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May Events in Cape Town and Surrounds

From May Day to pay day, we’ve got the ultimate list of things to do this month!

The mercury is dropping (slowly but surely), and winter is pushing its way through the door this May in Cape Town. And while hibernation is sure to lure locals into their caves, don’t disappear under a heap of blankets just yet, because the Mother City refuses to sleep.

Enjoy everything from creative celebrations in the Karoo and lip-licking foodie fiestas in and around Cape Town to tricked out trance jols and so much more. Long story short, there are plenty of scintillating events to keep the cold at bay!

Also, don’t forget that it’s Worker’s Day on Monday, 1 May, so check out our events calendar for great things to do on this long weekend!

AFRIKABURN (25 APR - 1 MAY)
In the US it’s Burning Man, and in SA it’s Afrikaburn. This week-long festival is hosted at Stonehenge Private Reserve, and features art, music, various creative performances and the freedom to express yourself. Pack your quirkiest outfits, because this event is your opportunity to think outside the box. In fact, leave the box at home. Set up your habitation area in the ever-changing Tankwa Town, and let your creative juices flow. Whether it’s watching the burnings, or it’s bartering your goods and services, Afrikaburn is unlike any other festival on the continent. The theme for this, their tenth year, is X. So celebrate all things traditionally Afrikaburn, and look back on ten years of success while becoming part of a wonderfully weird community on the outskirts of civilisation. The only trade at Afrikaburn is bartering, so make sure you bring something to trade with. 

COST: Tickets are available solely through creating a Burner Profile on Afrikaburn.com which notifies festival-goers when tickets are live. Unfortunately, tickets for the 2016 Afrikaburn festival are sold out. Join Afrikaburn’s answer to this problem with STEP (Secure Ticket Exchange Programme). Use your Burner Profile, or create one, and register on their website for tickets. If some become available, you will be notified and the tickets will be offered to you. Visit Afrikaburn.com for more information.

SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (27 APR – 2 MAY)
Celebrate art, music, theatre and more when the annual Suidoosterfees rolls into town from Wednesday, 27 April to Monday, 2 May 2016 to thrust Kaapse culture, heritage and lifestyle into the limelight. Boasting a carefully curated selection of what the local creative scene has to offer, the six-day festival spreads out across the Artscape Theatre and the District Six Museum. With musical performances from Afrikaans singer and performer Emo Adams and plenty of chuckles from some of South Africa’s talented comedians, such as Riaad Moosa and KG Mokgadi, there’s no shortage of fun. Festival-goers are destined to find something to entertain and educate at this yearly shindig!

COST: Tickets for the festival’s events are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and vary in price according to event; prices range between free and R200p/p.

KNYSNA PINK LOERIE MARDI GRAS AND ARTS FESTIVAL (27 APR – 1 MAY)
The Garden Route’s queen city gears up for another five fabulous days of LGBTQIA festivities from Wednesday, 27 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016. Things are bound to get wickedly fun with drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and mini-markets taking over the tranquil town. The fiesta culminates in a spectacular parade with elaborate floats and outrageous costumes, which will be led by the lovely couples that tied the knot in the mass same-sex wedding ceremony happening on Friday, 29 April 2016. A first in the Pink Loerie’s history, sixteen couples will wed at an official ceremony officiated by Knysna’s mayor at Villa Castollini.

COST: Tickets are available for different events on the day and accommodation specials are available for out of town visitors.

DECOREX CAPE TOWN (29 APR – 2 MAY)
Find inspiration and innovation at Mzansi’s premier décor and design exhibition, Decorex, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 29 April to Monday, 2 May 2016. This year’s event promises the latest tips and tricks for creating a superlative space, along with fabulous foodie experiences and interactive dining and entertaining demonstrations. From perfect paint colours to top trends from famed designers and emerging talent, Decorex will transform your conception of interior design while giving you fun and practical ways to revamp your own home décor.

COST: Tickets are available at the door and cost R85p/p for adults, R75p/p for pensioners and students and only R20p/p for kids under the age of 12. Click through to the event for more information.

