Ultra SA 2019

Ultra has become the largest annual electronic music festival in Africa. The daylong event features a smashing line-up of local and international talents with award-winning American EDM duo, The Chainsmokers, headlining the festival.

When: 1 March 2019
Where: The Ostrich Farm, van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia
Tickets: Tier 2 R650 | Tier 3 R750 | VIP Tier 2 R1 250 | VIP Tier 3 R1 500 (available from the website)
Contact: www.ultrasouthafrica.com/contact-us/
Web: www.ultrasouthafrica.com 


The Cape Wine Auction 2019

The weekend promises to be an exhilarating global showcase of South Africa’s finest wines at The American Express Cape Wine Barrel Auction, which takes place on Friday, 1st March at the Norval Foundation in Steenberg. This will be followed on Saturday, 2nd March by the main event, The 2019 Cape Wine Auction, at Buitenverwachting wine estate, Constantia. The afternoon will include a sumptuous sit-down lunch and a live auction hosted by radio and TV personality and enthusiastic wine collector, Dan Nicholl.

When: 1 and 2 March 2019
Where: Friday – Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate | Saturday – Buitenverwachting, 37 Klein Constantia Road, Constantia
Tickets: R2500 (Friday only) | R7500 (full ticket)
Contact: 084 207 3820, darielle@thecapewineauction.com
Web: www.thecapewineauction.com 


Hands-on Harvest, Robertson

This down-to-earth autumn celebration offers families a chance to experience the magic of harvest with a program of events that includes the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor and Robertson. With more than 20 wineries, estates, and other establishments taking part, this food and wine affair offers a wide variety of tailor-made activities, such as grape picking, stomping, vineyard safaris, blending and tasting experiences, riverside lunches, vineyard picnics, and food and wine pairings.

When: 1 to 3 March 2019
Where: Various venues around Robertson
Tickets: Free entrance | R30 wine tasting
Contact: 023 626 3167, admin@robertsonwinevalley.com
Web: www.handsonharvest.com 

Hands on Harvest

Oude Libertas Summer Season Festival

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. This March, the season comes to a close on the 9th with some final performances by Afrikaans singer Laurika Rauch, the Heavenly Quartez, and Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

When: Almost daily concerts run until 9th March 2019
Where: Oude Libertas Amphitheatre, Adam Tas Road, Stellenbosch
Entry: Prices range between R210 and R250 – available from www.computicket.com or at the theatre box office on the day of the event.
Contact: theatre@oudelibertas.co.za | 021 809 7473 | 021 809 7380
Web: www.oudelibertas.co.za/amphitheatre/ 


Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Festival

This season, the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Festival will include performances by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town City Ballet’s Swingtime in the Park, and the Cape Town Comedy Club’s Jesters in the Park. There will also be a series of Sunday night concerts throughout the season, featuring Derek Gripper, Graham Weier, and an evening of gospel choir.

When: Runs until 10th March 2019
Where: Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Piers Road, Wynberg
Tickets: Various, depending on show. Go to www.computicket.com
Contact: 083 414 0552, sascha@rabbitinahat.co.za
Web: www.maynardville.co.za 

Cape Town Philharmonic playing at Maynardville Open Air Theatre 2018 (2). Image credit Bronwyn Lloyd

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema continues its seventh season, featuring a variety of movie favourites under a ceiling of stars in some of Cape Town’s most popular venues. If you haven’t yet spent an evening watching a classic film or a blockbuster movie on one of their massive screens under the stars, you are doing yourself a disservice! Check out the website www.thegalileo.co.za to see the various venues.

When: Weekdays, 18:00 | Saturdays 17:00 | Sundays 16:00, until April 2019
Tickets: R89 – R175 | Couples R320, available from the website
Contact: 071 471 8728 or hello@thegalileo.co.za
Web: www.thegalileo.co.za 

Galileo Open Air Cinema

Woordfees Theatre Festival

The Stellenbosch University Woordfees is one of South Africa’s largest visual and performing arts festivals and hosts over 500 performances and events with the sole aim of reminding us of the incredible ingenuity, inspiration, creativity, and resourcefulness of the human spirit. For ten days in March the university town of Stellenbosch is transformed as artists, audiences, and communities collide in a joyous celebration of theatre, music, art, dance, discussion and poetry.

Click here to view the Wordfees program.

