Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19 November 2017

Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. We have rounded up a bunch of fun things to do in and around the Mother City this weekend. Tuck into a Taste of Belgium at Blaauwklippen, enjoy the Company’s Garden with Kids at the Centre or party it up with Eden Experience.

Pick of the week: A Beau Day Out (18 Nov)
Head out to the Constantia Wine Valley for a day of good music, a good cause and great wine. The Kiffness, Majozi and Watershed will be on stage to raise money in aid of The Africa Foundation’s 25th year anniversary. Jack Rabbit and Earthfire Pizza will be there to make sure your tummy is happy, and cider drinkers will be treated by Cluver Jack.

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2. Ismaël Lô at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (19 Nov)
The iconic Senegalese singer is coming to Cape Town for a sensational concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Guests will be able to enjoy the award-winning multi-instrument artist as he performs his greatest hits to an intimate audience for one night only. You can look forward to hearing Tajabone and Jumma Africa in one of Cape Town’s most stunning venues; Kirstenbosch.

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3. Our City Film Project (18 – 19 Nov)

Cape Town’s newest short film festival, Our City Film Project, gives up-and-coming filmmakers from across the world a platform to promote their art. The theme this year is ‘LGBT’, meaning that all the films need to explore the themes attached to the often ostracised community. The festival features 53 films, 49 of them making their premiere in Africa at this festival. Our City Film Project is being hosted at the V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau.

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4. A Taste of Belgium (18 Nov)
If you’ve been craving a waffle, chocolate or a beer lately, you’re in luck. This weekend, A Taste of Belgium heads to Vergenoegd Wine Estate for another installment of this popular event. Vendors from across the region flock to Stellenbosch to show off their best Belgian creations. Vergenoegd Wine Estate is famous for their runner duck parade, so bring the kids along and enjoy a day out in the Cape Winelands.

5. Eden Experience (18 Nov)
One of Cape Town’s biggest party providers is back this weekend, and they’ve secured Dubdogz and Ruback all the way from Brazil. Party people can head to Zevenwacht Wine Estate in Kuils River for a day of both local and international EDM music in a picturesque setting. The Eco-Food Village will include Cosmo Cafe (vegan-friendly vendor), Dos Chido, Shwarminator and Woodstock Waffles so you won’t go hungry. There is also a shuttle service, at extra charge, so everyone can have a good time.

6. Kids at the Centre (18 Nov)
EMBRACE are back at it again with their children-centered initiative at the Company’s Garden. Kids can enjoy a whole host of exciting activities including treasure hunts, LegoLand, face painting, reading corners, marimbas, gumboot dancing, acrobats and more. This is a great opportunity to have a fun day out with the little ones.

7. Xperience Fashion Show at Kenilworth Racecourse (18 Nov)
Get ready for some serious fashion-envy at the 4th annual Xperience Fashion Show on Saturday, 18 November 2017. Patrons will be treated to a look at local designers and their upcoming collections. You can expect to see Misunderstood, Safanja Fashion, Nesh Couture from Khayelitsha and more.

Source: CapeTownMagazine

The Constantia Gift Fair

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The Constantia Gift Fair will take place from the 8th till the 12th of November 2017
R 30 Entrance Fee for Adults, Children are free of charge

 

The Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference.There are fabulous home and garden accessories, stunning fashion items, and gorgeous  must-have gifts.

The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts.Come and sample superb food and drink, soak up the magical atmosphere, let your children have a ball in our kiddies play area and enjoy a sensational shopping experience with friends and family.

The First Annual Beach Party

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Maiden’s Cove is the spectacular venue for the first instalment of the Beach Party, which we expect we’ll see climbing to the top of the events calendar in no time. Sip cocktails with your feet in the soft white sand to dance the night away to South Africa’s best house music, including Sun El, Naak Musiq, DJ Bongs, and the legendary Fistaz Mixwell. First time Taxify users can expect a free ride from the venue while existing users get 75% off their rides.

