With Autumn setting in you may be mistaken that there is nothing to do. However, there are many great events to keep you busy and entertained over the next two months. Here are our top events at the Cape Town Big 7 this May & June:
Mystery Ghost Bus
Friday the 13th is perfect day to go on a tour of the paranormal and Mystery Ghost Bus are doing a rare tour in Cape Town on this day.
Date: 13 May | Time: 19:00 | Venue: Ferryman’s Tavern, V&A Waterfront | Cost: R395 at Quicket
TopDog SA Debut Album Launch
TopDog SA has recently released their debut album called Griqua DNA. Their music ranges from Afro Vibes to fusion jazz and originates from the Khoi San people and various indigenous African rhythms. The sound of their musical offering is that of a distinctive Cape Town sound they call KhoiJazz.
Date: 14 May | Time: 18:00 – 20:30 | Venue: V&A Ampitheatre | Cost: Free
Stargazing at the Waterfront
Enjoy live telescope views of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets during this exclusive free stargazing event. Find out more about astronomy in South Africa and learn about our unique southern skies, including the Big 5 of the African Sky!
Date/s: Saturdays: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5 & December 10 (weather permitting) | Time: 11:00 – 21:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge | Cost: Free
Join a public gathering to experience a global peace meditation for Africa lead by Humanitarian Sri Ravi Shankar via love webcast.
Date: 28 May | Time: 14:00 – 16:00 | Venue: V&A Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
The EID SHOPPING FESTIVAL is proud to launch the 4 day lifestyle-focused Shopping & Brand showcase in Cape Town. Over 100 Exclusive Exhibitors will present their latest collections, EID Gifts, Accessories & delectable cuisines.
Date: 2 – 5 June | Time: 10:00 – 20:00 | Venue: The Lookout | Cost: R30 per Adult & Kids Under 10 FREE
Encounters Film Festival
In collaboration with Bertha Foundation and the Guardian, the annual Encounters South African International Documentary festival returns to Cape Town.
Date: 2 – 12 June | Time: Various Times | Venue: Cinema Nouveau | Cost: R50pp
Browse through and purchase from our collection of over 5000 titles of books. Enjoy delicious threats at the International Café and chat with one of our crew about life onboard the Logos Hope.
Date: 24 June – 11 July | Time: Wed-Sat 10:00 – 21:30 Sun – Tues 14:00 – 21:30 | Venue: Jetty 2 | Cost: R5
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
These spectacular images invite you to explore fascinating perspectives and interesting insights into our world underwater and on land from underwater.
Date: 1 May – 30 September | Time: 09:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront | Cost: R70 Adults, R50 Seniors/Students/Wild Card Holders, R30 Children (6-16), Free under 6 and R200 for a family of 4
The Power of Poison Exhibition
This exhibition promises to be an educational treat as we lift the veil on this fascinating substance, from the cures it has created to the myths it has spawned.
With live poison presentations, experiments, animals and guided tours, this exhibition promises to be an interactive journey for the entire family.
Do you have the antidote for spiders, scorpions, poisonous plants and even Snow White’s apple?
Date: 24 March 2016 – 24 June 2016 | Time: 09:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: R85 – R140 | Tickets: www.webtickets.co.za
William Sweetlove – Water Wars exhibition
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the backdrop to the famous William Sweetlove – Water Wars exhibition. Sweetlove’s Water Wars, is a cautionary installation highlights the consequences of man’s environmental choices
Date: 11 May – 11 June | Time: 08:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch | Cost: Garden entry fees apply
Garden Walks for the week
There are walks at 10h00 and 14h00 from Monday to Friday and an additional walk on Tuesday at 11h00. On Saturday there is one walk at 10h00,. There are no walks on Sunday and Public holidays.
Each walk lasts approximately 2 hours.
