events cape town december

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Hosted at various venues around Cape Town and the winelands, the Galileo brings guests a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalizing treats, and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars. Go to to view December’s movie schedule.

Wednesdays: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Newlands
Thursdays: 4 rotating venues in Cape Town
Fridays: 3 rotating venues in Cape Town
Select Saturdays: Various wine estates, Cape Winelands
Select family Sundays: Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands

When: 17th October 2018 to 21st April 2019; Weekdays, 18:00 | Saturdays 17:00 | Sundays 16:00
Where: Various venues around the Cape and its winelands
Tickets: R89 to R175 | Couples R320, available from the website
Contact: 071 471 8728 or

Galileo Open Air Cinema

Table Mountain Cableway Sunset Special

This summer, locals can enjoy a thrilling (return) cable car ride and a spectacular sunset experience on the top of the iconic Table Mountain for half the standard price after 18:00. Soak up a 360-degree view of the city and peninsula and watch as the sun sinks behind the Atlantic Ocean.

When: 1st November to 19th December 2018 | 3rd January to 28th February 2019
Where: Table Mountain Cable Car Station
Tickets: R145 per adult | R72.50 per child
Contact:, 021 424 0015

Table Mountain Cableway sunset special valentines

Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival

The Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival has officially kicked off and features an enchanting line-up of local musicians and performers, including Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground, Afrikaans singer Laurika Rauch, Cape Town City Ballet’s Giselle, and maestro Richard Cock. For over 40 years, the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre has provided musicians and theatre productions with a popular performance venue with stunning views of the Stellenbosch mountains and vineyards.

When: 16th November 2018 to 9th March 2019
Where: Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Adam Tas Rd, Stellenbosch
Tickets: Prices range between R210 and R250 – available from or at the theatre box office on the day of the event.
Contact: | 021 809 7473 | 021 809 7380


Cape Town Festival of Beer 2018

The Cape Town Festival of Beer is the largest beer festival in the Southern Hemisphere and, this year, is set to bring an even greater variety of brews to the table. The festival is a celebration of local and international craft and brewing heritage and will pack a staggering 60 breweries and 200 different beers into the arena. There will also be food stalls, a kiddies area, and loads of entertainment on offer, from live rugby to live music.

When: 30th November 2018 to 2nd December 2018
Where: Hamilton Rugby Club, 1 Stephen Way, Green Point, Cape Town
Tickets: Friday – R120 | Saturday – R150 | Sunday – R100 | U12s free, available from
Contact:, phone

The Cape Town Festival of Beer

Made in the Cape Artisan Market

With the festive season barrelling towards us at the rate of knots, now is the time to get in all of your Christmas shopping and stock up on novel ideas to make this year the most memorable one yet! Hosted on all floors inside Cavendish Square, the upcoming edition of the “Made in the Cape Artisan Market” will be Christmas-themed and feature a variety of stalls selling 100% locally handmade artisan gifts, décor items, and festive treats. Expect ceramic artists, silversmiths, graphic designers, carpenters, metal workers, toy makers, jewellers, artisan bakers, and much more.

When: 30th November 2018 to 16th December 2018
Where: Cavendish Square, Claremont
Tickets: Free entry
Contact:, 072 223 8046
Web: See the Facebook Page

Made in the Cape Artisan Market

Karen Zoid Live at Spier

Karen Zoid has become such an important part of the home-grown scene that her name is now the byword for emotionally charged, downright incendiary South African rock music. Her unmistakable voice, razor sharp lyrics and passionate performances make her a one of a kind performer. Zoid’s super-charged rock energy and an ability to write gorgeous, delicately rendered songs that speak of the emotional vortex is what drives this exceptional artist to keep creating.

When: 1st December 2018
Where: Spier Amphitheatre, Spier Wine Estate
Tickets: R160 – R180, available from
Contact:, 021 809 1100


Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival

The annual Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival, promises to be a highlight on the social calendar of bubbly lovers in the Cape. Be sure not to miss this sparkling event in the gardens at the Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek. The price includes access to the event, a glass, and 10 MCC Tasting coupons.

When: 1st to 2nd December 2018
Where: Huguenot Monument, corner Huguenot and Lambrechts Roads, Franschhoek
Tickets: R395, available on
Contact:, 021 876 2861

Franschhoek MCC Festival

Spier Festival of Light Art

Spier presents the opening ceremony of its first ever Festival of Light Art, which presents a dazzling and enchanting array of light and sound artworks, transforming the historic Stellenbosch farm into a multi-sensory, cross-cultural wonderland. Arrive early and enjoy a light dinner before the procession starts.

