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March Events in Cape Town and Surrounds
Your guide to the biggest annual events, festivals and happenings in the merry month of March
Your guide to the biggest annual events, festivals and happenings in the merry month of March
Summer may be starting to simmer down, but based on March’s smoking hot list of big annual events in the Mother City, you wouldn’t be the wiser.
From rocking music festivals and fine wining and dining to the city’s biggest sporting events, including naked (yes, you read correctly!) bikers cycling the streets, there’s a barrage of high-profile calendar highlights to look forward to! So, whether you’re as mad as the March hare about important dates or just searching for unforgettable things to do, look no further, we have all there is to see, do and experience in Cape Town during March.
What’s more, South Africa’s beloved Proteas are billed to take on Australia in a test cricket match at Sahara Park Newlands from Saturday, 1 to Wednesday, 5 March 2014. Also, don’t forget, it’s St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, and South Africa celebrates Human Right’s Day on 21 March.
2014 MARCH EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
Galileo Open Air Cinema (November 2013 – April 2014)
Wile away the midweek blues with a unique and invigorating outdoor experience at the Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from November 2013 to April 2014. 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 or the Hillcrest Quarry and see firm favourites, cult classics – like the (original) Star Wars and Back to the Future – and ultimate chick flicks, such as The Notebook, Mamma Mia 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)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2013 to April 2014 thanks to another season of annual summer sunset concerts in Cape Town’s historic botanical gardens. Each year, hordes of music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the sprawling greens. This month, patrons can enjoy a mix of performances, from the house jams of Mi Casa to the soulful tunes of Hugh Masekela. What’s more, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and pops can rest assured that their kiddies are in good hands.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za, and costs vary according to the performer; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.
Free Summer Concerts in De Waal Park (November 2013 – March 2014)
The best things in life are free, and so are these monthly Sunday shows! Back on the social calendar for a third season, the mahala Summer Concert series in De Waal Park is set to enthral locals, tourists and suburbanites alike with the sounds of top-notch Mzansi music icons and up-and-coming artists, including the likes of Freshlyground, The Rudimentals, The Rockets, Saudiq Khan and many more. Hosted in the historic inner-city recreational area, the laidback Sunday affairs take place on the third weekend of each month.
Tickets: Entry to the concerts is gratis, mahala, FREE! Click through to the event for more information.
Cape Town Gay Pride (21 February – 2 March)
Cape Town Gay Pride twirls its way into town from Friday, 21 February until Sunday, 2 March 2014 to celebrate cultural diversity and to create awareness for LGBQTI issues in South Africa and beyond. As always, the line-up is both vast and varied, with the big march and festival as main highlights. Smaller events are scheduled all around the Mother City throughout the week as well, and must-attends include Ms Cape Town Pride 2014 and a beach picnic.
Tickets: All events tickets/entry are priced separately. Please consult Capetownpride.org for information about the full programme.
Design Indaba Expo and Conference in Cape Town (26 February – 2 March)
Get ready for a design intervention! Design Indaba, the creative fandango that’s put Cape Town on the world map as a hotbed of innovation, takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Wednesday, 26 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014. Whether you’re engaging with intellectuals at the conference and simulcast or browsing bespoke wares and local goods at the expo, you’ll 100% find yourself inspired and motivated to make your mark on the city and beyond.
Tickets: Tickets are available via DesignIndaba.com or, in the case of the expo, at the venue on the day, and costs vary according to event. Click through to the event for more information.
Jazz on the Rocks Music Festival (27 February – 2 March)
Soak up the sun and the soulful sounds of local and international musicians on the undisturbed beaches of Tietiesbaai at the 2014 Jazz on the Rocks music festival from Thursday, 27 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014. Set on the protected patch of strand in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve – it’s on the border of Paternoster – the live music fiesta boasts a stage built on the rocks overlooking the sea and promises a splashing jol for even the most water-fearing jazz cats.
