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8 Weekend Picks: Night Rides, Dance Moves And Magical Video Games

Find out if Mark Haze can really match the late great Freddie Mercury

From tributes to Queen by one of the few singers who can actually match Freddie Mercury’s talent to tango lessons from two world-class teachers. There’s also a night run/cycle with beer at the waterpoints, musical improv at a comedy club and unique Christmas gifts in the deep south. Plus Cape Town’s biggest gaming expo is back for another mind-blowing event.

#Pickoftheweek: Gin And Juice At A Night Ride
Friday, 6 December
Bring your lights, helmet and GoPro and get ready to run or cycle some of Paarl’s most breathtaking landscapes. There are distances for both adults and kids, awesome prizes to be won, plus gin and beer at the waterpoint during the Hero Night Series.


2. The Future Is Now At Playtopia
Thursday, 5 December, to Saturday, 7 December
AI reactive oil paintings, light-reactive cubes and hit game, The Lost Botanist. See games in a whole new light when developers from around the country and the world present the latest creations and innovations at the 2019 Playtopia.


3. Splish Splash In A Parking Lot
Friday, 6 December
A mall parking lot is being turned into a water park, and everything is larger than life. From 22m water slide and a surf balance board to a 240 square metre sandpit, there’ll be tons to keep the kids happy for hours. Things will also get turned up a notch on Saturdays with sand building lessons as well as frisbee and water balloon wars at the Capegate Summer Splash Program


4. Killer Queen Tribute
Saturday, 7 December
They say no one will ever match Freddie Mercury, but those people haven’t seen Mark Haze perform. Catch him along with Cape Town’s most-loved tribute band, the Steyn Family Band, as they get together to pay tribute to the legendary vocalist and his band with The Show Must Go On.


5. “Cape Town Derby” At Athlone Stadium
Saturday, 7 December
Can Cape Town City put former Cape side Chippa United to the sword? Find out how they feel about their opponent’s return when Cape Town City hosts Chippa United.


6. Tango And Bash
Thursday to Monday, 5-9 December
Learn to tango like you’re a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing from two world-class dance teachers. Then apply what you’ve learned and party the night away at one of the free Milonga parties at the Youngblood Art Gallery. There will also be good drinks and a party to end all parties at the Cape Town Tango Festival.


7. Christmas Gifts With A Difference
Friday, 6 December
If you’re into giving unique handmade craft gifts for Christmas then you want to be at Kommetjie Primary School. There you’ll find anything from craft needlework to handmade novelties and even locally made beach towels. The kids have jumping castles and stage shows and if you don’t bring cash, there are card facilities available at the Christmas Fair in Kommetjie.


8 Musical Improv Is Pretty Impressive
Tuesday, 3 December
If you think comedians can improvise, wait until you see a three-piece band take over a comedy stage with their musical improv. Catch the Alvin Dyers Trio live every Tuesday, and if you have the skill, join them on stage for a jam at the Cape Town Comedy Club Jazz Jam Sessions.

WHAT TO PLAN FOR NEXT WEEKEND 
Handpicked Apricots, Vintage Tractors And Animal Petting
Take a tractor ride into an orchard to pick your own apricots and discover vintage tractors on display. The kids have a petting zoo and BMX track to keep them entertained, and you can also grab one of the many apricot treats; from hertzoggies to roosterkoek with apricot jam. There will also be homely food, craft beer and gin at the Appelkoosfees.


We House Sundays
Make new friends and celebrate with those who have a love for house music at a two-day camping festival where the likes of Cody Losper, Irshaad Samaai and Jude Brown will be providing the tunes - there will be over 20 DJs. Plus a lake to take dips in, so bring your lilo and prepare to socialise at the We House Sundays Festival.


And…
Calling all budding DJ’: this is your chance to learn from the pros and get your first Soundcloud mix out there. Discover the intricacies of deejaying at this four-session course that’s about giving kids confidence and fostering talent to create the next SA music star. Start your route to Ibiza with the Sound 4 U - DJ Holiday Programme.


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15 Reasons to Get Your Car Serviced This Weekend
Here’s a deal to get revved up about. VW drivers who book to have their car serviced on a Saturday at Barons Cape Town VW will get a courtesy VW Up! to drive to any one of the 15 experiences curated by CapeTownMagazine.com. The experiences are all close to the Barons Cape Town VW branch and are either free or very affordable. So bring your car and use your courtesy VW Up to head discover one of these Cape Town Experiences.

DECEMBER SEASON IN CAPE TOWN IS OFF THE CHARTS
The holiday season is just around the corner and we already have a list of things to do in our overview of December events

CAPE TOWN’S ECLECTIC NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 
Before you know it, Christmas has passed and it’s time to usher in 2020. Find your shindig in our selection of special New Year's Eve Parties featuring our official CapeTownMagazine.com partnership with Alcazar New Year's Eve.

ALCAZAR: CAPETOWNMAGAZINE.COM'S OFFICIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
The magical Alcazar party is produced in association with Wolfkop Weekender and Bazique. CapeTownMagazine.com is the proud media partner of this special party and we're glad to be a part of an event Cape Town's party people deserve: The Alcazar New Years Eve party.


MORE OF CAPE TOWN THIS SUMMER
Discover more for less with our look at free and cheap things for kids, places where you get things free on your birthday, awesome hikes and walks and gorgeous swimming pools open to the public.

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Experience more with our special selection of things to do in Cape Town, tick something unique off our alternative bucket list, discover things to do as a family and day tours in the Western Cape.

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Expert DJ lessons and a guaranteed first SoundCloud mix for your budding EDM superstar

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The chance to see marine wildlife and spectacular ocean and mountain views as the sun ...

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Bring up to 150 people: Just pay for your food and drinks – the venue (and everything ...

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Get sushi and noodle specials three days a week

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