When: 1 to 10 March 2019
Where: Various venues, Stellenbosch
Tickets: Various prices, available from www.computicket.com
Contact: 087 238 2078, fees@sun.ac.za
Web: www.woordfees.co.za 


Ceri Dupree’s Immaculate Deception

The fabulous comedy female impersonator, Ceri Dupree, is heading to South Africa again and returning to Gate69 with her sharp wit and sequins! Glamorous costumes, routines, jokes, and songs make this UK-based star one talented performer you simply have to see. Tickets include a delicious three-course meal.

When: Running until 16 March 2019
Where: Gate69, 87 Bree St, Cape Town
Tickets: R520 (Economy) | R560 (Business) | R599 (First Class) – book tickets via website at www.gate69.co.za/events/
Contact: 021 035 1627 or info@gate69.co.za
Web: www.gate69.co.za 


Italian Festival at Idiom Wine Estate

A taste of Italy returns to the winelands of Somerset West the first weekend of March 2019 with a full weekend of Italian themed activities planned at Idiom’s spectacular tasting centre overlooking the Helderberg Mountains and False Bay. A carnival atmosphere will be created to entertain lovers of Italian lifestyle, which will naturally include lots of food, vino, Prosecco, specialty stalls, Italian craft beer, Italian wine workshops, and a live band playing Italian and other music each afternoon!

When: 2 to 3 March 2019
Where: Idiom Wines, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Knorhoek Estate entrance
Tickets: R200 Day pass | R80 kids (www.webtickets.co.za)
Contact: 021 858 1088 or reservations@idiom.co.za
Web: www.idiom.co.za/italian-festival-2019/


Cape Town Motor Show

If you’re crazy about cars, the annual Cape Town Motor Show is guaranteed to get your engine all revved up. Lauded as “the biggest and most innovative” motor exhibition to come to Cape Town, the event will be exhibiting a bevvy of beautiful classic cars, sexy sports cars, and cars built for luxury, as well as monster trucks, motorbikes, and 4x4s.

When: 2 to 3 March 2019
Where: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood
Tickets: R120 – R950 (www.computicket.com)
Contact: 021 510 1466, info@capetownmotorshow.co.za
Web: www.capetownmotorshow.co.za


Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts present an exhilarating line-up of local and international artists within the sweeping green expanse of the spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Bring a picnic and camp out on the lawn with friends, while enjoying the live music. This March the line-up features:

3 March: Amanda Black / Sun El Musician
10 March: Matthew Mole
17 March: Spoegwolf / Jan Blohm
24 March: Shortstraw / Bam Bam Brown
31 March: Goodluck / Easy Freak

Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Tickets: R150 – R190 per person, available from www.webtickets.co.za
Contact: 021 799 8783 / 8620 / 8773
Web: www.sanbi.org/event/kirstenbosch-summer-sunset-concerts-2018/19


Comedy Fusion at Shimmy Beach Club

Enjoy a night of fun and laughter at Comedy Fusion’s first collaboration with Shimmy Beach Club, which is launching its very first comedy night. The show is features an all-star line-up of Rob van Vuuren, Yaaseen Barnes, Phil De Lange, Angel Campey, Kagiso Mokgadi, and Keenan Cerff. Arrive early to have a bite to eat and enjoy the sunset before the show!

When: 6 March 2019
Where: Shimmy Beach Club, 12 S Arm Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tickets: R100 (www.computicket.com)
Contact: 021 200 7778, info@shimmybeachclub.co.za
Web: www.shimmybeachclub.com


The Grand White

2019 Marks the 6th anniversary of The Grand White, an extravagant gala event that features delicious food, live music, speeches, comedy, and, this year, a fashion show. The venue is kept secret until closer to the date and the dress code is white with a touch of colour.

When: 9 March 2019
Where: Secret location TBA
Tickets: R350 – R1000 (www.nutickets.co.za)
Contact: info@thegrandwhite.com or www.thegrandwhite.com/contact/
Web: www.thegrandwhite.com

Grand White

Cape Town Cycle Tour

It is now one of the world’s leading cycle events that leads participants past some of the most visually diverse scenery you could ever dream of. Passing by two oceans, fynbos-sloped mountains, and a modern cityscape, the 109km course is arguably the most beautiful of any mass-participation race route in the world.

