There is no better season to meet and mingle with Capetonians. Right after planning your sightseeing, booking and scheduling your stay, all that is left to do is to come and join us in what we love to combine most: a stunning outdoor venue, friends & family, good entertainment, a local bottle of wine or craft beer, a tasty treat to compliment and the sense of luck because we are able to enjoy it all. Whether it’s a concert, a movie under the stars or a ballet, our most valuable advice is to book in advance. These gatherings are so popular among locals that getting your tickets early will be a decision you won’t regret. All the events we mention offer online ticket purchasing and all that is left to do is to replace your digital confirmation with a ticket at the door.
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts:
Every Sunday afternoon, from mid-November to the beginning of April, the open amphitheater in our National Botanical Garden becomes a haven for lovers of music of all genres. The lineup offers the best South African bands, icons of African music, some international acts, Christmas Carols in mid-December and the ever popular, every year sold out concert of The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Galileo Open Air Cinema:
Between end October and end of April, Tuesday to Saturday, you can watch a classical movie under the stars screened in rotating popular venues around the city or at a wine estate. Although you can bring your own refreshments, the organisers also offer a folding seat, a blanket, along with various food and beverage stalls. During the school summer holiday, there are also screenings of children’s movies on Sunday afternoons.
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra:
In addition to the Kirstenbosch concert, the CPO performs at Nederburg Wine Estate every New Years’ eve, at the Green Point Athletic Stadium in the second half of December and the Starlight Concert at one of the winelands best known wine estates in March. Ticket sales for these concerts start early and are usually sold out weeks before the events.
Maynardville Open-Air Theatre:
Between mid-January and end of February, the venue offers productions of well-known Shakespearean plays and popular ballets performed by Cape Town City Ballet.
This wine estate, located on the outskirts of Stellenbosch includes a Saturday Slow-Market, a gallery and an amphitheater. Between mid-November and mid-March, a concert is on offer a few times a week. The programme consists of both English and Afrikaans offers, contemporary, folk, cultural and classical music.
Afrikaanse Taal Monument:
Situated on a hill, high above Paarl and committed to its’ duty to preserve the Afrikaans language, they present a series of concerts performed by known singers and bands on weekends. The special location of the monument, far enough from the big city and high above the Paarl valley is also being used for stargazing picnics. Supported by the Orion Observation Group, you will have a chance to watch, learn and explore the southern night sky.
A few wine estates across our winelands offer shorter summer programmes, usually one weekend a month. You will be able to get information about these events on our pages later in the season. Traditionally, each wine estate will offer a picnic basket to be ordered with the ticket. It will include fresh treats being prepared by the estate’s own restaurant and one of their wines.
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