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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, 5 September to Sunday, 7 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. Springtime is finally here, and this Friday-to-Sunday you can celebrate the blossoming season with bloomin’ big parties, a theatre festival in a quiet village, an inner-city charity bike ride and more.

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

Nightlife picks of the weekend: Alien Safari: Sprung! and Balkanology: The Reunion at Sideshow
This weekend you can celebrate the start of spring with two killer jols. For one, the institution that is the Cape Town trance party season kicks off this Saturday with Alien Safari: Sprung! at a lush venue just outside of Caledon: expect to get down and dirty to the beats of some top local and international electronica acts. Dutch duo Riktam and Bansi will be performing both individually and as part of collaborative project Growling Mad Scientists. Other feet stomping bass-makers include Skitzo, Dave Mac, Cybernetix and Gandalf Grey. A small selection of drink and food stalls will be on site, and if you’re banking on taking a much-needed power nap in between sets, be sure to get there early to find a comfortable spot for your tent (the music will keep going until early Sunday evening). Pre-sold tickets are available through Quicket.co.za or at participating retailers and cost R300p/p; tickets at the gate cost R320p/p. Alternatively, the city-based party Balkanology is back at Sideshow (the old Vaudeville) this Saturday after a year’s hiatus in all of its eccentric, Romanian-tinged theatrical glory. As always, the party will feature an exciting fusion of bizarre acts and eclectic music: think local DJs and live musicians performing gypsy and Bulgarian melodies and other performances from wizards and magicians (there will even be a funeral!). Tickets for the event are available online via Webtickets.co.za and cost R130p/p. The jam gets going at 9pm.

2. Cape Fight League in Table View
Cape Fight League opens up the Sunningdale Sports Centre ring in Table View this Saturday for a night of head-to-head, high-octane MMA and kickboxing combat. With 30 matches on the bill, audiences can count on seeing top pro and amateur athletes battle it out in no holds barred-style showdowns across lightweight, welterweight and heavyweight categories. The line-up also includes five title matches, and food stalls and a cash bar will be on site to keep fans fuelled up to cheer on the next round of could-be champs. The gates open at 5pm, and the show starts at 6pm and runs until midnight. Get there early to secure a prime spot; seats (except the VIP spots) are not reserved. Tickets cost between R100p/p and R200p/p and are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets as well as at the door.

3. Red Sock Tweed Charity Fun Ride through Cape Town
If you’re in the mood for some springtime exercise in aid of good cause, then dust off your bicycle and head to Truth Coffee on Buitenkant Street on Saturday morning for the Red Sock Tweed Ride. This laidback 7-km fancy dress cycle calls on participants to don red socks, tweed or spring clothing and put the pedal to the metal in support of both the Western Cape Community Chest and the Unogwaja Challenge (which is a 10-day cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg that culminates in the Comrades Marathon). Those who get their blood pumping can look forward to the added bonus of possibly winning one of the many prizes up for grabs. Entry costs R100p/p (all proceeds go to the charities), and the event starts at 9am. Book your spot via Quicket.co.za.

4. Startup Weekend EDU Cape Town at The Stables
From Friday to Sunday, the Stables in Cape Town invites budding entrepreneurs, education designers and industry professionals to come together to network and transform their innovative education-focused ideas into realities. This inaugural three-day event aims to promote innovation, encourage creativity and help anyone with a light bulb to meet key potential partners – it’s not necessarily about launching a certain number of start-ups. The weekend kicks off with 60-second pitches, and then the mentors and coaches will choose the most viable business plans and guests will get the opportunity to talk through their plans with coaches, experiment with their ideas in a risk-free environment and get a sense of that often much-needed validation. Judges include Thashlin Govender, director of Dell Young Leaders at Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Robert Paddock, chief academic officer at GetSmarter. Tickets for the event are available via Quicket.co.za and cost between R150p/p and R350p/p (price includes the seven meals provided during the course of the three days).

5. Cape Homemakers Expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
For those renovating their house, perking up a personal space or needing inspiration and tips for a DIY project, the Cape Homemakers Expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has all of the materials and professionals required (and then some). Running from Thursday until Sunday, the expo has over 370 stands covering 80 product and project categories and showcases the latest trends in interior decorating, kitchen designs, bathroom and bedroom décor and more. Expect to get a host of advice from seasoned pros and count on taking in a number of unique exhibition features: the Home | Tuis DIY workshops demonstrate the tricks to revamping your house without breaking the bank (or your nails), the inVOGUE showcase shows off the latest décor trends and the d’VINE Life exhibit serves up gourmet cheeses, olives and fine wine. Tickets are on sale via Webtickets.co.za or at the door and cost R70p/p for adults and R50p/p for pensioners; children under 12 years of age get in for FREE. The expo runs from 10am – 8pm on all days except Sunday, when it runs from 10am – 6pm.

6. Darling Voorkamerfest
Now in its 11th year, this completely unique festival invites audiences to experience a one-of-a-kind set of theatrics in the small West Coast town of Darling from Friday to Sunday. More specifically, the hospitable mense of this cosy dorpie open their doors to host performances in their living rooms. The extravaganza is separated into seven different mystery routes, with three theatrical homes on each course, and festival-goers move from home to home via taxi. Over 20 artists are on board to entertain and amuse, including Nik Rabinowitz, Schalk Bezuidenhout, an all-female a cappella Xhosa ensemble and Toneelgroep Matzer. Along with the theatrical routes, there will be a market selling homemade snacks, and Pieter-Dirk Uys’s legendary theatre, Evita Se Perron, will be throwing the annual Perron Festival Party on Saturday. And for those who want to catch a recap of the weekend, Sunday sees all of the performers giving a five-minute snippet of their show at a free concert in Darling East. NOTE: If you previously missed out on buying tickets, this normally sold out event has a few left for the routes! Tickets are available via Voorkamerfest-darling.co.za and cost R195p/p for the Friday routes and R235p/p for the Saturday and Sunday routes.

7. Deep Fried Man and Friends at Funnier Than Them at The Fugard Theatre
Three of the country’s funniest comedians take to the stage from Tuesday until Saturday at the intimate Fugard Theatre. Deep Fried Man’s (Daniel Friedman) satirical (and often improvised) musical performance combines songwriting and smooth guitar strumming and have won him various awards, including an Ovation award at the 2011 National Arts Festival. The ‘friends’ include Chris Forrest, an international performer who’s known for his quick wit and dry sense of humour, and Warren Roberts, who was a regular headliner at Melville Underground and hosts a show on Ballz Radio with Chris. Tickets for this knee-slapping, feel-good event are available via Computicket.com and cost between R110p/p and R130p/p.

by Ondine Mond

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To witness a moment in history, why not attend the Sunday premiere of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s documentary screening? Otherwise, consider making a beeline for the Tru-Cape Kogelberg Mountain Challenge in Pringle Bay - the family-friendly festival is happening this Saturday.

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