Eager to participate in some of the world’s largest and most iconic events, while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Cape Town? Our exciting new Best of the Best promotion is here, and with it, your opportunity to plan the trip of a lifetime.
Voted as the world’s best city in 2018, Cape Town plays host to some of the greatest events across the land, sea and sky. Here at Cape Grace, we are uniquely positioned to help you combine the best African holiday with the epic thrills of your favourite Cape Town events.
Stay with us over the date of any of these historic events and receive a 15% discount off the nightly room rate.
The Best of the Best promotion also includes a 50-minute massage per person (based on two people sharing). So once you are done competing (or viewing because we know that can be just as stressful), you are able to relax, unwind, and ease tense muscles at the Spa at Cape Grace.
Indulge in our Bascule Bar tapas selection pre or post-competition with your complimentary tapas voucher. Of course, if it post-event, we could think of no better spot to cheers to yourself or those you support, than our vibrant whiskey bar, poised on the edge of Cape Town’s most glamorous marina at the V&A Waterfront.
We have listed some of the biggest Cape Town events from December 2019 to December 2020. With your luxury accommodation and comforts covered by Cape Grace, all you need to do is book tickets to your dream event of choice.
1. Cape to Rio – Yachting
The Cape to Rio is an Ocean Race across the South Atlantic between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, linking two of the world’s most beautiful sea ports. The first edition of the race dates back to 1971, and many legends of international yachting have competed in the event. Watch the start right here from the V&A.
2. L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate – Horseracing
10 – 11 January 2020
Steeped in tradition and prestige, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate is the oldest horse racing event in South Africa bearing international significance. The event was first raced in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria. To this day, Queen Elizabeth retains a keen interest in the race and its outcome. The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate not only hosts courageous and determined champion racehorses, but its stylish theme of blue and white also brings elegance and beauty into the mix.
3. Red Bull King of the Air 2020 – Kiting
24 January – 16 February 2020
The Red Bull King of the Air competition is the highlight of the kitesurfing calendar in Cape Town. It sees the very best board-riders from all over the world coming together for a day of adrenaline and a lot of wind. Dress warmly and admire the brave sportsmen compete for the title.
4. Sun Met Horse Racing Event 2020 – Horseracing
1 February 2020
Under the theme African Luxury: Visionaries, Cape Town’s most prestigious horse-racing event combines high-end fashion with world-class entertainment – both on and off the race track. Inspired by forward-thinkers and creativity, the theme for the 2020 edition of The Sun Met is a celebration of luxury with racing enthusiasts and fashionistas expected to evolve imagination on Race Day.
5. Cape Town 10s 2020 – Sports festival and lifestyle event
31 January – 1 February 2020
South Africa’s biggest social sports festival and lifestyle event includes nine sports and the biggest ten-a-side rugby tournament in the world! In 2020, the event will host 350 local and international sports teams.
6. Cape Town – South Africa vs England T20 – Cricket
4 February 2020
See England do battle against South Africa at one of the world’s most iconic grounds in Cape Town. Twenty20 cricket or Twenty-20 (often abbreviated to T20), is a shortened format of cricket, designed to be faster than traditional cricket. Watch the national teams take to the pitch for some explosive T20 action.
7. The Match In Africa 6 – Tennis Match – Federer vs Nadal
7 February 2020
Witness history in Africa. 20-time Grand Slam Champion, Roger Federer, will play his first-ever match in Sub Saharan Africa in Cape Town on Friday, 7 February 2020 at 8 p.m. Federer’s opponent will be 18-time Grand Slam Champion and rival Rafael Nadal. The match will be played to support children’s education in Africa.
8. Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 – Art Fair
14 February 2020
The annual Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the Cape Town International Convention Centre is renowned as a leading destination in Africa to buy local and international art. It is also the place where buyers from around the world interact with galleries and exciting emerging and established artists, creating important global networks.
9. The Cape Peninsula Marathon – Road running
16 February 2020
This is Africa’s fastest point-to-point marathon. If the excitement of Eliud Kipchoge’s massive achievement has you lacing up your running shoes and hitting the road, put your grit to the test in this beautiful half or full marathon that finishes in the historic Simon’s Town.
10. Cape Town – South Africa vs Australia T20 – Cricket
26 and 29 February 2020
The Aussies are back in 2020 and they will be looking to redeem themselves as they left SA in disgrace last time out!
