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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.
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.
Color Run South Africa in Cape Town (18 October)
After a successful inaugural event in 2013, the Cape Town leg of the Color Run South Africa is back for another paint-fuelled 5-km trot through the Mother City. Billed as the world’s “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, this jolly jog is perfect for all levels of fitness and calls on participants to be pelted with a different coloured powder at every kilometre mark as they make their way from start to finish. From mall-walkers to serious athletes, this fun untimed race makes for a great family-friendly or team-building day out in Cape Town. After the run, attendees can enjoy music by the HeartFM DJs and live local acts and paint the skyline a rainbow of colours at the end festival.
COST: Tickets to the run are available via TheColorRunSouthAfrica.NuTickets.co.za/CPT2014 and cost R220p/p for individual entries and R200p/p for teams of four or more; kids under 10 get in for free. 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.
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.
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 yet to go on sale. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on this event.
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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