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Unique: New Year’s Eve in Cape Town
Hello 2024: Festival in a castle, family dinner, disco & more
Last updated: Thursday, 21 December 2023
Party in a mythical castle? Boogie at a country club? Botanical garden concert? We’ve gathered some of the best and most unique events happening on New Year’s Eve 2023. From a masquerade ball to an outdoor family concert at Kirstenbosch. Keep an eye out, we’re constantly updating with more events to make your 31 December memorable.
ALL-INCLUDED ROCK PARTY AT A BREWERY
Rock Steady will be heading up a performance at Woodstock Brewery. The doors open at 7pm with the performances at 8.30pm. Tickets include a glass of wine or beer on arrival, a main course meal and access to the band's performance. A taxi service can be arranged with Woodstock Brewery for an additional fee to limited areas.
Time: 7pm to 2am
Cost: R450; Book via Quicket
252 Albert Road | Woodstock | @woodstockbrewery | Image: Woodstock Brewery
PARTY AT A SUMMER SAFARI
Cape Town's East City New Year's Eve 'Go To'! Come in animal print, blue, yellow and pink – you’ll fit right into Harrington's, which will be decorated like a lush and colourful safari jungle. There’ll be curated cocktails, canapés, floating-style dinner and DJs like Gary Night, Hartley, Travis Mason, Lucideep and more. You’ll also get access to neighbour venues Surfa Rosa and District (which means three vibey parties across three dancefloors).
Time: 7pm to 4am
Cost: From R150pp; booth and VIP tickets available. Book via Howler
61b Harrington Street | District Six | Cape Town | @harringtonsct | Image: Harrington Street
ATTEND A GATSBY PARTY
For a sophisticated, upmarket New Year's Eve: Don your best 1920’s fit for a Great Gatsby evening at Palm House, a five-star boutique hotel with lush gardens and views of the Twelve Apostles and Table Mountain. There’ll be canapés and an arrival drink, a five-course dinner and live entertainment from one of South Africa’s finest jazz bands, the Duncan Johnson Quartet.
Time: From 6pm onwards
Cost: R2 565pp; book via firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 265 1034
10 Oxford Street | Wynberg | @palmhousehotel | Image: Palm House Boutique Hotel
SILENT DISCO BY A TIDAL POOL
In Hermanus for New Year's Eve this year? At Ficks, wooden decks are tucked into the cliff contours and overlook the surrounding sea and nearby tidal pool. They’ll be hosting a Studio 54-themed silent disco. Your ticket includes a welcome drink and bubbly and Oliebollen at midnight. There’s also plenty of cocktails and pinchos at Ficks.
Time: From 9pm
Cost: R395pp. Email email@example.com to book
Marine Drive | Westcliff | Hermanus | @ficksrestaurant | Image: Ficks
FREE PARTY AT THE V&A
This year's celebrations are grander than ever. There’ll be an impressive lineup of local celebrity guests, from Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis giving a welcome address to Ryan O'Connor emceeing the festivities. Artists include Mandisi Dyantyis (an icon of South African jazz), folk pop sensation Matthew Mole, and Sun-El Musician, who’ll be hosting the midnight countdown with Afro-house and electronic beats.
Time: From 3pm to 12am
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CELEBRATE NYE IN A MYTHICAL CASTLE
Just outside of Cape Town lies a hidden castle snatched out of a fairytale. Join Sexy Groovy Love as they return to celebrate New Years Eve. Explore hidden pathways, magical waterfalls and high castle walls, as you dance to the sounds of afro house, indie, techno and more. Kiss 2023 goodbye with Sexy Groovy Love at The Castle.
Time: 4pm to 2am
Cost: R1 350 via Howler
The Lichtenstein Castle | Hout Bay | @sexygroovylove | Image: Sexy Groovy Love
FOR A RELAXED FAMILY DINNER
If you’d prefer a more laid back way to celebrate, then family restaurant Dutchies is the way to go. It’s right on Grotto Beach, which has Blue Flag status, with fresh sushi, seafood and tapas. In the early evening, it’s lovely to sit in the garden area or out front and drink a cocktail at Dutchies.
