Explore Cape Town’s diverse dining scene during Restaurant Week, when a great variety of restaurants throw super affordable lunch and dinner specials. The restaurants include Azure at the 12 Apostles Hotel, Beluga (Green Point), Burger & Lobster (CBD), De Grendel Restaurant, Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort, Karibu, Lord Nelson Restaurant, Quentin at Oakhurst, Roast & Co, Skotnes at the NORVAL Foundation, Spice on Main, The Conservatory, The Granary Cafe at The Silo Hotel, Upper Bloem, and VILLA 47, amongst others.
When: 18 April to 5 May 2019
Where: Various venues
Entry: R150 for two-course lunch | R250 for four-course dinner
The Suidoosterfees is an annual celebration of everything – the art, music, traditions, and more – that makes the Cape culture so unique and so diverse. Hosted by the Artscape Theatre Centre, this week-long festival casts a spotlight on the people of Cape Town, showcasing our diversity through an array of events, from performance and music to historical tours, art exhibitions, and so much more.
When: 25 April to 1 May 2019
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, 1-10 D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore
Entry: Varies depending on event (Click HERE to view programme)
Contact: +27 (0) 21 408 3568 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drinks on the Deck at V&A Waterfront
Stop in at the famous V&A Waterfront for discounted tapas and drinks with their Drinks on the Deck offering, taking place at the Greek Fisherman and Meloncino Italian restaurants. Guests can choose from three wine, beer, spirit, or cocktail tastings and a portion of tapas for only R40 per plate, while a DJ hits the decks to create a lovely vibe.
When: 28 April to 26 May 2019
Where: Greek Fisherman and Meloncino, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Entry: Drinks tasting R70 | Tapas R40 per portion
Contact: email@example.com or +27 (0) 21 408 7600
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: 29 April – 5 May 2019
Where: Stonehenge Private Reserve, R355
Entry: R200 kids U15 (R250 at the gate) | R1895 adult + R200 per car (R250 at the gate)
Contact: www.afrikaburn.com/contact or firstname.lastname@example.org
Allée Bleue Estate’s May Day Meander
Located near the outset of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, in Drakenstein, Allée Bleue farm is home to a vast portfolio of farming activities. They are one of the biggest producers of fresh herbs in the Western Cape and also grow scores of hectares of fruit orchards and olive groves. The May Day Meander is a showcase of Allée Bleue’s multi-faceted offering and is set to feature loads of gorgeous foods, fresh produce, and wine.
When: 1 May 2019
Where: Allée Bleue Wine Estate, Intersection R 45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek
Entry: R175 to R335 per adult | R105 for kids
Contact: email@example.com or +27 (0) 21 874 1021
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.
When: 1 – 5 May 2019
Entry: R110 adults | R100 pensioners and students | R20 children U12 (www.computicket.com)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 11 549 8300
The Trolley Dollies: Non-Specific
Cape Town’s thrilling threesome are back and, boy-oh-boy, prepare to be blown away! The Trolley Dollies’ brand new show, ‘Non-Specific’ is your exclusive backstage pass and sneak peek into the lives, loves, and losses of these three larger-than-life ladies. The show is a musical about the hopes, dreams, fears, maladies, melodramas, traumas, and tantrums of South Africa’s poster girls for travel.
When: All through May, June, until 27 July 2019
Where: Gate69, 87 Bree Street, Cape Town
Entry: R520 to R599 (gourmet tapas included) (Available HERE)
Contact: +27 (0) 21 035 1627
First Thursday: May Edition
On the first Thursday of every month, Cape Town’s cultural hubs, art galleries, and museums throw open their doors to the public (usually with admission fees waived) and stay open until 21:00, if not later. The idea is to encourage locals and visitors to experience Cape Town’s exceptional art scene (events, performances, exhibits) by foot.
Francois van Coke & Friends Live Concert
Inspired by the success of the 2018 installment, Francois van Coke & Vriende returns to the Grand Arena at Grand West for another stellar show. This year’s line-up includes Jack Parow, Majozi, Fokofpolisiekar, Early B, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Arno Carstens, Laudo Liebenberg, Coenie de Villiers, and, of course, Van Coke Kartel.
Nuy Valley Festival
The Nuy Valley Festival is an annual daylong wine and olive festival hosted by Nuy Winery, Willow Creek Olive Farm, Conradie Penhill Artisanal Wines, and Leipzig Country House. Each estate has unique offerings of food, wine, entertainment, and kids’ activities.
When: 4 May 2019
Where: Various venues in Nuy Valley, Breede Valley
Entry: R95 per adult | R35 kids 13 to 17 years | Free for kids U12 (www.quicket.co.za)
Contact: email@example.com or +27 (0) 84 245 3922
Riebeek Valley Olive Festival
Experience an abundance of olives, wine, craft beer, and good food in the twin Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West at this charming olive festival. A ticket gets you access to all seven participating venues.
When: 4 – 5 May 2019
Where: Various venues in Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West
Entry: R125 weekend pass | R80 Sunday pass
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 83 4412083
Kirstenbosch Plant Fair
Where can you find the biggest range of indigenous plants in one place? At the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair! Choose from thousands of plants carefully selected from a variety of local growers, including Kirstenbosch, and get gardening advice from plant gurus. With a fabulous range of garden related products on sale and delicious food and beverages, the Plant Fair is a great day out for the whole family.
