The organisers of Cape Town Pride have announced details of this year’s three-week-long Pride Festival which runs from the 8th of February to the 3rd of March 2024.
“After the huge success of our first post-Covid Pride last year, the pressure is on to follow it up with something equally spectacular,” says Cape Town Pride Festival Director Wentzel April.
“We have 30 events in the calendar including book readings, film screenings, workshops, mountain hikes, a vogue kiki ball, drag queen and drag kings shows, Pride karaoke, queer yoga, a talent show and more,” April exclaims.
As always, the highpoint of the festival is the annual Pride Parade which will take place on Saturday the 2nd of March. The procession kicks off, as it usually does, in the de Waterkant district of Green Point.
This is a great occasion for members of the city’s diverse LGBTQI+ community to march to celebrate their Pride. The theme for this year’s event is “Out, Proud & Fabulous” and the parade is everyone’s chance to be just that!
The march culminates at the Green Point Track, where the festivities will continue into the afternoon with the Pride Mardi Gras.
Here are some of the highlights featured on the 2024 Cape Town Pride calendar:
GENDER EUPHORIA: A Queer Joy Cabaret
Friday 9 February, 20:00
The Armchair Theatre, 13 Lower Main Rd, Observatory
Cape Town’s Drag Kings present a drag show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Starring Cheshire Vineyard, and featuring Sir Gently, Casual Harry, Wolf Steel and Mikki George. Tickets are R150 from Quicket.
MR & MISS CAPE TOWN PRIDE PAGEANT
Sat 10 February, 18:00
Joseph Stone Auditorium, Cnr Protea St & Klipfontein Rd, Athlone, Cape Town
One of the most anticipated events of the Pride season, where new Pride royalty is crowned at a glittering and glamorous affair. Tickets are R150 from Computicket.
PRIDE ROLLER DISCO
Sat 10 February, 18:00
Sunningdale Sports Complex, Waterville St, Milnerton Rural
Last year’s Pride Roller Disc was such a hit that it’s happening again in 2024. R70 entry. No pre-booking required. Skate Hire R70 per hour. Secure parking and card machines for payment will be available. Hosted by Cape Town Rollergirls.
PRIDE’S GOT TALENT
Thurs 15 February, 19:00
Zer021 Social Club, 46 Canterbury St, District 6
The search is on for the next queer shining star. The winner of this talent show gets to perform on the main stage at the Pride Mardi Gras. Tickets are R60 at the door.
MOTHER CITY SIRENS – Way of the Rose
Sat 17 February, 20:00
Hearty Collective, 380 Albert Rd, Woodstock
A special Pride Kiki Vogue Ball. Step into the Ballroom and see Cape Town’s club kidz sissy that walk. Hosted by House of Vineyard, with CC Martinez. And the Category is….
Tickets are R150 from Quicket.
PRIDE HIKE – LION’S HEAD
Sun 18 February, 07:00
Lion’s Head Hiking Trail, Signal Hill Rd, Signal Hill
Put on your walking shoes, meet new friends, while you show your Pride on an iconic Capetonian landmark. Meet in the car park at 06:30. Wear suitable shoes, and bring water, hats and sunscreen.
Everyone is free to join.
CTL SOCIAL: PRIDE WOMEN’S PARTY
Saturday 24 February, 20:00
That 80s Club, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd, Woodstock
This is the official Cape Town Pride Women’s Party!
Tickets are R120 from Quicket.
Sat 24 February, 15:00
The Station on Bree, 207 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre
Buddies Night Out, the beloved December pop-up party, is throwing a Pride Buddies Street Party, filled with music, drag, fun and friends. Performances from Adam, Khalani Khalifa and Maxine Wild. Everyone is welcome! Tickets from AirDosh.
PET’S FOR PRIDE PROMENADE WALK
Sun 25 February, 10:00
Green Point Lighthouse, 100 Beach Rd, Mouille Point
An informal gathering where proud queer pooch parents will be promenading their pets on a fun walk to Sea Point Pavilion and back. Prizes for best-dressed pets!
APOSTLES OF A CIVILISED VICE
Tues 27 February, 18:30
Woodstock Brewery, 252 Albert Rd, Woodstock
A film exploring the history of homosexuality in South Africa from colonial times to the present. Hosted by Cape Town Lesbians. Tickets are free but reserve your seat on Quicket.
PREJUDICE & PRIDE – Queers in Swedish Cinema
Wed 28 February, 18:00
Labia Theatre, 68 Orange St, Gardens
This film is a rainbow-coloured roller coaster ride through a collection of queer Swedish films from 1916 to now. Presented by the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria and the Swedish Institute.
Free tickets from Quicket.
CAPE TOWN PRIDE PARADE & MARDI GRAS
Sat 2 March, 11:00 – 21:00
De Waterkant and Green Point A-Track, Green Point
The climax of the festival, the Pride Parade through the streets of the city leads up to the Mardi Gras, packed with fun and entertainment. Tickets for the Pride Mardi Gras at R50 a person are available at Quicket.
For more updates on Cape Town Pride 2024, visit the website or the Facebook page.