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From Food Festivals to Half Marathons, Here’s Your Round Up of Events this May

Discover film festivals, wine weekends, Kaapse cultural events and so much more this month

Winter is on its way to Cape Town, but don’t disappear under a heap of blankets just yet, because the Mother City refuses to sleep. Enjoy creative celebrations in the Mother City, lip-licking foodie fiestas in and around Cape Town, and so much more this May. 

Also, don’t forget that it’s Worker’s Day on 1 May, so check out our events calendar for great things to do on this long weekend!

AFRICA DAY WITH AFRICAN FIRST (25 MAY)
Join The African Consciousness Institute at House of H for the second edition of African First – a celebration of the Africanness in Cape Town on Africa Day. The institute will be hosting an interactive evening of conversation, music and movement, and will be running an open discussion on controversial and thought-provoking topics on the African experience in Cape Town from 6pm to 8pm.
COST: R50/p 

SOUTH AFRICAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (24–27 MAY)
Experience the work of both emerging and master filmmakers at this annual film appreciation festival, taking place from Thursday 24 to Sunday, 27 May 2018. Both filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike are invited to discover new forms of expression and to exchange their creative ideas and thoughts. If you’re a filmmaker, you can submit your work online over here.
COST: Free

ROBERTSON VALLEY’S WACKY WINE WEEKEND (31 MAY–3 JUNE)
Join the wackiest weekend filled with wine and great times at Robertson Valley’s 15th Wacky Wine Weekend from Thursday, 31 May to Sunday, 3 June 2018. Savour award-winning wines, take part in interactive wine tasting experiences, and indulge in the various food stalls while enjoying live music throughout the weekend.
COST: Tickets are on sale via Webtickets for R200/p.

KNYSNA PINK LOERIE MARDI GRAS AND ARTS FESTIVAL (24–27 MAY)
The Garden Route’s queen city gears up for five fabulous days of LGBTQIA festivities from Thursday, 24 to Sunday, 27 May 2018. The fiesta culminates in a spectacular parade with elaborate floats and outrageous costumes. This annual festival celebrates all things LGBTQIA, and it’s going down in the stunning town of Knysna.
COST: Tickets are available for different events on the day and accommodation specials are available for out of town visitors.

SUIDOOSTERFEES IN CAPE TOWN (26 APR – 1 MAY)
Celebrate art, music, theatre and more when the annual Suidoosterfees rolls into town from Thursday, 26 April to Tuesday, 1 May 2018 to thrust Kaapse culture, heritage and lifestyle into the limelight. Boasting a carefully curated selection of what the local creative scene has to offer, the six-day festival spreads out across the Artscape Theatre and the District Six Museum. Festivalgoers are sure to find something to entertain and educate at this annual shindig!
COST: Tickets for the festival’s events are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and vary in price according to event.

SAFARI HALF MARATHON (1 MAY)
The 2018 Safari Half Marathon (21.1km) is one of the most scenic runs in the Western Cape. Starting in Wellington, the charity race takes participants through the area’s rolling farmlands and along gravel roads. Those not quite fit enough to be part of the contest can join the ranks participating in the 21km relay or 10km race. Bring along the family or a group of friends and have a fun day supporting the runners hoping to bag a medal at this popular event.
COST: Entry ranges from free to R160/p.

FRANSCHHOEK LITERARY FESTIVAL (18–20 MAY)
Book lovers can get their fill at the Franschhoek Literary Festival from Friday, 18 May to Sunday, 20 May 2018. The annual celebration of stories boasts a programme packed with discussions, readings, workshops, and some favourite local and international authors.
COST: Tickets for individual events cost R70/p unless otherwise indicated, and are available via Webtickets.co.za. A limited number of R20/p student tickets are available.

NUY VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL (19 MAY)
Head down to Nuy Valley, just 90 minutes from Cape Town, for the annual wine and olive fiesta on Saturday, 19 May 2018. The Nuy Valley Feast is hosted by four farms – Leipzig Country House, Nuy Winery, Conradie Family Vineyards and Willow Creek Olive Estate – each with an array of activities for both young and old to enjoy. The indulgence-fest features good country food paired with local award-winning wines, olive tasting and plenty of awesome entertainment for the kids.
COST: Tickets for the Nuy Valley Feast cost R90/p, tickets for children (aged 12-17) cost R30/p and kids under 12 enter for free. Tickets include a wine glass and access to all four venues and can be purchased at the participating estates on the day.

SHIRAZ AND CHARCUTERIE (2 MAY)
Sip and swirl robust reds at Anthonij Rupert Wines’ Shiraz and Charcuterie extravaganza on Saturday, 26 May 2018. This one-day Franschhoek food and wine affair offers foodies and vino lovers an opportunity to indulge in delicious meats, gourmet cheese, olive products and, of course, Shiraz. The showcase also gives visitors the chance to meet and greet the specially invited artisans behind these top-class products, some of which are not commercially available.
COST: Tickets for the food and wine extravaganza are available via Webtickets.com and cost R280/p; the ticket price includes entry and wine tastings.

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