LAMBERTS BAY CRAYFISH AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL | LAMBERTSBAAI KREEFFEES (29 APR – 1 MAY)
Mzansi’s crayfish mecca along the West Coast hauls out masses of crustaceans for another finger-licking 2016 Lamberts Bay Crayfish and Cultural Festival (also known as the Lambertsbaai Kreeffees) from Friday, 29 April to Sunday, 1 May 2016. 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: Ticket information is still to be released. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTIES (APR – OCT)
If an evening meal and a good whodunit gets 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 Charcoal Dining, La Mouette and more, the dress-up suppers are scheduled to take place once a 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: Cost varies according to event and prices range from R380p/p to R550p/p; price includes dinner, a mystery to solve and, where applicable, a welcome drink. Click through to the event for more information.

ELGIN COOL WINE AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL (30 APR – 1 MAY) 
Enjoy sterling vintages and gourmet fare at this annual food and wine fiesta in the Overberg region. Unlike many neighbouring regional extravaganzas, each vineyard offers its own tastings, entertainment and kiddies’ fun for the day. For lunch, which must be booked ahead of time, guests can savour signature offerings paired with the hosts’ wines. Soak up the scenic beauty of the valley, sample the region’s terrific terroir and delight in melodic musical performances in the autumnal sunshine. 

COSTTickets for the wine festival are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R120p/p, which includes a tasting glass, festival programme, access to participating farms, live entertainment and a wine tasting of a selection of three wines from any of the estates involved.

SA'S GOT TALENT CAPE TOWN AUDITIONS (30 APR - 1 MAY)
If you're a confident Capetonian with talents to share then make sure that you're at the e.tv Offices in Stirling Street to audition for the 2016 SA's Got Talent Show! You can be any age and perform any act, whether you're a singer, dancer, comedian or something outside of the box! If you're younger than 18 remember to bring your guardian with you and complete the online registration forms beforehand. You can also submit an online audition video beforehand to Etv.co.za to save yourself time and effort!

COST: Auditioning is free. Doors open at 7am and registration closes at 12pm. Bring along any props you need for your act, along with a copy of your ID and refreshments as it could be a long day. 

SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL (30 APR – 2 MAY)
Tantalise your taste buds at the 2016 South African Cheese Festival! The delectable soiree is set to transform Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm into a foodie utopia from Saturday, 30 April to Monday, 2 May 2016, and it’s on track to offer turophiles (that means cheese lovers) a range of artisan cheeses from across the country as well as wines, sweet treats and deli products. Step into the Checkers Dairy Square to sample an array of sensational blues and Bries from some of the country’s finest producers, allow a number of celebrity chefs to guide you through the cheese appreciation process and witness crafty maestros creating tasty masterpieces in the cheese carving competition. Make sure you also take the time to relax in the Carnival Park, which offers a multitude of fun activities for little kids (and grown-up ones). 

COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets and cost R150p/p for adults and R100p/p for pensioners; little ones under 13 enter for FREE! Wine tasting glasses are available at the gate at R15 per glass. Do note that NO tickets will be sold at the gate on the day.

SAFARI HALF MARATHON (2 MAY)
The 2016 Safari Half Marathon (21km) is one of the most scenic runs in the Western Cape. Starting in Wellington, the charity race takes participants through the area’s rolling farmlands and along gravel roads. Those not quite fit enough to be part of the contest can join the ranks participating in the 21-km relay, 10-km race or 5-km fun run. This year, the prestigious competition celebrates its 29th year and looks to bring competitors another memorable athletic event. Bring along the family or a group of friends and have a fun day supporting the runners hoping to grab a medal from this popular event.
COSTEntry ranges from free to R136.80p/p. For more information click through to the event.

RIEBEEK VALLEY OLIVE FESTIVAL (7 – 8 MAY)
A mere hour’s drive from Cape Town, the lush Riebeek Valley provides the magical location for this much-anticipated annual olive festival – and it’s the Western Cape’s largest. From Saturday, 7 to Sunday, 8 May 2016, visitors can experience a weekend of olive and wine tasting, art, cuisine and live entertainment at various venues. Get a feel for the rich heritage and history of the valley as well as its decadent culinary flair at this yearly calendar highlight.