Tickets: Weekend passes to the festival cost R400p/p for adults and R200p/p for kids between the ages of 12 and 18 years old – little ones younger than 12 years of age get in for free. Note: patrons staying overnight must organise accommodation arrangements, as camping sites in the nature reserve are all sold out; a limited amount of tents are available via HeartbreakMotel.co.za
Big Blues Music Festival (28 February – 1 March)
Instead of dealing with huge hauls of fish and seafood, the Kleinmond Harbour is set to bring in major musical acts and performances from Friday, 28 February to Saturday, 1 March 2014 for the annual Big Blues Music Festival. Each year, the two-day fair puts top-notch local blues and jazz musicians on stage, much to the delight of fans of groovy tunes and sultry vocals. Party-goers can count on catching festival favourites like Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky, Natasha Meister and many more; plus, since the jam is family friendly, even the little ones can get down to the good vibrations.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com as well as at the gates, and costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the event for more information.
Cape Town Tattoo Convention (28 February – 2 March)
The sixth annual Cape Town Tattoo Convention is getting under the Mother City’s skin from Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 1 March 2014 from its base at the Cape Town City Hall. The much-loved lifestyle expo brings some of the best local and international skin artists together in one place, and gives body art enthusiasts the chance to get a tat or two or just glean some insight from the pros. Apart from oodles of inking, fashion and beauty vendors will be on hand and art events are scheduled throughout the convention weekend. And on the Saturday, inked-up dudes and dudettes can revel to the sounds of Van Coke Kartel, BEAST and The Very Wicked at the annual concert, which is hosted at The Assembly this year.
Tickets: Tickets to the tattoo expo are available at Capetattooconvention.co.za/buy-tickets and cost R100p/p for a day pass or R250p/p for a weekend pass. The weekend pass includes access to the Saturday night concert; otherwise, tickets for just the show cost R50p/p before 9pm and R60p/p thereafter.
Cape Town Art Fair (28 February – 2 March 2014)
The second annual Cape Town Art Fair returns to The Pavilion at the V&A Waterfront from Friday, 28 February to Sunday, 2 March 2014 for three blissful days of contemporary art viewing and buying. The family-friendly exhibition is set to wow art lovers and newbies with modern and traditional works by established and up-and-coming creatives, and since the ethos of the fair is to make art accessible for all, patrons can purchase pieces they’ve fallen in love with. This time around, 34 galleries, including some of the leading institutions in the city, will be showcasing bits and pieces of their collections.
Tickets: Tickets are available at Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets and cost R70p/p for adults and R45p/p for students with a valid student card, pensioners over 60 and children between 5 and 12 years old. Children under 4 years enter for free. Combo ticket with access to the GUILD design expo costs R120p/p for adults and R75p/p for children between 5 and 12.
The Flamjangled Tea Party (28 February – 2 March)
Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, the 2014 Flamjangled Tea Party will not take place this year. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo Cape Town (1 March)
The sexy and sophisticated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event gallops onto Val de Vie Estate in the Cape Winelands on Saturday, 1 March 2014 for a glitzy afternoon of fashion and French Champagne (and a bit of sport too). Just like its cousin events, the J&B Met and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the daytime soiree is a haute couture affair that’s more concerned about who you’re wearing than who you’re cheering for. So, be sure to turn up in your chic and glamorous best. The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo is one of only a few international polo tournaments sponsored by the premier French Champagne house, and it’s the only one of its kind on the African continent. As such, guests can expect nothing but exclusivity and extravagance at this glam affair.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets. General polo picnic tickets cost R150p/p and this price includes access to food trucks and a cash bar; VIP pavilion access costs R850p/p and this includes a canapé lunch, a glass of wine and a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
Alien Safari Masked Ball (1 – 2 March)
Embrace your inner dancing sprite at this March’s Alien Safari trance party from Saturday, 1 to Sunday, 2 March 2014. DJ all-stars, like Major7 (Israel) and Sideform (Serbia), look to keep the dance floor pumping and the feeling of playful abandon in full swing. And as in past, the massive jol descends on a secluded beach area near Gordon’s Bay that features great camping sites, a grand view and the opportunity to catch some waves between sets.