“Some of the works are whimsical and flitting, ironic; some may be glimpsed at from a distance and in passing, some will require more time and interaction,” curator Jay Pather explains. “These experiences – of walking and pausing, catching a glimpse or settling down to absorb – invite us to be introspective, adventurous and playful in turn.”

When: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2018
Where: R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R580 per couple (includes picnic dinner for two plus wine) | R200 per adult (includes glass of wine) | R75 per child under 12, available at
Contact: 021 809 1100

Spier Festival of Light Art

Baroque Christmas @ La Motte Wine Estate

The 2018 La Motte Concert series ends on a highlight with a beautiful Christmas concert celebrating this special time of year with instrument, voice, and scripture. The concerts start at 19:00, featuring Eric Dippenaar (Harpsichord), Elsabe Richter (Soprano), Nico de Jager (Tenor), and Johann Nel (Narrator). Afterwards, guests are invited to stay for a glass of La Motte wine. Reservations can be made online via La Motte’s website.

When: 8th December 2018
Where: La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Franschhoek
Tickets: R220, purchased via the contact details below.
Contact:, 021 876 8000


Matilda The Musical

Inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is a multi-award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company. It’s the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

When: 11 December 2018 to 13 January 2019
Where: Artscape Theatre, D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore
Entry: R100 – R520 p/p;

Matilda Musical

Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Toast with the locals when the ever-popular Stellenbosch Street Soirees return to the streets of the City of Oaks for some festive feasting and laidback mingling with fellow food and wine lovers this summer. Proudly presented by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the second soiree of the season will take place on 12th December, when Stellies will share its vibrant street culture, enviable lifestyle and cosmopolitan charm in the heart of this historic town – all blended with cool tunes, sizzling street food and superb wines. Each event features a different selection of cellars and street fare caterers.

When: 12th December 2018
Where: Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch Central
Tickets: R100 per person, which gets you a glass and 12 wine tasting tokens
Contact: 021 886 4310

Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Tuning the Vine: December

It’s time to come out of hibernation and step into summer sipping mode! Cape Town’s favourite #InnerCityWineRoute adventure, Tuning the Vine, is back for its summer season. Gather your mates, collect your map and make your way from venue to venue, sipping on the fruits of some of the Cape’s top wineries. Tuning the Vine’s summer stops include; 91 Loop Boutique Hostel, Arcade, Craft Burger Bar, Burger & Lobster, Cabron Taco Bar, Charango, HQ, Mink & Trout, Roast & Co, The Station On Bree, Sotano, and No. 89.

When: 12th December 2018
Where: Various venues in Bree Street and surrounds, CBD
Tickets: Early bird R180 | General ticket R200 | At the door R220. Tickets available from
Contact:, 083 357 4069


Dinner and Dance with the Gipsy Kings

Taking audiences back to the South of France with flamenco guitars, booming Spanish vocals, melding deep-heated rumba, and salsa rhythms, the Grammy Award-winning hit-makers behind Bamboléo, are coming to Cape Town this December. The Gipsy Kings will be performing two exclusive shows at the Grand Africa Cafe & Beach, which includes a five-course dining experience, followed by an intimate live performance.

When: 14th to 15th December 2018
Where: Grand Africa Cafe & Beach, 4 Haul Rd, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay
Tickets: R2995 pp. for dinner, welcome drinks and entertainment | Excludes additional drinks and any extras
Contact:, 021 425 0551


Gabriëlskloof’s Favourite Things Market

Gabriëlskloof’s “Favourite Things Market” is making a bold return after a one-year hiatus, and just in time for the festive season! The market packs 45 handpicked stalls into the gorgeous Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate in Bot River, selling stylish handmade, homemade, and collectable treats, gifts, and produce. Once you’ve done your shopping, you can head over to the visitor’s centre for a wine, olive oil, and/or chocolate tasting, followed by a delicious lunch at the estate’s country-style restaurant.

