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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, 31 October to Sunday, 2 November 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. This Friday, of course, is Halloween, and while we’ve prepared a full overview detailing what you can do to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve, we’ve also highlighted a few gruesome events that are worth checking out below. Alongside these horrific affairs, there’s plenty on the cards: a charming Breede River Valley festival, a craft and décor market, a baby expo and a high-flying charity to-do that the whole family will love. In short, it’s all here and it’s all fresh – get excited for another great weekend in the beautiful Cape!

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

Nightlife pick of the week: Murder Mystery Dinner & Halloween Party at Shimmy Beach Club
Cape Town’s premier oceanfront club is exchanging its light and airy for ambience for moody, menacing garb this Friday to host a terrifyingly fun two-part to-do in honour of Halloween. Shimmy’s All Hallow’s Eve party shudders to a start with a four-course murder mystery dinner that thrusts guests into 19th-century London at the time of a horrific homicide. Everyone’s a suspect at this whodunit supper, and while diners are trying to get to the bottom of the creepy conundrum, a troupe of professional performers will entertain the audience. The fancy dress jol, which makes up the latter half of the evening, kicks off at 9:30pm and runs into the wee hours of the morning. Both murder mystery dinner guests and those who didn’t attend the supper are invited to don their finest Neo-Victorian threads (think Jack the Ripper-meets-Sherlock Holmes) and boogie the night away to deep house beats. Tickets for the evening are available via Computicket.com, Computicket outlets and at the door on the night. A combo ticket for the dinner and jol costs R450p/p (drinks excluded), and entry to just the jol costs between R150p/p and R300p/p.

2. Red Bull LionHeart
Red Bull and trail-running superstar Ryan Sandes’s competition to find the ultimate lion-hearted South African male and female endurance runner goes down for the third time on Saturday, 15 November 2014, and this is the second-to-last weekend to log an entry. The adrenaline-fuelled challenge calls on athletes to conquer Lion’s Head (3.7km) as quickly as possible in a number of heats. The catch?  Each time an entrant is part of a heat’s elite, they have to sprint to the apex of the mountain again to continue to advance. That means that those competing for the crown in the final will run from top to bottom as many as three times in a handful of hours – in short, the winner will have to have a lion’s heart to emerge victorious. To be one of the 32 men and 16 women participating on the day, it’s necessary to qualify before Monday, 10 November 2014. To make the cut, runners will need to complete a qualifying route before the deadline and upload their time on the Strava app. Visit http://redbulllionheart.com for more information.

3. Bonnievale Bonanza
Feeling like Cape Town’s getting a bit cramped – what with the early arrival of summer’s tourists? Escape the push and pull of urban life and head out to the Breede River Valley for a weekend of sport-fuelled, family-friendly fun at Bonnievale’s bonanza. The charming little dorp, which is just off Route 62 and under two hours from Mother City central, springs to life from Thursday to Sunday with cycle races (both MTB and road), fun runs under the night sky, a pop-up dinner hosted by a celebrity chef and even a potjiekos competition. And as the town’s warm hospitality is at heart of the celebration, there’s also plenty to distract those who’d rather do as little as possible: think a food market, live local music, a Ms Bonanza pageant, star-gazing and a host of activities for the kids. In short, whether you’re keen to relax at the foot of the beautiful Langeberg Mountains or get the adrenaline pumping, the festival has something for everyone. Tickets are available from Computicket.com, Computicket outlets and the RVTech in Bonnievale Main Road; they range in cost from R45p/p to R160p/p according to age and days attended. Do note that some happenings cost extra. For the full schedule, click through to the event.

4. The Exorcist Screening at Galileo Open Air Cinema
Cape Town’s famous open air cinema series flickers to a start this Halloween Friday evening at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with an appropriately heart-stopping horror: The Exorcist. Fans of the supernatural classic are encouraged to dress up – there will be prizes – and settle in for what is the first of over 20 weekly outdoor screenings. The Galileo shows movies regularly at three locations across Cape Town, and this year, the unique theatre will also take over Winelands venues for six pop-up events. As is the case with all movie nights, The Exorcist screening starts at sunset (around 7:30pm), but film-lovers can come from 6pm to stake out a place on the lawn and have a picnic. There will also be food and drinks vendors (and fresh popcorn!) on site. Tickets are available online from TheGalileo.co.za and at the door on the night (only if tickets have not previously sold out online). Costs range from R70p/p to R110p/p depending on from where you buy the ticket and which option you choose (some come with blankets and backrests).

5. Festive Ideas Market at Simondium
Those who’ve vowed to nip the festive season gift shopping in the bud this year are in luck this weekend thanks to the Festive Ideas Market. The five-day event transforms the Simondium Country Lodge in the Cape Winelands into a retail utopia from Wednesday to Sunday, and aisle-cruisers can peruse roughly 100 stalls in a relaxed, scenic environment. Vendors will be selling everything from home and garden décor to clothing and linen products – and the bigger, better makeshift deli section includes foodies hawking mouth-watering homemade goodies, artisan lollies, fruit-infused wines, hand-crafted toffees, specialty teas and coffees, freshly baked breads, confectionery and more. Tickets are available at the door for R30p/p (kids under 13 enter for free). The market buzzes to a start at 9am each morning and ends at 6pm each day (except for Sunday, when it ends at 3pm).

6. Mama Magic Baby Expo
Though not ostensibly a Halloween weekend event, the Mama Magic Baby Expo at the CTICC certainly fits the bill. After all, nothing’s scarier than being a new parent or a parent-to-be! Though, as the foremost exhibition of its kind south of the Equator, the baba extravaganza isn’t out to terrify people, but rather quell their fears. Specifically, the kiddie-friendly Friday-to-Sunday affair aims to educate mamas and papas about all the goods and services under the sun, clue them up on the latest innovative products and provide access to professionals who can give sound advice and answer questions about parenthood. Little ones, of course, are not only welcome but invited. There are bottle-warming and changing stations, daily Barney performances and a Baby City Pram Park. Tickets for the expo are available from Computicket.com, Computicket outlets and at the door. Costs range from free to R50p/p and the event runs from 9am to 6pm daily.  

7. Cape Town International Kite Festival
Back to celebrate its 20th year with a bigger, better and higher-flying to-do, the Cape Town International Kite Festival lifts off at Zandvlei in Muizenberg this Saturday and Sunday. The colourful charity event supports the Cape Mental Health organisation, but as one of the Mother City’s most anticipated annual events, it also usually leaves all attendees with soaring spirits to boot. This year both national and international kite-makers and -fliers  will bejewel the skies with their exquisite creations. Not to mention, stunt kiters will battle it out in the air and kids will show off their own winged inventions after various workshops. There will also be tons of land-based extras, like comedy shows, live music and plenty of food and drinks stalls, and the little ones can look forward to jumping castles and the like. Entry to the celebration costs R30p/p for adults and R10p/p for kids (under 12). The affair runs from 10am to 6pm both days.

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