Tickets: Tickets are R300p/p pre-sale from various Cape Town outlets or online via Quicket.co.za and R320p/p at the gate. The gates will open on Saturday at 12pm. Click through to the event for more information.
The Constantia Craft Beer Project (1 – 2 March)
The second annual Constantia Craft Beer Project fair returns to the False Bay Rugby Club from Saturday, 1 to Sunday, 2 March 2014 for another dose of tasty drinks and food in a family-friendly environment. The festival celebrates micro brews and their passionate creators as well as wine and, of course, the food that pairs so well with both bevies. Revellers can sample local, national and international beers from the likes of Mitchell’s, Devil’s Peak and Rogue Ales and nibble on nosh from the Cape Town Food Trucks. This year’s fiesta also features a showcase of cars and bikes from SA HotRods and live entertainment by The Rivertones and electro outfit The Kiffness featuring vocals by Mathew Gold.
Tickets: Tickets to the beer fest cost R90p/p online via Quicket.co.za or R120p/p at the door on the day, and this price includes a complimentary tasting glass. Kids under 12 years of age get in for free. Brew Bucks, the currency used to purchase beer, wine and food at the fair, are also available via Quicket.co.za at a cost of R100 for 20 bucks. Alternatively, they can be bought at the event on the day.
Feast of the Grape (1 – 2 March)
In honour of a successful 2014 harvest, the Durbanville wine valley will, once again, host the annual Feast of the Grape wine festival at D’Aria Winery from Saturday, 1 to Sunday, 2 March 2014. The vino-themed celebration sees 12 of the region’s wine farms come together to put their best vintages forward for attendees to appreciate. Apart from showcasing top reds, whites, pinks and bubbly, the festival boasts a host of wine-themed entertainment, like grape-stomping, tutored tastings, a farming exhibition and food and wine pairing; kiddies can take part in a slew of fun things to do in the kids’ zone. The festival starts at 11am each day.
Tickets: Tickets are available from Webtickets.co.za or at the door for R50p/p, and kids younger than 12 years of age get in for free; do note that there is an entrance fee of R20p/p for the kids’ zone. Festival-goers can pick up a branded wine glass as well as 10 tasting coupons at the event on the day for an additional R50p/p.
Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Celebration (2 March)
Enjoy a grape stomping good time in Stellenbosch at the annual Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Celebration on Sunday, 2 March 2014. This annual family-friendly Cape Winelands fiesta invites visitors to witness the decades-old tradition of the baptism of the farm’s flagship 2014 Chardonnay and then taste the vintage straight from the barrel. What’s more, the wine estate has a slew of family-friendly activities on offer throughout the day, including grape stomping, tractor rides, cheetah viewing, vineyard walks and much more.
Tickets: Tickets can be booked or bought at the gate on the day for only R30p/p, and kiddies under 12 enter for free. The price includes a glass for wine tasting as well as a free sample of the 2014 Chardonnay. For more information or to book your tickets, contact the cellar on +27 (0) 21 855 1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAMfest Cape Town (6 – 9 March)
Limber up and get ready to head bang until the cows come home when the 2014 RAMfest Cape Town music festival descends on the Elandskloof Farm in Helderstroom for a mosh-pit foray from Thursday, 6 to Sunday, 9 March 2014. In honour of the four-day event’s eighth birthday, the organisers behind the fiesta have imported a string of top-notch international acts who will perform alongside Mzansi’s very own superstars. In short, get set for an alternative music celebration like no other!
Tickets: Tickets are available online via Plankton.mobi and at the gate on the day; weekend passes cost R700p/p and no day passes will be available. Ticket price includes access to all shows and the campsite.
