Knysna Oyster Festival

Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics, and lovers of the good life, diarise these dates now and start planning the best 10 days of your winter! The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will take place from 29th June to 8th July 2018 in Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festival will once again offer a programme of unique events for sport lovers, families and adventurers, with more than 100 activities spread over ten days. There will be no shortage of fun, and a chance to experience one of the most beautiful, scenic areas in the country.

When: 29th June to 8th July 2018
Where: Various around Knysna, see website for more information.
Tickets: Click here for more information


Delheim Cheese & Jazz Fondue

Live jazz, wine, and cheese make the perfect combination, and this event has them all. Every Sunday guests can enjoy a concert in Delheim’s cosy downstairs cellar where cheese fondue is served along with their award-winning wines.

When: every Sunday in July
Where: Delheim Wines, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R450 p/p (

Delheim’s Jazz and Cheese Fondues

Table Mountain Cable Way Kidz Season

Explore Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway’s Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a Kidz season adult return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station. Kids also get a treasure hunt map and a voucher for the Shop at the Top and the Café.

When: July 2018 (excluding the cableway’s annual maintenance period 23 July – 5 August)
Lower Cable Station
R250 (

Cable Way Kidz Season

The Year of Magical Thinking

The Baxter Theatre presents the stage production of Joan Didion’s acclaimed novel The Year of Magical Thinking, starring Dorothy Ann Gould and directed by Mark Graham Wilson. The narrative structure of the book follows Didion’s re-living and re-analysis of her husband’s death throughout the year, in addition to caring for their daughter Quintana. A journey through the most universal experience of human suffering, it is moving, harrowing, amusing and, ultimately, an expression of the power love has to give life meaning.

When: 3rd to 28th July 2018
Where: Golden Arrow Studio Theatre, Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch
Tickets: Early bird Special (book by 29th June): R120 for performances from 3rd to 7th July. Otherwise, tickets are R180 per person, or R120 for block bookings of 10+, available from
Contact: 021 685 7880

Year of Magical Thinking

FIFA World Cup Screenings at the Cape Town Comedy Club

The Cape Town Comedy Club will be hosting five free screenings of the 2018 FIFA Soccer World Cup, including the quarterfinal, semi-final, and final matches. Entrance is on a first come, first served basis, with some of Cape Town’s finest comedic talent playing host and dishing out humour with their football knowledge (or lack thereof).

Screening schedule:

  • 6th July: 4pm & 8pm (doors open 2pm)
  • 7th July: 4pm & 8pm (doors open at 2pm)
  • 10th July: 8pm (doors open 6pm)
  • 11th July: 8pm (doors open 6pm)
  • 15th July: 5pm (doors open 3pm)

When: 6th to 15th July 2018
Where: Cape Town Comedy Club, The Pumphouse, 6 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
Tickets: Free
Contact: or call 021 418 8880


Giselle – Cape Town City Ballet

Giselle is one of the most popular of all classical ballets, portraying the tragic tale of a young peasant girl named Giselle, who loses her mind when jilted by her fickle lover. The ballet features a corps de ballet of note and, at two performances, one of Europe’s top ballerinas, Ksenia Ovsyanick of the Berlin State Ballet. The show is accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at all but one performance.

When: 6th to 15th July 2018
Where: Artscape Opera House, 1-10 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore
Tickets: R100 to R500, available from
Contact: 021 421 7839

Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival

The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival provides talented young South African musicians with the opportunity to study, perform, and be inspired by chamber music and orchestral playing at an internationally recognized and professional standard. This ten day long festival facilitates the growth of young musicians and creates opportunities for them to further their music studies, thereby contributing significantly to South Africa’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

When: 6th to 15th July 2018
Where: Endler Hall, University of Stellenbosch, 37 Victoria St, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R130 to R150; concessions, R100 to R110, available from
Contact: or call 021 808 9571

Stellenbosch Chamber of Music Festival

Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland

The seaside town of Gordon’s Bay hosts its annual Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights, which takes place over two consecutive weekends. In honour of the temperate winter season, local restaurants, pubs and businesses dress their establishments in twinkling fairy lights.

Festival-goers are treated to fabulous entertainment, activities, and food with the festival highlight being the Carnival Weekends, which offer a “fantastic fiesta”, opening parade, fun fair, a winter palace (complete with snowstorm), green screen photo booth, motoring exhibition, food trucks, art and craft stalls, live music, and more. Also on offer are wine tastings and 5km Family Fun Walk/Run.

