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Laugh, Eat And Get Dirty At These December Events
Events for athletes, wine lovers, foodies and comedy fans this December
Last updated: 30 November 2018
Embrace the great outdoors with an epic braai event, and find your new favourite bottle on the inner-city wine route. Work it all off at an obstacle course or triathlon, dance it off, or laugh it off at our pick of athletic, music and comedy events. Get festive and celebrate the Christmas season with lights, carols, and more in our pretty city.
Don’t forget it’s World AIDS Day on Friday, 1 December so be sure to show your solidarity with this important cause. Another important day chockful of events is Day of Reconciliation on 16 and17 December. We’ve also got comprehensive overviews of special things to do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Day of Good Will (Boxing Day) Take a look at our line-up of New Year’s Eve celebrations as well as places to enjoy New Year's Day.
OH MY DARLING
The annual Darling Summer Beer Festival kicks of your summer holidays with ice-cold beer, live music, artisanal foods and more to enjoy with friends and family in the quaint town of Darling on Saturday 15 December. Live music courtesy of the Stone Jets, indie-folk musicians Jackal and the Wind and the energetic CrossCurrent complete the line-up for your entertainment.
Price: R80–R150 at Webtickets or at the gate
Darling Brew | 48 Caledon Street | Darling | DBexperience@darlingbrew.co.za | 0719012532
Looking for a funky, friendly and free event to attend that will get you out of the house and interacting with your community? Look no further than the fourth annual Streetopia festival, taking over Observatory on Saturday 1 December 2018. This family-friendly community-based event, brought to you in collaboration with the organisers of AfrikaBurn, is open to the public and fills the streets of Obs with art, craft, performance, vintage and mutant vehicles and good vibes. Get an idea of what to expect.
https://streetopia.co.za/ | 021 447 4010 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Observatory Village Green and Community Centre (Station Road and surrounds), from Station Road to St Michael’s Road and from Station Road to Norfolk Road
ALL AROUND THE INNER-CITY WINE ROUTE
Wine on a Wednesday evening? Yes please! Get dressed up and hit the streets on a mission to find the juiciest red while making the best wine discoveries. Tuning The Vine is an adventure especially for wine lovers happening on Wednesday 12 December. Tuning The Vine sees oenophiles collecting their branded tasting glass, following the event map, and taking themselves on a tasting tour of the inner city. Get a taste of what to expect at Tuning The Vine.
Price: R150–R200 at Quicket
Start at one of the ticket stations indicated on the map | www.tuningthevine.co.za/
DAVID KRAMER IN SESSION
Stories, big personalities and good food at the city’s most exclusive hotel. Ellerman Sessions are back and David Kramer is performing for a limited number of guests. Come hungry (and thirsty, the wine’s good) and leave the kids at home. And book quick, there are only 50 seats at this event on Monday 10 December at Ellerman House.
Ellerman House | 180 Kloof Road | Bantry Bay | Cape Town | email@example.com | 021 430 3200
FOR WOMEN ONLY
No boys allowed! Muddy Princess is a 5km obstacle mud run exclusively for women. All levels of fitness are welcome and if you can crawl, walk, run, climb, laugh and play, this is a great opportunity for a day out with the girls. Because there is no competition and no timekeeping, it’s all about fun and laughter. Whether you enter as a team or as a single person, the team spirit fills the air and you’ll make it over all the obstacles and cross the finish line at your own pace.
Price: R290–R390 at Muddy Princess
Sandringham Wine Farm | Sandringham Road | Stellenbosch | Western Cape
FESTIVE LIGHTS SWITCH-ON
Join the locals to behold the annual tradition of the switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street on Sunday 2 December. See Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille flip the switch to brighten up our historic road and kick-start the festive season. There will be loads of festive flavour to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Find everything you need to know.
GET SUBMERGED WITH GOLDFISH
If summer had a sound, it would be the jazzy electro beat of legendary electronic duo Goldfish. David Poole and Dominic Peters’s tropical house grooves are synonymous with our country’s warm weather, so fans will be more than pleased to hear that the band is returning to the V&A Waterfront’s Shimmy Beach Club from Sunday 9 December 2018 until Friday 4 January 2019. Come lounge by the pool or sea, drink cocktails, have something to eat and party the night away. Here’s what to expect.
