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Weekend Picks: Giant Bugs, Two Super-Cool Parties, Art Exhibitions, and Places to Watch the Rugby World Cup

Plus a city-wide festival celebrating Cape Town’s African diversity

Cape Town’s diary is chock full of fabulous events this weekend. There are two ways to dance the night away – like you’ve been teleported into the 80s, or to sexy Latin beats. Or explore various African cultures at a festival celebrating the city’s cultural diversity through food, music and performances including the spoken word. There’s also a live creature feature with a giant spider on a farm in Stellenbosch, and an exhibition worth making time for.

On the soccer front, Cape Town City are back in Cape Town and out to get an elusive home win. Leave some energy for next weekend, though: there’s a wedding expo, car-drifting competition and an art exhibition showing how different generations perceive the land they live in.

15 Reasons to Get Your Car Serviced This Weekend
VW drivers who book to have their car serviced on a Saturday, at Barons Cape Town VW, will get a courtesy VW up! so they can drive to any one of the 15 experiences curated by CapeTownMagazine.com. The experiences are close to the Barons Cape Town VW branch, and are either free or very affordable. Like finding a new exciting book and grabbing a coffee while the kids are engrossed in a story read by one of the staff members at the Book Lounge.


#Pickoftheweek: Giant Bugs And A Life-sized Dino: The Kids Will Love This
Friday-Sunday, 20-22 September
Imagine you’re walking down a path and pass a giant spider, six-metre scorpion and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Well there’s no need to imagine, especially if you’re at Jan Marais Nature Reserve in Stellenbosch. There you’ll find these plus huge beetles, insect-themed rides and real bugs, snakes, lizards and more at the Big Bug Expo.


2. Cape Town Celebrates Its African Diversity With A Festival
Saturday-Tuesday, 21-24 September
Discover a Heritage Day that has nothing to do with braaing – explore Cape Town’s African diversity with a festival of food, music and performances in the city this weekend. The festival takes place at venues in the CBD, Observatory, Langa and Khayelitsha and celebrates different kinds of African cuisine, music and performances including poetry. You’ll be able to explore the various African cultures in the Mother City at Afrofest.


3. Catch Cape Town City As It Chases an Illusive Home Win
Sunday, 22 September
Cape Town City will be raring to get its stop-start PSL season going after the international break. Having lost its last two home games, the Citizens will be itching to give fans something to cheer about when the team hosts Lamontville Golden Arrows. Get all the info you need, including ticket details for Cape Town City vs Golden Arrows.


4. Up-and-coming Artist Hosts His First Solo Exhibition
Tuesday-Saturday, 17-21 September 
Collapsing video, performance, sculpture, installations and paintings are just some of the mediums up-and-coming artist Mitchell Gilbert Messina will be exploring in his first solo art exhibition. Check out his mock-ups, sketches and more when the Blank Projects art gallery in Woodstock hosts his exhibition Sure Thing!


5. Learn To Salsa At This Weekend-long Latin Fiesta
Thursday-Sunday, 19-22 September
If you love Latin music and dance, this weekend is the one to bookmark. There’ll be acclaimed Latin dance trainers and performers including De'Jon and Clo, Erika Saucillo, Leonardo Osorio and Leigh Nathan, plus workshops and boot camps in which you can learn everything from the salsa to the samba. And when the lessons are over, there’ll be a number of parties taking place after the Mother City Dance Festival.


6. Party Like It’s 1989
Saturday, 21 September
Break out your padded jacket, faux furs and even wear a silver studded glove if you want. There’s an 80’s party coming down and you need to dress the part. Headline DJs Carlo Massa, Playground Twins and Funky G will be spinning endless poppish 80’s tunes, and you can choose between two dancefloors and multiple bars at the Fashion Clubber’s 80’s Party.


7. Friday Sushi Is The Best End-Of-Week Deal
Friday, 20 September
It’s Friday, it’s the weekend, and you don’t feel like cooking. If you like sushi, then consider dinner sorted. Asami’s has a Friday special that’s worth the trip: order any three sushi combos and only pay for two. You can choose from eight different combo options ranging from 16 to 20 pieces. So bring your friends to share the Asami’s sushi special.


8. Keep Up To Date With the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Rugby season is fast approaching, with the crown jewel being the Rugby World Cup in Japan. If you're looking to make a day of watching a particular game (with friends, family, or just by yourself), check out our picks for the best places to watch rugby.


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WHAT TO PLAN FOR NEXT WEEKEND 
Let Wim Hof Teach You How To Relax
The Ice Man is in town to teach Capetonians how to improve their health, sleep, and overall happiness. Make sure you don’t miss the Wim Hof Method.

It’s Wedding Season So Don’t Miss This Expo
If you’re tying the knot, your wedding planning is about to get much easier. From sampling wedding cakes to wine tasting, make-up demonstrations and catwalk shows featuring bridal gowns, the Simon’s Town Wedding Expo will showcase everything and anything to do with weddings. There’ll also be craft beer and an amazing goody bag for ticket holders. Plus there’s a fun stag corner for grooms where brides are welcome too at the Simon’s Town Wedding Expo.