Music Exchange (7 – 8 March)
Join fellow audiophiles and entertainers at the Music Exchange conference, a two-day indaba featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions and intensive workshops related to the music and film industries. This year’s event will be opened with an address by hip-hop artist and actor Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and also features indispensible advice from bigwigs like South African-born Hollywood composer Dr Trevor Jones and the legendary Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. Delegates will get to discuss and share ideas on issues relating to making music in Africa, multimedia distribution and rights issues, amongst others. In short, Music Exchange is not to be missed by anyone who wants to take their budding career to the next level.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets and cost R220p/p for a single-day pass or R400p/p for a two-day pass.
Cape Town Naked Bike Ride (8 March)
Bare it all on Saturday, 8 March 2014 and join cyclists in the fourth annual Cape Town Naked Bike Ride. Set to shoot off from Truth Coffee at the Prestwich Place Memorial at 10am, the peaceful, imaginative and somewhat insane cycling race seeks to create awareness around environmental issues, like harmful carbon emissions and oil dependency, and to highlight the vulnerability of cyclists on South African roads.
Tickets: Entry to the nude cycling challenge is free of charge. Cyclists meet at Truth Coffee at the Prestwich Place Memorial at 9:30am, and the ride starts promptly at 10am.
Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour (9 March)
What started out as a peaceful protest to raise awareness about the need for bicycle lanes in South Africa in 1977 has evolved into the largest individually timed cycling event in the world. Now in its 37th year, the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, which takes place this time around on Sunday, 9 March 2014, sees more than 30, 000 riders traverse a gruelling 109-km circular stretch that includes a scenic leg over the thrilling Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Tickets: Enty for the tour is closed; click through to the event for information on race pack collection if you are participating in the event. Spectators are welcome to support the cyclists.
Paarl Ommiberg ‘Round the Rock’ Festival (8 – 9 March)
Take part in the merriment and celebrate the Paarl Winelands harvest at the 2014 Ommiberg ‘Round the Rock’ Festival on Saturday, 8 and Sunday, 9 March 2014. Taking place at more than 15 venues in the region, the decentralised food and wine fiesta offers winemaking insight and entertainment for all ages. Visitors can participate in a range of harvest festival activities, sample new wines straight from the barrel, indulge in gourmet fare and relax to the sounds of live musical entertainment. What’s more, there’s an extra special amusement schedule for kiddies too, with jumping castles, slippery slides, face painting and more as part of the action.
Tickets: Tickets are available online via Webtickets.co.za and cost R80p/p; a limited amount of tickets at select estates on the day cost R100p/p. Included in the festival pass is access to the musical entertainment, selected barrel tastings and activities; select special events must be booked in advance on the day with the individual estate.
Infecting the City in Cape Town (10 – 15 March)
Discover a range of creative and innovative shows, art installations and impromptu performances in the nooks and crannies of the Mother City when the 2014 Infecting the City FREE public arts festival descends on Cape Town from Monday, 10 to Saturday, 15 March 2014. Though there are fewer acts in the line-up this year, the festival features bolder, larger pieces and more works that are the result of collaboration between local and international performers; plus, more so than ever before, the cultural fiesta relies on YOU, the audience, for the success of certain performances. Expect to be wowed by 40-odd pieces of performance art, dance, music, visual art and forms that simply defy categorisation, all of which will be performed right on the streets of Cape Town.
Tickets: Access to the festival is gratis, mahala and absolutely free of charge!
Cape Getaway Show (14 – 16 March)
Plan your great escape with the help of the holiday specialists at the Cape Getaway Show at the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West from Friday, 14 to Sunday, 16 March 2014. The popular travel, outdoors and camping exhibition features more than 200 interactive displays focused on everything from adventure getaways and high-tech camping gear to cruises and wildlife photography; there is also a host of family-friendly activities on the bill for the weekend.
Tickets: Tickets are available via the Getawayshow.co.za and at the door and cost R60p/p for adults and R35p/p for pensioners and students; kiddies under the age of 12 enter for free. Do note that senior citizens and students need to provide identification at the door to qualify for their discount. Click through to the event for more information.
