V&A Waterfront always pulls out all the stops when it comes to entertaining their visitors. This Summer, their events line-up is choc-a-block full of live concerts, outdoor movies, comedy and children’s activities. So bring the family or a special someone for a great day out.
Volvo Ocean Race 2017 Cape Town Stopover
For the eleventh time, the V&A will be hosting the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) in Cape Town. The 17 day event is a platform to showcase the South African Maritime and Ocean sectors to both local and international audiences.
Date: 24 November – 10 December | Time: TBC | Venue: Throughout the V&A Waterfront | Cost: Free
Meet Santa in Santa’s Workshop
With a ho-ho-ho and a belly full of fun, Santa and his elves will be at Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre this festive season. From 10am to 4pm from Saturday, 9 to Sunday, 24 December, children of all ages can come down to Santa’s Workshop at the Centre Court where they can meet Santa himself and tell him all their Christmas wishes. Santa will take a short break around lunchtime, but be sure to come back later if you miss him the first time around!
Please note that a professional photographer will not be on-site to take images. Parents and guardians are advised to bring their own cameras for photographs.
Date: 9 – 24 December | Time: 10:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Centre Court | Cost: Free
Magic of Christmas Show
Add a dash of Christmas magic to your holiday season, with a family-friendly Christmas Vignette at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre at the V&A Waterfront! Held daily from Monday, 11 to Thursday, 14 December, the 20-minute show will give visitors a wonderful, nostalgic, ‘feel good’ Christmas performance to entertain the whole family!
Join the Elves and other festive characters like Merry Clause, the Candy Cane Dancers, traditional Carollers, and the beautiful Snow Fairy in Victoria Wharf, as they whisk everyone away on a wonderful Christmas journey filled with festive joy and celebration.
Date: 22 – 14 December | Time: 20:15 – 21:00 | Venue: Upper Level Centre Court | Costs: None
Smart Car Presents: V&A Waterfront Sessions
A highlight on the events calendar in Cape Town is the V&A Waterfront’s Summer Concerts, presented by the new smart car, are back to liven up the summer. Taking place at the Amphitheatre, the musical event offers acoustic performances by well-known names against views of Table Mountain and the city – making this the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening.
Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre, V&A Waterfront | Cost: Free
16 December: Prime Circle
28 January: Judith Sephuma
Take the Stage
Providing a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles to showcase their talent, emerging artists will take to the stage from October for a series of free-to-attend performances at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.
Time: 19:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
21 December: The Salvation Army Band
22 December: Donveno Band
23 December: Christmas with Gerschen Thys and the Cape Town Gospel Choir
1 January: Hassanadas
6 January: Ben Day and Concrete Lions
14 January: Rivertones
3 February: Sonik Citizen
The Galileo Open-Air Cinema
At The Galileo, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained.
The doors swing open every Thursday at the V&A Waterfront at 6 pm onto a festive market of mouth-watering artisanal food and drinks on sale, interactive games, lively music and an unforgettable vibe. It’s the perfect setting (and excuse) for a memorable evening with friends, a ridiculously romantic date, intimate birthday party or work social. So don’t delay, book today to reserve your seat among the stars.
Doors open at 6 pm, the movie starts 8 pm. | Cost: R89 – R175 | Tickets: thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets
14 December: Elf
19 December: Terminator 2
21 December: Just Go With It
28 December: Joy
4 January: Meru
11 January: The Spectacular Now
18 January: Dirty Dancing
25 January: The Gods Must Be Crazy
1 February: Walk The Line
Let your creativity send you across boundaries between art, science and technology. Play in a digital universe that evolves in front of your eyes.
Date: until 31 January | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Watershed, Jubilee Hall | Cost: R130 per person (all ages – children under one year free), R460 for four tickets. Tickets
Zip Zap Circus
The Zip Zap Circus returns to the V&A Amphitheatre with a thrilling and whimsical show – the acrobatic artists are sure to keep you spellbound. Acts include jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists and many more.
Date: 14 – 19 December | Time: 16:00 – 17:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Fun, festive experience at the Watershed
The Watershed, home of African craft and design, will also be home to elegant festive décor and cheer this season. The market will host a range of musical performances, including theatre schools, trio bands and choirs, which will provide wonderful ambient music during the evenings, from Friday, 15 to Wednesday, 20 December starting at 4pm. An array of food vendors will keep shoppers well-fed during their Christmas shopping.
Date: 15 – 20 December | Time: 16:00 – 19:30 | Venue: The Watershed | Cost: Free
Festive Season at the Cape Town Comedy Club 2017 – 2018
Cape Town Comedy Club is pleased to announce that we will be open 7 days a week from Monday 18 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018 and then as usual from Wednesday to Sunday thereafter.
Bookings opening shortly at Computicket.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY at Cape Town Comedy Club
Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve (NYE) party at Cape Town Comedy Club on Sunday 31 December 2017 at The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Your ticket price includes a welcome drink on arrival, a 4-course meal and wine-pairing, and a glass of bubbly for the countdown at midnight. The show will feature comedian Kurt Schoonraad as the Host with well-known Cape Town band, Airborne.
What better way to end 2017 and start 2018 with a fabulous party at Cape Town’s only dedicated comedy club – listed as 1 of the Top 10 comedy clubs in the world!
Tickets are R1,500 per person and available from any Computicket outlet or Shoprite, Checkers stores. The event starts 7 PM and doors open 6 PM. The dress code is SMART. Programme/Menu will be announced on our website – capetowncomedy.com/new-years-eve-party
Date: 31 December | Time: Doors open at 6 pm, event starts at 7 pm | Venue: The Pumphouse | Cost: R1500
New Year’s Eve at the V & A Waterfront
The five hour festivities include an array of activity and entertainment zones together with food trucks across the property for visitors to grab a quick bite on the go. From a laid back local vibe at Nobel Square to a marvellous mixed taste of Europe at Alfred Mall. The Amphitheatre will continue its entertaining combination of dance and music, and the new Silo courtyard will be the perfect place to chill out with some smooth vocal stylings and ambient jazz.
Pop up performances to look forward to include: the Fat Italian Opera Chef, Big Mama Africa, The Fab Four acapella group, The Jazz Cats jazz trio, Afro Jazz Guitar hero, and a bit of sax and violin.
As a kids safety feature on one of the busiest nights on our property, you will find the V&A Waterfront kids crew in blue around the property handing out location assist bracelets to your children – be sure to grab one.
For those wanting to unwind with retail therapy or a sit-down dinner – there are over 450 stores & 80 restaurants to explore whilst awaiting the arrival of 2018. In annual tradition, the sky will light up at midnight with a beautiful fireworks display, ringing in the first few minutes of the New Year in festive colour.
Date: 31 December | Time: 19:00 until late | Venue: Throughout the precinct, V&A| Cost: Free
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 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.