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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 September to Sunday, 21 September 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 it is a mind-blowing concert by a popular international band, a literary festival or colourful wildflower festival, we’ve got something for you to do this Friday to Sunday.

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

Nightlife pick of the week: The Fray at the GrandWest Grand Arena
The much-awaited concert by Grammy Award-nominated US rock band The Fray is finally here! The band is set to dazzle spectators with an energetic show for the first time in the Mother City, at the GrandWest Grand Arena on Saturday. Not only will the band treat fans to performances of some of their biggest tracks, but they will also perform a few cuts from their latest hit album, Helios (2014). The Fray initially made a name for themselves after receiving widespread acclaimfor the title song – and second single released – off their debut album, How to Save a Life (2005). By far one of the band’s most popular tunes, this record-setting track spent 58 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.  What’s more, local muso Jeremy Loops, who is the supporting act, will also dazzle fans with his slick, multidimensional sound. Tickets are available via Computicket and Computicket outlets and costs range between R310p/p and R510p/p.

2. Open Book Festival in and around Cape Town
Essentially a book lovers dream come true, this annual spectacle is bound to quench every literary thirst. Held at various venues around Cape Town, the five-day Open Book festival is packed with an impressive line-up filled with poetry, storytelling sessions, comic book workshops, panel discussions and more. The five-day event begins on Wednesday and runs until Sunday. What’s more, there will be a showcase of the fair’s social upliftment endeavours. Entry for many of the events is free and tickets for priced events won’t exceed R50p/p. Tickets are available via OpenBookFestival.co.za.

3. Earthdance Trance Party at Nekkies Resort
Using the world’s largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace as a means to arrange a weekend away with friends is not a bad idea at all. The annual Earthdance trance- and techno- filled affair, which takes place from Saturday to Sunday at the Nekkies Resort just outside of Worcester, features multiple stages for performances as well as food, craft and clothing stalls. The festival beautifully meshes the well-known feat of having a good time with the aim of also bringing positive change in the world, under this year’s theme “Transformation”. Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za and at the gate R350p/p (full weekend) and R200p/p (Sunday only ticket – available from 8am on Sunday). There is also an option to buy a Greenpop ticket for R450p/p (the eco-warriors will plant a tree in your name) online via Quicket.co.za.

4. Cape Town Marathon in Cape Town
Spectators are invited to be inspired and support runners tackling this year’s Cape Town Marathon that will kick off at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday morning at 7:30am. Young, old, professional and amateur runners will track the streets of the Mother City CBD in various races including trial runs, relays and a fun run. Participants in the 42.2-km race have 8 hours to complete the race, and participants in the 10-km race will have two hours in which to cross the finish line; the allocated period gives even walkers enough time to complete both events. Supporters of the adrenaline pumping event will be treated to live music, a beer garden, runners expo, food stalls and the opportunity to attend the prize giving that will take place at the end of the marathon.

5. Heritage Day Festivals in and around Cape Town
Join in on the celebrations of one of South Africa’s most colourful public holidays by attending some of Cape Town’s exciting festivals. The Artscape Heritage Festival brings in a dynamic music, dance and theatrical pieces such as Un-Mute, Biko’s Quest and Rainbow Scars while the Simon’s Town Music Festival brings a touch of classical, rock, jazz and blues music to the table. The Cape Town Heritage Music Festival will take listeners on a nostalgic trip along historical local music with artists such as Peter Martens, The Robin Auld Trio and the Jeremy Olivier Jazz Quartet. All festivals are budget friendly, and perfect to be enjoyed by the whole family.

6. Marc Lottering Comedy show at The Baxter Theatre
Get ready for a unique comedy experience from popular South African comedian Marc Lottering. This is Captain Lottering Speaking, an hour long show that runs at the Baxter Theatre until Saturday, takes passengers on a journey filled with laughter and features some of Lottering’s most loved characters. Watch as this skilful comedian brings each personality to life in a witty, energetic and laughter filled setting. This show does however, carry an age restriction. Also note that there is no interval. Tickets are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets and the Baxter Theatre box office and range from R85 to R120 per person. Block bookings of 10 or more get a 10% discount on ticket prices, so make an event of it and invite friends along!

7. Darling Wildflower Show in Darling
Darling, a quaint town just an hour away from Cape Town, plays host to the annual Wildflower Show where attendees get to see the beauty of nature in a unique setting. The West Coast village’s club hall will be transformed into a family-friendly landscape exhibition from Friday to Saturday and will be filled with rare delicate blooms handpicked by the Darling Wildflower Society. Not only is the fare set to showcase nature’s beauty in a splash of colour, but it also aims to educate attendees on plants’ common and scientific botanical names. Craft stores as well as food and refreshment stalls will be available, and there will also be a car and tractor show displaying veteran vehicles. This Wildflower show is particularly special due to Darling’s unique location; the town is home to more than 1200 species of blooming plants, with about 80 species of the flowers found in the area being completely endemic to the region. Tickets for the Darling Wildflower Show cost a mere R40p/p for adults and R25p/p for children. Kids under 13 years enter for free, and on Friday pensioners enter for R25p/p. Tickets will be available on the day at the festival door.

by Dudu Luthuli

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Cape Town Events Calendar
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