October Events in Cape Town and Surrounds

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

October Events in Cape Town and Surrounds

Check out our cracking collection of this month’s Mother City to-dos!

We’re approaching the end 2017, and spring is here in full force. The sun is out, summer is practically knocking on our doors and the party season is already off to a roaring start, not to mention the trance scene is waking up once again.

Unsurprisingly then, this month’s social calendar is jam-packed with a ton of annual family-friendly food and wine festivals, outdoor live music parties, cultural celebrations and so much more.

Furthermore, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Cape’s floral landscape, have a gander at our guide to viewing the spring flowers in the Western Cape for some great insight on where to catch the best views.

Whale season begins in June and continues until November, so take off your winter woollies and get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay – it makes for an easy day trip or an ideal weekend getaway. Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling coastal town and a prime land-based whale-watching destination. Aside from granting awestruck visitors countless opportunities to watch these mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular Saturday craft market.

COST: While it’s FREE to watch the whales, other activities are individually priced. Click through to the event for more information.

The Cape Town Fringe Festival is set to once again make a splash on the Mother City arts scene from 21 September to 8 October 2017, thanks to the good folks behind the National Arts Festival. The event is set to showcase over 80 (mostly local) acts across the dance, theatre, performance art and music genres. Although the performances will be taking place at various venues around the Mother City, the German Club in Gardens will act as hub for the main events.

COST: Tickets for are available via or the Cape Town Fringe Festival box office. Click through to the event for more information.

This year Rocking the Daisies celebrates its 11th birthday and it’s going to be a doozy! The line-up includes Flume, Two Door Cinema Club, Black Coffee, The Naked and Famous and other huge names, so it's going to be a party to remember. Start polishing your stomping boots, dust off those daisy chains and make sure you don’t miss out on the new Rocking the Daisies festival, complete with more stages and more fun!

COST: Daisies tickets are available online via for R1050/p. You’ve missed the Early Bird, but there are still a few phase three general weekend passes left, so don’t delay and come and play.

The Mother City gears up to host the horde of runners and walkers that will lace up their running shoes for the 2017 Gun Run, which starts on Beach Road in Mouille Point on Sunday, 8 October 2017. Now in its 25th year, the annual athletic event offers runners a choice of participating in the 21km half marathon, the 10km race or the 5km fun run. No matter which race runner choose, the route will show them some spectacular Cape Town sights.

COST: Entry fees vary according the route but range from R57p/p to R182.40p/p. Click through to the event for more information about entries and registration.

Get ready for the sick outdoor jol that is the Organik Gaian Dream trance party! This annual opskop provides the perfect space for stompers to let their bodies and minds run free. Set to transform the Dreamscape venue just outside of Caledon into a pretty playground from Friday, 13 to Sunday, 15 October 2017, the now three-day shindig aims to reconnect revellers with 8Mother Earth. Enjoy thumping progressive and psytrance beats from international acts like G.M.S, Pixel and 3 Of Life. Get ready for a serious stomp-fest!

COST: Tickets are available online at for R480p/p. No word yet on Sunday Funday tickets.

For the seventh time, the shnit International Short Film Festival flickers onto screens across Cape Town with its irreverent, out-there spread of shorts from Wednesday, 18 to Sunday, 22 October 2017. Devoted to featuring the best local and international bite-sized masterpieces the world around, the mini-movie marathon shines the spotlight on a genre of film often overlooked and undervalued. Aside from the 300-odd shorts, the festival also includes interactive workshops and a jury selection of the best of the best in South African work. Get ready for a jam-packed programme of intellectually stimulating films and creative supporting events.

COST: Click through to the event for more information about venues and ticket prices.

Take a trip down, what is arguably, the longest wine route in the world and stop over at the ever-popular family-friendly Robertson Wine on the River festival from Friday, 20 to Sunday, 22 October 2017. This Route 62 vino-themed event invites locals, tourists, connoisseurs and wine lovers to soak up some rays on the banks of the Breede River while sipping and swirling over 300 top-notch vintages from more than 40 wine estates in the region. What’s more, patrons can tuck into hearty country-style and gourmet fare from food stalls and the Robertson’s Farmers’ Market, chillax on a cruise down the river and drink in live jazz and blues. Kids under 18 enter free, and child-friendly activities, of which there are many, will be charged on a pay-as-you-play basis.

COST: Tickets are available via and at the gate on the day, and costs vary according to the day. Entry ranges from R120/p to R250p/p depending on ticket type. Click through to the event for details on ticket prices.

Cinephiles and lovers of thrillers, horrors and gory films are in for a treat this Halloween when the SA Horrorfest flickers onto screens at the iconic Labia Theatre. To put on the 10-day film festival, the curators delve deep into their coffers for the rarest and most terrifying flicks – the kind that promise to leave your nerves shattered. Aside from the screenings, don’t miss out on the slew of awesome activities; there’s a Halloween costume contest, a one-night live soundtrack performance with the Makabra Ensemble, a book launch and much more!

COST: Tickets can be purchased from and range in price depending on which event you elect to attend.

One of the country’s biggest parenting and baby exhibitions, the Mama Magic Baby Expo returns to bring moms, pops and tiny tots the best goods, services and expert advice all under one roof at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Friday, 27 to Sunday, 29 October 2017. The annual extravaganza not only features more than 2000 brands, the latest in innovation for child-rearing and access to a wealth of information and tips, but mums and dads can also expect a hassle-free outing with breastfeeding and bottle warming stations, as well as nappy changing areas.