COST: Weekend passes for the food and wine festival are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R125p/p, and children younger than 12 years of age get in for FREE!

FRANSCHHOEK LITERARY FESTIVAL (13 – 15 MAY)
Book lovers can get their fill at the Franschhoek Literary Festival from Friday, 13 May to Sunday, 15 May 2016. The annual celebration of stories boasts a programme packed with discussions, readings, workshops and some favourite local and international authors. Don’t miss the Autumn Music Weekend evening recitals, the Sunday Times Literary Shortlist Announcement (invite only), and an evening with vivacious talk show host and author Jenny Crwys Williams. Additionally, Penguin Random House and the Sunday Times are hosting An Evening of Tales & Tastings on Friday at 6pm featuring top authors and wine, while Lauren Beukes, Fred Strydom, Louis Greenberg and Jonathan Ancer will be telling scary stories in honour of Friday the 13th, from 6:30pm. Saturday evening will start with the prestigious Ingrid Jonker Prize ceremony, followed by Literary Madness with John Maytham, compiled by Finuala Dowling, because “we’re all mad here.” And of, course; there will be mountains of books that festival-goers can purchase, along with various talks and workshops throughout the weekend.

COST: Tickets for individual events cost R70p/p unless otherwise indicated, and are available via Webtickets.co.za. A limited number of R20p/p student tickets are available.

NUY VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL (21 MAY)
Head down to Nuy Valley, just an hour and a half from Cape Town, for the annual wine and olive fiesta on Saturday, 21 May 2016. The Nuy Valley Feast is hosted by four farms – Leipzig Country House, Nuy Winery, Conradie Family Vineyards and Willow Creek Olive Estate – each with an array of activities for both young and old to enjoy, including a mountain bike challenge to kick things off. The indulgence-fest features good country food paired with local award-winning wines, olive tasting and plenty of awesome entertainment for the kids. This year there’s also a Greek-themed evening, live music, and a German-themed food and beer extravaganza.

COST: Tickets for the Nuy Valley Feast cost R70p/p, and kids under 18 enter for free. Tickets include a wine glass and access to all four venues and can be purchased at the participating estates on the day.

GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW (27 – 29 MAY)
As South Africa’s largest and longest running interactive foodie event, the Good Food and Wine Show is known for showcasing quality produce, innovative appliances and a series of food theatres that feature both local and international celebrity chefs. This year from Friday, 27 May to Sunday, 29 May 2016, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) will be transformed into a pantry of gourmet delights, and as always, throngs of visitors eager to taste a wide variety of top-notch fare and wine, watch renowned chefs in action, participate in a number of hands-on workshops and catch the very latest lifestyle and food trends will flock to the festival to fill their heads (and bellies) with juicy morsels. Look out for some of your favourite local and international chefs and enjoy the event’s fresh new look and theme for 2016.

COST: 
Tickets will be available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and costs vary. Click through to the event for more information.

5 FOR CHANGE CHARITY FUNDRAISER (TBC)
5 for Change is a Cape Town-based philanthropic initiative looking to transform the way that South Africans perceive the act of charity with an annual black-tie fundraising event that’s as fun as it is inspiring. Now in its fifth year, the soirée’s date and details have yet to be confirmed, but if 2015 was anything to go by, it’s definitely an event to diarise. Last year raised R200 000 for the selected charities – let’s make this year even more impressive!

COST: TBC

SHIRAZ AND CHARCUTERIE (28 MAY)
Sip and swirl robust reds at Anthonij Rupert Estate‘s Shiraz and Charcuterie extravaganza on Saturday, 28 May 2016. This one-day Franschhoek food and wine affair offers foodies and vino lovers an opportunity to indulge in delicious meats, gourmet cheese, olive products, and, of course, Shiraz. The showcase also gives visitors the chance to meet and greet the specially invited artisans behind these top-class products, some of which are not commercially available.

COST: Tickets for the food and wine extravaganza are available via Webtickets.com and cost R180p/p; the ticket price includes and wine tastings.

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