Another year has come to an end, and here at the Cape Town Tourism offices, we’re ready to stride into 2018. When you live in one of most beautiful cities on earth, it’s not hard to find ways to make your future more exciting, fulfilling, and fun. We asked the Cape Town Tourism team to name some of the things they’d love to do before 2018 is over. Here is a list of 52 things to do in Cape Town in 2018—one for every week—to make it your most memorable year yet.

Take a ride on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

The Wine Tram is the best way to take in the Winelands. You don’t have to worry about driving or directions—you can just relax and journey through rolling vineyards, stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.

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Go horse riding on Noordhoek beach

Noordhoek beach is a picture-perfect stretch of white sand, backed by mountains and forest. There are few better ways to experience it than by horse-back, and Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding can take you on a guided trail no matter your level of experience.

Swim at Silvermine

Silvermine Nature Reserve is located in the middle of the Table Mountain National Park and offers some truly exquisite hiking opportunities. Take the trails leading through the fynbos, overlooking the whole city and the sea, to Elephants Eye cave. On the way back down, cool off in the beautiful Silvermine Reservoir. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer day and is great for kids.

Learn how to surf at Little Bay

This beach, next to Big Bay ear Bloubergstrand, offers amazing views of Table Mountain across the bay. Aspiring surfers of any age and skill level can hit the waves here, and there are a number of schools around to help you find your feet. It’s also a popular kite-surfing spot.

Eat fish and chips at Salty Sea Dog in Simon’s Town

Cape Town does some of the best fish ‘n chips in the world, and it couldn’t get any fresher than at Salty Sea Dog. Get takeaways from here and take a stroll down the dock to enjoy your lunch overlooking the whole of False Bay.

Attend a Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert

The Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch are a summer favourite with locals. Take along a picnic blanket, drinks, and your favourite snacks and set up camp on the rolling lawns. There are great local acts as well as a few international headliners on the line-up every Sunday between November and April.

Jeremy Loops performing at Kirstenbosch

Jeremy Loops performing at Kirstenbosch, by Craig Howes

 

Picnic at Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek

Cape Point Vineyards is the perfect place for a picnic. There are terraced lawns, shady tables, and comfy cushions to set up your spot with. The venue is alongside a dam, with views of Noordhoek beach. Kids will have an amazing time here, and so will the adults. The Cape Point wines are award-winning and the Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect summer drink. The picnic baskets contain generous servings of gourmet food.

Have tapas at Bistro 1682 at Steenburg

Bistro 1682 has an idyllic location on the Steenberg Estate. The dinner menu consists of tapas-style cuisine with a fine-dining flair. The wines made right on the estate are fantastic, and there are4 few better ways to spend an evening than by washing down fresh oysters with a glass of Steenberg MCC.

Kloofing at Crystal Pools

Kloofing is the South African word for “canyoning”. For those who want a little more adrenaline than your standard hike offers, take a trip out to the Steenbras River Gorge, known locally as Crystal Pools, located near Gordon’s Bay. It’s a scenic but sweaty day of jumping into pools from heights of between 3 and 24 metres, as well as 45-metre waterfall abseil.

Check out ‘Roller Derby-ing’

Roller Derby is a full-impact women’s sport that’s taken Cape Town by storm. Women of all shapes and sizes take to the track for an hour of high-intensity skating. It’s not a sport for the faint of heart. Players smack into one another and falls are frequent. Try your hand at it, or head to one of the “bouts” as a spectator.

Go on a street art tour of Woodstock

Woodstock is a diverse and ever-changing Neighbourhood, and it’s at the forefront of Cape Town’s street art scene. There are walking tours available that take you around the neighbourhood to explore the art and get into the spirit of this eclectic, arty area. We recommend taking a tour with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable mural artist, Juma Mkwela.

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Stroke a cheetah at Cheetah Outreach Aisha

By now we all know that posing with baby animals is a big no-no, so it’s great to find establishments that take conservation and rehabilitation seriously. Cheetah Outreach Aisha is a sanctuary and retirement home for cheetahs, where you can meet ambassador cats, or watch the world’s fastest land mammal go for its morning run. Unfortunately, no kids are allowed.

