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Cape Towns Two Oceans Marathon 2020


The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon takes place on Easter Saturday, 11 April 2020, and is known globally as "the world's most beautiful and scenic marathon". It's also one of the toughest, with the route taking runners over the steep Chapman's Peak and Constantia Nek.

The two main events are the Ultra Marathon, 56 km (35 miles) and the popular Half Marathon, 21 km (13 miles). Inaugurated in 1970, this competition had a mere 26 runners lining up to face the unknown challenge. Fast forward 45 years, the race now hosts up to 11,000 runners on the Main Ultra Marathon and 16,000 on the Half Marathon.

Ultra Marathon
This magnificent marathon kicks off at 06:30am on the Main Road of Newlands and continues to Muizenburg and Fish Hoek, over breath-taking Chapmans Peak Drive, through Hout Bay and over Constantia Neck before heading to the finishing line at the University of Cape Town. The cut off time of 13:30 gives entrants plenty of time to complete the run.

Half Marathon
The Half Marathon kicks off from the Main Road in Newlands at 06:00am and winds through the beautiful Southern Suburbs before ending at the University with a cut off time of 09:20am.

Both marathons will have water stations and medical point’s en-route. Read more.

In addition to the main events on Easter Saturday, 10th April 2020, Good Friday is also a day that celebrates all things running with fun runs for the kids and trail runs for beginners, so don’t miss out on the fun with the family. And, if you are travelling through or you have a loved one running in one of the races there are great spectator spots to ‘cheer on the crowd’ as they run past! An exciting event for all, whether you are running or not!

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts, Cape Town 2019/ 2020


Every year, Cape Town kicks off the summer with concerts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The concerts run every Sunday, starting 24th November 2019 until end of March/ early April 2020 and host mainly local, but some international artists.

Summer isn't summer in Cape Town without the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts! Pack a picnic basket, grab some friends and enjoy an afternoon on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, while listening to some of the best music South Africa has to offer.

2019/ 2020 Line up is as follows:

01 December 2019 - Crimson House/ Southern Wild
08 December - Watershed
12 - 15 December 2019 - Christmas Carols
22 December 2019 - Shekinah/ Unathi
29 December 2019 - Goldfish
31 December 2019 - Freshlyground/ The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra/ Native Young
05 January 2020 - Jimmy Nevis/Craig Lucas/ Paxton Fielies
12 January 2020 - Mi Casa
19 January 2020 - The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
26 January 2020 - Goodluck/ Tresor
02 February 2020 - Kwesta/ Sjava
08 February 2020 - Yo-Yo Ma: The Bach Project
09 February 2020 - AKA
16 February 2020 - Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival
23 February 2020 - Spoegwolf / Jo Black
01 March 2020 - Matthew Mole
08 March 2020 - Prince Kaybee / Sho Madjozi
15 March 2020 - Sun El Musician and Simmy / Lady Zamar
22 March 2020 - Cape Town Opera
29 March 2020 - Jeremy Loops
05 April 2020 - Andrew Young and Don Vino

13 January - The Parlotones
20 January - Freshlyground
26 January - James Morrison
27 January - Mafikizolo
3 February - The Soil
10 February - Fokofpolisiekar
17 February - The Cape Town Folk'n Acoustic Music Festival
24 February - The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
3 March - Amanda Black/Sun El Musician
10 March - Matthew Mole
17 March - Spoegwolf/Jan Blohm
24 March - Shortstraw/Bam Bam Brown
31 March - Goodluck / Easy Freak

Cape Town Jazz Festival 27th - 28th March 2020


Calling all Jazz lovers! The Cape Town Jazz festival returns for its annual event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on the 27th - 28th March 2020 for another soul and groove calling performance weekend. Since it’s opening in 2000, this magnificent festival has grown and its acclaim has spread globally with fans travelling from all different countries to experience this magical weekend in the mother city.

With more than 40 local and international artists performing on 5 stages throughout the CTICC, this amazing festival is made up of 50% international and 50% local artists with more than 37,000 jazz-lovers visiting these performances over the showcased two days. Check out the cool line-up here []

Tickets sell out fast, so you have to be quick. Tickets are booked through Computickets. Prices are as follows:

Weekend Pass - R999 for a two day pass, R649 for a one day pass.
Rosie’s Stage Tickets R30 per person per performance (only available for those who have purchased a weekend pass to the festival)

If you miss out on a ticket, don’t stress, there is an 8-day community upliftment programme prior to the main weekend hosting a range of workshops and classes for aspiring musicians. Not only that, the festival will host many events around the city including a free concert (not to be missed) at the Greenmarket Square in the central city. A cool and funky place to hang out! For full details on these awesome events and workshops, check out the programmes at Cape Town Jazz Festival. []

Cape Town Carnival 2020


Every year, the Cape Town carnival inspires the city of Cape Town and the people living here to create, build and play together. Thousands of spectators converge annually to view this spectacle of colourful costumes, unique floats and local artists.

Date: 21st March 2020

Moving all the way down the Fan Walk to Green Point, this dazzling street party and parade celebrates creativity and cultural understanding with a vivid procession of crafted floats, vibrant choreographed dance routines and impressive colourful costumes.

The Sauti za Busara Music Festival, Zanzibar! 2020


The 17th edition of Sauti za Busara (in swahili: “sounds of wisdom”) music festival takes place on the Idyllic island of Zanzibar on the 13th – 16th February 2020. Each year, over 400 musicians perform on stages set up in Stone Town, one of the world’s most ancient and oldest cities.

The main stage will be situated at the The Old Fort – a prominent tourist attraction for all visiting this magnificent city. Once in the fort, the courtyard has been adapted to serve as a cultural centre and hosts an open-air Amphitheatre where live dance and music shows are held most evenings.

Check out updates and the list of artists for 2020 here:
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