Sports Festival - City Run
  • 19 May 2019
  • Greenpoint
  • Tickets: R185. More info.

French & Russian Romances

  • Musical concert
  • 24 May 2019
  • Cape Town City Hall
  • Tickets: R200. More info.

Misa Criolla

  • Classical Concert with Cape Town Symphony Choir
  • 26 May 2019
  • Rondebosch: Bishops Chapel
  • Tickets: R180. More info. 

Events in May | Further Afield

Afrika Burn Festival - image by Alex Baier

Afrika Burn

  • Annual arts festival
  • 29 April 2019 - 5 May 2019
  • Tankwa Karoo
  • Tickets: From R125 at webtickets. More info.

Riebeek Olive Festival

  • Annual food festival
  • 4 - 5 May 2019
  • Riebeek-Kasteel
  • Tickets: From R125 at webtickets. More info.

Franschhoek Lit Festival

  • Annual literature festival
  • 17 - 19 May 2019
  • Franschhoek
  • Tickets: From R70 at webtickets. More info.

Cape Town Events in May for Kids

Cinderella - The Panto

  • Pantomime | Childrens' Theatre
  • 26 April - 4 May 2019
  • Somerset West: The Playhouse
  • Tickets: From R110. More info.

Tygerberg Children's Choir

  • Musical concert
  • 4 May 2019
  • Artscape Opera House
  • Tickets: From R170. More info.

Shakespeare Schools' Festival

  • Drama | School Festival
  • 8 - 13 May 2019
  • Newslands: Baxter Theatre
  • More info.

Do you know of an event in the Cape Town area which is worth adding here? Please contact us and share your info. Other expatriates in Cape Town will be grateful to hear a lecture, see a play or listen to music from their home countries too. Thanks a lot for your help :-)

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