We spotlight the most incredible and classiest weekend events in Cape Town, the Winelands and beyond. Gather your friends, family, or loved ones for Benn Ndzoyiya’s list of unique attractions happening this weekend.
THE FINAL WEEK OF NIK RABINOWITZ NEW COMEDY SHOW IN KALK BAY
Comedian Nik Rabinowitz is closing out the Cape Town tour with his brand-new show, Rambunctious. After enduring a global pandemic, an ISIS terror threat, and the chaos surrounding his son’s Barmitzvah, Rabinowitz is ready to share his uproarious thoughts and feelings on these remarkable experiences. Rabinowitz is known for his wit and observational humour, promises an unforgettable night filled with laughter and unexpected surprises. READ MORE
Cost: R120pp, book via Webtickets
When: Until 12 August. Daily from 8pm to 9.15pm
Where: Kalk Bay Theatre, Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
FRIDAY NIGHT CURRY BUFFET IN BO-KAAP
126 Cape Kitchen & Cafe at Hyatt Regency Cape Town hosts a Halaal-friendly curry night every Friday. Start off with a pickled carrot salad, curried chickpeas, and a selection of samoosas with mint chutney and chilli bites to make your own platter.
Next comes a table filled with bottomless hearty Butter chicken, spicy lamb Vindaloo, and chicken briyani with relish. Vegetarians can tuck into a vegetable Briyani and comforting sugar bean and potato curry, which goes well with freshly steamed basmati rice.
For dessert, the rich and decadent rice pudding is bound to win over many but also try the soji sweets made with semolina, condensed milk and ghee. See more dining offers from Hyatt Regency here.
Cost: R299pp, excludes drinks. Book is essential via Dineplan
When: Every Friday, from 12pm to 9pm
Where: 126 Cape Kitchen & Cafe at Hyatt Regency Cape Town, 126 Buitengracht St, Cape Town CBD
MZANSI PHILHARMONIC IS IN CAPE TOWN FOR THEIR SPECIAL WOMEN’S MONTH TOUR
Internationally acclaimed conductor Marin Alsop is visiting South Africa to conduct Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra alongside soloist soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha. Alsop is the first woman conductor to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the US, UK, South America and Austria.
Joining for the concert is soloist soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, an award-winning Limpopo-born singer who is the current BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and performed in some of the world’s finest opera houses. Masabane Cecilia started singing at an early age and her performances have been described as ‘richly coloured, vivid and glorious’.
On the programme is an operatic first half featuring beautiful and dramatic arias, an intermission, and a closing with Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 5. READ MORE
Cost: From R150pp, book via Quicket
When: Saturday, 12 August from 7:30pm
Where: Cape Town City Hall, Darling Street, CBD, Cape Town
SEE THIS AWARD-WINNING PLAY ABOUT A MOTHER-AND-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP
The Beauty of Queen Leenane is a darkly comic tale about the dysfunctional, and often savage relationship between mother and daughter, Mag and Maureen Folan.
The play follows the life of Maureen, an unmarried middle-aged woman, who cares for her ailing mother Mag and tries to find love. When the two brothers enter, we are set on a path to the play’s thrilling conclusion. Interspersed with romance and wit, this psychological thriller promises to have audiences on the edge of their seats.
