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August Events in Cape Town and Surrounds
Banish the last of the winter blues with this month’s host of hot and happening things to do!
Banish the last of the winter blues with this month’s host of hot and happening things to do!
The end of winter is within plain sight: its four more wet and windy weeks until the sun comes out to play. That being said, there is no reason to let August’s few remaining cold fronts put a damper on your social calendar because there are plenty of reasons to throw off those blankets, hop off the couch and get moving this month in the Western Cape.
For example, you could shift into a lower gear and make your way along the famous Route 62 to Robertson for a languid food and wine festival, up the ante at an adrenaline-inducing mountain bike race or get inspired by one of the city’s biggest design fests.
Finally, don’t forget to celebrate the ladies in your life this month and commemorate the bold actions of the fearless females who marched together in protest of the pass laws that inspired the public holiday Women’s Day (9 August).
2016 AUGUST EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
If an evening meal and a good whodunit get 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 Moyo Kirstenbosch, La Mouette and more, the dress-up suppers are scheduled to take place on the last Friday of each 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: Varies according to event and prices range from R300p/p to R435p/p; price includes dinner, a mystery to solve and, where applicable, a welcome drink. Click through to the event for more information.
WHALE WATCHING (JUN – NOV)
Whale season begins in June and continues until November, so take your winter woollies and get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay – it makes for an easy day trip or an ideal weekend getaway. Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling little fishing village and a prime land-based whale watching destination. Aside from granting awestruck visitors countless opportunities to watch the mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular Saturday craft market.
COST: While it’s FREE (and fun) to watch the whales, certain activities are individually priced. Click through for more information.
OPPIKOPPI: ONE NIGHT IN CAPE TOWN CONCERT (5, 8 & 10 AUGUST)
We all know by now that Oppikoppi never makes it all the way to Cape Town, but for the sixth year running the headlining show will make a special trip just for us! This year’s headline act of Oppikoppi is the KONGOS, the alternative rockers who were actually born right here in SA! Their hits include ‘Come With Me Now’, ‘Take It From Me’ and ‘I Know You Know’. They’ll be playing for one night only at the Hillcrest Quarry to give their Cape Town fans a chance to see them in action before they go and blow the roof (a metaphorical roof, of course) off at Oppikoppi. Also performing at a One Night in Cape Town event is Yelawolf and August Burns Red, both at The Assembly!
COST: Tickets are available online at Computicket.com for R350p/p - R400p/p. These lads don’t make it to Cape Town on business very often so make sure you seize this golden opportunity and don’t miss out!
HERMANUS WINE AND FOOD FAIR (6 – 8 AUGUST)
The entire family will have a whale of a time at one of South Africa’s top 10 wine festivals, the Hermanus Wine and Food Fair, from Saturday, 6 to Monday, 8 August 2016. This ultimate indulgence fiesta is a country-style celebration of reds and whites from the Elgin to Elim areas as well as the award-winning wines from the rest of the Overberg region. Visitors can sip and sample over 200 fine vintages, as well as purchase them at cellar door prices and have them shipped to anywhere in the world (including Antarctica, where they have indeed been delivered to). There will also be plenty of food – think local delicacies, like olives, organic cheese, pomegranate products and handmade chocolates, which can be bought at the multiple food stalls and restaurants during the festival.
COST: Tickets are available at the door, via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets and cost R50p/p or R150p/p for a ticket and tastings. Children under the age of 12 enter for free. Under 18’s will only be allowed into the wine section under supervision of a responsible adult.
SPIER WINELANDS BRIDAL FAIR (6 – 7 AUGUST)
Whether you’re on the hunt for something old, something new, something borrowed or something blue, you’ll be sure to find it (and everything else you could possibly need for your big day) at the sixth annual Winelands Bridal Fair. The event, which is hosted at the beautiful Spier Wine Farm from Saturday, 6 to Sunday, 7 August 2017, is a one-stop wedding shop and promises highly experienced event experts as well as exhibits that cover everything a blushing bride could need – venues, caterers, jewellers and more. Plus, there will be glam fashion shows showcasing bridal haute couture from South African designers at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on both days.
