Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are winding down to a close this month with a performance by two of the country’s most talented stars delivering the second to final show on Sunday 1st April – Kahn Morbee and Karen Zoid – followed by UK electronic band Morcheeba on Friday 6th April.
When: Final show on the 6th April 2018
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Tickets: R135 – R180 for the local acts, R495 for Morcheeba on the 6th April (www.webtickets.co.za)
Goodluck at Vergenoegd Löw
Break away from the hustle of the city and spend the day with friends and family enjoying delicious wine, bubbly and food – and of course great music by Goodluck – all set on the idyllic green lawns of one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine estates!
A festive food market will be set up on the estate’s lawns with a variety of food options, perfectly complemented by the wines, to tantalize the taste buds. Live music by Goodluck is sure to add to the jubilant atmosphere. The dedicated children’s village will be sure to keep the little ones entertained, giving parents time to relax and enjoy the celebration.
When: 08th April 2018
Where: Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R150 per person. Children under 10 enter free of charge
The Whisky Live Festival
Attention whisky lovers! On the weekend of the 12th to 14th April, The Lookout at the V & A Waterfront will transform into an oasis flowing with the “water of life”, where some of the world’s finest single malts and blends will be readily available for sniffling, sipping, and swigging. This boutique-style tasting event is a hit with long-time connoisseurs and new enthusiasts of whisky, scotch, and bourbon.
When: 12th to 14th April 2018
Where: The Lookout, Granger Bay Blvd, V & A Waterfront
Tickets: R210 p/p online (www.TicketPros.co.za); R245 p/p at the door; R115 p/p for designated drivers.
Harfield Village Carnival
On 14th April, one of Claremont’s main roads will be closed off to make space for a smorgasbord of food trucks and stalls selling everything from delicious food, beverages, smoothies, and beer to jewellery, clothing, art, toys, gifts, books, home décor, and more. There will also be live music and a kids’ entertainment area, while the surrounding restaurants and pubs will also be participating in the merriment and festivities.
When: 14th April 2018
Where: 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village, Claremont
Tickets: Free entry
Pinotage and Biltong Festival
Two of South Africa’s favourite and unique signature foods come together at this celebration, hosted by the beautiful Perdeberg Cellar in Paarl. The festival will feature close to 50 different Pinotages from 18 Cape wineries, paired with a selection of biltong.
When: 14th to 15th April 2018
Where: Perdeberg Cellar, Vryguns Farm, Windmeul, Paarl
Tickets: R200 p/p online at www.computicket.com, R230 at the door
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Stellenbosch Oyster & Bubbly Festival
Like, love and marriage, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more suitable pair than oysters and champagne! This two-day festival takes place in the gorgeous Stellenbosch Winelands and will feature wine tasting and pairings with fresh West Coast oysters, as well as a variety of other food options and pre-packed gourmet picnic platters for two (available by pre-order).
When: 14th to 15th April 2018
Where: Dtrekka, Antique Tractor Farm, R304 Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R150 p/p (includes parking fee, shuttles, and tasting coupons) available from www.quicket.co.za. Please note that tickets are limited.
Organik Love Project Trance Party
The Organik Love Project Trance Party is an epic jol just outside Caledon, a mere 100 km from Cape Town, in a beautiful lush outdoor venue. In addition to the different dance stages, which will be pumping music for most of the day and night, there’s a dam for swimmers to cool off in, a camping site for overnighters, and stalls selling food, clothing, arts, and crafts.
Dimmitrios Giannakis: Evening of Guitars
Meet at the gorgeous and opulent Casa Labia in Muizenberg for an Evening of Guitars, a live concert presented by South African entertainer and classical guitarist Dimmitrios Giannakis and featuring world-renowned classical guitarist Diego Campagna who will be playing a variety of classical, Latin, and Spanish master pieces.
