events in january 2020 cape town

Rocky Horror Show at the Artscape

The Rocky Horror Show is so iconic and flamboyant a tale that it has just about achieved cult status amongst those who adore its out-of-this-world characters, costumes, and timeless songs. See it performed in living colour at the Artscape and give yourself over to absolute pleasure!

When: 6 December 2019 – 12 January 2020
Cost: R100 – R500
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore
Web: www.artscape.co.za

rocky horror show

Benny Bushwhacker at the Baxter Theatre

Benny Bushwhacker – conservationist, environmental campaigner, and the only man to have walked the length of Africa barefoot – reveals all about what it takes to survive the African bush, and for the African bush to survive. Written by John van der Ruit, performed by Ben Voss, and directed by Janice Honeyman, this is a hilarious look at life on the wild side.

When: Running until 18 January 2020
Cost: R100 – R120 (Webtickets.co.za)
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch
Web: www.baxter.co.za

Spier Festival of Light

The historic Spier farm in Stellenbosch presents a second edition of dazzling, interactive light installations, a spectrum of artistic performances, and delicious food, picnics, and wines.

When: 8 December 2019 – 19 January 2020
Cost: R650 per couple (entry, picnic basket, and wine) | R200 per adult (glass of wine) | R75 per child on 8 and 9 December. All other nights are free.
Where: Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
Web: www.spier.co.za

Spier Festival of Light Art

Galileo Open Air Theatre

Hosted by a constellation of venues around Cape Town and the winelands, the Galileo Open Air Theatre is a summertime favourite featuring classic movies, thrilling blockbusters, food, and wine under a canopy of stars.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays until April 2020
Cost: R109 – R360 (Webtickets.co.za) | R130+ at the door
Where: Various venues (thegalileo.co.za/venues)
Web: www.thegalileo.co.za

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are back! Bring a picnic basket and blanket (camping chairs not allowed) and sprawl out on the lawns in front of the stage to enjoy some spectacular local and international music acts.

When: Every Sunday, until 31 March 2020
Cost: Various (Webtickets.co.za)
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Web: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/

Kirstenbosch-Summer-Concerts

Submerged presents Goldfish, V&A Waterfront

Get ready for the 8th edition of GoldFish Submerged, Cape Town’s biggest summer residency at the Shimmy Beach Club! Back from their 2019 tour around the globe, South Africa’s favourite duo return to our shores with their unmistakable sound perfectly suited for celebrating summer. Doors open at 5pm. VIP grants you access via a separate entrance to the VIP lounge area, with VIP toilets, waiter service, and unreserved seating.

When: 3 January 2020
Cost: General Access – R150 Phase 1 | R200 Phase 2 | R250 Phase 3. VIP – R250 Phase 1 | R300 Phase 2 (available from Howler.co.za)
Where: Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront
Web: www.shimmybeachclub.com 

Silo Concerts: January Edition

The January edition of the V&A Silo Concert Series is dedicated to swing dancing and big band music. There will be Swing DJs and the 20-piece The Swinging All Stars Big Band, who will swing you through the thirties and forties. There will also be a dedicated dance floor, so dress up and come wearing your dancing shoes.

When: 3 January 2020
Cost: Free
Where: Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Web: www.waterfront.co.za/events/silo-concerts/ 

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Table Mountain Sunset Special

Experience an African sunset from the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, one of the world’s New7Wonders of Nature, for half price until 29 February 2020. Special only for South African locals with a valid ID card.

When: 4 January – 29 February 2020
Cost: R180 for adults, R90 for kids 4-17
Where: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Tafelberg Road, Gardens
Web: www.tablemountain.net/content/page/sunset-special 

Black Coffee Shimmy Beach Club Summer Residency

Creative musical visionary turned global music icon Black Coffee returns to Shimmy Beach Club this summer season for four exclusive performances, with the January date set for the 4th. The multi-award-winning DJ and producer will once again be bending minds and captivating eardrums with his otherworldly house music beats. Get ready for a fantastic supporting line-up, next level production, and an atmosphere that will shift you into a psychedelic dystopian reality!

When: 4 January 2020
Cost: R200 Early Bird General Access | R260 General Access | R300 Early Bird VIP | R375 VIP (available from shimmy.howler.co.za)
Where: Shimmy Beach Club, V&A Waterfront
Web: www.shimmybeachclub.com

Black Coffee Shimmy Beach Club Summer Residency

Cape Town Jazzathon

The iconic Cape Town Jazzathon celebrates its 23rd anniversary at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre from the 9th to 12th January 2019. Fondly known as the ‘People’s Festival’, this landmark event is the longest running South African jazz showcase in South Africa and will once again feature four days of live music performances by some of the youngest and latest up-and-coming musicians in Cape Town.

When: 9 – 12 January 2020
Cost: Free
Where: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Web: www.waterfront.co.za/events/the-cape-town-jazzathon/ 

Peter Pan on Ice

Expect innovative choreography, powerful story telling, aerial gymnastics, and spectacular fire-on-ice in The Imperial Ice Stars’ new show Peter Pan on Ice. Take a journey to Neverland in this classic tale of magic and make-believe.

