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April Events in Cape Town and 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.
Apart from Easter, 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.
So, whether you’re a sucker for big concerts or just a fool for FREE events, best you diarise these dates for an unforgettable month filled with great things to do in Cape Town.
Don’t forget the public holidays scheduled for April this year: Good Friday (18 April) and Family Day (21 April). What’s more Freedom Day (27 April) falls on a Sunday, so the Monday (28 April) is a public holiday – long weekend!
Also, April sees a number of international acts hit Mzansi’s shores: British outfit UB40 is headed to Paarl (Friday, 4 April), and RnB songbird Tamia makes her way to the GrandWest Grand Arena (26 April).
2014 APRIL EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
Galileo Open Air Cinema (November 2013 – April 2014)
April is the final month that silver screen fanatics can wile away the midweek blues with a unique and invigorating outdoor experience at the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until May, cinephiles can grab some popcorn (or other yummy gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors), settle down on the lush lawns at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront or the Hillcrest Quarry and see firm favourites, cult classics – like The Matrix and The Big Lebowski – and dramas and musicals, such as Slumdog Millionaire, The Sound of Music and so much more.
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema at Kirstenbosch
- The Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A Waterfront
Tickets: Tickets are sold online via TheGalileo.co.za and go on sale three weeks prior to each screening (on a Tuesday morning). If the show sells out online, no tickets will be available at the door. Space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.
Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts (November 2013 – April 2014)
Another season of annual summer sunset concerts in Cape Town’s historic botanical gardens draws to an emphatic close on 6 April with a show by folk artist Jeremy Loops. A much loved one-man band, the aptly named Loops uses a loop pedal and a number of instruments (including the guitar, harmonica ukulele, banjo and his voice) to create upbeat tunes and sings songs about planting trees and his love for goats. As was the case with all previous shows, music lovers can pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music session on the sprawling greens.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za, and cost R90p/p for adults, R80p/p for Botanical Society members (on presentation of a card) and R65p/p for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 21 years of age.
Taste of Cape Town (3 – 6 April)
Wine, dine and savour the Mother City’s flavours at the 2014 Taste of Cape Town food and wine fair at the Green Point Cricket Club from Thursday, 3 to Sunday, 6 April 2014. Sip and sample gourmet fare prepared by top-class chefs from some of the finest restaurants in the Mother City and indulge in unique eating experiences, demonstrations and special events primed to whet any palate. Finally, apart from lip-smacking culinary creations and food-themed adventures, the festival has a range of first-rate vintages and gourmet goodies available for purchase.
Tickets: Tickets for the food and wine experience are available via iTickets.co.za, PnPTickets.co.za and at the gate on the day. Price varies according to ticket type and costs range from R40p/p to R685p/p. Children under 12 get in for free. Click through to the event for more information.
X Fest Film Festival (3 – 6 April)
Dim the lights for the annual 2014 X Fest Film Festival; the extreme, underground movie affair is billed to screen at the historic Labia Theatre in Cape Town from Thursday, 3 to Sunday, 6 April 2014. Presently in its seventh year, the unconventional motion picture fiesta features full-length flicks, shorts and documentaries that push the boundaries of mainstream media and give some screen time to topics often relegated to the underbelly of society: expect movies devoted to zombies, tokoloshes, metal bands and so much more.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za (R35p/p excluding online booking fee) and at the Labia Theatre ticket office (R40p/p) for each screening.
Groovy Troopers Vision Serpents Trance Party (4 – 6 April)
Prepare for a stomping good time as Groovy Troopers celebrates 15 years of bringing kaleidoscopic psychedelica to the masses at the Vision Serpents party from Friday, 4 to Sunday, 6 April 2014 at the Diepklowe Private Nature Reserve. The jol features beat-breaking sets by top international and local producers, a state-of-the-art sound system and original artwork and installations to make for another epic psy-trance opskop in a magical setting.
Tickets: Tickets are available at select retailers and via Groovytroopers.co.za for R320p/p. Otherwise, weekend passes will be available at the gate on the day for R350p/p, and Sunday tickets will be sold from 8am for R250p/p.
