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September Events in Cape Town and Surrounds

Add a bit of bounce to your step with this month’s plethora of spring festivals, celebrations and annual fairs

As the first official month of spring – and as the harbinger of sneezes for those with allergies – September sees earlier sunrises, warmer days and drier weeks. It’s also the point in the year when the well-known species of Capetonian, indigenous to the Western Cape area, rears its head from a long period of hibernation after months of rain and dreary weather, ready to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible.

So let’s put winter behind us, shake off the last drizzles and gear up for a month of creativity, trance parties, flower shows (it’s the best time of the year to view the spring flora in the Cape), wine trail runs (yes, that’s right) and much more.

September is when we celebrate Heritage Day (or Braai Day as it’s been dubbed), and if you’re quick on the uptake, you’ve already realised that it falls on a Saturday. In tune with Heritage month, the Western Cape’s SANParks offer visitors a week of free entry into select reserves, and Iziko museums are open to all (also for FREE) during Heritage week (21 – 27 September 2016).


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: Varies according to event and prices range from R300p/p to R435p/p; price includes dinner, a mystery to solve and, where applicable, a welcome drink. Click through to the event for more information.

Whale season begins in June and continues until November, so take 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 the mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular Saturday craft market. 

While it’s FREE (and fun) to watch the whales, certain activities are individually priced. Click through for more information.

It’s no secret that here in the Mother City, we love our food – so much so that we were named the Best Food City in the World earlier this year! It’s therefore no surprise that we have an annual celebration dedicated to the fine art of street food, which buzzes into town again from Friday, 2, until Sunday, 4 September 2016. The fine folks at Side Street Studios are the hosts of the saucy soiree, which promises all manner of delicious delights to guzzle down with a beer or three.

COST: Tickets to the various events at the Street Food Festival are available on Entrance to the market is R50p/p, a ticket to the entrepreneurial conference is R550p/p and the dinner costs R400p/p. Click through to the event for more information.

Lace up your running shoes, don your grooviest flower power outfit and get ready to win(e)d your way through the vineyards of Paradyskloof just outside of Stellenbosch as part of the 2016 Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience on Saturday, 3 September 2016. As per the event title, participants run from cellar to cellar along a 12-km route sampling the fruits of the vine with full tastings and pairings (think chocolate, cheeses, nougat and more) at the six participating wine farms. Alternatively, more serious runners can give it their all by traversing a wine-free 12-km or 20-km route – there are plenty of water points (sans vino) along the way. Either way, entrants are guaranteed a great workout and a picturesque trot through the vineyards.

COST: Pre-entries can be made through and costs range from R150p/p to R320p/p depending on the route; late entries can also be made on the day of registration. Click through to the event for more information.

In an effort to foster a love for literature and to showcase South African writers, the 2016 Open Book Festival is back to put on a city-wide literary celebration in the Mother City from Wednesday, 7 to Sunday, 11 September 2016. As it’s a decentralised event, the various workshops, book launches, readings and panel discussions are hosted at different venues around Cape Town. Boasting a number of different aspects, including a comic book festival and a poetry programme, this annual affair promises to be a riveting page-turner.

COST: Tickets will be available via Click through to the event for more information.

This annual trail running event takes runners through a series of routes on the majestic Table Mountain. With a variety of different races, the event is suitable for both intermediate and advanced racers, team players and solo sportsman. The full route is 44-km and features three separate legs of 12-km, 11-km and 19-km respectively. You can choose to run the entire 44-km as a solo entrant, or just one of the legs if you enter with a team. While most of the races are currently sold out, substitutions are being accepted until Wednesday, 7 September at a cost of R100p/p.

COST: To enter or to make a substitution for the 2016 Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge visit Click through to the event for more information.

Hip-hop, the spring blooms and the perfect party atmosphere collide at the Ipotsoyi (a proudly local term meaning party) Spring Festival. If you fancy an outdoor jol featuring some of SA’s hottest acts then trek your way down to the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch on Sunday, 11 September 2016. This year’s line-up certainly is one that skriks vir niks, with award-winning duo Black Motion Kwa-Zulu Natal’s very own Riky Rick and ‘Way It Go’ hit-maker Nasty C amongst many others bringing thumping beats. Spring into stomping mode and celebrate the prettiest season with a party to end all others!

COST: Tickets range from R200p/p to R350p/p and can be bought from Click through to the event for more information.

Yes, it’s that lovely time of the year again when the blossoms are blooming and, for one magical week, you can enter most of the SANParks parks for free! If you’re a South African resident and you pop into a participating park between Monday, 12 and Friday, 16 September 2016, you don’t have to pay to explore. Some of the parks this year in the Cape region include the Bontebok National Park, Garden Route National Park, Tankwa Karoo National ParkTable Mountain National Park (excluding Boulders Penguin Colony and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway) and West Coast National Park. So pack a picnic and go for an adventure somewhere beautiful!

COST: FREE! Ts & Cs apply. Click through to the event for more information.

If, like a birdie in a nest, you’re itching to spruce up your space then this Homemaker’s Expo is everything you’ve been dreaming of. All about top tips on tasteful décor and home renovations, the annual affair showcases a selection of gorgeous products and decadent DIY projects you can get stuck into. The homely happening will occupy the CTICC for a limited time only so make sure you diarise it to avoid missing out.

COST: Tickets to the mega event are available at the door on the day or via, and cost R80p/p, or R70p/p for pensioners. Children under the age of 12 get in for free. Click through to the event for more information.

