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These options of thing to do on Heritage Day are a true celebration of our culture, history and heritage

We’re according Heritage Day, Monday 24 September, the respect it deserves. There’s a proudly African cultural gathering; a music festival on a heritage site; and a fresh take on the braai at a wine farm full of the art of a South African legend.

Heritage Square has a fascinating history dating back to the 18th century. On 23 September from 3pm, restaurants HQ and Roast & Co., the Cape Heritage Hotel (built in 1780) and The Courtyard, all housed on the square, are hosting a South Africa-centric soirée. There’s a mix of different types of music and featured artists, including Goodluck, Crazy White Boy and Strange Loving. There’ll also be traditional African face painting and dancers. Food is served at top-notch steakhouse HQ and the upscale chicken rotisserie restaurant Roast & Co.
Price: R120/p. Discover the Heritage Day Party Facebook event page

HQ and Roast & Co. | 100 Shortmarket St  | 021 424 6373 |

At 12pm on Heritage Day, Monday 24 September, the SA Naval Museum are going to fire the big nine-inch Rifled Muzzle Loader (RML) gun on Middle North Battery overlooking Simon’s Town. (Park at Maritime Reaction Squadron and walk down.) The site will be open from 10am, with an info session starting at 11:30am, loading at 11:45am and then one the big boom at 12. There’ll be some refreshments available, too.
Price: Free

546 Portion St | Simon's Town | +27(0)21 787 4686

Get to the root of what it means to be South African at the !Khwa ttu Dream Museum, the first heritage centre of the San people, that's been three years in the making. The museum opens its doors on 24 September, just in time for Heritage Day. This museum has evoked much excitement, partly because it’s co-curated by San communities, and also because of its in-depth treatment of every aspect of San life, culture and history. Next time you are in Yzerfontein in the West Coast drop in at !Khwa ttu Dream Museum.

Tip: If you’re going all the way there, consider staying over at !Khwa ttu, with its mix of luxury and tent camps against spectacular scenery. And a plethora of activities on the site, including daily San tours, cycling tours, herbal tea-tasting and San language lessons.
Price: R220/p.

!Khwa ttu | Grootwater Farm | Yzerfontein | +27 22 492 2998 |

AfroFest is an immersion in African art, music, film, crafts and cuisine, as well as a showcase for local businesses, such as restaurants, fashion stores and hair salons. The various happenings take place at different venues throughout the city such as Jimmy Jimalo bar and Grill in Long Street and the Obz Lifestyle Market. AfroFest takes place on 22–24 September and will feature live cultural bands and DJs, dancers performing capoeira and kizomba, and stalls filled with souvenirs. There’ll also be a fashion show, stand-up comedy and poetry performances throughout the weekend at AfroFest.
Price: Free.

4 Nursery Road | Rosebank | +27 (0) 827 51 2898 |

Tender tripe, slow-cooked oxtail with butter bean and marrow, stewed lamb with samp and beans. Celebrate your heritage – from Cape Malay to Afrikaner and a range of local and African – with the special Heritage Day weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) lunch (12:30–15:30) or dinner (18:30–22:30) at Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriot.
Price: Menu items range: R165–R230

64 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0)21 488 2555 |

Ukhamba Beerworx is hosting their annual My Heritage event at the Drifter Brewing Company in the heart of Woodstock. The event is all about curating an open and interactive space for people to learn about our city’s diverse cultures. Plus, it also aims to create a platform for entrepreneurs from different industries to showcase their work. Expect live music, poetry readings and a feast of local food and drinks. 
Price: R100/p.

156 Victoria Rd | Woodstock | 065 988 8831 |

The Heritage Day lunch at Delheim Wines in Stellenbosch is South African cuisine and wine on a platter. It’s a braai served as a three-course meal, starting with home-baked bread with snoek pate; a choice of sosaties for mains (pork belly, springbok or Cape Malay curried chicken), and homemade koeksuster ice-cream with a pinotage syrup for dessert. You get a glass of Pinotage, South Africa’s signature wine first made in 1925, to go with your meal, too. Tickets can be reserved by emailing
Price: R220/p.