When: 11 November
Where: Maiden’s Cove

We Love Summer Feat. Pillowtalk

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This up-and-coming music festival is making waves in the Cape Town summer scene. This year is there biggest yet, with two stages featuring incredible live acts. The festival is headlined by US-based indie/electro band Pillowtalk. The event has all the makings of a music festival—beautiful people, music, booze, and food—but it must be the one around where you can also get involved in wakeboarding and skiing. You can also expect art installations,  a salsa dancefloor, a gin mixology bar, and an open-air cinema.

When: 11-12 November
Where: Blue Rock Resort

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

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The famed Kirstenbosch Summer Concert series kicks off this month, with performances by Cat Stevens (Sold Out) and local acts Ismaël Lo and Zakes Bantwini. These summertime concerts take place on the sloping lawns of the Kirstenbosch Gardens, with dramatic mountain backdrops. People take picnic baskets, blankets, and drinks, and settle in for a lazy afternoon watching the sunset while enjoying the fantastic bands. Check out their website for the full line-up and to book tickets.

When: 11 November 2017 – March 2018
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kenilworth Thrift Fest at The Racecourse

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Cape Town’s official second-hand market is coming up, and this year it features some amazing live music too. Entrance is R50 for adults and R10 for kids under 12, and the event is kid- and dog-friendly. Bands include Native Young, Mobbing Bali, and Jackal and the Wind. Make sure you bring cash as no cards will be accepted, and browse the many stalls of awesome second-hand goods and clothing. Bring a sorted garbage bag of recycling for a 50% discount on entrance!

When: 19 November
Where: The Kenilworth Racecourse

Streetopia 2017

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This is Observatory’s annual community festival, complete with art installations, mutant vehicles form AfrikaBurn, live music and performances, and loads more. This is the kind of event where you’ll be the odd one out if you don’t dress up, so get out the glad rags and get colourful on the streets of Obs! Entrance is free, too.

When: 25 November
Where: Lower Main Road, Observatory (and surrounds)

Future Frequency Festival

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Future Frequency Festival is an avant-garde electronic music festival. They aim to push boundaries, bringing hi-tech music to low-tech settings. The unique venue is a yard filled with shipping containers. This is about as trendy as it gets. It’s all about the future of music, set in an industrial, edgy venue.

When: 25 November
Where: The Container Yard

Toy Run

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The Toy Run is South Africa’s largest motorcycle ride, and it’s all for charity. Anyone with a bike can participate, provided they bring at least one toy to donate to needy children in South Africa. Tens of thousands of bikes rally together every November, laden with toys, and they ride through the city to the collection point at Maynardville. The toys are then distributed to charities in need. Even if you don’t have a bike, you can donate toys to the cause, or buy a ticket to attend the main event arena and enjoy the bar, live music, and festive atmosphere. Check their website for details.

When: 26 November
Where: Main event arena is at Killarney International Raceway, Potsdam Road, Table View

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An annual Mother City highlight, the Cape Town Marathon heads into the CBD for a quick-paced run through iconic streets and past historic buildings on Sunday, 17 September 2017. This yearly marathon is best known for its flat, feasible route and the fact that it offers both novices and experienced runners a chance to see Cape Town from a different angle. With a 42.2km and 10km route for the main event, this fast and furious race gives those looking to qualify for the Comrades and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon a chance to clock in with a great time.

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Here is more about the History of this annual event:

 

HISTORY OF THE MARATHON

THE BEGINNING

The inaugural Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was run by a small, competitive field in September 2007.  For the first three years, the race was organized by Western Province Athletics (WPA), under the umbrella of a corporate sponsorship agreement with the national federation, Athletics South Africa (ASA).  During this same period of time, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon yielded some of the fastest times in South Africa, including Olympic and World Championship qualifying times.

