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March Events in Cape Town & Surrounds
Get into the party spirit and celebrate the last rays of the summer sun at the biggest annual events, festivals and fairs the Mother City has to offer
Get into the party spirit and celebrate the last rays of the summer sun at the biggest annual events, festivals and fairs the Mother City has to offer
Summer may be starting to simmer down, but based on March’s smoking hot list of big annual events in Cape Town, you wouldn’t be the wiser.
From weekend-long 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.
2015 MARCH EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN & 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 each 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.
HORSE RACES AT THE KENILWORTH RACECOURSE (NOV 2014 – MAR 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.
HOPE@PAUL CLUVER SUMMER FESTIVAL (NOV 2014 – MAR 2015)
Support the Thembalitsha Foundation and enjoy top tunes, theatre, comedy and cinema at the Hope @ Paul Cluver Summer Festival in the Elgin Valley wine estate’s magical forest amphitheatre from November 2014 to March 2015. This season’s line-up will no doubt keep patrons enthralled and is set to feature a lovable kids’ theatre festival this month. Bring along a picnic, some cushions and blankets and make yourself comfortable for an outdoor experience like no other. All profits from the tickets sales will be donated to the Thembalitsha Foundation, a non-profit organisation that uplifts impoverished communities in the area.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets, and costs range from R100p/p to R300p/p. Click through to the event 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 a mix of high-profile performances by the likes of Goldfish, Mi Casa, Johnny Clegg and more. Not to mention, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and pops can rest assured that their kiddies are in good hands.
COST: 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.
DESIGN INDABA EXPO, CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN (20 FEB – 1 MAR)
Get ready for a design intervention! The 2015 Design Indaba festival, 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) and a few subsidiary venues from Friday, 20 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015. From engaging with intellectuals at the conference and simulcast and browsing bespoke wares and local goods at the expo to boogying to edgy beats at the music circuit and seeing design-inspired flicks at the film festival, you will find yourself 100% inspired and motivated to make your mark on the city and beyond.
COST: Tickets are available via DesignIndaba.com or, in some cases, at the venue on the day, and costs vary according to event. Click through to the event for more information.
GUILD INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FAIR (25 FEB – 1 MAR)
The 2015 GUILD International Design Fair, which is billed as Africa’s first global design festival, returns to Cape Town at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront from Wednesday, 25 February until Sunday, 1 March 2015 to showcase the work of some of the world’s foremost creatives and galleries. After a successful inaugural event in 2014, this year’s GUILD looks to tell a tale of African design through collaborations between local and international designers. Not to mention, twin designers the Haas Brothers will debut their latest exhibit, Afreaks, while renowned South African-born artist Kendell Geer will have his first design showcase on Mzansi soil. Plus, there will also be food and drink vendors on site, so visitors can fill up on yummy nosh, bubbly or ice-cold beer while drinking in the design inspiration.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets, and costs range from R50p/p to R80p/p; kiddies younger than 12 years of age get in for free! Click through to the event for more information.
JAZZ ON THE ROCKS MUSIC FESTIVAL (26 FEB – 1 MAR)
Soak up the sun and the soulful sounds of local and international musicians on the undisturbed beaches of Tietiesbaai at the Jazz on the Rocks music festival from Thursday, 26 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015. 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.
COST: Costs for the campsites vary according to proximity to the stage and weekend passes are priced at R600p/p and do not include accommodation. Click through to the event for more information.
ALIEN SAFARI MASQUED BALL (28 FEB – 1 MAR)
Embrace your inner dancing sprite at 2015’s first Alien Safari trance party, which runs from Saturday, 28 February to Sunday, 1 March 2015. DJ all-stars, like D-Addiction (Israel), Aphid Moon, Jay OM (UK) and Anestetic (Portugal), 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.
COST: Tickets cost R320p/p and are available from various Cape Town outlets or online via Quicket.co.za (do note that there is also a vehicle levy). Gates will open on Saturday at 10am. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE TOWN TATTOO CONVENTION (27 FEB – 1 MAR)
Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, the 2015 Cape Town Tattoo Convention will not take place this year. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
EIKENDAL WEINTAUFE HARVEST CELEBRATION (1 MARCH)
Enjoy a grape-stomping good time in Stellenbosch at the 2015 Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Celebration on Sunday, 1 March 2015. This annual family-friendly Cape Winelands fiesta invites visitors to witness the decades-old tradition of the baptism of the farm’s flagship Chardonnay and to 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. Not to mention, the vino-themed to-do will also feature mouth-watering market fare from the Cucina di Giovanni restaurant, which has made its new home at the Eikendal Wine Estate.
COST: Tickets can be booked or bought at the gate on the day for only R40p/p, and kiddies under 12 enter for free. The price includes a glass for wine tasting as well as a free sample of the 2015 Chardonnay. Click through to the event for more information.
