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October Events in Cape Town and Surrounds
Check out our cracking collection of this month’s Mother City to-dos!
Check out our cracking collection of this month’s Mother City to-dos!
We’re 10 months into 2014, and spring is in full force. The sun is out, summer is practically knocking on our doors and the party season is already off to a roaring start.
Unsurprisingly then, this month’s social calendar is jam-packed with a ton of annual family-friendly food and wine festivals, outdoor live music parties, celebrations and so much more.
Furthermore, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Cape’s floral landscape, have a gander at our guide to viewing the spring flowers in the Western Cape for some great insight. Also, don’t miss out on the fourth season of the Mother City’s Tuesday cinema nights: Short & Sweet (ends 28 October 2014).
2014 OCTOBER EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
Murder Mysteries Dinner Parties in Cape Town (April – October)
If an evening meal and a good whodunit get 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 Moyo Kirstenbosch, La Mouette and more, the dress-up suppers are scheduled to take place on the last Friday of each 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 R300p/p to R435p/p; price includes dinner, mystery to solve and, where applicable, a welcome drink. Click through to the event for more information.
Whale Watching (June – November)
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 starts in June and continues until November, so to take advantage of the pleasant spring weather and get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay – 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.
Cape Town Fringe Festival (25 September – 5 October)
The first-ever Cape Town Fringe Festival is set to make a splash on the Mother City arts scene from 25 September to 5 October 2014 thanks to the good folks behind the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. The event is set to showcase over 89 (mostly local) acts across the dance, theatre, performance art and music genres. Although the performances will be taking place in various venues around the Mother City, the Cape Town City Hall will act as a hub for the main events.
COST: Tickets for the 2014 Cape Town Fringe Festival cost between R70p/p and R90p/p per performance. To book, visit Capetownfringe.co.za or else contact the 2014 Cape Town Fringe Festival box office on +27 (0) 86 233 2022 or via email@example.com. Click through to the event for more information.
Rocking the Daisies (2 – 5 October)
Cape Town’s answer to Woodstock is back. The Western Cape’s most iconic outdoor festival, Rocking the Daisies (#RTD2014), is billed to transform the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling into a musical mecca from Thursday, 2 to Sunday, 5 October 2014. Set to, once again, import top international acts to perform alongside Mzansi’s very own amazing artists, the festival has something for everyone; there’s an out-of-this-world food court, a comedy stage, art exhibitions and so much more.
COST: Tickets for Rocking the Daisies are priced between R200p/p and R750p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
The shnit International Short Film Festival (8 – 12 October)
For the fifth time, the shnit International Short Film Festival flickers on to screens across Cape Town with its irreverent, out-there spread of shorts from Wednesday, 8 to Sunday, 12 October. Devoted to featuring the best local and international bite-sized masterpieces the world around, the mini-movie marathon shines the spotlight on a genre of film often overlooked and undervalued. Aside from the 300-odd shorts, the festival also includes interactive workshops and a jury selection of the best of the best South African work. Get ready for a jam-packed programme of intellectually stimulating films and creative supporting events.
COST: Click through to the event for more information about venues and ticket prices.
Baxter Theatre Dance Festival (9 – 18 October)
The Baxter Theatre Dance Festival is celebrating its 10th year at the Rondebosch theatre from Thursday, 9 to Saturday, 18 October 2014. After a decade of dance, this premier event has become one of the most anticipated events on the Cape Town calendar, and this year is no different. With three different categories to choose from, audiences can look forward to a 10-day schedule jam-packed with established and emerging dancers, choreographers and dance companies showcasing their latest pieces.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets, and costs range between R30p/p and R100p/p depending on the programme; discounts are available. Click through to the event for more information.
Pinotage on Tap (11 October)
It’s October and you know what that means? It’s time for the 2014 Pinotage on Tap wine festival! This annual Cape Town Pinotage pilgrimage gets underway on Saturday, 11 October 2014 and heads to the Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington to celebrate its tenth birthday and, of course, the farm’s legendary coffee-flavoured varietal. Whether you’re a POT devotee or virgin, you’re in for a delightful time on this picturesque winelands property. With no less than eight bottomless barrels of Pinotage - that’s right, bottomless - and a line-up of top-notch musicians booked for guests’ entertainment, it’s bound to be yet another unforgettable day. All-you-can-drink consumption is included in the ticket price along with canapés, lunch, sweet treats and live music acts; Darling Brewery beer and fare from food stalls are also available at extra costs.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and cost R370p/p for general access (no kiddie tickets are available) and R840p/p for general access and a case of wine (six bottles). Click through to the event for more information.
Elim Wine & Food Celebration (11 October)
South Africa’s youngest and most southerly wine region is raising its glass to its hard-produced cool climate whites and reds at its annual Elim Wine & Food Celebration on Saturday, 11 October 2014. Hosted at the Black Oystercatcher winery, the annual affair invites those from near and far to come face-to-face with the coastal area’s talented winemakers’ and award-winning vinos, many of which are produced under extreme environmental conditions. Not to mention, country fare, live music performances, MTB races, odd Elim-esque activities and more are on the bill. In short, there’s a little something for everyone to discover at this off-the-beaten-path spring festival.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and vary in price depending on age and activity. For more info, click through to the event.