Price: R150–R300 at Howler
Shimmy Beach Club | 12 South Arm Road | +27 (0)79 338 4244 | firstname.lastname@example.org
FULL MOON LOVE & LIGHT
Celebrate love, light and the beauty of Cape Town at a one-day party that brings people together in a unified space of good music and energy. Love & Light is a trance party that falls on a full moon this year, a good time to celebrate everything you created and explored through 2018. Head over for the impressive line-up of psychedelic trance music including international local DJs. Get an idea of what to expect.
Price: R350 at Howler
Cape Town Ostrich Ranch | Van Schoorsdrif Road | N7 | Philadelphia | Cape Town | Facebook event page.
CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY IN CAPE TOWN
Eat, drink, be merry and celebrate Christmas as well as the days preceding and following the 25 December. Cape Town and surrounds has plenty to offer in the line of scrumptious meals, drinks, entertainment and gifts. Forego slaving over a hot stove in a busy kitchen and rather enjoy gourmet fare and the company of family and friends. Book your spot early to avoid disappointment. Peruse our overview of your Christmas options.
Price: varies according to the venue
BRAAI, SWIM AND BEATS
Clubbers Cookout is a day filled with braaing, swimming and celebrations right at the start of summer on Saturday 1 December in the heart of Cape Town. Bring your meat, salads, camp chairs, cooler box and some legendary spirit for a day of fun together with a selection of local DJs covering multiple genres from 2pm till 2am at the Oude Molen Eco Village. Read more about the Clubbers Cookout in Pinelands
Price: R100 at Quicket, R150 at the gate
Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Road | Cape Town | email@example.com | m.me/clubcampout
LEKKER LAG KOMEDIE FEES
Lekker Lag is a comedy festival that will have you laughing out loud at some of South Africa’s favourite Afrikaans comedians. The all-star line-up on Saturday 1 December includes Emo Adams, Shimmy Isaacs, Melt Sieberhagn, Piet Potgieter and more.
Price: R145–R165 at Computicket
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World | 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive | Goodwood | Western Cape | firstname.lastname@example.org | 079 567 1122
FINISH YOUR YEAR WELL
With a large dam, beautiful views and stunning routes in the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, this active event is the perfect way to wind down the year in style. The off-road Lomond Triathlon is happening just outside the coastal town of Gansbaai at Lomond Wine Estate on Saturday 15 December and there are various categories in which to enter.
Price: R120–R200 at Entryninja
Lomond Wine Estate | Elim Road | Gansbaai | Western Cape | email@example.com | +27 (0) 79 717 6732
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT + CELEBRATIONS
The first Festival of Lights at Spier opens with performances on 8 and 9 December and runs until 30 January 2019. Each night, Spier will light up with a journey of light and sound artworks across the estate that embody a sense of discovery and interactive play. During December, there are some other events at Spier to look forward to such as Karen Zoid at the Spier Amphitheatre on Saturday 1 December and Comedy in the Vines with Barry Hilton on Saturday 29 December.
Price: Free to R180 at Spier and Computicket
R310 Stellenbosch | 021 809 1100 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE MUSIC IN A LUSH BOTANICAL GARDEN
The botanical gardens liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2018 to April 2019 for the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. Each year, music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the live music sessions on the sprawling greens. Get the stellar line-up in 2018 and 2019.
Price: Prices vary at Webtickets
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Rhodes Drive | Cape Town | 021 799 8783
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Spending New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Mother City and still not sure how to celebrate? Rest assured, we’ve compiled an overview of the hottest events for everyone happening in Cape Town and surrounds on New Year's Eve as well as on New Year's Day 2019.
Price: Prices vary according to the event
BARE IT ALL
Join a fun run that's a little different than most to support and raise funds and awareness for sports injuries and the devastating effects of cancer and diabetes. This year the race will be raising funds specifically for Doodle Life, Doodle Cancer and they need you to bare it all with them to do it on Saturday 1 December 2018. Guys, pick your favourite swimwear briefs and join this fun run with a difference for an 8km run from Mouille Point to Camps Bay Beach – prepare to hear a lot of hooters! There'll be a party bus for girls to join in our the route too. Contact Bare To Care for more information on how to register.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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