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7 Things to do this week(end)
A vintage night market, a kiddies slime workshop, a magic show + more this weekend
Latest update: Monday, 3 October 2022
It’s October! With the new month comes new adventures. Shop for vintage couture or get some body art on Friday, go to a wine festival or a magic show on Saturday and end off your weekend with a family-fun market on Sunday. Here are 7 (and more) things to do this weekend and in the weeks ahead.
POP BY A VINTAGE NIGHT MARKET ON FRIDAY
Kickstart your weekend with a Vintage Night Market in the East City. SurfaRosa is a friendly neighbourhood dive bar, with popular neighbours Harringtons and District Nightclub. Shop for vintage clothes, chow on pizza while enjoying the drink specials and afterwards head up to Harrys for the Loeries after party (with live music). Or keep the vibes rolling in the alley at SurfaRosa.
Date: Friday, 7 October; 5pm - 10pm
Cost: Free entrance
61a Harrington Street | District Six | 021 461 2276 | @surfarosact | Image: SurfaRosa
TAKE THE KIDS TO A SLIME WORKSHOP
Let the kids get creative (and messy) at a 1-hour slime workshop in Wynberg Park. This fun interactive workshop is hosted by Picnic in the Park, a new Muslim-owned and fully halaal picnic catering company. It is offered for kids 5-15 years old. The workshop includes: 1 fully stocked snack box with starters, cocktail snacks, dessert, treats, and refreshments. Plus, your own slime kit to take home. Workshops will be held every Saturday.
Date: Saturday, 8 October; 10am - 5pm
GO TO A WINE-AND-CHEESE FESTIVAL
Head down to Stanford for this family-fun cheese and wine festival. It is set in the beautiful Walker Bay Estate and will showcase Stanford wines, artezian cheeses, local foods and toe-tapping tunes from the Rivertones Band and the Flow State DJ's. Tickets include a free tasting of 1 wine from each wine producer and a complimentary festival glass.
Date: Saturday, 8 October; from 10am
Cost: From R85, book here
Birkenhead Estate | Stanford | 028 341 0183 | @walkerbayestate | Image: Walker Bay Estate
BE AMAZED BY MAGIC ON SATURDAY
Be wowed this weekend at a magic show, presented by the College of Magic, Cape Towns’ only magical arts organisation. The Junior Magic Championships will see 12 of the province’s top teen wizards go wand to wand in the art of close-up magic and stunning illusions of Stage Magic for the ultimate Junior Magician titles. The Champs are taking place at the Homecoming Centre (HCC)- formerly known as The Fugard Theatre.
Date: Saturday, 8 October; 4pm - 5.30pm
Cost: R120, book here
Homecoming Centre | Avalon Auditorium15A Buitenkant Street | District Six | 062 519 1177 | @thecollegeofmagic | Image: College of Magic
VIBE TO MUSIC AND GET TATTOOS
Head down to Muiszenburg this weekend for an evening of vibes…and tattoos. Talented, resident tattoo artist, Caleb Booysen will be offering tatoots. Hilton Schilder and Amy Brown will be performing, and DJ Mili Bala will be closing the night with some jams. Complimentary Boost cocktails or mocktails will be given on arrivial.
Date: Friday, 7 October, 8pm - 9.30pm
Cost: R100, book here
The Commons | 56 Beach Road | Muizenberg |@the_commons_muizenberg | Image: The Commons
POP BY THIS HALAAL MARKET ON SUNDAY
End off your week at a family and dog friendly market, The Raven Family Market. There’s a variety of food vendors (both halaal and non halaal). You can even have a picnic on the grass. Meander through over 70 food and craft stalls. Live sport will be shown at the cash bar and local artists will perform. There’s off-street parking available.
Date: Sunday, 9 October; 12pm -3am
Cost: Free entry
Cape Town Cricket Club | Victoria Road | Plumstead | 076 270 8655 | @ravenmarketcpt | Image: The Raven Family Market
ORDER IN, OR FOR THE OFFICE
Whether you are relaxing at home, ordering drinks for the office, stocking up for a party, or sending booze to a friend, Bar Keeper, with its seamless website and online ordering system makes it super easy and hassle-free. Their online liquor store strives to offer the same level of service for which they have become synonymous over the years.
