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Cape Town's 7 Things to do this week(end)
Cheese festival, free yoga, kids workshops, concerts + more this long weekend
Latest update: Tuesday, 19 September 2023
It’s the long weekend! This week you can attend the only cheese festival in the country, enjoy free yoga at sunset, take the kids to a workshop in the park or attend a concert at City Hall. Plus, it’s Heritage Day this weekend, so check out how you can celebrate. Here are 7+ things to do this week(end) and in the weeks ahead.
WATCH A LIVE ORCHESTRA
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing their latest concert series “Spring Symphonies” at the City Hall. This week’s performance includes pieces by Beethoven and Schumann, with Bernhard Gueller as conductor and Priya Mitchell as soloist. Tip: if you can’t attend this week, the last concert takes place on Thursday 28 September.
Date: Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
Cost: R150-R350 pp; book via Computicket
Cape Town City Hall | CBD | @capetownphilharmonic | Image: Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
GO TO A CHEESE FESTIVAL
The highly anticipated South African Cheese Festival returns to Stellenbosch this year for its 20th edition. Sandringham Estate will be hosting this culinary event for 3 days over the Heritage weekend. From cheese boards and wine tastings to kids carnival entertainment and lots of freshly baked goods; you can be sure you’ll have a blast.
Date: Friday 23 September - Sunday 25 September, 10am to 6pm
Cost: R550 weekend pass/R250 general/R50 Kids under 12/R190 Pensioner, tickets via Howler
Sandringham Estate | Stellenbosch | @sacheesefest | Image: South African Cheese Festival
ENJOY AN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BRUNCH
Treat your family or friend group to an all-you-can-eat buffet every weekend. There’s something of everything – cereals, fruit salads, artisan cheeses, waffles, freshly baked bread, omelettes and croissants, in addition to the regular menu. It’s on every Saturday and Sunday at Café Extrablatt.
Date: Saturdays, 9am to 12pm & Sundays, 9am to 2pm
Cost: Saturdays, R139.90; Sundays, R159.90
Exhibition Building | Green Point | 021 434 3759 | @extrablattcapetown | Image: Lara van Zyl
CELEBRATE YOUR HERITAGE
Heritage Day is this weekend and we’ve found the best ways for you to spend your long weekend. There’s something for everyone, from braai jols and kids workshops to cultural hubs and jazz shows. Find 6+ ways to celebrate Heritage Day.
Makers Landing | V&A Waterfront | @makerslanding | Image: V&A Waterfront Makers Landing
JOIN A NIGHT OF COMEDY
Watch a local comedy show at this Cape Town institution. The Armchair has been around since the 90s, and is still hosting some of the best comedic acts found in South Africa today. Every Wednesday, it focuses on new and upcoming comedic talents and always ends the show with a seasoned comedian you might know very well.
Date: Every Wednesday, 8:00pm to 10:30pm
Cost: R45, tickets via Quicket
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LET THE KIDS GET CREATIVE (AND MESSY)
Treat the kids to a creativity workshop, hosted by Picnic in the Park. There’s something of everything, whether they’re into making 3D art, cooking, cupcake decorating or making slime from scratch. There are 3 different time slots available and each workshop lasts an hour. Plus, you can organise a snack pack.
Date: Saturday 23 September, 1:30pm to 5:30pm
Cost: R170, via their Website
Wynberg Park | Cape Town | @picnic_in_the_park_ct | Image: Rizqua Barnes
VISIT A GLASS MUSEUM
Whether you’re a fan of glass art or simply looking for a beautiful place to visit, you won’t regret stopping by the Glass Museum at Glenelly Estate! Home to one of the largest privately-owned glass collections in the world, see over 600 pieces of glass in Stellenbosch and the best part? It’s free.
Date: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm & Sundays, 10am to 3pm
Glenelly Estate | Stellenbosch | @glenellyestate | Image: Glenelly Estate
GO TO A LOCAL MARKET ON MONDAY
This long weekend, make good use of your day off and continue the Heritage Day celebrations. ComUnity Co-Op is pairing up with The Old Biscuit Mill to bring you a 1-day only festival showcasing the best of local food, fashion and youth music.