When: 15 January – 2 February 2020
Cost: R115 – R450 (Computicket.com)
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F. Malan Street, Foreshore
Web: www.artscape.co.za

peter Pan on ice

Stellenbosch Street Soirées: January Edition

Toast with the locals when the ever-popular Stellenbosch Street Soirees return to the streets of the City of Oaks for some festive feasting, wine tasting, live music entertainment, and laidback mingling with fellow food and wine lovers. Celebrate Stellies’ vibrant street culture, enviable lifestyle, and cosmopolitan charm all blended with cool tunes, sizzling street food, and superb wines.

When: 15 and 29 January 2020
Cost: Free entry or R150 for a tasting glass and 12 wine tasting coupons
Where: Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch
Web: www.facebook.com/StellenboschStreetSoirees/

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival 2020

L’Ormarins requests the pleasure of your company at the 159th running of the Queen’s Plate and the fourth year of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which is hosted over two days and includes a record 18 races. As one of Cape Town’s most celebrated horse racing days, the Queen’s Plate is a blue and white affair, where guests can enjoy some of the country’s best racing, wine, food, antique car displays, and a world renowned after party in the peak of Cape Town’s summer.

When: 10 – 11 January 2020
Cost: R300 – R400 (Computicket.com)
Where: Kenilworth Racecourse, 105 Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth
Web: www.lqp.co.za

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Wolfkop Weekender

Wolfkop Weekender is an intimate gathering and music event, and a best-kept secret hidden deep within the Citrusdal Valley. Wolfkop combines an effortless landscape with beautiful camping grounds, a curated music selection, and wholesome food traders, for a discerning, music-loving audience. The rest is yours to find and frolic to your hearts content. The venue has capacity to accommodate and welcome 600 friends into its magical fold. Free-spirited travellers, this is your next stop.

When: 16 – 20 January 2020
Cost: Various ticket options and prices – Click Here to view all
Where: Wolfkop Camping Village, Grootfontein Farm, Citrusdal
Web: www.facebook.com/wolfkopweekender/

Maynardville Open-Air Theatre Series

The Maynardville Park in Wynberg has earned a reputation as one of the best-loved outdoor theatre venues in the Cape. Every summer season, the unique 700-seater theatre stages unforgettable theatrical, comedic, ballet, and musical performances.

When: 16 January – 7 March 2020
Cost: R180 – R240 (Computicket.com)
Where: Maynardville Park, Piers Road, Wynberg
Web: www.maynardville.co.za

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

International Salsa Stars Bootcamp

Are you ready to learn from one of the greatest dancers of all time? Rodrigo Cortazar and Asya Sonina are two of the most renowned and influential dancers/teachers in the world today, which is why you should grasp the opportunity to learn from them with both hands and both feet! This International Salsa Stars Bootcamp is hosted by the Paradiso Academy and provides a total of 12 hours of workshops, split between classes for both intermediate and advanced salsa dancers.

When: 21 – 23 January 2020
Cost: R2990 (details on website)
Where: Paradiso Academy, 2nd Floor, Buying service building, 47 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Web: www.paradisoacademy.co.za

Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration

The 7th annual Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration is a two-day event created to celebrate the region’s world class Pinot Noir. During this weekend, world-renowned winemakers, wine influencers, esteemed media, epicures, and wine lovers will flock to the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde valley to embark upon wine tastings and wine safaris; meet winemakers and chefs; and steep in the relaxing and festive atmosphere that sets this celebration apart from all other wine festivals.

When: 24 – 25 January 2020
Cost: R2995 per person for full weekend ticket | R795 per person for the Grand Finale Dinner Event on the 25th January
Where: Nidderdale Farm, Hemel and Aarde Valley
Web: www.pinotnoircelebration.com

Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir Celebration

Harvest Festival at Delheim

Join Delheim Estate for the annual celebration of Mother Nature’s bounty at the Stellenbosch winery’s Harvest Festival on Saturday, 25 January. The occasion is a highlight of the winelands calendar, and promises a feast of entertainment, complete with the ever popular and unmissable grape picking and stomping. There will be live music, tractor rides, and plenty of food and drink provided in true festival-style by various food stalls.

When: 25 January 2020
Cost: R480 per adult, R100 of which goes to the Pebbles Project | R280 per U18 | free for kid U3 (Quicket.co.za)
Where: Delheim Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Web: www.delheim.com 

Andrew Young Summer Sunset Concert

Benguela Cove proudly presents their Summer Sunset Concert with saxophonist Andrew Young and his band. A unique opportunity to savour world class music with world class wine as the sun sets on one of South Africa’s most beautiful wine estates: Benguela Cove. Andrew travels the world with his saxophone and has performed for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Festival Hall and worked with Dionne Warwick, Gino Vannelli, Shirley Bassey, Jonathan Butler, and Sir James Galway, amongst others.

When: 25 January 2020
Cost: R100 – R220 (Computicket.com)
Where: Benguela Cove, R43 Bot River Lagoon Walker Bay, Hermanus
Web: www.andrewyoung.net 

Andrew Young Summer Sunset Concert

Origin: Music and Art Festival

Origin is a full weekend of conscious partying as the techno-shamanic tribes from the cities, towns, fields and forests gather in a valley of breathtaking natural beauty to celebrate life and togetherness. As one Africa’s brightest shining lights for psychedelic music, art, and culture, Origin strives to promote peace, love, unity, and respect for all, as they strengthen a global community based on conscious party ethics and respect for nature.

When: 31 January – 2 February 2020
Cost: R660 Phase 1 | R720 Phase 2 | R770 Phase 3 (Quicket.co.za)
Where: Elandskloof Guest Farm, Helderstroom
Web: www.originfestival.com