When: 10 March 2019
Where: Starting point – Grand Parade, CBD, Cape Town
Tickets: R540 (available from website)
Contact: 087 820 4300 or info@capetowncycletour.com
Web: www.capetowncycletour.com

cape town argus cycle tour

Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Toast with the locals when the ever-popular Stellenbosch Street Soirees descends upon the City of Oaks for some laidback mingling with fellow food and wine lovers this summer. Proudly presented by the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, the March instalment of this festival will take place on the 13th and 27th March, when Stellies will share its vibrant street culture, enviable lifestyle and cosmopolitan charm in the heart of this historic town.

When: 13 and 27 March 2019
Where: Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch Central
Tickets: R100 per person, which gets you a glass and 12 wine tasting tokens
Contact: 021 886 4310, info@wineroute.co.za
Web: www.wineroute.co.za

Stellenbosch street soiree

Chicago The Musical

The killer hit musical Chicago makes its rambunctious return to South Africa for one month of razzle-dazzle at the Artscape Opera House. This award-winning musical unfolds to show-stopping songs performed by a multi-talented all-South African touring cast, band, and crew.

When: 15 March – 14 April 2019
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore
Tickets: R200 – R500 (www.computicket.com)
Contact: 021 421 7839 or artscape@artscape.co.za
Web: www.artscape.co.za/event/chicago-the-musical/

Samantha Peo (Velam Kelly)
Samantha Peo (Velam Kelly) | Image: David Watson

Reforest Family and Friend Fest 2019

Reforest Fest is Africa’s largest annual reforestation festival! Each March, the organisers bring people together in Platbos Forest in partnership with the Platbos Forest Reserve to plant thousands of trees. From 15 to 17 March, they host a Family Weekend rich in entertainment for all ages, featuring live music and delicious food, all in the setting of the precious and unique Platbos Reserve. From 22 to 24 March, the focus shifts to the Friends Weekend, where you can dance to live local bands, learn with sustainability leaders, camp under the stars, and be inspired by positive collective action.

When: Family Fest: 15 to 17 March 2019 | Friends Fest: 22 to 24 March 2019
Where: Platbos Indigenous Forest, Hermanus
Tickets: R425 to R525 | R220 for 4 to 12 year olds (www.quicket.co.za)
Contact: 021 461 9265, catherine@greenpop.org
Web: www.reforestfest.com


Imogen Heap ft. Guy Sigsworth

Globally renowned tech innovator and award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap has announced her first world tour in eight years, including two back-to-back concerts in Cape Town accompanied by Guy Sigsworth from Frou Frou. Known for her alternative/indie electronic music style and her active involvement in electronic music, the performance will feature her magic MI.MU music gloves and a profusion of her best music.

When: 15 to 16 March 2019
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Tickets: R350 – R890 (www.webtickets.co.za)
Web: www.imogenheap.com


Cape Town Carnival

For one awesome day and night, be wowed and swept away by the Cape Town Carnival experience, showcasing the energy and spirit of Cape Town through creative expression. Filled with energy, fun, sexy outfits, dancing communities, expressive floats, and artworks, The Cape Town Carnival is an exuberant festival not to be missed!

When: 16 March 2019
Where: Cape Town’s Fan Walk, Greenpoint
Tickets: R350 (seated) | R1390 (hospitality ticket) – available from www.quicket.co.za
Contact: 021 406 3584, info@capetowncarnival.com
Web: www.capetowncarnival.com

cape town carnival

Kamers/MAKERS 2019

What started as a small Stellenbosch-based enterprise has since soared into a national treasure that attracts hundreds of talented artisans and tens of thousands of visitors. “Kamers Vol Geskenke” is an expo for handcrafted design that presents a fascinating tension between old and new. Please note that this is a cashless event.

When: 16 – 19 March 2019
Where: Jan van Riebeeck High School, Kloof Street
Tickets: R60 at www.plankton.mobi | R90 at the entrance | R120 multi-entry ticket | group ticket (buy 3, get 1 free) R180 at www.plankton.mobi or R270 at the entrance | R60 for students and pensioners | free entry for under 18’s
Contact: info@kamersvol.com
Web: www.kamersvol.com

Kamers Makers Bluewater

Concerts in the Park, De Waal Park

Whether for the specific artists featured or the informal warm social atmosphere (or both), the ever-popular and free Concerts in the Park attract people in the thousands. Capetonians have made this musical celebration a regular feature on their social calendars, bringing friends and families together to enjoy the fabulous live music, a picnic, and the beautiful outdoor setting of De Waal Park.

