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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 2016, 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.
2016 OCTOBER EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
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 little fishing village 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, certain activities are individually priced. Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE TOWN FRINGE FESTIVAL (22 SEPT – 8 OCT)
The Cape Town Fringe Festival is set to once again make a splash on the Mother City arts scene from 22 September to 8 October 2016, thanks to the good folks behind the Grahamstown 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 in various venues around the Mother City, the Cape Town City Hall 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 (6 - 9 OCT)
This year Rocking the Daisies celebrates its eleventh birthday and it’s going to be a doozy! The line-up includes Foster the People, Mac Miller, AKA, Jimmy Nevis 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 R995p/p. You’ve missed the Early Bird, but there are still a few general weekend passes left, so don’t delay and come and play.
ORGANIK GAIAN DREAM TRANCE PARTY (14 – 16 OCT)
Get ready for the sick outdoor jol that is the 2016 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, 14 to Sunday, 16 October 2016, the now three-day shindig aims to reconnect revellers with Mother Earth. Enjoy thumping progressive and psytrance beats from international acts Brainiac and Vini Vici (Israel) plus a number of local mixmasters, like Headroom, Bruce, Tune Raider and many others.
COST: Tickets are available online at Quicket.co.za for R400p/p. No word yet on Sunday Funday tickets.
ROBERSTON WINE ON THE RIVER (14 – 16 OCT)
Take a trip down, what is arguably, the longest wine route in the world and stop over at the ever-popular family-friendly 2016 Robertson Wine on the River festival at the Goudmyn Farm from Friday, 14 to Sunday, 16 October 2016. 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 R85p/p to R250p/p depending on ticket type. Click through to the event for details on ticket prices.
CAPE TOWN GUN RUN (16 OCT)
The Mother City gears up to host the horde of runners and walkers that will lace up their running shoes for the 2016 Gun Run, which kicks off at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on Sunday, 16 October 2016. Now in its 23rd 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 music stage; a lucky draw and prize-giving will take place after the races.
COST: Entry fees vary according the route but range from R45.60p/p and R136.80p/p. Click through to the event for more information about entries and registration.
RED BULL LIONHEART CHALLENGE (22 OCT)
Lace up your running shoes, hit the ground running and set your best time to compete in the 2016 Red Bull LionHeart Trail Run Challenge. The race will take place on Saturday, 22 October 2016, but in order to enter the mens’ and ladies’ elite and intermediate contests, athletes need to qualify and log their time on the Strava app by running a time-trial circular route around the base of Lion’s Head. Entries are open for six weeks prior to the competition, and enthusiasts can attempt to better their score as many times as their bodies will allow until the qualification window period closes.
COST: There is no cost to enter. Click through to the event for more information.
DURBANVILLE WINE VALLEY’S SEASON OF SAUVIGNON (29 – 30 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, 29 to Sunday, 30 October 2016. All 12 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 book with the individual wine farms in advance. General costs range from being totally free to R90p/p.
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR (21 - 29 OCT)
Gear up for the Cape Town leg of the 2016 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 on to screens at Ster-Kinekor cinemas in Cavendish Square (21 – 29 Oct 2016) and Tyger Valley Centre (21 – 29 Oct 2016) and comprises flicks that hail from all over the world, which feature the death-defying antics of brave adventurers who explore uncharted areas and remote and often hostile corners of the world.
COST: Tickets can be purchased from Sterkinekor.com. Click through to the event for more information.
SOUTH AFRICAN HORRORFEST (26 OCT - 4 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 are priced at R45p/p for film screenings and R60p/p for the Makabra soundtrack performance.
MAMA MAGIC BABY EXPO (28 - 30 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, 28 to Sunday, 30 October 2016. 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, bottle warming stations and nappy changing areas.
COST: Tickets will be available via Computicket.com.
PINOTAGE ON TAP (29 OCT)
It’s October and you know what that means? It’s time for the 2016 Pinotage on Tap wine festival! This annual Cape Town Pinotage pilgrimage gets underway on Saturday, 29 October 2016 and heads to the Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington to celebrate its 12th 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 multiple 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 R435p/p for general access (no kiddie tickets are available) and R980p/p for general access and a case of wine (six bottles). Click through to the event for more information.
CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL (29 - 30 OCT)
The Cape Town International Kite Festival swoops into town from Saturday, 29 to Sunday, 30 October 2016 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 Capementalhealth.co.za. They cost R30p/p for adults and R10p/p for kids.
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 2016. 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.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
2015 Events in Cape Town
SHNIT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (7 – 11 OCT)
For the sixth time, the shnit International Short Film Festival flickers on to screens across Cape Town with its irreverent, out-there spread of shorts from Wednesday, 7 to Sunday, 11 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 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.
PERDEBERG FAMILY FESTIVAL IN PAARL (24 OCT & 31 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 over two consecutive Saturdays 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 on the day at the gate for R70p/p. Click through to the event for more information.
THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2016 – APR 2017)
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 2015 to April 2016. 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 will be on sale from 1 October 2015 and can be purchased online via TheGalileo.co.za. Click through to the events 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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