Clanwilliam Wildflower Society Show
The veld it is awakening after a long, dry spell and a green sheen is already covering the landscape – it’s time for the annual blooming of the Cape wildflower and, in celebration, the Clanwilliam Wildflower Society will be returning with its annual show. The theme for this year is harmony. Community members of Clanwilliam volunteer their time to showcase 350 to 400 wildflower species from the largest Aloe to the smallest Cyanella alba. Ten or more people booking together qualify for a group discount.
When: Final day – 1 September 2019
Where: Blomkerk, 41 Hoofstraat, Clanwilliam
Entry: R50 Adults | R10 Scholars | Discount for group of 10+
The Chocolate Festival
Chocolate, chocolate, and even more chocolate! That’s what you are guaranteed to find at this year’s Chocolate Festival. Heaven for any sweet tooth fanatics, this two-day chocolate extravaganza takes place over the weekend of 31 August and 1 September (11am to 4pm daily). Expect a staggering variety of chocolates, artisanal gems, macaroons, brownies, donuts, ice cream, liquorice, marshmallows, candyfloss, and more.
When: 31 August – 1 September 2019
Where: The Woodmill, Vredenburg Road, Devonvallei, Stellenbosch
Entry: R50 – R180 (www.webtickets.co.za)
Web: Facebook Event Page
Homemakers Expo 2019
Come see, feel, and experience the very latest in home, décor, design, and lifestyle trends with Homemaker’s comprehensive showcasing of Cape Town’s top brands and local craftsmanship. Indoors and out, this is a place to be inspired! This year’s theme is raw comfort.
When: 29 August – 1 September 2019
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Entry: R70 – R90
AI Expo Africa 2019
AI Expo Africa is the largest business focused AI community event in Africa. The 2019 conference and expo builds upon the phenomenal success of the inaugural event. AI Expo Africa 2019 will have four main speaking tracks and eight skills workshops that will focus on real enterprise case studies and the application of AI and data science in business TODAY, available technology and cloud platforms, deployment challenges, and ethical considerations allied to the vibrant innovation and start-up ecosystem driving industry in Africa.
When: 4 – 5 September 2019
Where: Century City Conference Centre, No. 4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Milnerton
Entry: R8500 for two-day pass | R5500 for one-day pass (www.quicket.co.za)
Open Book Festival 2019
The Open Book Festival is an annual literary festival that showcases the best of South African writing, while stoking the intellectual fires of Cape Town’s youth through a love of reading. Now in its 8th year, the five-day festival attracts top writers, poets, and comic book artists from around the world to its performances, readings, and workshops, making it the mainstay of any book lover’s calendar.
When: 4 – 8 September 2019
Where: Various venues in the CBD and Zonnebloem
Entry: R45 – R180 for individual events | R150 for a day pass (includes six events per day) | R600 for a festival pass (includes six events per day for five days)
First Thursdays: September 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.
When: 5 September 2019
Where: Various venues around Cape Town city centre
First Thursday Night Market at Botanik
Step into a forestry of fashion, food, and festivities at the Botanik Social House Night Markets every First Thursday through Winter 2019. The market hosts a collection of Cape Town and South Africa’s most sought-after trending retail vendors with Tropical House and Ibiza sunset lounge music DJ performances throughout the evening. Doors open at 6pm, entrance is free, and each guest will receive a complimentary Belvedere cocktail upon arrival.
When: 5 September
Where: Botanik, 54 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Web: Facebook Event Page
Namaqualand Flower Festival 2019
Grounded in adventure, flowers, and a love for the outdoors, the Namaqualand Flower Festival returns for an impressive 12th year. You’ll gain insight into traditional dance, bushman paintings, botany, bees, conservation, and foraging while connecting with an epic community of nature lovers, trail runners, and like-minded people who thrive on fresh air and incredible music.