Play putt-putt at the Promenade

Miniature golf is a great time for both young and old, and where better to tee off than along the spectacular Atlantic Seaboard? It’s really affordable fun for the whole family and makes for an amazing post-lunch activity.

Catch a play at the Fugard

The Fugard Theatre is one of the best places to see theatre in Cape Town. This is where you’ll catch most of the city’s biggest productions. There’s a lot going on year-round, but if you’re here in January don’t miss the Fugard Bioscope National Theatre Encore Season. It’s a chance to see some of the most popular theatre titles of the 2017 bioscope season. The productions are filmed live and shown on the Fugard’s full-size high definition cinema screen with high-quality surround sound.

OMG Quiz Night at Alexander Bar

The Alexander Bar is an eclectic bar and theatre in the City Bowl. It’s a great place for a drink and a show, and their Wednesday night quiz-night is a hit with locals. It’s not like most quiz nights… check it out for yourself!

Walk the Cape Camino Trail

The Cape Camino Trail is walking pilgrimage route around the Cape Peninsula. It is inspired by the well-known Camino de Santiago, (the pilgrimage route in Europe) but is adapted for our South African conditions. The route takes in the diverse sacred spaces found in Cape Town, from the iconic Table Mountain to Cape Point, then back to the city along the Atlantic seaboard.

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Go snorkelling in a kelp forest

Under the surface of the sea on Cape Town’s coastline is a truly magical landscape most of us have never seen. The kelp sways gently in the current and light streams in from the surface. The plants can rise 30 metres from the sea floor, and many fish, crustaceans, and even seals flit about in this other-worldly scene.

Visit a market

Cape Town is spoilt for choice when it comes to markets, selling food, vintage clothing, antiques, crafts, art, and just about anything else you can imagine. Try the ever-popular Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock on Saturday mornings, or the Earth Fair Food Market in the City Bowl on Thursdays.

Sample some local craft beers

This is the year for tracking down the best craft beer in Cape Town. This is no easy task—there is a seemingly endless list of local breweries making some of the finest beer you can find, and new ones are popping up all the time.

Have a braai at Oudekraal

Braai (barbeque) is one of South Africa’s favourite ways to eat. Make a fire, open a cold drink, and sit around with your favourite people watching the coals cook your food. Cape Town has a number of great braai spots, but Oudekraal, between Camp’s Bay and Llandudno, is one of our favourites. The braai areas are secluded and the view of the ocean is unbeatable.

Indulge in a spa day

Take your pick of one of the best spas in Cape Town, where you can find world-class treatments to suit any tastes. We’d recommend the Heavenly Spa at the Westin, with its amazing views over the city and bay.

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Have high tea at the Mount Nelson

Your visit to Cape Town should definitely include a visit to the iconic Pink Lady. The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is famous for its lush gardens, luxurious quarters, and its traditional British high tea service. Get dressed up and enjoy sumptuous cakes, pastries, and sandwiches while a live pianist music sets the mood.

Go for a picnic in Kirstenbosch

The Mother City is picknicking heaven, where you can find all sorts of amazing pre-packed picnic baskets in beautiful settings. Kirstenbosch is an attraction in its own right, and arguably the best place of all to spread your blanket and snacks. You can pre-order picnic baskets or pack your own, and there’s plenty of space on the rolling lawns to set up.

Have sundowners on one of the Bakoven boulders

It’s not difficult to find a good spot to watch the sunset in Cape Town, but the Bakoven boulders are hard to beat. Soak in the view with a cold drink, ice cream, or some snacks, perched atop the amazing granite boulders that make this beach so distinctive.

Have brunch and unlimited bubbly at the Potluck Club

Sundays at the Potluck Club are for those who need to level up their brunch game. It’s a tapas-style restaurant started by Luke Dale-Roberts, of La Colombe fame. Here, brunch is a fine-dining set menu that kicks off at 11 am, on Sundays only. Tapas platters are served with many delectable treats. For an extra fee, you can also enjoy bottomless bubbly.

Go on the Newlands Brewery Beer Tour

The historic Newlands Brewery dates back to 1820 is the oldest operating brewery in South Africa. The tour lasts about an hour and explores the craftsmanship that goes into the beers. It ends with a beer tasting and a couple of pints in the brewery’s historic pub.