Time: Dutchies is open from 9am - 9pm
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Grotto Street | Voelklip | Hermanus
COMEDY SHOW IN THE CITY CENTRE
Award-winning local comedian Loyiso Gola will be performing a new comedy set at the Homecoming Centre from 15 December 2023 to 15 January 2024. Ring in a new year by laughing with the crowd as Loyiso gives us a comedic take on the year.
Time: 8pm to 9.30pm
Cost: R275, book via Quicket
15 M59 | District Six | Cape Town | @loyisogola | Image: Homecoming Centre
SOUTH PENINSULA BRAAI AND BOOGIE
Join Clovelly Golf Club’s New Year’s boogie, with local musicians and a lamb spit braai. Mike McCully and the Harmonix will be singing all your favourites from the ‘60s to the ‘90s. You’ll hear hits from artists like The Beatles, The Bee Gees, James Brown, Tina Turner, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Bon Jovi, Queen and more.
Time: 6pm to 2am
Cost: R675, book via Quicket
177 Clovelly Road | Clovelly | @clovelly_country_club | Image: Clovelly Country Club
DISCO AND DINNER IN HERMANUS
Looking for New Year's Eve events on a wine estate? Benguela Cove Wine Estate is throwing a party with food, drinks and dancing. The evening starts with sunset canapes and drinks at the Moody Lagoon, followed by a dinner. The after party kicks off with live music and a complimentary glass of bubbles to toast at midnight.
Time: 7pm to 1am
Cost: R1650 for adults, R850 for kids; book via benguelacove.co.za
R43 | Hermanus | @benguelacove | Image: Benguela Cove
NAUGHTY MASQUERADE BALL
Babylon meets The Great Gatsby at Epicure Club’s masquerade ball. There’ll be mature adult entertainment combined with kinks and fetishes. There will be live DJs, burlesque shows and more at this adults-only sensual entertainment event close to Hout Bay.
Time: Sunday, 31 December, 8pm to Monday, 1 January, 11am
Cost: Starts at R500, book via Quicket
4 Little Lions Head Road | Mount Rhodes | Cape Town | @epicure.club | Image: Epicure Club
ROOFTOP NYE PARTY IN CAPE TOWN'S CBD
Park Inn by Radisson will be hosting a party on their rooftop eatery at Harald’s Bar & Terrace. There will be live entertainment, a welcome drink and a selection of canapes served butler style. This is a no-under-18’s party.
Time: 9pm to 1am
Cost: R495, book via Quicket
Park Inn by Radisson | 29 Heerengracht Street | Foreshore | @parkinncapetown | Image: Park Inn
NYE SUNSET CONCERT AT KIRSTENBOSCH
Kirstenbosch is back with its popular sunset concerts, and on NYE, you can pack a picnic and listen to music from Jeremy Loops and Congo Cowboys. Gates open at 7pm with the concert starting at 8.30pm and running until after midnight for you to dance into the new year.
Time: From 7pm
Cost: R530, book via Webtickets
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | Rhodes Dr | Newlands | @kirstenboschsummerconcerts | Image: Diandra Yorke
SIX-DAY WELLNESS RETREAT & FESTIVAL
Looking for NYE festivals in and around Cape Town? Thrive is a six-day consciously-curated festival and retreat. Expect daily workshops for adults and kids, breathwork, yoga, a New Year’s Eve banquet, live music, DJs, fire dancing, sunset dinners and much more.
Time: Thursday, 28 December, 12pm to Tuesday, 2 January, 11am
Cost: Starts at R2200 for kids & R3800 for adults, book via website
Hoogekraal Farm 182 | Sedgefield | @thrive_festivalofbeauty | Image: Thrive Festival
SA’S BIGGEST INFLATABLE OBSTACLE COURSE
For parents looking for daytime activities on New Year’s Eve, you can take your kids to South Africa’s biggest inflatable course. This maze is 300 metres long with 30 obstacle challenges to complete including slides, wall climbing, balance balls and more. Grip socks can be purchased on entrance for R30, or brought with if already owned.
Time: 9am to 5pm, 90 minute sessions or all day passes
Cost: R120 for 1 hour toddler session, R150 for all ages 90 minute and R750 for unlimited all day pass; book via Quicket
False Bay Rugby Club | Constantia Main Road | @tuffnutterzsa | Image: Tuff Nutterz
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