Bar Keeper is open: Monday to Saturdays, 9am – 7pm; Sundays, 11am – 6pm; Public Holidays, 10am – 6pm
COME HERE FOR CHILLED MUSIC
Every weekend, Strolla Restaurant & Bar hosts two free music sessions – on Fridays there’s a sunset DJ set, while on Saturdays you can listen to live reggae. And did you know the food is hella good and affordable, plus there’s a kids’ playroom with a minder, dogs are allowed, and did we mention the sea view?
Date: Every Friday and Saturday
313 Beach Road | Sea Point | 021 430 7778 | @strollact | Image: Strolla Restaurant & Bar
PLAY AN ESCAPE GAME EVERY FRIDAY
60 minutes of pure adrenaline, problem-solving and bonding. There are few things as thrilling as a HintHunt escape game. HintHunt Africa offers an immersive and fun escape-room experience that’s great for friends, family and colleagues. The rules are simple: Pick a kick-ass team, solve the clues and escape within the hour. Here are our tips and tricks on how to play your best game.
Date: Every Friday, 10am - 8.30pm
Cost: R590 - R1,650, book here
Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 076 187 2764 | @hinthuntafrica | Image: HintHunt Africa
WATCH A MOVIE OUTDOORS EVERY THURSDAY
Did you know that every Thursday We Café in Gardens (across from Power & Glory) has an outdoor cinema experience? You can watch movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Truman Show and loads of other classics. Bring your own blanket, pillows and even pets, and snack on the set menu from the café (plant-based foods).
Date: Every Thursday; starts from 6pm
Cost: Free entrance
118 New Church Street | Gardens | 066 187 8315 | @wecafe_ct | Image: We Café
TOUR 14 HISTORIC AREAS ON FOOT EVERY SUNDAY
From Loop Street to Simonstown, discover the rich history of Cape Town on foot. Cameron Peters, aspiring filmmaker and founder of Cape Town Heritage Tours, hosts 2-hour long walking tours every Sunday that run as a circuit across the peninsula, covering 14 areas. Book as a group or a private tour and learn about the rich history of Cape Town and its surroundings.
Date: Every Sunday, starts: 10am or 2pm
Cost: R100 pre-booked, R150 on the day
Cape Town Heritage Tours | firstname.lastname@example.org | @capetownheritagetours | Image: Cape Town Heritage Tours
COMPETE IN A QUIZ NIGHT EVERY MONDAY
Put your thinking caps on, gather your friends and family and put your knowledge to the test in music, sport and the world around us. Furley’s Bar and Grill puts on a quiz night, hosted by Andile Majola (aka The Inquizitorious Rex) every Monday. There are prizes up for grabs for winning teams (max 8 people). Plus, pop in earlier for a happy-hour special from 5 - 6pm and a hearty meal.
Date: Every Monday, 6.30pm
Cost: R10 per person, book here: email@example.com
Furley’s Bar & Grill | 1 Dean Street | Newlands | @furleysbarandgrill | Image: Furley’s Bar and Grill
STOCK LAST-MINUTE DRINKS, GIFTS
Bar Keeper, with its elegantly designed interior and seamless online shopping experience, is unlike any other bottle store. And it’s open for trade every day of the week, and 365 days a year (except Christmas). Pick up some pick-nick essentials en-route or pop in for last-minute supplies for a Saturday night party (because they are open until 7pm). Or order online from their website. It’s cheaper than Uber Eats and you get your drinks within an hour, cold, even on a Sunday.
Bar Keeper is open: Monday to Saturdays, 9am - 7pm; Sundays, 11am - 6pm; Public Holidays, 10am - 6pm
PLAY BEER PONG EVERY FRIDAY
Kick off the weekend with a friendly beer-pong competition at Randy Warthog Bar & Grill, in Green Point. From 5pm to 7pm it’s Happy Hour, so get there early and soak up the vibe or order food for R100 or less. Gather your friends and join Beer Pong Fridays.