Date: Monday 25 September, 11am to 12am
Cost: R200-R350 pp; tickets via Quicket
The Old Biscuit Mill | Woodstock | @communityza | Image: Gidion Felix
TRY SUNSET YOGA
Here’s something fun to try after work. Enjoy sunset yoga every Tuesday for free. Yogi Ingrid hosts a weekly in the Neighbourgood building on Loop Street. Everyone is welcome to join, no matter your level of experience. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people in the city. The class is one hour, and everyone meets in the lobby of Neighbourgood before class.
Date: Every Tuesday, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free; book your slot via Quicket
Neighbourgood | Loop Street | @neigbourgood_sa | Image: Neighbourgood
ENJOY AFFORDABLE COMEDY EVERY TUESDAY
Comedy on Kloof hosts an affordable, weekly stand-up comedy night. At just R40 a ticket, this is some of the most affordable comedy in Cape Town. Promoting a queer-friendly space, this weekly comedy night offers talent in both popular comedians and rising stars.
Date: Every Tuesday, 8pm to 10pm
Cost: R40, book via Quicket
66 Kloof Street | Gardens | @comedyonkloof | Image: Comedy on Kloof
WATCH DUCKS PARADE ON A WINE FARM
An affordable outing for the whole family. In an effort to farm sustainably, Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate uses 1 000 Indian Runner Ducks to parade around the estate and eat any snails and bugs. Take the kids to the free duck parade, and after enjoy a meal at Chef Bertus Basson’s Geuwels Restaurant or Clara’s Barn, a restaurant in the oldest barn in the Western Cape.
Date: Every Saturday and Sunday; between 8am and 10am or 11am and 1pm
Cost: Parade, free; Guided tours starting at R40
Stellenbosch | @vergenoegd_low_wine_estate | Image: @saltysn0w
SEE THE WEST COAST AIR SHOW
There’s so much to see at the West Coast Saldanha Bay Air Show, which is one day only on 30 September 2023 – as school holidays begin. Besides the spectacular planes doing manoeuvres, there’ll also be drone racing, a pilot meet and greet, skydivers and a concert featuring Karen Zoid. You could win free tickets for the whole family.
Date: 30 September 2023
Cost: Adults R240; children 6-18 R180; children under 5 free
Saldanha/Vredenberg Airport | @wcoastairshow | Image: Bernard Voges/Typographica Media
WALK IN A NATIONAL PARK…FOR FREE
It’s the 18th annual Parks Week. Every year (almost) all of the South African National Parks (SANParks) are open to the public for you to explore and experience nature, free of charge. The Western Cape has a total of six parks, all of which will be open to the public, as well as both the Wilderness and Knysna area of the Garden Route National Park. Explore on your own or join a guided tour. Good to know: Each park has a specific set of dates that their gates will be open, so be sure to check out when.
Date: 16 - 24 September, 7:30am to 4pm
Cost: Free entrance
Various locations | @sanspark | Image: @sanspark
ENJOY ART OF THE OCEAN
Celebrate all things ocean at Benguela Art Cove Gallery in Hermanus for their brand new Seascapes Art Exhibition. The gallery doors are open to the public at zero cost and will display work from locally renowned artists. Enjoy art in different mediums while sipping on some wine from the Benguela Wine Estate. Or simply enjoy a walk outside in the sculpture park.
Date: 1 June - 30 September 2023, 10am to 6pm
Cost: Free entrance
The Benguela Art Cove Gallery | @benguelacove | Image: @capetouring
GO TO A CITY MARKET
St George’s Market has officially reopened in Cape Town inner city. Every Thursday locals and tourists can explore the historic ambience of the inner city, while grabbing lunch from spots like Seven Colours Eatery. There are a number of local vendors, vintage clothes and more.
