What’s on: Summer sporting events in Cape Town

What’s on: Summer sporting events in Cape Town


Cape Town has been named the Cape of Storms and the Cape of Good Hope, we can now add anew title to the Cape area: the Cape of Great Events.

Summertime is when Capetonians come out to play, whether it’s on the beautiful white beaches, at prestigious wine estates, or at a multitude of sporting events. This summer we have the following major sports events in Cape Town to look forward to:

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HSBC IRB Rugby 7s

12 to 13 December 2015 at the Cape Town Stadium

Featuring the world’s top international rugby sides, this annual event will be held at the Cape Town Stadium, which was built specifically for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Wedged between Table Bay and Signal Hill, this elite venue will feature rugby, top bands plus DJs, and will be looking to compete with Hong Kong as the premier Rugby 7s location.

Second Cricket Test England v. South Africa

2 to 6 January 2016, Newlands

The “Barmy Army” (England’s cricket supporters) are set to invade this famous ground which has Table Mountain as its backdrop. If the cricket doesn’t keep you entertained, the Barmy Army will.

J&B Metropolitan Handicap

30 January 2016, Kenilworth Racecourse

Mix sophistication and sport at one of the high points of the social calendar. This day of fast thoroughbreds and outrageous fashions continues late into the evening with live bands and DJs.

Cape Town 10s Rugby Festival

4 to 6 February 2016, Green Point Common

The world’s largest 10s competition encourages teams of all standards and ages to join in the fun, friendship, music and sport. Volleyball and netball competitions are also part of this mammoth event.

Cape Epic MTB Bike Stage Race

13 to 20 March 2016, Winelands

With the prologue taking place on the slopes of Table Mountain and seven days of off-road racing through the magnificent Winelands area of the Cape, this two-man team event for professionals and amateurs takes place over 650 kilometres and eight days of racing.

Cape Rouleur Cycle Tour

28 February to 3 March 2016, Franschhoek and Cape Winelands

Based in the gourmet capital of South Africa, the Rouleur is billed as the “Professional Tour for Amateurs” with the likes of Stephen Roche, Phil Liggett, and Springbok legend Joel Stransky being regular riders. Approxiamately 130 kilometres a day of tough team racing through the undulating beauty of the Winelands.

Cape Town Cycle Tour

6 March 2016, Cape Town and Peninsula

All of the city stops for the 110-kilometre road race for professional riders (Mark Cavendish, etc.) and 30,000 amateurs. The world’s largest timed cycle race heads south along the False Bay coast to the Cape Point nature reserve and returns via the majestic cliff side pass of Chapman’s Peak before finishing at Green Point Stadium.

Two Oceans Ultra-Marathon

26 March 2016, Cape Peninsula

Starting in the leafy southern suburbs and then following much of the Cycle Tour route to Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak before returning via the Constantia Wine Route to the Cape Town University fields, this ultra marathon of 56 kilometres attracts professionals and amateurs every Easter.

Phew! If you’re not exhausted by now, add on the two-day Cape Town International Jazz Festival, happening annually at the Convention Centre and with five stages. The 2016 event will take place on April 1 to 2 and will host a multitude of international stars.

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