When: 6 – 8 September 2019
Where: Gifberg Holiday Farm, Gifberg, Vanrhynsdorp
Entry: R750 – R1900 (www.quicket.co.za)
Darling Voorkamerfest 2019
Join in the 14th annual Darling festival, a unique creative arts festival of theatre that brings multi-cultural societies together to residents’ homes under the umbrella of performing arts. Expect diverse theatre, music, dance, and comedy, by both South African and international artists.
When: 6 – 8 September 2019
Where: Darling, West Coast, Route 27
Entry: R210 – R270 (www.quicket.co.za)
With You: Love in the City
As the rain clouds fade and the sun starts to warm the mountain, springtime calls for a season-opener where we can dance, feel, and connect. “With You: Love in the City” open air festival will be returning to the Castle of Good Hope for a second season of music and joy; where self-expression flourishes, music is the focus, and friends can be made across the dance floor.
When: 7 September 2019
Where: Castle of Good Hope, 1 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Entry: R250 (www.wowler.co.za)
Hey Baby Spring Boutique Fair
Hey Baby Fair showcases unique and exciting family friendly products/services from local and international brands for mum, bump, baby, and child, not to mention exclusive deals that won’t be found in store or online! Take a break from shopping and relax in their open lounge or picnic area; enjoy a light snack or beverage while listening to live music. There will also be plenty of kid’s entertainment with bouncy castles, soft play, face painting, colouring activities, and so much more!
STOMP at the Artscape Theatre
A theatrical experience and a blend of rhythm, movement, comedy, and dance like no other, STOMP has shown the world that the most ordinary objects like bin lids, brooms, and even the kitchen sink can be brought to life in extraordinary ways.
When: 10 – 15 September 2019
Where: Artscape Opera House
Entry: R150 – R400
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
Consisting of a 42.2 km marathon, 10 km PEACE Run, 5 km Fun Run, and 12 and 22 km trail runs, this annual event brings together elite athletes, social and first-time runners, and wheelchair racers for a world-class marathon experience in an iconic African city.
When: 14 – 15 September 2019
Where: Starts on Beach Road, Green Point | Ends on Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct
Entry: Various, see www.capetownmarathon.com for details
Franschhoek Uncorked Festival 2019
The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival is the perfect opportunity to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations. The two-day festival offers Franschhoek’s winemakers the platform to showcase their selection of new release MCC’s, white wines, rosés, and reds. Travel from one estate to the next sampling these wines while participating in the festival highlights such as themed tastings, bespoke meals, live music, old school lawn games, and more.
When: 14 – 15 September 2019
Where: Various wine farms around the Franschhoek Wine Valley
Entry: Prebooked – R180 for adults (U18s free) | R200 on the day | available from www.webtickets.co.za
The Wine and Food Tourism Conference
The Wine & Food Tourism conference is now in its fourth year and has become a must-attend event for the tourism industry in South Africa and internationally. This year’s conference is being held on 18 September at Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. The theme for 2019 will be “Trends in Tourism,” embracing everything from technology to product development.
When: 18 September 2019
Where: Spier Wine Estate, R310 Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch
Entry: R1750 – R3800 (excl. VAT)
Cape Town Baroque Festival 2019
Camerata Tinta Barocca presents the third annual Cape Town Baroque Festival from 18 to 24 September 2019. The theme is ‘Diversity in early music’ and it will celebrate the variety of styles and genres found within the broader Baroque period; the broad range of performance approaches currently being practiced by different schools of playing; as well as the diversity of musicians working in early music within South Africa and abroad.
Darling Wildflower Show 2019
Themed a “Carnival of Flowers”, this year’s instalment of the Darling Wildflower Show – the 102nd – celebrates the annual blooming of the Cape’s wildflowers. Expect a showcase of indigenous flowers in their natural habitat, live local music, craft and food markets, fun workshops, a vintage car show, and a fun, carnival-like atmosphere!
When: 20 – 22 September 2019
Where: Darling, West Coast, Route 27
Entry: R70 Adults | R50 Pensioners and children | Free for tots 0 – 2 years (www.quicket.co.za)
Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic 2019
Wolfkop Weekender is an intimate gathering and music event: a best-kept secret hidden deep within the Citrusdal Valley, past the orange groves and down by the river. The weekend combines the essence of a camping getaway with a grass-roots festival experience, offering festivalgoers beautiful camping grounds, a curated music selection, and wholesome food traders. The Power Flower Picnic takes place in the rolling greens of Wolfkop’s camping village.
