July Highlights in Cape Town


Winter is here in all its glory, but that’s hardly a reason to remain couchbound. For those wondering what to diarise this July, we’ve put together a guide to 10 of the best events happening in Cape Town this month.




Cape Town’s largest electronics and gaming expo is back for its fifth. The event offers LAN gaming, Cosplay, tabletop games, gaming competitions and a host of different stands selling popular culture merchandise and memorabilia.

When: 27 to 29 July 2018
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long St, Cape Town
Tickets: Book now


The Year of Magical Thinking


A stage production of Joan Didion’s acclaimed novel, starring Dorothy Ann Gould and directed by Mark Graham Wilson. The narrative structure of the book follows Didion’s re-living and re-analysis of her husband’s death throughout the year, in addition to caring for their daughter Quintana.

When: 3 to 28 July 2018
Where: Baxter Golden Arrow Studio Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Tickets: Book now


Giselle July Highlights


The Cape Town City Ballet presents a popular classical ballet portraying the tragic tale of a young girl who loses her mind when jilted by her fickle lover. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra accompanies all but one performance. Cast includes one of Europe’s top ballerinas, Ksenia Ovsyanick (Berlin State Ballet), Laura Bosenberg, Daniel Szybkowski Kirstel Paterson, Conrad Nusser, Mariette Opperman and Xola Putye.

When: 6 to 15 July 2018
Where: Artscape Opera House, 1-10 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Jive Cape Town Funny Festival


The Baxter Theatre hosts the 14th annual festival, featuring the best South African comedians and famous international variety acts on the same stage. The 2018 line-up features Alan Committie, Marc Lottering, Gerry Connolly (Australia), Raymond Raymondson (France), Tats Nkonzo, Rob van Vuuren, Mooky Cornish (Canada), Siv Ngesi, Garaghty and Thom (UK), and Khanyisa Bunu.

When: 10 July to 6 August 2018
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Disney on Ice


Disney on Ice presents Dream Big, a new show that sees Tinker Bell take audiences on an enchanting pixie-dust filled journey of beloved Disney tales. The show follows eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – who embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true.

When: 11 to 15 July 2018
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Franschhoek Bastille Festival July Highlights


Locals and visitors celebrate the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage. The Food and Wine Marquee is set against the backdrop of the historic Huguenot Monument, where guests sample the valley’s wines on offer or have a taste of the gourmet fare available to purchase from some of Franschhoek’s well-known eateries.

When: 14 & 15 July 2018
Where: Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, 13 Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Tickets: Book Now


Mandela Trilogy


Cape Town Opera presents the award-winning and critically acclaimed Mandela Trilogy, a musical tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela. The production takes audiences into his unknown early life, then through the heady and rebellious jazz-fueled days in Sophiatown, and finally, the low times he had in prison on Robben Island.

When: 17 & 18 July 2018
Where: Artscape Opera House, 1-10 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Table Mountain Kidz Season


Kidz Season offers Capetonians the chance to explore the mountain, with two children riding for free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket. Children enjoy a day of fun, food and natural beauty atop Table Mountain, as well as a kiddies’ treasure hunt. As part of the Kidz Season experience, all children receive a treasure hunt map and something sweet when they hand in their voucher at both the Shop at the Top and the Cafe.

When: On until 24 September 2018 (closed for maintenance 23 July to 5 August 2018)
Where: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Station, Tafelberg Rd, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Hildegard Lernt Fliegen


The Norval Foundation concert programme presents a performance by Swiss jazz group, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen. The group, which describes itself as being “on a quest for musical ingenuity” – walks a continuous tightrope between jazzy exuberance and quirky humour.

When: 2 July 2018
Where: The Skotnes Restaurant, The Norval Foundation, 1 Ou Kaapse Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Cape Town Festival of Running July Highlights


An opportunity to enjoy scenic views of mountain and ocean, on a route that starts and finishes on the Sea Point Promenade. The festival offers four distance options over two days, including the longest road race distance in Cape Town. The weekend is made up of the 100km Ultra and 50km Mini Ultra plus a 5 x 5km Relay on Saturday and a 21km half marathon on Sunday. Both Ultras include a free T-shirt.

When: 21 & 22 July 2018
Where: Starts at Sea Point Promenade, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now

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