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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, 21 November to Sunday, 23 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. From major concerts by two international bands, glamorous horse racing events that could possibly whisk you away to London (yep, you read that correctly) to the return of a much-loved summer concert series, there is definitely something great for you to do this weekend.

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

Nightlife pick of the week: 30 Seconds to Mars Concert at the GrandWest Grand Arena
The dynamic rock group, best known for their chart-toppers like ‘City of Angels’ and ‘Up in the Air’, will return to the Mother City this Sunday to give their fans an epic show!! Doe-eyed crooner and guitarist Jared Leto, drummer Shannon Leto and guitarist Tomo Milicevic will be giving Capetonian fans a chance to jam along to some of their classic tunes as well as new tracks off the album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. The successful group has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, have won numerous awards, including an MTV Music Video Award, multiple MTV EMAs, a Fuse Award and more. As if the event couldn’t get any better, local band Beatenberg will be supporting 30 Seconds to Mars! If you don’t yet have tickets (which are available online at Computicket.com/computicket outlets and range from R310p/p to R510p/p) you can try your luck on the online ticket exchange Viagogo. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.

2.Lanzarec Ready to Run Stakes Horse Race at the Kenilworth Racecourse
This equestrian event is galloping to the weekend and is set to offer an adrenaline-pumping yet lustrous affair at the Kenilworth Racecourse this Saturday. Following a successful inaugural event in 2013, this newbie occasion has proven that it is well worth attending as budding filly and colt owners can look forward to a glamorous day of fashion, good food and fun while witnessing top-class thoroughbreds compete for a R2 million stake. This elegant shindig is also giving away a grand prize to a ‘best dressed couple’; the winners will be whisked away to spend three nights in London to attend the Investec Epsom Derby in 2015. General access to the horseracing event is free. For those who’d like to take advantage of all-inclusive VIP access to the Somerset Room at the Kenilworth Racecourse, tickets cost R250p/p and must be booked in advance (price includes access to the Somerset Room and a three-course buffet lunch). For more information or to book, contact the Kenilworth Racecourse on +27 (0) 21 700 1600.

3. Mzansi Cape Town Salsa Festival at The River Club (Observatory)
If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to skilfully master the art of salsa dancing, now is your chance! The River Club in Observatory will be transformed into a salsa dance venue from Thursday to Sunday. The Mzansi Cape Town Salsa Festival features a sultry line-up that includes workshop, dance sessions and other thrilling instalments.  Festival-goers will get the chance to learn some sexy moves from some of the world’s finest dance instructors who cover everything from cha-cha, African dance, Cape jazz to rumba and tango. Each festival day ends with the chance to try out newly acquired dance moves with someone a little more experienced, which makes it an all-encompassing salsa dancing fiesta! Tickets are on sale online at Alloutsalsa.com and range from R300p/p to R5000p/p. Click through to the event for detailed ticket price info.

4. Dead Letter Circus Concert at Mercury Live
Australian- based rock band Dead Letter Circus is set to entertain fans in the Mother City on Saturday night. Devoted supporters will get to jam the night away as the quintet performs tunes from their second album, The Catalyst Fire, and brandnew material from their recently released EP, Stand Apart. The band’s style and sound, said to be influenced by the likes of Massive Attack, Nine Inch Nails and UNKLE, will be supported by local acts The Sleepers and alternative rock/metal group Deity’s Muse to make the night a memorable one. Tickets are available through Computicket.co.za and Computicket outlets. Pre-sold tickets cost R130p/p and are R150p/p at the door. Doors open at 7pm and please note that no under 18s will be allowed into the venue.

5. Proe Paarl Wine Festival
One of the oldest towns in South Africa will be playing host to the inaugural Proe Paarl Wine Festival this Saturday. Located on the leafy Main Road between Haarlem Street and Hoffman Avenue, this family-friendly fiesta aims to celebrate the intricacies that make Paarl special, while at the same time offering vino lovers something great to do on the weekend. Guests will have the chance to let their palates explore wines from 15 surrounding wine farms  (visitors will be handed a tasting booklet and complimentary wine glass on arrival). Moreover, attendees can participate in an  array of activities including historical walks, exploring mountain bike trails and visit the arts and crafts stalls. Kids will also be catered for; jumping castles, face painting and other amazing activities will make sure that little ones have a blast throughout the day. Tickets can be bought online at Webtickets.co.za and at the gate on the day of the event. Entry costs R120p/p and kids under the age of 18 enter for free  tasty treats from Paarl’s top restaurants (think Harvest Laborie Restaurant, Rhebokskloof Restaurant, Mellasat Pop-Up Restaurant).

6. City Desired Exhibition at City Hall
Get to experience the Mother City in a fresh perspective this weekend at this year’s City Desired Exhibition at City Hall. Organised by the African Centre for Cities, the exhibition invites audiences to come face-to-face with topics surrounding contemporary Cape Town. The unique event, which takes place   from Thursday until Wednesday 10 December, aims to tackle thought-provoking topics such as food security and diversity in an audio-visual displays (short films, photography exhibitions and more) in a bid to get people to think differently about the future of the beautiful city. Some highlights include getting to grips with personal stories of Cape Town citizens, as well as seeing interactive maps that depict city dynamics in an interesting way. Entry to the City Desired exhibition at City Hall is free, and the venue is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm for the duration of the exhibition.

7. Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
The ever-popular live music series is making a graceful return this weekend with an even bigger and better offering than before! The Summer Sunset Concerts, held at the century-old Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, will bring some of SA’s favourite musos to the picturesque venue to blow crowds away. From 23 November until 5 April, attendees can expect performances from the likes of critically acclaimed acapella group The Soil, Johnny Clegg, Mi Casa, Oliver Mtukudzi and other local favourites. The exciting affair is also perfect for a family outing as certain concerts feature a kid’s zone where parents can leave their little ones to have fun in their own designated area while they enjoy the magical concerts in all their splendour. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring along blankets and picnic baskets filled with eats and drinks, including alcohol. Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and at the venue and range from R75p/p to R310p/p. Gates open at 4pm. Concerts are held between 5:30pm and 7pm, come rain or shine.

Haven’t yet found what you’re looking for? Then check out the Miss Gayeties Creative Evening and the Riaad Moosa Comedy Show both taking place this weekend!

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