Multi-award winner Charmaine Weir-Smith directs a stellar cast headlined by the eminent Jennifer Steyn as Mag, Julie-Anne McDowell as Maureen, Bryan Hiles as Pato and Sven Ruygrok as Ray. READ MORE and see our interview with How Now Brown Cow’s General Manager Daniel Galloway
Cost: From R150pp to R240pp, book via Webtickets
When: Running until 19 August. Evening performances run from Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees on Saturdays at 2pm
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
CALMING PLANT CLASSES TO TRY THIS WEEKEND
Elderflower Craft Centre is running a variety of plant and craft workshops this weekend. No experience is required and all equipment is included. Learn all about the different techniques of propagation at home, explore meditative botanical art for a gift or your own home, and start a succulent display made with indigenous plants. The sessions are hosted in Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Newlands, and Somerset West. See the full lineup of classes here
Cost: From R550pp, see here
When: Succulent Wall Planter workshop – Friday 11 August, at 10am | Propagation workshop – Saturday 19 August, at 10am | Plant Casting workshop – Saturday 19 August, at 10am
Where: Succulent Wall Planter workshop – Willowbridge Slow Market, Bellville | Propagation workshop – Haven Art Cafe, Somerset West | Plant Casting workshop – Montebello Design Centre, Newlands
CHAD SAAIMAN, JIMMY NEVIS AND MORE FOR A 1-NIGHT ONLY CONCERT AT THE BAXTER
Chad Saaiman is hosting the second annual Music Over Mind event which features the much-loved Cape Town singer song-writer, Jimmy Nevis and two young talented artists, Jean Citto and Mrs K.
Music Over Mind is an afternoon of sensational music and uplifting vibes that aims to promote young artists and encourage a positive mindset amongst youth, celebrating vibey music and inspiring mental health messages to leave guests feeling empowered.
Cost: From R50pp to R100pp, book via Webtickets
When: Saturday 12 August, from 4pm
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
STAND-UP COMEDY, EVERY SUNDAY AT ARMCHAIR THEATRE IN OBS
Mandela Bay Comedy Festival is hosting the next generation of stand-up comedy in Cape Town every Sunday night at The Armchair Theatre in Observatory. Expect a curated lineup of up-and-coming young comics and well-established comics giving a deep dive into popular culture, society, politics and more with a dash of energy and wit.
Cost: R60pp, book via Quicket
When: Running until 31 December. Every Sunday, from 8pm to 10pm
Where: The Armchair Theatre, 135 Lower Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town
LET KIDS LEARN HOW TO MAKE A VEGGIE PIZZA FROM SCRATCH
Keen young chefs will love The Enchanted Kitchen’s weekly kids’ cooking classes in Cape Town every Sunday morning. These fully supervised and guided sessions help the little chefs build confidence in the kitchen, and they operate a parent-free zone.
This Sunday, kids can sharpen up their baking skills by making Veggie Pizza for take home from scratch. All classes are Halaal, and inclusive of ingredients and equipment needed.
Cost: R195pp, book via Quicket
When: Every Sunday, from 11am to 12pm
Where: Maker’s Landing at V&A Waterfront, The Cruise Terminal, V&A Waterfront
CRAFT BREWS, AXE THROWING, AND LOADS MORE AT THIS BEER FESTIVAL IN SALT RIVER
Head to Salt River for the Beerworks Beerlympics event in Cape Town. They’ve got a wide range of activities on the cards such as brewing demonstrations, axe throwing, sip and paint sessions, chicken wings eating challenge, and food trucks to beat the hunger pangs. Kids are welcome to join and there are rock climbing walls, jumping castles, face paint and balloon art to keep them entertained.
Cost: From R50pp to R350pp, book via Quicket
When: Saturday 12 August, from 8pm to 10pm
Where: Beerworks at Spice Yard, Unit G04, 100 Voortrekker Road, Salt River
A VIBEY ABBA TRIBUTE SHOWCASE IN WOODSTOCK
Mike McCully is bringing a fun-filled celebration of music and dance to Woodstock Brewery. Relive old times with the Tribute to ABBA show featuring songs like Super Trouper, Gimme Gimme, Dancing Queen and many other hits.
After sold-out shows across the country, McCully leads on the drums while the two awesome ABBA girls, Kea Brand and Sjanel Vosloo bring the iconic band to life with silky-smooth vocals.
Cost: R150pp, book via Quicket. R180pp at the door
When: Saturday 12 August, from 8pm to 11pm
Where: Woodstock Brewery, 252 Albert Road, Woodstock
DRESS UP FOR THIS MURDER MYSTERY DINNER PARTY
Dinners to Die For promises another live-action cluedo event where the scene is set and you catch the killer. Put your detective hat on and interrogate the suspects, follow the clues and examine the evidence to crack the case. This immersive dinner theatre experience includes a two-course meal and a welcoming drink. Dress up as a detective, or secret agent, or take it up a notch with glam 1920s getup.