COST: Tickets will be available at the door on the day and cost R80p/p. Entry is free for children under the age of 12.
REACH FOR YOUR SLIPPERS CAMPAIGN (5 AUGUST)
Support a worthy cause this August and buy your right to wear your fuzzy flats to work, school or out and about in Cape Town. What are we on about? It’s the Reach For A Dream Foundation’s 2016 ‘Reach For Your Slippers’ campaign, of course. Scheduled for the first Friday in August each year (5 August 2016), the annual pantoffel movement sees office-workers, scholars and ordinary citizens help raise awareness and funds for children battling life-threatening illnesses by donating R10 and winning the right to swop their slops and stilettos for slippers.
COST: Stickers cost R10p/p and are available at all Wimpy and Pick n Pay stores.
ROBERTSON SLOW FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL (5 – 7 AUGUST)
Win(e)d down and take it easy at the 2016 annual Robertson Slow Food and Wine Festival from Friday, 5 to Sunday, 7 August 2016. Devoted to the art of slow cooking, this yearly fiesta serves up the finest traditional country fare prepared in the homes of the winemaking families of the area. The 20 participating wineries and guest houses are pulling out all the corks and have planned unique menus, wine selections or activities for the auspicious affair, so there is something for everyone.
COST: Events are individually priced – participating wineries and guesthouses each have a unique menu, wine selection or activity planned – and patrons can expect price tags to range from FREE to R650p/p.
OPEN DESIGN FESTIVAL (10 – 21 AUGUST)
Prepare your senses for the immersive experience that is the 2016 Open Design Festival Cape Town, a 12-day extravaganza set to pop up at City Hall and across the Mother City from Wednesday, 10 to Sunday, 21 August 2016. The mid-year fiesta is back with a slew of design-orientated events, expos, workshops, movie nights, tours and so much more. This year, there’s also a number of educational design components on offer, so if you’re an aspiring student of the arts then keep an eye on the programme.
COST: The extensive programme offers a selection of free and fee-based events.
KLEIN KAROO KLASSIQUE (12 – 14 AUGUST)
The eighth annual Klein Karoo Klassique settles in for another weekend of classical music, food and art in Oudtshoorn from Friday, 12, to Sunday, 14 August 2016. This year, the music programme reads like an all-star list of top South African classical performers, including the likes of Polina Burdukova and Magdalene Minnaar. Apart from being a real treat for the ears, the Klein Karoo Klassique festival includes Karoo-inspired art exhibitions and fine, hearty regional cuisine from the town’s eateries.
COST: Entry into the festival is free, but tickets for certain events are individually priced and are available via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets.
CAPE WINEMAKERS GUILD AUCTION SHOWCASE (18 AUGUST)
Any wine lover would kill to have the privilege of tasting small batch wines that have been praised and analysed by the Cape’s most prestigious wine guild. That’s why the Cape Winemakers Guild is hosting its annual showcase on Thursday, 18 August 2016 at the CTICC, which will allow wine lovers to taste the best of the best in South Africa and to decide ahead of time which wines they want to bid on in October. There will also be a silent auction at this event in aid of the Nedbank CWG Development Trust which aims to provide better education to the children from wine farming communities.
COST: Tickets for this event are available online at Webtickets.co.za, and are retailing for R250p/p. The showcase starts at 6pm so be sure to bring your best wine-appreciating friends.
FLOWER SHOWS IN THE WESTERN CAPE (26 AUGUST - 3 SEPTEMBER)
Speaking of spring, the hills of Clanwilliam (26 August – 3 September) and Hopefield (25 – 28 August) are in bloom this August with annual wild flower shows. Check out the hundreds of species of fynbos and flora indigenous to the Western Cape and the Cape Floral Kingdom. Trips to floral hotspots make for family-friendly and informative days out and will prove worthwhile whether you’re a fervent botany enthusiast or just a spritely spring-flinger looking to slow down and sniff the flowers.
Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show (26 August – 3 September)
Hopefield Fynbos Show (25 – 28 August)
THYS DU TOIT MEMORIAL HOPEFIELD MTB CHALLENGE (27 AUGUST)
Officially known as the Thys du Toit Memorial Challenge, the Hopefield MTB Challenge wheels its way back onto the cycling calendar on Saturday, 27 August 2016 in conjunction with the Hopefield Fynbos Show. The event promises 84-km, 50-km, 28-km and 14-km routes – so whether you’re an advanced or beginner rider, there’s something for you. Entries for the mountain bike challenge are limited to 500 and are on a first come, first served basis. Entries can either be done online via Amarider.co.za.
COST: Entries cost between R150p/p and R300p/p depending on route you choose.
SUNFLOWER TRANCE FESTIVAL (27 - 28 AUGUST)
Sunflower Trance Festival is back for another ex-psy-ting installment with amazing international acts flying in just to blow your trance-loving mind. Once again hosted at the Ostrich Ranch (along the N7), Sunflower 2016 takes its place as the season’s opening party and what a way to get it started! Headliners include Italy’s finest Gonzi, Captain Hook, Mandragora, and Deliriant (to name a few). This epic two day is just what you need to shake off the winter blues and say hello to the sun once more.
COST: Tickets are available online at Computicket.com for R390p/p. There is also the possibility of Sunday Funday tickets but those details are yet to be confirmed. For more info, visit their Facebook page (Sunflower Fest SA).
OLYMPIC DIRTY DOUBLE IN WELLINGTON (28 AUGUST)
Adrenaline junkies listen up – the Olympic Dirty Double trail run and MTB race will be getting off to a spritely start on Sunday, 28 August 2018 at Kleinevalleij’s Festa Restaurant in Wellington. The combo event, which can be completed individually or in relay teams, offers competitors an 8-km trail run, followed by a 20-km MTB challenge. Not to mention, those not powering their way through vineyards, mountain ranges and passes, can relax at the family-friendly restaurant with a delicious lunch, wine tasting and some live music.
COST: The MTB race and trail run costs R250p/p or R350 per team. Entries can be made online via Entryninja.com.
BLISTERS FOR BREAD (28 AUGUST)
Blisters for Bread, one of Cape Town’s most loved charity events, is back in 2016 for their 48th edition. The event works on the premise that each runner (or walker) will pay their R50 entrance fee and that R50 will feed 25 children. This beloved event allows the general Cape Town populous to get involved and fight one of the greatest threats to poorer communities: hunger. The walk/run starts at the Green Point Cricket Club and is either 10km long, or the more relaxed 5km. Every entry is appreciated, so click thorough to our event page and get started on your application.
COST: Each entry is priced at R50p/p, which will feed 25 hungry children in need. The race is limited to 12,000 participants to make sure you get registered quickly and avoid disappointment.
MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK (2017)
This high-fashion frenzy returns to Cape Town in 2017. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated.
2015 AUGUST EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
SARDA ANNUAL ANTIQUES FAIR (14 – 16 AUG)
Browse for custom collectables, furniture and vintage jewellery at the 37th SARDA Annual Antiques Fair from Friday, 14 to Sunday, 16 August 2015. The three-day event, held in aid of the organisation's riding school for the disabled, promises multiple different stallholders displaying wares of a very high quality. The event is set to be a relaxed, social affair and there will be some tasty snacks and drinks on offer.
COST: Entry to the fair costs R60p/p on the Friday night (which includes a glass of wine and finger snacks) and R30p/p on the Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
Plus, if you needed some reminding we’ve put together some of our favourite reasons to visit Cape Town in winter. Alternatively, have a look at our comprehensive overview of winter warming specials, restaurants with fireplaces and winter weekend getaways in the Western Cape. But, if you really insist on hibernating, we’ve rounded up a list of things to do indoors and online shops to get all the conveniences of life delivered to your door.
These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of August, so be sure to check out our Cape Town Events Calendar for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, 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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