From lunches and carols to markets and meeting Santa
Things to do this Heritage Day
Celebrate Heritage this weekend, from Cape Malay to DJ Kent
Last updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2023
Every September 24th we celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of our country. And this year, it happens to be during a long weekend. From family activities and local storytelling to braai jols and groovy parties, here’s 7 ways to celebrate this Heritage Day.
WATCH A LIVE JAZZ SHOW
Why not celebrate Heritage Day with some truly South African music. Dust off your dancing shoes and learn how to swing at District. The dance lesson is followed by the musical stylings of the Pebble Shakers, who celebrate South African jazz through a performance highlighting the Echoes of Sophiatown musical project.
TAKE THE KIDS TO A HOLIDAY WORKSHOP
Celebrate African traditions and culture. Mama Africa Restaurant will be hosting a Kid’s Holiday Weekend Workshop where your child can enjoy engaging and educational activities. This includes marimbas, drums, face painting, magic and cinema. The event takes place over two days and there is a limit of 50 kids per day.
When: 23-24 September, 10am to 2pm
Cost: R150; book tickets via Quicket
178 Long Street | Cape Town City Centre | @mamaafrica_cape_town | Image: Mama Africa Cape Town
RUN A COMMUNITY MARATHON
If you’re looking to work the muscles over the public holiday, this one’s for you. For the 6th year, Nantes A.C. will be hosting their unity race in Bridgetown. The race offers 3 different events, for the athlete at every level. There’s a 10km road race, a 10km league walk and a 5km fun run. The start and finish points are both at Vangate Mall Sports Complex.
When: Sunday, 24 September; 7am
Cost: R60 - R145; via Webtickets
Vangate Sports Complex | Athlone | @nantesathleticclub | Image: Nantes Athletic Club
CELEBRATE WITH RUGBY + A BRAAI
Is there a better way to spend Heritage Day than with a braai? Makers Landing is bringing you the 1st Heritage Day Biiig Braai, celebrating what braaing means to South Africans and how it connects us all. Expect meat, drinks, live music and rugby.
When: Sunday, 24 September; 12pm to 12am
Cost: R250 - R300; book tickets via Quicket
Makers Landing | V&A Waterfront | @makerslanding | Image: V&A Waterfront Makers Landing
VISIT A CULTURAL HUB
Experience music, dance and storytelling at Bo-Kaap Cultural Hub’s’ expo. Delight yourself in the rich heritage of Bo-Kaap, with local food, fashion, culture and all things Cape Malay.
When: Sunday, 24 September; 9am to 4:15pm
26 Pentz Street | Bo-Kaap | @bokaapculturect | Image: Lisa Herrmann
GROOVE INTO THE LONG WEEKEND
A great way to enjoy your Heritage Day is to be entertained by local music. South African House and Hip-Hop star DJ KENT will be performing for one night, brought to you by Paid in Full and Heineken. Please note: no under 18’s.
When: Sunday, 24 September; 8pm to 4am
Cost: R200; book via Quicket
88 Shortmarket Street | Cape Town City Centre | @paidinfullcpt | Image: Gidion Felix
ENJOY A BRAAI JOL
Foul Play and District are pairing up to bring you a day of braai, beers, bands and games. With artists lined up such as Shameless, Visitors Centre, Face & The Features and Jonathan Stephen Simons you’re in for an entertaining Heritage Day. There will also be DJ’s lined up at this no under 18’s event.
When: Sunday, 24 September; 3pm to 10pm
Cost: R80 via Quicket; R120 at the door
61c Harrington St | District Six | @foulplay_presents | Image: Foul Play
By Sarah Williams
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