It’s no secret Cape Town is the hottest destination in South Africa for outdoor music festivals. With an iconic scene shaped over three decades, we’ve seen quite a few names come and go in the Mother City like The Village, Noisy Radicals, Groovy Troopers, Beartrap Productions and more.

However, the festivals below are still around, delivering quality events year after year. These are just a few of our favourite Cape Town festivals that we’re VERY excited for this 2018 – 2019 season!

ALIEN SAFARI

Next Date: 24 to 25 November 2018 (Flying Circus)
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

Founded in 1995, Alien Safari is one of the oldest event productions in the country. More recently, they have returned their roots with more intimate gatherings in the Cape Town bringing a much needed old school vibe.

Dance Floor shot at Alien Safari Flying Circus


LOVE & LIGHT

Next Date: 22 December 2018
Music Style: Progressive, Techno

Pioneered the day time parties in Cape Town. Love & Light features the sounds of techno blending into progressive psytrance on a warm summer day, with LED backdrops to light up the night.

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VORTEX OPEN SOURCE

Next Date: 13 December to 17 December 2018
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

The epic 4 night, 5 day psychedelic festival takes place in the mystical land known as the Circle of Dreams, roughly 2 hours from Cape Town in Riviersonderend. Expect some long journey sets from psytrance legends.

vortex open source 2017


ALTERED STATES

Next Date: 01 December to 02 December (SunSpot Activity), 08 March to 10 March (Lunar)
Music Style: Psychedelic

Altered States has quickly become notable on the Cape Town calendar, known for an authentic and underground psychedelic experience in nature at legendary venues like Flenterskloof and Circle of Dreams.

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ORGANIK

Next Date: 30 December 2018 to 01 January 2019 (Roots NYE Festival), 30 March 2019 to 31 March 2019 (Love Project)
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

Coming from humble beginnings, Organik has quietly grown into one of Cape Town’s most respected festivals. Their annual events, Gain Dream and Love Project, provide two opportunities to connect with the outdoors.

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INTO THE WILD

Next Date: 12 January 2018 (Raised by Wolves)
Music Style: Progressive, Techno

A series of day events designed to pay homage to the earth, allow us to reconnect with nature and express ourselves through dance. The music features a curation of techno and progressive artists from day-into-night.

into the wild experience


ORIGIN FESTIVAL

Next Date: 01 February to 03 February 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

Origin Festival is the first major full weekend festival of the year, presented by Good Time Events / Nano Records. Origin Festival boasts two dance floors and a wide variety of visionary arts and activities over 3 days.

origin festival 2018


PSYMEDIA PRESENTS UNDER THE AFRICAN SKY

Next Date: 23 February 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

After our successful series of winter parties, and a taste of the outdoors at Synergy ‘Sunday Funday’ last year, Psymedia is returning in 2019 with our own 14 hour party with 10 of the best local artists just 30 minutes from Cape Town CBD.

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VORTEX PARALLEL UNIVERSE

Next Date: Easter Weekend 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

A 3 night, 4 day psychedelic festival which falls over Easter Weekend every year. Hosted by Vortex Parallel Universe, who are veterans of the Cape Town psychedelic scene.

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PHOENIX FESTIVAL OF FIRE

Next Date: June 2019 (TBC)
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive

When did the cold ever stop us from partying in Cape Town? The Vortex crew have been putting on Phoenix Festival of Fire in the winter since 2014 and attendance numbers have only been increasing. If you need an outdoor wiggle during the winter months, this is the place to be.

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EARTHDANCE CAPE TOWN

Next Date: TBA 2019
Music Style: Psychedelic, Progressive, Techno

A global, multi-city music and art festival takes place throughout the world on the same weekend. Make sure you’re on the dance floor for the Prayer for Peace, uniting Earthdance across the globe.

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