11. Cape Town Cycle Tour – Cycling
08 March 2020
The world’s largest timed cycle race is an iconic fixture in the international cycling calendar. With the 42nd running of its world-famous cycling tour as its crescendo, the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week is an eight-day celebration of all things cycling, where a world-famous city embraces human power and celebrates the healthy lifestyle and freedom of movement the humble bicycle offers all its inhabitants and visitors.
12. Absa Cape Town Epic – Cycling
15 – 22 March 2020
The Absa Cape Epic – staged towards the end of March every year – is also considered one of the toughest races of its kind.
An eight-day, 700-kilometre mountain bike race through the Western Cape, it is the pinnacle event for both professional and amateur riders. The Epic is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world and the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). It is long, it is brutal, but it is also a sought after ticket.
13. Cape Town International Jazz Festival – Music
27 – 28 March 2020
Affectionately referred to as “Africa’s Grandest Gathering”, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF) is the largest music event in sub-Saharan Africa. The festival is famous for its star-studded line up of local and international artists, and in 2020, will be celebrating its 21st birthday!
14. Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – Running
11 April 2020
Known as the world’s most beautiful marathon; Africa’s biggest running event is something you have to participate in, even if it is just once in a lifetime. Choose from the Ultra Marathon (56km), the Half Marathon (a favourite with everyone) or the Trail Run and join in the Easter weekend fun!
15. Boatica – Boat Show
23 – 25 October 2020
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mother City, the annual boat show features 120 exhibiting companies, over 12 live on-water activities, a once in a lifetime VIP boat cruise experience on the 60-foot Luxury Ocean Princess, a display of the world’s finest yachts, catamarans and exotic boats; family fun and water activities over 3-days
16. Sanlam Cape Town Marathon – Running
18 October 2020
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2km) is a prestigious global city race open to a range of running enthusiasts from elite athletes to social runners. Along the spectacular route, you will take in the famous natural beauty of Cape Town’s mountains and sea, as well as many of the city’s great attractions. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is home to ASA Marathon Championships.
17. Cape Town Sevens 2020 – Rugby
We are wrapping up the year with a round of Sevens Rugby, so if you are planning on spending December in Cape Town in 2020, look into booking your ticket now.
- Stay 2 consecutive nights or more, and receive a 15% discount off the nightly room rate. Booking restrictions apply to this promotion, stay within the event dates as per calendar below.
- 50-minute massage per person based on two sharing per room.
- Tapas voucher to the value of R500 excluding beverages.
- Applicable on all room types.
- Promotions are mutually exclusive and cannot be combined or used in conjunction with any other special rates or promotions unless specified.
- Tickets for the events mentioned are not included in this promotion.
- The offer must be requested at the time of booking and cannot be applied retrospectively. Subject to availability.
- Offer is restricted and Cape Grace reserves the right to limit the number of rooms available and to discontinue the promotion at any time.
- Bookings made using promo code: CGEVENTS will only be applicable on any new bookings from 13 December 2019 – 15 December 2020.
|4 January 2020||Cape to Rio 2020 – Yachting|
|10 – 11 January 2020||L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate – Horseracing|
|24 January – 16 February 2020||Red Bull King of the Air 2020 – Kiting|
|31 January – 1 February 2020||Cape Town 10s 2020 – Sports festival and lifestyle event|
|01 February 2020||Sun Met Horseracing Event 2020 – Horseracing|
|04 February 2020||Cape Town – South Africa vs England T20 – Cricket|
|07 February 2020||The Match in Africa 6 – Tennis Match – Federer and Nadal|
|14 February 2020||Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020 – Art Fair|
|16 February 2020||The Cape Peninsula Marathon – Road running|
|26 and 29 February 2020||Cape Town – South Africa vs Australia T20 – Cricket|
|08 March 2020||Cape Town Cycle Tour – Cycling|
|15 – 22 March 2020||Absa Cape Town Epic – Cycling|
|27 – 28 March 2020||Cape Town International Jazz Festival – Music|
|11 April 2020||Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – Running|
|18 October 2020||Sanlam Cape Town Marathon – Running|
|23 – 25 October 2020||Boatica Cape Town – Boat Show|
|11 – 13 December 2020||Cape Town Sevens 2020 – Rugby [Date to be confirmed]|
Blog post by Tarah Darge