CITY OF CAPE TOWN COMES ON BOARD

In the following years, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon steadily attracted a larger and larger field of runners.  In 2010, freed of the constraints of the early sponsorship, WPA was able to enter into a sponsorship agreement with the City of Cape Town that set the stage for developing the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon into a high quality, international event showcasing Cape Town as a world class destination for major sporting events.

THE VISION EXPANDS

In 2014, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is managed by a partnership between WPA, the City of Cape Town and ASEM Running, and it is endorsed by two of South Africa’s sporting greats, Elana Meyer and Francois, for its tremendous potential to further develop in the hopes of being included as one of the World Marathon Majors.

THE HERITAGE

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has always been staged on the Sunday nearest to the 24thof September, South Africa’s Heritage Day.  The route is designed, not only to take in Cape Town spectacular natural beauty, but also to enable runners to traverse the City’s rich historical sites, in a running celebration of South Africa’s oldest, ‘Mother’ city.

THE SPRING ADVANTAGE

Spring dawns in September in Cape Town, bringing relief from the heavy winter rains and frequent strong winds, as well as earlier sunrises and milder temperatures.  It is some of the best weather in Cape Town for a long distance running event along a route that offers elite athletes the opportunity to gain fast times, and enabling novice marathon runners to complete their first heroic marathon.

HISTORY OF THE MARATHON

With its vision of becoming a World Majors Marathon, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon celebrates the history of the race which takes its noble place as the pinnacle of distance running events

  • The Inspiration – According to legend, in 490 B.C. Pheidippides, a Greek soldier ran 25 miles from the battlefield near Marathon to Athens to announce the victory of the Greeks over the Persians.  He delivered his message, then collapsed and died.
  • The Revival – This fabled, epic run to deliver the news of victory was commemorated more than 2000 years later, when a 24.8 mile marathon event was included in the modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896.  Seventeen runners competed and Greek runner, Spyridon Louis completed the marathon in 2 hours, 58 minutes and 50 seconds to win the gold medal.
  • The Influence – A team of USA athletes sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association took part in the 1896 Olympic Games, and they were impressed at the success of the marathon.  In 1897, the first Boston Marathon was staged on the 19th of April to memorialize Paul Revere’s famous 1775 ride.  The Boston Marathon is now the oldest annual marathon in the world.
  • The Distance – The marathon course for the 1908 London Olympics stretched from Windsor Castle to the Royal Box at the White City Olympic stadium, some 42 195 meters (26 miles, 385 yards).  In 1924, this distance was accepted as the worldwide marathon standard.
  • The Inclusion – The marathon ceased to be an exclusively male event in 1972, when the Boston Marathon officially opened its course to women.  In 1984, women runners were able to compete in the Olympic Games’ Marathon for the first time.  Today, a number of the world’s marathons make it possible for wheelchair racers to compete.  Many welcome registered and unregistered runners, social and lifestyle runners, corporate and charity runners.
  • The Popularity – It is estimated that between 500 and 800 marathons are staged in the world each year, involving hundreds of thousands of competitors and millions of spectators and viewers.

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Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 29 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016.

Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. Whether it’s dancing like nobody is listening at Beerhouse, or sampling the best of SA’s cheese at the Cheese Festival, this weekend is sure to be one to remember.

#PickoftheWeek: Afrika Ablaze Unchained Dance Showcase
The choreographic genius that is Glenda Jones brings you a rediscovery of movement and expression at the Baxter Theatre from Tuesday, 26, until Saturday, 30 April 2016. This exploration of creative autonomy is an opportunity that does not come around everyday. In the form of a dance showcase, Jones explores the themes of freedom and expectation with help from Chelsea Samuels, Quisha Dawood and Danielle-Marie Jones. The first half of the show features six-year-old Someleze Betela as the main act, and the second half features gifted seventeen year-old Annelize Douglas. For more info, read our feature.

