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September Events in Cape Town and Surrounds
Spring has sprung and with it a plethora of fantastic outdoor festivals, celebrations and annual fairs
As the first official month of spring – and as the bearer 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 sun 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 year to view the spring flora in the Cape), wine trail runs 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 Sunday (so you could make a weekend of it!).
2017 SEPTEMBER EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN AND BEYOND
WHALE WATCHING (JUN – NOV)
Whale season begins in June and continues until November, so take your winter warmers 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 ideal weekend getaway. Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling little fishing village and a prime whale watching destination. Aside from granting awestruck visitors countless opportunities to watch the mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of fabulous restaurants, noteworthy art galleries, shops and a very popular Saturday craft market.
COST: While it’s FREE (and fun) to watch the whales, certain activities are individually priced. Click through for more information.
CAPE TOWN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL (31 AUG – 3 SEP)
This annual fiesta will be taking to the streets in our lovely city and giving Capetonians yet another reason to enjoy and celebrate good food. Street food culture is still fairly small in Cape Town – so ‘doughnut’ miss your chance to take advantage of the best ready-to-eat grub local foodies can serve up. The feasting festival taking place in Woodstock will boast gourmet delicacies of all kinds, including proudly South African classics, authentic Asian cuisine and other global fare like good old American-style cheeseburgers. If you want to get engaged in the conversation around the local food scene, you can also attend the Food Studio Conference, being held at the V&A Waterfront, and hear talks by successful entrepreneurs in the industry. Prepare your stomachs people, this one is going to be a goodie.
COST: A ticket to the Food Studio Conference at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday, 31 August costs between R1100/p and R1300/p. Entry to the Festival Market on Saturday, 2 September is R50/p whilst entry on the Sunday, 3 September is R100/p.
CAPE HOMEMAKERS EXPO (31 AUG – 3 SEP)
If you feel like you need to make some changes in your life, then consider redecorating and renovating your home. Sinking your teeth into a DIY project is not only fun and fairly easy, it’s affordable too. Draw inspiration for the dream home you’ve always wanted from this year’s Cape Homemakers Expo, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The range of products looks to be as vast and impressive as ever, and those looking to breathe life back into their personal palaces will find plenty of professional tips and products for purchase. From current interior trends and functional décor to state-of-the-art appliances and gardening demos, hundreds of homemaking gurus will be ready to give you the advice and encouragement you need. Both leading brands and up-and-coming designers will be there showcasing their creative skills and wares.
COST: Tickets to the mega event are available at the door as well as online from Quicket. The entry cost is R80/p for adults and R70/p for pensioners, whilst under 12s get in for free.
CELLAR2CELLAR TRAIL RUN & WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE (2 SEP)
Lace up your running shoes, don your grooviest flower power outfit and get ready to win(e)d your way through the Blaauwklippen Vineyards in Stellenbosch as part of the 2017 Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience on Saturday, 2 September 2017. As per the event title, participants run from cellar to cellar, along a 12km 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 12km or 20km route that both have plenty of water points (sans vino) along the way. Either way, entrants are guaranteed a great workout as they trot through the vineyards.
COST: Pre-entries can be made through Iqela-events.co.za and costs range from R150/p to R320/p depending on the route. Late entries can also be made on the day of registration. Click through to the event for more information.
OPEN BOOK FESTIVAL (6 – 10 SEP)
Committed to promoting a love for literature and showcasing South African writing, the city-wide bibliophilic affair returns to Cape Town for its 2017 appearance. The five-day festival includes over 140 events that feature more than 100 authors. These local and international writers are set to present their latest works and engage in panel discussions, storybook readings, workshops and more. Various venues around the Mother City, including the Fugard Theatre, Elsie’s River Library and The Book Lounge, will be playing host to these literature happenings. With a great offering of both free and ticketed events, this yearly book-centric fiesta is not only affordable, but fun and educational too.
COST: Tickets to individual events range from free to R100/p. However, you could also get yourself a Day Pass (which provides one access ticket to six events per day) for R150/p, or a Festival Pass (a Five-Day Festival Pass with one ticket access to six events per day) for R600/p.
ALIEN SAFARI: SPRUNG! TRANCE PARTY (9 – 10 SEP)
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, 9 to Sunday, 10, the September shindig not only signals the start of the season of rebirth, but also heralds the beginning of psytrance’s regular weekend takeovers.
COST: Pre-sale tickets are available for R320/p at various participating Cape Town outlets as well as online via Quicket.co.za prior to the festival. The Sunday Funday ticket option will cost R300/p Tickets at the gate will cost R350/p. Click through to the event for more information.
CRAZY STORE TABLE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE (10 SEP)
This annual trail running event takes runners through a series of routes on Table Mountain. With a variety of different distances, the event is suitable for both intermediate and advanced racers, team players and solo sportspeople. The full route is 43km and features two separate legs of 21km and 22km respectively. You can choose to run the entire 43km solo or just one of the legs if you enter with a team. Most of the races are currently sold out, but check the website for details and possible substitutions, or how to support the guys and gals.
COST: To enter or to make a substitution for the 2017 Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge visit Energyevents.co.za. Click through to the event for more information.
DARLING WILDFLOWER SHOW (14 – 17 SEP)
Taking place annually since 1917, the blooming good Darling Wildflower Show returns in September (Thursday, 14 to Sunday, 17 September 2017) to wow flora fanatics with yet another gorgeous display. In 2017 the festival is celebrating their 100th anniversary so this year's edition is going to be bigger and better than ever. The floral fiesta showcases the unique and beautiful flowers of the region, and also offers 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 Quicket.co.za or at the gate on the day. Tickets prices ranges from free entry to R60/p. Click through to the event for more information.
FRANSCHHOEK UNCORKED (16 – 17 SEP)
Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival in the Franschhoek Wine Valley on the weekend of Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 September 2017. 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 R150/p, which includes a tasting glass and free tastings of select wines at the farms. Tickets are available online via Webtickets.co.za.
CAPE TOWN MARATHON (17 SEP)
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, 17 September 2017. 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 42.2km and 10km 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.
COST: Costs vary for each event, though all entries are already sold out. Check out the website for substitutions and charity entries.
SANPARKS FREE WEEK (18 – 22 SEP)
Yes, it’s that lovely time of the year when the blossoms are blooming and, for one magical week, you can enter most of the SANParks facilities for free! If you’re a South African resident and you pop into a participating park between Monday, 18 and Friday, 22 September 2017, you don’t have to pay to explore. Some of the parks that will be open to the public this year include the Bontebok National Park, Garden Route National Park, Tankwa Karoo National Park, Table 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.
CAPE TOWN FRINGE FESTIVAL (21 SEP – 8 OCT)
The Cape Town Fringe Festival is set to once again make a splash on the Mother City arts scene from Thursday, 21 September to Sunday, 8 October 2017, thanks to the good folks behind the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. 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 are available via Capetownfringe.co.za or the Cape Town Fringe Festival box office.
HERMANUS BOTANICAL SOCIETY’S FLOWER FEST (22 – 25 SEP)
‘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 Friday, 22 to Sunday, 25 September 2017. 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.
EARTHDANCE CAPE TOWN (23 – 24 SEP)
Earthdance Cape Town, set to sound off this year with a new concentrated two-day, one-night format, is taking place at Nekkies Resort in Worcester. 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 Quicket.co.za for between R300/p and R420/p and at the door. Click through to the event for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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