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April Events in Cape Town & Surrounds
Find all the hottest and biggest annual events on offer in the Mother City!
Find all the hottest and biggest annual events on offer in the Mother City!
Autumn is upon us, but before you start squirreling away the short sleeves and sense of adventure, take a look at what April has in store.
The fourth month of the year has a number of to-dos that give locals and tourists alike the chance to sample the flavours of Cape Town at annual food, wine and cheese events. Not to mention, there’s plenty of opportunity to boogie the night away at trance music festivals and soak up loads of, art and design inspiration.
Don’t forget that Family Day (Monday, 17 April 2017) is a public holiday, and so is Freedom Day (Thursday, 27 April 2017) so file those leave forms and start planning your well deserved break. We have plenty of info on all the best places to stay all over the Western Cape; have a look!
GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2016 – APR 2017)
If the idea of cuddling up under the stars whilst watching a movie, munching popcorn and intermittently gazing at gorgeous surrounds appeals, then best you book to watch your favourite movie with the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Bringing the best of the outdoor movie experience to the Mother City, the company has extended its days this year to include regular Friday and Saturday screenings. Every week cinephiles can grab some popcorn (or other tasty gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors), settle down on the lush lawns at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the V&A Waterfront, Hillcrest Quarry and various venues in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands and see firm favourites, cult classics and many others.
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry (Tuesday)
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema at Kirstenbosch (Wednesday)
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A Waterfront (Thursday)
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands (Friday & Saturday)
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and costs vary according to the package selected; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.
KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS (NOV 2016 – APR 2017)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2016 to April 2017 for the annual summer sunset concerts. Each year, hordes of music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens. This year, the exciting bill includes some seriously big names and lekker local acts such as Matthew Mole, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre and some awesome international acts too! Additionally, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and pops can rest assured that their kiddies are in good hands.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and costs vary according to the performer; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.
CABLEWAY CHARITY CHALLENGE (1 APR)
An endurance test like no other, the Cableway Charity Challenge takes place on Saturday, 1 April 2017 and involves daring (crazy?) Capetonians repeatedly summiting Table Mountain via the Platteklip Gorge route, which includes 800 steps and a 760m climb. Individual entrants must complete a minimum of four laps and team members that are part of groups of two or three must complete a minimum of three laps each. As always, the run is held in aid of a good cause, and this year the aim is to raise money for the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP), which provides tuition and support to young South Africans overlooked by the current education system.
COST: This event is sold out, but the waiting list is still open.
ORGANIK LOVE PROJECT TRANCE PARTY (1 - 2 APR)
What better way to say farewell to the 2016-2017 trance season than with Organik Love Project, a legendary outdoor jol happening at Utopia, a lush, grassy venue just 100km from Cape Town. This epic festival offers a slice of trance heaven, and international artists like Electric Universe and Symbolic. Revellers can also take it easy with some shopping at the pop-up stalls that sell food, crafts and clothing. With dams for swimming and a relaxing camping site to complete the scene, it might just be too hard to leave on Sunday.
COST: Entry ranges between R320p/p and R400p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
SPAR WOMEN’S RACE & FUN WALK (2 APR)
The time has arrived for the annual SPAR Women’s Race to get underway in Cape Town. Spectators and athletes alike can participate in all the fun-filled action on Sunday, 2 April 2017. There will be two races this year, a 5-km challenge that’s perfect for beginner runners and the longer 10-km route that gives women with endurance the chance to strut their stuff. This event is also wheelchair friendly. The race starts at the forecourt behind the Cape Town Stadium.
COST: Entry can be done online via Spar.co.za or in-store at selected SUPERSPAR, SPAR or KWIKSPAR stores, and cost R100 per lady. This includes a T-shirt, race mag, peak cap, goodie bag and medal. Also remember that R5 of your entry fee will go to Operation Smile South Africa. For more information click through to the event.
THE WHISKY LIVE FESTIVAL (6 – 8 APR)
The Whisky Live Festival is back on the Cape Town event calendar with a boutique-style showroom gathering featuring some of the world’s finest single malts and blends from Thursday, 6 to Saturday, 8 April 2017 at The Lookout in Granger Bay. Long-time devotees and newbies alike can sip and swirl scotch, bourbon and world-famous Irish ‘water of life’ and chat to the various brand ambassadors to get pairing tips, info about what makes each dram unique and so much more.
COST: Pre-sold and at-the-door tickets cost R200p/p and a designated driver ticket is also available at R110p/p. Pre-sold tickets can be purchased via TicketPros.co.za or the Whisky Live website. Click through to the event for more information.
KKNK FESTIVAL IN OUDTSHOORN (8 – 15 APR)
The biggest Afrikaans cultural event is making its way back to the charming streets of Oudtshoorn for the 23rd time this year. The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) turns the sleepy town into a colourful and chaotic melting pot of performance, theatre, sound and visual art from Saturday, 8 to Saturday, 15 April 2017. This seven-day multi-platform festival affair features cutting-edge theatrical productions, concerts, kids’ entertainment, dance performances and visual art installations that bolster appreciation for locally relevant and produced arts and culture in post-apartheid South Africa.
COST: Each act, concert, exhibition or activity at the 2017 Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees is priced separately, and entry fees range depending on each event, so please consult Computicket.com and the festival programme for specific details. Click through to the event for more information.
