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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, 3 July to Sunday, 5 July 2015

Trying to find something to do this weekend? Well, look no further because here is your guide to what’s hip and happening in and around the Mother City. From drinking wine while trail running and finding out exactly what an ‘oyster hotspot’ is to magic shows and post-Afrikaburn performances – there is bound to be something to keep you happy and entertained on your well-deserved break.

1. Children’s Magic Festival
Keep your little ones charmed these school holidays at the annual Traditional Children’s Magic Festival hosted by the enchanting Cape Town College of Magic. Starting on Wednesday, 1 July, this mystical event is perfect for all kids (and parents) who love a little thrill and mystery in their lives. Prepare to be amazed as the fest features performances from the school’s very own budding Houdinis and Dynamos, professional clowns, mimes, magicians, escapologists, jugglers and so much more!

2. Wine Adventure Trail Run at Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch
Keep fit this winter and join in the fun at the Wine Adventure Trail Run at Warwick Wine Estate this Sunday, 5 July. Runners can expect nothing less than spectacular views, picturesque vineyards and for the not so serious, a little (okay, a lot) of sipping and swirling en route. Not to mention, for a small price attendees are able to take advantage of the post race pampering and unwind with some recovery massages. Entries to the race are limited, so book now!

3. The Warehouse Market at ColorBox Studios
Bazaar enthusiasts will be elated to hear that this Saturday, 4 July The Warehouse Market housed at the ColorBox Studios in Paarden Eiland will be opening its doors for the very first time. The promising monthly fair will feature a variety of local and international artisans and their goods, including delectable foods and drinks such as freshly squeezed juices and coffees, biltong, homemade soup and curries. Other delights include kitchen appliances, a trendy assortment of clothing stands as well as a wide range of accessories. Entrance to the market is FREE and should definitely be on your weekend to-do list!

4. Music Speaks to the Soul
Are you experiencing post-Afrikaburn withdrawals? Or perhaps you never went to Afrikaburn and instead experienced massive FOMO? Whatever you feel, we have something to help soothe your cravings. Steampunk Saloon. That’s right, the Burn’s favourite act is having its first ever Cape Town session on Sunday, 5 July at the Local Grill in Woodstock. So, whether you are looking to ease your withdrawals or are dying to know what it truly felt like to be a ‘burner’ – don’t miss your favourite Steampunk DJs.  

If Afrikaburn (whether it is in the Karoo or Cape Town) isn’t really your scene, then perhaps this act is for you. Whether you are looking to rekindle the romance with your loved one or just have a good fun-filled night out with friends – Joan Armatrading’s Concert Tour is bound to be a knockout. Crowds can look forward to some of her most famous hits and performances including ‘Love and Affection’, ‘Willow’ and ‘Drop The Pilot’ to name but a few. Not to mention, it is Joan’s last major solo tour. So, catch the award-winning British singer-songwriter at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this Friday, 3 July. 

5. The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
Located approximately five hours away from our pretty city, the gorgeous town of Knysna is hosting a fiesta like no other, otherwise known as the annual Pick n pay Knysna Oyster Festival. Now, we wouldn’t ask you to travel to five hours outside of our beautiful city if it wasn’t worth it. So, believe us when we say that it is worth it! With over 100 things to do on the programme including events and activities for foodies, families, athletes and everyone in between – you are bound to find something that will not only tickle, but will also full on tackle your fancy. Here is more information about the fest including new additions, what to expect, ticket prices and competitions – you don’t want to miss out!

6. High Tease Presents The Star Spankled Burlesque Show
Striptease. Dance. Costumes. Theatre. Four very important elements setting High Teases Burlesque Production’s latest performance, The Star Spankled Burlesque Show a sexy high-kick above the rest. Housed at the Muizenberg Masque Theatre, this beautiful and brazen show aims to unpack the meaning behind the classical art form and how it celebrates sexuality and challenges the traditional concept of beauty. Here is more information about the spectacular performance, including ticket prices and times. 

7. Breyten Breytenbach Book Fair
Broaden your cultural literary horizons this weekend at the annual Breyten Breytenbach Literary Festival from Friday, 3 to Sunday, 5 July hosted in the pretty town of Montagu (round about 180km from Cape Town). This year, book lovers can expect an incredible line-up of keynote speakers at the bilingual paperback fair including Louise Heckl, Don Pinnock, Darryl David and Dine van Zyl to name but a few. Not to mention, guests will also be rewarded with a performance by renowned Afrikaans singer Emile Minnie as well as a variety of heritage and art exhibitions and outings. Here is more information about the Literary Festival including other keynote speakers, times and ticket prices. 

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