Date: Every Friday, 7pm - late
Cost: Free entry (just buy your own beer)
Randy Warthog Bar & Grill | 107 Main Road | Green Point | @randywarthog | Image: Randy Warthog
PICNIC, RIDE PONIES AND THRIFT ON SUNDAYS
This Sunday market at Goedeverwachting has something for the whole family: Thrifting, arts, crafts and food and drinks on sale. You can meet and greet farm animals, go on a pony ride, relax with a picnic on the spacious lawn whilst listening to live music, or explore dog-friendly trails, on foot or bike. Plus a free jumping castle for the kids.
Date: Every Sunday, 9am - 3pm
Cost: Free entry, book here
43 Old Sir Lowry's Pass Road | Helderberg Rural | 0722387045 | @goedeverwachtingsunday | Image: Goedeverwachting Estate
LEARN HOW TO DO ORIGAMI
Every weekend you can join in a live art experience at Art Haus Gallery. Artist Juanne-Pierre De Abreu (JooJ), the Guinness World Record holder of the largest display of origami butterflies, will teach you the ancient Japanese art of origami as he creates his new exhibition, “Reimagining the Greats”. Pop by and watch or book a slot and take part in the experience. Your butterfly may just form part of a beautifully finished artwork.
Date: Every Saturday + Sunday, 12pm - 4pm
Art Haus | 3b Clarens Road | Sea Point | @art_haus_ct | Image: Greg Lipton
TAKE A DRIVE FOR 5 EPIC TEA TASTINGS
Take a roadtrip to the Piekenierskloof Pass to visit De Tol Farm Deli - it’s one of the oldest farm stalls along the N7. Be adventurous and try the most unusual pairings… tea and gin or wine. Or opt for something less daring like tea and nougat, or chocolate truffles. There’s also a tea and nibbles pairing, plus kids can join in on the tasting fun at De Tol Farm Deli.
Date: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 5pm; Sunday, 8am - 3pm
Cost: R80 - R90
Piekenierskloof N7 Pass | Citrusdal | 067 410 3315 | @de_tol_farm_deli | Image: De Tol Farm Deli
BOOGIE TO PUNK ROCK AND WINE
Traditional cheese-and-wine pairings are way too passé for Black Elephant Vintners – it offers something far more rebellious: Join for a sparkling-wine or wine tasting, pop on some headphones and prepare to be blown into a land of heightened senses at this punk-rock cellar.
Date: Every Saturday, from 11am
Cost: R150 - R300pp, book here
40a Uitkyk Street | Franschhoek | 021 876 2903 | Image: Tasting Cape Town (@tastingct)
GET YOUR BREATH BACK EVERY WEEK
Breathwork has gone mainstream, and more and more people are using the tool to manage stress and anxiety, replenish their energy and find joy. You can try it for free: Every month Breathwork Africa, a global leader in the field of conscious breathing, hosts free online sessions. Or read more about this movement to find a course that suits you.
Date: Once a month
Cost: Free - Book a BreathCafé session for beginners
Online | Image: Breathwork Africa
FEAST ON A BUDGET (FOR AS LITTLE AS R6)
This canteen-style eatery with its string of bustling stalls is a vibe. The portions are huge (one porting is usually more than enough to serve two people), affordable, it’s halaal and vegetarian-friendly. Get Turkish, Cape-style biryani, bunny chows and more at the most reasonable prices at Eastern Food Bazaar.
Date: Open Monday to Thursday, 10am - 8pm, and Friday to Saturday, 10am - 10pm.
Cost: From R6 for rotis and R9 for a giant naan bread, dosas for R40 and bunny chow for R50.
SPEND THE DAY AT A FAMILY FAIR
Pop into this market, where you will be greeted by Dunkin, Dixie and Daisy, the resident donkeys. The Purple Windmill has views of wine vineyards and entertainment for everyone, from live music, stalls, craft beers, cocktails, hotdogs and a play park for kids. Or hit golf balls into a lake, go target shooting and more.
