The Sun Met: Africa’s Richest Day
The 2020 Sun Met brings racing enthusiasts and fashionistas together is a daylong, glamorous celebration of world-class equestrian sports and elegance. Fashionistas like Bonang Matheba, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, and Holly Rey are set to be representing and there will be live music by DJs Black Coffee, Themba (formerly Euphonik), and Da Capo. This year’s theme is “African Luxury: Visionary” with the secondary theme “Africa Is Not A Jungle.”
When: 1 February 2020
Cost: R200 (general access) | R2 000 –R5 169 (packages) | R11 950 (picnic sites, maximum 10 guests)
Where: Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town
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
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
Paarl Cycle Tour
The annual Paarl Cycle Tour on Sunday 2nd February will bring more than 1500 cyclists to Paarl. The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Paarl, will start at a new venue, scenic Fairview wine estate, for the first time. There will be three races, starting on the western slope of Paarl Mountain, and from there cyclists can travel on three routes (46.6km for novices, 71.9km for intermediate and 97.8km for experienced racers) in the rural Agter-Paarl/Klipheuwel area. Afterwards, attendees and their families can enjoy live music, food and drinks stalls, a lucky draw, and kids entertainment.
When: 2 February
Cost: R210 – R330
Where: Fairview Wine Estate, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road
Transcape MTB Encounter
TransCape is an iconic seven-day South African mountain biking journey over 591 km taking 120 intrepid adventurers over seven incredible stages from the picturesque town of George to Franschhoek. It’s an all-inclusive, unforgettable luxury off-the-bike experience and an incredibly rewarding on-the-bike journey over some of the finest mountain-biking terrain in the country. The race also raises funds for charities, underprivileged schools, and conservation initiatives along the route.
When: 2 – 8 February 2020
Where: Chandelier Game Reserve, Oudtshoorn
Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival
On the 2nd February, the Franschhoek Valley’s wineries will be gathering at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards for the Franschhoek Summer Wines Festival for a day of white, sparkling, and rosé wine tasting, delicious food, live entertainment, and general merrymaking. A ticket gets you a wine glass and 15 tasting coupons. Dress code is white.
When: 2 February 2020
Cost: R295 per person: includes a tasting glass, wine-tastings, and a discount voucher for a wine purchase on the day.
Where: Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard, R45 Main Road, Franschhoek
Up the Creek Music Festival
Every year, thousands of like-minded people gather in a stunning location just outside Swellendam for a four-day festival of music, nature, and celebration. Perched on the banks of the Breede River, Up The Creek is South Africa’s second longest-running music festival – quite possibly its most unique.
When: 6 – 9 February 2020
Cost: R1 140 (Full Weekend: Phase 1) | R990 (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday: Phase 1)
Where: Up the Creek Camp, Barrydale, 13.1 km after Felix Unite River Adventures, Swellendam
Silo Concerts: February Edition
The V&A Silo Concert Series takes place every Friday at 19:00 and showcases the best local artists and performers, such as Don Vino and Friends, Amanda Black and Wandile Mbambeni, This Thing Called Swing, and more.
When: Running until 7 February 2020
Where: Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Nederburg Harvest Festival
Nederburg Wines invites you to its annual Harvest Festival at their farm in Paarl. Participate in the fun of picking and stomping grapes, learn from the experts about how the wine grape harvest is progressing, and kick back and relax while feasting on freshly-prepared fare matched with award-winning wines. A wide range of Nederburg wines will be available for purchase, along with soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, and tea.
When: 8 February 2020
Where: The Red Table Restaurant, Nederburg Wine Farm, Sonstraal Road, Paarl
Stellenbosch Street Soirées: February 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: 12 and 26 February 2020
Cost: Free entry or R150 for a tasting glass and 12 wine tasting coupons
Where: Drostdy Street, Stellenbosch
A-Ha “Hunting High And Low” Tour
For the first time since 1994, the legendary Norwegian trio A-Ha returns to South Africa for a tour that celebrates the 35th anniversary of their debut album Hunting High And Low and its classic hit Take On Me.
When: 14 February 2020
Cost: R595 – R895
Where: Green Point A Track, 11 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point
Investec Art Fair at the CTICC
The 8th edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) returns to the CTICC to celebrate cutting-edge contemporary art from South Africa, the African continent, and abroad. Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, the three-day-long ICTAF provides a platform for galleries, collectors, curators and artists to engage in cultural and economic exchange. A top international curator this year is Luigi Fassi, the Artistic Director of the MAN-Contemporary Art Museum in Italy, with local names including Michaelis Galleries Curator, Nkule Mabaso, and Portia Malatjie from the Norval Foundation.
