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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, 24 October to Sunday, 26 October 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 a wine connoisseur, a foodie or an art lover, 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: Just Jinjer Concert & Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
The African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel has introduced an exciting concert series that will delight Cape Town music lovers. Set to take place every two months, the series will feature a super intimate dinner and a musical act in the hotel’s expansive atrium. Kicking things off this Friday is none other than Mzansi icons Just Jinger.  In essence, fans can not only look forward to an intimate concert featuring some of the band’s most popular tracks, but also to indulging in some gourmet nosh and fine bubbly in a completely unique performance setting. . Tickets for this affair cost R395p/p and are limited to 200. The price includes a meze platter, dessert, and a bottle of MCC per table. To book, email lauren@15onorangehotel.com. The show starts at 7pm.

2. Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery at the Company’s Garden
The renowned Red Bull Doodle Art Competition is taking things to the next level by bringing 27 of the world’s finest doodles to a free curated and interactive exhibition in the Company’s Garden from Friday to Sunday. The pop-up gallery will feature work from the competition entrants from countries like Argentina, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and, of course, South Africa. The gallery is a special, one-of-a- kind installation and offers a highly interactive and creative experience for attendees: for instance, Egypt’s winning sketch will be on display inside a big pyramid and SA artist Kingsley Palime’s drawing will be showcased on Table Mountain and will be visible through a viewfinder in the inner-city garden. Moreover, art lovers will be treated to live music performances on Saturday. The gallery will run daily from 10am to 6pm (and is free), and the ultimate winner of the Doodle Art Competition will be announced on Saturday.

3. Spier Secret Festival and Conference in Stellenbosch
The highly anticipated Spier Secret Festival, taking place from Friday to Saturday, is a foodie heaven that comprises three distinct sessions: the food conference, secret dinners and the food market. The conference sees local and international lauded chefs shed some light on topics including sustainable farming practices, and alternative meat cutting. The market, on the other hand, is a free and family-friendly affair that will take place on Saturday from 9am-3pm and will offer attendees the opportunity to purchase delicious goods from top-class, free-range and organic producers like Department of CoffeeChefs WarehouseBeijing Opera, the Pitmasters and Spier’s very own Eight Restaurant. Kiddies also have the opportunity to meet and greet animals from the Adventure Farm Mobile Petting Zoo! Tickets for the conference and dinner are available via quicket.co.za. Do note: The conference part of the festival requires pre-purchasing of tickets and costs R900p/p.

4. Maboneng Township Arts Experience in Kayamandi
The Maboneng Township Arts Experience is launching its pop-up gallery initiative in Stellenbosch’s very own Kayamandi. The aim of the arts experience is to create opportunities and awareness around creativity in the townships, and this gallery does so by offering attendees the chance to visit the homes of Kayamandi locals that will serve as galleries and will showcase some of Mzansi’s best local talent. The day will be jam-packed with art, food stalls serving up delicious and hearty meals, day tours of the Kayamandi surrounds as well as performances from local dance groups. Tickets cost R100p/p, which includes access to all the houses involved, and are available by emailing info@maboneng.com, booking online through Quicket.co.za and purchasing on site at the exhibition (Cnr Mendi and Masithandane roads). Maboneng Township Arts Experience has also offered to provide a shuttle service to and from Kayamandi on both days of the festival. The shuttles leave from Grand Parade in Cape Town city centre. Tickets for a return shuttle cost R200p/p and can be booked online at Quicket.co.za.

5. Durbanville Wine Valley’s Season of Sauvignon
This annual vino affair, which takes place in Durbanville from Saturday to Sunday, is dedicated to the zesty Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Set across 12 participating farms, the event aims to offer the perfect blend of the Sauvignon history with food, wine and entertainment. Each wine farm will take patrons through a unique menu specifically created to complement the star of the show, Sauvignon Blanc. What’s more, parents will be happy to know that the festival is family-friendly: kiddies will be treated to jumping castles, mechanical bull rides and face painting. A decentralised celebration, the festival has a range of free and fee-based events on offer; patrons are advised to book with the individual wine farms in advance, and costs range from one estate to another. For more information and a full programme of events visit Durbanvillewine.co.za.

6. International Oriental Dance Festival
Learn how to master the art of belly dancing or simply watch the professionals take to the stage at this year’s International Oriental Dance Festival from Friday to Sunday. The event features one grand gala evening, intimate workshops and a host of free and priced performances, which will see artists showcasing majestic forms of classical Egyptian, Middle Eastern and tribal fusion-style belly dancing! The family-friendly fest also doubles up as a charity event in aid of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for (abused) Women and Children in Athlone, and will take place at various venues across the city. Eager belly dancers can enter the competition leg of the fiesta, which takes place on Friday at Ratanga Junction and spectators are welcome (at a cost of R50). Tickets for the festival are dependent on the different offerings and range from free events to R350 p/p.

7. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Some of the world’s most thought-provoking action and adventure and mountain films are making their way to Cape Town as part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. The Cavendish Square and Tyger Valley Centre Ster-Kinekor outlets will play host to the event, which kicks-off on Thursday and ends on 31 October. The annual affair features the globe’s top adventure climbing, base jumping, alpine skiing and mountain expedition movies and flickers onto screens with a bigger and better extravaganza. The festival forms part of a global eight- day tour that will touch down in 35 different countries and features films such as North of the Sun, Ghost Town and 35, which was named the Best Short Mountain Film, and Mzansi’s very own The Beauty of the Irrational, which follows the epic journey of cinematography follows the epic journey of Mzansi trail runner Ryan ‘Hedgie’ Sandes as he tackles the Fish River Canyon trail in Namibia. Tickets for the festival cost R62p/p and are available online at Sterkinekor.com as well as via Ster-Kinekor’s ticket booking hotline (+27 (0) 861 668437)

by Dudu Luthuli

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Keen for a challenge? Then take part in the Red Bull Lion Heart Challenge, South Africa’s favourite trail-running event. Entries close on 10 November!

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