Carnival Weekends: 29th June to 1st July and 6th to 8th July 2018

When: 29th June to 8th July 2018
Where: Festival Grounds, Hendon Park vacation resort, beachfront, Gordon’s Bay
Tickets: R10 to R50, available at the venue
Contact: or call 071 606 3261


Jive Cape Town Funny Festival

The popular Jive Cape Town Funny Festival returns for its 2018 season presenting the best SA comedians and the famous international variety acts on the same stage. Generous discounts are offered on group bookings.

When: 9 July to 5 August 2018
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Tickets: R190, available from
Contact: 021 685 7880

Jive Funny Festival

Joseph Clark: The Music of Queen

Artscape hosts lead vocalist extraordinaire, Joseph Clark for five performances of “Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen” for the first time. Being regarded by many as the world’s number one performer doing justice to Queen’s music, Clark entertains audiences with his individual style by taking the iconic group’s music to another level. Added to the sensory experience, the show also features a band of top local and international musicians.

When: 11th to 15th July 2018
Where: Artscape Theatre, 1-10 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore
Tickets: R150 to R250, available from
Contact: or call 021 421 7839


Disney On Ice – Dream Big

Tinker Bell takes audiences on an enchanting pixie-dust filled journey of beloved Disney tales in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Believing is just the beginning when dreamers witness the empowering tales of Disney`s most courageous leading ladies including Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love of Anna & Elsa that has captivated millions as Disney`s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.

Presented by Feld Entertainment Inc and leading local promoter, Showtime Management.

When: 11th to 15th July 2018
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood
Tickets: R50 to R450, available from
Contact: 021 505 7777

Disney on Ice
© Disney

Charl du Plessis @ La Motte Wine Estate

Known as South Africa’s Piano Man and being the youngest person ever in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist, pianist Charl du Plessis is a versatile performer who brings insight into the vast range of music he plays through his own search for truth and beauty. Charl is renowned for his interpretations of classical and jazz piano repertoire, both in the concert hall and as a recording artist. Joining in the French festivities at La Motte Wine Estate for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival, Charl brings a French flair to his solo classical recital with works by Ravel, Debussy, Chopin and more. The performance lasts for an hour and guests are invited to stay for a glass of La Motte wine.

When: 14th July 2018
Where: La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek
Tickets: R220, available from
Contact: or call 021 876 8000

Charl Du Plessis Piano

Rosé all day

Roast & Co. was inspired by HQ’s owners, the original pioneers of the mono menu in cape town, in order to provide a wholesome chicken dining experience to the public in an aim to break the mould of people only enjoying their favourite meal at home. They are a sustainable farm-to-table chicken on the bone restaurant that serves chicken that is specced especially for them. They’ve now launched their Rosé all Day event!

They serve delicious lunch and dinner on the culinary strip of Bree street, Cape Town.

In addition, they are the leaders when it comes to innovative monthly events, therefore with the successful launch of Rosé all Day in 2018, the event has been nothing short of amazing!

They will be hosting their Rosé all Day event on 14 July, where guests can slide right into the groove with tunes from DJ Leyton Lee, the iconic Roast & Co. mono menu with the most incredible sides, as well as bottomless Warwick Wine Estate – The First Lady Rosé in the Heritage Square courtyard that also plays host to the oldest wine producing wine in the Southern Hemisphere.

When: 14th July 2018, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Roast & Co, City Centre
Tickets: Free entry, but booking essential; R145 endless Rosé (until 5pm)
Contact: or 021 424 6372 

Rose all Day

Franschhoek Bastille Festival

South Africa’s French inspired 25th annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival is a social calendar highlight, which takes place at the historic Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek. The Food & Wine Marquee is the place to be and be seen this year, with superb Franschhoek wines on offer and a selection of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of the town’s well-known eateries.

