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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, 28 November to Sunday, 30 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. Whether you want to get into the Christmas mood of giving, or want to spend an entire day feasting on delicious bacon, there is definitely something great for you to do this Friday to Sunday.

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

Nightlife pick of the week: Synergy Live Music Festival
Serious party-goers are invited to experience the legendary Synergy Live outdoor music festival that bangs to a start this Friday at the Theewater Sports Club (an hour and a half away from Cape Town). Music fans can expect a wide variety of music genres set on multiple stages, quality acts (set against amazing décor backdrops), and yummy food! The line-up is studded with international headliners (think Bombay Bicycle Club, S.P.Y, Stimming, Ron Costa and more) and will also showcase upcoming local talent and underground artists. What’s more, the organisers have gone out of their way to make sure that the three-day shindig is as comfortable as possible: a well-kitted out camping area has been provided and features hot showers, clean toilets, a cell phone recharging station and other amenities. Tickets for Synergy Live range from R185p/p to R620p/p and are available via Webtickets.co.za, participating retailers and at the gate on the day. Click through to the event for detailed ticket prices, the line-up and ticket stockists.

2. Cape Town Baconfest in Woodstock
Nope, this is not some kind of joke – this is as real as it gets. That’s right, La Bottega Restaurant in Woodstock is playing host to Cape Town’s very own bacon fest this weekend! Kicking off midday Saturday, this dream-come-true event offers 300 foodies the chance to eat as much as they like and indulge in 11 different bacon-inspired dishes that will tantalise taste buds. The festival is split into two sittings: The first sitting will take place from 12pm to 5pm, and the following session starts at 5pm and runs until 10pm (there are 150 spots available for each session). Moreover, ticket-holders will also score two 500ml Boston Lager Draughts. If that’s not enough, festival-goers will be pleased to know that there will be a cash bar as well (card facilities available). Tickets to the event cost R250p/p and are available online via Webtickets.co.za.

3. Hope Music Festival at Paul Cluver
A magical music affair featuring some of South Africa’s hottest musos – Jesse Clegg, aKING, Mr Cat & The Jackal and more - awaits at the beautiful eucalyptus-lined Paul Cluver amphitheatre this Saturday. This instalment of the summer series in Elgin is in honour of World Aids Day and is also in support of the Thembalitsha Foundation, an entity that spreads hope through disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape. Apart from the entertainment and the alluring family-friendly atmosphere, there will be an extensive showcase and tasting of Elgin Valley’s award-winning wines as well as the chance to sip on Tipsy Gypsy’s famous summer cocktails, guzzle craft beer from Triggerfish Brewery and munch down carnival-themed treats at the food stalls. Children won’t be left out of the occasion either as there will be kid-friendly activities on offer. Do note, alcohol brought from home will not be allowed. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and cushions to make the most of the dazzling nights under the stars.  Tickets are R200 for adults, R100 for children between the ages of 5-15 years and R500 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) and are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets. The good times start at 3pm and gates open at 2:30pm.

4. The Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival
This lustrous two-day affair swirls onto the calendar this Saturday and Sunday to show off the best of the area’s bubblies! Following the success of last year’s occasion, this year’s event is bigger and better and features a new layout to better accommodate the 45 Cap Classique and Champagne houses that plan on attending. As Franschhoek is known for its top culinary offering, attendees can be assured that they will enjoy mouth-watering treats from top restaurants like Bread & Wine at Môreson Wine Estate, Le Franschhoek and Huguenot Fine Chocolates. Furthermore, guests are encouraged to come decked out according to the theme – this year it’s black and white with a focus on parasols and panamas – and the best dressed duo for each day will be awarded awesome prices. The day will also be topped off with live music from local singer-songwriter Gerald Clark and acoustic four-piece band Newton & Co. Gates are open from 12pm to 5pm and tickets cost R200p/p per day and are available via Webtickets.co.za (tickets include a complimentary tasting glass and tasting coupons). Children younger than 18 enter for free.

5. Wavescape Fish Fry with Ultimate Braai Master
The hit SA reality show UItimate Braai Master joins forces with the annual Wavescape Festival for an epic day filled with good food and entertainment at the Blue Bird Garage in Muizenberg this Saturday. Attendees get to watch teams from the series, like Smoke, Sweat and Tears; Tikka Boys; and Team Tenacity, battle it out in a live braai-off using sustainable fish on the WWF-SASSI green list. The judging panel will be headed up by renowned chef Bertus Basson of Overture along with foodie experts, while the challenge will be hosted by celebrity bush chef Justin Bonello. The festivities will also be jam-packed with surf-related offerings: wave chasers can sell or trade boards as part of the surfboard market or interact with surfboard shapers, artists and environmentalists. The rest of the day promises to be a real jam, with food stalls and craft brews on hand to keep the tummies satisfied, fun edutainment events for the little ones and, when the sun goes down, a dance party headlined by DJ Catherine Grenfell from 5FM – making it perfect for a family-friendly outing. Tickets cost R30p/p and are available at the door on the day; though, those looking to sell their board in the market need to pay R100p/p. Children younger than 16 years gain free entry. Festivities start at 3pm.

6. Cape Town Festival of Beer
Let the good times flow at this year’s Cape Town Festival of Beer at the Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point this weekend! The three-day fiesta (beginning on Friday and ending on Sunday) invites brew-lovers to come taste some of the more than 200 beers from both local and international breweries. Patrons can look forward to sampling brews from Red Bridge Brewing Co., Belgian Beer Co, Woodstock Brewery, Just Brewing, Leopold 7, Stellenbrau, London Pride, Jack Black and many more. Moreover, beer enthusiasts can beef up their beer knowledge through guided tours, food and beer pairings and workshops! The family-friendly event will also feature live music, screenings of sports, a play area for the kiddies as well as blind tastings. Tickets cost R150p/p per day and are available via Webtickets.co.za and at the gate on both days (patrons who buy tickets online get a free beer glass on arrival). Kids under the age of 13 pay R50. The festival opens its doors at 12pm each day.

7. Cape Town Charity Toy Run
With the festive season approaching, The Cape Town Charity Toy Run is ready to rev to a loud start in a bid to put smiles on the faces of disadvantaged children. Taking place this Sunday, the 32-year-old event sees hordes of motorbikers adorn their road hogs with toys and cycle their way from the GrandWest Casino to the William Herbert Sports Ground in Wynberg-Ottery, where they will donate baby dolls, puzzles and more. The general public is encouraged to watch the procession from safe vantage points and can also join in the fun at the bigger, better end-point (with the entrance fee of at least one toy). The sports ground will have a bike show, food stalls, motorcycle-related merchandise and loads of giveaways throughout the day. Click through to the event for a detailed list of suggested toy/item donations. The procession departs at 10:30am.

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Still haven’t found your cup of tea? How about checking the Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day in Newlands and the night-time party Cold Turkey!

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