Summer isn’t summer in Cape Town without the exciting lineup of Sunday sunset live music performances at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.


The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts really is a family affair – all are welcome.  I brought my 2 boys and my mom along to the Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke Concert on the 17th of January, and we had so much fun. The concert was packed, kids were running free, people were singing and dancing and the vibe was just incredible.

Karen Zoid had broken some fingers a couple of days before the concert, and although she couldn’t play her guitar, she put on a great show. She still made a joke that her doctor was in the audience and that he shouldn’t drink too much as he had to operate on her hand the next day!

My 4 year old and I went up to the front of the crowd to dance with the youngsters and watch the musicians play. We looked back into the crowd and saw people singing along, clapping, eating and drinking.

Musicians in this country are incredibly talented and the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts is the perfect place to showcase them. What more do you want? Great music set in a beautiful World Heritage Site shared with your family and friends. This is also a perfect spot for a romantic picnic or Valentine’s Day.

So pack a delicious picnic, bottle of wine and a cosy blanket, slather on the sunscreen and get ready for the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.

Here is the line-up for the rest of the season

14 February – Matthew Mole / Rubber Duc (SOLD OUT)
21 February – Goldfish (SOLD OUT)
28 February – The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (SOLD OUT)
6 March – Shortstraw / The Plastics (Limited Tickets Left)
13 March – Al Bairre / Bye Beneco
20 March – Zebra & Giraffe / Monark
21 March – Jack Parow / PHFAT
27 March – Beatenberg / John Wizards
30 March – Of Monsters and Men (SOLD OUT)
31 March – Of Monsters and Men
1 April – Jungle
3 April – December Streets / The Vanilla

Tickets & Costs

Costs for the tickets range from R110 – R150 and R475 for the Of Monsters and Men and the Jungle concerts.
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For more info:
Picnic hampers are available from Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room. Refreshments will be on sale at all concerts.
Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch: 021 762 9585  |  Kirstenbosch Tea Room: 021 797 4883
Gates open at 16h00. Concerts are held between 17:30 and 19h00 and go ahead irrespective of rain.

Be kind to the environment; follow the do’s & don’ts

  • Do take all your litter home, the concert venue is bin-free.
  • Do leave the garden by 20h00.
  • Do respect the peace and cleanliness of adjacent residential areas when leaving.
  • Do bring low chairs only.
  • Don’t smoke in the audience.
  • Don’t bring high deckchairs that obstruct the view of the stage.
  • Don’t climb on the stage or enter flower beds.
  • Don’t leave litter in the gardens.

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