Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 7 to Sunday, 9 October 2016.

#Pickoftheweek: A Steady Rain: 4 – 29 October

Keith Huff’s award-winning Broadway hit A Steady Rain is taking the stage at The Fugard Theatre this week. The gripping drama, starring Fleur du Cap nominees Brent Palmer (The Kingmakers) and Nicholas Pauling (Clybourne Park), follows the tale of two Chicago police officers with dark secrets and destructive habits.

Get your dose of drama at The Fugard Theatre.

 

2. HogtoberFest: 8 October
It’s the month of beer fests all over the world and HogtoberFest is the best place to start the season in Cape Town. The Hoghouse Brewing Company is setting up a sensational street food fest with tons of booze, smoky pork dishes and lawn games for the more competitive beer-lovers.

Drink, be merry and pig out at Spier Wine Farm.

3. Hobby-X Craft Expo: 7 – 9 October
Do you love DIY crafts and artsy activities? Get your fix at this creative craft expo and learn all about knitting, glass art, jewellery-making and more! Sign up for some of the interesting workshops that cover a multitude of crafting techniques and discover new hobbies that suit your fancy.

Get crafty at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

4. Unplugged62 Festival: 7 – 9 October
Spend your weekend in the wilderness at this relaxing music festival and camping experience in Barrydale. Unplugged62 has got a killer line-up this year that includes Manouche, Nomadic Orchestra, Majozi and plenty of the country’s finest musicians. Foodies can also enjoy a traditional Karoo feast paired with wine on the stunning Joubert-Tradauw farm.

Unplug yourself from the stress of the city and spend a weekend at the Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards.

5. Smile Day at Ratanga Junction: 8 October
Operation Smile is hosting its annual smile day fundraiser at Ratanga Junction this year and everyone is invited to join the fun. The organisation aims to raise funds to provide cleft lip or pallet surgery to children who suffer from this affliction, so bring along everyone you know for a thrilling day at the wildest place in Africa.

Change a child’s life at Ratanga Junction this weekend.

6. Pinotage Celebration at Wellington Wines: 8 October
International Pinotage Day is upon us and Wellington Wines is celebrating it in the best possible way. Vino-lovers will be treated to a day of wine tasting, gourmet treats and an eclectic market that sells a variety of Pinotage-inspired products. If you’re a fitness nut who loves a glass of red after a workout, sign up for the Pinotage pilates class and swap your dumbbells for a bottle of wine.

Have a luxurious day of Pinotage and pampering at the Wellington Wines Tasting Room.

7. Matchem Stakes at Durbanville Racecourse: 9 October
Get your bookie on the phone – it’s horse racing season in the Western Cape and this equine extravaganza promises a day of nail biting races. When you’re not viewing the intense races, enjoy a delicious meal and a cool craft beer at the food stalls while the kids run about in the play area.

Head down to the Durbanville Racecourse for a display of equestrian excellence.