Cape Town Summer Festivals 2019: Sip wine by the river or watch a movie under the moonlight

2019-10-22 14:50 - Thutolore Tsatsane
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Warm nights call for a cold glass of white wine or beer with your favourite people.

We have rounded up the best festivals to make your summer of 2019 the best one yet.

Robertson Wine on the river

Robertson Winery will showcase some of the finest wine and food tasting experiences. Get lost in the different stalls filled with local produce and beautiful keepsakes while listening to live music.

A dedicated children’s area will offer activities for all ages and the popular boat cruise will be on hand with leisurely river trips - or book a wine safari ride to take you to other nearby farms. A glamping package is available inclusive of tickets, transport, wine and more.

When: 11 - 13 October 2019

Where: Goudmyn Farm, Robertson

Cost: R150 – R350 tickets available from Howler.

Full Moon Picnic at Taalmonument

You don’t need to howl at the moon to make a perfect evening out possible. Simply join the Afrikaans Language Monument’s friendly staff on a beautiful spring evening on the picturesque Paarl Mountain to celebrate the first Full Moon Picnic of the summer season.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets or pre-order one (R300 for two people, or R400 with a basket included) at the Volksmond Coffee Shop. Volksmond will be open for coffee, light refreshments and pizza. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a torch.

When: 12 October 2019

Where: Taalmonument

Cost: Adults: R40 / SA Students: R10 / Children: R5

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(Photo: Afrikaans Taalmuseum en-monument)

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

Enjoy the best of local craft beer and live music on a hot summer's day with friends. The incredible scenery adds a wow factor to the picnic-style festival. You won't have to drink on an empty stomach because food trucks will be lined up ready to present you with proudly South African treats.

When: 12 October 2019

Where: Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch

Cost: Adults: R105, includes branded 500ml glass or R90 includes plastic 500ml cup / Children 12 – 17 years: R65 / children 0 – 12 years: Free

Galileo Open Air Cinema

Picture yourself lying under the stars, a picturesque backdrop and watching your favourite movie. Sounds great?

Check out Galileo Open Air Cinema and relive moments from movies such as Grease and The Devil Wears Prada. Arrive before the movie starts to secure your spot on the lawn, blankets and backrests are available for hire and food vendors will be scattered all around the location. You’re also welcome to bring your own picnic basket.

Check out the movie line-up so you can book your ticket before it sells out!

When: 16 October 2019

Where: Wednesday - Thursday: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens / Friday - Saturday: rotating venues.

Cost: R109 - R195 

Mindful Drinking Festival 

Have you ever wanted to attend a beer festival but you don't, well, drink? The Mindful Drinking Festival is the first of its kind and it will feature a wide variety of new and exciting alcohol-free drinks and some established favourites, including beers, wines and botanical spirits, natural juices, kombuchas, coffees and other concoctions.

There will be free samples, a variety of healthy food stalls, a blind-tasting event for the public and live music including Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground fame.

When: 20 October 2019

Where: Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages 

Cost: R100

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(Photo: Mindful Drinking Festival)

Festival of Art in Franschhoek

Franschhoek is opening up its doors once again to art lovers for a weekend of exquisite exhibitions from local talent. Browse the galleries situated along the village’s main road, within comfortable walking distance from each other. Alternatively, choose to view the artworks on display at some of the wine farms, which include Grande Provence and La Motte. Purchase a bottle of wine and add an extra touch to your cultural outing.

When: 25 - 27 October 2019

Where: Franschhoek

Cost: Free

International Tequila Festival 

Cape Town gets to play host to this new festival featuring food, drinks, music & masterclasses! Welcome summer with some Mexican flair and enjoy the first tequila - Mezcal - and other tequila-infused cocktails. The city's finest food trucks will be available at the festival, and if you are not big on tequila you can always eat the day away and enjoy the live music.

When: 2 - 3 November 2019

Where: Greenpoint Stadium

Cost: R150 - R235 / Three-day pass: R399, get your tickets to avoid the FOMO.

Agulhas Triangle Wine Festival

Once a year – for one day only – the wineries from Africa’s southernmost corner around Cape Agulhas come together to deliver a feast of flavours distinctive of this extreme wine-growing area. Acquaint yourself with winemakers and proudly South African flavours.

When: 9 November 2019

Where: Elim, Cape Agulhas

Cost: R160

Stellenberg Gardens Open Day

The internationally-acclaimed open gardens have returned and are opening their doors to the public to enjoy beautiful landscapes. The gardens have matured over the years but the heritage climbing roses that cover the white walls and lush lawns help create a whimsical scenery, making the gardens a sight to behold even after 30 years.

When: 9-10 November 2019

Where: Kenilworth

Cost: Adults: R50 / Children under 12: Free / Garden Tea: R30, tickets available at the gate, cash only.

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Stellenbosch Street Soirées: November Edition

Stellenbosch comes alive on selected Wednesdays with food and wine pop-ups around town. Enjoy warm nights, restaurant-hopping and tasting gourmet meals with friends - but if you want to stick true to the street festival theme enjoy produce from stalls lined along the route.

Each Stellenbosch Street Soiree features a different selection of cellars and street fare caterers. The entry fee gets you a glass and 12 wine tasting tokens. Food dishes are priced individually by vendors. The street party is open to children, just don't keep them up past their bedtime. 

