Things to Do this Weekend in Cape Town

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Celebrate Africa Day with a culture-focused market, sample wines from the Elgin Valley, or soak in the strange but beautiful sounds of modern classical music. Carefully curated by the What’s on in Cape Town team, this guide should give you a head start to enjoying everything on offer this weekend in Cape Town.
Wines of Elgin a field of grass and trees

Wines of Elgin Tasting

Join a premium wine-tasting event at Cowfish restaurant hosted by Wines of Elgin producers, with a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Meet the winemakers and creators of the wines of Elgin and uncover the stories behind the estate wines. Snack on the masterful canapés curated by the Cowfish culinary team to match the wines and enhance the experience. Cowfish restaurant is a vibrant family-owned eatery within a beautifully renovated heritage site in the popular cultural strip of Bree Street.

Cost: R450pp including tastings and canapés. Book via Quicket

When: Thursday, 23 May from 6pm to 8pm
Where: Cowfish, 55 Bree St, Cape Town CBD

Killarney Power Series 2024 3 cars

Killarney Power Series

The Killarney Power Series, round 4 in 2024, is set to deliver a full day of hot racing on 25 May (no matter the weather). It’s no secret that engines run better in cooler weather, but did you know that racing tyres lose some of their grip on a cold track? It’s all about getting the power down on the road, and that makes for ultra-close, unpredictable racing, risky passing moves and big slides when they get it wrong! Lime Property Management in association with Smile 90.4 FM presents an exciting day out in motor and bike racing.

Cost: R90pp for adults, R10pp (scholars under 16); Free for children under 12. Book via Ticketmaster. WPMC members enter for free on production of the membership book at the gate. Tickets at the gate are R120pp for adults and R20pp for kids

When: Saturday, 25 May. Gates open at 6.30am
Where: Killarney International Raceway, Turn 6, Potsdam Rd, Table View, Cape Town

Live African music at Kuier at the Castle

Kuier @ The Castle

Cosy up to creativity this Africa Day by exploring the diversity of local talent and several creative workshops for all ages on 25 May at the Kuier@TheCastle market. This month the market will be warming up visitors inside the Castle’s biggest halls, creating inviting new spaces to explore. The Craft + Design Institute (CDI) has launched Kuier@TheCastle, a new monthly family-friendly shopping and lifestyle event at the historic Castle of Good Hope. Kuier@TheCastle offers a multifaceted experience where various local artisanal products, food and drink, and entertainment are curated to cater to all the senses and promise a memorable day out for the whole family.

Cost: R30 for adults, R15 for children and pensioners, and FREE entry for children under 7. Visitors will have access to safe parking inside the Castle via the Darling Street entrance.

When: Sat 25 May, from 9am to 4pm
Where: Castle of Good Hope, Darling St & Buitenkant St, Cape Town

Park run at Benguela Cove
Join a park run at Benguela Cove every Saturday morning

Benguela Cove Park Run

Join a fun five-kilometre park run at Benguela Cove every Saturday morning at 8am, surrounded by breathtaking vineyards and stunning views. The Moody Lagoon restaurant is open from 8am too, so attendees can enjoy a well-deserved coffee and breakfast afterwards if they so wish.

Cost: Free

When: Every Saturday from 8am
Where: From Moody Lagoon restaurant at Benguela Cove Wine Estate, R43, Botriver Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus

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The Aleit Group Presents ‘The Protecting Veil’ and ‘Four Seasons’ Recomposed

The Aleit Group presents an extraordinary evening of musical innovation on 25 May at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch. Two incredible twentieth-century works for strings, The Protecting Veil (by English composer, John Tavener) and The New Four Seasons – Vivaldi Recomposed (Max Richter) will be performed by The Flat Mountain Project ensemble, with highly-acclaimed players Annien Shaw on violin and Babette Roosenschoon on cello.

This classical music concert will be led by conductor and founder of The Aleit Group, Hans Roosenschoon. Here’s all you need to know about this special concert.

Cost: R250pp, book via Webtickets only. Please note that tickets are not available for persons under the age of 13 years.

When: Saturday 25 May. Complimentary wine served from 6pm, concert starts 7.30pm
Where: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University Konservatorium

shiraz charcuterie and cheese festival

Shiraz, Charcuterie and Cheese Fest

The popular autumnal annual Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival returns. Indulge in wines from some of the country’s top Shiraz and Syrah producers while enjoying platters of charcuterie and listening to laid-back live music. This year, the line-up has been expanded to include a range of artisanal cheeses from leading Cape Town producer Puglia Cheese, cheese and charcuterie from Wild Peacock, and more charcuterie from Joostenberg Bistro & Butchery and Richard Bosman. The live music is courtesy of the always-popular Newton & Co. Tickets include a branded glass and a taste of all the wines on offer (from the likes of Holden Manz, Stellenzicht Wines, Tokara, La Motte, and many more). Many wineries are offering specials for the day.

Cost: R350. Book through Webtickets

When: Sat 25 May, 11am – 4pm
Where: Anthonij Rupert Wyne, R45 Wine Route, Franschhoek

Beer expo 2024

BeerEx Africa 2024

This three-day expo and conference offers a variety of tastings, workshops, demos, talks, and industry leaders exhibiting everything beer-related. Whether you’re a pro-brewer, a homebrewer, a restaurant or bar owner or a beer enthusiast, you’ll find something to wet your tastebuds. The expo takes place in various restaurants and locations, keeping events and food pairings interesting. Make sure not to miss the African Beer Cup awards at the end of the weekend, where you’ll be able to taste all the entrant beers.

Cost: Various; R95 (Friday beer expo only) – R1750 (full weekend) Book through Quicket.

When: Fri 24 – Sun 26 May, various times
Where: Afro Caribbean Brewing Co, Double Tree Restaurant at Hilton, Jack Black Brewing Co, Devil’s Peak Taproom

Aladdin at Galileo Open Air Cinema 12 April

Galileo Open Air Cinema: Toy Story 3

Catch the very last movie of the Galileo Open Air Cinema extended season, a showing of Toy Story 3, at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In the third part of this family favourite, Andy’s toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare centre as he prepares to leave for college. Woody convinces the other toys that they were not dumped and leads them on an expedition back home.

Cost: from R140. Book through Webtickets

When: Sat 25 May. Doors open at 5pm, movie starts at 7pm
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Dr, Newlands

Mead and chocolate experience

Mead and Chocolate Experience

AFRIKOA and Cape Town Meadery collaborate to offer an extraordinary Mead and Chocolate experience. Embark on a journey of flavours: pair honeyed mead with smooth, velvety chocolate textures. Experts will enlighten attendees about the rich histories and backgrounds of mead and chocolate, providing a deeper appreciation for the delightful synergy between the two.

Cost: R250. Book through Quicket.

When: Sat May 25, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Cape Town Mead Company , The Old Timber Yard (50 m down 7th Avenue on left)

Orchids at Willowbridge Mall

Tygerberg Orchid Show and Sale at Willowbidge Shopping Centre

The Tygerberg Orchid Group are hosting their Orchid Show and Sale at Willowbridge Shopping Centre. Explore a variety of species and ask the specialists for tips on which orchids to buy for your environment at home and how to care for them.

Cost: Free

When: Sat 25 May 9am – 6pm | Sun 26 May 9am – 3pm
Where: Opposite Four Walls, Willowbidge Shopping Centre, 61 Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley

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