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Have lunch at Mariner’s Wharf

Hout Bay is a fantastic sea-side neighbourhood in Cape Town that offers something for everyone, any day of the week. If you’re looking for some of the freshest fish and chips in the area, Mariner’s Wharf is where to find it. It’s situated right at the edge of the Harbour, and not only can you buy great food, but also marine artefacts, souvenirs, and antiques.

Hike in the Helderberg Nature Reserve

The Somerset West area is known for its natural beauty, and the Helderberg Nature Reserve is no exception. There are hiking trails to suit every fitness level, and the bird life is rich. There are also beautiful shady lawns which are perfect for picnics.

Go gin-tasting

Cape Town is famous for its wine, but there’s also a burgeoning gin scene in the city. There are many little gin bars and distilleries to visit. Check out Hope on Hopkins in Salt River. Don’t miss the amazing Bloedlemoen gin, infused with Blood Orange flavours!

Have lunch at Nomzamo Butchery in Langa

Langa is a township just outside of Cape Town, and Nonzamo does the best meat in town. There are also delicious sides, so even vegetarians won’t go hungry.

Visit the Hard Rock Café

The Hard Rock Café is a relative newbie on the Cape Town bar scene, but it’s rocketed to the top of our bucket list. Grab a burger and beer, and don’t forget the t-shirt.

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Go up Table Mountain on the cable car and take in the magnificent views

No Cape Town bucket list would be complete without a trip up Table Mountain. The Aerial Cableway affords 360° views of the city on your way to the top of the mountain. At the top are unbeatable views of the city, along with a restaurant where you can grab some lunch.

Go for a walk on the Sea Point promenade

The promenade is where Capetonians from all walks of life come together. You’ll see everyone here—joggers, dog walkers, families, cyclists, skateboarders, couples… you name it! The views are fantastic and the sea breeze is enlivening. Top it off with an ice cream at The Creamery Café to enjoy while you walk.

Have breakfast at Starlings Café

Starlings is one of the best brunch spots in Cape Town, and they specialise in tasty, healthy, fresh food. The eggs benedict is amazing, as are their fresh juices and home-baked pastries and desserts.

Visit Langa Quarter

Langa Quarter is one of Cape Town’s coolest hubs. The non-profit organisation Ikhaya leLanga has turned the area into a vibrant hotspot where Capetonians and tourists can and enjoy what that local community has to offer. There are jazz venues, art galleries, and restaurants to explore.

See an open-air movie

The Galileo Open Air Cinema has screenings almost every day in the summer. The venues are amazing, and you can take along picnic baskets and drinks. They screen classics, with a different line-up every year.

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Enjoy bubbly and oysters at Sea Breeze

This trendy Bree Street eatery is one of the best places to get fresh seafood in the city, and their Happy Hour special is incredible—between 12-1 pm and 5-6 pm daily you can get oysters for R10 a pop!

Check out the duck parade at Vergenoegd

Vergenoegd Wine Estate is a little outside Cape Town, in Stellenbosch, but it’s worth the trip for the ducks! Over 1000 ducks live on the estate as a natural method of pest control. They take care of any snails and bugs that might otherwise spoil the vines. Between 9 and 10 am on weekdays you can watch the army of ducks parade around the estate. It’s a fantastic option for families.

Take a tunnel tour under the city

Beneath Cape Town’s streets, there is a massive network of underground canals and rivers, some of them dating back as far as 1652. You can take tours of the underground tunnels for a totally different perspective on the city. Check the website first to make sure they’re open, and don’t forget your torch!

Take a township tour in Imizamo Yethu

Imizamo Yethu is the township located on the slopes of Hout Bay. You can hop off the City Sightseeing bus here to take a tour with a local guide. You’ll explore the community, visit a tavern for a drink, and taste amagwinya (a deep fried dough served with savoury mince or jam).

Go kayaking with the penguins in Simon’s Town

Visit Cape Town’s favourite monochromatic friends without having to get into the cool waters when you take to a kayak in Simon’s Town. Boulder’s Beach is the best place to see the penguins in Cape Town, but kayaking is a great way to beat the traffic and see the penguins and other sea life while letting your legs get a rest while your arms do the work. Just remember to apply tons of sunblock!

