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Celebrate New Year's Eve & New Year’s Day in Cape Town

Ring in the new year in the Mother City and surrounds at some of the hottest, most happening parties, concerts, feasts and more!

Still not sure what to do for New Year’s in Cape Town this year? Well look no further. We’ve put together one of the best selections of NYE events and parties that are going down in the Mother City and the surrounding Western Cape, and as in past, 2014/2015’s overview will be comprehensive as always. 

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to wine, dine and dance or whether you’re searching for a three-day opskop under the stars, we’ve got something for you. 

NEW YEAR'S DAY IN CAPE TOWN

Though, if looking for something to do on the first of the year, read last year's guide to get a taste of what to expect in 2015 on New Year's Day

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2014-2015 NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN & THE WESTERN CAPE
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New Year’s Eve Party at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
Bid 2014 farewell and spend New Year’s Eve in Stellenbosch this year at the historic Spier Wine Farm in the Cape Winelands. The Boland-based farm is hosting a family-friendly NYE dinner and party with something for all ages. The evening starts off with a welcome drink and a snack before guests tuck into a three-course farm-to-table meal in a communal setting. A live band will provide some hip-swinging tunes, and a DJ will keep those feet going into the wee hours of the morning. While moms and pops party the night away, kids will be cared for by the childminders in an adjacent building where little ones can settle in and watch a movie; not to mention, the kiddies zone will also have a ‘Milk and Cookies’ bar.
COST: The NYE dinner and party costs R750p/p (includes a welcome drink, a snack, Spier Signature Wines, water and soft drinks) for adults.Kids pay R150p/p and the price includes access to the Milk and Cookies bar as well as the movie screening. The party starts at 8pm and runs until 1am the next morning. Click through to the event for information.

New Year’s Eve Comedy Show & Party at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club
Laugh off all of 2014’s worries and blues at the New Year’s Eve comedy show and party at Jou Ma Se Comedy Club at the Pumphouse at the V&A Waterfront. Merrymakers can look forward to a side-splitting stand-up show of note featuring five comedians, including Mother City hostess with the mostess Mel Jones and much-loved up-and-comer KG (Kagiso Mokgadi). After all the giggles and guffaws, DJ Michael Lesar will drop heady beats to take revelers into the wee hours of the morning. While supper is not included in the ticket price, patrons can order off the a la carte menu, and the kitchen will be open until midnight; the cash bar will be open until 2am.
COST: Tickets cost R300p/p and are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets; dinner is not included in the ticket price. Please note that this is an over-18s event. Click through to the event for more information.

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance at Hazendal Wine Estate
Dance and feast your way into the new year at the charmingly rustic and historical Hazendal Wine Estate’s Hermitage Restaurant in Stellenbosch. The Cape Winelands eatery is hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance fit for the whole family and invites guests to indulge in an evening of farm-style magic and delicious honest fare. Kick-start the evening with a welcome cocktail and snacks beneath the centuries-old oak trees before tucking into a spit braai and seafood main course buffet. To top off this great meal, dessert presents NYE patrons with a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, fruit and cake. Toast to the new year with a glass of bubbly and dance the night away to the six-piece blues band The Bootleggers. Children are welcome to attend, and there will be a supervised play area, jumping castle and cinema room; little ones will also get a party pack filled with yummy treats. The party starts at 8pm and continues until 1am.
COST: Tickets for the NYE dinner and dance cost R395p/p for adults and R95p/p for children under the age of 12. Guests can book their spot by calling +27 (0) 21 903 5034 or by emailing functions@hazendal.co.za.

New Year’s Eve Street Party at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town
The Mother City’s sidewalks are set to sizzle this New Year’s Eve with Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town’s NYE Tropical Island Beach-themed street party. The red-hot soiree takes over New Church Street in front of the property and transforms it into a breezy paradise-meets-bumpin’ club. Some of Metro FM DJs will reign over the decks, and a handful of other smokin’ deck-wreckers will also put in noteworthy performances. In a nutshell, this trendy inner-city accommodation offers merrymakers a unique and cosmopolitan spot to bid farewell to 2014 as well as an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the city’s elite. 
COST: To pre-book your ticket to this fabulous do, simply email nye@theinspirationroom.co.za or call the hotel for more information on +27 (0) 21 488 2555. Alternatively, tickets will also be available at the door on the night, and costs range between R200p/p and R1550p/p depending on the package.