COST: Tickets will be available via

Celebrate the warmer weather and the arrival of the white wine drinking months at the annual Season of Sauvignon in the Durbanville Wine Valley from Saturday, 28 to Sunday, 29 October 2017. All of the area’s wine farms band together to create one intoxicating festival, and vino lovers can look forward to jumping from winery to winery to enjoy a range of delicious wine-themed events in honour of the zesty varietal. With live music, hearty fare, gourmet cuisine, vineyard bike tours and more, the selection of activities on at this year’s shindig offers something tantalising for all tastes and ages.

COST: The festival has a range of free and fee-based events, and patrons are advised to get a ticket via Webtickets. General costs range from being totally free to R100/p.

The Cape Town International Kite Festival swoops into town from Saturday, 28 to Sunday, 29 October 2017 at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg from 10am until 6pm daily. The high-flying affair attracts more than 20 000 visitors each year, including some of the biggest names in kiting both internationally and locally, and is the biggest annual event of its kind in Africa. Festival-goers can expect loads of family-friendly activities and fun for kiddies, from kite-making, stunt kiting and kite-flying to food stalls and a market. The festival is hosted by Cape Mental Health and, aside from simply delighting and entertaining the crowd, the celebration aims to serve as an annual fundraising and awareness-raising affair.

COST: Tickets to the Cape Town International Kite Festival are available at the gate on the day and online from They cost R40/p for adults and R15/p for kids.

This family-centric festival in Paarl is jam-packed with free wine tastings, kid-friendly activities and craft stalls, making it the perfect outing beyond the city. The wine-filled affair runs on Saturday, 28 October 2017 and promises fruits and foods from the Cape Winelands as well as live music acts. So bring your umbrellas, sunscreen and slops and prepare for a brilliant day out in the winelands!

COST: Tickets can be bought online via for R60/p or at the door for R80/p.

“Beware, the Pumpkin King will come for you!” That’s right trick-or-treaters, it’s Halloween time again, and we’ve taken the liberty of mapping out some outlandishly ghastly, super scary things to do in Cape Town at the end of October 2017. From horror film festivals to murder mystery dinners – there’s even a devilish dance party or two – the Mother City is pulling out all the ghoulish stops for a horrifying Halloween!

COST: Tickets vary according to the event. Click through to the overview for more information.


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

Piano BarHere’s What’s on at Jazz Week at ...

The Piano Bar is getting into the swing of jazz festivities with this line-up of different artists for every night of the week

March Overview 2018 - Free Jazz ConcertCape Town International Jazz Festival ...

The lineup has yet to be released for this free concert in the heart of Cape Town, but judging by last year’s top international and local performers, it will be one to remember

whale wine and wors wine flies logoWhale, Wine and Wors Tours with Wine ...

Hop on board a fun-filled minibus and explore the hidden gems of the Western Cape

Roast and Co 22-for-1 Drink Specials at Roast & Co

Every day “on your way” at Roast & Co. – enjoy 2-for-1 drink specials and discover the coolest mugs

Cape Town Culinary Tours - 52-For-1 Special with Cape Town Culinary ...

Cape Town Culinary Tours offers you 241TUESDAYS every week until the end of 2018 – use this exclusive code to activate the deal

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 walking tours

Shimmy Beach ClubBeach House Sundays at Shimmy Beach Club

Sun, sand, sea and glitz – the weekend isn’t over until you’re relaxing at Shimmy Beach Club

Pizza Sgt pepperDouble Tuesday Pizza Special at Sgt ...

Let the good times roll at this favourite Cape Town music haunt

Galileo - BlaauwklippenA Weekend Spent with The Galileo Open ...

Start your weekend with a little inner-city or wineland movie screening

Galileo - NooitgedachtDurbanville Get Ready for The Galileo ...

Celebrate summer with The Galileo Open Air Cinema’s new venue; Bloemendal

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell TheatreDinner and a Show with Rockwell Theatre

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in Cape Town gets told to your mom, dad, tannie, ouma, second cousin and neighbour down the street

GONOW Bike Double 07Get a huge discount on GONOW electric ...

Be blown away by the sunset over the Atlantic Seaboard from an electric two-wheeler at half the price!

aFREAKaaFREAKa Clothing Kids Onesies

Treat your little ones to a fun and trendy top quality animal or INYE onesie

aFREAKaaFREAKa Clothing Adult Onesies

Unleash your inner freak in one of these playful and trendy locally designed one-piece suits

Boy Girl HairHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

FOREX Pub Quiz 2016 2Trivia Night at The Forex Bar

Test your general knowledge at this Observatory-based haunt’s Tuesday pub quiz

The Piano Bar Burger and Beer Special in Cape TownBurger and Beer Special at The Piano Bar

Visit this jazzy eatery and bar on any Tuesday for a burger (or pizza) and free beer

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist ...

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

AquilaConferences and Corporate Functions at ...

Bring your corporate family along to experience team building and business functions featuring the Big 5

Boschendal Wine FarmPicnic Lunches at Boschendal Wine Farm

Delight in an alfresco feast at one of the most picturesque wineries in the Cape Winelands

mischuFree Coffee Beans and Capsules at ...

Simply mention while placing an order of coffee beans or capsules today and score a freebie

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Tight Ass Tuesday Karaoke Nights

'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

Live Jazz Music at Asoka on TuesdayLive Jazz at Asoka Restaurant

Turn your Tuesday up a notch with this trendy hotspot’s vibey dinner and music offering

Workshop - 5Short Courses at the Cape Town ...

Mix, mingle and learn at this year’s Jazz Festival

The Fugard Thetare West Side Story 1The Fugard Theatre Presents West Side ...

Many theatre buffs reckon West Side Story is the greatest musical ever written. Judge for yourself when The Fugard Theatre’s production of it returns to Cape Town

Excentric HairTransformation Tuesday at Excentric ...

Receive a complimentary Olaplex treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

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