It’s official: South Africa’s Mother City is the hottest event destination in the world! It was awarded the title of “World’s Best Festival and Event Destination” at the 2021 World Travel Awards (the same accolade it snagged pre-pandemic in 2018). In short, if it’s entertainment and excitement you’re after, Cape Town is where you’ll find it. The fact that the city is breath-takingly beautiful, jam-packed with activities for curious travellers and awash with friendly locals is just a bonus!


If Cape Town is on your travel agenda this year or next, you might be wondering what events and festivals you can look forward to and when’s the best time to book your getaway. Here’s everything you need to know.

2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens: September ‘22

What an honour to be able to host the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens! There’s no doubt that rugby fans from far and wide will be flocking to South Africa to get closer to the action this September. The kick-off takes place in Cape Town on Friday, 9 September.

The Ocean Race: February ‘23



The esteemed Ocean Race will visit nine international cities over a six-month period from January 2023, with participants racing to Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront in February. It will be the 12th time the Mother City has been involved in the prestigious event.

ABB FIA Formula E World Championship: March ‘23

Calling all street racing supporters! Cape Town is likely to host a leg of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, an all-electric open-wheel street circuit race. Event organisers have recently published their provisional calendar for the championship taking place between January and July. At the moment, it seems as though Cape Town will host a leg on either 25 February or 11 March.

Book with Giltedge!

Along with these incredible international events, you can be sure that there’s going to be plenty of enthralling local festivals and experiences to attend too. Make up for lost time and get your entertainment fix with a holiday to “The Cape of Great Events. Book with Giltedge, and we’ll assist you in building a custom Cape Town itinerary to get the most out of your visit. Contact us today!