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November Events in Cape Town & Surrounds
Say hello to summer and all of the annual festivals, celebrations and events that come with it!
Only a few more Mondays left of the annum, and most of you are probably already suffering from November-itis, that dreaded end-of-the-year disease that saps all your energy. Luckily though, we’ve got just the cure to get you through the last (working) month before the festive season. We’ve got the lowdown on some of the biggest, newest and not-to-be-missed annual events – from music festivals to baby shows – on the summer season calendar.
Don’t forget, it’s Guy Fawkes Day on Saturday, 5 November, so set the sky alight with colour at one of these safe sites to watch or ignite fireworks in Cape Town. What’s more, to all the Americans living, working or visiting our fair city, happy Thanksgiving! Here’s our guide to where to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner in Cape Town on Sunday, 27 November 2016.
2016 NOVEMBER EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
ENDLESS DAZE FESTIVAL (11 – 13 NOV)
The West Coast is a beautiful part of the Cape, but that’s not the only reason you should take a trip up there this November. Endless Daze Festival is a fusion between an arts and a music festival, and there is simply nothing like it in Cape Town. Attracting both local and international acts, the line-up is fab and includes The KVB, Froth, BCUC, Medicine Boy, Felix Laband and many more!
COST: Tickets are available online at Nutickets.co.za for R500p/p. This ticket price includes entrance and camping for three days at the festival venue (Silwerstroom, along the R27).
WHALE WATCHING (JUN - NOV)
Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling little fishing village and a prime land-based whale watching destination. Aside from granting awe-stricken visitors countless opportunities to watch the mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular craft market on Saturdays. Whale season started in June and draws to a close in November, so get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay before it’s too late – it makes for an easy day trip or an ideal weekend getaway.
COST: While access to see the whales is FREE, certain activities are individually priced. Click through to the event for more information.
THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2016 - APR 2017)
Wipe away the midweek blues with a unique and invigorating outdoor movie experience at The Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October 2016 to April 2017. 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 around the Mother City 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.
FESTIVE IDEAS MARKET AT SIMONDIUM COUNTRY LODGE (28 OCT – 1 NOV)
Need some retail therapy? The silly season is upon us and the Festive Ideas Market returns to Simondium Country Lodge from Wednesday, 28 October to Sunday, 1 November 2015 to save merrymakers from the Christmas gift rush. And this year, this bountiful bazaar of creativity promises to be bigger and better than before with more than a 120 crafters, vendors and suppliers stocked to the brim with unique and exquisite items at affordable prices. There will a deli section where attendees can not only stock up their pantries, but also pick up some delicious gifts. What’s more, this scenic Cape Winelands venue is the perfect spot to lounge on lush lawns and grab a bite to eat and a glass (or three) of vino.
COST: Tickets cost R30p/p at the door on the day, and children younger than 18 years of age get in for free!
KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER CONCERTS (NOV 2015 – APR 2016)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2015 to April 2016 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 local lekker acts such as Freshlyground, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre, The Plastics and more. 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.
Get to grips with the best hops and malt that the Western Cape has to offer at this annual beery shindig at the Hamilton Rugby Club from Friday, 25 to Sunday, 27 November 2016. Now it’s its seventh year, and the Cape Town Festival of Beer has cemented itself as one of Mother City’s must-dos. As always, visitors are invited to explore the world of lekker lagers with food and beer tastings, guided beer tours and samplings of some of the best brews the city has seen. Bring your little ones along as there will be fun play areas, or bring your gees (spirit) and watch the rugby with friends. There’ll be plenty of live entertainment and hearty nosh to keep you occupied even if you don’t enjoy the molten golden drink.
COST: Tickets can be purchased via Webtickets.co.za and cost R150p/p per day for adults.
VWS OPEN DAY (6 NOV)
The Volunteer Wildfire Services is hosting an Awareness Day at Lourensford Estate on Sunday, 6 November 2016. Come out and see the high-octane outdoor drills or browse around the exhibitions at the venue. Entry is free but be sure to pre-register your children on the official site to ensure that they can participate in all the fun activities.
COST: Entry is free and be sure to bring plenty of cash for the food stalls or to donate to the VWS. Note that there will be no ATMs on site.
HOPE@PAULCLUVER SUMMER FESTIVAL (NOV 2016 – MAR 2017)
Support the Thembalitsha Foundation and enjoy top tunes, theatre, comedy and cinema at the Hope@PaulCluver 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 the Parlotones, Karen Zoid and Elvis Blue. 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.