The Darling Collection 2018
Seven students from the Fontys University Tilburg in The Netherlands have come to the delightful desert town of Darling in the Western Cape to create an exhibition that relates the personal stories of 35 different Darling residents. The upcoming Darling Collection (the 3rd annual instalment of the event) will include the different disciplines of art, from theatre and visual art to music, dance, and circus acts.
When: 20th to 22nd April 2018
Where: The Tent, crossing of Somerset St & Durban St, Darling
Tickets: R15 p/p for a day pass R15; R30 p/p for a weekend pass (pre-book by emailing email@example.com or calling +27 (0) 66 013 5119).
Cableway Charity Challenge
At a distance of 5.5km and a vertical climb of 750 metres (approximately 2 hours), the journey to the top of Table Mountain via Platteklip is a test even for fitness enthusiasts. Now, repeat that journey as many times as you can during the course of the day and you’ve got the Cableway Charity Challenge – “an endurance test like no other”. Each lap raises money for charity.
When: 21st April 2018
Where: Meeting at the bottom of the Platteklip Gorge route.
Tickets: Free, but it is a charity and the aim is to raise a minimum of R2500 for the nominated beneficiaries: Cool Play, Paedspal, and the Centre for Play and Learning
Bot River Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival
Every year, during the thick of the harvest season, when there’s time for little other than picking grapes, the winemakers and farmers of Bot River (and around the Cape) grow out their beards. What began a practicality to save time on grooming has become somewhat of a tradition, the official celebration of which is the Bot River Barrels and Beards Festival. In addition to a beard competition, the festival features delicious foods and wines from the Overberg area and foot-tapping boeremusiek.
Vergenoegd Estate Pizza & Wine Festival
Sunny days and balmy nights, delicious pizza and great wine – the perfect combinations for a good time in the winelands. All these will be in evidence at this year’s Pizza & Wine Festival, which takes place at Vergenoegd Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, over the weekend of 21 and 22 April (11am to 4pm). The perfect excuse to enjoy a selection of superb wines paired with mouth-watering pizzas and live music.
When: 21st to 22nd April 2018
Where: Vergenoegd Wine Estate
Tickets: Tickets cost R60 for children (includes entry, free candy floss and kids entertainment) and R180 per adult; www.webtickets.co.za
During the week of the 23rd to 29th April, the Tankwa Karoo National Park will become home to an entirely different species of animal, namely, the South African party animal. Afrikaburn is a sensational and incredibly popular annual festival, during which people from all over the country (and abroad) make their pilgrimage to revel in art, culture, music, and freedom of self-expression.
When: 23rd to 29th April 2018
Where: Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa
Tickets: R180 p/p to R2,300 p/p (www.Afrikaburn.com). If tickets are sold out, join Afrikaburn’s STEP (Secure Ticket Exchange Programme).
Suidoosterfees in Cape Town
Suidoosterfees is a six-day festival hosted at the gorgeous and elegant Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. The festival itself honours Cape culture, heritage, and lifestyle through our music, art, and theatre with performances by beloved South African talents Evita Bezuidenhout, Nataniël, Sne Dlahla, Bobby van Jaarsveld, and many more.
Tailor’s #1000MilesTour, Cape Town
Tailor has released three acclaimed albums, is a SAMA-nominated pop singer-songwriter, and, this April, will be performing a series of concerts in the Mother City as a part of the Cape Town leg of her #1000MilesTour:
- 24th April: Cafe Roux, 74 Shortmarket St, CBD (caferouxsessions.co.za)
- 26th April: Cafe Roux, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek (caferouxsessions.co.za)
- 29th April: Cottage Club, 33 2nd Cres, Fish Hoek (firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 782 0931)
When: 24th, 26th, and 29th April 2018
Where: Various venues (as above)
Tickets: R150 p/p
Decorex Cape Town 2018
Decorex is the pinnacle of the annual design calendar in Cape Town, with design, décor, appliance, home, kitchen, and hardware retailers from all over the country setting up stands to showcase their product ranges, services, and latest innovations. As with every year, Decorex is hosted by the CTICC and will also feature plenty of food and beverage options for visitors.