The Village: The Gathering Trance Party (11 – 12 October)
Hit slick groovies and stomp the night away at The Village’s annual jol, The Gathering: this year’s shindig heads to the Wildekrans Wine Estate in the Bot River region from Saturday, 11 to Sunday, 12 October 2014. A yearly October opskop, this psytrance music festival features first-rate local and international beat-makers and promises to be bigger and better than before! This time around, party-goers can get down to the psychedelic tunes of Israeli-based duo Abomination (made up of Saar Davidov and Eyal Gershon). What’s more, local legend and top-notch DJ Headroom is also billed to slam some sick beats, making this yearly jol a not-to-be-missed event.
COST: Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za, at select stores as well as at the gate on the day and range from R260p/p to R290p/p in price. Click through to the event for more information.
Cape Town Gun Run (12 October)
The Mother City gears up to host the horde of runners and walkers that will lace up their running shoes for the 2014 Gun Run, which kicks off at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on Sunday, 12 October 2014. Now in its 22nd year, the annual athletic event offers runners a choice of participating in the 21-km half-marathon, 10-km race or 5-km fun run. Depending on the route, attendees will get to experience Cape Town from a different point-of-view. After the competition, participants can cool down on the Sea Point Promenade at the KFM music stage; a lucky draw and prize-giving will take place after the races.
COST: Entry fees vary according the route. Click through to the event for more information about entries and registration.
Robertson Wine on the River (17 – 19 October)
Take a trip down, what is arguably, the longest wine route in the world and stop over at the ever-popular family-friendly 2014 Robertson Wine on the River festival at the Goudmyn Farm from Friday, 17 to Sunday, 19 October 2014. This Route 62 vino-themed event invites locals, tourists, connoisseurs and wine lovers to soak up some rays on the banks of the Breede River while sipping and swirling over 300 top-notch vintages from more than 40 wine estates in the region. What’s more, patrons can tuck into hearty country-style and gourmet fare from food stalls and the Robertson’s Farmers’ Market, chillax on a cruise down the river and drink in live jazz and blues. Kids under 18 enter free, and child-friendly activities, of which there are many, will be charged on a pay-as-you-play basis.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and at the gate on the day, and costs vary according to the day. Click through to the event for details on ticket prices.
Cape Town Diwali Festival (18 October)
Get ready for an explosive affair when the ancient Hindu Cape Town Diwali Festival bursts onto the calendar to celebrate the victory of light over darkness at the Green Point Urban Park on Saturday, 18 October 2014. This Mother City-based fiesta offers attendees from all walks of life the opportunity to experience India’s rich culture and customs through fashion, food, live music and dance. More specifically, this year there will be an Eastern Food Bazaar, an Oriental Bazaar for the shopaholics, stage productions recounting the story of Diwali, a kids’ play area and even a Bhangra Bash (Indian dance party).
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za as well as at the gate on the day and costs vary. Click through to the event for more information.
Organik Gaian Dream Trance Party (18 – 19 October)
Get ready for the sick outdoor jol that is the 2014 Organik Gaian Dream trance party! This annual opskop provides the perfect space for stompers to let their bodies and minds run free. Set to transform the Paardenkloof Estate just outside of Bot River into a dreamscape playground from Saturday, 18 to Sunday, 19 October 2014. the two-day shindig aims to reconnect revellers with Mother Earth amidst the bumping, thumping progressive and psytrance beats of international act Freedom Fighters (Israel) and a number of local mixmasters, like Headroom, Deliriant, Disco Volante and so much more. Bring spare blankets and clothing for the less fortunate as there will be a collection box at the gate.
COST: Pre-sale tickets are available at selected outlets at a cost of R280p/p; otherwise, they can be bought online via Quicket.co.za at R285p/p or at the gate on the day at R300p/p.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (23 – 31 October)
Gear up for the Cape Town leg of the 2014 Banff Mountain Film Festival, a fandango that showcases the world’s most inspiring and thought-provoking action, adventure and mountain movies. This year’s line-up of action-packed documentaries flickers onto screens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cavendish Square (23-31 October 2014) and Tyger Valley Centre (24-31 October 2014) and comprises flicks that hail from all over the world and that feature the death-defying antics of brave adventurers who explore uncharted areas and remote and often hostile corners of the world.
COST: Tickets cost R62p/p and are available via SterKinekor.com as well as via Ster-Kinekor’s ticket booking hotline (+27 (0) 861 MOVIES) and at the ticket office (depending on availability). Click through to the event for more information.
The Spier Secret Food & Wine Festival and Conference (24 – 25 October)
Master chefs and food and wine experts plan to bare it all and discuss the latest in gastronomy trends at the Secret Food and Wine Festival Conference at the Spier wine farm on Friday, 24 and Saturday, 25 October 2014. Prepare for a series of talks lead by renowned local and international experts, a host of secret and themed dinners helmed by well-known foodies and an extensive (and FREE) market with decadent treats.