2. The Darling Collection Showcase
From Friday, 29 April to Sunday, 1 May, the Darling Collection brings you a performance art showcase like no other. The residents of Darling (where the event is hosted) were asked to put forward personal items of sentimental value, and 41 brave souls volunteered. These items became the themes and inspiration for the entire showcase. With general theatre shows and songs, this celebration of visual arts has it all. Head out to Darling this weekend to see the latest brain child from Wim Visser performed by students from the Netherlands’ Fontys University. For more info, check out our event page.

3. The OneSight Acoustics Finale
While listening to the sound of a live performance is mesmerising, watching a concert is half of the fun – and this is a gift that one in seven people cannot experience. These people lack the funds or access to medical facilities that allow them to receive the necessary treatment for sight impairments. But there’s a way that you can help! The OneSight Acoustic Finale is the final concert in a series of four shows benefitting OneSight; a global non-profit dedicated to bringing eye care to individuals in need around the world. The show will feature Goodluck’s Juliet, Matthew and Ben, along with Cape Town faves The Kiffness and more. Celebrate SA music with a conscience and benefit those less fortunate on Saturday, 30 April at the V&A Waterfront Croquet Lawn. The OneSight Acoustics Finale is your last chance to donate to a worthy cause. Remember, if you use the code ‘ONESIGHTCAPEMAG’, you can get R50 off when you purchase two tickets!

4. Silent Disco at Beerhouse
Dancing to the beat of your own drum is one thing, but why not dance to music that others may not be listening to? Disguise your terrible dancing this Friday, 29 April 2016 at Cape Town’s beloved Beerhouse. With three dance floors, and three DJ channels, the night promises to be a dancing wonderland. Remember, dancing is always better with beer, and Beerhouse has lots. In fact, they have over 120 beers to choose from, so even the snobbiest of beer snobs couldn’t refuse. Dance with headphones on, and have a genuine excuse for your lack of rhythm, at this Silent Disco.

5. Woodstock Autumn Beer Festival
The Palms Market is one of Cape Town’s most loved markets, and they’re endearing themselves even more this Sunday, 1 May by hosting a celebration of one of our favourite drinks: beer. There will be 13 breweries in attendance, including Riot Beer, Darling Brew, Birkenhead and Woodstock Brewery. Enjoy their classic beers, while also getting the opportunity to try the ales brewed especially for the event. Feel special people, it’s basically personalised beer! Sip on golden perfection, and nibble on the mouthwatering treats that The Palms Market is so well known for. For a full list of breweries and additional info, hop across to this article.

6. SA Cheese Festival
Do you love cheese? Silly question, of course you do. Well, head out to Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch this weekend to enjoy all things cheesy. Cheese is as versatile as wine: pair it with drinks, eat it on its own, cook with it, do whatever you want with it, but this is the only festival that brings together the best of SA cheese. It’s Stellenbosch, so there will obviously be wine tasting, and to top it all off, some of SA’s favourite chefs will be there, to teach you how to utilise the amazing produce (cheese) on offer in your cooking! Check out the SA Cheese Festival, and get tickets to avoid brie-ing disappointed.

7. Red Bull BC One Dance Battle
Marvel at dancers that are better than you. No seriously, the world’s largest breakdancing competition is coming to Cape Town on Saturday, 30 April 2016. The Cape Town Stadium is where it’s happening this weekend, and this event is not likely to come around again anytime soon. These dancers have talent in abundance, and the top 16 break dancers in the entire world are coming to the Mother City to fight it out for world domination. It will feature one-on-one rounds, with the winner advancing to the next stage, until a champion is crowned. For more info, check out the Red Bull BC One Dance Battle event page.

This weekend, Cape Town is so jam-packed with events we think you’ll love, we decided to add four bonus hot happenings for you to check out!

  •        Learn the tricks of the interior design trade at this year’s Decorex at the CTICC
  •        Prepare for a whale of a time at the Cape Town Dive Festival
  •        Spend an entire day with the kids totally entertained at the The Kidz Expo
  •        Celebrate Pride on Tour with the Knysna Pink Loerie