When: 14 – 16 February
Cost: R160 (Online), R190 (at the door)
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Cape Town Sixes Cricket Event
The 5th annual Cape Town Sixes amateur cricket festival is back! The event not only features Africa’s biggest 6’s tournament, but also a gourmet food village, “wine on the wicket”, live music and comedy, a beach bar, family area, and more. Hosted by the Western Province Cricket Club in Rondebosch, the Cape Town Sixes is a fantastic weekend of fun for the whole family and, with several cricket leagues for all levels of skill, especially for sports enthusiasts.
When: 14 – 16 February
Where: Western Province Cricket Club, Avenue De Mist, Rondebosch
Wolfie Familie Festival in Citrusdal
The family-friendly Wolfie Familie Festival is hosted by the same venue that hosts the Wolfkop Weekender, and promises to be an entertaining three days and two nights for the entire family. Set alongside the Olifants River, there will be camping, swimming, games, live music performances, pop-up theatres, an animal garden, craft activities, canoeing, family yoga, secret sunrise dancing sessions, and a wellness spa where parents and care-givers can get a little pampering.
When: 21 – 23 February 2020
Cost: R350 (children, BYO campsite) | R700 (adults, BYO campsite) | R3337.50+ (luxury camping packages and group packages)
Where: Wolfkop Camping Villages, Grootfontein Farm, Citrusdal
Design Indaba at the Artscape
Design Indaba Conference and Festival is the highlight of South Africa’s creative calendar. Launched in 1995, the three-day, globally acclaimed show is an annual multi-disciplinary conference that celebrates and showcases all things “creative”. In addition to a spectrum of highly anticipated art exhibits are seminars, music, a film festival, storytelling, competitions, and performances.
When: 26 – 28 February 2020
Cost: R3,555 (one-day ticket) | R7,110 (two-day ticket) | R9,155 (Full Indaba, three-day ticket) | R8,240 (early bird) | R7,405 – R8,275 (group booking discount, from 5 to more than 26 people)
Where: Artscape Theatre Centre, DF Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town
Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest
This down-to-earth celebration offers families a chance to experience the magic of harvest with a program of events that include more than 20 wineries, estates, and other establishments in the towns of Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor, and Robertson. This food and wine affair offers grape picking, stomping, vineyard safaris, blending and tasting experiences, riverside lunches, vineyard picnics, food and wine pairings, and much more!
When: 28 February – 1 March 2020
Cost: Free entrance | activities are priced individually
Where: Various venues around the Robertson Wine Valley
Ultra Cape Town 2020
Ultra South Africa, part of Ultra Music Festival’s worldwide expansion, has become the largest annual electronic music festival in Africa. The daylong event features a smashing line-up of local and international DJ talent.
When: 28 February 2020
Cost: Tier 2 R650 | Tier 3 R750 | VIP Tier 2 R1250 | VIP Tier 3 R1500 (Ultrasouthafrica.com)
Where: The Ostrich Farm, van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia
SA Cocktail Week: Grand Opening Street Party
The annual SA Cocktail Week kicks off with a truly epic grand opening street party featuring games, food, life DJs, and, of course, cocktails every colour of the spectrum. Also on the (bar) table are a variety of exciting cocktail experiences, tours, and masterclasses, which run until 7th March.
When: 29 February 2020
Cost: R195 (early bird) | R230 – R275 (next phases)
Where: Napier Street (open street), Green Point
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
Stanford MTB Classic
On the weekend of the 29th February and 1st March 2020, mountain bikers are invited for two days of MTB fun at the Stanford MTB Classic. The event boasts an amazing relaxed country village atmosphere, prizes for the overall winner of the ladies and men’s categories, and spectacularly scenic riding through fynbos and farmlands. The host is the well-known and sought after Stanford Valley Guest farm.
When: 29 February 2020 – 1 March 2020
Cost: Two-day entries: R1 050 per person (Stanford Standard, long) | R750 per person (Stanford Lite, short) | One-day entries: R550 per person (Stanford Standard, long) | R400 (Stanford Lite, short)
Where: Stanford Valley Guest Farm, R326, Stanford
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
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
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)