Date: Every Thursday, 11am - 3pm
138 St Georges Mall | Cape Town | Facebook | Image: St George’s Market
GO ON A MIDWEEK RETREAT WITH FRIENDS
It’s time to get that WhatsApp group together…This retreat in a secret ancient valley, outside Citrusdal, is just the midweek timeout you and your buddies need to reconnect with nature. Book out the main house with a pizza oven or pair up in cosy cottages with jacuzzis or glamp tents. Plus, there’s loads to do as a group at Cederkloof Botanical Retreat.
Date: Open daily
Cost: From R750pp per night
VISIT AQUARIUM FOR FREE ON YOUR BDAY
The Two Oceans Aquarium offers a special gift to all South African citizens – free entry on your birthday, plus six days thereafter. This gives you a whole week to do one of the city’s most magical experiences. Find out how it works + discover 14 secrets to unlock during your next visit.
Date: Monday to Sundays, 7am to 10pm
Cost: Free entrance
BRUNCH FOR UNDER R100 IN SEA POINT
Mischu sits along vibrant Regent Road: It’s the pit stop before you meet with your running club or for a long brunch with friends. There’s daily food specials, like breakfast under R100 and lunch for R50. Discover why you might add mischu to your must-visit list.
Date: Specials are available everyday
Cost: From R95 for breakfast and coffee; from R50 for lunch (any warm bowl)
STAY SOMEWHERE SPECIAL
Amina is filled to the brim with colour, vintage finds, antique furniture and special art. Once a house in Bo-Kaap, it has been renovated to a 5-bedroom boutique hotel that is estimated to be 160 years old. Just a 10 minute walk from Bree and Buitengracht Street, it’s the spot for a staycation or unique group getaway.
BOOK A TRIP TO THIS HISTORIC FARMHOUSE
Mardouw Country House is a Swellendam gem on a 1000-hectare olive farm. Renovated from a nineteenth century farmhouse, it has a golf range, flowedge pool, mountain biking and hiking trails… Plus, all meals are included (even three-course dinners) at Mardouw Country House.
Cost: R13 000 per night (sleeps 10 people)
R60 | Swellendam | 023 616 2999 | Website | Image: Mardouw Country House
DINE IN AN ART GALLERY (ONLY SEATS 30)
Rose’s Table is a new pop up dining experience in Cape Town – and it only happens once a month at RED! Gallery. Join on First Thursdays for canapés and wine or book the full affair for a 4-course experience with wine pairings on First Fridays.
Date: Every First Thursday and First Friday; from 6pm
Cost: R150 for First Thursdays; R885 for First Friday
76 Wale Street | CBD | 083 987 5040 | @roses_table_restaurant | Image: Rose’s Table
JOIN CAPE TOWN’S CANNABIS CLUB
If you’re a cannabis-enthusiast or curious to try the product, you’ll love frequenting this club. It’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, if Willy Wonka was a geek for marijuana. Cannibisters is Cape Town’s first legal cannabis club, with more than 85 strains, an in-house medicinal cannabis practitioner and a coffee bar. Find out how to become a member.
Date: Open daily, 10am - 9pm
Cost: R100 monthly membership fee
65 Regent Road | Sea Point | 066 344 3012 | email@example.com | Image: Lara van Zyl
VISIT THIS WORKING APPLE FARM
Apple-shed-turned-country-café, fresh wholesome food, apple picking, yoga… need we say more? If you’re thinking of taking a drive this weekend, we recommend Cheverells Farm in the Elgin Valley. Grab a fresh salmon bowl, try apple picking, or stay over: There’s plenty to do at Cheverells Farm.
Cheverells Farm Shed is open: Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 3pm
RELIVE BEACH MEMORIES AT THIS ONRUS RESTAURANT
With loaded hotdogs, beach toys and stunning lagoon views, Milk on the Beach is a great spot to visit with the kids. Milk also has kombucha cocktails and sushi, and the deck overlooking Onrus lagoon makes it a great sundowner spot.
Milk on the Beach is open: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 9pm; Sunday, 8am - 8:30pm
1 Atlantic Drive | Onrus River | 028 316 1516 | @milk_onthebeach | Image: Milk on the Beach
JOIN LADIES NIGHT EVERY THURSDAY AT LADIES NIGHT
Fancy Franks in Milnerton may look unassuming from the outside, but it is anything but! Decorated with funky eclectic decor, this hidden gem is well worth discovering. Every Thursday they host a ladies night – get a free tequila shot and two gin cocktails for R40. Read more about their specials.
