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 Festivals, Carnivals and Events   NEAR CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA


| Cap Classique and Champagne Festival | Malmesbury Christmas Light Festival | eMzantsi Carnival |

Read more: A month-by-month Calendar of our featured Western Cape carnivals, festivals and other events: celebrating the Cape's cuisine, wine, history, culture and traditions.


Cap Classique and Champagne Festival


Where: Franschhoek, Western Cape Winelands
When: First weekend in December

Champagne Festival - Franschhoek

Photo by Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

Perhaps because it is a celebration of one of wine’s finest, the festival is also known as the Magic of Bubbles Festival. As a culinary capital of South Africa, Franschhoek is well placed to host a champagne festival. It is a wonderful festival for champagne enthusiasts and collectors.

Festival chefs design special menus to complement the champagnes and the town embraces the bubbly drink with a champagne theme in the boutiques and quality shops. This is a good time to stock up on your favorite champagne.

Booking essential: Yes
Book at: WebTickets
Ticket sales limited: Yes

Read More about the Cape Winelands and Franschhoek Wine Route.

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Malmesbury Christmas Light Festival


Where: Malmesbury (north of Cape Town)
When: Late November early December

The town of Malmesbury kicks off the festive season by switching on the Christmas lights in main street. They also create a festive atmosphere by lining the streets with a Christmas Market of home baked goodies and hand crafted gift stalls. A parade by the local brassband leads the way to the town hall and the evening winds down with carols and gospel performances in the town hall.

Booking essential: No
Book at: N/A
Ticket sales limited: No

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eMzantsi Carnival


Where: Fish Hoek, Cape Town's False Bay shore
When: 1st Saturday of December

As a country, South Africa is culturally diverse in so many ways. The eMzantsi Carnival is an annual event that encourages communities to cross the cultural barrier and to spend a day together in a carnival atmosphere.

eMzantsi Festival, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Photos by eMzantsi Carnival and community building project

The day’s festivities include a carnival parade with dancers, musicians and giant puppets in bright costumes, followed by a stage show, gum boot dances, minstrels and more.

In 2012 the carnival drew a crowd of 1,500 people.

eMzantsi Carnival 2010 'Step Up'

[3:39 min] [Attribution: eMzantsi]

eMzantsi Carnival is an annual celebration of the diverse culture of the Cape south peninsula and showcases the community building activities of the eMzantsi project's primary schools, high schools, intercultural music and mapiko programmes.

Booking essential: No
Book at: N/A
Ticket sales limited: No

Read More about eMzantsi.
When in Fish Hoek, also visit: Fish Hoek Beach and False Bay attractions.

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