Cost: R550pp, book via Quicket
When: Friday 11 August, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Where: The Cove Restaurant and Beach Bar, 19 Beach Road, Strand
SEE THE MAGICAL NEW HAUNTED MANSION MOVIE IN CINEMAS
Looking for something new to watch after Barbie? Disney’s Haunted Mansion is a supernatural, family-friendly comedy about a single mother with a son looking to start over and happens upon a mansion that seems too good to be true in New Orleans – and her hunch proves correct. To resolve her ghostly problem, she seeks the help of a priest and a widowed paranormal expert, a psychic, and a historian to hopefully rid her home of unwanted guests. See here for more movies showing this month.
Cost: From R81pp to R185pp
A SCULPTURAL GROUP EXHIBITION IS ON SHOW AT RUPERT MUSEUM IN STELLENBOSCH CENTRAL
Rupert Museum is currently showcasing CASTED – Scultura italiana, a group exhibition featuring several pieces of Italian Modern Sculpture from the Huberte Goote permanent collection.
This collection of mid-20th century sculpture challenges the viewer with forms that are often disquieting, aggressive, bold, and textured. With a focus on experimentation and expressive mark-making, the aesthetics of the surface is foregrounded. These Modernists rejected the tropes of representational art along with typical views of historical, religious, and romantic ideals.
Cost: Free entry
When: Running until 3 September 2023. Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Where: Stellentia Road, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS, EVERY WEEKEND IN HERMANUS
Start your weekends the lazy way as you grab a delicious brunch and orange juice with an exciting twist. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, the Moody Lagoon Restaurant at Benguela Cove offers bottomless bubbles and bottomless Mimosas to commence the day in a relaxing ignition. Complemented by live music, the event grants a holiday atmosphere like no other.
Sit back and enjoy the panoramic vistas of the Palmiet mountains, Bot River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean in one of the best waterfront restaurants near Hermanus.
Cost: Cover Charge R100pp | Bottomless Bubbly & Mimosas R195pp, book via email@example.com
When: Every Saturday & Sunday, from 9:30am – 12pm
Where: Benguela Cove Wine Estate, R43, Botriver Lagoon, Walker Bay, Hermanus
ALL ABOARD FOR THIS KID’S RAILWAY EXPERIENCE IN KOELENHOF
If you’re looking for a unique day experience that is outdoors as well as family-friendly, the Winelands Light Railway in the Koelenhof area in Stellenbosch offers an amusement park offers with exciting miniature train rides for the little ones.
You also have the option to pack a basket and have a picnic on the grounds or order delicious food on offer from Aniseed vendors. There is also a kiosk for sweet treats or even party packs for the kids (or adults) as well as coffee, milkshakes and slushies.
Cost: R70pp for park entry and 1 train ride only. R120pp for park entry and unlimited train rides for the day. Tickets are sold at the entry
When: Every Saturday & Sunday, from 9am to 5pm
Where: R304 Koelenhof, Stellenbosch (diagonally across from Koelenhof Wine Cellar)
AN AFTERNOON OF ART AND DINNER IN STELLENBOSCH
Tap into your artistic self with a relaxed painting session guided by friendly and talented instructors to create unique artwork using wine instead of paint. The deep, rich colour of red wine creates a visually captivating effect, imbuing the artwork with an organic character.
Artists can experiment with texture and depth, resulting in one-of-kind art pieces to take home. All art materials are provided so that guests can simply arrive and create their art in a carefree setting. The experience includes a main course and a splendid dessert, carefully prepared by Louisvale’s talented chefs. READ MORE
Cost: R600pp, book via Quicket
When: Sunday 13 August, from 12pm to 2:30pm
Where: Louisvale Wines, Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch