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June Events in Cape Town and Surrounds

Dispel those winter blues with hot and happening annual events this June!

It’s June and winter is here! The wind is nippier and the cold more biting, but that shouldn’t deter you from having a jol at any of Cape Town’s countless happenings.

Throw on your coat and head off to Hermanus for a whale of a time, head out to Knysna to shuck a few oysters or take in some intellectual material at the annual doccie festival, and if that’s not your bag, catch some laughs at the Mother City’s very own hilarious funny fiesta!

Don’t forget, it’s Youth Day on Thursday, 16 June (tip: take off the Friday for a super long weekend); if you can’t figure out how to spend the extra time off, check out our overview of things to do this Youth Day.

It’s also Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June (19 June). We’ve picked out some cool Father’s Day gift ideas and put together a guide on how to spoil your pops this Dad’s Day in Cape Town.

2016 EVENTS IN JUNE

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTIES (APR – OCT) 
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.

CAPE TOWN BIG BAND JAZZ FESTIVAL (1 - 4 JUNE)
Get your fix of the Mother City's swinging talent at the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival, which takes place from Wednesday, 1 to Saturday, 4 June 2016. This musical delight will provide young aspiring musicians with an opportunity to play in front of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience.  The aim of the annual jazz celebration, which is now in its 18th year, is to give players in schools, colleges and community bands the chance hone their talents and encourage career-building development through education, as well as to sponsor and fund a number of school-based music programmes.

COST: Tickets to the jazz festival cost R100p/p per day, or R350p/p for a four-day pass. Students and pensioners pay R50p/p.

KAMERS VOL GESKENKE POP-UP MARKET (1 – 5 JUNE)
South Africa's beloved craft market, Kamers Vol Geskenke (rooms filled with gifts), or simply Kamers, puts down roots at the historic Castle of Good Hope from Wednesday, 1, to Sunday, 5 June 2016. In collaboration with the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), this creative affair will showcase the best of Mzansi’s handcrafted and uniquely designed goods. Visitors can look forward to everything from home décor and wedding party ideas to designer fashion and accessories. What’s more, patrons can stock up on lekker huiskos and clock in a day of inspiration.

COST: Tickets for the craft market are available at the gate on the day and cost R70p/p.

ENCOUNTERS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (2 – 12 JUN)
It’s that time of the year again, docu-lovers. Encounters, the South African International Documentary Film Festival, returns from Thursday, 2 to Sunday, 12 June 2016 with a showcase of films from around the world. If you’re mad about movies then this is a must on your calendar. This year’s selection includes prize-winning flicks, award-nominated work and various world-class premieres.

COST: The Cape Town leg of the film festival screens at the Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront and The Labia. Tickets are available via Cinemanouveau.co.za and Webtickets as well as at the Labia’s box office.Tickets cost R50p/p.

WACKY WINE WEEKEND (2 – 5 JUN)  
Get ready for a wild and wonderful wine experience at the Robertson Valley Wacky Wine Weekend from Thursday, 2, until Sunday, 5 June 2016. The wondrous weekend event is back again, with a fantastic facelift and a focus on the area’s wonderful wines and the stories behind the bottles. From budding vintners and casual vino drinkers to families looking for kid-friendly to-dos, everyone can find something to enjoy thanks to the jam-packed line-up of activities put together by the region’s 40 participating wineries and venues. Grape stomping, winemaker guided tastings, cellar tours, play parks, homemade farm cuisine, fun runs and bike challenges are all on the bill for what promises to be a wild and very wacky weekend along Route 62.

COST: Tickets are available from Webtickets.co.za and cost R150p/p for a weekend pass, which includes access to the wineries, with six free wine tasting coupons per winery. A number of the activities at the various estates will be free unless stated otherwise.

OLD MUTUAL TROPHY WINE SHOW PUBLIC TASTING (3 JUN) 
For one night only (Friday, 3 June), you can sip, swirl and sample some of South Africa’s sterling vintages at the 2016 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show public tasting event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). Known as one of the country’s most respected national wine competitions, the showcase gives ordinary folk the rare opportunity to discover and sample some of the very best vinos from more than 30 wine categories, including everything from MCCs and Sauvignon Blanc to Pinotage and Port (and a few more in-between).

