Cape Town Carnival 2023: What You Need To Know

If you haven’t got any plans for March yet (even if you do, you’ll want to change them), the Cape Town Carnival 2023 should be high up on your list. If you’ve never experienced the wonder of this fantastical spectacle, you’re in for a treat. If you have, you’ll know that it’s worth attending over and over again.

What’s it all about? Keep reading for dates, times, and everything else you need to know about Cape Town’s biggest parade. And, while you’re busy prepping your costume or coordinating with friends, you can get a vetted and experienced SweepStar to transform your home with an expert cleaning service. Get ready, get excited, and get to the Cape Town Carnival 2023.

What Is The Cape Town Carnival?

Simply put, the Cape Town Carnival is a celebration of culture, arts, and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s an annual event where performers, artists, and many other talents from a host of different expressive sectors give their all to create a fascinating show for spectators. 

When And Where Is The Cape Town Carnival? 

When and where is the Cape Town Carnival?

Ticket Information

To add to the excitement and brilliance of the Cape Town Carnival, you’ll get to experience world-class entertainment for free. If you’d prefer to make yourself a little more comfortable on a seat along the parade route, or in a VIP area, this is what you can look forward to:

Seating Tickets – R395

Choose from various stands along the parade route and book a front-row seat to the magical show. 

VIP Hospitality Tickets – R1,450

If you’d like to experience the carnival in all its glory, this is how you’ll be treated as a VIP:

Get your tickets here before they’re all sold out.

What You Can Expect

The theme for this year’s event is Afr’energy. A fascinating word formed from two others that speak to emotions of power and positivity, but what does it mean? Combining our personal power to form a collective strength that gives us the ability to dream and soar is the heart of Afr’energy. Realising that we are connected to everything and harnessing the magic to build on today, is what will shape a better tomorrow. This is the ability we all have within – that Afr’energy. 

The spirit and vibrance of the South African culture will be showcased by 48 community groups and several individual performers. Alongside the creative floats and costumes, spectators can look forward to seeing performances from the likes of Masiphumelele drummers and the Western Province Marching Band. 

Take note of the following times so that you know how to plan your day:

If you have any other questions or inquiries, contact the Cape Town Carnival team on 021 406 3584 or info@capetowncarnival.com


Cape Town is a magnificent city filled with unlimited possibilities and exciting things to do. The Mother City is also home to some of the best markets worth visiting in South Africa. The 18th of March is, however, all about the Cape Town Carnival, so don’t forget to save the date and get your best outfit ready for a parade you’ll never forget!

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