From FanCon to AfrikaBurn, Here are the Events to Get ...

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.

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 Saturday day pass will cost R150 and Sunday day pass R130. Day passes will be available at the door.

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.

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.

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.

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, R230/p at the door. For any queries, please email

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 Please note that tickets are limited.

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 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.


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 and costs vary according to the performer; concessions do apply. Click through to the event for more information on the line-up and costs.

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

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.

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 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.

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 and the festival programme for specific details.

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 or by emailing

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 If tickets are sold out, join Afrikaburn’s STEP (Secure Ticket Exchange Programme).

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 and Computicket

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.

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 and at all Computicket outlets. Children under 2 years enter free.

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

PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change, and we will update the details as soon as possible to keep you in the loop.

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.

Plus, here's a ton of really cool things to do with the kids.


Want your event to gain fame and a following? Our Events Support Programme includes diverse and affordable packages guaranteed to get results. To learn more please contact or phone +27(0)21 422 2444.


Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Cape Town Events Calendar
August 2018
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Jack Black 12Alternating Jack Black's Thursday Jazz ...

Live tunes or pub quiz? Take your pick of Thursdays at the brewery taproom in Diep River

Shakespeare In Love 2018It's Back: Shakespeare in Love Graces ...

Back by popular demand, this crowd-pleasing, popular show returns to The Fugard theatre ...

WildFlower3The Ultimate Cape Spring Wild Flower ...

SOLD OUT: Luxury glamping on a private farm among the blooms in the Cape’s famous ...

Villa 47 2Breakfast at Villa 47 and Spoil a ...

Italian breakfast with a friend, plus: two-and three-course lunch and dinner specials ...

The Grey Hotel Win1The Best Staycation Special In The ...

Special offer for you as a reader: 2 nights stay, rooftop drinks, tapas platter, wine and ...

Just Like Papa 1Just Like Papa: The Ultimate Place to ...

Finally, there’s a place in Cape Town where you can get exceptional home, camping, ...

Hout Bay Dental Studio 2016 3Professional Teeth Cleaning Special at ...

Spruce up your pearly whites with this 20% discount for readers

Hout Bay Dental Ex2Teeth Whitening Special at Hout Bay ...

Brighten the midweek with a superb Thursday dental deal

Xplore Cape Town Tours 2Be A Tourist In Your Own Country With ...

From the Cango Caves to the world’s highest bungee bridge, adventure awaits on this ...

SA IdolsAll the Times Capetonians Entertained ...

Though auditions for 2018 are closed, Cape Town did us proud during SA Idols Season 14

Under Oaks 4Have a Turkish-French Affair With This ...

Indulge all your senses by trying the delicious wine and sweet pairing at Under Oaks in ...

Le Bonheur 12Get a 20% Discount on Accommodation at ...

Le Bonheur Reptiles and Adventures offers patrons a 20% discount when they stay at this ...

African RelishGet Hands-On With Local Fresh Produce ...

Leave it up to African Relish to create the perfect food-centred weekend getaway

Ubuntu Climbs 365 3How Many Hikes Up Table Mountain Does ...

A hike a day gets the funds raised. This guy is hiking Table Mountain every single day of ...

Arabella Aerial ViewWhich of These 5 Arabella Stay, Play ...

One luxury spa day and four remarkable getaway experience deals to reward yourself with, ...

Picnic in the Sky Cape WheelTreat Your Love To a Picnic in The Sky

Gift experiences company Celestial Gifts has the perfect date night idea for you – a ...

ElectroFitnessKick Start your fitness: An ...

Get a taste of how to burn up to 3000 calories in 20 minutes with this READER SPECIAL ...

Cape Culinary Tours Valentine's Day InclusionTake a Bite into History with Cape Town ...

Learn about Cape Town’s past while savouring local cuisine with these informative ...

Sgt pepper live musicRam Jam Rock Parties at Sgt Pepper

The head-banging, guitar twanging rockin’ good times are back

High Five Kitesurfing 12Discounted Lessons at High Five ...

Book a few sessions with High Five’s gurus and you’ll be a pro in no time

Winelands Tea at La MotteWinelands Tea at Pierneef à La Motte

Enjoy an old-Cape high tea at La Motte wine estate

WildFlower2Your 2018 Guide to Viewing the Spring ...

Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with South Africa’s budding ...

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.