When: 14th to 16th December 2018
Where: Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate, R43, Bot River
Tickets: Free entry
Contact:, 028 284 9865

Gabriëlskloof’s Favourite Things Market

Groote Post Christmas Market

Christmas is coming up, and what better way to infuse a little tradition and magic into the festive season than attending a delightful Christmas market. Groote Post will be a hive of festive activity, brimming with market stalls, splendidly decorated and showcasing their Christmas wares which will make for special gifts and stocking-fillers. Expect delicious and beautiful country offerings including arts and crafts, home-ware, clothing, décor, jewellery, accessories, toys, artisan foods and more…

When: 16 December 2018
Where: Groote Post Vineyards, Darling
Entry: Free;

Groote Post Country Market

Prime Circle & Wonderboom at Inverroche

Inverroche, true pioneers of craft gin in South Africa, are collaborating with some of South Africa’s biggest names in the music industry to stage an exciting series of summer concerts to be held at their gin distillery in Still Bay (Stilbaai). The first concert will feature Prime Circle, who needs no introduction, and one of South Africa’s longest-living rock bands, Wonderboom. Inverroche is also releasing five limited-edition gins in collaboration with the music artists and these will be for sale at the venue, as well as online. Strictly no U18s.

When: 19:00 to 23:00, 17th December 2018
Where: Inverroche Distillery, R323, Still Bay East, Still Bay
Tickets: R350
Contact:, 028 754 2442
Web: View the Facebook Page

Other concerts in the series include:

Jeremy Loops & Bam Bam Brown LIVE! – 18 December 2018
Dan Patlansky & Jack Mantis Band LIVE! – 20 December 2018
Watershed & Opposite The Other LIVE! – 21 December 2018
Arno Carstens & Ard Matthews LIVE! – 22 December 2018
Freshlyground & Serrotone LIVE! – 23 December 2018
Jesse Clegg & HotWater LIVE! – 26 December 2018
Parlotones & Bed on Bricks LIVE! – 27 December 2018
Matthew Mole & Sean Koch LIVE! – 28 December 2018
Refentse & Mr Cat and the Jackal LIVE! – 30 December 2018

Inverroche Summer Concerts

Ella Fitzgerald: a Century in Song

The Jazz world recently celebrated the magnificent Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday and her timeless repertoire still brings joy to millions of jazz fans across the world. Join SAMA winner Anna Davel and Sima Mashazi (the star of Miriam Makeba: The Musical), in this swinging tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, presenting songs that she made her own: “I got Rhythm”, “Can’t take that away from me”, “Cheek to Cheek”, “Ain’t got that swing”, and “Summertime”. Adding the unique spice of two diverse South African talents, Ella’s uncompromising musicality and great song choices can be heard afresh.

When: 19th to 22nd December 2018
Where: Artscape Arena, Artscape Theatre
Tickets: R80 to R120, available from
Contact: 021 410 9800

ella fitgerald artscape

The Nutcracker Screening, Fugard Theatre Bioscope

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet and makes for a wonderful seasonal treat for the whole family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. The Fugard Theatre Bioscope will be screening The Nutcracker, performed by the Royal Ballet, as part of the 2018 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Cinema Season Part 2.

When: 23rd December 2018
Where: Fugard Theatre, District Six, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Tickets: R100, available here
Contact: 021 461 4554 / 4570


Comedy in the Vines, Barry Hilton

Thirty years of touring, six children, two ex-wives, five DVDs, two movies, millions of air miles, and a Lifetime Achiever statue on his mantelpiece, if Barry Hilton isn’t the quintessential South African comedy giant, no one is! Come and see the comedic mastermind perform live at the Spier Farm Kitchen.

When: 29th December 2018
Where: Spier Farm Kitchen, Stellenbosch
Entry: R200 pp | add a seasonal picnic basket and a bottle of Spier Signature wine for R580 (serves two generously and excludes show tickets).
Contact: 021 809 1100

Black Coffee presented by The Chivas Blend

Black Coffee, one of South Africa’s best-known DJs, has achieved prolific success in recent years. Having performed on many of the biggest international stages and collaborated with some of the world’s most successful recording artists, Black Coffee’s status as a legend in the industry has gone from strength to strength. Returning from his European residency in Ibiza, Black Coffee now delivers an unforgettable sunset performance at Shimmy Beach Club on Sunday 30th December. Age restriction: PG18

When: 30th December 2018
Where: Shimmy Beach Club, 12 S Arm Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tickets: R250 – R350, available from
Contact:, 021 200 7778

DJ Black Coffee