SUMMER is finally here and Cape Town is the place to be. Here are the Top Events an Updates at the Cape Town Big 6 this November: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, and Groot Constantia.
Cape Point is celebrating the 100 YEARS of its second oldest lighthouse. Bake a lighthouse inspired cake, send a pic and you could win a mixer worth R10 000. Enter the competition here.
SANParks has updated its pricing for Cape Point entry as of the 1 November 2019. These rates will be valid from 1 November 2019 – 31 October 2020. The funicular pricing has changed too! An adult one-way ticket is now R70 while the return funicular return adult ticket costs R85. View all detailed pricing here.
What’s more, you can now hop on a Cape Sidecar Adventure to experience the scenic route and Cape Point which is the ultimate mode of transport. More info here for a full Cape Peninsula Sidecar Adventure here.
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Astronomy Outreach at the V&A Waterfront. Observation of the Sun, Moon and Visible Planets through telescopes with discussions and Explanations provided by the Cape Centre of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa and learn more about our fascinating universe. Read more here.
The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy goes down to the wire at the Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town on 9 & 10 November. Come to the V&A Waterfront on Thursday 7th November to meet these WRX supercars and get up close and personal with them and their incredible drivers. Read more here.
7 – 17 November
The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. No sailing experience necessary, taken on by everyday people, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on 70-foot ocean racing yachts. It is stopping in Cape Town as part of the 2019-20 global race route.
Come and see the fleet of eleven yachts berthed at the V&A Waterfront between 7-17 November 2019. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the intrepid crew and step on board for a guided tour between 13-15 November at Quay 6. Read more here.
‘Mitchell’s Plain Music Academy is a part-time music programme that provides affordable, yet quality and professional tuition to beginners, intermediate and advanced musicians. The qualified and experienced instructors and mentors, who are not only brilliant teachers but also professional musicians and artists work with our students and take them to the next level. Read more here
16 – 17 November
The V&A Waterfront Motor Show at the Silo District on the 16 & 17th November will showcase some of the most exotic automobiles from all around the world and offer you the chance to get up close and personal with the cars from your childhood fantasy. Manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Lexus and McLaren all displaying their ranges at the Silo precinct. Whether you’re coming to have conversations with like-minded individuals, exploring the cars in detail, or even just a photo opportunity, everyone is welcome free of charge! Read more here.
Shaped by the two oceans on the shores of South Africa, JPson has ridden the wave of life to Europe and defined a musical style that can best be described as “Fresh Folk”. Music that let’s you open up to the groove of the moment, whilst forgetting the troubles of daily life.
Through his lyrics JPson shares the essence of life that drives him around the world and the lessons he learns whilst travelling. Not only is his music incredibly uplifting but his rhythms and beats will get you grooving in a festive and unifying spirit, bound to inspire reflection and new connection. Read more here
1 October – 17 December 2020
Cape Town Comedy Club is pleased to announce JAZZ JAM SESSIONS with The Alvin Dyers Trio every Tuesday from 8 October 2019. The trio consists of Alvin Dyers (guitar), Roy Davids (drums) and Valentino Europa (bass). Read more here.
The Festival on the Docks is a day of local craft, delicious food, and bottomless tastings, all in the most Instagrammable setting at Life Grand Café. A day in the sun sampling some of the best local wine, gin, and beer South Africa has to offer, from brands like Highberry, Creation, Delheim, Warwick, Ashbourne, Morgenster, Paul Rene, Whitley Neil, Boschendal, Franschhoek Cellar, Vergelegen and Red Rock Brewery. The restaurant has an extensive menu or, you can join a sunset cruise to Camps Bay on the Tigger charter. Wine and dine while you enjoy the hottest tracks onboard from our resident DJ Marco V. Read more here.
Take the Stage Series provide a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles to showcase their talent, emerging artist for a series of free-to-attend performances at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.
School of Rock is the most revolutionary music education school in the world, with over 200 schools and 30 000 students worldwide. Our results-driven programmes combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices, making School of Rock the ultimate music school for kids and adults. School of Rock is a music school for all skill levels, ages, and musical aspirations. With students ranging from toddlers to adults, School of Rock is where music students grow into real musicians. Read more here.