When: 13 November - 27 November 2019

Where: Stellenbosch

Cost: R150

Liefde by die Dam

The popular annual Liefde by die Dam concert at Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg is slowly invading the Cape Town shores and stealing the hearts of residents. The concert - named after Valiant Swart's famous hit song with the same name - strives to serve as a platform to showcase the best local music. The program features music for young and old, making it an ideal day out with your family or friends. 

Eight top South African artists and bands will be performing on an amazing stage in a picnic-style setting. The stellar line-up includes Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Early B, Arno Carstens, Majozi, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Snotkop and Loki Rothman.

When: 16 November 2019

Where: Meerendal, Durbanville

Cost: General: R195 / Children 3-12: R75 / Children under 3: Free

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

The summer concerts are back and the weather is obliging. What could be better than an afternoon spent at Kirstenbosch gardens singing along to your favourite tunes - bring along a blanket and enjoy the festivities with snacks and drinks.

When: 17 November 2019 – March 2020

Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Cost: TBC

Take the stage presents: School of Rock

What is a great summer without some live music? School of Rock is keen on entertaining you with a range of great music, the music school has students of all ages, from toddlers to adults making this a fun family affair. 

When: 23 November 2019

Where: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre

Cost: Free

Cape Town Festival of Beer 

The Cape Town Festival of Beer is in its tenth year and once again takes place at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point. The festival delivers the ultimate beer experience and is the largest festival of commercially available beer in the southern hemisphere. For the beer lovers, the beer aficionados and the newbies, the range of cider and beers available is unparalleled in South Africa.

When: 29 November 2019 - 1 December 2019

Where: Hamilton's Rugby Club, Green Point

Cost: R150 per person (standard entrance ticket and 10 taster tokens)

Mullineux Food & Wine Dinner

Join Twelve Apostles at their final wine evening dinner - treat your taste buds to a minimal and natural taste of the Mullineux wines. It's like luxury in a glass.

When: 29 November 2019

Where: Azure Restaurant, Twelve Apostles Hotel

Cost: R695 (includes food, wine, water)

Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

Experience the "magic of bubbles" at the two-day champagne festival. Some of the finest MCC and French champagne will be available for sampling, you get to mingle with the producers as you sip on their best creations and feast on the treats on offer.

The festival is an experience from start to finish - the theme for this year is Black and White, with a prize awarded to the best-dressed couple on each day.

When: 30 November - 1 December 2019

Where: Huguenot Monument, Franschhoek

Cost: Saturday pass: R395 / Weekend pass: R495

Sundowner Gin & Jazz event

Start the evening with a welcome drink and light snacks, before settling down to a spectacular sunset and live Jazz in this magnificent setting. Bring along your own blankets and cushions, and if you are having too much fun extend your stay and book for dinner afterwards.

When: 11 December 2019

Where: 12 Apostles Hotel

Cost: R295

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(Photo: 12 Apostles Hotel)

Gabriëlskloof’s Favourite Things Market

This stylish annual pop-up affair at the Overberg's wine estate-on-the-hill offers just that: multiple unique, creative and contemporary exhibitors offering all things handmade, homemade, delicious, fresh and beautiful. A tastefully curated Christmas time treat, this market is the spot to be seen at, while stocking up on some rare, must-have finds.

When: 13 - 15 December 2019

Where: Gabriëlskloof Estate 

Cost: Friday: R100 per person / Saturday and Sunday: Free

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(Photo: Gabriëlskloof)

Bubbly and Gin Summer Festival

Charcuterie, cheese platters, tapas, pizzas and of course gin, gin and more gin! The gin and bubbly festival combines South Africa's top MCC's and craft beer to bring you an experience that will leave your taste buds tingling even days after the event. It would not be a great festival without live entertainment and food galore, enjoy authentic gin and a star-studded line-up with your family and friends. 

When: 14 December 2019

Where: Atlantic Beach Country Club, Melkbosstrand

Cost: R165 - R195


Cape Town Minstrel Carnival

If you are struggling to make plans for New Year's eve, don't worry - the biggest party happens on 2 January anyway. Celebrate the new year or "Tweede Nuwe Jaar" with the Kaapse Klopse as they paint the city with colourful umbrellas and satin costumes.

The minstrels will parade through the streets and eventually make their way to Green Point Stadium to compete against each other in song and dance. For the best experience find a spot on Darling, Adderley, Wale or Rose streets.

When: 2 January 2020

Where: Cape Town CBD

Cost: Free

Stanford Hills Summer Concert: Louise Carver and Ross Learmonth

With views of the mountains and the valley in the background this is the perfect chill out after the Christmas  and New Year mania, attendees can bring their camping chairs and blankets. There will be a gin and tonic bar, food trucks with a variety of options vegetarian and vegan included and Stanford Hills’ exceptional wine selection.

Please bring old blankets to sit on, as there will be an Animal Welfare collection point on the day for you to drop them off. The blankets will be delivered to the shelter after the show.

When: 3 January 2020

Where: Stanford Hill Estate

Cost: Adults: R195 / Children under 12: R95

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                       (Photo: Supplied)

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