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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

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.

Also, don’t forget, it’s St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, and South Africa celebrates Human Right’s Day on 21 March.

THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2017 – APR 2018)
If the idea of cuddling up under the stars whilst watching a movie, munching popcorn and intermittently gazing at gorgeous surrounds appeals, then best you book to watch your favourite movie with The Galileo Open Air Cinema. Bringing the best of the outdoor movie experience to the Mother City, the company has continued it’s schedule this year to include regular weekday and weekend screenings. Every week cinephiles can grab some popcorn (or other tasty gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors or even the new picnic hamper), settle down on the lush lawns at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, Bloemendal and various venues in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands and see firm favourites, cult classics and many others.

COSTTickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and costs vary according to the package selected; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.

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2017 MARCH EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN & BEYOND

HORSE RACES AT THE KENILWORTH RACE COURSE (OCT 2016 – MAR 2017)
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 events for more information.

[email protected] SUMMER FESTIVAL (NOV 2016 – MAR 2017)
Support the Thembalitsha Foundation and enjoy top tunes, theatre, comedy and cinema at the [email protected] Summer Festival in the Elgin Valley wine estate’s magical forest amphitheatre from November 2016 to March 2017. This season’s line-up will no doubt keep patrons enthralled and is set to feature first-rate musical acts, including Freshlyground, Elvis Blue and loads more. 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 article for more information.

KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS (NOV 2016 – APR 2017)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2016 to April 2017 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 year, the exciting bill includes some seriously big names and lekker local acts such as Matthew Mole, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre and some awesome international acts too! Additionally, 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.

LOVE AND LIGHT TRANCE PARTY IN PAARL (4 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, 4 March 2017, 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. 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. Click through to the event for more information.

PAARL OMMIBERG ‘ROUND THE ROCK’ FESTIVAL (4 MAR)
The Paarl OmmiBerg ‘Round the Rock’ Festival invites wine and food lovers to come celebrate the harvest season on Saturday, 4 March 2017. The day will be jam-packed with wine tastings that feature the region’s 2017 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 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 R120p/p; a limited number of tickets will also be available at participating estates on the day, and these cost R150p/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.

VEUVE CLICQUOT MASTERS POLO TOURNAMENT (4 MAR)
The sexy and sophisticated Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo tournament gallops onto Val de Vie Estate in the Cape Winelands on Saturday, 4 March 2017 for a glitzy afternoon of fashion and French Champagne (and a bit of sport too). Just like its cousin events, the Sun 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. Garden access costs R980p/p and VVIP tickets cost R4000p/p.

EIKENDAL WEINTAUFE HARVEST CELEBRATION (5 MARCH)
Enjoy a grape-stomping good time in Stellenbosch at the 2017 Eikendal Weintaufe Harvest Celebration on Sunday, 5 March 2017. 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.


COST: Tickets can be booked or bought at the gate on the day for only R80p/p, and kids under 18 enter for free. The price includes a glass for wine tasting as well as a free sample of the 2017 Chardonnay.

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE - CAPE TOWN (11 MAR)
Bare it all on Saturday, 11 March 2017 and join cyclists in the World Naked Bike Ride - Cape Town. Setting off from the Sea Point Library car park 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. Click through to the event for more information.

CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR (12 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 40th year, the Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly The Argus) takes place on Sunday, 12 March 2017 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 CLOSED in August 2016; click through to the event for information on fees and race pack collection. Spectators are welcome to support the cyclists at predetermined points.

GREENPOP REFOREST FEST (10 – 19 MAR)
Join the treevolution and head down to the Platbos Forest near Gansbaai for a rocking weekend of camping, great tunes, good food and loads of tree planting. Over two weekends in March, the lovely people from Greenpop and the Platbos Conservation Trust invite eager volunteers to help plant over 8000 trees in these ancient woodlands in an effort to reforest a natural wonder. The first event runs from Friday, 10 to Sunday 12 March 2017, and a Friend's Fest that takes place from Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19 March 2017; in both cases though, limited spots are available, so book yours now!


COST: Tree-planters can book tickets via Quicket.co,za: they cost between R280p/p and R500p/p depending on which ticket you select. Kids tickets will cost R220p/p and kiddies under four can go along for free!

CAPE TOWN CARNIVAL (18 MAR)
Cape Town comes alive with that carnival buzz with the seventh annual Cape Town Carnival dances into town on Saturday, 18 March 2017. For this year, the theme for the extravagant shindig is “AMAZA - Ocean Odyssey” and celebrates the city’s amazing surrounding oceans. This exceptionally popular fiesta highlights the diversity of the Western Cape with elaborate dance routines, costumes and floats that turn Green Point into a colourful spectating paradise. The festivities start warming up from 4pm to culminate into the cultural explosion that is the parade. So grab some mates or head out with the family for a fun-filled Saturday celebrating the vivid beauty of the Mother City!


