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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 this weekend from Friday, 30 January to Sunday, 1 February 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. If you’re a vino lover, there’s a nice sweet treat waiting for you in the Town of Oaks, or, if jazz and classical tunes are your thing, then the Darling Music Festival may just be what you need. Moreover, if you haven’t yet seen the much-talked about Lego exhibition, then this weekend would be a great time to check out; basically, there is definitely something great for you to do this Friday to Sunday.

7 GREAT THINGS TO DO IN & AROUND CAPE TOWN THIS WEEKEND

Nightlife pick of the week: Orpheus in Africa at the Fugard Theatre
David Kramer, one of South Africa’s most celebrated directors and playwrights, will present his latest production, Orpheus in Africa, at the Fugard Theatre from this Wednesday until 21 February 2015.  The proudly South African musical tell  the largely unknown tale of Orpheus McAdoo, an African-American performer and singer that travelled to countries like Britain, South Africa and Australia with his very own musical performance group called The McAdoo Virginia Jubilee Singers. Upon reaching the Cape Colony in the 1800s, the troop’s musical style caused somewhat of a revolution and enthralled audiences.  Attendees can look forward to seeing seasoned performers Audrey Poo playing Orpheus and Lynelle Kenned as Orpheus’ wife Mattie Allen. Tickets range from R110p/p to R220p/p depending on ticket choice and are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets or by calling the Fugard Theatre box office. The show starts at 8pm. Click-through to the event for a detailed price list.

2. Art of the Brick Lego exhibition at the V&A Waterfront
Voted one of the world’s top 10 must-see exhibitions by CNN, The Art of the Brick features 76 colourful, large-scale figures and portraits made entirely from tiny Lego pieces by acclaimed New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. Coming to a close on 25 February 2015, the walk-through display, takes up 1000m2 of the new Watershed building at the V&A Waterfront, includes everything from a 6m-long, 80,000 brick Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and multiple realistic human forms to interpretations of celebrated artworks, like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue. What’s more, there is an interactive activation area featuring PlayStation consoles, Lego building stations, The Art of Brick merchandise, a kiosk and more! Tickets cost 140p/p for adults and R95p/p for kids under 18 years of age and are available online via Computicket.com. School groups of more than 20 children get charged at a discounted rate of R85 per child, and families of four also benefit from a lower combination fee of R395 (R99 each). Click through to the event for more details on this ground breaking exhibition.

3. Darling Music Experience on the West Coast
This annual festival showcases some of the finest classical, jazz and goema performers in a number of setting along the West Coast until Sunday, 15 February. The festival, now in its tenth year, was established by three industry legends David Tidboald, Hendrick Hofmeyer and Alfred Legner and is now a platform whereby music lovers can appreciate an array of productions including classic and contemporary chamber music performances, choir concerts and solo recitals. Some of the notable shows to look out for include Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which takes place at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch and is a fresh and contemporary take on the famous opera of the same name. Young musicians will also be in for something lovely as they get to participate in the Kid’s Corner Workshop that shows them how to use their ‘ears as eyes’. Events for the Darling Music Experience are ticketed individually, and prices range from free to R315p/p; visit Darlingmusic.org for full programme details.

4. Up the Creek Music Festival
Looking for a unique weekend getaway? Well, the 2015 Up the Creek Music Festival, which takes place this Thursday to Sunday at a scenic spot just outside Swellendam, is the perfect option. The shindig, which is celebrating its 25th birthday, will take place on the banks of  Breede River and  feature top-notch local musical and comedic talent across three stages (think: Zebra & Giraffe, Taxi Violence, Al Bairre, Mary Scary and more). What makes this fiesta really stand out is that none of the performances perform at the same time, which gives attendees the rare opportunity to see each and every single one of the 30 acts that are set to dazzle crowds over the three-day shindig. Moreover, a large part of the festival’s activities take place right on the river: one of the stages will be on the water, and most of the food and drinks stalls will be floating about on the Breede River too! Festival- goers are also encouraged to enter the Lilo Competition that awards the best and most creative floatation devices with great prizes. Accommodation is also sorted out: from camping to staying at the Heartbreak Motel, the organisers have gone all out to make sure that party- goers have a comfy place to sleep. Tickets cost R760p/p and are available via UTC.NuTickets.co.za. Depending on availability, a few tickets will be sold at the gate and cost R800p/p (cash only). Do note that no U-18s will be allowed at the event; ID will be requested when deemed necessary. Click-through to the event for an outline of Up the Creek regulations.

5. J&B Met at the Kenilworth Racecourse
If you’re keen for a weekend of glitz, glam, shoulder-to-shoulder celeb encounters as well as action packed horse racing, then the J&B Met is for you. The popular shindig gallops to the social calendar this Saturday at the Kenilworth Racecourse. The outdoor equestrian event’s theme this year, ‘Made for the Mix’, encourages spectators to mix it up on the fashion front with multiple styles of sophistication and glamour. The main horse racing event will see the finest thoroughbreds battle it out in nail-biting race for a stake of R2.5 million.. What’s more, a Most Elegant Couple dressing competition will see pairs strut their stuff (and couture) for judges who will then decide which couple has raised the fashion bar. Not to mention, the Public Village that will host food trucks, public bar facilities, seating and live entertainment.. Tickets for this sought-after affair range from R125p/p to R3450p/p. General access tickets are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets, at designated Gold Circle tote offices and at the reception offices of the Kenilworth Racecourse. Do note that no persons under the age of 18 are allowed at the event. Gates open at 10am.

6. Russell Peters Stand- Up Comedy Show at the GrandWest Grand Arena
Top Canadian funny man Russell Peters is making his way to the Mother City as part of his Almost Famous tour. The show, taking place this Saturday at the GrandWest Grand Arena, will see Peters show off his brand of stream-of-consciousness storytelling as well as some new material. Peters, who is known for his observational comedy, has sold out stadiums across the world,and is hot off the success of his previous show, Notorious and his four-part special, Russell Peters vs The World. So if you are  looking to add some comedic relief to your weekend, this show might just be what you’re looking for. Tickets range from R300p/p to R725p/p and are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets.

7. Stellenbosch Wine Festival
Stellenbosch, known for its lovely reds and whites, brings its annual Wine Festival for all self-proclaimed connoisseurs this weekend. The three-day festival aims to highlight the Town of Oaks’ rich vino history and its  food and wine culture. Held at the Coetzenburg Sport Grounds, the fiesta will feature over 148 wineries (and around 200 wines each day) and the Gourmet Lane, a dedicated foodie section that will be hosting a variety of the region’s top restaurants. The festival is jam-packed with a line-up that features The Harvest Parade and Street Fest, a main expo, the Longridge Langtafel (a spectacular dining experience), live music,  food & wine pairings, the Pick ‘n Pay women’s walk, a golf challenge and many more! Tickets for the family-friendly vary according to the different offerings; the main expo event costs R170p/p for adults and R60p/p for children under the age of 18 and tickets are available online at Webtickets.co.za. Adults will receive a free wine tasting glass and a R20 discount card. Children under the age of three enter for free. Click-through to the event for a detailed event line-up.

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Still looking for something cool to do? Then check out the Origin Music Festival at the scenic Elandskloof farm this weekend!

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