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 over the Freedom Day long weekend from Friday, 25 April to Monday, 28 April 2014

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. Whether you’re in the mood for a rocking jol, a divine design expo, a completely unique wine fiesta or an epic African music experience, we’ve got something for you. And don’t forget, it’s Freedom Day on Sunday, which means Monday is a public holiday. So if you’re looking for appropriately themed ways to celebrate, check out our guide to things to do on Freedom Day.  


Nightlife pick of the weekend: LoveAll Party at The Assembly
Rock out on Freedom Day in style this Sunday with an epic bash at the Mother City’s premier night club, The Assembly. This tennis-themed get-down, which is set to spread out over two dance floors, will be bringing you the best in the house, hip-hop, nu disco, D&B and bass scenes. In particular, the line-up includes the likes Slabofmisuse, Rushil Jaga, Dunn Kidda and Malcolm & Ian Skene. Apart from the sick jams, revelers can expect a night filled with cheap drinks, mind-blowing visuals and even a mini tennis court. Pre-sold tickets are limited, so be sure to nab them fast via Computicket.com for R80p/p; otherwise, buy them at the door for R100p/p. Doors open at 9pm and the jol runs ‘til late.

2. New School Grand Cru Festival
Celebrate the under-loved Chardonnay grape this Saturday with a fun and funky first-time wine festival in Franschhoek. In an effort to showcase this versatile varietal, Môreson Wine Estate will be tickling taste buds with everything from woodeds and unwoodeds to blends, dessert wines and MCCs, and visitors to the full-day fiesta can look forward to tasting vintages from renowned estates such as Groot Constantia, Glen Carlou and La Motte. To top off the festivities, acclaimed local chef Neil Jewell will be serving up his delicious charcuterie and scrumptious sandwiches from the Bacon on the Month Club. What’s more, Môreson’s very own restaurant, Bread & Wine, will be opening its doors for dinner just for the event. Finally, there will be live music on the sprawling lawns. Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za (and at the door if they aren’t sold out) and cost R150p/p, including a wine glass and 10 tasting coupons. The fun starts at 1pm and runs until 6pm.

3. Decorex
Be inspired by cutting-edge trends this Friday-to-Monday at South Africa’s leading interior design expo, Decorex. The exhibition, which takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), brings décor lovers, interior designers and homeowners the hippest tools of the deco trade and the practical advice necessary to zhoosh up even the most mundane room. This year’s event is themed ‘Design Your Life’, and visitors can expect top tips pertaining to style and innovative design, a ‘Decorex Designer Spotlight’ showcase featuring the work of rising star Greg Mellor and a display from 100% Design South Africa that includes the popular ‘100 Beautiful Things’ installation. There’ll also be an epic entrance exhibit set up by local company Sobeit Studios, technique titbits on the go from colour experts Plascon, a host of celebrity guests, interactive activities, cooking demos and a food market with artisanal fare. Tickets are available at the door and cost R75p/p for adults, R15p/p for under-12s and R65p/p for pensioners and students.

4. Tamia Concert
Grammy-nominated songstress Tamia is set to light up the GrandWest stage this Saturday with a one-night-only performance. The Canadian Rnb singer-songwriter has racked up five gold-certified albums since capturing the world’s attention with her rendition of Mica Paris’s ‘You Put a Move on My Heart’ in 1994, and now she’s set to wow audiences with her latest offering, Beautiful Surprise, which soared to number six on the US Billboard Top Rnb/Hip Hop Albums chart after its release in 2012. Audiences also can expect to sing along to favourite likes ‘So Into You’, ‘Stranger in My House’ and ‘Officially Missing You’. Tickets for the concert are available via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets for R225p/p, R325p/p or R425p/p depending on seating; tickets for children aged between 6 and 16 years cost R150p/p. Doors open at 7pm and the show kicks off at 8pm.

5. South African Cheese Festival
Say cheeeese! This year Mzansi’s premier fromage festival returns to Sandringham Farm in Stellenbosch for four days of palatable pleasure. The annual food and wine fair, which runs from Saturday to Tuesday, promises to delight visitors with a wide variety of local and international cheeses and artisanal produce. Guests can expect to sample droolicious eats, taste lip-smacking wines and participate in some fun activities like the Ladismith Cheese Carving Competition. What’s more, there’ll be cooking demos with celebrity chefs and (cheesy) tutorials from the Cheese Studio. Not to mention, visitors can drink in the live entertainment and can count on a host of happenings for the little ones (jumping castles and animal activities are on the cards). Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets and cost R130p/p for adults and R100p/p for pensioners. Children under 13 years of age enter for free. Wine tasting glasses can be purchased at the gate for R15 per glass. Note that tickets will not be on sale at the gate.

6. Vintage Ideas Market
Browse the crafts and curios of a bygone era at the Simondium Country Lodge in Franschhoek this Friday-to-Monday. The Vintage Ideas Market, which started in 2011as a subsidiary of the popular Festive Ideas Market, promises to please all antique lovers, old-fashioned goods hoarders and vintage clothes enthusiasts. This year’s event boasts close to 70 stalls, and visitors can look forward to a dazzling array of furniture, clothing, antiques, décor, jewellery and knick-knacks. There’ll also be sweet and savoury treats on offer from various vendors as well as beer and wine stalls. And for all attending moms and dads, there’s a kiddies corner with old-school activities. Tickets are available at the gate on the day and cost R30p/p for adults. Kids under 13 enter for free.

7. Cape Town Marimba Festival
Get ready for an evening of toe-tapping and vibey beats at the Baxter Theatre this Friday. The Cape Town Marimba Festival, which is now in its fourth year, is a joint venture between the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival and Woodworx Marimbas, and the name of the game is celebrating African music while supporting talented young musos. The event provides school learners with a chance to perform on a big stage and raises funds to give some financial buoyancy to existing projects, such as the Beau Soleil Music for the Africa Trust, which is a social development programme for underprivileged youth. Tickets are available via Compticket.com, Computicket outlets and the Baxter Theatre ticket office and cost R90p/p per adult and R45p/p for children, learners, pensioners and students.

By Georgina Selander


Not quite satisfied with our weekend picks? How about an evening of super entertainment with Willy Russell’s critically acclaimed Blood Brothers at the Fugard Theatre?


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