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7 great things to do in Cape Town this weekend

Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town from Friday, 7 August to Sunday, 9 August 2015

Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. From celebrating Women’s Day with the Women’s Humanity Arts Festival and wearing your slippers to work to listening to jammin’ reggae music and roller skating in Woodstock – there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Nightlife pick of the weekend: Oppikoppi: One Night in Cape Town
If you are unable to attend the annual Oppikoppi music festival in Limpopo later this month, then this gig is just for you! As in previous years, our pretty city is fortunate enough to get a preview of what festival-goers can expect at the main event – all thanks to ‘One Night in Cape Town’ pre-festival concert. Now, we know we keep saying ‘one night’ only, but lucky for you (and due to popular demand), this year’s stellar jol returns for a two-day fiesta on Thursday, 6 August and Friday, 7 August at Shimmy Beach Club. Here is more information about the concert including a full line-up and ticket prices.  

2. Women’s Day: “You strike a woman, you strike a rock.”
In celebration of Women’s Day (9 August), the Women’s Humanity Arts Festival returns to the Artscape Theatre for its 9th edition from Thursday, 6 to Sunday, 9 August. The event aims to recognise and celebrate some of South Africa’s most incredible females who productively endeavour to achieve an equal society where women are acknowledged and treated with respect. The fiesta comprises theatre productions, a humanity walk followed by a humanity meal, business, social media and law workshops as well as dialogue, film screenings and exhibitions. Here is what else you can expect at the 2015 Women’s Humanity Arts Festival.

Hosted at the Cape Town City Hall on Sunday, 9 August The Divas Unite Concert will showcase a very special and talented selection of women in an all-female version of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Attendees can expect a feminine charm to the usual orchestra where in additional singers such as Magdalene Minnaar and Zanne Stapelberg as well as Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Judy Page and her daughter, Kim Kallie, will also be preforming. Not to mention, proceeds from the night will go towards the Project Flamingo. Tickets cost R290, which includes a glass of Pongrácz as well as tea, coffee, snacks and the show. For more information please email divas@opulentliving.co.za or phone +27(0)21 433 1699.

The Night of Queens hosted at the Marimba venue in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on Friday, 7 August is back for its fifth year all in the name of celebrating Women’s Month. The annual (ladies-only) event aims to bring women from diverse backgrounds together, where they will have the opportunity to spend a glamorous night celebrating femininity and dancing to some of the mother City’s top female DJs. Tickets are available online via computicket.com and coast R80p/p, or R200p/p for the VIP access. 

3. Reach for your Slippers Campaign
Do your bit this weekend and help support children who are battling life-threatening illnesses with Reach For A Dream Foundation and their Slipper Day campaign on Friday, 7 August. The annual movement returns once again calling on all Mother City citizens to support the campaign by donating any amount they can spare as well as wear their slippers to work. Here is how the Reach For Your Slippers’ Campaign works as well as other information about the campaign and how you can become an ambassador. 

4. Fashion, Flavours and Art CANSA Benefit
Hosted at the prestigious Shimmy Beach Club and following last year’s inaugural event, the Ambienz Bespoke Concierge is once again bringing the Fashion, Flavours & Art evening to life in support of the CANSA foundation on Saturday, 8 August. The benefit promises to be a night to remember filled with elegance, class and grace. Guests can expect chic Bentley luxury motor vehicles, sculptures created by the renowned emerging artist Adriaan Diedericks, crystal chandeliers and Brand House Luxury blend welcome cocktails and so much more. Tickets for the show cost R450p/p and can be purchased via Webtickets.co.za, where all proceeds from tickets sales and the raffle will go to CANSA (the Cancer Association of South Africa). Here is the complete entertainment line-up

5. Music Fiestas
Join over 20 talented singers and musicians as well as other acoustic music lovers at the Baxter Theatre this Friday, 7 August and Saturday, 8 August for the 8th instalment of the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival. The intimate, chilled-vibed fest promises to be an amazing experience for all, showcasing raw talent and unplugged jams. Attendees can expect artists such as David Kramer, BlackByrd and Bill Knight on Friday night and Donovan Copley, Andra and Dave Reynolds on Saturday night to name but a few. Tickets can be bought online via Computicket.com and will cost either R175p/p or R195p/p depending on seating preferences.

If a little bit of reggae is more your kind of scene then be sure to head to Hillcrest Quarry this Sunday, 9 August from 12pm onwards for a Jamaican extravaganza of note, otherwise known as The Jammin Raggae Fest. For those not in the know, ‘reggae’ is a type of heavy bass music that was developed in the 1960s in Jamaica where the songs usually depicted the many social and political issues of that time. ‘Jammers’ can expect a superb line-up, including the likes of the Conquerors Reggae, Sons of Selassie and The Rudimentals. Tickets are available online at Computicket.com and will cost R120 p/p.

6. Rolling with Peep Show CT Skaatstad Roller Disco
Peep Show Cape Town and Skaatstad are teaming up this weekend to bring you a rocking Roller Disco on Saturday, 8 August at Space Between in Woodstock. This show is part of a series of monthly events all aimed at stimulating interest in the old school, but super cool skater sport. Not to mention, skaters will have the awesome opportunity to learn about roller-skating, watch local up-and-coming artists perform at the various events as well as develop an appreciation for the culture behind the sport. Tickets are available online via Quicket.co.za and coast R50p/p. To hire skates will cost rollers an additional R20p/p for 30 minutes, or R40p/p for an hour.

7. EFC 42 at the GrandWest Casino
Taking place on Saturday, 8 August at the GrandWest Grand Arena the Extreme Fighting Championships (EFC) 42, one of the world’s biggest mixed martial arts tournament is about to get underway. Here is all you need to know about the EFC 42 including the full fight card. Tickets to the event are available online via Computicket.com and cost between R225p/p and R3900p/p depending on the proximity to the hexagon. 

Here are two more awesome events coming up in the next couple of weeks:

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