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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!
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
2015 APRIL EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2014 – APR 2015)
While away the midweek blues with a unique and invigorating outdoor movie experience at the Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from October 2014 to April 2015. Each week 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, the Hillcrest Quarry or at various venues in the Cape Winelands and see firm favourites, cult classics and so much more. Do note that while the Winelands theatre will take place on a Saturday, it is not a weekly event.
- 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 the Cape Winelands (Saturday)
COST: Tickets are sold online via TheGalileo.co.za. 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 events for more information.
KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS (NOV 2014 – APR 2015)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2014 to April 2015 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 month, patrons can enjoy the last of the season’s performances with an Easter weekend concert by renowned indie-folk loop pedalist Jeremy Loops. Picture yourself reclining on the immaculate lawns, a glass of wine in hand, the sun setting behind the mountain and the hypnotic beats of the handsome local’s one-man band echoing as evening falls.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost between R100p/p and R135p/p; concessions do apply.
HORSE RACES AT THE KENILWORTH RACECOURSE (NOV 2014 – APR 2015)
Much like strawberries, watermelon and beach days at Clifton, horse racing in Cape Town is synonymous with the summer season, and what better way to celebrate than with a day of fun in the sun at the track. Kenilworth Racecourse, one of only two racecourses in Cape Town, is home to some of the Western Cape’s (and South Africa’s) most prestigious equestrian events, and believe it or not, the horse racing happenings also make great afternoons of entertainment for the entire family. We’ve got the lowdown on what to do and where to be seen at the races this summer in Cape Town.
COST: Entry fees to the events vary. Click through to the overview for more information.
ABSA KKNK FESTIVAL (3 – 11 APRIL)
The sleepy town of Oudsthoorn comes alive when the 21st annual ABSA KKNK Festival lands on the arts calendar from Friday, 3 to Saturday, 11 April 2015. Festival-goers can look forward to listening to plenty of live entertainment with musicians Karen Zoid and Kurt Darren doubling up for a duet concert. Comedy fans are in for a treat as funnymen rule the roost with Nik Rabinowitz bringing his one man show, What The EFF?, Schalk Bezuidenhout debuting his show Lively, while other festival favourites like Marc Lottering and Rob van Vuuren will also keep the laughter going. Enjoy a burst of arts and culture in the Karoo with this much loved family- friendly festival!
COST: Each act, concert, exhibition or activity at 2015 Klein Karoo National Arts Festival is priced separately, and entry fees range depending on each event, so please consult Computicket and the programme for specifics
OLD MUTUAL TWO OCEANS MARATHON IN CAPE TOWN (3 – 4 APR)
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, 4 April 2015; subsidiary events will take place on Friday, 3 April 2015. 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 (3 April) to the big events.
COST: Eager participants can enter via TwoOceansMarathon.org.za. Entry fees vary according to event and supporters are most welcome to attend. Click through for more information and for a list of prime places from which to watch all the action.
EASTER VORTEX: PARALLEL UNIVERSE (3 – 6 APR)
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 near Caledon. The good-time gurus at Vortex are celebrating 21 years of bringing the best psychedelic trance parties to the Mother City with a line-up of international beatmakers and local mixmasters that features the likes of psy-gurus Lucas and Jay Om from the UK and progressive psy beatmaker Kairon from Portugal. As always, revelers can expect to marvel at the breathtaking scenery and trippy visuals, so bring that stomp gear out and get ready for a psychedelic jol!
COST: Presale tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za for R390p/p or at selected outlets in Cape Town for R380p/p (including the booking fee); otherwise, they will be available at the gate at a cost of R420p/p.
TASTE OF CAPE TOWN (10 – 12 APR)
Wine, dine and savour the Mother City’s flavours at the 2015 Taste of Cape Town food and wine fair at the Green Point Cricket Club from Friday, 10 to Sunday, 12 April 2015. 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 appetite. Get transported to Thailand by this year’s special Thai food showcase and relax and indulge in a cocktail or two at the Bacardi Mixology Theatre. 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.
COST: Tickets for the food and wine experience are available via iTickets.co.za and at the gate on the day. Price varies according to ticket type and costs range from R80p/p to R750p/p. Children under 12 get in for free. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE FLATS LIFESTYLE EXPO (17 – 19 APR)
The Cape Flats are an often overlooked part of the Mother City, but this annual showcase aims to highlight both the positive aspects of the area – while empowering it’s residents. The second Cape Flats Lifestyle Expo arrives at the Wittebome Civic Centre on Rosmead Avenue from Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19 April. The three day expo will host a variety of stalls displaying information on property, financial advice and health and beauty services to mention a few. The main aspect of the expo is focus on community engagement by empowering and connecting the residents with SME workshops, helping future entrepreneurs to build their future. Attendees can also sample of the tasty offerings from Kaprinos who plan to set up a 100-seater restaurant over the course of the expo. Bring the family and have a fun-filled day out!
COST: Entry is R10p/p and tickets can be bought at the door.
COOL AS FOLK CONCERT (18 APRIL)
Celebrating the environment, reconnecting people with our planet and sizzling tunes are the order of the day when Greenpop’s annual Cool As Folk concert gets underway at The Side Show (formerly The Fez) on Saturday, 18 April 2015. This time around, indie folk musician Jeremy Loops (he’s also one of the co-founders of Greenpop) and pop star Toya Delazy will be bringing their unique musical stylings to the stage to headline a line-up that also includes other local musical acts (soon to be announced!). Not to mention, there will be tons of food stalls, competitions and plenty of eco-friendly fun for eager attendees! The annual concert is a means to celebrate and raise funds for the tree-planting social enterprise and all of its projects.