When: 14th to 15th July 2018
Where: Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, 13 Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek
Tickets: R350 on Saturday; R280 on Sunday; U18s free (but must be accompanied by an adult), available from
Contact: or call 021 876 2861

Franschhoek Bastille Day

Mandela Trilogy: A Musical Tribute

Mandela Trilogy employs a unique fusion of traditional Xhosa songs, jazz tunes, and modern music in honour of one of the world’s most inspiring statesmen. The work begins with Mandela’s teenage years in rural Qunu, depicts the vibrant life of 1950s Sophiatown as it falls under the shadow of the apartheid security forces, and culminates in Mandela’s years on Robben Island and his release from prison. Mandela Trilogy made its European premiere at the Wales Millennium Centre in 2012 and has since been performed in Dubai, Hong Kong, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

When: 17th to 18th July 2018
Where: Artscape Opera House, Artscape Theatre Centre, 1-10 D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tickets: R130 to R280, available from
Contact: 021 421 7839

Mandela Trilogy

Breedekloof Soetes & Soup Festival

Banish the cold this winter with a generous variety of hearty broths, velvety soups, sweet treats, and wines at the 2018 Breedekloof Soetes & Soup food and dessert wine festival. Situated along Route 62, Breedekloof is a beautiful wine region with a multitude of celebrated estates. On the weekend of the 20th and 21st July, a line-up of these wine estates will be inviting guests to try their wines, indulge in their unique soup creations, and partake in the celebrations and festivities.

When: 20th to 21st July 2018
Where: Various venues in the Breedekloof valley
Tickets: R160 per person; R110 for designated driver and U18’s, available from
Contact: or call 023 349 1791


Cape Town Festival of Running

In its 20th year, the Cape Town Festival of Running starts and finishes on the Sea Point Promenade and offers four distance options over two days, where runners can enjoy the scenic vistas of mountain and ocean. Endorsed by the Two Oceans Marathon NPC the event features a 100 km Ultra, a 50 km Mini-ultra, a 5 x 5 km relay on Saturday, and a 21 km half marathon on Sunday.

When: 21st to 22nd July 2018
Where: Sea Point Promenade, Cape Town
Tickets: R325 for 100 km; R275 for 50 km; R250 for 25 km; R90 for 21 km, available from
Contact: or call 072 210 1127

Cape Town Festival of Running

After Dark: AKING & Bam Bam Brown

The Two Oceans Aquarium and Texx and the City are proud to present “After Dark,” a stripped down series of events this winter featuring some of the Mother City’s finest bands. On 25th July 2018, the area in front of the Aquarium’s I&J Ocean Exhibit will be transformed into a cozy, living room-style setting where you’ll be able to enjoy SAMA-winning melodic rock group AKING & indie folk singer and guitarist Bam Bam Brown, who will perform acoustic versions of their staple sets.

Drifter Brewing Company provides either a buchu-infused gin and tonic or a “Pick Me Up Pale Ale” to each guest on arrival, while the full range of Drifter beers is on sale throughout each event. A cash bar is also available, but guests are advised to eat before attending the event.

When: 25th July 2018
Where: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront
Tickets: R295, available from
Contact: or call 021 418 3823

After Dark

La Petite Ferme Presents a Winter “Chefs and The Vine” Series

Winemaker Wikus Pretorius, together with La Petite Ferme’s brigade of enthusiastic chefs have this year masterminded a collaborative “Chefs and the Vine” series from May through to August.

Each soirée is presented by Wikus and includes a tutored pre-dinner tasting of handcrafted wines from La Petite Ferme’s cellar and compared with others from nearby terroirs as well as from afar, making for fascinating discourse. All the wines on each evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and winemaking techniques.

The dinner of 26 July is dedicated to what many consider the king of reds – Cabernet Sauvignon. Famous as a full-bodied wine, it is nonetheless capable of delicacy and elegance in skilled hands.

The La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine evenings including a four-course deluxe menu are each priced at R750 per person, commencing with canapés and Méthode Cap Classique wines from 18h30. Reservations have been limited to ensure an intimate, personal and premium experience. Bookings are essential and early reservations recommended.

When: 26 July 2018
Where: La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek
Tickets: R750 p/p
Contact: or contact Marinda Armstrong at (27) (21) 876 3016


Electronic and Gaming Expo

Cape Town’s largest electronics and gaming expo, EGE South Africa, is back for its fifth year in a row. The event offers LAN gaming, Cosplay, table top games, gaming competitions, and a host of different stands selling popular culture merchandise and memorabilia.

When: 27th to 29th July 2018
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1 Lower Long St, Cape Town
Tickets: R110 online; R130 at door; R230 weekend pass; R25 for scholars in school uniform (Friday only), available from
Contact: or call 021 685 0845

Electronics Gaming Expo