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October Events in Cape Town and Surrounds
Check out our cracking collection of this month’s Mother City to-dos!
We’re approaching the end 2017, and spring is here 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, not to mention the trance scene is waking up once again.
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, cultural 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 on where to catch the best views.
WHALE WATCHING (JUN – NOV)
Whale season begins in June and continues until November, so take off your winter woollies 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. Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling coastal town and a prime land-based whale-watching destination. Aside from granting awestruck visitors countless opportunities to watch these mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular Saturday craft market.
COST: While it’s FREE to watch the whales, other activities are individually priced. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE TOWN FRINGE FESTIVAL (21 SEPT – 8 OCT)
The Cape Town Fringe Festival is set to once again make a splash on the Mother City arts scene from 21 September to 8 October 2017, thanks to the good folks behind the National Arts Festival. The event is set to showcase over 80 (mostly local) acts across the dance, theatre, performance art and music genres. Although the performances will be taking place at various venues around the Mother City, the German Club in Gardens will act as hub for the main events.
COST: Tickets for are available via Capetownfringe.co.za or the Cape Town Fringe Festival box office. Click through to the event for more information.
ROCKING THE DAISIES (5 - 8 OCT)
This year Rocking the Daisies celebrates its 11th birthday and it’s going to be a doozy! The line-up includes Flume, Two Door Cinema Club, Black Coffee, The Naked and Famous and other huge names, so it's going to be a party to remember. Start polishing your stomping boots, dust off those daisy chains and make sure you don’t miss out on the new Rocking the Daisies festival, complete with more stages and more fun!
COST: Daisies tickets are available online via Nutickets.co.za for R1050/p. You’ve missed the Early Bird, but there are still a few phase three general weekend passes left, so don’t delay and come and play.
CAPE TOWN GUN RUN (8 OCT)
The Mother City gears up to host the horde of runners and walkers that will lace up their running shoes for the 2017 Gun Run, which starts on Beach Road in Mouille Point on Sunday, 8 October 2017. Now in its 25th year, the annual athletic event offers runners a choice of participating in the 21km half marathon, the 10km race or the 5km fun run. No matter which race runner choose, the route will show them some spectacular Cape Town sights.
COST: Entry fees vary according the route but range from R57p/p to R182.40p/p. Click through to the event for more information about entries and registration.
ORGANIK GAIAN DREAM TRANCE PARTY (13 – 15 OCT)
Get ready for the sick outdoor jol that is the 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 Dreamscape venue just outside of Caledon into a pretty playground from Friday, 13 to Sunday, 15 October 2017, the now three-day shindig aims to reconnect revellers with 8Mother Earth. Enjoy thumping progressive and psytrance beats from international acts like G.M.S, Pixel and 3 Of Life. Get ready for a serious stomp-fest!
COST: Tickets are available online at Quicket.co.za for R480p/p. No word yet on Sunday Funday tickets.
SHNIT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (18 – 22 OCT)
For the seventh time, the shnit International Short Film Festival flickers onto screens across Cape Town with its irreverent, out-there spread of shorts from Wednesday, 18 to Sunday, 22 October 2017. 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 in 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.
ROBERTSON WINE ON THE RIVER (20 – 22 OCT)
Take a trip down, what is arguably, the longest wine route in the world and stop over at the ever-popular family-friendly Robertson Wine on the River festival from Friday, 20 to Sunday, 22 October 2017. 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. Entry ranges from R120/p to R250p/p depending on ticket type. Click through to the event for details on ticket prices.
SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST (25 OCT - 3 NOV)
Cinephiles and lovers of thrillers, horrors and gory films are in for a treat this Halloween when the SA Horrorfest flickers onto screens at the iconic Labia Theatre. 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 can be purchased from Quicket.co.za and range in price depending on which event you elect to attend.
MAMA MAGIC BABY EXPO (27 - 29 OCT)
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 from Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 October 2017. 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, as well as nappy changing areas.
COST: Tickets will be available via Computicket.com.
DURBANVILLE WINE VALLEY’S SEASON OF SAUVIGNON (28 – 29 OCT)
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, 28 to Sunday, 29 October 2017. All of the area’s wine farms band together to create one intoxicating festival, and vino lovers can look forward to jumping 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.
COST: The festival has a range of free and fee-based events, and patrons are advised to get a ticket via Webtickets. General costs range from being totally free to R100/p.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL (28 - 29 OCT)
The Cape Town International Kite Festival swoops into town from Saturday, 28 to Sunday, 29 October 2017 at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg from 10am until 6pm daily. The high-flying affair attracts more than 20 000 visitors each year, including some of the biggest names in kiting both internationally and locally, and is the biggest annual event of its kind in Africa. Festival-goers can expect loads of family-friendly activities and fun for kiddies, from kite-making, stunt kiting and kite-flying to food stalls and a market. The festival is hosted by Cape Mental Health and, aside from simply delighting and entertaining the crowd, the celebration aims to serve as an annual fundraising and awareness-raising affair.
COST: Tickets to the Cape Town International Kite Festival are available at the gate on the day and online from Quicket.co.za. They cost R40/p for adults and R15/p for kids.
PERDEBERG OCTOBER FESTIVAL IN PAARL (28 OCT)
This family-centric festival in Paarl is jam-packed with free wine tastings, kid-friendly activities and craft stalls, making it the perfect outing beyond the city. The wine-filled affair runs on Saturday, 28 October 2017 and promises fruits and foods from the Cape Winelands as well as live music acts. So bring your umbrellas, sunscreen and slops and prepare for a brilliant day out in the winelands!
COST: Tickets can be bought online via Itickets.co.za for R60/p or at the door for R80/p.
THINGS TO DO FOR HALLOWEEN (31 OCT)
“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 at the end of October 2017. From horror film festivals to murder mystery dinners – there’s even a devilish dance party or two – 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.
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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