SpiritFest Yoga, Dance and Music Festival (14 – 16 March)
Enliven the spirit and exercise the body and mind at the 2014 SpiritFest Yoga, Dance and Music festival at Mountain Shadows guest house in Paarl. In an effort to create a community around mindful living, the 48-hour fiesta features a jam-packed programme of healing yoga sessions, mind-clearing meditation and soul-restoring activities like dancing, swimming and hiking. What’s more, festival-goers can browse through handcrafted goodies from vendors, take in the thought-provoking art installations and enjoy feel-good food and drink from the local organic producers. Kids are more than welcome too, and there’s even a special SpiritKids programme to keep these little ones happy.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R450p/p for an adult weekend pass (R550p/p at the gate) and R300p/p for a Sunday pass. Kids aged between 11 and 16 years pay R150p/p, and unfortunately, tickets for kids under the age of 10 are sold out.Festival-goers are welcome to bring their own 2- to 3-person tent and set up camp. Tent permits cost a mere R10.
SA Navy Festival in Simon’s Town (14 – 16 March)
Join in the fun and festivities at the annual South African Navy Festival in the seaside village of Simon’s Town from Friday, 14 to Sunday, 16 March 2014. The family- and kid-friendly event gives the general 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 national waters safe and sound. Revelers 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.
Tickets: Access to this event is FREE!
Cape Town Carnival (15 March)
Get ready to shake your tail feathers and dance the night away when Mardi Gras and Ubuntu converge into one big, Mother City-sized party on Saturday, 15 March 2014. That’s right, the 2014 Cape Town Carnival floats back into town on a bed of confetti and fun. Gallivanting all the way down Somerset Road along the Fan Walk, this colourful procession regales spectators with vibrant music, dance and costumes – and this time around, over 2000 entertainers are expected to participate. The parade starts at 7:30pm, and this year’s theme is ’Imagine’, so the possibilities are endless!
Tickets: Access to this event is free, but if you’d like an exclusive experience, VIP tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R600p/p.
Cape Fight League 06 (15 March)
Get ready for a knock-out show of toned bodies and mixed martial arts (MMA) skill at the 2014 Cape Fight League 06 at the Sunningdale Sports Club in Table View on Saturday, 15 March 2014. The night of raw determination and world-class fight entertainment pits pro and amateur contenders against each other in a cage scenario. Fifteen head-to-heads are scheduled, and it goes without saying that landing jaw-shattering blows and calculated kicks is the order of the evening.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets as well as at the gate on the day and costs range from R100p/p to R150p/p for unreserved seating; VIP seats ring in at R200p/p. Show starts at 6pm and runs until midnight.
Rare Plant Fair (15 March)
Horticulturists, avid gardeners and lovers of all things green are in for a real treat at the 2014 Rare Plant Fair at the Rustenburg Wine Estate in the tranquil Ida’s Valley near Stellenbosch on Saturday, 15 March 2014. The fair features close to 40 professional and amateur specialist growers selling rare and beautiful bulbs, orchids, irises, and indigenous and exotic plants that will surely get the green thumbs up. Attendees are also invited to take stroll around the estate’s lusciously looked after garden and sip some tea under the giant oak trees. Side stalls will have everything one needs to tend to their own patch of green.
Tickets: Tickets to the Rare Plant Fair cost just R10p/p and are available on the day at the venue.
Wellington Wine Harvest Festival (15 – 16 March)
Wine, dine and celebrate the end of the grape season at the 2014 Wellington Wine Harvest Festival on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 March 2014. Split into two days and hosted at a number of venues in the Boland Winelands, this decentralised event offers guests a wide variety of activities, entertainment, food and, most importantly, wines to choose from. On Saturday, 15 March, eager attendees can opt for traditional fare and games at the New Fashioned Boere Bazaar at the Diemersfontein Wine Estate, a laidback food and wine pairing affair at the Bosman Family Vineyards or some raucous fun at the Wilder as die Wildtuinevent (it runs for two days) at the Welbedacht Estate. What’s more, on Sunday, 16 March, ticket-holders can check out the individual participating wine estates and enjoy FREE wine tastings, discounts and specials as part of the annual Wine Crawl Sunday.