COST: Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za and costs vary according to event. Click through to the event for ticket details. Entry to the market is free!
International Oriental Dance Festival (24 – 26 October)
Get ready to be hypnotized by shimmying and shaking belly dancers from both near and far at the ninth annual International Oriental Dance Festival from Friday, 24 to Sunday, 26 October 2014. The festival, which is also a charity event in aid of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for (abused) Women and Children, kicks off on the Friday with the first ever Mother City-based international oriental dance competition, which is followed by a scintillating gala evening at the Ratanga Junction Mega VU Theatre. At both events professionals and novices will showcase the majestic forms of classical Egyptian, Middle Eastern and tribal fusion style belly dancing. There will also be workshops on Saturday at The German Club for those who want to have a go at the ancient art form themselves; plus, dance enthusiasts can enjoy free performances at the V&A Waterfront on Sunday as well as shop for accessories, jewellery and costumes at the festival bazaar.
COST: Tickets for the opening competition and gala event are available via Computicket.com. Click through to the event for more information.
Durbanville Wine Valley’s Season of Sauvignon (25 – 26 October)
Celebrate the warmer weather and the arrival of the white wine-drinking months at the annual Season of Sauvignon in the Durbanville Wine Valley from Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 October 2014. All 12 of the area’s wine farms band together to create one intoxicating festivalground, and vino lovers can look forward to bumping from winery to winery to enjoy a range of delicious wine-themed events in honour of the zesty varietal. With live music, hearty fare, gourmet cuisine, vineyard bike tours and more, the selection of activities on at this year’s shindig offers something tantalising for all tastes and ages. Get ready for pop-up garden parties, traditional snoek braais, petting zoos, oyster bars, comparative tastings and more.
COST: The festival has a range of free and fee-based events, and patrons are advised to book with the individual wine farms in advance. Click through to the event for more information.
Festive Ideas Market at Simondium (29 October – 2 November)
Need some retail therapy? The silly season is upon us and the Festive Ideas Market returns to Simondium Country Lodge from Wednesday, 29 October to Sunday, 2 November 2014 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 100 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. Little ones will also have something to look forward to thanks to a supervised play area. 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 little ones younger than 13 years of age get in for free!
South African Horrorfest (29 October – 7 November)
Cinephiles and lovers of thrillers, horrors and gory films are in for a treat this Halloween in Cape Town when the SA Horrorfest flickers onto screens at the iconic Labia Theatre in the Mother City. To put on the 10-day film festival, the curators delve deep into their coffers for the rarest and most terrifying flicks – the kind that promise to leave your nerves shattered. Aside from the screenings, don’t miss out on the slew of awesome activities; there’s a Halloween costume contest, a one-night live soundtrack performance with the Makabra Ensemble, a book launch and much more!
COST: Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za and costs range from R40p/p to R55p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
Bonnievale Bonanza (30 October – 2 November)
Journey to the Breede Valley’s best kept secret for a sporting good weekend of festive family-style fiesta from Thursday, 30 October to Sunday, 2 November 2014. Each year, Bonnievale, just off Route 62 (180km outside of Bonnievale), invites athletes, holidaymakers and locals to join in and take part in the countless activities, and this year is no different. Celebrating its 20th birthday, the yearly hoedown has expanded to a four-day event and promises to be bigger and better than ever. From potjiekos competitions and cycling races to vintage car shows and fun runs, this festival has something for everyone. Though, even if you’re not so keen on participating, the lush green town – it’s flanked by the Langeberg mountain range and lies on the banks of the Breede River – is a lovely place to spend a leisurely weekend outside of the city.
COST: Entry fees to the showground vary according to age and range from free to R160p/p.
Mama Magic Baby Expo (31 October – 2 November)
One of the country’s biggest parenting and baby exhibitions, the Mama Magic Baby Expo returns to bring moms, pops and tiny tots the best goods, services and expert advice all under one roof at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The annual extravaganza not only features more than 2000 brands, the latest in innovation for child-rearing and access to a wealth of information and tips, but mums and dads can also expect a hassle-free outing with breastfeeding and bottle warming stations and nappy changing areas. The little tykes will love it too, since Barney will be there entertaining them with his sing-along show.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket and at the door and cost R50p/p, R40p/p for pensioners and are free for children under 10 (limited to two children per adult).
Galileo Open Air Cinema (October 2014 – April 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 for the entire season are now on sale and can be purchased online via TheGalileo.co.za. Do note that if a show sells out online, no tickets will be available at the door. Click through to the events for more information.
Things to do for Halloween (31 October)
“Beware, the Pumpkin King will come for you!” That’s right trick-or-treaters, it’s Halloween time again, and we’ve taken the liberty of mapping out some outlandishly ghastly, super scary things to do in Cape Town this 31 October 2014. From horror film festivals to murder mystery dinners – there’s even a mystery ghost bus tour for extra measure - the Mother City is pulling out all the ghoulish stops for a horrifying Halloween!
COST: Tickets vary according to the event. Click through to the overview for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of October, so be sure to check out 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 smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!
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