New Year’s Eve Party at HQ Restaurant
Usher in the new calendar year at one of Cape Town city centre’s swankiest steakhouses, Headquarters (HQ) restaurant. With a night of dinner, dancing, bubbles and merry-making on the cards, the cutting edge, single concept eatery (only sirloin, salad and dessert is on the menu) looks to lend the start of 2015 a heady dose of style and ceremony. A DJ will be stationed at the decks to drop festive beats, and a fully-stocked bar – Cubans included – will also be at your service. Tickets cost R600p/p and include canapés, a glass of bubbly on arrival, a sparkling cocktail when the clock strikes midnight and a meal of sirloin, salad and dessert (a vegetarian option is available).
COST: To book, telephone +27 (0) 21 424 6373 or email matt@hqrestaurant.co.za; full payment must be made in advance to confirm a slot.

Nu World Eve New Year’s Eve Party at Vaudeville in Cape Town
By far one of the most affordable and super fun New Year’s Eve parties in the city centre, the Nu World Eve New Year’s Eve jol – brought to you by the founders of Balkanology and the Flamjangled Tea Party – invites revellers to get down (in costume) to a unique evening of wormhole jumping at the Time Travellers’ Ball at Vaudeville (otherwise known as Side Show) in Cape Town. With two dance floors, local beatmakers skilled in the art of jigerypokery as well as the New York-based ‘pan-awesome dance jam’ expert Thornato, this all-night “timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly” throwdown is the go-to option for those who’ve left plans to the last minute. Party kicks off at 9pm.
COST: Pre-sale tickets are R250p/p and are available via Webtickets.co.za and PnP outlets. Depending on availability, tickets will also be available at the gate and will set you back a cool R300p/p.

New Year’s Eve on Table Mountain
Treat yourself to a pre-New Year’s Eve celebration in Cape Town on Table Mountain and witness the final sunset of 2014 from atop one of the official ‘New7Wonders of Nature’. This majestic mountain offers merrymakers the perfect perch from which to soak up the beauty of the Mother City before heading out to see the clock strike midnight. The last trip up is at 8pm and the final car down departs at 9pm. The sun is scheduled to set at 8pm.
COST: Tickets can be bought online via Webtickets.co.za or at the cableway ticket office. Click through to the event for more information on costs. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Ring in the new year in Camps Bay at the uber chic Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant. The 31-December jol starts at sunset with canapés, bubbly and live tunes – after which guests sit down for a scintillating six-course dinner. Then, diners will join in for the traditional NYE countdown with French Champagne and toast to 2015 before dancing into the wee hours to live music and a DJ in the Leopard Bar. For those looking for a post-dinner party, there is also an option to skip the feast and join in the merriment in the hotel bar.
COST: The six-course dinner costs R2200p/p (includes gratuity and French Champagne at 12am); drinks are for patrons own account. The midnight countdown option in the Leopard Bar costs R150p/p, and a minimum of four guests is required for table bookings. Click through to the event for more information.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Shimmy Beach Club
Cape Town’s ultimate summer party hotspot is sending off 2014 with a glitzy, glamorous NYE extravaganza for those who love the finer things in the life. The luxurious evening includes top-class entertainment by a sexy London dance troupe, deep house beats by international DJs and special performances by local artists. And finally, as the oceanside club demands a certain sort of swank and style, a surprise midnight toast worthy of the opulent soiree is also on the cards. In short, dress your best and toast to 2015 at this elegantly suave affair.
COST: General entry, which includes a complimentary welcome drink, costs R850p/p and is available from Computicket.com. VIP and premier entry, which each include an assortment of special access and complimentary food and drink, costs R2800p/p and R5500p/p respectively. These ticket types are only available from Shimmy Beach Club as it’s necessary to reserve a table when making the booking. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Rick's Café Américain Restaurant & Bar
Say goodbye to 2014 with a fun and festive evening of dinner and dance at Rick’s Café Américain in Gardens. Offering an international experience under one local Victorian roof, the Mother City institution is a particularly great place for foreigners to usher in 2014. Party-goers can get into the celebratory swing with live tunes from a pianist, belly dancers and bopping beats from the resident DJ, a welcome cocktail, a platter of appetisers and an all-you-can-eat Moroccan-themed buffet of drool-worthy eats. 
COST: 
The NYE buffet dinner and entertainment costs R375p/p, and bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 424 1100 or emailing info@rickscafe.co.za. Booking and pre-payment is essential as there are limited tables available.