Tickets: Tickets cost R100p/p and are available online via Webtickets.co.za or at the venues on the day; they include a tasting glass, an event programme, a map and access to Saturday and Sunday’s activities. Do note that food and extra drinks are for patrons’ own account.
Parklife Music Festival (20 March)
What could be a better way to welcome the long Human Rights Day weekend than with an evening spent in the majestic Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden being serenaded by world class musicians? Experience just that at the third Parklife Music Festival on Thursday, 20 March 2014, which welcomes Scottish singer-songwriter Kt Tunstall and surf-rock Californian Donavon Frankenreiter to the stage. The international acts will be joined by local musos. Audiences are encouraged to pack picnic baskets with snacks and drinks and to bring an extra bit of gees for this increasingly popular outdoor jol.
Tickets: Tickets for the Parklife Music Festival in Cape Town are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R295p/p during early bird sales and R345p/p thereafter.
Cape Town We Are One Colour Festival (21 March)
Get ready for mischief and mayhem: the Cape Town We Are One Colour Festival (formerly known as the Holi One Colour Festival) returns for a second year to paint the Mother City’s skyline a rainbow of colours on Friday, 21 March 2014 (it's Human Rights Day). After a successful inaugural do in Cape Town in 2013, the carnival of paint powder erupts for a vibrant summer celebration with its first ever international headliner, American house DJ Felix da Housecat, and a new sizzling line-up of local acts. Revellers are encouraged to dress in white once again and rejoice in their love for music, art and dance at this pumping outdoor jol.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R190p/p for entry and no paint powder; R290p/p will get you entry and five coloured powders. Powders will also be available at the venue on the day at an extra cost.
ABSA Cape Epic MTB Challenge (23 – 30 March)
Adrenaline junkies and mountain biking (MTB) enthusiasts, listen up! The 2014 ABSA Cape Epic MTB Challenge is set kick up the dust from Sunday, 23 to Sunday, 30 March 2014. The challenge sees 1200 professional and amateur riders traversing 718km, including 14,850m of mountain climbing, as they make their way from the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville through Robertson, Greyton, Elgin and to Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.
Tickets: Entries for the 2014 race are closed, but eager participants can take advantage of the early-bird entries for the 2015 race, which open at 3pm on Sunday, 31 March 2014.
Lambertsbaai Kreeffees (Lambert’s Bay Crayfish Festival) (21 – 23 March)
Mzansi’s crayfish mecca along the West Coast hauls out masses of crustaceans for another finger-licking 2014 Lambertsbaai Kreeffees (Lambert’s Bay Crayfish Festival) at the local caravan park from Friday, 21 to Sunday, 23 March 2014. Located just two hour’s drive from the Mother City, this quaint fishing village springs to life this March with its annual celebration of seafood, music, activities and West Coast culture.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets and at the gate on the day; costs vary according to the day. Click through to the event for more information.
ATKV Oesfees (22 March)
The 2014 ATKV Oesfees (formerly the Franschhoek Oesfees) dances its way onto the March calendar to, once again, celebrate the end of the grape harvest, local music, the culture of the Boland and good ol’ fashioned Kaapsekos at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate on Saturday, 22 March 2014. This 12-hour soiree also pays homage to the farm workers who made the harvest possible, and appropriately, there’s something on the bill for everyone. Headline acts include the likes of Albert Frost, Karen Zoid, Loukmaan Adams, Theuns Jordaan, and many more.