Bot River Barrels and Beards Post-Harvest Festival (5 April)
Enjoy great food, wine and entertainment along the Bot River at the third annual Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival on Saturday, 5 April 2014. This highly popular event at the Anysbos Farm 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.
Tickets: Tickets for the fun-filled food and wine fiesta are limited and are available via BotRiverWines.co.za, and costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.
K- Way Platteklip Charity Challenge (5 April)
How many times do you think you could run up Table Mountain? The K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge calls on daring (crazy?) Capetonians to repeatedly summit the iconic peak via the Platteklip Gorge route, which has 800 steps and a 760-m climb. Athletes must complete a minimum of four laps. As always, the run is held in aid of a good cause, and this time around the funds will be going to Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton in order to maintain helpful programmes aimed at improving the matric pass rate.
Tickets: Registration for the event is free; although, participants have to raise a minimum of R2000 in sponsorship, or R4000 if competing in teams of two or three, in order to qualify.
Constantia Food and Wine Festival (11-13 April)
Head down to the historic and most proximal suburb in the Cape Winelands for the Constantia Food and Wine Festival from Friday, 11 to Sunday, 13 April 2014. Hosted at the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate Cricket Oval, the food and wine fiesta invites festival-goers to kick back and relax while enjoying culinary delights and first-rate vintages from the areas’ producers.
Tickets: Tickets are available online via Webtickets.co.za or at the gate on the day and cost R150p/p for adults and R30p/p for children under the age of 18; adult ticket price include 10 tasting vouchers for the various wine farms exhibiting at the event.
Reach For A Dream Golf Day (11 April)
Pro and amateur golfers can brush up on their swing while supporting a good cause at the fourth annual Reach For A Dream Golf Day at the Rondebosch Golf Club on Friday, 11 April 2014. The tournament invites four-member teams to play 18 holes at the prestigious green. It also includes goody bags, a prize-giving dinner, a raffle, an auction at the club’s halfway house and, best of all, the chance to make a young person’s dreams come true. Funds raised on the day go to the Reach For A Dream Foundation, which helps children from the ages of 3 to 18 suffering from long-term illnesses, like cancer and cystic fibrosis, fulfil one simple dream, whether it’s meeting a rugby hero or having an epic birthday party. Companies are invited to brand a hole for R1500 or donate prizes or goody bag items.
Tickets: Entry to the Reach For A Dream Golf Day costs R3000 per four-ball at R750p/p. A package which includes hole sponsorship and a four-ball costs R4300. Email Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Easter Vortex: Parallel Universe (18 – 21 April)
Polish your trusty stomping boots for the epic Easter Vortex: Parallel Universe trance party going down over the long Easter weekend at a magical cosmos in Caledon. The good-time gurus at Vortex are celebrating 20 years of bringing the best psychedelic trance parties to the Mother City with a line-up of international and local beat makers and mix masters, featuring the likes of Laughing Buddha from the UK and Portuguese favourite Anestetic. As always, revellers can expect to marvel at the breathtaking scenery and trippy visuals, and the on-site food and drink stalls will make sure everyone is kept fuelled and refreshed.
Tickets: Presale tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za for R380p/p or at selected outlets in Cape Town for R370p/p (including the booking fee); otherwise, they will be available at the gate at a cost of R400p/p.
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town (18-19 April)
Said to be the most beautiful marathon in the world, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon sees local and international competitors push their bodies to the limit while negotiating Cape Town’s scenic routes on Saturday, 19 April. Started in 1970, the contest has become one of the biggest road races in South Africa, with 11, 000 runners participating in the 56-km ultra marathon and 16, 000 runners taking part in the 21-km half marathon. For those still working on their endurance, there are also fun runs and trail runs taking place the day prior (18 April) to the big events.
Tickets: Entries for the ultra and half marathon are closed, but spectators are welcome to support the runners. Click through to the event for a list of prime places from which to watch all the action.