COST: Tickets for the wine show are available via Computicket.com, at Computicket outlets and at the door on the night. Tickets cost R165p/p before Monday, 30 May 2016, after which they will cost R190p/p. Click through to the event for more information.

SOUP, SIP AND BREAD WINTER FEAST (3 - 5 JUN) 
Tuck into a vast variety of hearty homemade soups perfectly paired with signature wines at the 2016 Sip, Soup and Bread Winter Feast from Friday, 3 until Sunday, 5 June 2016 in the Durbanville Winelands. Twelve of the region’s wine farms invite locals to spend the weekend indulging in hearty broths, chowders and freshly baked artisan breads while soaking up live entertainment at this annual shindig. Enjoy a wallet-friendly warming weekend in Cape Town’s most proximal wine region, put your feet up at the fireplace and partake in some of the activities available at select estates.

COST: Each winery’s offering is individually priced. For more information or to book, contact each venue directly.

HERMANUS FYNARTS (5 – 16 JUN) 
Hermanus FynArts is an all-encompassing arts and culture festival with a programme packed with visual arts, literature, music and award-winning food and wine. The fair runs from Friday, 10 to Sunday, 19 June 2016 and takes over the quaint coastal town with exciting exhibitions, musical performances, talks covering everything from ceramics to photography as well as a number of workshops for aspiring artists and cooks as well as fun activities for little ones. It’s also a festival of food and film: guests can attend everything from wine pairings to screenings of vintage Hollywood movies. At Hermanus FynArts, there’s definitely something for everyone. 

COST: Tickets are available from Webtickets.co.za. Events are priced and ticketed individually – go to Hermanusfynarts.co.za for programming and scheduling details.

THE WEDDING EXPO (11 – 12 JUN) 
If you’re a bride or groom hoping to survive the pressure-filled wedding planning process then this is one event you can’t afford to miss! With a vast array of stalls from the top vendors in the country, this exhibition at the CTICC boasts everything from planners, to photographers, florists, fashion designers, teeth whiteners, hair stylists, stationers and more! It’s your one stop shop to get all the planning out of the way for your big day.

COST: Tickets are available online via Ticketpro.co.za or at the entrance on the day. They cost R80p/p online and R100p/p at the gate, and children between the ages of two and ten pay R30p/p. 

TASTE THE HELDERBERG WINE SHOW (15 JUN) 
Sample fine vino and hearty fare at the 2016 Taste the Helderberg food and wine show at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. The one-night wine and dine event promises to showcase the Stellenbosch sub-region’s finest vintages and gourmet cuisine as well as giving patrons the rare opportunity to chat to the winemakers of the Helderberg area. More specifically, over 100 wines will be on offer, and many of the area’s top restaurants have prepared signature dishes to go with the tastings. 

COST: Tickets can be pre-booked or bought at the door and cost a mere R100p/p; wine tasting samples and a branded tasting glass are included in the ticket price. Click through to the event for more information.

DELHEIM WILD MUSHROOM HUNT (16 & 17 JUN, 1 & 2 JUL)
Fungi fanatics will once again descend on Delheim Estate in Stellenbosch for the ever-popular annual Wild Mushroom Hunt. Under the guidance of winery co-owner Nora Sperling-Thiel and the ‘Mushroom Guru’ himself, Gary Goldman, guests will get to forage in the estate’s secret woodlands for pine-rings and porcinos after an interesting and informative talk on edible and inedible wild ‘shrooms'. Afterwards, hunters get treated to a buffet featuring the earthen delicacies and Delheim wine. 

COST: The mushroom hunt is an extremely popular event and there are limited bookings available; tickets cost R650p/p and the event starts at 10am. 

