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From FanCon to AfrikaBurn, Here are the Events to Get Excited About in April

Three dorpies are hosting the biggest festivals of the month, and there are a host of specialty events in the CBD and winelands

Autumn has officially started, and though the light and the warm months have started to dwindle, it’s no reason to tone down on the adventure. For one, there’s a lot going on in April. See our pick of awesome things to do this month.

FANCON (28 and 29 APR)
Calling all cosplay and comic book nerds, geeks and gamers. FanCon is back on at the CTICC. The two-day event pulls writers, animators, artists, entrepreneurs from here and around the world, and is full of talks, panel discussions and workshops. Expect wacky costumes so come dressed to impress.
COST: Weekend passes are R230  at www.computicket.com. Saturday day pass will cost R150 and Sunday day pass R130. Day passes will be available at the door.

OH DAM MUSIC FESTIVAL (26 - 29 APR 2018)
Celebrate the long weekend with a lineup of some awesome artists and a weekend of camping at this music festival in Cederberg. The event is open (and tons of fun) for the kids, and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy and experience the breathtaking splendour of the outdoors and the Cederberg mountains. 
COST: Camping plots range in price from R4200 with electricity to R3600 for a plot with no water and no electricity and the price includes the festival ticket. Weekend passes, Friday to Sunday, excluding accommodation are: Adults R200 per person; 12 to 18 years R100 per person and children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) are free.

JUST NUISANCE DOG WALK (1 APR 2018)
Kick off the month of April with this annual dog walk dedicated to the famous Simon’s Town hound, Just Nuisance, who was born 1 April 1937. There will be goodie bags for the first 400 walkers, a lucky draw, and, for a small fee, dog photographer Dog Meets Girl will be snapping adorable portraits of your dog in her vintage pop-up van. Registration starts at 9:30am and the walk begins at 11 am.
COST: Free. Drinks and snacks will be available from local restaurants and vendors.

GENADENDAL EASTER FESTIVAL (29 MAR–2 APR)
The Genandel Easter Festival is the dorpie’s main event, and they pull out all the stops. There are day and night markets, car shows, rides for the kids, candy and toy stalls. There’ll also be live music and food galore. Think about making a weekend of it.
COST: Entrance into the market is R10/p. For more information contact +27 (0) 83 323 5226.

PINOTAGE AND BILTONG FESTIVAL (14–15 APR)
What a treat: Two of South Africa’s signature foods (biltong and Pinotage) as a food pairing (Pinotage is only made in South Africa). At the Pinotage and Biltong Festival at the Perdeberg Cellar in Paarl, there will be nearly 50 different pinotages to taste or buy from 18 wineries, paired with a range of biltong.
COST: R200/p online at Computicket.com, R230/p at the door. For any queries, please email cobie@cvomarketing.co.za

STELLENBOSCH OYSTER FESTIVAL (14 and 15 APR)
Oysters, bubbly and the breathtaking Stellenbosch Winelands – it doesn’t get any better than that. The Stellenbosch Oyster Festival is over two days this year. There will be an array of food options as well as an exquisite picnic platter for two available which includes all the delicious picnic essentials such as smoked trout and cured meats.
COST: Tickets are sold at R150 and include all the essentials such as parking fee, shuttles and tasting coupons. They can be purchased at www.quicket.co.za. Please note that tickets are limited.

THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA (OCT 2017–APR 2018)
April is your last chance to catch a movie under the stars at the Galileo Open Air Cinema. Every week cinephiles can grab some popcorn, settle down at various beautiful venues in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands and watch firm favourites, cult classics.

COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and costs vary according to the package selected; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.

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KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS (NOV 2017–APR 2018)
End of the summer months also spells the winding down of the Kirstenbosch concert, but there are still some hot acts you can catch in April. Like UK electronic band Morcheeba, who will be performing Friday, 6 April. Pack your picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens.
COST: Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za and costs vary according to the performer; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.