RAMFEST CAPE TOWN (5 – 8 MAR)
Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, the 2015 RAMfest Cape Town will not take place this year. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
PAARL OMMIBERG ‘ROUND THE ROCK’ FESTIVAL (7 MAR)
The Paarl OmmiBerg ‘Round the Rock’ Festival invites wine and food lovers to come celebrate the harvest season on Saturday, 7 March 2015 with a day jam-packed with wine tastings that feature the region’s 2015 young wines before they’ve been filtered (an exclusive treat as cellars in Paarl are usually closed during this time). Festival-goers can cruise from one venue to another (there are 13 in total) and not only sample these fledgling vinos but also take in a myriad of grape-themed activities, live entertainment, the vibey atmosphere and more. The decentralised food and wine fiesta also offers a wide range of culinary delights (each farm will have a different offering) as well as exciting things to do for little ones and teens.
COST: Tickets are available online via Webtickets.co.za and cost R100p/p; tickets will also be available at participating estates on the day, and those cost R120p/p. Children under the age of 18 enter for free. Click through to the event for more information on pre-booked events and the full programme.
CAPE TOWN NAKED BIKE RIDE (7 MAR)
Bare it all on Saturday, 7 March 2015 and join cyclists in the 2015 Cape Town Naked Bike Ride. Set to shoot off from Truth Coffee at the Prestwich Place Memorial at around 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. This year, participants are invited to take part on any human-powered vehicles, like unicycles, rollerblades or skates, scooters, wheelchairs, prams and more.
COST: Entry to the nude cycling challenge is free of charge. Cyclists meet at Truth Coffee at the Prestwich Place Memorial from around 10am.
LOVE AND LIGHT TRANCE PARTY IN PAARL (7 MAR)
Sometimes all you need is one great day of hitting slick groovies and thunderous beats. Thus, the 12-hour Love and Light trance party in Paarl is the perfect occasion to get a dose of summertime stomping fun. Sounding off at the Nelson’s Creek Wine Estate on Saturday, 7 March 2015, this mini trance fiesta makes for a great day out in the Cape Winelands without revellers having to worry about dragging along gear and camping in the sweltering heat. Instead, they get to jam the day away to top international DJs, like Ace Ventura by Yoni Oshrat, Zyce, DJ Emok and Critical Choice, and enjoy the mountain views at this picturesque Paarl wine farm. The one-day stomp-fest will also have food and drink stalls to keep the energy going.
COST: Tickets for the Love and Light trance party cost R300p/p and are available online via AfterHours.NuTickets.co.za/LoveandLight2 and at select retail outlets. Do note that NO tickets will be sold at the gate. Click through to the event for more information.
VEUVE CLICQUOT MASTERS POLO CAPE TOWN (7 MAR)
The sexy and sophisticated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo event gallops onto Val de Vie Estate in the Cape Winelands on Saturday, 7 March 2015 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.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets. Picnic tickets cost R150p/p, VIP access costs R850p/p and VVIP tickets cost R3500p/p; picnic tickets will also be available at the gate on the day. Click through to the event for more information.
BARLEYCORN MUSIC FESTIVAL (7 MARCH)
One of the oldest music festivals around – it was founded in 1980 – this institution has provided a platform for some of the hottest South African acts of the past few decades, and now avid live music fans can check out some present-day favourites at the 34th Barleycorn Music Festival as it moves to the Baxter Theatre for the first time on Saturday, 7 March 2015. This year the sizzling line-up features blues guitarist Albert Frost, indie folk duo Digby and the Lullaby as well as favourites from the Barleycorn Music Club’s Live Music Monday nights. In short, it’s bound to be a fun night out for anyone who enjoys good tunes, good vibes and seeing live music at its finest.
COST: Tickets for the festival are available online from Computicket.com and from various Computicket outlets. Entry to the event costs between R80p/p and R100p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE FIGHT LEAGUE (7 MAR)
Adrenaline, fitness and mixed martial arts come to a head when this MMA and kickboxing tournament roundhouse kicks into the Mother City. The next much-anticipated Cape Fight League heats up the Sunningdale Sports Complex in Table View on Saturday, 7 March 2015 with over 20 high-octane battles. Catch seasoned pro fighters go head-to-head in title matches or cheer on amateurs trying their best to emerge victorious. A must-see for anyone who participates in MMA or enjoys adrenaline-pumping antics!
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets as well as at the door on the day. Entry ranges between R100p/p and R200p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR (8 MAR)
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 38th year, the Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly The Argus) takes place on Sunday, 8 March 2015 and 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.
COST: Entries for the tour opened on Friday, 26 September 2014; click through to the event for information on fees and race pack collection. Spectators are welcome to support the cyclists at pre-determined points.
INFECTING THE CITY IN CAPE TOWN (9 – 14 MAR)
Discover a range of creative and innovative shows, art installations and impromptu performances in the nooks and crannies of the Mother City when the 2015 Infecting the City FREE public arts festival descends on Cape Town from Monday, 9 to Saturday, 14 March 2015. This year’s programme has been segmented into themes and includes topics like Ways of Belonging, What We Deserve, Exorcising the Ghosts and many more. Expect to be wowed by more than 40 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.
COST: Access to the festival is gratis, mahala and absolutely free of charge!
CAPE GETAWAY SHOW (13 – 15 MAR)
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, 13 to Sunday, 15 March 2015. 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 great giveaways; there is also a host of family-friendly activities on the bill for the weekend.