Knorhoek Road | Stellenbosch | 021 888 4600 |

Everything about the La Motte estate is refreshing, from the art everywhere to the Pierneef à La Motte restaurant and gardens. Their brand-new chef Eric Bulpit is also bringing something new to the table for Heritage Day, like fynbos-browned butter with caramelised pears and crispy beans; pan-roasted springbok loin; and a lemony trio of mousse, lemon curd ice-cream, chiffon cake and meringue for desserts. Did you know that the restaurant is dedicated to the late South African artist Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef? There are 104 Pierneef artworks on display at La Motte.

La Motte Wine Estate | Main  Road | Franschhoek | 021 876 8800 |

For a long weekend, you always need something captivating for the kids. Glowing Rooms SA  – 18 holes of glow-in-the-dark mini golf – is a fantastic option, and it is offering a special price of R110. As an added bonus, when playing in a group of four, you only pay for three. This offer is valid from Friday 21 September to Monday 24 September. Opening times Friday and Saturday, 10am–8pm and Sunday and Monday 10am–4pm. Find out more, including our expert tips to have the best experience.
Price: R110

1 Turf Club Drive | Milnerton | +27 (0)21 551 2244 |

Shimmy Beach Club proves that a glamorous restaurant can also be child-friendly, It caters for everyone, especially on family days such as public holidays. This Heritage Day is Family Fun Day at Shimmy Beach Club, where everyone can indulge from the a la carte menu and relax from 11am to 4pm. Adults can comfortably recline on sun loungers while the kids are looked after and entertained. There will be a jumping castle, face painting, sand art, and a designated playing area with a ball pit and a jungle gym. Shimmy Beach Club, with its glorious panoramic ocean views, is a feast for the eye and palette.

Shimmy Beach Club | 12 South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 200 7778 |

What’s better than seeing one braai master? Seeing two braai master teams face off. The Beerhouse Heritage Day Braai Off has Piet Marais “Gees” and Murray Slater the “Beer Whisperer” going up against Greg and Karl from local TV show Beer Country. Both teams have to produce three canape courses, and event attendees get to taste the braai, sip some beer from the sponsors Drifter Brewer Company and Lakeside Brewing Co, and vote for the ultimate champions. The event also includes live music by Ruben Gerritz and the Blue Jets, so don’t miss out on this fun time at Beerhouse.
Price: R250.

Beerhouse | 223 Long Street | City Centre | +27 (0) 21 424 3370 |

Get more fun out of the Two Oceans Aquarium this heritage weekend. This popular tourist and local favourite attraction is extending their opening times. The aquarium will be open 9am–6pm on 22, 23 and 24 September 2018. They’ll be having puppet shows for the kids (10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm), and the I&J Ocean Exhibit (12pm and 2pm) as well as the Predator Exhibit (3pm on Sunday) and Penguin Exhibit (11:30am and 2:30pm) are open over heritage weekend. Two Oceans Aquarium is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Price: Up to R175pp

Dock Rd | V & A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 418 3823 | 

Radisson Blu Waterfront is serving a braai-inspired buffet from 12:30pm: they will have salads, braai broodjies, a selection of meat on the braai (boerewors, lamb chops, venison, chicken and line fish), and a dessert buffet. Your ticket will include a Castle Lite and when you book a table of four, you get a free bucket of eight Castle Lites at the Radisson Blu Waterfront.
Price: R395pp

100 Beach Rd | Granger Bay | +27 (0)21 441 3000 |

Cape Quarter, the lifestyle centre of boutiques, unique restaurants, clothing, art, sport and decor shops, is hosting a Craft Beer Tasting and The Voice South Africa contestant Chris Werge over the Heritage Day weekend. Chris’s voice, mixed with some traditional South African guitar riffs and drum beats, will set the scene. There’s also a Craft Beer Tasting on 21 September from 3pm–7pm, and 22 September 11am–2pm. Chris performs on the Saturday. From groceries to boutiques and galleries, the Cape Quarter carefully curates its tenants.
Price: free

Cape Quarter | 27 Somerset Road | Green Point | +(0)21 421 1111 | |

Have a lazy loungy Saturday 22 September in a Touch of Madness’ beer garden. DJs will be playing from 3pm and happy hour runs from 5pm–6pm, with two-for-one tequila and craft beer pints for half-pint prices. Or pull in for a jug of beer or perhaps a cocktail jug or beergarita – beer with some tequila and lime, a laugh with your friends and likely a stranger or two. The restaurant and bar offer daily drink and food specials.

12 Nuttal Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 4650


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