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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, 19 December to Sunday, 21 December 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. What’s a slightly strange week with the Tuesday holiday (Day of Reconciliation) has a colourful array of weekend offerings: the much-awaited MCQP is finally here, while a ten day Christmas market is making it easy for you to do some last-minute shopping if you need to! Either way, 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: Summer Experience Music Festival at The River Club
Make this weekend count by checking out SA’s hottest acts under the dazzling sun at this year’s Summer Experience Music Festival that’s taking place at the River Club! The fiesta will feature Cape Town’s darling crooner Jimmy Nevis, Mzansi pop queen Toya Delazy, pop-soul band Beatenberg and brand new electronic music duo Surge & Sarah! What’s more, popular musos DJ Milkshake, Ryan Dent and other cool acts will be on the ones and twos! Not to mention, party-goers can expect a mix of American diner-style grub, spicy Durban curries and bunny chows, traditional Mzansi favourites and pizza. On the drinks side: two bars will be on site ready to quench any thirst! All in all, this is set to be a jam packed event with lots of good tunes, good food, prizes up for grabs and lots more! Tickets range from R200 p/p – R350 p/p and are available via webtickets.co.za as well as at the gate on the day (except for VIP tickets which are available online only).

2. Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day
Largely regarded as the most prestigious three-year-old thoroughbred event on the calendar, the Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day gallops onto Cape Town’s festive season schedule this Saturday. This year’s gathering is backed up by a worthy cause under the ‘Colour Rush’ theme as equestrian enthusiasts are encouraged to don their most colourful attire for a day of charity fundraising. Expect to see horse races that see jockey’s battle it out for a R1 million stake and two other gallops: namely the GrandWest Cape Summer Stayers Handicap (Grade 3) over 2500m and the Non-Black Type Cape Premier Sales Stakes over 1600m. Moreover, there will be tons of family-friendly entertainment lined up to gear up for Christmas (Santa’s workshop, face painting, jumping castles, train rides, games and more). For the more ‘serious’ crowd, there will be top notch whiskies and a Vodka lounge in the GrandWest Entertainment Lounge, in which patrons can enjoy themselves. After each of the nine races, a cheque will be donated to a different charity! General entry to the event is free and admission to Santa’s workshop is R25 p/p while entry to the GrandWest Entertainment Lounge. Gates open at 12pm.

3. Cape Town Summer Market
Still haven’t finished up your Christmas shopping? Then the Cape Town Summer Market is the perfect place to find a few items for loved ones! Formerly known as the Adderley Street Night Market, this 10 day city centre fair (running from 20 Dec – 30 Dec) allows friends, families and foreign visitors to browse through bits and baubles on sale from more than 200 vendors, whose stalls are once again set to stretch the length of Government Avenue all the way up onto the lawns of the Iziko National Art Gallery. Expect to choose from a range of items such as home décor and accessories, Christmas goods, clothing, fresh produce, deli products as well as health and beauty items! The Market adds a lovely spin of live performances throughout the 10-day run: karaoke, stand-up comedy, mini concerts and lots more! he Cape Town Summer Market is open at 4pm every day from Saturday, 20 to Tuesday, 30 December 2014 (excluding Thursday, 25 December) and closes at 11pm. Entry is absolutely free!

4. Nik Rabinowitz Stand-up Comedy Show at the Fugard Theatre
Ridiculously funny homegrown talent Nik Rabinowitz is taking advantage of South Africa’s rather ‘colourful’ political scene and making it the subject of his newest one man show: What the EFF, beginning this Tuesday and coming to a close on 31 December at the Fugard Theatre. Rabinowitz, who calls himself the ‘world’s leading Xhosa-speaking Jewish comedian’, will be delivering a laugh-your-stress-out comedy inspired by the headline-grabbing antics of political party the  Economic Freedom Fighters. The well-known funnyman has a lot under his belt: he appeared in as the hit local fillm Material, has also co-authored a book called The Youngsters, and has just come back from performing as an opening act at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. Tickets to the show range from R190 p/p to R250 p/p and are available at Computicket.com, Computicket outlets as well as through the Fugard Theatre by calling the box office at +27 (0) 21 461 4554.

5. Galileo Open Air Cinema at Rustenberg Wine Estate
Laze beneath the summer stars this weekend at the second offering of the Winelands edition of the ever popular Galileo Open Air Cinema. Screening the romantic comedy Love Actually at the equally dreamy Rustenberg Estate in Stellenbosch this Saturday, the outdoor cinema also gives attendees the chance to indulge in wine tasting and munch yummy treats (available from food vendors) throughout the magical night. The movie starts just after sunset, between 7:30pm and 8:15pm, and doors open at 6pm. So get there early to secure prime viewing spots! Tickets range from R70p/p to R110p/p and are available online via thegalileo.co.za  and at the door (subject to availability). Chairs and backrests from home are not allowed into the movie area, but backrests and blankets are available for rent at the venue if you haven’t already booked them with your ticket.

6. Killarney Street2 Strip
What could be called “Cape Town’s home-grown version of Need for Speed, this fast-paced, adrenaline pumping event is taking place at the Killarney International Raceway this Friday! This one-of-a-kind shindig invites Capetonians and tourists alike to see a rare form of Mother City culture- street racing- in action. This monthly event is aimed at creating a safe platform for street racers to strut their stuff behind the wheel. While the racers won’t be competing against one another, they will, primarily, be showcasing their skills to attendees – making it quite an exciting event to enjoy with the whole family. Tickets cost R50 p/p (kids under the age of 12 enter for free) and are available online at Computicket.com or at Computicket outlets.

7. Mother City Queer Project at the Grand Parade
The biggest African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) event of the year is taking place this Saturday! Celebrating its 21st year, this much-awaited shindig will transform its new home – the City Hall at the Grand Parade- into a place of great times, great tunes and sheer decadence! This year’s theme is ‘Royal Navy’ and attendees are encouraged to dress to impress! The celebration also includes a line-up that is set to cater to everyone’s tastes! The fiesta is also bigger and better this year: seven dance floors each with their own unique features will ensure that party-goers dance the night away. Early bird tickets cost R290 p/p, general tickets cost R350 p/p and VIP tickets cost R950 p/p and includes priority parking, a private dance floor and unlimited drinks all night! Click through to the event for a detailed line-up.

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Looking for something fun to do with your little ones? How about checking out Pinocchio at the Nassau Theatre this Saturday!

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