2 May 2016 – 10:00am – 7 May 2016 – 10:00am
9 May 2016 – 10:00am – 14 May 2016 – 10:00am
16 May 2016 – 10:00am – 21 May 2016 – 10:00am
23 May 2016 – 10:00am – 28 May 2016 – 10:00am
30 May 2016 – 10:00am – 4 June 2016 – 10:00am
6 June 2016 – 10:00am – 11 June 2016 – 10:00am
Venue: Kirstenbosch Garden | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card
Chester Missing Again – at Moyo Restaurant
Find Chester at moyo Kirstenbosch! We invite you to an evening of fun, food and laughter.
Date: 27 May | Time: 18:00 – 22:00 | Venue: Moyo Restaurant NBG | Cost: R345 including buffet & welcome drink | Book: Moyo Restaurant: 021 762 9585
Kirstenbosch Craft Market
Nestled below Castle Rock and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is arguably the most scenic market in Cape Town
Date: 29 May | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Stone Cottages cnr Kirstenbosch & Rhodes Drive | Cost: Free entry
Free Access for Children
Kirstenbsch Botanical Garden is inviting all children up until the age of 17 – FREE access to explore the garden in the winter school holidays
Date: 25 June – 17 July | Time: 08:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch | Cost: Free for children up to the age of 17
Winter Wonders Programme
Kirstenbosch will be hosting the Winter Wonders Programme. Full of adventure and family fun with; family treasure hunts and waste art workshops. Book with Sally: email@example.com
Date: 25 June – 15 July | Time: 08:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch | Cost: TBA
2 x kids (aged 6-16) ride the funicular for free per paying adult.
(Kids under 6 always ride free with accompanying adults).
Dates: 1 June until 31 July | Time: 07:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: R58 for an adult return ticket
City Walk Saturday
City Walk Saturdays: Every third Saturday of the month. Be entertained by buskers, dancers, drummers, street art, gamers and more … all along the route. #walkcapetown
Date: 21 May and 4 June | Time: 13:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Corner of St Georges Mall & Waterkant Street at the Bart Simpson Statue | Cost: Free
Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Enjoy a romantic date with the Groot Constantia Chocolate & Wine Pairing includes 4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of their award winning wines.
Date: Every day | 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R80
Wine Tasting & Cellar Tour
Enjoy a Wine Tasting at the oldest wine producing estate in South Africa. Include a cellar tour with your wine tasting experience. Tours depart every hour., on the hour. Price includes a wine tasting of 5 Groot Constantia Wines and a Cellar Tour.
Date: Every day | 10:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R60
Table Mountain Cableway
Two kids go free during Cableway’s Kidz Season
The special sees two kids under 18 years ride for free (normal child rate R115) when an adult return ticket is purchased for R240 at the Lower Cable Station Ticket Office. Children will receive a treasure hunt map at the Ticket Office and vouchers to get fun freebies and sweet treats at both the Shop at the Top and at the Table Mountain Café. This 3-for-1 Kidz Season offer is valid on weekends, public holidays and during the June school holidays; excluding dates between 25 July and 7 August when the Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance.
Date: 1 May – 30 Sept | Time: Operating Hours | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: R240 for an adult return ticket
Other Events around Cape Town:
On the first Thursday of every month, explore art galleries and cultural attractions in Cape Town. First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in the central and East city districts stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. Go to their website for more info: www.first-thursdays.co.za/cape-town/
Date: 2 June | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Various | Cost: Varies per venue
Good Food and Wine Show
The Good Food and Wine Show is known for showcasing quality produce, innovative appliances and a series of food theatres that feature both local and international celebrity chefs.
Date: 27 – 29 May | Time: 10:00 | Venue: CTICC | Cost: www.computicket.com
Kamers Creative Showcase
Join in on an extra special Kamers at the iconic Castle of Good Hope. More than just a pop-up, Kamers serves as a supportive environment for talented entrepreneurs.
Date: 1 – 5 June | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Castle of Good Hope | Cost: R70 www.kamersvol.com
The Wedding Expo
The most comprehensive biannual bridal show in Africa. Brides and grooms have access to all the experts, top tips and on-site goods to make their dream wedding come true.
Date: 11 – 12 June | Time: 09:00 – 17:00 | Venue: CTICC | Cost: R30 – R100 www.wedding-expo.co.za
What are your favourite Cape Town Events?
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One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.