CABLEWAY CHARITY CHALLENGE (21 APR)
An endurance test like no other, the Cableway Charity Challenge takes place on Saturday, 21 April 2018 and involves daring Capetonians repeatedly summiting Table Mountain via the Platteklip Gorge route.
COST: Entry is free, all that is required from participants is raising a minimum of R2500 for the nominated beneficiaries. Sign up for the 2018 Cableway Charity Challenge at www.charitychallenge.co.za

ORGANIK LOVE PROJECT TRANCE PARTY (14–15 APR)
It’s a legendary outdoor jol happening at Utopia, a lush, grassy venue just 100km from Cape Town. Revellers can shop at the stalls that sell food, crafts and clothing. There are also dams for swimming and a camping site.
COST: Entry ranges between R340p/p and R450p/p.

THE WHISKY LIVE FESTIVAL (12–14 APR)
It’s a boutique-style showroom featuring some of the world’s finest single malts and blends at The Lookout in Granger Bay. Long-time devotees and newbies alike can sip and swirl scotch, bourbon and world-famous Irish “water of life” and chat to the various brand ambassadors.
COST: R210p/p online, via TicketPros.co.za or the Whisky Live website, and R245p/p at the door. A designated driver ticket is also available at R115p/p, just for the driver.

KKNK FESTIVAL IN OUDTSHOORN (29 MAR–4 APR)
The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), in it’s 24th year, turns the sleepy town of Oudtshoorn into a colourful melting pot. This seven-day multi-platform Afrikaans festival features cutting-edge theatre, concerts, kids’ entertainment, dance and visual art installations.
COST: Each act, concert, exhibition or activity is priced separately. Consult Computicket.com and the festival programme for specific details.

BOT RIVER BARRELS AND BEARDS HARVEST FESTIVAL (21 APR)
Food and wine lovers flock to the Overberg area for a day of home-style boerekos, boeremusiek and beards. Every year, the winemakers of Bot River grow their beard during harvest season, and at the best beard gets an award.
COST: R450 and R5 booking fee via Quicket.co.za or by emailing info@bartonvineyards.co.za.

AFRIKABURN (23–29 APR)
This is a yearly cultural and creative pilgrimage at the Tankwa Karoo, in the Northern Cape. Self-expression is encouraged – whether it's an extravagant costume, sharing of food and drink, or a piece of art. Every year there’s a new theme for your interpretation.
COST: Ticket range from R180p/p to R2300p/p on Afrikaburn.com. If tickets are sold out, join Afrikaburn’s STEP (Secure Ticket Exchange Programme).

SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (26 APR–1 MAY)
This celebration of art, music, theatre thrust Kaapse culture, heritage and lifestyle into the limelight. It’s a six-day festival spread out across the Artscape Theatre. Festival-goers are destined to find something to entertain and educate at this yearly shindig.
COST: Prices range between free and R120p/p via Computicket.com and Computicket

DECOREX CAPE TOWN (27 APR–1 MAY)
It’s a premier décor and design exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. There are fun and practical tips for design, from From paint colours to top trends from famed designers and emerging talent.
COST: R110p/p for adults, R95p/p for pensioners and students and only R20p/p for kids under the age of 12 at Computicket.

SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL (27–29 APR)
Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm will be chockablock with cheese, wines, sweet treats and deli products. Make sure you also take the time to relax in the Carnival Park, which offers a multitude of fun activities for kids (and grown-up ones).
COST: R180p/p for adults and R120p/p for pensioners; kids aged 2 - 13 cost R20p/p  via Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets. Children under 2 years enter free.

ELGIN COOL WINE AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL (28–29 APR)
It’s in the Overberg region, where each vineyard offers its own tastings, entertainment and kids’ fun for the day. For lunch, which must be booked ahead of time, guests can savour signature offerings paired with the hosts’ wines.
COST: Tickets cost R600p/p and can be booked through +27 (0)28 844 0012 or saltatpaulcluver@gmail.com.

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PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change, and we will update the details as soon as possible to keep you in the loop.
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Planning a trip to Tankwa to get festive? Here's our feature on Afrikaburn 2018.

Check out this overview of things to do in Cape Town this Freedom Day 2018, taking place on Friday, 27 April.

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