Cape Town, South Africa: Wild Along the Waterfront
In Cape Town, summertime means surf, suntans and a hot-and-happening New Year's Eve. The entire area is famous for its music events, from the Kirstenbosch Gardens New Year's Eve Concert to the multi-genre Rezonance New Year's Eve Festival offering the ultimate trance and chillout experience. But as midnight nears, most people head for the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. Lively with bars and restaurants year-round, this former fishing terminal brings the year to a close against the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain, as street performers and live music lead up to midnight fireworks over the city. Make sure to save some energy for New Year's Day, since many locals consider this the real celebration. Dating back to the 19th century, the Minstrel Carnival features more than 10,000 costumed musicians, singers and dancers parading in the streets, giving New Orleans and Rio a run for their money.