STELLENBOSCH STREET SOIREES (16 NOV – MAR 2017)
Stellenbosch, the charming winelands town, transforms one of its main roads into a street soiree for all. There will be music, food and plenty of wine. It is Stellenbosch after all? Enjoy a relaxed evening with a glass of wine in your hand and some delicious eats to keep your tummy full and happy. Sounds like a perfect night to us!
COST: Tickets to the Stellenbosch Street Soirees are R70p/p and included in that price is a tasting glass for endless tastings – that’s right! ENDLESS.
LANZERAC READY TO RUN STAKES AT KENILWORTH RACECOURSE (19 NOV)
Watch as prime contenders go for gold at the 2016 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on Saturday, 19 November 2016. This glitz and glamour affair has established itself as one of the Cape’s must-attend equestrian to-dos, and this year, it will once again present an afternoon of pomp and circumstance synonymous with this sport of kings. Get ready to check out the haute couture fashion – there’s a best dressed competition - or simply cheer on the prime thoroughbred steeds dashing to the finish line for the R2.5 million prize money!
COST: General access to the event is free. Tickets to the VIP Somerset Room at the Kenilworth Racecourse must be booked in advance. Click through to the event for more information.
FESTIVE IDEAS MARKET AT SIMONDIUM COUNTRY LODGE (2 – 6 NOV)
Need some retail therapy? The silly season is upon us and the Festive Ideas Market returns to Simondium Country Lodge from Wednesday, 2 to Sunday, 6 November 2016 to save merrymakers from the Christmas gift rush. And this year, this bountiful bazaar of creativity promises to be bigger and better than before with more than a 120 crafters, vendors and suppliers stocked to the brim with unique and exquisite items at affordable prices. There will a deli section where attendees can not only stock up their pantries but also pick up some delicious gifts. What’s more, this scenic Cape Winelands venue is the perfect spot to lounge on lush lawns and grab a bite to eat and a glass (or three) of vino.
COST: Tickets cost R30p/p at the door on the day, and children younger than 18 years of age get in for free!
KAMERS POP-UP MARKET IN STELLENBOSCH (1 - 6 NOV)
South Africa's beloved craft market, Kamers Vol Geskenke (rooms filled with gifts), or simply Kamers, heats up for the summer season when it descends on Stellenbosch from Tueday, 1 to Sunday, 6 November 2016. 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, clock in a day of inspiration and listen to local musos while enjoying the Winelands.
COST: Tickets are available via Plankton.mobi and at the gate on the day. Entry ranges from FREE to R70p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
HORSE RACES AT THE KENILWORTH RACE COURSE (NOV 2016 – FEB 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.
TRANSLYVANIA REDEMPTION ISLAND (26 – 27 NOV)
This November, get your fill of trance on Redemption Island. With a line-up to match the likes of Organik and Alien Safari, TRANSylvania is just the ticket to end off your November with a bang! Stomp your feet to Bruce, Geometric Flux, Dave Mac, Phixius, Deliriant and more. Malmsbury is not that far away and just wait until you see the venue – we weren’t joking when we said it was on an island y’all!
COST: Tickets are available online at Quicket.co.za for R320p/p. If you want a little cheeky trance day, Sunday Funday tickets are on sale for R200p/p.
DEUTSCHE INTERNATIONALE SCHULE KAPSTADT BAZAAR (5 NOV)
The best thing about Germany? Well, to be fair there are a little too many to mention, but one of them is definitely the Weissbeer. Celebrate the true culture of Deutschland right here in Cape Town with the German School’s annual Bazaar. This event calls out to all those lovers of German food, music and beer.
COST: Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za for R50p/p. Kids under 18 get in for free, but no Weissbeir for them.
DUSTY REBELS AND THE BOMBSHELLS ROCKIN' & RIDING FESTIVAL (12 NOV)
Back on the calendar for a fourth year, the 2016 Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells Rockin' & Riding Festival pulls into the Cape Town Ostrich Farm along the N7 on Saturday, 12 November 2016. Located a mere 20 minutes from the Mother City, this hoedown invites greasers and gals to enjoy a stellar line-up of great music, live acts, alternative sporting entertainment and much more. From fashion and make-up to sexy V8 engines, period bikers and hot musos, this rockin’ do aims to not only provide a platform for the rockabilly sub-genre, but also offers festival-goers who don’t subscribe to the culture some good ol’ wholesome fun with a lick of rebellion to boot.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and at the gate on the day and costs range from FREE to R350p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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