Date: Every Thursday
Cost: Minimum R40 for two gin cocktails
Fancy Franks ladies night | Ocean Square | Cape Town | 021 879 1923 | Instagram | Image: Fancy Franks
TRY A CRAFT BEER TASTING
Whether you’re losing your beer-ginity or have been drinking brews for years, here’s a fun activity for the weekend. Taste up to nine craft beers, all named after sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, while eating burgers or schnitzels in a German-style beer hall. Or try something different and go for a small-batch brew on Thursdays, all at Woodstock Brewery.
Date: Daily; 12pm - 10pm
Cost: R10 a tasting
252 Albert Road | Woodstock | 021 203 3045 | @woodstockbrewery | Image: Woodstock Brewery
VISIT A FLEA MARKET THIS SUNDAY
The Muizenberg Flea Market has been in existence for the last 34 years. It has over 300 stalls that sell everything from Cape Malay food and mielies in a cup to underwear and brass decor. And best part of all, you always leave with a bargain when you visit this Sunday market.
Date: Every Sunday, 8am-6pm
Cost: Free entry
Muizenberg Flea Market | Sunrise Circle | Muizenberg | Facebook | Image: Mark Schultz
ENJOY THESE SPECIALS EVERY WEEKDAY
From the brewery that brought you sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll beers – get 2-for-1 burgers, a sizzling sharing platter, curry special and more. The easy-does-it comfort food goes well with any of their craft beers. The food specials are on every week, get all the juicy details about Woodstock Brewery.
Date: Monday to Friday, 12pm - 10pm
252 Albert Road | Woodstock | 021 203 3045 | @woodstockbrewery | Image: Woodstock Brewery
EXPERIMENT WITH A GIN ATOMISER
Gin-tasting works a little differently when you do it at Char'd Grill. You'll be able to smell different gins through an atomiser and do a tasting of your top four. Being a steakhouse, Char'd also offers rare and unqiue cuts of meat that you wouldn't be able to find at most restaurants. We recommend the Caveman Rib: rich, marinated for 24 hours and with 10/10 tenderness. Read more about what you can experience at Char'd.
Char’d Grill is open: Monday to Friday, 12pm - 9pm; Saturday to Sunday, 10.30am - 9pm
TASTE WINE FOR FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Wine lover with a tight budget? This local eatery and wine shop offers a free wine tasting experience every Tuesday. Taste and learn more about wine from the region, free of charge + stay for dinner. You can also buy your favourite bottle from the wine shop at Judd’s Local.
Date: Every Tuesday; 6pm - 9pm
141 Kloof Street | Gardens | 064 527 1272 | @juddslocal | Image: Lara van Zyl
GO ON A TOWNSHIP GOSPEL TOUR
You don’t need to be religious to have a soulful experience at a Sunday church service in Langa. Camissa’s Gospel Tour will take you to church with the community, followed by a walk through the streets of Langa with a local guide. Prepare to sing, move and be moved by this joyful outing.
Date: Sundays, from 8.30/9am to 12.30/1pm
Cost: R770 per person, half price for under 12s. Ask about discounts for CapeTownMagazine.com readers.
Camissa Gospel Tours | 078 657 7788 | @Camissa_Travel | Image: Camissa
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC EVERY THURSDAY
Every Thursday this iconic spot on Long Street hosts live sessions. Listen to local legends or discover your new favourite band. Come early for the three-hour happy hour and get one of the rocking cocktails, while enjoying a buy-one-get-one-free pizza (we recommend the Tannie Tandoori). All this and more at SGT Pepper.
