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 over the Easter long weekend from Friday, 18 April to Monday, 21 April 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 you’re in the mood for an epic outdoor bash, a lifestyle expo for the ladies, a township art tour with a twist or a cirque-inspired affair, we’ve got something for you this Friday-to-Sunday.

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

Nightlife pick of the weekend: Easter Vortex Trance Party
I psy with my little eye, something beginning with…Easter Vortex! You guessed it; this Friday-to-Monday the epic outdoor trance jol will be celebrating its 20th birthday with a hypnotic line-up and brand new setting. Easter Vortex: Parallel Universe is all set to throw down in Riviersonderend, and the bash is billed to feature some of the best in the psytrance scene, including Laughing Buddha from the UK, D_Maniac from Portugal and Lost and Found from Denmark. And, as all good things come in threes, expect to top off the stomp-tastic do with some sick visuals and lip-licking food and drink stalls. Presale tickets can be purchased via Quicket.co.za for R380p/p, at selected Cape Town outlets for R370p/p or at the gate for R400p/p and include camping. Luxury tents are available from Belle Tents by calling +27 (0) 76 880 3806 or emailing belletents@gmail.com. Gates open at 12pm on Friday, 18 April and close at 5pm on Monday, 21 April. Don’t forget to bring clothes and shoes to donate to the ‘Play it Forward’ drive, camping gear and a swimming costume. Leave behind: glass bottles, under 18s and bad vibes. 

2. Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Get your spectator spirit fired up because the biggest event on the Mzansi running calendar has finally arrived! Local and international competitors will be pushing their bodies to the limit this Saturday during the 44th annual Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. The grueling 56-km ultra marathon will kick off at 6:30am from the bottom of Dean Street in Newlands, make its way through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek before passing over the majestic Chapman’s Peak Drive, then onto Constantia Nek via Hout Bay and ending at the UCT Rondebosch campus with a cut-off time of 1:30pm. The 21-km half marathon, which starts at 6am, also begins in Newlands, winds its way through the leafy Southern Suburbs and ends at the UCT Rondebosch campus with cut-off at 9:20am. And let’s not forget, there are a host of secondary races and fun runs taking place this Friday. Looking for the best vantage point to watch them whoosh past? We say Main Road Lakeside, Kommetjie Road in Fish Hoek, Constantia Nek, and Cecelia Forest along Rhodes Drive or Union Avenues towards UCT. Click through to the link for more details regarding the races and the subsidiary fun runs.

3. M.I.S.S Gayeties Creative Evening
Celebrate the talents of local lesbian artists, musicians, poets and filmmakers this Saturday evening at the Bello Studio at the Old Biscuit Mill. Brainchild of the Cape Town project Make It Sex Sisters (M.I.S.S), the series of women-only events – there’s one hosted every two months – presents the perfect way to mingle with these fearless creatives while reveling in their forward-thinking offerings that contribute to the Mother City’s cultural scene. Attendees can look forward to live music from up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jae Braun, a DJ set by the popular Dear Mrs Panda, an awe-inspiring art exhibition and two short films. There’ll also be an array of yummy canapés from Plant Café – a newly opened vegan hotspot located in the Bo-Kaap. Tickets for the event are available via Quicket.co.za for R140p/p (includes entertainment and snacks). Space is limited to 80 people so book now to avoid disappointment. The evening starts at 7pm.

4. The Langa TAG Township Arts Gallery Tour
Get a taste of a unique cultural scene this weekend with a visit to the Langa Township Arts Gallery (Langa TAG). The exhibition, which runs daily (excepting Sundays) until 8 January 2015, is part of the Maboneng Township Arts Experience – a venture which has been included in the official list of World Design Capital 2014 projects that offers visitors the chance to peruse the homes-cum-galleries of ten Langa residents. Guests can expect the likes of acclaimed artists like Zolani Siphungela, Velile Soha and Patrick Holo. The project was founded in 2010 by Siphiwe Ngwenya in Alexandra in Johannesburg in an effort to rid art of its elitist stigma and bring it into local communities. Tickets to Langa TAG are available online at Quicket.co.za (you can also pay cash on arrival) and cost R105p/p. Shuttles to and from Langa are available at an additional cost. The galleries are open everyday from 11am to 4pm in exception to Sundays.

5. Super Rugby: Stormers v Lions
Can the boys in blue-and-white turn their luck around this Saturday? We sure as hell hope so! This weekend, the local squad will be seeking a much-needed miracle when they battle it out against the Gauteng Lions at Newlands Stadium. After losing all but one of seven matches in the concurrent Super Rugby tournament the team is now ranked at the bottom of the log. Though, with a recent loss to the Crusaders at Ellis Park Stadium, the Lions aren’t in top form either, so here’s to holding thumbs! Tickets for the match are available online via Ticketpros.co.za and cost between R50p/p and R130p/p depending on seats. Season tickets are going for R2150p/p. Kick off is at 5:05pm.

6. Trash Cabaret: An Afrikaburn Fundraiser
Fun-meets-fundraising this Friday at the Dragon Room. The variety performance troupe, Trash Cabaret, is looking for a helping hand in getting to Mzansi’s epic Afrikaburn festival (the local version of Burning Man) and in return is giving revelers a night of circus-like merriment. The group comprises razzlers and dazzlers of all kinds: trapeze acts, aerial artists, burlesque babes, jugglers and fire dancers. In a bid to get your freak flag flying, guests are encouraged to come kitted as the character of their fantasies. Let’s put it this way: there’s no such thing as over-the-top with this jam. Tickets for the jol are available online via Quicket.co.za and cost R100p/p. Otherwise buy at the door for R100p/p (if you’re appropriately costumed) or R120p/p (for those in ‘boring get-up’). The party gets rocking at 8:30pm.

7.  Women’s Lifestyle Expo
Honour your inner goddess at the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo at the V&A Waterfront’s Lookout Venue this Friday-to-Sunday. The three-day event promises an unmissable showcase of health, wellness, beauty and pampering for mothers, entrepreneurs, superwomen and single ladies alike. Guests can expect talks from the team who brought you the sellout-sensation The Real Meal Revolution, loads of opportunities for pampering and preening (manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and more will be on the go) and seminars on beauty, fitness and financial wellness. What’s more, there’ll be entertainment from mentalist and magician Larry Soffer, an all-you-could-ask for shopping mecca, a food court brimming with delicious eats and a supervised kiddies area to put the moms at ease. Tickets for the expo are available via Webtickets.co.za and at the door on the day and cost R90p/p for general tickets and for children, R120p/p for two-day general access and R350p/p for VIP (includes a goodie bag, bubbly vouchers, canapés and access to the VIP area). 8% of the ticket sales will be donated to the Jenna Lowe Trust. Doors open at 10am on each day and close at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

By Georgina Selander

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Not quite satisfied with our weekend picks? Get a glimpse of San hunter-gatherer culture at the Colours of Change Art Exhibition or hit up the Baxter Theatre for a special performance of Joe Barber 6: Life.

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