South African Cheese Festival
From the 27th to the 29th April, Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm will transform into a gorgeous and gluttonous feast of local cheeses, wines, deli products, and treats, sending guests home a few kilograms heavier and (most probably) with enough cheese to feed an army. The family-friendly event will also feature a Carnival Park with loads of fun activities for kids (and the young at heart).
When: 27th to 29th April 2018
Where: Sandringham Farm, Sandringham Road, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R180 p/p for adults; R120 p/p for pensioners; R20 p/p for kids aged 2 to 13; kids under 2 enter free (www.Computicket.com).
Outdoor Movie Nights at Spier
Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch hosts monthly outdoor movie nights, where guests can watch a favourite classic or latest blockbuster under the stars (and with the Stellenbosch Mountains as backdrop) while munching through a luscious picnic basket prepared by the farm restaurant. The movie this April is “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”
Groote Post’s Country Market
Take a break, round up the family and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for their Country Market. This will be the last Market of the season. The Country Markets will reopen after winter on the last Sunday in August.
The terrace in front of Hilda’s Kitchen and adjacent to the Cellar will be brimming with market stalls showcasing delicious and beautiful country offerings including artisan foods, arts and crafts, home ware, clothing, décor and gifts. Local is always lekker at Groote Post with a divine selection of Darling gourmet produce including burgers, breads, cheese, cured meats, olive oils, preserves and of course, the popular Darling Brew. All Groote Post’s well-loved wines will be available for tasting and purchase by the glass, bottle or case.
When: 29th April 2018
Where: Groote Post, Darling
From geeks to gamers and comic book to cosplay enthusiasts… Fancon is Cape Town’s version of Comicon, possibly the year’s biggest celebration of animation, gaming, and comic book talent. The two-day event (which also features workshops, presentations, and panels) is a smashing hit amongst artists, animators, gamers, writers, and entrepreneurs, as well as cosplay enthusiasts so come dressed as your favourite comic book or game character!
When: 28th and 29th April 2018
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) 2 – Hall # 8 and 9
Tickets: R230 p/p for weekend pass (www.computicket.com); R150 p/p for Saturday day pass; R130 for Sunday day pass (day passes available at the door).
Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival
The Elgin Cool Wine and Country Food Festival is an annual event held in the Overberg region, where a dozen or more wine estates come together to celebrate the offerings of the Elgin wine route. Each wine farm will be hosting its own festivities, which will include gorgeous country fare, plenty of wine, live entertainment, and fun activities for the kids. Please note that lunch must be booked ahead of time.
When: 28th to 29th April 2018
Where: A number of participating wine estates in Elgin (see here for line-up)
Tickets: R150 p/p includes an armband and a wine tasting glass for free wine tasting at participating wineries. Golden tickets are R200 p/p, which gives access to special tastings at participating wineries, such as vertical tastings and older vintages.
The Galileo Open Air Cinema
April is the final month for the Galileo Open Air Cinema before it shuts down for winter so if you’re yet to spend an evening under the stars (with popcorn and a glass of wine) watching a classic movie or a thrilling blockbuster, you’d better get your tickets today! For information on the movies being screened and the various venues, refer to the website: www.thegalileo.co.za.
When: Until 27th April 2018
Where: Various beautiful venues around the Cape
Tickets: R89 to R175, available from www.computicket.com
Garden Picnics at The Cellars-Hohenort
The Cellars-Hohenort is a stunning 5-star boutique hotel that’s nestled into the verdant depths of the Constantia Valley. All summer long, they have opened their luscious gardens to hotel guests and walk-ins for picnics, which are prepared by their restaurant but, with the coming of winter, the offer will be ending on 30th April. There are three picnic basket menus to choose from (orders should be placed in advance).
When: Any day in April, from 12pm onwards. Offer ends 30th April
Where: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia
Tickets: R155 to R285 (call +27 (0) 21 794 2137 to book)