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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 Freedom Day (27 April) is a public holiday!
MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTIES (APR – OCT)
If an evening meal and a good whodunit gets you going, then listen up. The Mother City’s much-loved series of Murder Mystery Dinners is back to blow away the winter blues with new storylines, suspects and victims. Hosted at a number of venues, including Charcoal Dining, La Mouette and more, the dress-up suppers are scheduled to take place once a month from April to October. So, whether you’re looking to indulge your love of real-life Cluedo or simply want to have a bloody good time with friends, check out our overview of these thrilling events.
COST: Cost varies according to event and prices range from R380p/p to R550p/p; price includes dinner, a mystery to solve and, where applicable, a welcome drink. Click through to the event for more information.
GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2015 – APR 2016)
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 Gardens, 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 CONCERTS (NOV 2015 – APR 2016)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2015 to April 2016 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 local lekker acts such as Freshlyground, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre, The Plastics and more. 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.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (1 – 2 APR)
The Mother City gears up to host hordes of music lovers and audiophiles at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) for the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival from Friday, 1 to Saturday, 2 April 2016. Billed as the grandest gathering of jazz maestros on the continent, the highly anticipated celebration features international sensations, local icons and up-and-coming talent. This year, the star-studded line-up – set to feature more than 40 local and international artists performing on five stages – includes pianist, artist and composer Afrika Mkhize (SA), multi-instrumentalist and flautist Eddie Parker (UK), Grammy-nominated songwriter Angie Stone (USA), Grammy-nominated duo Amadou & Mariam (Mali), classically trained trio BadBadNotGood (Canada), and other local and international superstars of the jazz scene.
COST: Tickets for this musical affair are available through viagogo.co.za, a global source of live event tickets; click here to get tickets to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Passes can also be bought via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE GETAWAY SHOW (1 – 3 APR)
Plan your great escape with the help of the holiday specialists at the Cape Getaway Show at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West from Friday, 1 to Sunday, 3 April 2016. The popular travel, outdoors and camping exhibition features more than 200 interactive displays focused on everything from adventure getaways and high-tech camping gear to cruises and great giveaways; there is also a host of family-friendly activities on the bill for the weekend.
COST: Tickets are available via the Getawayshow.co.za and at the door on the day and cost between R35p/p and R70p/p depending on age and point of purchase; kids under the age of 12 get in for free. Do note that senior citizens and students need to provide identification at the door to qualify for their discount. Click through to the event for more information
THE WHISKY LIVE FESTIVAL (14 – 16 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, 14 to Saturday, 16 April 2016 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 R190p/p to E200p/p and a designated driver ticket is also available at R105p/p. Pre-sold tickets can be purchasedvia TicketPros.co.zaor the Whisky Live website. Click through to the event for more information
BOT RIVER BARRELS AND BEARDS POST-HARVEST FESTIVAL (15 – 16 APR)
Enjoy great food, wine and entertainment along the Bot River at the annual Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival on Friday, 15 to Saturday, 16 April 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.
ORGANIK LOVE PROJECT TRANCE PARTY (16 – 17 APR)
What better way to say farewell to the 2015-2016 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, Israeli psytrance masters Undercover and Darma. 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 R300p/p and R380p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
SPAR WOMEN’S RACE & FUN WALK (17 APR)
The time has come again for ladies to lace up those running shoes and take to the road when the annual SPAR Women’s Race hits Cape Town on Sunday, 17 April 2016. There are two races (5km and 10km), both of which start at the forecourt behind the Cape Town Stadium, at around 7:30am, and participants are allowed to run or walk. Do note, this is a wheelchair friendly event! If you’re needing an incentive, the first 24 000 runners who cross the finish line can take home an achievement medal. So bring a few friends and enjoy a fun-filled day out while running South Africa’s ‘most beautiful road race’!
COST: Online entries can be done via Spar.co.za until Sunday, 3 April 2016 for both races. Entry costs R80p/p for each race. There is also a late entry option for those who miss the deadline. For more information click through to the event.
UNOGWAJA CHALLENGE: CAPE TOWN TO FRANSCHHOEK (20 APR)
Join fellow philanthropists and good-hearted humans for a cultural evening at the Artscape Opera House on Wednesday, 20 April 2016. The event will raise money for the annual Unogwaja Challenge and the Unogwaja Light Fund, which aims to support community based organisations that focus on education and skills development.
COST: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za and cost R250p/p. Feel free to donate a little more to the Unogwaja Light Fund via the ticketing website too.
SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY FESTIVAL IN SIMON’S TOWN (21 – 24 APR)
Join in the fun and festivities at the annual South African Navy Festival in the seaside village of Simon’s Town from Thursday, 21 to Sunday, 24 April 2016. The family- and kid-friendly event gives the public the rare opportunity to explore navy ships, submarines and see the dashing men and women in white demonstrate the skills that help keep Mzansi’s waters safe and sound. Revellers can also look forward to exciting maritime displays, tug boat rides and the ever-popular night gunnery shoot, while junior sailors can gear up to frolic in the kiddies’ area and take part in a colouring contest.
COST: Access to this event is FREE! Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE TOWN MARIMBA FESTIVAL (23 APR)
The Cape Town Marimba Festival sounds off at the Baxter Theatre on Saturday, 23 April 2016 with a toe-tapping concert featuring 17 school bands from the Eastern and Western Cape. A collaboration between the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and Woodworx Marimbas, the Afro-infused music fair features local school and community project ensembles, including those from institutions like Pinelands High, Edgemead High and Bishops, performing classic and contemporary songs. The one-night show is open to the public, but as parents will most likely fill up the seats quickly, be sure to book your ticket early to see these talented young’uns on stage.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com, from Computicket outlets and from the Baxter Theatre’s ticket office and they cost R100p/p for adults and R50p/p for scholars, students and pensioners (valid IDs are required to qualify for discounts). Click through to the event for more information.