Date: Wednesdays to Sundays, 9am - 5pm
Cost: Free entry
Uitspan Farm | R44 Klapmuts | Stellenbosch | 021 202 5993 | Instagram: @the_purple_windmill | Image: The Purple Windmill
TASTE WINE IN AN OLD FERMENTATION TANK
Experience a wine tasting like no other at this boutique winery, which has 6 themed caves for you to choose from. Snuggle up in The Kitchen or Versaille nook and listen to the stories of the farm’s vines and wines. Plus, you can have lunch, walk its trails and picnic at Klein Roosboom.
Date: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am - 5pm; Sundays, 8.30am - 4pm
Cost: R95 for wine tasting
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Tygerberg Valley Road | Durbanville | 079 693 9646 | Instagram: @kleinroosboom | Image: Klein Roosboom
LISTEN TO JAZZ IN A MOODY NEW BAR
Make a date with this cute, bluesy live music and cocktail lounge in Cape Town. It’s a collaboration between jazz musician Buddy Wells and chef patron Matt Manning. Listen to South Africa’s top jazz and blues musicians at this intimate space – the line-up is always good. And bonus, you can dine and drink unique and delicious cocktails while you enjoy the show at The Blue Room at Grub & Vine.
Date: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
Cost: R100 - R150; Dinner from R35
103 Bree Street | 087 153 5244 | Instagram: @theblueroomct | Image: The Blue Room
KICK OFF YOUR FRIDAY WITH A COFFEE RUN
Join Harvest Café & Deli’s running club. The 5km loop, which starts at both its Newlands and Muizenberg outlets, will take you around either the leafy suburb or along the seaside. All fitness levels are welcome, and you can bring along your furry friends too. Plus, enjoy a R20 coffee special afterwards.
Date: Every Friday, 7am
Harvest Cafe | 4 York road | Muizenberg and Dean Street | Newlands | Instagram: @harvestcafect__ | Image: Harvest Café
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS WITH IRMA STERN
The Irma Stern Museum turns 50 this year and in honour of its half centenary, the museum is hosting a series of exhibitions and events throughout the year. Visit the permanent exhibitions, stroll through the garden or check out what special exhibitions are being showcased. Discover more ways to celebrate the beloved Irma Stern here.
Date: Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Cost: R65 admission fee
21 Cecil Road | Rosebank | Cape Town | 060 827 0787 | Instagram: @irma_stern_museum | Image: Irma Stern Museum
BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE AT BIG DISCOUNT
People come from all over the world to see sharks in Gansbaai. They come for great white sharks and you’ll also see a big variety of other shark species, such as bronze whaler and 7-gill cow sharks. Mention CapeTownMag and White Shark Diving Company will give you R400 off a cage-dive (it’s usually R2 200), or up to 50% off private charters.
Date: Open daily, from 8am
Cost: Discounted rates from R1 800 pp
DOUBLE UP ON FRENCH INFLUENCES WITH THIS PAIRING
Canto Wines is a stunning boutique winery in Durbanville and offers 3 fabulous tastings for the whole family – and one doubles up the French influence: Taste MCC paired with macarons (you can’t believe how good it is). Or sip gin and nibble dried fruit or opt for a non-alcoholic pairing (great for our designated drivers and kids).
Date: Monday to Thursday, 11am - 5pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am - 8pm; Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Cost: From R80
Canto Wines | Vissershok Road | Durbanville | 021 492 2821 | Instagram: @cantowines | Image: Canto Wines
LET THE KIDS DECIDE
It’s the holidays and you want some fun things on the agenda. Cape Town is overflowing with loads of fun-tastic activities (for kids of all ages), from sailing with pirates and acrobranch adventures to indoor roller-blading and play parks for all. Check out these 31 things to do with kids.
R304 | Muldersvlei Road | Stellenbosch | 086 999 0369 | Instagram: @acrobranchza | Image: Bongi Hill
THRIFT AT OASIS + SUPPORT ITS COMMUNITY
Did you know that the Oasis Association’s thrift and second-hand shop is one of the best places in town to go bargain hunting? The range of goods is extensive, from pre-loved clothes and jewellery to household goods, kitchenware and even furniture. You can buy delicious baked goods there, and all proceeds go to supporting the 600 intellectually challenged beneficiaries of this amazing non-profit.
