The Trolley Dollies: Non-Specific
Cape Town’s thrilling threesome is 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.
Kidz Season at Table Mountain
This winter, the Table Mountain Cableway is throwing a generous 3-for-1 promotion with a treasure hunt and shop/café coupons thrown in. For every Kidz Season adult return ticket purchased, two kids travel for free. Valid for South African families only.
When: All through June to 30 September 2019 (excluding the Cableway’s annual maintenance from 8 July to 18 August 2019).
Where: Table Mountain Cableway
Entry: R290 for one adult and two children
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 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: 30 May to 2 June 2019
Where: Cape Town Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Entry: R50 to R350 (www.Webtickets.co.za)
Botanical Cocktail Workshop
Join Caitlin Hill (brand ambassador for The Botanist Gin) and wild food forager Roushanna Gray on this exciting floral food-filled day. The workshop kicks off with a foraging master-class in the Veld and Sea classroom, followed by a walk to gather wild herbs and edible flowers. Students will then learn the basics of cocktail making – the ingredients, techniques, and equipment – as well as how to make two classic gin based cocktails, tinctures, and infusions. A light floral inspired lunch, cocktails, and refreshments will be served. Leave with an herbal bouquet and your very own wild booze creations!
Cape Town Coffee Festival 2019
The Cape Town Coffee Festival is the Mother City’s flagship coffee event, celebrating our favourite warm beverage in fine style! The festival features live experiences from coffee, food, and equipment suppliers and visitors can enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, coffee cocktails, and so much more.
When: 1 – 2 June 2019
Where: Castle of Good Hope, corner of Darling and Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Entry: R130 – R180 General | R500 – R620 Group | R65 – R85 Children 10-16 years old | Children Under 10 – free | R250 – R600 VIP (purchase tickets here)
Web: www.capetown-coffeefestival.com or Facebook page
Ben Harper Live in South Africa
Beginning with his 1994 debut, Welcome to The Cruel World, Ben Harper released a string of eight studio albums over a decade and a half. This extraordinary run established Harper as a singularly powerful songwriter and performer with a range across multiple genres and an unmatched ability to blend the personal and political. Massive, international sold-out tours, Top 10 debuts in the US, Gold and Platinum certifications overseas, and a slew of TV appearances cemented Harper and the band’s status as genuine global stars.
When: 4 June 2019
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Acacia Park
Entry: R245 – R595 (purchase tickets here)
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
“Encounters” is Africa’s premier documentary festival and one of the oldest film festivals on the continent. This year’s edition, the 20th instalment of Encounters, features a riveting line-up of documentaries chosen from the world’s leading festivals, tackling subjects ranging from state-sanctioned amnesia towards the crimes of the Franco regime to identical triplets separated at birth. Since its inception, Encounters has advanced the currency of documentaries in the country and region, supporting new productions and giving an African platform to international documentaries.
Wacky Wine Weekend
The Wacky Wine Weekend is an exuberant, family-friendly celebration of the region’s offerings with more than 40 participating wine estates, boutique wineries, and tourist establishments from Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor, and Robertson.
When: 7 – 9 June 2019
Where: Various wineries and tourist establishments, Robertson Valley.
Entry: R200 adults | R150 pensioners | Free for kids U18
Karen Zoid Live at Franschhoek Cellar
Rock royalty Karen Zoid makes her triumphant return to Franschhoek Cellar after her debut sell-out show in 2018. Expect an intimate and powerful performance of old and newer songs, as well as some surprises. Oh, and expect wine and good food, too!
When: 8 June 2019
Where: Franschhoek Cellar, R45, Franschhoek
Entry: R265 (www.Webtickets.co.za)
Kinky Boots at the Fugard Theatre
The Fugard Theatre present a brand new, original production of the smash-hit musical Kinky Boots, a tale of transformation and love in the most unlikely of circumstances. The play is inspired by true events and features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper.
Marc Lottering Presents “Not a Musical”
Freshly off the high heels of his hit show “Aunty Merle, the Musical”, Marc Lottering returns to the stage with his brand-new stand-up show “Not a Musical”, which delivers eighty minutes of Marc and his brand-new material. All he’s prepared to say at this juncture is that it’s not a musical!
Baby Grand Burlesque Festival
Behold an unprecedented showcase of South Africa’s top professional burlesque dancers at the first ever Baby Grand Burlesque Festival! The performers strut their stuff and showcase their elegant and sensual art in this prestigious event that both benefits their professional repertoires and authentically represents burlesque as an art form reborn.
