There is always something happening in Cape Town. Here is our list of must do events in the Mother City for March & April:
Take the Stage – Can Skylark
This is an explosive production by Can Skylark performing classic female anthems and your favourite songs from her debut album Pure.
Date: 13 March 2016 | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Take the stage – The Signal Rose
The Signal Rose is an alternative rock band from Cape Town, South Africa. They consist of Shaun Berry on vocals and guitars, Mark Nathyn on bass and Niel Walters on drums. They have just released their debut album “Distance means nothing”, produced by Dylan Keyser at Flipside Music. Their music can be described as melodic alternative rock, energetic and moody at times.
Date: 19 March 2016 | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
The V&A Waterfront will once again be going dark by switching off non-essential lights in support of the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) international initiative Earth Hour.
Date: 19 March 2016 | Time: 18:00 – 21:30 | Venue: Pierhead in front of Hildebrand Restaurant | Cost: Free
V&A Waterfront Shakespeare Schools Festival SA Events
This exciting Youth Development Program is aimed at improving language and social skills at the nexus between Performing Arts and Education.
Date: 21 March 2016 – 24 March 2016 | Time: 17:00 – 18:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Interactive Cardboard Workshop for Children
The “open facilitative” approach to the event structure and material usage make it ideal for children and adults to engage with problem solving by co-creating and designing games, toys and scenarios for creative role play. These workshops creates spaces of endless possibility for play that is accessible to everyone.
Date: 21 – 30 March 2016 | Time: 11:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Pierhead | Cost: Free
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
V&A Summer Sessions presented by Mercedes Benz – Rudimentals
People of all ages and tastes have been drawn to this diverse, fun-filled act, whose live shows have captured the imagination of everyone who has seen them. The band thrives on the fact that they defy compartmentalization into a particular musical genre and are really proud that their band of music carries the “unique” South African label.
Date: 27 March 2016 | Time: 19:00 – 20:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
JBird Music Live
11 JBird Music students tour Cape Town from the small town of Kokstad, KwaZulu Natal.
Performing current pop hits, old school classics, as well as original compositions.
Be sure to add this gig to your calendar, and be wowed by young up and coming local musicians.
Date: 31 March 2016 | Time: 17:00 – 18:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre | Cost: Free
Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town
The event offers novice and seasoned athletes the opportunity to race on a world class course and it is a great way to have fun with your family and friends.
The event offers Standard and Sprint distance triathlons.
Standard distance: 750 m Swim, 40 km Cycle, 10 km Run
Sprint Distance: 500 m Swim, 20 km Cycle, 5 km Run
The event welcomes paratriathletes to enter the Sprint event.
Team and individual entries are available. Entries available online at www.capetown.triathlon.org/enter
Date: 24 April 2016 | Time: 07:30 – 20:30 | Venue: North Wharf | Cost: R750 – R1 350 | Tickets Available: www.capetown.triathlon.org
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
The OZCF Market Day is a true farmer’s market with an abundance of fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruit, herbs and other pantry items like bread, cheese, nuts, olive oil, spices, yoghurt, honey, ethically sourced meats, biltong, fish, and more. Supplemented with artisanal food traders selling breakfast and lunch fare to eat at the market or for takeaway, as well as coffees, teas, juices, smoothies and other items including catering for vegan, banting, gluten-free, sugar-free and other dietary preferences, it is a family-friendly favourite in Cape Town.
Dates: Every Saturday | Time: 09:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Granger Bay near The Lookout | Cost: Free entry
17th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival
espAfrika, organiser of the 17th Cape Town International Jazz Festival (CTIJF), announced an exciting all-star line-up of artists that are set to deliver an exceptional and unforgettable live music experience in 2016. This was the first artist announcement for the festival, popularly known as ‘Africa’s Grandest Gathering,’ that will take place on 1st & 2nd April 2016 in Cape Town and is set to host more than 37, 000 music-loving Festinos.
Date: 1 – 2 April | Time: 18:00 – 21:59 | Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre | Cost: www.capetownjazzfest.com
Bird walk at Kirstenbosch
Stroll through Kirstenbosch with an experienced birder, and spot and identify some of the 125 bird species known to occur in the Garden. Bring walking shoes, a hat and water, as well as weather proof clothing. Binoculars will be very useful.
Date: 8 March 2016 | Time: 8:30 – 10:00 | Venue: All bird walks start at information desk (Visitor centre)
Cost: Walks are free, but Garden entrance fee applies, if you do not have a BotSoc membership card.
The Galileo Open Air Cinema at Kirstenbosch
Enjoy a magical movie experience on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain nestled in “the most beautiful garden in Africa”.
16 March – Big Lebowski
23 March – The Karate Kid (1984)
30 March – Edward Scissorhands
6 April – Storm Surfers
20 April – Titanic
27 April – TBC
Time: 18:00 – 19:45 | Venue: Marquee Lawn | Cost: R79 – R149
Please visit Webtickets for booking and tickets.