Deep Cleansing Juice Detox Retreat
To retreat is to take time away from the world, away from our duties and responsibilities in order to purify. This deep cleansing retreat and is designed for guests to completely detoxify their bodies and minds, and recharge their mental and physical health. The retreat home is a beautiful farmhouse in Tulbagh, surrounded by mountains, where guests can engage in daily hikes, yoga, and Pilates.
When: 4 – 10 May 2019
Where: Guinevere Guest Farm, Tulbagh
Entry: R16 995 per person for a Private Room (1 person) | R13 995 pp for a shared room (2 people) | R10 995 pp for a shared room (3 people)
Contact: email@example.com or +27 (0) 84 297 5736
Chase The Sun at Val de Vie Estate
This year, Women’s Health is launching “Chase The Sun”, an early morning weekend workout dedicated to mindfulness, stretching, toning, and letting go in the outdoors. The programme will start just before sunrise with an empowering, body positive stretching and relaxation exercise, followed by a sunrise Pilates and body conditioning movement session, wrapped up with an energising dance workout, all set against the majestic backdrop of Val de Vie Estate. Afterwards, you can look forwards to refreshments and treats.
When: 11 May 2019
Where: Val de Vie Estate, R301 Jan Van Riebeeck Dr, Paarl
Entry: R299 Single ticket | R520 for two | R1599 Single ticket with accommodation (per person sharing) | R2119 per single occupancy (www.quicket.co.za)
Saturday Fish Fry at Paserene
During the month of May the annual release of the Paserene Chardonnay will be celebrated with a swinging seafood-inspired Saturday Fish Fry on the deck of the winery’s tasting lounge. The new Chardonnay can be sipped and savoured, whilst listening to upbeat swing music, sampling the finest seafood, and relaxing in the Autumn sunshine overlooking the mountains and vineyards.
When: 18 May 2019
Where: Paserene Wines, R45, Franschhoek
Entry: R400 per person or R750 per couple (includes luxury seafood lunch and a glass of Chardonnay) | R110 per child between 10 – 18 years old | Free for kids U10 (www.quicket.co.za)
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 2714
Cabernet Franc Carnival 2019
The Cabernet Franc Carnival is a favourite of wine lovers (particularly red wine lovers), which takes place at Stellenbosch-based winery Avontuur Estate. Every year, hundreds of fans rock up to taste, buy, and enjoy some of the country’s best examples of this varietal, produced by a passionate group of wine-makers who do it for the “love of the wine”. Once again, the Top 6 of the 2019 Cabernet Franc Challenge will be offered in a tutored tasting set-up for three groups of 20 people.
When: 18 May 2019
Where: Avontuur Estate, Route 44, Somerset West
Entry: R275 online or R300 at the gate (includes a branded wine glass, and a R50 food coupon)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 21 981 0216
Franschhoek Literary Festival
The romantic, historic town of Franschhoek welcomes bibliophiles for a weekend of book readings, workshops, discussions, and book signings by favourite local and international authors, and much more.
Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
Local resident, community activist, and qualified guide, Bilqees Baker, takes you on a Bo-Kaap walking tour to private, sacred, and public spaces, including South Africa’s oldest mosque, Cape Town’s leading spice shop, and the kramats (shrines). Throughout the experience, you’ll learn about the country’s first political prisoners, slave history, and community issues, especially the increasing threat of tourist coaches that only stop for photographs. The tour concludes with a homemade Cape Malay lunch by Mymoena Saunders in her home in Bo-Kaap.
When: 18 May 2019
Where: Starting point: Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, 71 Wale Street | Finish: a private home in Bo-Kaap.
Entry: R600 if paid 10 days prior, then R800 | Tour only: half price
Contact: email@example.com or +27 (0) 72 377 8014 | +27 (0) 21 685 1782
Greyton & Genadendal “Classics For All” Festival
Spend the weekend of live, classical music in the charming towns of Greyton and Genadendal for the 15th instalment of the Classics For All Festival. The festival features 10 different concerts performed in various historical venues in the two towns and includes performances the Trio Du Cap Classique, the Lyric Trio, the Camerata Tinta Barocca, Clarimba, and La Femme, as well as mezzo soprano Minette du Toit-Pearce, soprano Brittany Hope Smith, tenor Keanan Lyle Mitchell and bass Garth Delport, and more.
When: 24 – 26 May 2019
Where: Various venues in Greyton and Genadendal
Entry: R80 to R150 per concert (available at www.computicket.com or at the Greyton Info Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 28 254 9414
Schalkie by Schalk Bezuidenhout
Schalk Bezuidenhout is back at the Baxter with his new English one-man show called “Schalkie”, which is what his mother and just about everyone else calls him. Does he like this nickname? Sure. Does it constantly remind him of his weak physique and lack of muscles? Sure. At least he is funny and in his profession that’s all that matters.
Vintage with Love 2019
Vintage with Love sells beautiful donated gently worn clothing at a grand and sophisticated sale held in Cape Town every two years. All the money raised from the sale is donated to excellent literacy-orientated NGO’s and other literacy programmes. Everyone wins and children learn to read! Please note: no handbags are allowed into the sale; only small shoulder bags.
When: 31 May 2019
Where: Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Entry: R50 to R350 (www.webtickets.co.za)
Contact: email@example.com or +27 (0) 86 111 0005
Food Truck Friday
Jack Black’s Brewing Company welcomes beer, food, and good-time lovers to its monthly Food Truck Friday’s event. Here, a smorgasbord of food trucks line up for your grazing pleasure, which you can wash down with ice-cold Jack Black craft beers and live entertainment!