A 6-hour cruise with a spectacular performance by The Kiffness & Majozi on board the Mirage cruise. Unlimited MCC brought to you by Graham Beck Winery and light snacks throughout the cruise. Read more here.
SA’s favourite comedians are confirmed to be in Cape Town again for this year’s November & December Silly Season Lunch Shows. Presented by Cape Town Comedy Club, these recurring events host the ever-popular end-of-year office parties of many SMMEs from around the Peninsula. Read more here
Paddle 4 Presents is an annual charity event where The Little Optimist collects Christmas presents for kids in hospital. This event is family and pet-friendly – so bring along the kids and SUP board friendly dogs for a paddle in the waterfront canals in aid of children in hospital. R50 and a present gets you in. Food and drinks will be on sale. Read more here.
The WOOF PROJECT is an NPO that takes healthy dogs from animal shelters and brings them to public places for adoption into a loving home. They will be at the V&A Waterfront every day until the 28th of July 2019. The adoption process is fast and efficient, you complete a brief application, a same-day home check is done, and your new friend is ready to go. Every dog is microchipped, vaccinated and sterilized and WOOF Project also includes a Name Your Price Adoption Fee – and the guarantee that the adoption is a ‘perfect match’, for life. Read more here.
29 November 2019
Moët & Chandon Golden Tree Lighting Ceremony marks the countdown to the end of the year, it’s worth looking at one of the festive season’s most celebrated markers: the Christmas tree. And few are more awe-inspiring than Cape Town’s grand Moët & Chandon Golden Christmas Tree, created entirely from recycled champagne bottles. Once the sun sets, visitors can look forward to an impressive lighting display, with the 230 metres of LED lights individually programmed to illuminate in sync with themed festive music that most attendees will most definitely recognise!
24 September 2019 – 23 March 2020
Zeitz MOCCAA presents – William Kentridge exhibition: Why Should I Hesitate: Putting Drawings to Work. This major exhibition will stage a large oeuvre of Kentridge’s 40-year career, showing works including charcoal drawings, woodcut prints, stop-frame animation, tapestries, installation and video. The exhibition spans five independent spaces throughout Zeitz MOCAA – Level 3, Level 1, Centre for the Moving Image, BMW Atrium, and a night-time projection in the Track Shed – and will include new and never-before-seen works. Read more here.
TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
Summer is for sunsets with the best views in town and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway has a sunset special, offering locals a half-price ticket from 6 pm. Please note: The last car down is at 8 pm. Read more here.
Entrance to the Groot Constantia estate is free, and this enables you to walk through the vineyards, view the historical buildings, the art in the Constantia Art Gallery and enjoy the panoramic views. The various visitor options priced for the local pocket mean that you can choose how much to spend on the estate.
R90 entitles you to a tasting of 5 wines and access to 2 audio tours, plus a souvenir Spiegelau crystal glass to take home.
R105 is the price for the full Visitors Route ticket which includes wines tasting, entrance into the Manor House Museum, plus a souvenir Spiegelau crystal glass to take home.
R150 is the price of our exceptional Wine and Chocolate pairing, the chocolates have been custom made for each varietal.
The Kirstenbosch Galileo Open Air Movies are back with screenings every Wednesday and Thursday. The event opens at 6pm and includes a festive mini-market of delectable goodies at each show, interactive
giant lawn games and an overall great vibe. This is how we do movie nights in summer in Cape Town. Read more here.
07 Nov Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
13 Nov Avatar
14 Nov What Men Want
20 Nov Into The Wild
21 Nov Lion
27 Nov Mother’s Day
28 Nov Pretty Woman
20 November 2019
Wednesday Free Talks – Mushroom Guru and Author, Gary Goldman, will present an illustrated talk on
“Mushrooms and other Fungi”. The talks are FREE but Kirstenbosch Garden Entry Fee Apply. Read more here.
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ONE DESTINATION, SIX UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, 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 6 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.