Cape Town The Fast And The Furious
Ever since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was released, Cape Town petrol heads have become obsessed with the art of drifting. Now the City of Cape Town is hosting a motor show based on this driving technique and it will include live music performances, gymkhana drifting course, car displays and various vendors. If you like loud cars, screeching tyres and taking smooth corners, then you better make your way to the Grand Parade for Drift City Motor Show.


Same Same, but Different
Two artists, from two different generations, but with the same artistic inspiration, are brought together under one roof. Find out what happens when you mix the urban landscape art of young artist MJ Lourens with the natural landscapes of the late JH Pierneef at an exhibition called Land Rewoven.


And…
Make your way to St George's Cathedral for a brand new market and find the perfect gift from one of the many artisanal stalls. Then grab a bite to eat from the food stalls and head around the corner to the Company Gardens to relax after your visit to the Cathedral Market


PLUS, COMING SOON: GET TICKETS NOW
Celebrating A Special Kind of Pinotage
Take full advantage of an endless supply of Coffee Chocolate Pinotage and chocolate from fountains along with prizes, surprise gifts and spot contests for spot prizes. There’s also live entertainment from top local acts like the Bottomless Coffee Band and a host of other products, from brandy to olive oil, at the Diemersfontein Pinotage On Tap.

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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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a4_arts_foundationZanele Muholi Wants You To See The ...

And it’s free at the A4 Arts Foundation

Land_RewovenSee This Fascinating Interpretation of ...

Artist MJ Lourens pairs his modern landscapes with Pierneef’s, plus there’s cheese ...

Sure_Thing_2Don’t Miss This Young Artist’s ...

Mitchell Gilbert Messina's mock-ups and sketches in Woodstock are all about aspiration

Mother City DanceOne Whole Weekend Of Delicious Latin ...

Salsa, Kizomba and party until the sun rises with the Mother City Dance Festival

big_bug_expoCreature Feature: Giant Spiders, ...

Six giant, moving, hissing, clicking insects and more at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve in ...

rodan_kane_hartRodan Kane Hart: Making the Most of ...

An expansive gallery and pristine outdoor landscape showcase a free exhibition by a young ...

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition To Open At The ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

rotterdamUltimate Bachelorette Party: The Girls ...

Three days of gin pairings, massages and pool (or fireside bar) parties on a private ...

goudini8Get Married At Goudini Spa And Stay in ...

It’s a 6-sleeper with panoramic views of the Breedkloof valley.

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Extended To 2020 ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

kiff_kombis_wine_beer_2019Buckle Up For A Beer Safari

Sample the best that Cape Town’s booming craft beer industry has to offer (and let ...

onomo_tacoTacos and Sangria at a Friday Fiesta ...

Tuck in while you soak in the atmosphere of the city centre

ghost_walksWalk With Ghosts In A Haunted Village ...

Discover the mysterious Lavender Lady, an unsinkable coffin, butchering barbers, exhumed ...

OX Seals 04Smile: You Get 10% Off Seal Snorkelling ...

Up close with wild Cape fur seals in small, intimate excursions that are super special, ...

devonvalenew2Share A Double Brandy Special At ...

Enjoy a true South African sundowner at this picturesque venue just outside of ...

moyo_eden15Draughts for R25, R39 Cocktails Every ...

You, a couple friends, sitting at the Corona surfboard tables with your feet in the ...

La Paris_Bistro3Farm-Fresh Fare and Live Music Fridays ...

What an awesome vibe: Top Franschhoek chefs’ lunch favourite is now open till late (one ...

Wine FliesA Wine Tour Like No Other With Wine ...

Experience the best wines the Western Cape has to offer, all while having fun with Wine ...

camissatownship_newEmbark On A Township Eco-Friendly ...

Enjoy this interactive excursion to the bustling community of Langa

Glowing Rooms 3Get a Great Saving on 3D Mini-Golf with ...

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark ...

Om Revolution vinyasa poseHave an Outdoor Yoga Experience with ...

Embrace your inner yogi outdoors

asamisOverload On Asami’s Sushi And Noodles

Get sushi and noodle specials three days a week

hq friday feels HQ Friday Feels: Dinner and Dancing on ...

Chill jazzy beats while you enjoy dinner, then the dance floor opens at 9pm till late

Park Inn_Rooftop1Friday Night Live DJ on the Rooftop at ...

Forget the traffic: watch the sun set to cool SA house vibes with after-work sundowners ...

Coco Safar Dinner NEW 2Indulge In Dinner and Dessert At Coco ...

And now they have added couture alcoholic cocktails to the menu at this all-day cafe

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownSave on your kids’ birthday party ...

Make your kids’ birthday party extra special with outdoor laser tag with Battlefield ...

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

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