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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, 6 March to Sunday, 8 March 2015

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. It’s officially a new month, and this week you’ll find a pick of exciting events that include a mega vino festival, a thrilling MBX and MTB competition, a swawnky equestrian event and more. So, it comes down to one thing: 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: The Night Harvest BMX & MTB Competition in Hout Bay
Africa’s largest dirt jump competition, The Night Harvest, slides its way into the calendar this Friday! The free event takes place at Potato Trails in Hout Bay and will see some of the best international and national BMX riders, like Kevin Peraza (USA), Greg Illingworth (SA), as well as MTB pros like Sam Reynolds (UK), Blake Samson (Zimbabwe) and more, showing off their stunning skills to crowds. Now in its fourth year, the high-flying event invites attendees to not only catch all of the gravity-defying action, but to also have fun as there will be DJ’s on site. There will also be Monster Energy Drinks available, light snacks and refreshment stalls at the venue.

the night market bmx hout bay

2. Paarl Ommiberg Round the Rock Festival
Looking to break away from the city rush? Then the OmmiBerg ‘Round the Rock’ Festival is just the answer. The family-friendly event, which is set in the hilly Cape Winelands district of Paarl, is taking place this Saturday and is jam-packed with tons of features like wine tasting, live entertainment, tasty treats and more! The fiesta brings together 13 surrounding wine farms to affordconnoisseurs and general vino lovers alike the opportunity to taste the region’s 2015 young wines before they are filtered. Each farm will be serving a different culinary option, and festival-goers can pick and choose what kind of gourmet fare they’d like to indulge in. What’s more, attendees are in for fun activities like grape stomping challenges, cork spitting competitions, wine blending tutorials, wine barrel golf and more. Little ones are also in for a treat as a number of fun to-do’s have organised (think jumping castles, face painting, petting zoo, water slides and more). And of course, each participating farm will host live music (with the likes of SA idols finalists Lize Mynhardt and Mark Haze) to make sure that there is something for everyone at the not-to-be-missed event. Tickets are available online via Webtickets.co.za and cost R100p/p; a limited amount of tickets will also be available at any of the participating wineries on the day at a cost of R120p/p. Children under the age of 18 enter for free.

paarl round the rock festival

3. Lose It! Magazine’s Banting Bazaar in Cape Town
Banting enthusiasts are in for a great weekend at the once-a-month-pop-up event, Banting Bazaar, organised by Lose It! Magazine. that is taking in The free event, which takes place this Saturday at the City Bowl Market on Hope Street,  will be a one-stop shop for all things LCHF (think cooking demos, food trucks, drinks). Devotees can exchange tips and secrets as well as mingle with hard-to-find Banting suppliers and chefs like Cold Gold Ice Cream Artisan and Sorbet, Richard Bosman, Societi Bistro, The Banting Boys and more! In addition, health magazine Lose It!’s publication team will be on site to share Banting knowledge. Moreover, food editor of Lose It!, Justine Kiggen, will whip up some great demos throughout the day! So gather up a group of friends who are also exploring the controversial movement and head over to the market this Saturday.

banting bazaar tim noakes cape town

4. Veuve Clicquot Polo Masters in the Cape Winelands
This sophisticated affair invites Mzansi’s celebs and socialites to a day of exciting polo, stargazing and French champagne at the stunning Val de Vie Estate in the Cape Winelands this Saturday. The lustrous event, is somewhat more of a hobnobbing event and is high up in social calendar ranks alongside popular J&B Met and the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.Therefore, it comes as no surprise that spectators are encouraged to dress in glitz and glamour style. The outdoor event will also be filled with Veuve Clicquot Champagne served alongside   a selection of gourmet canapés. This equestrian affair is one of a handful of international polo tournaments that is sponsored by the premier Champagne house and is the only one of its kind on the African continent. Moreover, those that are looking to have the shinding continue into the late hours of the night can head over to the official after party at the popular Shimmy Beach Club. Entry to the party is free to all valid ticket-holders. Tickets to the event range from R150p/p to R3500p/p and are available online via Computicket.com and at Computicket outlets; picnic tickets will also be available at the gate on the day. Click-through to the event for a detailed ticket listing.

Veuve Clicqot Masters Polo Cape Town

5. Barleycorn Music Festival at the Baxter Theatre
Popular music club Barley Corn, which has for the past 39 years played an immense role in providing the much needed support for  musicians to rise above the challenges in the industry, now brings an even bigger feat to the table – The Barley Corn Music Festival. Set to take place this Saturday at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, the fiesta will see performers like David Kramer, three-piece band MacStanley, Digby & Lullaby and other homegrown acts take to the stage. The event will continue to promote Barleycorn music club’s ethos that is a culmination of good vibes, good music, and pushing local music forward. Tickets to the gig cost R100p/p and R80p/p for students and pensioners. The festival kicks off at 7pm.

barleycorn music festival cape town

6. Love and Light Trance Party at Nelson Wine Estate
Gather a group of friends and head out to the Cape Winelands for the Love and Light Trance party that is taking place this Saturday at the Nelson Wine Estate (65km outside of Cape Town). Party-goers can dance along to sick tunes that will be delivered by top acts like Ace Ventura by Yoni Oshrat, Zyce, DJ Emok and Critical Choice. What’s more, trance fans can refuel at the fully licensed bar as well as at various on-site food stalls. Those melting under the pressure of being designated drivers don’t have to worry as there will be a bus service that will take partiers to and from the venue (for only R100p/p). Tickets for the Love and Light Trance Party are R300p/p and are available at various outlets. Click-through to the event for a list of ticket outlets. Gates open at 9am. The party kicks off at 10am and will run until midnight.

love and light trance party cape town

7. Check out both of these great Mother City cycling events
It’s that time of year when daring cyclists take on the Mother City’s roads. The world’s largest individually timed cycling event, the Cape Town Cycle Tour (affectionately known as The Argus), is taking place this Sunday. Due to the recent veld fire that has ravaged parts of the Southern Peninsula, the race has been drastically reduced from a 102km route to 42km. Organisers have called on participants to embrace the change as a "Show You Care Solidarity Ride" in support of the brave people who have risked their lives to battle the dangerous inferno. Click-through the event for a detailed update of the revised route. Another two-wheeled affair that is taking place this weekend is the popular Naked Bike Ride. The event is part of a global initiative, The World Naked Bike Ride, and is hosted in around 70 different countries as part of a mission to raise awareness around environmental issues, celebrate the power and individuality of the human body and highlight the dangers faced by cyclists on local roads. The free event is open to anyone that is willing to join the cause, and will see participants wind along the fan walk, turning around in Sea Point and looping back through Long and Bree streets before returning to the start. The meeting point is at the Sea Point library car park and the ride kicks off at 10am!

cape argus cycle tour ---

And if you’re keen to learn a thing or two about how to prepare gourmet dishes, do check out Matt Manning’s Pop-up Dinner and Cooking Class set to take place this weekend. 

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