As summer is slowly coming to a close, we embrace the changes of the seasons and hopeful welcoming some much needed rain to the Western Cape very soon. But although things may be 'winding down' from our festive summer season, we still have lots of exciting things happening in and around the Mother city this April, so read on if you're like us and like to be kept in the loop ;)
1 April - Cluver Family Harvest Day
Set on the picturesque Paul Cluver Wine Estate in the Elgin Wine Valley, the Culver Family Harvest Day is a wholesome festival the whole family can enjoy. Adults can indulge in delicious ciders and wines, as well as gourmet food and live music. For the kids there are fun old-school games, including bobbing for apples, sack races, and egg and spoon races. Tickets are R250 per adult, R100 per child. Family packages are also available. Find tickets here.
1 April – Life of Pi Under the Stars
This April the Galileo Open Air Cinema brings box office hit Life of Pi to the picture perfect Anthonij Rupert Wyne estate in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. Enjoy a scrumptious picnic and some of Anthonij Rupert’s fantastic wine as you are captivated by this heart-warming tale of a boy stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger and other animals. Tickets cost between R79-R159 per person. Book your tickets here.
2 April – Matthew Mole at Live @ Vergenoegd
You won’t want to miss the final performance of the first-ever Live @ Vergenoegd summer concert series. Take in the idyllic setting of one of South Africa’s oldest wine estate as hit singer/songwriter Matthew Mole serenades you with his swoon-worthy voice. Tickets range from R50 to R550 per person. Buy tickets here.
15 April - Two Oceans Marathon
This year will be the 48th consecutive Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Known as the world’s most beautiful marathon, it is one of the most anticipated events of the year for many. The route travels along Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and Constantia Nek, taking runners and spectators on a tour of some of the most scenic roadways in the country. Get more information here.
22 April – Bot River Barrels & Beards Post-Harvest Festival
For the past seven years the charming town of Bot River has celebrated the end of the harvest season with their own quirky tradition: a festival all about beards and wine. The highlight of this eccentric festival is the annual Beard Parade, where the lucky winner is crowned with the title of Best Bot Beard. Following the parade is an auction of special Bot River wines, which benefits educational projects in the region. Throughout the evening one can enjoy abundant local wines and cuisine. Tickets are R450 per adult. Get yours here.
22 April – 99er MTB Challenge
The Ninety Niner MTB Challenge is an exciting mountain biking race for all enthusiastic riders, with distances from 5 to 60 km. The race takes riders on a challenging but beautiful tour through the Durbanville Winelands. There will be food stalls to enjoy if you’re cheering for loved ones on at the finish line. Ticket prices start at R50 and can be purchased here.
22 & 23 April – Pinotage & Biltong Festival
Two of South Africa’s favourite delicacies are paired for this fun-filled festival – Pinotage and biltong! Some of South Africa’s top Pinotages will be paired with a wide range of biltong products for your gustatory pleasure. The whole family can also enjoy live music, food trucks, light meals, and walk around the stunning L’Avenir wine estate. Tickets are R200. See the Facebook page for more information.
24-30 April – AfrikaBurn
AfrikaBurn is a community of people coming together to create a temporary city, with art, performance, mutant vehicles, theme camps, and much more. Each person who attends must have something to contribute to the event, which centers around eleven guiding principles, including communal effort and radical self-reliance. Held in the Tankwa Karoo in the Northern Cape, the theme of this year’s AfrikaBurn festival is Play. Learn more about this free-spirited event on their website.
26 April – The Lumineers
International sensation The Lumineers will be in performing in Green Point Park this April. The American folk band is touring to promote their recently released second album, Cleopatra. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this fantastic band live, so get your tickets for R545 here.
28-30 April - SA Cheese Festival
The South African Cheese Festival showcases a wide variety of mouth-watering cheeses, served with the perfect compliments – wine, preserves, fresh fruit and more. When not indulging in delicious cheeses, festival-goers can partake in other activities, including music, presentations by celebrity chefs, and fun activities for teens and kids. Find more info on the website.
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