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7 Things to do this week(end)
A spring festival, street party, outdoor movies + 8 ways to celebrate Heritage Day
Last updated: Thursday, 22 September 2022
It’s Heritage Day weekend and we have rounded up 8 ways you can celebrate your heritage, from a potjie competition to a township jazz concert. You can also watch an outdoor movie at a café, listen to live music at the Armchair Theatre, join a street party in Sea Point + 7 (and more) things to do this weekend and in the weeks ahead.
CELEBRATE HERITAGE DAY
The 24th of September is not only a day to gather around a braai with friends and family, it’s also a day to celebrate the diversity of South African culture and heritage. We’ve rounded up 8 ways for you and the family to commemorate this day. Dance to Swing music and township jazz, join get out your running shoes for a fun run, become a potjie master and 4 more things to do this Heritage Day.
Date: Saturday, 24 September
Cost: From free entry - R435
36 Buitenkant Street | Cape Town City Centre | @capetownswing | Image: Cape Town Swing
SEE THE CANOLA FLOWERS
It’s time for the Festival of Yellow, which celebrates the blooming fields of gold that cover the Western Cape every Spring. Road trip to Overberg, Darling or Philadelphia to see the canola fields, plus discover 7 things you didn’t know about canola fields. And don’t miss this epic giveaway from B-well Foods, “the canola company on a mission to help you live healthier”. The competition closes on 25 September.
Date: All of September
Festival of Yellow | Western Cape | Image: @radzphotography
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
VISIT CHINA FOR A DAY, EAT THE FOOD
Travelling to places via their food is an excellent way to experience another culture. This weekend you can eat authentic Chinese fare – such as Gua Bao and Peking Duck – at the Chinese Food Fair on 25 September. It’s on at the Chinese Community Centre in Observatory, and here you’ll also be able to watch a dragon dance.
Date: Sunday, 25 September; 9am - 3pm
Cost: Free entrance
Chinese Community Centre | Liesbeek Avenue | Observatory | Facebook | Image: WPCA
JOIN AN OUTDOOR-DINING EXPERIENCE
Make your way to Regent Road this Saturday for a street-dining festival. There will be live local music on 2 stages (on either end of the street), a kiddies’ play area and the Street Art Extravaganza, where you can watch talented artists paint murals and portraits. Plus, some of your favourite restaurants, galleries, hotels, and stores will spill out onto the street. It’s pet-friendly, too. Regent Road will be closed from Church Road to Solomons Road.
Date: Saturday, 24 September; 12pm - 9.30pm
Cost: Free entry
Regent Road | Sea Point | 082 786 2181 | Image: Sea Point CID
GET INTO THE SPRING SPIRIT
Bring your picnic blanket and dance under the Huguenot Monument. Spoegwolf, a well-known Afrikaans band, is hosting an epic spring festival in Franschhoek, featuring other major names such as Valiant Swart, Early B and Koos Kombuis. Food and wine will be available and there’ll be beer stalls on site, but you can bring your own picnic basket too (no outside drinks are allowed).
Date: Saturday, 24 September; from 10am
Cost: R300, free for kids under 8; book here
13 Lambrechts Road | Franschhoek | Facebook | Image: Lara van Zyl
ROCK ‘N ROLL ON SATURDAY
Rock out with Face Jackson, a multi-genre band, at Armchair Theatre this Saturday. Listen to reggae, funk, hip-hop and rock, all of this is just a teaser for the band’s EP release party. There is also a R1 200 voucher from Grandfunk RetroVintage, a limited edition EP release T-shirt and 2 tickets to the EP Release party up for grabs. After the party, chill outside at the firepit or upstairs with views on the bustling street of Lower Main Road.
Date: Saturday, 24 September, 12pm - 11pm
Cost: R60 online (R80 at the door), book here
135 Lower Main Road | Observatory | @face_jackson | Image: Face Jackson
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 | email@example.com | @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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Furley’s Bar & Grill | 1 Dean Street | Newlands | @furleysbarandgrill | Image: Furley’s Bar and Grill
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 | email@example.com | 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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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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