New Year’s Eve at the Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore 
Looking for a classy and stylish way to end off the new year? The folks at the ultra-hip Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore are hosting two brilliant events to help you ring in 2015 with some proper pomp and circumstance. For one, there’s the opportunity to tuck into a swanky dinner at the modern and elegant Red Bar and Grill Restaurant (RBG), where guests can indulge in a lovely four-course meal while listening to some soothing live music. If having a boogie is more what you’ve been looking for, then get involved with the rooftop party on the Sunroof Terrace, which is located on the sky-high 11th floor. Here, yummy canapés will be circling and thumping beats from the resident DJ Shylo will set the tone for the evening. In both cases though, guests can toast to midnight with a complimentary glass of bubbles on the rooftop bar.
COST: Bookings can be made through the hotel by calling +27 (0)21 427 8300 and securing your spot. Entry to the rooftop party costs R495p/p and no under-18s are allowed. Doors open at 6:30pm. The four–course dinner costs R525p/p.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Charcoal Dining
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Cape Town at Charcoal Dining, one of the Mother City’s upmarket and intimate bistros, in Gardens. This quaint eatery is all about giving its guests a unique experience with a personal touch, and this NYE dinner is certainly no different. The evening kicks off with a Lanique and bubbly cocktail before launching into the seven-course set menu.

MENU FOR THE 2014-2015 NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AT CHARCOAL DINING

Amuse Bouche

Warm Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Breads with Tomato & Olive Tapenade

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Spicy Gazpacho with Chorizo, Cucumber & Yoghurt

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Warm Mediterranean Vegetable Salad
Rocket, Sun Dried Tomato, Zucchini, Sweet Peppers, Pine Nuts

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Roast Chicken filled Ravioli
Curried Prawn Sauce

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Grilled Fresh Linefish
Lemon, Dill & Chive Cream

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Seared Tuna, Avocado, Lime, Chilli Salsa
Cherry Tomato, Olive, Anchovy, Rocket Salad

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Sorbet

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Rare Roast Beef Fillet
Potato Dauphinoise, Porcini Mushroom

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Grilled Ostrich Fillet Medallions
Orange, Ginger, Dates, Cranberries

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Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart
Hot Chocolate Sauce, Organic Orange Sorbet, Grand Marnier

Cheese Plate

COST: Spots to this scrumptious NYE dinner cost R795p/p and include a seven-course dinner as well as a welcome cocktail. A vegetarian option is also available, and the menu is subject to change. The 10% service charge is not included in the price. Booking is essential, and to do so, contact +27 (0) 21 422 3232 or by emailing info@charcoaldining.co.za.

New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Kayaking Session with Kaskazi Kayaks in Cape Town
Opt for an alternative festive season activity and explore the Mother City from Table Bay’s crystal-like waters with a New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day paddling session with Kaskazi Kayaks. There are three time slots to choose from, and participants can either wave farewell to the final sunset of 2014 or say hello to the first sunrise of 2015 from the Cape’s Atlantic Ocean. This two-hour alternative festive season experience comes complete with a rest stop at The Radisson Blu Waterfront, where adventurers can sip on a warm/cold beverage. Though, since Kaskazi Kayaks is adamant about maintaining its 100% safety record, the route will change if the weather turns.