Original Cape Art at Kirstenbosch
Original Cape Art will be hosting an exhibition of works by 22 Cape Artists at the Sanlam Hall in the beautiful grounds of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Date: 10 – 23 March 2016 | Time: 10:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Lecture Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Exhibition is free but garden entrance fees apply.
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
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
Time: Gates open at 16:00. Concerts are held between 17:30 and 19:00 and go ahead irrespective of rain.
Tickets & Costs: Costs for the tickets range from R110 – R150 and R475 for the Of Monsters and Men and the Jungle concerts.
Online tickets sales: www.webtickets.co.za | For more info: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/summer-concerts
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
Wednesday talk at Kirstenbosch
Dates: 16 March 2016 – 10:30am – 16 March 2017 – 11:30am
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 | Venue: Lecture Hall (Gate 2) | Cost: The Wednesday talks are free, but Garden entry fees apply.
Theme Walks at Kirstenbosch 2016
19 March – The Boomslang and its Habitat
2 April – Gardening with Indigenous Trees
9 April – Waterwise Gardening
Time: 09:30 – 11:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch Garden | Cost: Walks are free but garden entrance fees apply
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.
Dates: 27 March 2016 and 24 April 2016 | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Stone Cottages cnr Kirstenbosch & Rhodes Drive
Cost: Entrance is free and there is plenty of safe parking.
Cape Town Carnival
The event will be held on the 12th of March 2016 on the Fan Walk of Greenpoint, Cape Town – an area which has become synonymous with BIG STREET CELEBRATIONS. The street, which is flanked by hotels, restaurants and bars, is only a stone’s throw from the popular V&A Waterfront. Dress comfortably in your “dancing shoes” as the Fan Walk is 2 km long and there will be many things to explore
Date: 12 March
15:00 – Fan Walk
The Fan Walk transforms into a pedestrian walkway filled with food vendors, stalls and festive hospitality areas. Feast on local delicacies as you watch the colourful crowds go by.
19:00 – Carnival Parade
The Carnival Parade kicks into motion for approximately 2.5 hours. Expect dazzling large-scale floats accompanied by over 2 000 elaborately costumed dancers, musicians and performers.
21:30 – Street Party
Enjoy the incredible open air Cape Town Carnival Street Party!
Good Company Farmers Market
The newly established Farmers Market in the Company Gardens by the name of the Good Company Farmers Market was inaugurated late last year towards the end of November. The idea is to have a weekly Saturday Farmers Market where you can collect your fresh produce like your organic veggies, breads and cheeses, and then sit down afterwards and have your breakfast like eggs Benedict on potato rostis paired with coffee or a freshly squeezed juice. The space is ideal for luncheon under the trees offering a large variety of meals ranging from burgers, pizzas, veggie meals to pulled pork paninis. All this may be enjoyed with either a fresh smoothie or something a little more delectable like a glass of vino, bubbles or ice cold beer on tap.
Date: Every Saturday | Time: 09:00 – 15:00 | Venue: Government Avenue, City Centre, Cape Town | Cost: Free Entry
City Walk Saturday
DAT VMC – a hip hop artist emcee who raps in isiXhosa will be sharing the stage with Jitsvingers – a hip hop artist emcee who raps in Afrikaaps will be accompanied by a classically trained violinist Anele Mhlahlo.
Date: 19 March | Time: 13:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Corner of St Georges Mall & Waterkant Street at the Bart Simpson Statue | Cost: Free
One City Many Cultures Cape Town Festival
The One City Many Cultures Cape Town Festival turns a milestone age of 18 this year. As we enjoy the last of the sunny days in Cape Town, festival goers are invited to a long weekend of great outdoor entertainment. The festival takes place from Saturday, 19 March –Monday, 21 March: Human Rights Day with Company’s Gardens being the main festival hub.
The festival is an inclusive festival designed to cater for a range of tastes whether you bring your family or your friends. It’s a place where you will meet the other faces of Cape Town that reflect this one city with many cultures.
Date: 20 – 21 march | Time: 10:00 – 19:00 | Venue: Company’s Gardens | Cost: Free
Stanford Talisman is an a cappella singing group whose mission is to share stories through song and connect with diverse communities. The group began in 1989, singing negro spirituals as well as songs borne out of the anti-apartheid movement.
Date: 28 March | Time: 13:00 | Venue: CW on Krotoa Place | Cost: Free
The Easter bunny and his fairy return to the Cableway
Families are invited to join the popular mythical characters, the Easter Bunny and his magical fairy at the Lower and Upper Cable Stations for a thrilling Easter egg hunt, every hour, on the hour.
Date: 27 March | Time: 10:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Table Mountain Cableway
Cost: This amazing treat is absolutely free! Book your tickets online or get them from our Ticket Office on site. Adults pay R240 return, while children aged 4 to 17 years pay R115.
Kids Activities at the Table Mountain Cableway
Visiting us for the school holidays? Bring your little ones along to enjoy our entertaining buskers as they perform magic tricks and host puppet shows while you wait in line from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March 2016.
Date: 25 – 28 March | Time: whole day | Venue: Table Mountain Cableway | Cost: Free
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.