When: 17 March – Jimmy Nevis + The Rockets with guest Mark Haze
Where: De Waal Park, Molteno Road, CBD, Cape Town
Tickets: Free
Contact: 021 423 4526, info@concertsinthepark.co.za
Web: www.concertsinthepark.co.za

Concert in the park de waal park

Scarborough Fair

The Scarborough Fair is a community event organised by the Scarborough Community and hosted by the Camel Rock Restaurant. Expect retail therapy, festivities, family fun, live entertainment, and stalls with food, craft, plants, jewellery, clothes, art, face-painting, local beer, frozen cocktails, ice cream, and so much more!

When: 17 March 2019
Where: Camel Rock Restaurant, 264 Main Road, Scarborough, Cape Town
Tickets: Free
Contact: scarboroughfairsa@gmail.com
Web: www.facebook.com/camelrockscarboroughfair/


Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

From March 21st to 27th, the beloved Klein Karoo Arts Festival (KKNK) will be making its return to the small Karoo town of Oudtshoorn (best known for its ostrich farms). This Afrikaans arts and culture festival was first launched just over a decade ago and is a celebration of Afrikaans music, theatre, and culture.

When: 21 March to 27 March 2019
Where: 76 Voortrekker, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
Tickets: Various prices depending on the event. Tickets and additional information on www.computicket.com
Contact: 044 203 8600 or info@kknk.co.za
Web: www.kknk.co.za


Collector’s Focus: Nudes in the Sanlam Art Collection at Norval

Norval Foundation’s Collector’s Focus is a series of exhibitions and talks that highlight the role of collectors of visual art and design in shaping culture. It was established by Elana Brundyn, CEO of Norval Foundation, to recognise the unique contributions that collectors play in the preservation and evolution of culture. Click here to learn more about the exhibition and Sanlam’s collection of nude artwork.

When: Running until 13 May 2019
Where: Norval Foundation Art Gallery, 4 Steenberg Road, Steenberg Estate
Tickets: General admission R160 | Free for under 18s | Monday: free admission for all (available at the museum)
Contact: 087 654 5900 or info@norvalfoundation.org
Web: www.norvalfoundation.org


Ed Sheeran Live in South Africa

Ed Sheeran is the singer songwriter behind smash hits “All of the stars”, “Thinking out loud”, and “Shape of you” and now, for the first time ever, he’s making his way to South Africa for a live concert presented by AEG and Big Concerts. Tickets have sold out on all shows except the 28th March so you’d better hurry!

When: 27 (sold out at time of publication) and 28 March 2019
Where: Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point
Entry: R395 – R1 360 (www.computicket.com)
Contact: 011 759 7215 or www.bigconcerts.co.za/contact-us
Web: www.bigconcerts.co.za/events/detail/ed-sheeran

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Africa’s grandest gathering celebrates its 20th anniversary over the course of a two-day festival featuring more than 40 local and international jazz artists. This award-winning event boasts five stages and more than 37,000 music lovers in attendance!

When: 29 to 30 March 2019
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 1 Lower Long Street
Tickets: R1 290 (Weekend Pass) | R850 (Day Pass) – available at www.computicket.com
Contact: 021 671 0506 or info@espafrika.com
Web: www.capetownjazzfest.com

South African International Tattoo Convention

The South African International Tattoo Convention is purely about tattooing and the organizers make a weekend of it by adding live music, a selection of great food trucks, a deck bar with a great view, and a large tented beer garden. The show is a family friendly environment.

When: 29 to 31 March 2019
Where: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay
Tickets: R195 (Friday) | R280 (Saturday) | R240 (Sunday) | R590 weekend pass
Contact: romy@southafricantattooconvention.com
Web: www.southafricantattooconvention.com

South African International Tattoo Convention

Open Streets: March Edition

In March, Open Streets moves to Mitchells Plain. The monthly festival gives Capetonians the opportunity to explore parts of the city by transforming its streets into open spaces for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users, and other non-motorised transport-users. The aim is to create shared spaces that bring people together, no matter who we are or how we move, for a more equitable, integrated, vibrant, and safer Cape Town.

When: 31 March 2019
Where: Mitchells Plain
Tickets: Free
Contact: 021 286 0823, info@openstreets.co.za
Web: www.openstreets.org.za

Open Streets