EVENTS IN CAPE TOWN THIS NOVEMBER
KAMERS Pop-up Market in Cape Town (4 – 9 November)
The Cape Town leg of the much-loved KAMERS pop-up market puts down roots at the Webersburg Estate in Stellenbosch for a six-day creative affair. The annual fair’s organisers sift through hundreds of crafted and handmade products to put forward a showcase made up of only the best high-end locally made merchandise. Visitors can look forward to everything from home décor and wedding party ideas to designer fashion and accessories, food and live entertainment. COST: Tickets available via www.FFW.co.za, as well as at the gate on the day.
Cape Military Tattoo (6 – 8 November 2014)
Join South Africa’s men and women in military uniform for the public at the annual Cape Military Tattoo at the Castle of Good Hope. The theme is ‘Twenty Years of Freedom’, and military bands, dancers and more from the Western Cape and surrounding areas will showcase their talents with riveting performances, silent drills and gun-runs. Bring along your friends and family to enjoy a night out at the spectacular Castle of Good Hope. COST: Entry costs between R60p/p and R120p/p and discounts are applicable on block bookings of 8 or more people. Tickets are available online from www.computicket.com.
Miss Gay Western Cape (8 November)
A provincial drag contest that hits the Baxter Theatre in a flurry of glitter. The pageant positions itself as a frontrunner for LGBTI communities and as an instrument that highlights awareness behind stigmas in the surrounding areas. COST: Tickets cost R120p/p and are available via www.computicket.com.
The Swartland Revolution (7 – 8 November)
This annual two-day food and wine affair in Riebeek Kasteel, invites connoisseurs and vino lovers to not only enjoy the fruits of the region but to also share in decadent meals, informative talks, fun-filled games and all-round mischief and mayhem. Set in the charming Swartland region, the festival showcases the top-class vinos produced by more than 30 wineries. COST: Spots are limited to 450 and tickets cost R2450p/p and include all meals & wines.
French Sunset Pop-up Picnic in Cape Town (8 November)
In the last few years, the Mother City dining scene has been inundated with pop-up dinners and secret flash mob picnics. The frenchSUNSET pop-up picnic aims to mix things up. With a blue, white and red theme, this impromptu outdoor dining affair will take place in a secret location in the Cape Winelands and features a line-up chock-full of live entertainment. Picnic-goers can look forward to live acoustic music, a comedy routine, poetry, an art exhibition, an outdoor cinema experience as well as pumping tunes into the night. COST: Tickets cost R250p/p for a spot on the field and R350p/p for a seat at a table and are available via www.frenchSUNSET.co.za andwww.computicket.com.
South African Bierfest in Cape Town (14 – 16 November)
The 2014 South African Bierfest is set to transform the Newlands Brewery Village Green into an authentic Bavarian brauhaus (beer hall) that serves up German-style beer and food. Beer, German dishes and genuine oompah band is available throughout the day and night. COST: Tickets for the beer festival are available viawww.Itickets.com, and costs vary from R125p/p to R906.30p/p.
Bosman Wine Release Celebration Weekend (15 – 16 November)
The Bosman Family Vineyards presents its finest offerings and latest vintages at the annual Bosman Wine Release Celebration Weekend. Known for its meticulous attention to detail and quality vinos, this centuries-old farm and vine nursery swings open its gates and invites connoisseurs, wine lovers and just about anyone looking for a great day out in the Wellington winelands to experience this exclusive wine farm in a laid-back fashion. COST: Tickets cost R150p/p and are available via www.webtickets.co.za.
Red Bull LionHeart Challenge (15 November)
Lace up your running shoes, hit the ground running and set your best time to compete in the 2014 Red Bull LionHeart Trail Run Challenge. In order to enter the mens’ and ladies’ elite and intermediate contests, athletes need to qualify and log their time on the Strava app by running a time-trial circular route around the base of Lion’s Head. Entries are open for six weeks prior to the competition, and enthusiasts can attempt to better their score as many times as their bodies will allow until the qualification window period closes on Monday, 10 November at 12pm. COST: There is no cost to enter.
Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes presented by CTS Horse Race (22 November)
Watch as prime contenders go for gold at the 2014 Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes presented by CTS at the Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town. After a successful inaugural event, this glitz and glamour affair has established itself as one of the Cape’s must-attend equestrian to-dos, and this year. COST: General access to the event is free. Tickets to the VIP Somerset Room at the Kenilworth Racecourse cost R250p/p and must be booked in advance.
Cape Town Festival of Beer (28 – 30 November)
Get to grips with the best hops and malt that the Western Cape has to offer at this annual beery shindig at the Hamilton Rugby Club from Friday, 28 to Sunday, 30 November 2014. Now it’s its fifth year, the Cape Town Festival of Beer has cemented itself as one of Mother City’s must-dos, and as always, visitors are invited to explore the world of the beer with food and beer tastings, guided beer tours and samplings of some of the best brews Cape Town has seen.. Bring your little ones along as there will be fun play areas, or bring your gees (spirit)and watch the rugby with friends. And even if you don’t enjoy the molten golden drink – there’ll be plenty of live entertainment and hearty nosh to keep you occupied. COST: Tickets can be purchased viawww.webtickets.co.za and cost R150p/p per day for adults – the little ones (under the age of 13) pay R50p/p.
Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival (29 – 30 November)
Franschhoek ‘Magic of Bubbles’ Cap Classique and Champagne Festival at the majestic Cape Winelands village’s iconic Huguenot Monument. The sparkling, sophisticated soirée, which pops its cork on Saturday, 29 and runs until Sunday, 30 November 2014, features the best in local Méthode Cap Classiques as well as some French Champagne from the likes of Veuve Clicquot and Champagne Guy Charbaut. Since Franschhoek is a world class culinary destination, fair-goers can also expect nothing but the most mouth-watering of morsels to enjoy with the bubbles. Not to mention, guests are encouraged to dress according to the theme, this year it’s black and white with an emphasis on panamas and parasols, for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. COST: Tickets for the festival are available via www.webtickets.co.za and cost R200p/p per day.
Cape Town Charity Toy Run (30 November)
Saddle up for the largest motorcycling charity event in the country and, arguably, the world: the Cape Town Toy Run. This annual teddy-trek sees bikers and motorcycles adorned with toys rev through the city’s roads to brighten up the lives of little ones over the festive season. COST: Bring toys to the end-point! No toy = no entry. All toys will be donated and not sold under any circumstances. If you would like to donate cash, get in touch with the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts (November 2014 – April 2015)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2014 to April 2015 for the annual summer sunset concerts. Each year, music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens. COST: Tickets are available viawww.webtickets.co.za and costs vary according to the performer; concessions do apply.