Plan your winter weekends and holidays with these great events at the Cape Town Big 7 attractions: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island,
V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia. Here are our top events for July & August:
Free Garden entry for Children at Kirstenbosch
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
Kirstenbosch 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.
For a full list and details of Winter Wonder events, go here.
Date: 25 June – 17 July | Time: 08:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch
Biodiversity and Waste holiday art workshop
Children aged 10 – 12 will learn about our rich biodiversity through group activities and a walk in the Garden. They will consider the value of biodiversity and the impact waste is having on it. Back at the Gold Fields Education Centre they will use items, usually discarded at home and school, to make a useful container, such as a desk stationery holder, to which they will add their creative flair. They will take these items home with them.
Date: 13 July | Time: 09:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre | Cost: R60
Nature’s Treasure Box
Take part in fun games, story-telling, and an exploratory walk in our magical garden. Children will be given the opportunity to discover the special treasures which nature provides. Back at the Gold Fields Centre, they will create and decorate their own treasure box into which they will put the items they collect from nature.
Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre Art Workshop 2: Suitable for Grade R – 3 (approximately 6–9 years). Booking essential with Sally Hey: 021 799 8676 / 8670 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 14 July | Time: 09:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre | Cost: R60.00 per person. Pre-payment is essential | Contact: Sally Hey, Jacqui Loni or Almuth Delius on 021 799 8670 or email email@example.com
The Botanical Society’s volunteer Garden guides, who are brimming with amazing knowledge and insights into the Garden, lead free guided walks around the Garden. They are guaranteed to fascinate you and enhance your appreciation of Kirstenbosch NBG. Walks are approximately 2 hours in duration, and are all slightly different as they are tailored to meet the need and interests of each group and highlight seasonal interest in the Garden. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Dates: Every Monday & Saturday | Time: 10:00 | Venue: All walks start at the Information Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1). | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fee applies if you do not have a South African Botanical Society Membership card
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
These school holidays, come and see some of South Africa’s most fascinating reptiles at the Reptile Garden. Taking place at the Watershed you’ll be able to see reptiles from rock monitors; to Monty the giant python and have your picture taken with twin boa snakes.
Date: 18 June – 18 July | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: R50
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
The innovation Station is a play environment that fosters creative potential through open
exploration and play. Children are encouraged to learn through doing, following their natural curiosity to make, test and explore.
Date: 25 June – 10 July | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre: Centre Court | Cost: R20
Pumptrack is the result of many years of design experience in the bike structure and infrastructure field. They are safe and great fun to ride for all rider skill levels and are suitable for any size bicycle from: balance-bikes without pedals, to kid bikes and BMX, to full size mountain bikes. They are also great fun on “small wheel” sports equipment like: skateboards, inline skates and scooters.
Date: 27 June – 16 July | Time: 10:00 – 15:30 | Venue: Quays Deck | Cost: Free
Acoustics Underground Series
Think intimate setting. Think three live shows spread across Winter. Think 200 guests. Think Arno Carstens, Francois van Coke and Judith Sephuma. It promises a night of great music, excellent people and magnificent vibes. Tickets are R175 through Quicket. Grab them now!
Francois Van Coke & Arno Carstens: Rockers Arno Carstens and François van Coke will turn up the beat on Wednesday, 27 July.
Judith Sephuma& Camillo: The triad of performances ends on an extremely high note with Judith Sephuma and Camillo Lombard on Wednesday, 18 August.
Date: 27 July & 18 August | Time: 19:00 – 21:30 | Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum | Cost: R175
The popular Museum Night event, where nearby museums extend their hours and open up their doors for free, comes to the V&A Waterfront. Participating museums include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the Scheryn Pavilion, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre, the Robben Island Jetty Museum, the Cape Town Diamond Museum, the Golf Hall of Fame, and the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. You can expect a night of activations, performances, food and other experiences designed to guide you through historical and culturally significant spaces and exhibitions. Long story short? It’s fun. It’s free. It’s bursting with culture credits. Count us in.
Date: 14 July | Time: 17:00 – 21:00 | Venue: All V&A Waterfront Museums and the Two Oceans Aquarium* | Cost: Free
*Entrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium will be half price from 5pm on Museum Night
Watershed Creative Exchange
Come and enjoy a fun- filled series of night markets at the Watershed where you can enjoy (amongst other things) a talent-sharing session where participants teach one another about their specific skillset (it’s like Speed Dating, but with creative skills). You can also take part in “Meet the Maker” tours on the evening, where you will get to… well… meet the makers behind some of the craft and design you may have seen at the Watershed. On top of all that, there will also be loads to eat and drink, so these are nights not to be missed.
Date: 14 July & 25 August | Time: 18:00 – 21:00 | Venue: Watershed | Cost: Free
Mandela Day Celebrations
Your chance to give back on Mandela Day by buying a hand crafted bottle designed by the Rainbow Academy Arts & Crafts. Buying a bottle helps support the academy’s initiative AND helps brighten up your office or home space, so let’s call this a “win / win”. In addition, you can participate at the craft station and spend your 67 minutes building your very own bottle.
