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Go Long This Reconciliation Day Weekend

Recognise the past, celebrate the future and make the most of the long Day of Reconciliation weekend this year

Run in the memory of the Gugulethu Seven. Party it up in Paarl. Get your drinks half-price all long weekend long. And discover gourmet in food in Paarden Island. The Day of Reconciliation, a South African public holiday created to encourage unity among South Africans, falls on Sunday 16 December this year. So the following Monday, the 17th, is a public holiday. Long weekend, anyone?

Here are 10 exciting things to experience this Day of Reconciliation long weekend 2018.

The annual race through Gugulethu is happening again this year to commemorate the slain Amy Biehl and the Gugulethu Seven. Runners will pass through the streets of Gugs, past historical landmarks that pay tribute to those who lost their lives during apartheid. Wheelchairs and walkers are welcome. The race will end with a prize-giving ceremony at 9am.

Price: R30–R85 online at Entrytime

From Friday to Sunday, all day, every day, Long Street live music, eatery and events spot Sgt Pepper is running half-price drink specials. And nothing is set in stone, the special will vary from day to day and time of day, so you have to come down and check it out. The only insider info we have is that, for definite, Sunday 16 December will be half-price on all cocktails, all day long. Good reason to head to Long Street and discover live music and an awesome party at Sgt Pepper in Cape Town.

194 Long Street, Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 5608 |

We House Sundays is back on Sunday 16 December 2018 in Paarl for a 12-hour daytime party. The party takes place in the beautiful valleys of Rhebokskloof Wine Estate in Paarl, a 50-minute drive from the city centre. This celebration is for enjoying delicious food, embracing the luscious venue and dancing into the new week on the right foot. Read more about We House Sundays.

Price: Tickets cost R200 and are available at Webtickets

Choose to do your Christmas shopping in a relaxed, safe and child-friendly environment at the Pinelands Craft & Gift Fair. It’s on all day every single day from Monday 3 December to Saturday 22 December 2018, including the public holiday and day of observation, in the Kent Hall at Pinelands High School.

Price: Free entry

Celebrate summer with a bring 'n braai and live music at Surfarosa bar in the East City Precinct in central Cape Town on Sunday 16 December 2018. After a few successful European trips, Pretoria's hardcore band, Ruff Majik, are coming to Cape Town. They perform with some of the best garage rock bands that Cape Town has to offer. Read more about live music at Surfarosa.

Price: Free entry

My Gourmet Market is a monthly fully Halaal food market with food offerings bursting with flavour. The market is scheduled for Sunday 16 December 2018 at Canvas Event Space CPT in Paarden Island. Read more about My Gourmet Market.
Price: R10 entry

Snuggle up to a loved one as you watch a movie under a starry Capetonian sky. Enchanted is showing at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands on the evening of Sunday 16 December. Read more about The Galileo Open Air Cinema's family Sunday movies at Kelvin Grove.

Price: From R89

The annual Cape Town Natural Hair Festival is back for its third event on 15 and 16 December. This year the event will be taking place at the CTICC. Read more about the Natural Hair Festival

Price: From R125 at Computicket

Soak up panoramic views of Cape Town from a different perspective during a luxurious sunset cruise and end the weekend on a high note. The three-hour dinner cruise departs from the V&A Waterfront every Sunday from 5 or 5:30pm until the end of April 2019. Read more about this Cape Town sunset Cruise

Price: R890

CapeGate Shopping Centre is hosting an artificial pop-up mini, neon ice-skating rink for kids every day until January 2019. The rink is suitable for kids aged 5–12 years. Read more about the ice-skating rink.

Price: R50pp for a 40-minute session. If they bring their own skates, they pay just R40pp.

Explore things to do every weekendevents in December, as well as things to do over Christmas in Cape Town and where to find exciting New Year’s Eve parties.

Learn more about the history and significance of the public holiday, Day of Reconciliation.

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