A FEW THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF & BE PREPARED FOR THE NEW YEAR’S EVE & NEW YEAR’S DAY KAYAKING SESSION WITH KASKAZI KAYAKS IN CAPE TOWN

  • Expect to get wet. Beachwear, a windbreaker, and flip-flops are recommended.
  • Sun protection is essential: hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Bring a change of clothes and a towel: there’s a shower in the shop.
  • Only bring your camera if it’s waterproof. The guides will take loads of pictures, which you’ll receive within hours, at no extra charge.
  • You can leave your belongings in the shop and there’s a safe for valuables.

COST: This festive paddling session costs R350p/p and includes a two-hour kayaking trip (the route will be determined by the weather), a rest stop and a cool or warm beverage. Booking is essential and can be made by emailing info@kayak.co.za.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance at Richard’s Supper Stage 
Say hello to 2015 in true Capetonian fashion at Richard’s Supper Stage. The musical revue restaurant is hosting an entertaining extravaganza with a four-course buffet meal and a special edition of the ‘Kaapse Stories from the Mother City’ show to make sure guests greet the new year with content bellies and jovial spirits. The spread includes Champagne and oysters on arrival and a main course of specially prepared crayfish, beef fillet, chicken and prawn curry (to name just a few). After the lively tale of the rainbow nation comes to an end, diners will be entertained by renowned magician Russell Fox and Richard’s resident jazz band. Then, at midnight there will be a Kaapse Klopse (Cape Minstrels) procession to welcome 2015 in true local style. Afterwards, guests can dance the night away until the wee hours of the morning. 
COST: Tickets for New Year’s Eve celebrations at Richard’s Supper Stage cost R1500p/p and can be booked either by calling +27 (0) 76 144 4809 or emailing bookings@richardscapetown.co.za. Kiddies between the ages of 3 and 12 years of age pay half price. The good times start at 7:30pm.

Rezonance New Year’s Eve Trance Party Cape Town
GERONIMO! Plunge into the new year with the epic big daddy of electronic dance music fiestas in the Mother City. That’s right folks, the much-anticipated psychedelic Rezonance NYE Festival, which is one of the biggest New Year’s trance parties in Cape Town, is back on the calendar to kick your 2015 into high gear. As always, the four-day jol goes down at Contermanskloof Farm in Durbanville, and organisers have scoured the country and the globe for only the hottest local psytrance, progressive, drum n bass, techno, chill and dub step acts – all of whom will drop beats across the four dance arenas from Wednesday, 31 December 2014 to Saturday, 3 January 2015. Expect camping out under the stars, stomping in the mud, overall fun, freedom and debauchery.
COST: Tickets are available online at Quicket.co.za and selected outlets and cost between R540p/p and R700p/p.  Festivalgoers wanting to purchase their tickets online will be required to create a Quicket account and register to complete the purchasing process. Please note that early bird tickets have been sold out, and no festival day passes will be available. 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Dornier Bodega
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Stellenbosch and tuck into the decadent five-course menu at the Dornier Bodega Restaurant in the Boland Winelands. Set in a Cape Dutch-style barn, this charming eatery perfectly marries fresh farm-style cuisine with a modern twist and superb vinos for a taste experience like no other.
COST: Booking is essential and the New Year’s Eve Dinner costs R455p/p; there is also a wine pairing for an extra R165p/p. Little ones younger than 12 years old can order from regular the kiddies menu. To book your spot, simply call the winelands eatery at +27 (0) 21 880 0557.

New Year’s Eve Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Usher in 2015 with a sumptuous, satisfying New Year’s Eve dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s elegant Savour Restaurant. The eatery is serving up a simply tantalising six-course dinner within its classy, contemporary interior, making sure guests enter the brand new year in style. So, if you’re up for a bit of swank and sophistication, there’s no better place for your midnight toast than Savour Restaurant.
COST: New Year’s Eve dinner at Savour Restaurant costs R695p/p and bookings can be made either by calling +27 (0) 21 469 8000 or emailing reservations@15onorangehotel.com. Pre-booking and full pre-payment is essential to secure a reservation. There is no charge for children under the age of 12 years.