Date: Every Thursday from 8pm
Cost: R50 entrance fee
94 Long Street | Cape Town | 082 854 9166 | @sgt_pepper_restaurant | Image: SGT Pepper
BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE AT BIG DISCOUNT
When people come from all over the world to see sharks in Gansbaai they do it with White Shark Diving Company (WSCD). They come to see great white sharks and a big variety of other shark species, such as bronze whaler and 7-gill cow sharks. Get R400 off WSCD’s shark-cage diving tour by using our coupon code when you're booking.
Date: Open daily, from 8am
Cost: See discounted costs on the Shark Cage Dive Tour and more
GET DAILY SPECIALS AT THIS CASABLANCA-THEMED CAFE
Rick's Cafe Americain on Kloof Street is housed in a 135-year-old 3-storey Victorian building and is completely dedicated to the 1942 classic Casablanca. Visit and you'll see screens playing the film, old posters and bright Moroccan decor. On the menu you can find classic food like burgers and roasts, as well as Moroccan cuisine like tajine and honey and cheese parcels. Don't forget about the rooftop bar - Rick's has two happy hours which means you can sip on beer and cocktails and watch the buzz of Kloof Street.
Rick's Cafe Americain is open: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 2am
103 Kloof Street | Gardens | 021 822 1100 | @rickscapetown | Image: Ricks Cafe Americain
BE ONE OF THE RARE ONES THIS THURSDAY
Rare Gallery offers a multi-sensory First Thursday experience with its art, tattoo studio and luxury couture store. Sip your welcome drink as you explore this funky pop art persona and creative hub with its rare collectables and ping pong table while listening to the buzz of Afrobeats from live DJs. Rare is a perfect First Thursday meeting point, bordering the Bree Street Festival.
Date: Open daily; First Thursday open from 10am - 9pm
Cost: Free entrance
6 Watson Street | Cape Town City Centre | 074 784 2986 | @raregallery_ | Image: Rare Gallery
CELEBRATE ON A BELOVED LONG STREET BALCONY
If chilled local vibes are your thing, Sgt Pepper on Long Street might be your perfect party venue. It’s laid back but with a rock n roll edge that’s bound to get the party started at some point – probably once you’ve made some progress with their impressive cocktail list. Their legendary pizzas are still excellent and the ideal party food for a big table or group. Let the buzz of Long Street below make your birthday extra vibey. Good to know: Sgt Pepper will let you host a party for up to 150 people at their venue for free on Mondays.
Sgt Pepper is open: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 2am
194 Long Street | CBD | @sgt_pepper_restaurant | Image: Sgt Pepper
GRAB A MID-WEEK BURGER BREAK
Sotano’s lamb burgers are popular because they’re good, and also because they have good exposure, considering people flock to the seaside eatery for the excellent 2-for-1 special. Let’s tell you why they’re so good: 2 freshly baked buns, a homemade lamb burger, tzatziki, hummus, avocado and crispy onion rings – need we say more? You can get two of them for the price of one every Wednesday, all day, throughout the year.
Date: Every Wednesday, 7am - 11pm
Sotano | 121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | 021 433 1757 | @sotanoct | Image: Sotano
TASTE WINE IN AN OLD FERMENTATION TANK
Experience a wine tasting like no other at this boutique winery, which has 6 themed caves for you to choose from. Snuggle up in The Kitchen or Versaille nook and listen to the stories of the farm’s vines and wines. Plus, you can have lunch, walk its trails and picnic at Klein Roosboom.
Date: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am - 5pm; Sundays, 8.30am - 4pm
Cost: R95 for wine tasting
Tygerberg Valley Road | Durbanville | 079 693 9646 | @kleinroosboom | Image: Klein Roosboom
TAKE A DRIVE FOR 5 EPIC TEA TASTINGS
Take a roadtrip to the Piekenierskloof Pass to visit De Tol Farm Deli - it’s one of the oldest farm stalls along the N7. Be adventurous and try the most unusual pairings… tea and gin or wine. Or opt for something less daring like tea and nougat, or chocolate truffles. There’s also a tea and nibbles pairing, plus kids can join in on the tasting fun at De Tol Farm Deli.
