12 Events For A Bumper Long Weekend

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12 Events For A Bumper Long Weekend

From camping trips to water balloon wars

It’s a long weekend and we have a packed roster of events to fill it up with. From an all-weekend house music camping trip to water balloon wars, horsing around at a Christmas party and carols at Kirstenbosch. We’re taking you all the way to Monday with a festival celebrating apricots, live music and a steak dinner at a Cape Town institute, and if you were smart enough to extend the weekend even further, there’s also an event on Tuesday.

#Pickoftheweek: House Music Family Camping Trip
Saturday, 14 December - Monday, 16 December
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.

2. Splish Splash In A Parking Lot
Monday, 9 December - Monday, 16 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

3. Making Cape Town’s Next Electronic Music Superstar
Monday, 9 December - Thursday, 12 December
So your child wants to be the next EDM superstar? They’ll get a great start to that ambition with lessons from experts with more than 30 years experience in the game. They’ll learn to scratch, mix and mash-up, as well as create a Soundcloud mix online by the time they’re done with the Sound For You DJ Holiday Workshop.

4. Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts
Thursday, 12 December - Sunday, 15 December
‘Tis the season to be jolly and the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit is with Christmas carols at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Sing along to classics like ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ as well as contemporary songs like ‘All I Want For Christmas’ during four days of carols at the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts.

5. Artificial Beach, Real Black Coffee
Friday, 13 December
An icon comes home for the holidays as Black Coffee brings his unique blend of African House to the artificial beach at Shimmy. He’s also bringing friends along throughout his summer stay, and this weekend it’s DJs Themba, FKA Mash, Kostakis and Blanka Mazimela. This is his annual residency and he’ll be playing a set every weekend so get your tickets for Black Coffee at Shimmy beach

6. Blockbusters Under The Stars
Friday, 13 December - Sunday, 15 December
Prepare for a bumper weekend of outdoor movies. From the hit blockbuster Avengers Endgame (Friday at Meerendal Wine Estate) to the cult classic Mamma Mia (Saturday at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate), plus the kid-friendly Ferdinand (Sunday at Kelvin Grove in Newlands). There’s something for everyone this weekend at the Galileo Open Air Cinema.

7. End Your (Official) Weekend With Sotano Sundays
Sunday, 15 December
Five hours of non-stop, live music by two loved Cape Town acts: The Rivertones and Acoustic Element. Enjoy a lazy Sunday sipping on cocktails and indulging in your choice of sushi or tapas during Sotano Summer Sundays.

8. Go Coast To Coast With Elite Surf Ski Paddlers
Sunday, 15 December
Follow some of the country and the world’s elite surf ski paddlers as they take on one of the most gruelling events in their sport: paddling from Witsands beach in Scarborough, around Cape Point, to Fish Hoek beach. There are plenty of spectator spots to watch the action. Plus if you do surf ski and meet the qualification requirements, you can still enter the Cape Point Challenge.

9. Handpicked Apricots, Vintage Tractors And Animal Petting
Monday, 16 December
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.

10. Christmas Is Neigh
Monday, 16 December
Horses celebrate Christmas, too, and you can make it a special one for those at the Tom Ro Haven for Equines and Children. Bring carrots, watermelon and other horse treats for the horses and slip into your bathing suit to take a dip in a dam with the horses. FYI, entry is free to the Christmas Party For Horses.

11. #LiveMusicMondays
Monday, 16 December
With the long weekend at its end, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to cook dinner. Well at HQ you can get two of their renowned special salad, steak and chips for the price of one. Plus there’s a fresh live act on stage at every HQ Live music Mondays

12. Musical Improv Is Pretty Impressive
Tuesday, 17 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.

Hermanus German Festival
There are traditional beer hall eats and tons of beer, plus great prizes for those who dress up in lederhosen and other german traditional threads at the Hermanus German Festival.

Polkadraai and Popcorn
Bring some excitement to your wine pairing meals when Polkadraai Wines team up with Guzzle and Wolf Gourmet Popcorn to present their annual anti-serious wine pairing called Polkadraai And Popcorn.

Discover the sound of the unique African instrument, the mbira. Zimbabwean chef turned musician Takura Terry with be showing off his skills on the instrument and you’ll also get an authentic  Zimbabwean dish while you discover the mbira


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 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.

The holiday season is just around the corner and we already have a list of things to do in our overview of December events

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 partnership with Alcazar New Year's Eve.

The magical Alcazar party is produced in association with Wolfkop Weekender and Bazique. 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.

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.


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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