New Year’s Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch
Toast to the start of the new year in Cape Town and party the night away to the sounds of South African icons Arno Carstens and Mango Groove. These two famous acts are billed to perform live in concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2014. Taking place beneath the starry night skies on scenic open lawns, the show invites audience members to bring along blankets, picnic baskets and bubbly, and usher in 2015 in laidback, sophisticated style.
COST: Tickets for the NYE Kirstenbosch concert are available via Webtickets.co.za or from the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office and will set you back R310p/p (all ages). 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Trees Restaurant
Those looking to bid farewell to 2014 with gourmet food and bubbly in an upmarket setting can have it all at the New Year’s Eve dinner at Trees Restaurant in the Townhouse Hotel. Patrons can choose between a two-course and four-course meal option, and guests will be welcomed into the venue with a glass of bubbly. The mouth-watering main course gives diners the chance to choose between lip-smacking West Coast crayfish and succulent biltong-crusted ostrich medallion. Either way though, bellies will be rumbling contentedly thanks to all the delightful goods on offer. And those who want to hit the town after can take solace in the fact that the Townhouse Hotel is an easy walk away from the CBD’s main clubs and bars.
COST: Patrons can choose between the full menu, which costs R338p/p, and the two-course meal option, which costs R238p/p (includes welcome drink and amuse-bouche). Additional drinks are at the patrons’ own cost. Click through to the event to find out how to book.

Clubbers Campout: New Year’s Eve Edition #CCNYE14
Since entering the outdoor event music scene in March 2013, the Clubbers Campout series has established a loyal and growing fan base. Thus, this year, organisers have taken it upon themselves to give the last-minute party-goers and undecided New Year’s Eve revellers a solid five-day event to celebrate 2015. From Monday, 29 December 2014 to Friday, 2 January 2015, the NYE party returns to one of the Cape’s favourite party venues, the Circle of Dreams in Riviersonderend, and offers revelers a plethora of activities, acts, DJs and so much more. Teaming up with the festival experts behind the Vortex trance parties, the Clubbers Campout squad will ensure that the venue boasts all the amenities and comforts synonymous with the legendary psy festivals.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com as well as at the gate on the day and costs vary according to ticket type. For more information, visit Facebook.com/events/721460207891832.

New Year’s Eve at The Taproom
It’s New Year’s Eve in Cape Town, and you want to do something but you’re just not sure what. Well, for all of you who are still undecided, here’s something that’ll be perfect for you. Get all your buds together and celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Devil’s Peak Brewing Company’s upmarket – yet down-to-earth – eatery, The Taproom. There’s no set menu, no expensive DJ or fancy trimmings, but what you can be sure of is that all your favourite menu items and the beer that makes this restaurant so special will be present and accounted for. There will be two sittings – one from 6pm to 8:30pm and another from 9pm to 1am – and kiddies are most welcome to attend the early sitting. And even though you won’t be seeing anyone drop beats, there will be music, and if you choose to attend the later session, there will be space made so you can bust a few moves.
COST: In order to secure your spot, a R200p/p deposit is required, which will come off the final bill at the end of the night. As previously mentioned, there will be two sittings and little ones can attend the earlier session. For more information or to book, contact thetaproom@devilspeakbrewingcompany.co.za.  

New Year’s Eve Party at The Foreign Exchange Bar
Get down in style and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Southern Suburbs at The Foreign Exchange Bar in Observatory. The eclectic nightlife spot is billed to host a 007-themed shindig. The James Bond jol will transport attendees to Havana – the setting in the film Die Another Day – and while dropping bad guys is not on the cards, the DJ will be assassinating banging basslines to take you into 2015 with all the suaveness and style of this dapper and debonair MI6 agent. What’s more, revelers can expect to tuck into Cuban-style tapas, sip on mojitos and even place a couple of bets at the poker table. There will also be a professional photo booth to immortalise your evening and, of course, a vibrant dance floor to get your groove on. Guys are requested to suit up (or down) in their best Bond-style attire, and the ladies can don their finest tropical outfit.
Tickets: Tickets will be available via Quicket.co.za. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/538836996251385/.