Tickets: Tickets can be pre-booked at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate office or online via Plankton.mobi for R130p/p. A limited amount of tickets will also be available at the gate on the day and cost R150p/p. Children under the age of 12 years pay R30p/p; cost includes access to the kiddies play area. Little ones younger than the age of 2 years enter for free.
Earth Hour in Cape Town (29 March)
Do your part this March and participate in the 2014 Earth Hour in Cape Town on Saturday, 29 March 2014. This global environmental initiative calls on ordinary people to take a stand against climate change by turning off all non-essential lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. The grassroots movement was started by World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Australia, where 2.2 million residents in Sydney turned off their lights for an hour. To date, more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide have taken part in this worthy cause. Cape Town was crowned South Africa’s Earth Hour capital early in February 2014 thanks to its efforts at addressing climate change; thus, much is expected of Mother City residents.
Tickets: Admission to this event is free!
Free Cape Town Jazz Festival Concert (26 March)
If you weren’t able to secure tickets for the 2014 Cape Town International Jazz Festival or you just want to catch a glimpse of what’s in store at the annual musical calendar highlight, then don’t miss out on the FREE Cape Town Jazz Concert at Greenmarket Square on Wednesday, 26 March 2014. The mahala Mother City show features a heady line-up of both international and local acts.
Tickets: Access to this event is FREE!
Cape Town International Jazz Festival (28 – 29 March)
The Mother City gears up to host hordes of music lovers and audiophiles at the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the 15th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival from Friday, 28 to Saturday, 29 March 2014. Billed as the grandest gathering of jazz maestros on the continent, the much-anticipated celebration features international sensations, local icons and up-and-coming talent. This year, Erykah Badu headlines the event, and notables, like Abdullah Ibrahim, Tasha’s World and Shakatak, are set to make appearances as well.
Tickets: Tickets for this musical affair are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and costs vary according to ticket type. Do note that there is a strict no pass-out policy, meaning ticket holders will not be able to leave and enter the venue at will. Click through to the event for more information.
K-Day Music Festival (29 March)
Catch many of Mzansi’s top local performers all under one sky at the annual K-Day Music Festival on Saturday, 29 March 2014 at Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch. Brought to you by 94.5 Kfm and MTN, the outdoor fiesta features a super hot line-up of South Africa’s number one acts, including the likes of Prime Circle, GoodLuck, Mi Casa and Die Heuwels Fantasties. Revellers can bring their own picnic baskets or feast on the goodies available from the on-site food stalls. Plus, with a beer tent for the thirsty and a kiddies’ play area for the little ones, it’s bound to be an extra awesome day for the entire family.
Tickets: Tickets cost R180p/p for adults and R80p/p for children between the ages of 3 and 12 years; little ones under the age of 3 enter for free. Tickets are available online via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets.
ABSA KKNK Festival (29 March – 5 April)
For the 20th time, the ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (better known as the KKNK) serves up a smorgasbord of stellar Afrikaans arts and culture, concerts, exhibitions and theatrical performances in Oudtshoorn for an eight-day period. This year, the creative cornucopia features a staggering 150 acts and sees a number of festival regulars and renowned actors, like Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers, Shaleen Surtie-Richards and more, take to the stage.
Tickets: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets; performances are individually prices and ticket costs range from free to R700p/p.
Val de Vie Cup of Nations Invitational Polo Classic (29 March)
Join in the festivities and rub shoulders with society’s elite at the 2014 Cup of Nations Invitational Polo Classic at the exclusive Val de Vie wine estate in Paarl on Saturday, 29 March 2014. Watch as the South African polo team takes on Pakistan, the Netherlands and England in this riveting competition. The equestrian event also treats attendees to local entertainment, gourmet fare, shopping activations and a sleek car show, and guests can expect to mingle with the bold and beautiful style icons of Mzansi.
Tickets: Tickets for this elite sporting event are available via Valdevie.co.za and cost R380p/p; this price includes access to the event, a light canapé lunch and two glasses of Val de Vie wine.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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