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Swim in the Silvermine Dam

The Silvermine part of Table Mountain National Park is a beautiful green oasis where you can braai, picnic, and swim with the whole family. You can also take a hike up to Elephant’s Eye for an incredible view of the southern side of Cape Town or take a guided hike to Noordhoek Peak. With the rich biodiversity in the area, there is much to see and appreciate and the water will cool you down on a hot summer’s day. There is an entry fee to pay at the gate (cash only), but you can get a great discount with a Green Card or Wild Card.

Go to the Cape Point vineyards Thursday night market

You’ll find everything from vegan sushi to beefy burgers (and amazing wine to compliment it) at the Cape Point Thursday night market. It’s a must-do for locals and visitors and for good reason. You’ll be spoilt with views of Noordhoek’s mountain and the awe-inspiring verdant vineyards.

Do the Hoerikwaggo trail

Envisaged as a great Cape trek that stretches from Cape Point to the Cableway station on Table Mountain, the Hoerikwaggo trail was supposed to be a five or six-day hike with tented campsites along the route. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to do an uninterrupted hike, but you can still take advantage of the incredible views and unique camping spots on this route. The tented camps at Orangekloof in Kommetjie are legendary and you can use them as a base to when you walk the Twelve Apostles trail, the contour trail or the reservoir trail.

Walk in Newlands Forest

Nature lovers will feel rights at home in this green paradise that feels like the home of fairies, gnomes, and unicorns. It’s right on the slopes of Table Mountain so you know you’re in for some inspiring natural sights and flora. Enjoy a peaceful walk or run under the trees or pack charcoal and meat for a braai at the nearby braai facilities.

Ride the City Sightseeing bus wine route

City Sightseeing has combined three of Cape Town’s favourite things all in one tour: Wine, beautiful scenery and great food. Their Constantia Wine Valley bus stops at Groot Constantia, Eagles’ Nest and Beau Constantia while driving on some of the most beautiful roads in the city. These three green wine estates have incredible wine and food on offer and the views are unparalleled. Plus you’ll hear some fascinating facts (in no less than 15 languages) while you drive, so it’s something we’d recommend for locals and visitors as you’re bound to learn something new. To take this tour you’ll need to take the Mini Peninsula Tour and hop off at Constantia Nek.

Groot Constantia wine pairing

 

Go paragliding

See the city from a bird’s eye view (literally) as you float about the Atlantic Sea Board on a tandem paragliding jump with reputable companies like Skywings, Fly Cape Town or Cape Town Tandem Paragliding. It’s not a scary experience as you don’t fall but rather float and have a chance to appreciate the view of the buildings, ocean, and Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. It’s a bucket list item we’d recommend you do annually for some fresh perspective on the beautiful Mother City.

Abseil down Table Mountain

Abseiling down a world icon is something all adrenaline junkies and adventure lovers should try at least once. Table Mountain, one of the seven new Wonders of the World, is over 1000 metres tall and you’ll get to abseil down at least 100 metres as you see the city like not many others have. It’s quite a rush! Be sure to take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway up and down for a 360-degree view of the city.

Visit the Zeitz MOCAA

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is the largest art museum in Africa, and the largest museum in the world showcasing the art of Africa and its diaspora. It opened in 2017, and it’s on everyone’s to-do list for 2018. The exhibitions change regularly, so even if you’ve been before, add it to your list!

Ride the train to Ceres

The Ceres Rail Company offers rides on a steam train from the 40s. It’s a fun and unique experience and takes you through some of the most picturesque areas of the Cape to Ceres. Onboard, you’ll find snacks, meals, and drinks to keep you going.

Have a cup of joe at Department of Coffee in Khayelitsha

The Department of Coffee is the first township-based artisan coffee shop in South Africa. It’s run by Khayelitsha locals who wanted to bring good quality coffee home with them, and they make a mean brew.

Walk down to Smitswinkel Bay and spend a day on the beach

Between Simon’s Town and Cape Point Nature Reserve, you’ll find the picturesque Smitswinkel Bay. Take a short walk down to the beach for an incredible view of the mountains and sea and the opportunity to snorkel, picnic, or go diving. Take a dip in the pretty rock pools when you feel warm and be sure to pack lightly for the trek up and down.

 

Source: capetowntravel.com

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

source: capetowntravel

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