Nik Rabinowitz’s Stand-up Comedy Show at the Fugard Theatre
Local funnyman and ‘the world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian’ is back with a brand new one-man show! Comedy fans can check out his latest offering, What the EFF?, at the Fugard Theatre on  Wednesday, 31 December 2014 in the lead up to the big ball drop. Get ready to laugh at Mzansi’s collection of follies over the last year, from the antics of outspoken politicians to the recent loadshedding crisis. And as always, it’s all infused with true Rabinowitz wit and theatrics.
COST:
Tickets for the show are available via Computicket.com or from Computicket outlets. Entry to the new year’s show is R250p/p and booking is essential. Click through to the event for more information.

Marc Lottering New Year’s Eve Comedy Show at the Baxter Theatre
Laugh your way into 2015 with Cape Town’s very own king of comedy, Marc Lottering. See the master comic in action at this special New Year’s Eve performance of his latest one-man stand-up show, This is Captain Lottering Speaking, at the Baxter Theatre. As the pilot of this flight of funny, Lottering once again brings to life his merry band of madcap characters, like Auntie Merle Abrahams, Smiley, Galatia Geduldt, Travis and Colleen the cashier from hell, all of whom are headed to the airport for one hilarious journey into the new year!
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and cost R180p/p. Click through to the event for ticket details.

Meet Joe Barber New Year’s Eve Comedy Show at the Baxter Theatre
What better way to kick off the new year than with a laugh-a-minute stand-up show about true Cape Town culture. Giggle and guffaw into 2015 at the NYE rendition of the Meet Joe Barber comedy show at the Baxter Theatre. Of course, the latest incarnation of this adored mockumentary-style drama features the famous barbers, Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat, as well as firm favourites, like Boeta Gamat’s nosey wife Washiela and the resident layabout Outjie, as well as some new and interesting characters.
COST: Tickets are available via Computicket.com and cost R180p/p. Click through to the event for ticket details.

New Year’s Eve at the Barnyard Theatre
Celebrate New Year’s Eve by singing along to summer tunes at the final musical tribute show of the annum at the Barnyard Theatre in Willowbridge. Billed as the ultimate audio-visual experience, this NYE show is best described as an incredible performance where ‘rock stars, Hollywood and Broadway collide!’. What better way to bid the year farewell than with a musical tribute that pays homage to the keepers of cool - think Def Leppard, Meat Loaf, Queen, Elton John, Joe Cocker and Cher - and the classic tracks from movies like Grease, Fame, Footloose and Dirty Dancing. This special New Year’s Eve performance includes a welcome drink and a snack pack, and the bar and restaurant will be open for revellers who want to celebrate afterward.
COST: Tickets to the NYE show costs R380p/p and include a welcome drink and snacks. Click through to the event for more information.

New Year's Eve Electric Vines Music Festival 
Usher in the new year with thumping beats, cool acoustics and a magnificent view at the inaugural Electric Vines Music Festival at the Arabella Wine Estate in the Robertson Valley from Tuesday, 30 December 2014 to Thursday, 1 January 2015. With a world-class line-up of local musical acts, one awesome Aussie headliner, beautiful surroundings and a kid-friendly atmosphere, the two-day affair has everyone covered. Camp underneath the stars or choose to live it up in the luxury VIP section.
COST:
Festival passes range from R600p/p – R2000p/p and can be bought online and at the gate. Kids pay R150p/p for a full festival pass. Single day passes are available online and at the gate for R300p/p and R500p/p respectively.

New Year’s Eve Pacha Ibiza Party at the Grand Café & Beach
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Cape Town in style with an island-style jam at the Pacha Ibiza party held at the Grand Café & Beach in Granger Bay. Set on the private shores of this well-loved oceanfront Mother City eatery-cum-club, the end-of-year jol, which brings the famous Spanish nightclub’s legendary summer soiree to Cape Town, offers socialites and hedonists the chance to experience the vibes of the Mediterranean party mecca without even having to board a plane. This time around, party-goers can expect to get down to the banging basslines of Pacha Ibiza resident DJs Danny Wade and Josef Bamba as well as local act DJ Jet and Grand Africa resident beatmaker JanuaryOne; the famous Pacha Ibiza dancers will also be in attendance.
COST: Tickets are available through AfterHours.NuTickets.co.za/PachaNYE and cost R750p/p for the party.