Date: Monday to Saturday, 8am - 5pm; Sunday, 8am - 3pm
Cost: R80 - R90
Piekenierskloof N7 Pass | Citrusdal | 067 410 3315 | @de_tol_farm_deli | Image: De Tol Farm Deli
TRY VEGAN DISHES AND KOMBUCHA COCKTAILS
At Pear Tree there are plenty of unqiue dishes that you won't find anywhere else (many of which are vegan). Situated on the Hermanus waterfront, this healthy eatery looks out onto the vibrant blue sea. Sip a kombucha cocktail under the trees, or try a tofu tostada sprinkled with nori dust and a charcoal aquafaba dessert.
Pear Tree Bistro is open: Daily from 10.30am - 9pm
Village Square | Hermanus | @peartreehermanus | Image: Pear Tree Bistro
ORDER IN, OR FOR THE OFFICE
Whether you are relaxing at home, ordering drinks for the office, stocking up for a party, or sending booze to a friend, Bar Keeper, with its seamless website and online ordering system makes it super easy and hassle-free. Their online liquor store strives to offer the same level of service for which they have become synonymous over the years.
Bar Keeper is open: Monday to Saturdays, 9am – 7pm; Sundays, 11am – 6pm; Public Holidays, 10am – 6pm
COME HERE FOR CHILLED MUSIC
Every weekend, Strolla Restaurant & Bar hosts two free music sessions – on Fridays there’s a sunset DJ set, while on Saturdays you can listen to live reggae. And did you know the food is hella good and affordable, plus there’s a kids’ playroom with a minder, dogs are allowed, and did we mention the sea view?
Date: Every Friday and Saturday
313 Beach Road | Sea Point | 021 430 7778 | @strollact | Image: Strolla Restaurant & Bar
DISTILL YOUR OWN BRAND OF GIN
At Distiller’s Union, a working distillery, you don’t just taste great gins, you get to distill and design your own gin. From choosing the alcohol percentage, flavor profile and colour to designing the bottle, you and friends will each walk out with a specially designed bespoke bottle. While you’re there, do a beer tasting from Sweet River Brewery and have wood-fired pizza on the deck.
Date: Thursdays to Sundays
Cost: From R180
PLAY AN ESCAPE GAME EVERY FRIDAY
60 minutes of pure adrenaline, problem-solving and bonding. There are few things as thrilling as a HintHunt escape game. HintHunt Africa offers an immersive and fun escape-room experience that’s great for friends, family and colleagues. The rules are simple: Pick a kick-ass team, solve the clues and escape within the hour. Here are our tips and tricks on how to play your best game.
Date: Every Friday, 10am - 8.30pm
Cost: From R150 - R315pp, book here
Watershed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 076 187 2764 | @hinthuntafrica | Image: HintHunt Africa
END SUNDAY WITH REGGAE AT SUNSET
One of the best places to chill in Cape Town on a Sunday afternoon is Sotano, where you can watch the sun set over the sea, share a meal with friends, and listen to the Rivertones play famous reggae covers. You don’t even need to leave the dogs at home.
Date: Every Sunday
Cost: It’s free (do order a drink or meal, though – it’s worth it)
Sotano | 121 Beach Road | Mouille Point | 021 433 1757 | @sotanoct | Image: Sotano
BOOGIE TO PUNK ROCK AND WINE
Traditional cheese-and-wine pairings are way too passé for Black Elephant Vintners – it offers something far more rebellious: Join for a sparkling-wine or wine tasting, pop on some headphones and prepare to be blown into a land of heightened senses at this punk-rock cellar.
Date: Every Saturday, from 11am
Cost: R150 - R300pp, book here
40a Uitkyk Street | Franschhoek | 021 876 2903 | Image: Tasting Cape Town (@tastingct)
GET YOUR BREATH BACK EVERY WEEK
Breathwork has gone mainstream, and more and more people are using the tool to manage stress and anxiety, replenish their energy and find joy. You can try it for free: Every month Breathwork Africa, a global leader in the field of conscious breathing, hosts free online sessions. Or read more about this movement to find a course that suits you.
Date: Once a month
Cost: Free - Book a BreathCafé session for beginners
Online | Image: Breathwork Africa
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