Oasis Association | Cnr Lee + Imam Haron roads | 021 671 2698 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Image: Katleho Mohale
VISIT A FLEA MARKET THIS SUNDAY
The Muizenberg Flea Market has been in existence for the last 34 years. It has over 300 stalls that sell everything from Cape Malay food and mielies in a cup to underwear and brass decor. And best part of all, you always leave with a bargain when you visit this Sunday market.
Date: Every Sunday, 8am-6pm
Cost: Free entry
Muizenberg Flea Market | Sunrise Circle | Muizenberg | Facebook | Image: Mark Schultz
HIKE TO A MYSTICAL WATERFALL
Unwind by hiking to a waterfall in Cecilia Forest. There are many routes to get there: Cecilia car park, Newlands Forest, Constantia Nek and Kirstenbosch Gardens. The routes differ in duration and difficulty, but all lead to the breathtaking water gushing over hanging ferns and green mosses. All the routes are pet friendly and most of them are free! Find out more about the hiking trails here.
Cost: Free (excluding Kirstenbosch route)
Waterfall at Cecilia Ravina | Cecilia Forest | Constantia | Image: Carmen Lewis
DRINK WHISKY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT YOBO
YOBO Whiskey and Wine Bar, where Cape Town's eclectic tribes to unwind. They serve some top select range of whisky and wine. The food is good too at YOBO on Shortmarket Street (next to House of Machines).
Date: Wednesday to Friday, 4pm
Cost: Free entrance
86 Shortmarket St | Cape Town City Centre | 064 752 0555 | @yobo_love
BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY (FOR FREE)
Cape Town Free Walking Tours does exactly what it says on the box. Professional tour guides take groups of people on enlightening historical walks through the city. They are free, short, and happen twice a day (11am and 2pm) every single day. This is a gem of an experience often overlooked by locals. See where you can find free walking tours.
Wale Street/St George’s Mall | City Centre | 0766369007 | email@example.com
MEET YOUR FAVOURITE GLOBAL ICONS
The Long March to Freedom exhibition in Century City is the largest exhibition of its kind anywhere in the world. It’s a sculpture garden of 100 life-sized, bronze statues that depict South African and international liberation and human-rights icons, and tells the story of South Africa’s 350-year struggle for freedom and democracy.
Date: Monday to Saturday, 10am- 6pm, Sundays and public holidays 10am - 4pm
Cost: Adults R75, kids under 16 and pensioners R50, family (2 adults and 2 children) R210, R10 parking fee
Century City | Cape Town | 01106465595 | @longmarchtofreedom
DINE AT AN OPEN-AIR EATERY IN HERMANUS
Fick's tidal pool is carved into the rocky shore of Hermanus, and just above it, set on decks built into the cliffs, is Ficks Pinchos & Wine. Here you're treated to incredible views over the pool, breaching whales, dolphins, seals, birdlife and the occasional yacht. Plus, Ficks has an excellent menu designed for seaside snacking. There are cocktails (fantastic alcohol-free ones, too), pinchos (the Spanish version of tapas) and hot-from-the-oven flammkuchen at Ficks Pinchos & Wine.
Date: Monday - Sunday
Hours: 11am-9pm; closed til 12 August 2022
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8 Marine Dr, Westcliff | Hermanus | 028 312 4082 | www.ficks.co.za
HAVE A HARVEST STYLE LUNCH WITH THE KIDS
When you get a hankering for a roast chicken and a table filled with plates of vegetables and salads, then Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is the answer. Every Wednesday to Sunday chef Christiaan Visser puts together a meal that is served at your table, designed for sharing between family and friends. There are other options besides chicken, including pork and lamb, and plenty of vegetable choices, too, at the Leopard’s Leap Rotisserie.
Date: Every Wednesday to Sunday
R45 Main Rd | Franschhoek | 021 876 8002 | www.leopardsleap.co.za
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