New Year’s Eve Hi-Tec Sunset Hike in Stellenbosch
See the beauty of Mother Nature while ushering in the start of the new year with this family-friendly outdoor activity on Wednesday, 31 December 2014. This exciting New Year’s Eve sunset hike spans over 9.75-km, starting at the Dirtopia Trail Centre on the Delvera Farm and going all the way through the Renosterveld Conservancy and yellowwood forest to the top of Klapmutskop. The invigorating walk includes a refreshing glass of bubbly for thirsty adults and a juice for the little ones at the hill’s apex, where hikers can watch the sun dip down behind Table Mountain. Families can make an event of this by bringing along snacks and prepping a picnic to celebrate the new year. Those planning to attend the hike should bring along a torch (with fully charged batteries) and some warm clothes in anticipation of the possible evening chill.
COST: Bookings can be made by calling Dirtopia at +27 (0)21 884 4752 or simply emailing info@dirtopia.co.za. Entry costs R50p/p for kids under 10 and R100p/p for adults; space is limited so pre-booking is essential.

Hot White New Year’s Eve Party at the All Star Theatre
Looking to countdown to 2015 with an old-school jam with thumping tunes and a classy theme? The Hot White New Year’s Eve Party at the All Star Theatre in Brackenfell has an awesome local line-up with some of the best in the biz entertaining you. Let heartthrobs ADAM and Take Note get the party started. Emcee and well-known triple threat Emo Adams will be keeping the crowd in stitches with his unique and brash sense of humour. Remember to dig up your finest white threads and then get set to dance the night away with groovy tunes worth remembering.
COST: Tickets to the event cost 240p/p and can be bought at the All Star Theatre or online at Allstarlive.co.za. Patrons can bring their own food platters to the event, and a cash bar will be available.  

Freshlyground & CTPO New Year’s Eve Concert in Paarl
Jive away to the Afro-pop stylings of Freshlyground and the classical sounds of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at this outdoor New Year’s Eve event at the Nederburg Wine Farm on Wednesday, 31 December 2014.  Join in and sing along to some of your favourite South African hits, like ‘Doo Be Doo’, ‘Potbelly’and ‘Fire is Low’, while you usher in the new year. The eight-piece will be performing signature songs and new material from their latest album, Take Me To The Dance. Patrons wanting to jol but not drive to the Nederburg Wine Estate can catch a ride with the shuttle service provided by the organisers.  Click through to the event for more information.
COST: Tickets cost R175p/p for kids from 12-18 and R300p/p for adults and can be bought from Computicket.com, Computicket outlets or from the Artscape Theatre. Kids under 12 get in for free.

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Nik Rabinowitz What the EFF at the Fugard Theatre Nik Rabinowitz’s Stand-up Comedy Show ...

Have a hearty laugh at this Capetonian comedian’s politically inspired new ...

Pinocchio at the Nassau Theatre 1Pinocchio at the Nassau Theatre

Bring out the little ones for a fun take on this beloved age-old children’s ...

Sammi Morales DJ at Shimmy Beach ClubFriday Anthems Party at Shimmy Beach ...

Cape Town’s premier oceanfront club pays homage to summer with a series of ...

Killarney Street2Strip 1 Killarney Street2Strip

See tyres screech and cars being pushed to their limit in this Killarney-based ...

Fire and Ice Pool Shot Cape TownFriday Night DJ Sessions at Protea ...

Welcome the weekend with a free and funky party at the Mother City’s ...

Dinner Club at Borage Bistro Cape TownFriday Dinner at Borage Bistro

Ease into the weekend with a superb supper and sultry live tunes at this ...

Super Cool Beer Tour Bottles at Devil's PeakFree Beer Friday Special with Super ...