K-WAY PLATTEKLIP CHARITY CHALLENGE (23 APR)
An endurance test like no other, the K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge takes place on Saturday, 23 April 2016 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: Registration for the event is free; although, individuals have to raise a minimum of R2000p/p in sponsorship or R2000 per team member if competing in teams of two or three in order to qualify.
AFRIKABURN (25 APR - 1 MAY)
In the US it’s Burning Man, and in SA it’s Afrikaburn. This week-long festival is hosted at Stonehenge Private Reserve, and features art, music, various creative performances and the freedom to express yourself. Pack your quirkiest outfits, because this event is your opportunity to think outside the box. In fact, leave the box at home. Set up your habitation area in the ever-changing Tankwa Town, and let your creative juices flow. Whether it’s watching the burnings, or it’s bartering your goods and services, Afrikaburn is unlike any other festival on the continent. The theme for this, their tenth year, is X. So celebrate all things traditionally Afrikaburn, and look back on ten years of success while becoming part of a wonderfully weird community on the outskirts of civilisation. The only trade at Afrikaburn is bartering, so make sure you bring something to trade with.
COST: Tickets are available solely through creating a Burner Profile on Afrikaburn.com which notifies festival-goers when tickets are live. Unfortunately, tickets for the 2016 Afrikaburn festival are sold out. Join Afrikaburn’s answer to this problem with 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. Visit Afrikaburn.com for more information.
SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (27 APR – 2 MAY)
Celebrate art, music, theatre and more when the annual Suidoosterfees rolls into town from Wednesday, 27 April to Monday, 2 May 2016 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 and the District Six Museum. With musical performances from Afrikaans singer and performer Emo Adams and plenty of chuckles from some of South Africa’s talented comedians, such as Riaad Moosa and KG Mokgadi, 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 R200p/p.
KNYSNA PINK LOERIE MARDI GRAS AND ARTS FESTIVAL (27 APR – 1 MAY)
The Garden Route’s queen city gears up for another five fabulous days of LGBTQIA festivities from Wednesday, 27 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016. Things are bound to get wickedly fun with drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and mini-markets taking over the tranquil town. The fiesta culminates in a spectacular parade with elaborate floats and outrageous costumes, which will be led by the lovely couples that tied the knot in the mass same-sex wedding ceremony happening on Friday, 29 April 2016. A first in the Pink Loerie’s history, sixteen couples will wed at an official ceremony officiated by Knysna’s mayor at Villa Castollini.
COST: Tickets are available for different events on the day and accommodation specials are available for out of town visitors.
DECOREX CAPE TOWN (29 APR – 2 MAY)
Find inspiration and innovation at Mzansi’s premier décor and design exhibition, Decorex, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 29 April to Monday, 2 May 2016. This year’s event promises the latest tips and tricks for creating a superlative space, along with fabulous foodie experiences and interactive dining and entertaining demonstrations. 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 R85p/p for adults, R75p/p for pensioners and students and only R20p/p for kids under the age of 12. Click through to the event for more information.
LAMBERTS BAY CRAYFISH AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL | LAMBERTSBAAI KREEFFEES (29 APR – 1 MAY)
Mzansi’s crayfish mecca along the West Coast hauls out masses of crustaceans for another finger-licking 2016 Lamberts Bay Crayfish and Cultural Festival (also known as the Lambertsbaai Kreeffees) from Friday, 29 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016. Located just two hour’s drive from the Mother City, this quaint fishing village springs to life this March with its annual celebration of seafood, music, activities and West Coast culture.
COST: Ticket information is still to be released. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL (30 APR – 2 MAY)
Tantalise your taste buds at the 2016 South African Cheese Festival! The delectable soiree is set to transform Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm into a foodie utopia from Saturday, 30 April to Monday, 2 May 2016, 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, allow a number of celebrity chefs to guide you through the cheese appreciation process and witness crafty maestros creating tasty masterpieces in the cheese carving competition. 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 R150p/p for adults and R100p/p for pensioners; little ones under 13 enter for FREE! Wine tasting glasses are available at the gate at R15 per glass. Do note that NO tickets will be sold at the gate on the day.
ELGIN COOL WINE AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL (30 APR – 1 MAY)
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 are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R120p/p, which includes a tasting glass, festival programme, access to participating farms, live entertainment and a wine tasting of a selection of three wines from any of the estates involved.
SA'S GOT TALENT CAPE TOWN AUDITIONS (30 APR - 1 MAY)
If you're a confident Capetonian with talents to share then make sure that you're at the e.tv Offices in Stirling Street to audition for the 2016 SA's Got Talent Show! You can be any age and perform any act, whether you're a singer, dancer, comedian or something outside of the box! If you're younger than 18 remember to bring your guardian with you and complete the online registration forms beforehand. You can also submit an online audition video beforehand to Etv.co.za to save yourself time and effort!
COST: Auditioning is free. Doors open at 7am and registration closes at 12pm. Bring along any props you need for your act, along with a copy of your ID and refreshments as it could be a long day.
TASTE OF CAPE TOWN
Due to unfortunate circumstances, the 2016 Taste of Cape Town has been postponed this year. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
This event will be happening in Johannesburg in 2016. For updates subscribe to our newsletter.
CONSTANTIA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL (17 – 19 APR)
The Constantia Food & Wine Show has gone into hibernation in 2016, and will return in 2017. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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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