Make the most of the last few weeks of summer and school holidays with the Cape Town Big 6. Here are the TOP Events at the Cape Town Big 6 Attractions: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Cape Point, Groot Constantia, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island Museum.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts
Summer Sunday afternoons are meant to be spent outdoors, better yet at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. Pack your picnic baskets and bring along your dancing shoes for an afternoon of fun and music.
Times: Gates open 16h00, concerts start time varies between 17h00 and 17h30, concerts end at 19h00.
- 01 March – Matthew Mole
- 08 March – Prince Kaybee / Sho Madjozi
- 15 March – Sun El Musician and Simmy / Sjava
- 22 March – Pumeza Matshikiza and Cape Town Opera
- 29 March – Jeremy Loops
Book tickets online on www.webtickets.co.za. Please note that Webtickets is the ONLY online ticketing partner. Kirstenbosch cannot guarantee that tickets purchased from third parties will be valid.
Galileo Open Air Cinema
The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcomes you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalizing treats and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars.
- 04 March – Mystic Pizza
- 05 March – Amélie
- 11 March – Juno
- 12 March – Real Rock 14
Doors open at 18h00. Arrive early to reserve your seat under the stars and enjoy a magical market experience of delicious artisanal food and beverages, interactive games, music, and fun. The movie starts after sunset. Buy your tickets here: www.webtickets.co.za
Lady Cynthia Tait Art Exhibition
Until 15 March, Kirstenbosch’s Richard Crowie Hall is hosting an exhibition of botanical artwork by renowned artist Lady Cynthia Tait and members of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa daily from 09h00 to 18h00.
This March Kirstenbosch will host two insightful talks for free. Each talk has a unique theme and a different speaker. Kirstenbosch will host Rosalind Spears at the Old Mutual Conference Centre on 4 March for an informative talk on Lady Anne Barnard, Balcarres and the Cape followed by Matthew Syphus at Richard Crowie Hall on 18 March to clue guests up on Cape Clawless Otters. The talks are held from 10h30 to 11h30 and please note that Garden entry prices apply.
Table Mountain Cableway
(Very) High Tea
Table Mountain Wi-Fi Lounge is home to Cape Town’s highest tea experience and spectacular panoramic views of our beautiful city and ocean.
Served with a glass of Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wine on arrival every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm in our magnificent Wi-Fi Lounge. Prepare your taste buds for sweet and savoury treats and a selection of Twinings teas and speciality coffees.
The minimum high tea booking size is for two but we can host parties of up to 20 people.
Booking essential: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (021) 424 8181.
Learn about the flora and fauna of the famous summit, at your own pace, with our free Audio Tour. Download the free application to your mobile device – using our 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.
Class in the Clouds
Magic your learners from the classroom to the top of Table Mountain for a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. At just R45 per learner, school students will enjoy a scenic trip in state-of-the-art cable cars, a guided walking tour with a qualified tour guide and panoramic views of the Mother City from the top of the Mountain. Educator tickets are at a discounted rate of R300 and come with worksheets for their learners to complete at school.
The Class in the Clouds special will run until 30 October 2020, however excludes the March, June and September school holidays, weekends and public holidays.
Man, Machine and a Mountain Exhibition
He’s been the man behind the lens taking breathtaking photos of the Cableway’s annual maintenance for 15 years and from 5 to 29 March 2020, Gary Hirson will showcase never-seen-before photos of his incredible work at his Man, Machine and a Mountain photographic exhibition at the Youngblood Gallery in Cape Town’s CBD.
For more information about Hirson and his work, visit www.garyhirson.com
Make a day of your next V&A Waterfront visit with a free Take The Stage performance and then popping in to see the latest exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA, Southern Guild Gallery and Kirsten Goss to keep up with the latest creative and design trends.
Take The Stage
Take the Stage provides a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles to showcase their talent through a series of free-to-attend performances at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre.
- 07 March – Flying Bantu
- 14 March – YME
- 21 March – Metro Band
The Odzala Discovery Camp 52 Super Series
The 52 Super Series is established as the world’s leading grand prix monohull yacht racing circuit. For the first time ever, the circuit will visit the Southern Hemisphere and start the 2020 calendar in Cape Town with two events scheduled for 2 – 6 March and 31 March – 4 April, before returning to the Mediterranean for the rest of the season.
V&A Waterfront 3ON3 Basketball Series
The Series is a free three-on-three player team tournament where basketball enthusiasts and players are invited to come play and show their skills. It’s time to see who the kings and queens of the court are. The series takes place on the first Saturday of each month at the Battery Park basketball courts, from 09h00 to 15h00.
Cape Town Carnival 2020
Visit the V&A Waterfront on 7 and 8 March to experience a snapshot of what you will see at the Cape Town Carnival this year. Since June last year, the crew and 2 000 performers from more than 50 talented community-based groups have been designing floats, making costumes, synchronising moves, and perfecting melodies. From 13h00 to 14h00 you’ll get a glimpse of some of the creativity and talent this year’s Carnival will showcase.
