November Events in Cape Town & Surrounds

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November Events in Cape Town & Surrounds

Say hello to summer and all of the annual festivals, celebrations and events that come with it!

Only a few more Mondays left of the year, and most of you are probably already suffering from November-itis, that dreaded end-of--year disease that saps all your energy. Luckily though, we’ve got just the cure to get you through the last (working) month before the festive season. We’ve got the lowdown on some of the biggest, newest and most not-to-be-missed annual events – from music festivals to baby shows – on the summer season calendar.


Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling little fishing village and a prime land-based whale watching destination. Aside from granting awe-struck visitors countless opportunities to watch the magnificence mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular craft market on Saturdays. Whale season started in June and draws to a close in November, so get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay before it’s too late – it makes for an easy day trip or an ideal weekend getaway.

COST: While access to see the whales is FREE, certain activities are individually priced. Click through to the event for more information.

Wipe away the midweek blues with a unique and invigorating outdoor movie experience at The Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October 2017 to April 2018. Each week cinephiles can grab some popcorn (or other yummy gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors), settle down on the lush lawns at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the V&A Waterfront, or at various venues in the Cape Winelands and around the Mother City and see firm favourites, cult classics and so much more. 

COST: Tickets are sold online via If the show sells out online, no tickets will be available at the door. Space is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Costs vary according to ticket type. Click through to the events for more information.

The Kirstenbosch gardens liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2017 to April 2018 for the annual summer sunset concerts. Each year, hordes of music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens. This year, the exciting bill includes some seriously big names and local lekker acts such as Yusuf (Cat) Stevens, Ismaël Lô, The Vamps, Freshlyground, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa and more. Additionally, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and dads can rest assured that their kiddies are in good hands.

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.

South Africa's beloved craft market, Kamers Vol Geskenke (rooms filled with gifts), or simply Kamers, heats up for the summer season when it descends on Stellenbosch from Tuesday, 31 October to Sunday, 5 November 2017 at Anura Vineyards. Visitors can look forward to everything from home décor and wedding party ideas to designer fashion and accessories. What’s more, patrons can stock up on lekker huiskos, clock in for a day of inspiration and listen to local musos while enjoying the winelands.

COST: Tickets are available via and at the gate on the day. Entry ranges from FREE to R120/p. Click through to the event for more information.

The TOPS at Spar Bierfest has a new venue for 2017! They’ve put their frauleins, steins, lederhosen, and wursts on a bus and taken them out to their new home, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World! In keeping with their new venue, Bierfest 2017 is going to be bigger and better than ever. There will be plenty of beer for you to enjoy, plus traditional German fare, music, fashion and general merriment. Get your tickets ASAP, they sell out fast!

COST: You can get your tickets online at for varying costs, depending on where you want to sit, what you want included and which session you want to go to! Click through the the event page for more information.

The West Coast is a beautiful part of the Cape, but that’s not the only reason you should take a trip up there this November. Endless Daze Festival is a fusion between an arts and a music festival, and there is simply nothing like it in Cape Town. Attracting both local and international acts, the line-up is fab and includes Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo, BLK JKS, Medicine Boy and many more!

COST: Tickets are available online at for R600/p. This ticket price includes entrance and camping for three days at the festival venue (Silwerstroom, along the R27).

The best thing about Germany? Well, to be fair there are a little too many to mention, but one of them is definitely the weissbier. Celebrate the true culture of Deutschland right here in Cape Town with the German School’s annual Bazaar on Saturday, 4 November. This event calls out to all those lovers of German food, music and beer.

COST: Tickets are available online via for R50/p. Kids under 18 get in for free, but no weissbier for them.

Back on the calendar for a fourth year, the 2017 Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells Rockin' & Ridin’ Festival pulls into the German Club in Gardens on Saturday, 4 November 2017. Located in the centre of the Mother City, this hoedown invites greasers and gals to enjoy a stellar line-up of great music, live acts, alternative sporting entertainment and much more. From fashion and makeup to sexy V8 engines, period bikers and hot musos, this rockin’ do aims to not only provide a platform for the rockabilly sub-genre, but also offers festival-goers who don’t subscribe to the culture some good ol’ wholesome fun with a lick of rebellion to boot.

COST: Tickets are available via and cost R200/p.

Join the fun at Paul Rene in Robertson for their annual celebration of all things MCC. Their estate boasts stunning views of the vineyards and mountains, and they’re inviting you to enjoy bubbly by the bucket loads. A Splash of Pink will feature MCC in abundance, gourmet food like Saldanha Bay Oysters and salmon, plus music by local musician Arno Carstens. Guests can also take part in some croquet and boules for a spot of afternoon fun.

COST: The cost of attending the Splash of Pink Paul Rene Bubbly festival is R250/p. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours asap!

Say hello to one of the most prestigious events on the polo calendar; Pink Polo. Now in it’s 8th year, Pink Polo gives Capetonians a chance to get their glam on at a day of horses, bubbly, sunshine and sophistication all in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness month. No need to panic, but Prince Harry has attended this event in the past... so ladies, you might be able to bag yourself a prince. High tea on the lawns is a stunning addition to the event this year too.

COST: Tickets range in price from R100/p to R1600/p depending on which tickets you elect to purchase.

Jungala Festival is here to put a little trance into your life. As usual with Jungala, it will take place over three days; Friday, 10 to Sunday, 12 November 2017. The international acts for this year are confirmed as Stereoxide, Reality Test, Tron, Helber Gun, Breathead, Space Byrd, Iliuchina and Technology. The local clan for 2017 Jungala include Dave Mac vs Josh Mac, Headroom, Gonzo, Drifter, Archive and more. Pack your bags, consult your checklist and head out to Gouda (yes, it’s a real place) for a weekend of fun, friends and frolicking in the sun.

COST: Tickets are available online via for R500/p. This price includes admission and camping (but you still need a tent, obvi).

The Volunteer Wildfire Services is hosting an Open Day at the Newlands Fire Base on Saturday, 25 November 2017. Come out and see the high-octane outdoor drills or browse around the exhibitions at the venue. Entry is free but be sure to pre-register your children on the official site to ensure that they can participate in all the fun activities.

COST: Entry is free and be sure to bring plenty of cash for the food stalls or to donate to the Volunteer Wildfire Service. Note that there will be no ATMs on site.

PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.

These are only a few of the happenings in Cape Town and surrounds for the month of November, so be sure to check out our 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!

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