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May Events in Cape Town and Surrounds
From May Day to pay day, we’ve got the ultimate list of things to do this month!
The mercury is dropping (slowly but surely), and winter is pushing its way through the door this May in Cape Town. And while hibernation is sure to lure locals into their caves, don’t disappear under a heap of blankets just yet, because the Mother City refuses to sleep.
Enjoy everything from creative celebrations in the Mother City and lip-licking foodie fiestas in and around Cape Town to tricked out trance jols and so much more. Long story short, there are plenty of scintillating events to keep the cold at bay!
Also, don’t forget that it’s Worker’s Day 1 May, so check out our events calendar for great things to do on this long weekend!
TASTE OF DARLING (26 APR - 1 MAY)
With everything from beer and food to kids activities and live music, the Taste of Darling has something for everyone. This year the festival is bigger and better than ever, and will boast some big brand names from the Darling community (hint, Darling’s best brew will be there). The multi-venue festival will see specials across the quaint town, with art, music, food and fun taking centre stage! The Taste of Darling kicks off on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 and draws to an end on Monday, 1 May 2017 (which is a public holiday in case you had not realised!).
COST: Each of the interesting and exciting events at The Taste of Darling are priced individually, so check out their website for more - Tasteofdarling.co.za.
KNYSNA PINK LOERIE MARDI GRAS AND ARTS FESTIVAL (26 APR – 1 MAY)
The Garden Route’s queen city gears up for another five fabulous days of LGBTQIA festivities from Wednesday, 26 April to Monday, 1 May 2017. Things are bound to get wickedly fun with drag shows, beauty pageants, art exhibitions and mini-markets taking over the tranquil town. The fiesta culminates in a spectacular parade with elaborate floats and outrageous costumes. This annual festival celebrates all things LGBTQIA and it’s going down in the stunning Garden Route town of Knysna.
COST: Tickets are available for different events on the day and accommodation specials are available for out of town visitors.
SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (27 APR – 1 MAY)
Celebrate art, music, theatre and more when the annual Suidoosterfees rolls into town from Thursday, 27 April to Monday, 1 May 2017 to thrust Kaapse culture, heritage and lifestyle into the limelight. Boasting a carefully curated selection of what the local creative scene has to offer, the six-day festival spreads out across the Artscape Theatre and the District Six Museum. With musical performances and plenty of chuckles from some of South Africa’s talented comedians, there’s no shortage of fun. Festival-goers are destined to find something to entertain and educate at this yearly shindig!
COST: Tickets for the festival’s events are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and vary in price according to event.
FAN-CON CAPE TOWN COMIC-CON (29 APR - 1 MAY)
The international festival of all things comic-related is coming to Cape Town! Well kind of. The Mother City’s version of the renowned ComicCon is back in 2017 for another year of cosplay, gadgets, new releases, merchandise and celeb appearances. We may not be able to attract Mark Hamill and the like (sorry Sheldon Cooper), but we have some amazing local comic artists who will be in attendance to share their love for illustrative storytelling.
COST: Tickets for FanCon are available online via Computicket.com for R120p/p (for a single day pass). If you want to attend all three days, then your ticket price will go up to R240p/p.
SAFARI HALF MARATHON (1 MAY)
The 2017 Safari Half Marathon (21.1km) is one of the most scenic runs in the Western Cape. Starting in Wellington, the charity race takes participants through the area’s rolling farmlands and along gravel roads. Those not quite fit enough to be part of the contest can join the ranks participating in the 21km relay or 10km race. This year, the prestigious competition celebrates its 30th year and looks to bring competitors another memorable athletic event. Bring along the family or a group of friends and have a fun day supporting the runners hoping to grab a medal from this popular event.
COST: Entry ranges from free to R180p/p. For more information click through to the event.
RIEBEEK VALLEY OLIVE FESTIVAL (6 – 7 MAY)
A mere hour’s drive from Cape Town, the lush Riebeek Valley provides the magical location for this much-anticipated annual olive festival – and it’s the Western Cape’s largest. From Saturday, 6 to Sunday, 7 May 2017, visitors can experience a weekend of olive and wine tasting, art, cuisine and live entertainment at various venues. Get a feel for the rich heritage and history of the valley as well as its decadent culinary flair at this yearly calendar highlight.
COST: Weekend passes for the food and wine festival are available via Webtickets.co.za and cost R80p/p, and children younger than 12 years of age get in for FREE!
FRANSCHHOEK LITERARY FESTIVAL (19 – 21 MAY)
Book lovers can get their fill at the Franschhoek Literary Festival from Friday, 19 May to Sunday, 21 May 2017. The annual celebration of stories boasts a programme packed with discussions, readings, workshops and some favourite local and international authors. You’ll be delighted to know that some of SA’s best loved authors will be in attendance, and with a very notable international; Lesley Pearse. You will also see some famous local faces (that are not necessarily known for being authors) like Mamphela Ramphele, Reuben Riffel, Jonathan Shapiro and Justice Malala.
COST: Tickets for individual events cost R70p/p unless otherwise indicated, and are available via Webtickets.co.za. A limited number of R20p/p student tickets are available.
NUY VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL (20 MAY)
Head down to Nuy Valley, just an hour and a half from Cape Town, for the annual wine and olive fiesta on Saturday, 20 May 2017. The Nuy Valley Feast is hosted by four farms – Leipzig Country House, Nuy Winery, Conradie Family Vineyards and Willow Creek Olive Estate – each with an array of activities for both young and old to enjoy. The indulgence-fest features good country food paired with local award-winning wines, olive tasting and plenty of awesome entertainment for the kids.
COST: Tickets for the Nuy Valley Feast cost R80p/p, children tickets (for those aged 12-17) will cost R40p/p and kids under 12 enter for free. Tickets include a wine glass and access to all four venues and can be purchased at the participating estates on the day.
SHIRAZ AND CHARCUTERIE (27 MAY)
Sip and swirl robust reds at Anthonij Rupert Estate‘s Shiraz and Charcuterie extravaganza on Saturday, 27 May 2017. This one-day Franschhoek food and wine affair offers foodies and vino lovers an opportunity to indulge in delicious meats, gourmet cheese, olive products, and, of course, Shiraz. The showcase also gives visitors the chance to meet and greet the specially invited artisans behind these top-class products, some of which are not commercially available.
COST: Tickets for the food and wine extravaganza are available via Webtickets.com and cost R220p/p; the ticket price includes and wine tastings.
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