PARKLIFE MUSIC AND GOURMET STREET FOOD FESTIVAL (17 APR)
This special fusion of gourmet food and amazing local music is set to blow you away at Green Point Cricket Club on Monday, 17 April 2017. The blessing that is Family Day allows the Cape Town populous to enjoy one last summer festival hurrah! You’ll be treated to performances from Jeremy Loops, The Temper Trap, Matthew Mole, Francois van Coke and Gangs of Ballet along with plenty of other familiar faces. Relax with some delicious food and bop along to amazing local musicians, all under the glorious Cape Town sun!
COST: Tickets are available online via Nutickets.co.za for various prices ranging from R125p/p (for children) to R295p/p (for adults). Teenagers can get involved too for only R195p/p. Any questions? Click through to the event for more info.
BOT RIVER BARRELS AND BEARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL (22 APR)
Enjoy great food, wine and entertainment along the Bot River at the annual Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival on Saturday, 22 April 2017. This highly popular event sees food and vino lovers flock to the Overberg area for a day of home-style boerekos, boeremusiek and, of course, beards. As part of the end-of-harvest festivities, all the winemakers in the surrounds stop shaving their whiskers at the end of February, and a panel of (semi-sober) judges will pick the best moustachioed vintner at the fiesta. Those who can’t get their hands on the intimate event’s coveted tickets can rather participate in the Bot River Tasting experience, a formal sip-and-swirl session designed to showcase the area’s best vintages.
COST: Tickets for the fun-filled food and wine fiesta are limited and can be secured by via Quicket.co.za or by emailing email@example.com. Costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.
AFRIKABURN (24 - 30 APR)
Hop on over to South Africa’s version of the legendary American Burning Man Festival, Afrikaburn. It is back in the dusty Karoo for an extended seven days of art, music, performance and creative expression from Monday, 24 to Sunday, 30 April 2017. The festival will be set at the Stonehenge Private Reserve. The ethos of the event comes from a set of 11 guiding principles that encourage, amongst other things, communal effort, decommodification and total expression of the self. This means that, whether it’s in the form of an extravagant costume, provision of basic essentials (like food and drink) or a twisted piece of art, contributions to the spirit and function of Tankwa Town are expected from everyone. Every year, Afrikaburn has a theme; in 2017, the theme is ‘Play’, as play offers people a magical doorway that connects places, dimensions, or points in time.
COST: Tickets are available solely through creating a Burner Profile on Afrikaburn.com which notifies festival-goers when tickets are live. If tickets for the 2017 Afrikaburn festival are sold out, join Afrikaburn’s STEP (Secure Ticket Exchange Programme). Use your Burner Profile, or create one, and register on their website for tickets. If some become available, you will be notified and the tickets will be offered to you. The ticket prices range between R180p/p to R1495p/p.
SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (27 APR – 1 MAY)
Celebrate art, music, theatre and more when the annual Suidoosterfees rolls into town from Thursday, 27 April to Monday, 1 May 2017 to thrust Kaapse culture, heritage and lifestyle into the limelight. Boasting a carefully curated selection of what the local creative scene has to offer, the six-day festival spreads out across the Artscape Theatre. With performances from Pieter-Dirk Uys, Bottomless Coffee Band, Gary Naidoo and Quanita Adams, Gloria Bosman and plenty more so there’s no shortage of fun. Festival-goers are destined to find something to entertain and educate at this yearly shindig!
COST: Tickets for the festival’s events are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and vary in price according to event; prices range between free and R120p/p.
DECOREX CAPE TOWN (27 - 30 APR)
Find inspiration and innovation at Mzansi’s premier décor and design exhibition, Decorex, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Thursday, 27 April to Sunday, 30 April 2017. This year’s event promises the latest tips and tricks for creating a superlative space, along with fabulous foodie experiences. From perfect paint colours to top trends from famed designers and emerging talent, Decorex will transform your conception of interior design while giving you fun and practical ways to revamp your own home décor.
COST: Tickets are available at the door and cost R95p/p for adults, R85p/p for pensioners and students and only R20p/p for kids under the age of 12. Click through to the event for more information.
SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL (28 - 30 APR)
Tantalise your taste buds at the 2017 South African Cheese Festival! The delectable soiree is set to transform Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm into a foodie utopia from Friday, 28 to Sunday, 30 April 2017, and it’s on track to offer turophiles (that means cheese lovers) a range of artisan cheeses from across the country as well as wines, sweet treats and deli products. Step into the Checkers Dairy Square to sample an array of sensational blues and Bries from some of the country’s finest producers and allow a number of celebrity chefs to guide you through the cheese appreciation process. Make sure you also take the time to relax in the Carnival Park, which offers a multitude of fun activities for little kids (and grown-up ones).
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets and cost R160p/p for adults and R100p/p for pensioners; little ones under 13 enter for FREE! Do note that NO tickets will be sold at the gate on the day.
ELGIN COOL WINE AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL (29 - 30 APR)
Enjoy sterling vintages and gourmet fare at this annual food and wine fiesta in the Overberg region. Unlike many neighbouring regional extravaganzas, each vineyard offers its own tastings, entertainment and kiddies’ fun for the day. For lunch, which must be booked ahead of time, guests can savour signature offerings paired with the hosts’ wines. Soak up the scenic beauty of the valley, sample the region’s terrific terroir and delight in melodic musical performances in the autumnal sunshine.
COST: Tickets for the wine festival will open soon.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change, and we will update the details as soon as possible to keep you in the loop!
These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of April, so be sure to check out our Cape Town Events Calendar and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!
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