COST: Tickets are available via the Getawayshow.co.za and at the door on the day and cost between R35p/p and R70p/p depending on age and point of purchase; kids under the age of 12 get in 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.
RARE PLANT FAIR (14 MAR)
Due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, the 2015 Rare Plant Fair will not take place this year. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
WELLINGTON WINE HARVEST FESTIVAL (14 MAR)
Wine, dine and celebrate the end of the grape season at the 2015 Wellington Wine Harvest Festival on Saturday, 14 March 2015. This one-day event at the Welbedacht Wine Estate offers guests a wide variety of activities, entertainment, food and, most importantly, wines to choose from. From 10am to 10pm, eager attendees can sample a range of vinos at tastings led by the winemakers themselves at the Wine Theatre. Alternatively, the Groenberg stage will present a series of kiddies’ shows and live performances, while the Super Rugby games on the day will screen in the festival hall. Of course, there will also be a selection of yummy nosh, museum installations, stalls and more available to complete this day out in the Wellington Winelands.
COST: Tickets cost R120p/p for the day and can be booked by calling +27 (0) 21 864 1593 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, tickets will also be available at the gate on the day. Click through to the event for more information.
ABSA CAPE EPIC MTB CHALLENGE (15 – 22 MAR)
Adrenaline junkies and mountain biking (MTB) enthusiasts, listen up! The 2015 ABSA Cape Epic MTB Challenge is set kick up the dust from Sunday, 15 to Sunday, 22 March 2015. The challenge sees 1200 professional and amateur riders traverse 739km, including 16,000m of mountain climbing, as they make their way from the University of Cape Town (UCT) to Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.
COST: Entries for the 2015 race are closed, but eager participants can take advantage of the early-bird entries for the 2016 race, which open at 3pm on Monday, 23 March 2015.
SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY FESTIVAL IN SIMON’S TOWN (20 – 22 MAR)
Join in the fun and festivities at the annual South African Navy Festival in the seaside village of Simon’s Town from Friday, 20 to Sunday, 22 March 2015. 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.
COST: Access to this event is FREE!
SPIRITFEST YOGA, DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (20 – 22 MAR)
Enliven the spirit and exercise the body and mind at the 2015 SpiritFest Yoga, Dance and Music festival at Mountain Shadows guest house in Paarl from Friday, 20 to Sunday, 22 March 2015. 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.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and at the gate on the day and costs range from R50p/p to R650p/p depending on the ticket type and point of purchase; camping is included in the ticket price. Click through to the event for more information.
LAMBERTS BAY CRAYFISH AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL | LAMBERTSBAAI KREEFFEES (20 – 22 MAR)
Mzansi’s crayfish mecca along the West Coast hauls out masses of crustaceans for another finger-licking 2015 Lamberts Bay Crayfish and Cultural Festival (also known as the Lambertsbaai Kreeffees) from Friday, 20 to Sunday, 22 March 2015. 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.
COST: Tickets are available at the gate on the day; costs range between R25p/p and R175p/p and vary according the day and the ticket type (kids under 6 enter for free). Click through to the event for more information.
ATKV OESFEES (21 MAR)
The 2015 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, 21 March 2015. 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. With more than 100 acts billed to perform on the day, there will be very little reason to keep those feet from tapping. Headline acts include Elvis Blue, Radio Kalahari Orkes, Emo Adams, Hot Water and many more.
COST: Tickets can be pre-booked at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate office or online via Plankton.mobi; they will also be sold at the gate on the day. Price ranges from R35p/p to R150p/p and varies according to ticket type -little ones younger than the age of 2 years enter for free. Click through to the event for more information.
FREE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT (25 MAR)
If you weren’t able to secure tickets for the 2015 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, 25 March 2015. The mahala Mother City show features a heady line-up of some of the best acts set to perform at the weekend-long event.
COST: Access to this event is FREE!
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (27 – 28 MAR)
The Mother City gears up to host hordes of music lovers and audiophiles at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) for the 16th Cape Town International Jazz Festival from Friday, 27 to Saturday, 28 March 2015. Billed as the grandest gathering of jazz maestros on the continent, the highly anticipated celebration features international sensations, local icons and up-and-coming talent. This year, the star-studded line-up includes sultry and soulful founding member of the Groove Theory duo, Amel Larrieux; the melodic Basia Trzetrzelewska; UK jazz legend Courtney Pine C.B.E; the Gerald Clayton Trio and many more. Plus, local icon Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, new(ish) kids on the block Beatenberg as well as Melanie Scholtz and Jitsvinger will each bring a distinct African flavour to the bill.
COST: Tickets for this musical affair are available through viagogo.co.za, a global source of live event tickets; click here to get tickets to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Passes can also be bought via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets. Click through to the event for more information.
EARTH HOUR IN CAPE TOWN (28 MAR)
Do your part this March and participate in the 2015 Earth Hour in Cape Town on Saturday, 28 March 2015. 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. Participation in the 2015 event is even more important than ever to sway the governmental heads that are scheduled to convene at the UN climate change conference set to take place in Paris in December 2015.
COST: Participation is gratis, mahala and for free!
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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