WINTER FESTIVAL WEEKEND IN CALITZDORP (16 - 19 JUN) 
Road trip down Route 62 for a food and wine fiesta in the beautiful Klein Karoo. The 2016 Winter Festival runs from Thursday, 16, until Sunday, 19 June 2016, with a jam-packed itinerary across the weekend. Attendees can sip and swirl some of the country’s finest fortified wines from Calitzdorp cellars while sampling hearty homemade fare from local producers. Apart from food and wine, this year’s celebration introduces brand new additions as well as offering visitors a slew of premier foodie events, a street party, choir concerts, sun-downers, the famed Draadkarretjie (home-made cars) Competition, live music performances, historical and art meanders, kiddies’ entertainment and so much more. 

COST: Tickets for individual events vary in price – for more information please emailinfo@calitzdorpwinterfestival.co.za. Click through to the event for more information.

NAPIER PATATFEES (17 – 19 JUN)
The annual patatfees brings the sleepy Overberg town of Napier to life from Friday, 17 June to Sunday, 19 June 2016 for a weekend of fun and action-filled activities for both young and old to enjoy. Though the main highlights include an adventurous mountain bike challenge and a 21-km half marathon, festival attendees can also take it easy at the restaurants offering sweet potato-themed specials or on an art ramble featuring works by local artists. Visitors will also get a kick out of the scarecrows, which line the streets as part of a competition to find the best (or craziest) one. Not to mention, cooks can show off their skills at the potjiekos contest. The live music and kids’ entertainment means everyone in the family can have a good time, and of course, the fine wines, local beers and sweet potatoes will remind festival-goers why Napier’s popularity keeps growing. 

COST: 
Entry into the Napier Patatfees is sweet nothing or in other words, FREE! Click through to the event for more information.

SNOEK AND PATATFEES IN GOEDVERWACHT (25 JUN)
The annual West Coast food fest is back this year with more food and fish than ever. Whether you're a fish lover or not, this festival is definitely for your inner foodie. Not only will there be a smorgasbord of yummy treats, there will also be live music from some lekker local bands, and bags of entertainment for the kids. Started in 2001, this annual festival serves to celebrate the snoek season, and have a good time all round!

COST: If you're an adult, a ticket will cost you R80p/p. Kids under three years gain entrance for free, and kids between ages three and eighteen are charged R30p/p. Go and enjoy the picturesque 0West Coast that will make your eyes and your belly happy!

GORDON’S BAY WINTER WONDERLAND FESTIVAL (24 JUNE - 18 JULY)
Winter is upon us, and there is no better place than Gordon’s Bay to enjoy the cold. The annual Winter Wonderland Festival is back in Gordon’s Bay this year, with the Festival of Lights promising to be bigger and better than ever before. The festival starts on Friday, 24 June 2016 and draws to a sad end on Monday, 18 July 2016. The Carnival Weekend is now a plural, with Gordon’s Bay giving you two opportunities to enjoy the spectacular festivities and atmosphere that only this event can provide. Dress up nice and warm, take a loved one (or seven) with you, and enjoy the picturesque twinkly lights that engulf the entire town!
COST: Access to the festival is free, but certain events are separately priced. Click through to the event for more information.

CHRISTMAS IN WINTER IN TULBAGH (25 – 26 JUN) 
This town, just an hour and a half from Cape Town, takes its Christmas in Winter festival seriously and offers visitors the ultimate wonderland experience. So, from Saturday, 25 to Sunday 26 June 2016, the village will be decked out in yuletide lights and decor, with restaurants, bars and museums all getting involved and keeping the chills at bay with special concerts, Christmas–inspired menus and plenty of glühwein. Of course, Father Christmas makes an appearance to hand out sweets to delighted little boys and girls and to make sure adults have a merry time as well. Needless to say, a visit to the charming town for this ho-ho-holiday weekend will undoubtedly have everyone feeling the seasonal spirit. 

COST: 
Tickets for the festival will be available on the day at the Tulbagh Tourism office, and cost R60p/p or R80p/p if you want a wine-tasting glass. Children under the age of 12 get in for free. All tickets are valid for both days of the festival.


These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of June, so be sure to check out our events section 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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