When: 13 – 14 June 2019
Where: District, 61C Harrington St, Zonnebloem
Entry: R180 to R220
Web: Visit the Facebook page
Silver Mountain Music Festival
The Silver Mountain Music Festival is a glorious weekend of fun, entertainment, and culture that brings some of South Africa’s most prominent musicians to the lush Grootvadersbosch in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. The festival is organised by well-known musician and conductor Richard Cock and includes performances by pianist Rocco de Villiers, ATKV winner baritone Bongani Kubeka, violinist Lucia Scott, percussionist Ronan Skillen, oboist John Rojas, bassist Shaun Johannes, and many more.
Franschhoek Winter Wines Festival
Brave the weather and head to the Franschhoek Cellar for this year’s edition of Franschhoek Winter Wines. The cosy setting of the cellar is the ideal location to mingle with the Franschhoek Vignerons who will be showcasing some of their finest red wines at this bespoke event. Complement your wines with soul satisfying seasonal inspired food and live music.
When: 15 June 2019
Where: Franschhoek Cellar, R45, Franschhoek
Entry: R295 per person (includes a complimentary wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, and a R20 voucher to be redeemed on the day) – www.Webtickets.co.za
Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2019
The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is South Africa’s premier wine competition that identifies the very best Cape wines, recognising the achievements of the country’s winemakers and honouring excellence in the wine industry. The wines are judged “blind” (labels unseen) by a panel of esteemed international judges and local wine personalities, and chaired by Michael Fridjhon. The public tastings of the Trophy, Gold, and Silver Medal wines will be held on Thursday 20 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
When: 20 June 2019
Where: CTICC, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street
Entry: R180 (available 12 May 2019)
Cape Town’s 4th International Day of Yoga
Yoga is about union, so on 22 June 2019, all the different yoga communities in Cape Town and surrounds will be coming together to practice as one. Joelle Sleebos and Dharma Project present the 4th International Day of Yoga to celebrate the gift of yoga and to raise funds for the EarthChild Project. Entries are free but securing a ticket to one of the two sessions (08:30 to 13:00 | 14:00 to 18:30) is essential. Both sessions will have yoga workshops and a yoga market with great prizes to be won.
When: 22 June 2019
Where: 14 Hope Street, Gardens
Entry: Free, but participants must secure a ticket beforehand!
Jazz & Fondue at Delheim Wine Estate
This winter, guests are invited to Delheim’s romantic downstairs wine tasting cellar for lunchtime concerts featuring a symphony of cheese and wine from the celebrated Stellenbosch winery, served alongside a musical programme of the Cape Town Music Academy and Jazz in the Native Yards.
After Dark Music Series at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Following the sold-out success of the 2018 After Dark shows, Texx and the City and the Aquarium are once again joining forces to showcase some of South Africa’s finest musical acts performing stripped-down acoustics sets in front of the I&J Ocean Exhibit. The area here is transformed into a cosy, living room-style setting where guests can enjoy two bands on each evening.
26 June – Dangerfields and Twin Weaver
31 July – Manny Walters and Luh’ra
28 August – The Steezies and Androgenius
When: 26 June 2019
Where: Two Ocean Aquarium, Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
Entry: R295 (limited to 180 people per event) –
Web: View event page
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!
When: 28 June 2019
Where: Jack Black’s Brewing Company, 10 Brigid Road, Diep River
Web: Facebook Page
The Great South African Gin Festival
Featuring over 100 different gins from around the world, South Africa’s biggest gin festival makes its way to Cape Town for a weekend of gin indulgence, cocktail demonstrations, expert presentations, and live music. Tickets include a free “Book of Gin” and tasting glass.
When: 28 – 29 June 2019
Where: Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town
Entry: R220 per person per day
Web: Facebook page
On land, at sea, in forests and mountains: there is food all around us. To know what is edible and poisonous and to learn what part of the plant to harvest and how to prepare it are all important lessons in sustainable and responsible foraging. Join Veld and Sea in tracking the edible landscape through the seasons on some of their wildly delicious adventures to rediscovering our local wild flavours.
When: 29 June – 10 August 2019
Where: Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65), Cape Point
Entry: R650 | under 17’s – R350 | Under 2’s – free. View upcoming events and purchase tickets from the website.