Embark on a fun Friday brewery excursion and get two lagers on the house

Marc LotteringMarc Lottering Comedy Show in Cape Town

The Mother City’s (multi) comedic personality draws his latest side-splitting ...

Wine Celebration in Hermanus Wine Celebration at the Wine Village ...

This Hermanus-based premium wine boutique opens its doors for a festive bout of ...

ratanga junction bushwackerHoliday Fun at Ratanga Junction

The lowdown on everything from rides, rollercoasters and family-friendly fun to ...

Art of the Brick Lego ManThe Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition in ...

Don’t miss the world-renowned expo at the V&A Waterfront that transforms a ...

Joe Barber 6 LifeJoe Barber Comedy Show

Prepare for a laugh-a-minute show that delves into the heart and soul of Cape ...

Rocking Hollywood 5Barnyard Theatre’s Rocking Hollywood ...

Have a musical trip down memory lane with the brilliant cast of Rocking in ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser ...

Kirstenbosch Summer ConcertsKirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight

Sing along to popular Christmas songs at Cape Town’s historic gardens this ...

Maboneng Township Arts Langa TagThe Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour

Take a gander at local creations along this Cape Town township’s first ...

War Horse at the Artscape Theatre 3War Horse at the Artscape Theatre

Don’t miss this award-winning London production featuring masterful South ...

Julep Cocktail BarHappy Hour Cocktails at Julep Bar

This speakeasy-type watering hole offers up a late-night drinks deal in Cape ...

Abbott Nu Jazz Band at SotanoFriday Jazz Dinner at Sotano

Start the weekend in style with soulful beats and supreme fare at this Atlantic ...

Wembley Tap Bar Craft Beer Beer Pong at Wembley Tap Bar

Mix ping pong with artisan ale at this industrial-chic house of beer every ...

HQ Friday night DJ Dance partyFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

#AfterDark with DJ Rene: start the weekend with a steak dinner, stylish ...

Dutch Haven BarAfter-work Drinks and Live Music at ...

Enjoy an authentic Holland-style borreluur every Friday evening at this ...

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum LogoThe Springbok Experience Museum’s ...

Visit this world-class Waterfront attraction and enjoy a free Castle draught at ...

Wine Flies Forgotten Route TourThe Forgotten Route Train Tour to ...

Take the road less travelled on a two-day adventure to the Klein Karoo

Richard's Bistro supper and stage Kaapstad“Kaapse Stories” at Richard’s ...

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

Marcel's Frozen Yoghurt BlizzardHow Awesome Would It Be If this Cape ...

We’ve reimagined some of the Mother City’s hotspots as cool and quirky ...

Nude Sketches from Bright Studio Cape TownArt Sale at Bright Day Studio in ...

Score everything from original oil on canvas to exquisite photographic prints ...

Diesel women's dresses sale from Labels4Less shopDiesel Jeans & Clothing Sale

Get an extra R50 off already marked-down designer denim, bags, belts, tops and ...

Marcel's Frozen Yoghurt Summer of Good Times CampaignWin With Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt in ...

Share YOUR summer moment and score the ultimate summer of good times getaway ...

Dinner at Dish Restaurant Inn on the SquareBraai Lunch Special at Inn on the ...

Friday is braai day at this Cape Town accommodation’s laidback eatery

Vibe at the Hout Bay Harbour Market in Cape TownFriday Night at The Bay Harbour Market

Ring in the weekend with live music, craft beer, hearty fare and happy shopping ...

Free Biltong online shopping South AfricaFree-range Fridays in Cape Town

Celebrate your weekend freedom with ethically produced biltong and droëwors

Glenelly 1Meat and Cheese Platters at Glenelly ...

A Stellenbosch wine tasting with true French finesse

Bright Day Art Classes in WoodstockCreative Corporate Team Building with ...

Harness the power of creativity at an edgy customised workshop

Cozier Wine Shop LogoFree Wine Tasting at Cozier Wine Cellars

Sample sublime reds, whites, pinks and more for mahala right in the bosom of ...

Food and wine tasting at La MotteFood and Wine Pairing at La Motte

Discover a match made in the divine tasting room of this Franschhoek estate

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