When: 20 – 24 September 2019
Where: Wolfkop Camping Villages, 59 Voortrekker Street, Citrusdal (via N7)
Entry: R875 – R1175 (includes festival pass and four nights’ camping accommodation) | R1675 – R18,800 (includes festival passes and four nights’ glamping accommodation) – Tickets available Here
Hermanus Flower Festival 2019
The annual Hermanus Flower Festival is a celebration of the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, talks on eco-tourism and the Cape Floral Kingdom, and fun activities for the kids. Guests can also enjoy teas and light lunches, as well as visits to Fernkloof Nursery.
When: 21 – 24 September 2019
Where: Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus
Entry: Cost R25 Adults | R10 Senior citizens on Monday | Free Kids U13 (www.quicket.co.za)
Blanko’s Monthly Supper Club
Experience a magical three-course meal, paired perfectly with some of Waterford Estate’s best wines, served by their very own Young Winemaker of the Year of 2017, Mark Le Roux. All at the generous price of R395 per person. Be sure to make a reservation, as tables are limited. This month, the wine estate will be Ken Forrester.
Food Truck Friday
Jack Black’s Brewing Company welcomes beer, food, and good-time lovers to its monthly Food Truck Friday’s event. Here, expect a smorgasbord of food trucks lined up for your grazing pleasure, which you can wash down with ice-cold Jack Black craft beers and live entertainment!
Hermanus Whale Festival 2019
Now in its 28th year, the Hermanus Whale Festival is the oldest and largest festival on the South African whale coast calendar, and while the whales are predominantly the star performers at the festival, these gentle giants will be joined on land by quality entertainers and musicians, an array of food stalls, kiddies activities, and events suitable for both the young and old.
When: 27 – 29 September 2019
Where: 100 Main Road, Hermanus
Entry: Various costs
Diemersfontein Pinotage on Tap 2019
It’s every wine-lover’s ultimate fantasy: a festival in which the wine flows freely from the barrel tap. Well, fantasize no more because on Saturday 28 September, the Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington will spin reality from revelry with the 17th instalment of its epically popular “Pinotage On Tap” festival. Guests can expect a goodie bag on arrival, barrels of Pinotage (to which you get unlimited access), a delicious assortment of foods that best compliment the wine, games, and live music.
When: 28 September 2019
Where: Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Newtown, Wellington
Tickets: R295 or R3250 for the Sharing Full Weekend Special Package (www.quicket.co.za)
Into the Wild: Moon Child
Moon Child is Into the Wild’s first psychedelic techno and progressive day party of the season. As spring blooms, giving way to new life, so shall they present a fresh experience in the beautiful Riverside Forest, featuring two international acts (Danish headliners MVMB and Martin Vice) and a bevvy of local artists, soon to be announced.
When: 28 September 2019
Where: Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast
Entry: R350 – R380 (www.quicket.co.za)
Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2019
The ever popular 20th annual Wine & Food festival is undergoing a complete metamorphosis, presenting a whole new line up of events and activities. Although a wine festival at heart, this year’s edition will include an extended spread of food vendors and food trucks, with gins, brandies, and craft beer sharing the limelight. There will also be a wine, sushi, and oyster jukebox lounge, a pop-up MCC and cake bar, and a sensory play park for kids with gaming, rides, and a petting zoo!
When: 28 – 29 September 2019
Where: Curro Private School, Curro Road, Sandbaai, Hermanus
Entry: R150 Adults | Free for children 0 – 18 years (www.computicket.com)
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: Until 30 September 2019
Where: Table Mountain Cableway
Entry: R290 for one adult and two children
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.
When: Show runs until 27 October 2019
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Lower Buitenkant Street
Entry: R160 – R460 (thefugard.onetix.com)