COST: Access to the family-friendly festival and end-party is absolutely free!

ABSA CAPE EPIC MTB STAGE RACE (19 – 26 MAR)
Adrenaline junkies and mountain biking (MTB) enthusiasts, listen up! The 2017 Absa Cape Epic MTB Stage Race is set kick up the dust from Saturday, 19 to Sunday, 26 March 2017. The stage race sees professional and amateur riders traverse 691-km of gruelling Western Cape trail, including 15 400m of climbing, as they make their way from the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville to Val de Vie in Franschhoek.


COST: Entries for the 2017 race are closed. Entry to the Prologue and Grand Finale are free for spectators; click through to the events for more information.  

ATKV OESFEES (25 MAR)
The 2017 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, 25 March 2017. 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 myriad acts billed to perform on the day, there will be very little reason to keep those feet from tapping.


COST: Tickets can be pre-booked at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate office or online via Plankton.mobi and Computicket.com; they will also be sold at the gate on the day. The price ranges from R40p/p to R120p/p and varies according to ticket type – little ones younger than the age of two years enter for only R1.

EARTH HOUR IN CAPE TOWN (25 MAR)
Do your part this March and participate in the 2017 Earth Hour in Cape Town on Saturday, 25 March 2017. 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.


COST: Participation is gratis, mahala and for free!

FREE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL CONCERT (29 MAR)
If you weren’t able to secure tickets for the 2017 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, 29 March 2017. 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!

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PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.

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These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of March, so be sure to check out our use 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 smart phone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

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Shimmy Beach ClubBeach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club

Sun, sand, sea and glitz – the weekend isn’t over until you’re relaxing at Shimmy Beach Club

A Touch Of Madness Burgers and Beers 5Saturdays are for Sunny Daytime Parties at A Touch of Madness

Touchdown Saturdays’ DJ, drink specials and sunny courtyard are ideal for summer afternoons

Waterless dinner 2Waterless Dinners Are Coming to Cape Town

Enjoy a guilt-free meal comprising of crops farmed using salt-water agriculture

Pizza Sgt pepperDouble Tuesday Pizza Special at Sgt Pepper

Let the good times roll at this favourite Cape Town music haunt

Roast and Co 22-for-1 Drink Specials at Roast & Co

Every day “on your way” at Roast & Co. - enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials and discover the coolest mugs

Oude 2Enjoy a night of entertainment with the family under the stars at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre

Picturesque views form the backdrop to this open-air Oude Libertas theatre. It’s just waiting to host you and your family for a night of delight

King Kong MusicalKing Kong is back in Cape Town for its Final Run

Celebrate the comeback of this historic musical. WATCH: Video footage of the original King Kong Musical

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Galileo - NooitgedachtDurbanville Get Ready for The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Celebrate summer with The Galileo Open Air Cinema’s new venue; Bloemendal

Queen in Exile 2Athi-Patra Ruga's Queens in Exile at WHATIFTHEWORLD

The renowned artist’s latest body of work is about telling better stories, ultimately creating a world where the exiled can reign again (watch trailer)

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell TheatreDinner and a Show with Rockwell Theatre

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whale wine and wors wine flies logoWhale, Wine and Wors Tours with Wine Flies

Hop on board a fun-filled minibus and explore the hidden gems of the Western Cape

Boy Girl HairHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

FOREX Pub Quiz 2016 2Trivia Night at The Forex Bar

Test your general knowledge at this Observatory-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

The Piano Bar Burger and Beer Special in Cape TownBurger and Beer Special at The Piano Bar

Visit this jazzy eatery and bar on any Tuesday for a burger (or pizza) and free beer

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist Attraction: HintHunt

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Team Building Cape TownTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser tag activity

AquilaConferences and Corporate Functions at Aquila Game Reserve

Bring your corporate family along to experience team building and business functions featuring the Big 5

The Village Idiot Restaurant & Bar in Cape TownTuesday Mates and Dates Restaurant Special at The Village Idiot in Cape Town

Bring a partner for a two-by-two weekly special at this popular inner city neighbourhood haunt

Boschendal Wine FarmPicnic Lunches at Boschendal Wine Farm

Delight in an alfresco feast at one of the most picturesque wineries in the Cape Winelands

mischuFree Coffee Beans and Capsules at mischu Coffee Shop in Sea Point

Simply mention CapeTownMagazine.com while placing an order of coffee beans or capsules today and score a freebie

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Tight Ass Tuesday Karaoke Nights

'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

Excentric HairTransformation Tuesday at Excentric Hair Salon

First-time clients will receive complimentary Olaplex treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ Restaurant

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ambiance at this Parisian-inspired Cape Town steakhouse’s #HQDateNight special

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