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Things to do for Valentine’s Day: Fun is in the air

14+ events: From lipstick making and pottery to picnics

Last updated: Monday, 5 February 2024

Single? Taken? It’s complicated? Valentine’s Day is all about embracing the love around you – your gals, bros, parents, partner(s). From a lipstick-making workshop and singles mingle to romantic dinners and dance parties. Here’s 14+ activities (and a gift idea) for 14 February 2024. 

MAKE LIPSTICK FOR GALENTINE’S DAY

Did you know you can make your own lipstick? Join Lipped for a workshop where you learn how to create your own perfect shade with your gals, mom or kids. All equipment and materials are provided. Plus, you can make it a girls night in with an at-home workshop brought right to you.

When: For workshop times, email lippedsa@gmail.com
Cost: R380 for adults, R85 for kids


Merriman Avenue | Stellenbosch | @lipped_sa | Image: Lipped

GET A FREE GLASS OF WINE WITH PIZZA

Celebrating love doesn’t have to come with a big budget. And it’s a good thing that Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year. Michael's Kitchen and Bar has a special every Wednesday where you can get a free glass of wine with all pizzas. Sit outside or cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy a pulled pork or mexican mince pizza.

When: Open 7am to 9.30pm; book via 021 689 9188
Cost: Menu items vary; pizzas start from from R120 


88 Campground Road | Rondebosch | @michaels_kitchen_and_bar | Image: Michaels Kitchen and Bar

CREATE A GIFT FOR EACH OTHER

The Pottery in Camps Bay is hosting a special dinner and paint session. You can enjoy a romantic beachside dinner of any two meals (from fig, camembert and rocket pizza to soup of the day), while listening to live music and painting one of the Valentine’s-themed pottery items (like a mug or plate).

When: Event is on from 6pm to 9pm
Cost: R800 per couple, book via 087 470 0743


41 The Drive | Camps Bay | @thepotterycapetown | Image: The Pottery Cape Town

JOIN A SINGLES MINGLE

Looking for love in the city can be tough, especially if dating apps aren’t for you. Here’s an opportunity to meet someone the old fashioned way. La Parada Constantia is hosting a “Just a Pair of Lovebirds” party, where you get to chat and connect. The theme for this matchmaking event is Hollywood so get dressed up. Plus, you get a complimentary drink.

When: Friday, 16 February; from 6pm
Cost: R390 for early bird to R590 for late bird


1 Hout Bay Main Road | Constantia Nek | @laparadaza | Image: La Parada

WATCH A SOIREE 

For the couples wanting to have a night of romance, The Masque Theatre will be entertaining with a musical titled A Lifetime of Love. This 16-and-over event will be an intimate performance of sing-a-longs, love ballads and funky beats. There's also a ticket special for couples. 

When: 14 February & 16 February; 7.30pm to 10pm
Cost: Couples, R250; Individuals, R150; book via Quicket 


37 Main Road | Muizenberg | @masquetheatresa | Image: Masque Theatre

GO ON A STREET ART TOUR

Take the kids, your friends or significant other to a street art tour in the Company’s Garden (it's free). The International Public Art Festival will have live murals created by local and international artists, collaborative installations, food trucks and workshops for all ages. There’ll also be guided and self-guided street art tours. 

When: 14 - 18 February; 9am to 5pm
Cost: General access, free; street art tour, R150; kids art in the park, R50; seniors art in the park, R150; book via Quicket


12 Government Avenue | Cape Town City Centre | @ipaf_festival_sa | Image: International Public Art Festival

DO A SUNSET PICNIC IN AN URBAN PARK

Pack a picnic and enjoy a romantic evening outdoors where you can watch the sunset for free. This urban park has grassy lawns for games, sports, and there’s water features (which makes for a nice stroll). Furry friends can join too. There’s also a café for those wanting to buy food. Discover more gems in Green Point Park.  

When: Daily, 7am to 7pm
Cost: Free entry 


1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road | Green Point | @greenpointparkcapetown | Image: @garnett_snyman

ENJOY A FAMILY NIGHT OUT 

Playalot is hosting a 3-course dinner (and there’s free babysitters for the kids). The dinner includes a Zevenwacht welcome drink, potato & pastrami roses, Tuscan chicken & rice, and crème caramel for dessert. Kids get chicken strips & chips and a 200ml juice box (and they can play for free).

When: Event is from 6pm to 9pm
Cost: R55 for kids, R200 for singles, R400 for couples, book via Quicket


Shop 33 Haasendal Gables Shopping Center | Kuils River | @playalotza | Image: Playalot

GO DANCING

Get ready to swoon, mingle, and tap your feet at "Love in Times of Madness". A Touch of Madness in Observatory is hosting a mushy-gushy night with live performances by The Alvin Dyers Trio. It’s a great night for celebrating love, whether you’re doing a date night or want to dance to the music with friends.

When: Event starts at 7pm
Cost: R120, book via Webtickets 


12 Nuttall Road | Observatory | @atouchofmadness.obs | Image: A Touch of Madness

NAUGHTY GIFT IDEA?

Pienaar and Son Distilling Co. have collaborated with Please to bring their new line of Arouse and Replenish drinks (a great idea for a spicy gift). The Aphrodisiac Aperitif is infused with fig, honey, oyster shell and buchu. Follow with Replenish (made with coconut water, lemon and vodka). You can get it online and add them to a Valentine’s bundle with massage oil and lube.  

Order: Buy online via pienaarandson.co.za
Cost: From R340 


Shop G12 | Makers Landing | Cape Town Cruise Terminal | @pienaarandson | Image: Pienaar and Son

PLUS 5 POPULAR ACTIVITIES 

What

Where

When 

Cost 

Link 

Valentine’s Run 

D’Aria Winery, Durbanville

14 February, races start at 7am, registration at 6am

R50 to R250

Facebook

Salsa class, dinner and party

Cabo Beach Club, 12 South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront

14 February, 7pm

TBC

@salsacapetown

Cape Wheel ride and picnic

Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront

10am to 9pm

R95 to R320

@capewheel

Sunset on Signal Hill

Signal Hill Road

Anytime

Free

 

Waterfront sunset & champagne cruise

Quay 5, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

7pm departure 

R580 per person

@waterfrontboattours

By Sarah Williams  

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