COST: Tickets can be purchased online at Webtickets.co.za and at the door. Entry costs R90p/p and R110p/p respectively. For more information click through to the event.
NEON RUN (18 APR)
Fancy covering yourself with neon body paint and running/cycling/skating/walking five kilometres while gliding through various groovy glow zones at night? Of course you do! Happening in five different locations across South Africa, including Cape Town’s Newland’s Stadium, the country’s favourite electric night event promises much fun and excitement, especially at the finish line where big names such as DJ Fresh and Desmond and the Tutus will rock out with race participants. Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular light display and to have traces of neon paint in your hair for many weeks after the event. The Neon Run will also be happening in Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Durban and Johannesburg; please click through to the event for more information.
COST: Tickets are available from neonrun.co.za.Normal entry tickets cost R250p/p, while tickets for groups of four people or more are R200p/p. Tickets for children under the age of 11 are R90p/p, and all tickets obviously include glow sticks.
BOT RIVER BARRELS AND BEARDS POST-HARVEST FESTIVAL (17 – 18 APR)
Enjoy great food, wine and entertainment along the Bot River at the third annual Barrels and Beards Harvest Festival on Friday, 17 and Saturday, 18 April 2015. 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 email@example.com. Costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.
CONSTANTIA FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL (17 – 19 APR)
Head down to the historic and most proximal suburb in the Cape Winelands for the Constantia Food and Wine Festival from Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19 April 2015. Hosted at the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate Cricket Oval, the food and wine fiesta invites festival-goers to kick back and relax whilst enjoying culinary delights and first-rate vintages from the region. This year, there will be 10 different vineyards, wine farms and estates showcasing their wares to the public. Attendees can look forward to world-class vinos accompanied by quality live performances from the likes of crooner Ike Moriz and indie band Newton & Co.
COST: Tickets are available online via Webtickets.co.za or at the gate on the day and cost R160p/p for adults and R30p/p for children under the age of 18. Adult tickets include 10 tasting vouchers for the various wine farms exhibiting at the event.
CAPE TOWN MARIMBA FESTIVAL (24 APR)
The 2015 Cape Town Marimba Festival sounds off at the Baxter Theatre on Friday, 24 April 2015 with a toe-tapping concert featuring 15school bands. 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 Wynberg Girls’ High, 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 (25 APR)
An endurance test like no other, the K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge takes place on Saturday, 25 April 2015 and involves daring (crazy?) Capetonians repeatedly summiting Table Mountain via the Platteklip Gorge route, which includes 800 steps and a 760-m 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 R800, 000 on the day 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.
VINTAGE IDEAS MARKET (24 - 27 APR)
If bygone eras fascinate you then the fifth annual Vintage Ideas Market is right up your alley. The extravaganza will be twirling into the Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek from Friday, 24 to Monday, 27 April 2015 with a brand new theme, ‘Snapshots from the Past’, and over 40 vendors. Not to mention, eager brides-to-be can check out the Country Wedding Expo (a new addition to the market) for rustic romance-inspired tips or attend Ideas Magazine’s whimsical wedding workshop on Saturday morning.
COST: Tickets are available on the day at the gate. Adults pay R30p/p while children under the age of 13 enter for free! For more information click through to the event.
DECOREX CAPE TOWN (24 – 27 APR)
Find inspiration and innovation at Mzansi’s premier décor and design exhibition, Decorex, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 24 to Monday, 27 April 2015. 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 R80p/p for adults, R75p/p for pensioners and students and only R15p/p for kids under the age of 12. Click through to the event for more information.
SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL (25 – 27 APR)
Tantalise your taste buds at the 2015 South African Cheese Festival! The delectable soiree is set to transform Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm into a foodie utopia from Saturday, 25 to Monday, 27 April 2015, 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 R130p/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.
AFRIKABURN (27 APR – 3 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, 27 April to Sunday, 3 May 2015. 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 Gift’ and focuses on gift-giving and receiving. Get arty, dress up, create awesome installations, dance the days away and become part of a wonderfully weird community on the outskirts of civilisation. Nothing is for sale, so make sure you come well equipped with supplies and a good attitude to last the entire duration of this other-worldly celebration.
COST: Tickets are available solely through creating a Burner Profile on Afrikaburn.com which notifies festival-goers when tickets are live. Entry costs between R183p/p and R1059p/p depending on ticket type. If all else fails, visit Afrikaburn.com to get a head start on Afrikaburn 2016.
SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (28 APR – 3 MAY)
Celebrate art, music, theatre and more when the annual Suidoosterfees rolls into town from Tuesday, 28 April to Sunday, 3 May 2015 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 Fugard Theatre, Artscape Theatre and the City Hall. See the delights of the Zip Zap Circus and be enthralled by the thrilling performances of local theatre makers (both in English and Afrikaans). With musical performances from Afrikaans singer and performer Emo Adams and plenty of chuckles from South Africa’s loved (and sometimes hated) puppet Chester Missing, there’s no shortage of fun. However, eager audiences can also join in on hearty debates about the cultural landscape of Cape Town (and South Africa) with the thought-provoking Jakes Gerwel Conversations. All in all, 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 R300p/p.
KNYSNA PINK LOERIE MARDI GRAS AND ARTS FESTIVAL (29 APR – 3 MAY)
The Garden Route’s queen city gears up for another five fabulous days of LGBTQIA festivities from Wednesday, 29 April to Sunday, 3 May 2015. 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 and, after that, one mother of an after party at the much-anticipated carnival party. This year’s event also coincides with My Gay World, an international contest that will partially take place in Knysna before culminating in a Grand Finale in Cape Town.
COST: 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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