Cape Town Marimba Festival (25 April)
The 2014 Cape Town Marimba Festival sounds off at the Baxter Theatre on Friday, 25 April with a toe-tapping concert featuring 16 school bands. A collaboration between the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and Woodworx Marimbas, the afro-infused music festival features international and local school and community project bands performing classic and contemporary songs. The one-night concert is open to the public, but since parents will most likely fill up the seats, be sure to book your ticket early to see these talented young’uns on stage.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets and the Baxter Theatre ticket office and cost R90p/p for adults and R45p/p for scholars, students and pensioners (valid IDs are required to qualify for discounts). Click through to the event for more information.
Decorex Cape Town (25 – 28 April)
Find inspiration and innovation at Mzansi’s premier décor and design exhibition, Decorex, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 25 to Monday, 28 April 2014. From complete renovation to zhooshing up a room with a lick of paint, matters of home transformation will be made simple thanks to the practical tips and ground-breaking ideas on offer. Tap into cutting-edge trends to better make your house a home and learn how to create a warm and inviting space amidst the city’s frenzied pace.
Tickets: Tickets are available at the door and cost R75p/p for adults, R65p/p for pensioners and students and kids under the age of 12 pay only R15p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
Prince Albert Olive Festival (25 – 27 April)
Head down to the annual Prince Albert Olive Festival in the Great Karoo for a weekend jam-packed with music, crafts, wine, good food and, of course, heaps of plump, juicy olives. For three days, the little town, which is four hours from Cape Town, will be full of fun activities, like stargazing, informative nature walks and fantastic live entertainment. Not to mention, a plethora of food stalls will be present too, selling everything from award-winning cheeses to fine figs. Kids can enjoy wall climbing, face painting and stilt walking exhibitions, while grown-ups wash down all the tasty treats with reds and whites at the wine tent. With a festival like this one, it’s going to be hard to get anyone to leave.
Tickets: Entry to the festival is absolutely free, but certain activities will be charged separately.
South African Cheese Festival (26 – 29 April)
Tantalise your taste buds at the 2014 South African Cheese Festival; the delectable soiree is set to take over the Sandringham Farm from Saturday, 26 to Tuesday, 29 April 2014. This Stellenbosch estate transforms into a foodie utopia and offers turophiles (that means cheese lovers) a range of artisan cheeses from across the country as well as wines, sweet treats and deli products.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets and cost R130p/p for adults andR100p/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.
Afrikaburn (28 April – 4 May)
Afrikaburn, South Africa’s answer to the Burning Man festival in America, returns to the Tankwa Karoo National Park for seven days of radical art, music, performance and creative expression from Monday, 28 April to Sunday, 4 May 2014. Organised as a makeshift community (called Tankwa Town) in the middle of the desert, this calendar highlight challenges festival-goers to survive in a commodity-less environment and to focus on self-expression. This year, the theme is ‘The Trickster’, and if you can imagine it, you can do it. It’s completely up to participants to help this self–sustaining festival function, whether it be through an elaborate costume, a mutant vehicle, a theme camp or an art installation. Pretty much anything goes. Do note that nothing is for sale at the shindig, so make sure you come well equipped with supplies and a good attitude to last the entire duration of this other-worldly celebration.
Tickets: Tickets for this year’s event are already sold out (the limit was 8 500!), but don’t despair, there may be a chance to grab some tickets that are re-sold on the event’s Facebook page. Alternatively, keep an ear to the ground for private sellers looking to offload a surplus or peruse Gumtree.co.za and social media for leads. If all else fails, visit Afrikaburn.com to get a head start on Afrikaburn 2015.
Knysna Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival (30 April – 4 May)
The Garden Route’s queen city gears up for another five fabulous days of festivities from Wednesday, 30 April to Sunday, 4 May 2014. The theme for this year’s Knysna Pink Loerie Mardis Gras and Arts Festival is ‘Funky Town’ and things are bound to get wickedly fun with drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and mini-markets taking over the tranquil town. The LGBTQIA fiesta culminates in a spectacular parade with elaborate floats and outrageous costumes and after that, one mother of an after party at Zanzibar Night Club featuring some of Mzansi’s finest DJs.
Tickets: Tickets are available for different events on the day and accommodation specials are available for out of town visitors.
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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