Diver 24: Discover the Joys of Diving
On 7 March 2020 the Two Oceans Aquarium, in partnership with UCT Underwater Club, will be hosting an exciting public event all about scuba diving, called Diver24. This event forms part of the annual Diver24 24-hour scuba marathon which raises funds for Shine Literacy, the Rural Education Access Programme, and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation.
From 18h30 to 22h00, a variety of activities to suit your pace and interests will be available, and all proceeds from the ticket sales of this event will be donated to the aforementioned organisations. More than 100 student divers from UCT will also hold a 24-hour marathon scuba diving event.
On 19 March, The Steelband Project in collaboration with the V&A Waterfront will host a showcase of the talent and dedication that our youth express through this unique musical form. Steel drumming originated in Trinidad & Tobago and has spread to many parts of the globe, with over 20 steelbands based in the Western Cape, so visit the Amphitheatre between 10h30 and 14h30 for a performance that is sure to lift your spirits.
Paddle for the Paw
From 09h30 on 14 March, SUP Cape Town will host a day filled with stand-up-paddle events, raffles and auctions for the whole family at the Canal District. The day’s activities are to help Lamberts and Eland Animal Protection Services raise funds to keep helping and housing our four-legged friends along the West Coast, so remember to bring a costume and canned pet food.
High School Band Slam
10 – 12 March
Cape 31 Regatta
The much anticipated Cape 31 invitational regatta takes place from March 13 – 15 2020 and is sure to showcase some of South Africa’s top-performing sailors. Visit Quay 6 from 10h00 to 16h00 to see no compromise, one design racing speedster designed by Mark Mills and built locally in Cape Town, South Africa. Usually crewed with 7 people (595 kg max crew weight) and with 12 boats launched, the fleet offers some of the closest, most exciting racing out there.
The Flying Dutchman Funicular
Ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular up to the viewing point below the old lighthouse.
Daily: 09h00 – 17h30 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: Children under 6 ride free, R35 return Child ticket (6-16yr), R50 return Pensioner, R85 return Adult ticket.
Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point) Entry Fees: R40 SA Children (2-12yr), R80 SA Adults.
Two Oceans Restaurant
The Two Oceans Restaurant occupies an enviable position above False Bay at the southwestern tip of Africa. The restaurant is as famous for its seafood as it is for a superb wooden deck that looks out onto one of the most stunning ocean views in South Africa. The Two Oceans Restaurant is perfect for that special Valentine’s date or quality time with family.
Date: Daily | Time: 09h00 – 17h00 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: varies
Visitors Route Experience
Enjoy the Visitors Route Experience where one ticket gives you entrance to the Manor House Museum, original Cloete Cellar, a cellar tour, wine tasting, and a souvenir Spiegelau Crystal wine glass.
Date: Daily | Time: 10h00 – 17h00 | Venue: Manor House | Cost: R115 per person or R165 per person for Visitors Route Experience Ticket with Chocolate & Wine Pairing.
Visit one of two tasting rooms to sample and purchase a selection of Groot Constantia’s award-winning wines
Date: Daily | Time: 09h00 – 18h00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R100 for five wines
Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Five delectable chocolates paired with five of their award-winning wines.
Date: Daily | Time: 09h00 – 18h00 | Venue: Tasting Hall | Cost: R150
Groot Constantia offers fine dining at Jonkershuis & Simon’s Restaurant as well as gourmet picnics from Simon’s Deli. Pair great meals with their amazing wines while enjoying the spectacular views of the Constantia Valley.
Jonkershuis: Sunday to Thursday: 09h00 – 17h00, Fridays and Saturdays: 09h00 – 21h00
Simon’s Restaurant: Wednesday to Sunday: 11h00 – 21h00, Sunday to Tuesday: 11h00 – 17h00
Contact Jonkershuis: 021 794 6255 | Simon’s Restaurant: 021 794 1143
Groot Constantia is still feeling the love this month, so there is still time for you to let the Estate know what love means to you as well as how you’d celebrate it with. Share your photos of your visit to Groot Constantia on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #FeelGrootConstantia and tag @GrootConstantia by Friday 21 March 2020, and you could win a gift hamper!
All visitors to the island can 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. Visitors can expect spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry and may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves.
Tour the Robben Island surrounds in a guided bus tour to view the Robben Island shipwrecks, 19th-century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light.
A former Robben Island inmate will guide you while on the island, and provide unparalleled insight into the significant role that each of the Robben Island’s inmates collectively played throughout Apartheid. You will be guided to the maximum-security prison, various Robben Island exhibition displays and a visit to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell.
To conclude the day, buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop.
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 09h00, 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00 – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.