KIRSTENBOSCH SUMMER CONCERTS (NOV 2015 – APR 2016)
The Kirstenbosch hills liven up with the sound of music every Sunday from November 2015 to April 2016 for the annual summer sunset concerts. Each year, hordes of music lovers pack picnic baskets and blankets for the chilled out live music sessions on the historic botanical garden’s sprawling greens. This year, the exciting bill includes some seriously big names and local lekker acts such as Freshlyground, Jimmy Nevis, Grassy Spark, Jeremy Loops, Mi Casa, Al Bairre, The Plastics and more. Additionally, some concerts will have childcare facilities, so moms and pops can rest assured that their kiddies are in good hands.
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, 25 to Sunday, 27 November 2016. Now it’s its seventh year, and the Cape Town Festival of Beer has cemented itself as one of Mother City’s must-dos. As always, visitors are invited to explore the world of lekker lagers with food and beer tastings, guided beer tours and samplings of some of the best brews the city 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. There’ll be plenty of live entertainment and hearty nosh to keep you occupied even if you don’t enjoy the molten golden drink.
KAMERS POP-UP MARKET IN STELLENBOSCH (1 – 6 NOV)
South Africa’s beloved craft market, Kamers Vol Geskenke (rooms filled with gifts), or simply Kamers, heats up for the summer season when it descends on Stellenbosch from Tueday, 1 to Sunday, 6 November 2016. Visitors can look forward to everything from home décor and wedding party ideas to designer fashion and accessories. What’s more, patrons can stock up on lekker huiskos, clock in a day of inspiration and listen to local musos while enjoying the Winelands.
WHALE WATCHING (JUN – NOV)
Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling little fishing village and a prime land-based whale watching destination. Aside from granting awe-stricken visitors countless opportunities to watch the mammoth mammals, the town also has a host of restaurants, art galleries, shops and a very popular craft market on Saturdays. Whale season started in June and draws to a close in November, so get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay before it’s too late – it makes for an easy day trip or an ideal weekend getaway.
HOPE@PAULCLUVER SUMMER FESTIVAL (NOV 2016 – MAR 2017)
Support the Thembalitsha Foundation and enjoy top tunes, theatre, comedy and cinema at the Hope@PaulCluver Summer Festival in the Elgin Valley wine estate’s magical forest amphitheatre from November 2016 to March 2017. This season’s line-up will no doubt keep patrons enthralled and is set to feature the Parlotones, Karen Zoid and Elvis Blue. Bring along a picnic, some cushions and blankets and make yourself comfortable for an outdoor experience like no other. All profits from the tickets sales will be donated to the Thembalitsha Foundation, a non-profit organisation that uplifts impoverished communities in the area.
All content courtesy Cape Town Magazine