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Festivals and concerts in and around Cape Town this December

Cape Town and surrounds always dish up stellar concerts and fun festivals throughout the year – but December is a special and engaging time to attend a summer concert or festival, with the sense of holiday spirit and summertime bliss floating on the breeze…

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Festivals and concerts in and around Cape Town this December

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These are some of the best festivals and concerts to look forward to in December 2017:

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts 2017

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts remains one of the city’s biggest highlights. Running from November to early April, the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts looks like it will be packed to capacity once more, as eager fans and performers come together as one.

Sit on the rolling lawns, underneath the shadow of Table Mountain, and enjoy some wonderful shows from local and international talent this summer. Highlights include: Beatenberg, Mi Casa, Texas and The Vamps.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, call up their friends or family and bond over good music in the peaceful setting of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

Note: Concerts will go ahead regardless of rain and no refunds will be issued.

Date: 11 November 2017 – 1 April 2018

Cost: R180-R570

Venue: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Festivals and concerts in and around Cape Town this December

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Cape Town Festival of Beer 2017

The 8th edition of the Cape Town Festival of Beer is set to return from 1-3 December to Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Green Point. And once again, the Southern Hemisphere’s most comprehensive beer festival looks set to be bigger and better than ever!

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The Cape Town Festival of beer is a celebration of all things beer – whether you’re after some local brews or something with a more international flavour…

Attendees can look forward to plenty flowing beer, from an assortment of microbreweries, craft brewers, artisan beer producers and, of course, some mega breweries too. These include: SABMiller, Darling Brewery, Newlands Brewery and Saggy Stone Brewery to name a few.

There will also be a wide range of food stalls, music, live rugby (shown on big screens), cool merchandise and giant beer pong available at the festival.

Festival gates will be open from 12pm – 8pm daily, with private tables available for reservation.

Date: 1-3 December 2017


(Friday pass) R60 – R6400

(Saturday pass) R150

(Sunday pass) R100

Free (kids under 12)

Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, Stephan Way, Green Point, Cape Town


Synergy Live 2017

Festivals and concerts in and around Cape Town this December

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After a short hiatus, Synergy Live is back with a brand new flavour! This exciting event makes its return with a fresh, new look, vibe and venue, as festival organisers take it back to its roots.

The festival offers a strong line-up of top local and international performers; beautiful scenery at Anura Wine Estate; and some of the best artisanal food around!

You are warmly invited to attend this three-day-long electronic music experience, which will take place in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Expect awesome audio-visuals, as you dance into the night, with friends new and old by your side.

Date: 1-3 December 2017


(Full weekend pass) R395-R465

(Saturday & Sunday pass) R450

(Sunday Fun-day pass) R160

Venue: Anura Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape


Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival 2017

Festivals and concerts in and around Cape Town this December

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Ever a popular event on the summer calendar, the annual Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is one for the bubbly lovers among us.

This glamourous event will take place in the gardens of the Huguenot Monument, in fair Franschhoek, and the theme for 2017 is “black and white, with a splash of Summer”!

Be sure to nab your tickets while you can because a complimentary tasting glass and MasterCard contact-less payment card, loaded with ten great tasting vouchers, will be included in the ticket price.

Date: 2-3 December 2017


(Saturday pass) R375

(Sunday pass) R375

Venue: Franschhoek Monument, Franschhoek, Western Cape


Adderley Street Festive Lights 2017

The Adderley Street Festive Lights has always been a popular, fun event for the whole family. It’s the perfect way to welcome in the Festive Season, as the city’s impressive Adderley Street lights are turned on.

Not only will the lights take your breath away but there will also be great food stalls and a live concert (with some of the country’s biggest names on show) for visitors to enjoy at this awesome, open-air event – so be sure to arrive early to snag a good spot!

Date: 3 December 2017

Cost: Free

Venue: Adderley Street, Cape Town CBD, Cape Town

Festivals and concerts in and around Cape Town this December

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Champagne and Gin Summer Concert 2017

If you’re a bubbly or gin enthusiast, then the Champagne and Gin Summer Concert is your dream come true!

Taking place at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, this wonderful concert looks set to impress with offerings from top wine estates and gin producers, including Villiera, De Grendel and Vrede en Lust, Woodstock Gin Breweries and ClemenGold.

There will also be all-day live music and wonderful food on offer, with everything from fresh oysters to sushi and tapas for you to sink your teeth into. Visiting parents will also be able to let their hair down, thanks to the dedicated kiddies’ area.

Date: 9 December 2017

Cost: R125-R195

Venue: Birkenhead Drive, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Cape Town


These are just some of the sizzling concerts and summer festivals you can enjoy in Cape Town and surrounds this December.

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