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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!
The end of winter is within plain sight: it’s four more wet and windy weeks until the sun comes out to play. That being said, there is no reason to let August’s 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.
You could, for example, 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.
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).
2017 AUGUST EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
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 markets worth a visit.
COST: While it’s FREE (and fun) to watch the whales, certain activities are individually priced. Click through for more information.
ABSA PREMIERSHIP SOCCER LEAGUE (AUG - MAY)
The ABSA PSL is back in our lives once again this August! The teams are ready, the schedule is up to date, the coaches are rearing to go and, most importantly, the fans need some serious soccer in their lives. Back your local teams, Cape Town City and Ajax Cape Town, as they take on some of the biggest names in South African football from their home ground; the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point. We’ll have all the details on the matches, so subscribe to our newsletter for all the info you need to bag those tickets before they go!
COST: Tickets for all the matches are available online now at Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets countrywide. The tickets range in price from R40p/p to R120p/p depending on where you want to sit. For more information, check out our PSL Fixtures Overview.
ROBERTSON SLOW FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL (4 – 6 AUGUST)
Win(e)d down and take it easy at the 2017 Robertson Slow Food and Wine Festival from Friday, 4 to Sunday, 6 August 2017. 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 and 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 R700p/p.
HERMANUS WINE AND FOOD FAIR (11 – 12 AUGUST)
The entire family will have a whale of a time at one of South Africa’s top 10 wine festivals.From Friday, 11 to Saturday, 12 August 2017, take a trip along our coast to the Hermanus Wine and Festival Fair. This ultimate indulgence 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 event, via Computicket.com, or at Computicket outlets and cost between R50p/p and R170p/p for a ticket and tastings. Children under the age of 12 enter for free.
KLEIN KAROO KLASSIQUE (11 – 13 AUGUST)
The eighth annual Klein Karoo Klassique settles in for another weekend of classical music, food and art in Oudtshoorn from Friday, 11, to Sunday, 13 August 2017. This year the music programme reads like an all-star list of top South African classical performers. 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.
OPEN DESIGN FESTIVAL (13 – 25 AUGUST)
Prepare your senses for the immersive experience that is the 2017 Open Design Festival Cape Town. This 13-day extravaganza is set to pop up at City Hall and across the Mother City from Sunday, 13 to Friday, 25 August 2017. 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.
HQ’S DARE TO SHARE CHARITY DINNER (16 AUGUST)
The fourth annual collaboration between HQ Restaurant and Dare to Share, a local charity organisation, is taking place on Wednesday, 16 August 2017. The event kicks off at 7pm, and guests will be handed a delicious welcome cocktail on arrival. The dress code for the evening is formal (suits, heels and dresses) and the menu sounds delicious; a salad, a steak and a delectable dessert. You can contribute to a very worthy cause by having a sensational evening at one of Cape Town’s trendiest restaurants.
COST: You can make a booking with HQ directly by contacting the organisers on +27 (0)21 424 6373 or send an email to them; firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of this experience is R395p/p. The event starts at 7pm.
CAPE WINEMAKERS GUILD AUCTION SHOWCASE (17 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 appreciation association. That’s why the Cape Winemakers Guild (CWG) is hosting its annual showcase on Thursday, 17 August 2017 at the CTICC, which will allow wine lovers to taste the best in South Africa and to decide, ahead of time, which wines they want to bid on in October. The Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust seeks to sustain the health of the wine industry by educating, training and empowering young talent through initiatives such as the Protégé Programme, a highly acclaimed mentorship scheme for upcoming winemakers and viticulturists.
COST: Tickets for this event are available online at Webtickets.co.za, and are retailing for R300p/p. The showcase starts at 6pm so be sure to bring your best wine-appreciating friends.
FLOWER SHOWS IN THE WESTERN CAPE (25 AUGUST - 2 SEPTEMBER)
With spring on the horizon, the hills of Clanwilliam (25 August – 2 September) and Hopefield (24 – 27 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 gardener looking to slow down and sniff the flowers.
Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show (25 August – 2 September 2017)
Hopefield Fynbos Show (24 – 27 August 2017)
THYS DU TOIT MEMORIAL HOPEFIELD MTB CHALLENGE (26 AUGUST)
Officially known as the Thys du Toit Memorial Challenge, the Hopefield MTB Challenge wheels its way back onto the cycling calendar on Saturday, 26 August 2017 in conjunction with the Hopefield Fynbos Show. The event promises 92km, 53km, 30km and 12km 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.
COST: Entries cost between R150p/p and R320p/p depending on route you choose.
SUNFLOWER TRANCE FESTIVAL (26 - 27 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 2017 takes its place as the season’s opening party and what a way to get it started! Headliners include Vini Vici, Nok, Sesto Sento, Mandragora, and Deliriant (to name a few). This epic two day party is just what you need to shake off the winter blues and say hello to the sun once again.
COST: Tickets are available online at Computicket.com for R460p/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).
BLISTERS FOR BREAD (27 AUGUST)
Blisters for Bread, one of Cape Town’s most loved charity events, is back in 2017 for their 49th edition. The event works on the premise that each runner (or walker) will pay their R50 entrance fee and that R50 will feed 20 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 through to our event page and get started on your application.
COST: Each entry is priced at R50p/p, which will feed 20 hungry children in need..
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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