Date: 18 July | Time: 09:00 – 21:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre & Victoria Wharf | Cost: Varies
Until 31 July – 2 x kids (aged 6-16) ride the funicular for free per paying adult. (Kids under 6 always ride free with accompanying adults).
Two Oceans Restaurant Kids Meals
One free kids meal per main adult meal ordered at the Two Oceans Restaurant (no take-aways). Kids must be present on site and the words “Kids Meal deal” must be said when ordering the food to claim the free meal.
Cape Point Logo Store Promo
Spend R400 or more at the Cape Point Logo store (adjacent to the parking area), and Lighthouse 5 (top funicular station) and get a free placemat and coaster set valued at R75.00.
Promotion dates: until 31 July | Time: 07:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: R58 for an adult return ticket on the Flying Dutchman Funicular
Please note that the Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 7 August
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.
Date: 1 May – 30 Sept | Time: Operating Hours | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: R240 for an adult return ticket |Weather Permitting
Thirty-minute guided tours happen on the hour from 09:00 to 15:00 daily, departing from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Café). These are free, family-friendly walks conducted by our staff, who will share the story of Table Mountain and the Cableway, and provide any assistance you may require.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Twelve Apostles Terrace | Cost: Free
Learn about the flora and fauna of the summit, at your own pace, with our free Audio Tour. Download the free application to your mobile device – using out free Wi-Fi – plug in your earphones and begin your self-guided tour at the Lower Cable Station. For a step-by-step guide on how to download the VoiceMap application to your mobile device, click here.
Cape Town City via the City Walk
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.
Date: 7 July | Time: 17:00 – late | Venue: Check out their website for various venues and costs
Be entertained by buskers, dancers, drummers, street art, gamers and more … all along the route. #walkcapetown
Date: 16 July | Time: 10:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Company’s Garden | Cost: Free
Jerry at the Artscape Theatre
Jerry tells the story of an ordinary twenty-something “computer-geek” whose life takes a turn toward the unexpected when he’s the recipient of a mysterious “life changing” pizza delivery.
Date: 1-2 July | Time: 20:15 | Venue: Artscape Arena | Cost: R60
Adventures of Noddy
Noddy, a little wooden toy who nods his head, is very lonely at Mr. Carver, the toymaker’s workshop, so he runs away to Toyland. There he bumps into Big Ears who wants to know who he is as he does not look like a toy. Only toys are allowed to stay in Toyland. The audience must decide whether Noddy is a toy or not.
Date: on until the 9th of July | Time: 10:30 | Venue: Artscape Theatre Foyer | Cost: R80
My Fair Lady
The rags-to-riches tale is of Eliza Doolittle, a poor Cockney flower seller who is transformed into a Duchess by an irascible professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins. It is a popular favourite that has delighted successive generations of theatre-goers since it first opened in 1959.
Date: 16 July – 7 August | Time: Tuesday – Sunday: 19:30, Saturday: 14:00 | Venue: Opera House, Artscape | Cost: R325
Red in the Rainbow
Red in the Rainbowis an exhibition, based on the true-life story of renowned South African author Lynn Carneson, daughter of Fred and Sarah Carneson, key anti-apartheid activists and fiercely committed members of the Communist Party who played an integral role in the struggle for freedom in South Africa from the 1930s.
Date: 25 July – 31 August | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Iziko Slave Lodge | Cost: R30 per adult, R15 for children 6-18 years old.
Explore South Africa’s political past with an informative tour at the maximum security prison. But Robben Island isn’t just about the political past of our country, keep an eye out for the African penguins that are on the island…
- The ferry ride to Robben Island is an adventure in itself. If you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves
- Enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry Visit the Robben Island 19th century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light
- Go inspect World War 2 canons
- Visit to the limestone quarry where Madiba, and so many others, crushed limestone
- Buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop
- Scout to see Several shipwrecks
- Highlight of the day is visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell
The Robben Island Museum App was developed to offer users around the globe an opportunity to experience and explore the Island’s multi-layered history and sites. Download it from the Google Play Store here.
Ferries depart 9am, 11am and 1pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
Visit one of two tasting rooms to sample and purchase a selection of Groot Constantia’s award winning wines
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: 5 wines for R45
Take one of the daily guided cellar tours and tastings, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the wine-making process
Date: Daily | Time: 10:00 – 16:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R60
Chocolate and Wine Pairing
4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of their award winning wines.
Date: Daily | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R80
Manor House Museum
Take a journey back in time and explore the grand Manor House museum, which houses displays portraying early years on the estate
Date: Daily | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Manor House | Cost: R30 for adults, R15 for students and pensioners
Groot Constantia offers fine dining at Jonkershuis & Simon’s Restaurant and gourmet picnics from Simon’s Deli. Pair great meals with their amazing wines while enjoying the spectacular views of the Constantia Valley.
Jonkershuis: Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 17:00, Fridays and Saturdays: 09:00 – 21:00 and Breakfast: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 11:30
Simon’s Restaurant: Open 7 days a week: 09:00 – 21:00 (except Wednesdays and Sundays – close at 17:00) and Breakfast – Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 12:00
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.