Taking place annually since 1917, the blooming good Darling Wildflower Show returns on the third weekend of September (Friday, 16 to Sunday, 18 September 2016) to wow flower fanatics with yet another gorgeous display. The floral fiesta showcases the unique and beautiful flowers of the region, and also offers up a range of entertainment, including live music, craft stalls and refreshments, which range from fresh food and vegetables to potjies and boerie rolls. Not to mention, entry into the festival includes a tractor ride to the usually restricted vlei, where the blooms are at their best. The colourful celebration aims to usher in the magnificent spring season and create awareness around the flora indigenous to the Darling area.

COST:Tickets will be available via or at the gate on the day for R50p/p. Click through to the event for more information.

An annual Mother City highlight, the Cape Town Marathon heads into the CBD for a quick-paced run through iconic streets and past historic buildings on Sunday, 18 September 2016. This yearly marathon is best known for its flat, feasible route and the fact that it offers both novices and experienced runners a chance to see Cape Town from a different angle. With a 42.2-km and 10-km route for the main event, this fast and furious race gives those looking to qualify for the Comrades and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon a chance to clock in with a great time. There are also a number of subsidiary runs, including trail runs and fun runs taking place on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

COST: Costs range for each event, but the 42.2-km will cost between R200p/p and R1000p/p, depending on your nationality. Entries for the race will close at midnight on Monday, 5 September 2016, or when the 7000 entries have been filled.

Celebrate Heritage Week (Monday, 19 September to Sunday, 25 September 2016) by visiting the historical Iziko Museums found in Cape Town.  View stunning art by South African and European artists at the South African National Gallery, learn all about the country’s colonial history at the Slave Lodge (one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town), see the incredible exhibitions at the South African Museum,  visit the home that was turned into a museum at Koopmans-De Wet House or discover the Cape Malay culture at the Bo Kaap Museum.
COST: Entry is FREE for the whole week!

‘Tis the season of spring, and where better to enjoy this time of renewal than at a blooming good floral spectacular. Soak up the first rays of post-winter sun at the Hermanus Botanical Society’s annual flower festival at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve from Thursday, 22 to Sunday, 25 September 2016. This year’s theme is ‘Fynbos and Fire, in memory of the large fire that swept through the reserve last year. Find out why fynbos needs flames to flourish, and learn about a host of fauna and flora at the family-friendly show. There will also be a host of craft, food and drink stalls as well as a display of mini-gardens and installations for those who want to perk up a small gardening space. 

COST: Tickets for the flower festival will be available at the festival entrance. 

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 numerous (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 or the Cape Town Fringe Festival box office. 

Two of the most addictive and glorious ingredients collide at this taste fiesta; caffeine and sugar. Join fellow coffee dependants and chocolate lovers at the Green Point Cricket Club from Saturday, 24 to Sunday, 25 September 2016 for an event that will get you buzzing with excitement. This is not just an ordinary food and drinks festival; there are more than 80 coffee and chocolate inspired products to sample and salivate over!

COST:Tickets to this heavenly festival are available online at, and will cost R100p/p per day. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at the door on the way in for R120p/p. Children aged 10 and under enter free all weekend. Click through to the event for more information.

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the 2016 Franschhoek Uncorked wine festival in the Franschhoek Wine Valley on the weekend of Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 26 September 2016. The family-friendly fiesta offers a wide assortment of events, including tastings of new vintages, sampling sessions of just-released reds and whites, cellar and vineyard tours, live entertainment and food pairings. Not to mention, festival-goers can browse through art exhibitions and the fresh food market or buy selected bottles at discount prices at all of the wineries. 

COST: Weekend passes cost R140p/p, which includes a tasting glass and free tastings of select wines at the farms. Tickets are available online via

Love riding waves or consider yourself an avid beach lover? Then the annual Earthwave Beach Festival is right up your alley. This popular event gets underway in the surfer’s haven of Muizenburg on a date that’s still to be confirmed for 2016. If you’re interested in receiving updates, then subscribe to our newsletter and bring your gees and beach towels for a day out in the sun at some of the Mother City’s most pristine beaches. 


This event has been postponed until 2017. For further information, please contact the organiser and subscribe to our newsletter for updates. 


Ready to lose yourself to the beat? Spring has arrived and along with it comes Alien Safari’s much anticipated Sprung! trance party. Descending on the Silwerstroom Resort from Saturday, 5 to Sunday, 6, the September shindig not only signals the start of the season of rebirth, but also heralds the beginning of psytrance’s regular weekend takeovers. So, dust off those stomping boots and hit slick groovies to progressive tunes from the likes of Earthling (Ibiza), Chromatone (USA), E-Clip (Serbia), Everblast (Ibiza) and K.i.M. (UK).
COST: Early bird tickets will cost R280p/p, whilst presale tickets are available for R320p/p at various participating Cape Town outlets as well as online via prior to the festival. Tickets at the gate will cost R350p/p. Click through to the event for more information.

Earthdance Cape Town, set to sound off this year with a new concentrated two-day, one-night format, is at Nekkies Resort in Worcestor this year. Billed as a ‘trance party with a conscience’, the outdoor electronica festival donates 50% of its profits to charities and also includes events like the global link-up, where 22 parties in 18 countries synchronise for the universal Prayer for Peace. It could, however, also be dubbed ‘the best jol for the trance party novice’, as it boasts multiple dance floors and stages featuring top local and international DJs.
COST: Tickets are available online via and at the door. Click through to the event 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 September, so be sure to check out our use 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 smart phone, add to your home screen for quick access on the go!

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