17 weekend things to do in the Southern Suburbs

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All weekend


Jive Cape Town Funny Festival, Baxter, Rondebosch. Cape Town’s premier comedy festival returns for another popular season with a selection of top funny people from home and abroad. Friday, Saturday

Poster for Funny Festival

Raiders the Musical, Rosebank Theatre. This Nicholas Ellenbogen show is a journey into World War 2 and tells the quirky story of how Salty Hepburn earned his stripes to fly the Aardvark over Poland for Winston Churchill, sing in an oompah band in Germany and yodel from the skies. All the laughs of the previous Raider’s, now with the added spice of live music. Winner of an Ovation Award at this year’s Grahamstown Festival. Friday, Saturday

Born in the RSA, Baxter. Fresh from Grahamstown, this revival celebrates the legendary theatre personality Barney Simon. The docu-drama, which was devised by Barney and the cast, is directed by Thoko Ntshinga, who performed the role of Thenjiwe in the original production back in 1985.  Friday, Saturday


Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay. Over 100 stalls providing a social, shopping and eating experience, all with an SA flavour. And of course, a great live music lineup. Friday night, Saturday, Sunday

Tokai Forest Market, Chrysalis Estate, Tokai. Visit Cape Town’s favourite outdoor market where you will find delicious food, arts and crafts, kiddies’ activities and a wonderful place to relax for a few hours. Saturday, Sunday

Friday night


Gert Vlok Nel and Schalk Joubert, Alma Café, Rosebank. Some call Gert Vlok Nel the Bob Dylan of South Africa, others the bard of Beaufort West. His songs are of a haunting, bewitching, almost hypnotic quality, in an unusual, innovative Afrikaans.

Gert Vlok Nel on the beach


Christmas in July . . . for the kids, Ashford Hall, Heathfield. An old school party with a twist! Starts at 7.30


Chilled Market, The Range, Tokai. Lots of good food and drinks, as well as entertainment for kids. Until 9.30 pm.



Divas One Night Only, Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone. Kat Gilardi and the Divas Team of local drag performers celebrate five years of the popular Divas One Night Only cabaret. Funds will go to Miss Gay Western Cape and soup kitchen work.

Haydn’s Creation, Bishop’s, Rondebosch. Performed by the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town.

Jerseybob and Monica Jersey, Alma Café, Rosebank. Jerseybob has been strumming and picking his way around the world for the last 14 years. 40 countries later and 14 albums to his name, Jerseybob has been joined on percussion and Cajon by his wife, Monika, who also plays balofon. They currently live in New Zealand. They’ll be joined on the evening by guitarist Guy Collins and drummer Barry van Zyl.


Earth Fair Market, Tokai. One of the best selection of fresh produce shopping traders in the Cape. It’s a well-established, indoor, conveniently situated market with lots of parking.

Jolly Carp Organic Market, Retreat. Don’t miss the yummy lamb curry, butter chicken and breyani at this market – not to mention special curry paste with all the ingredients to make two pots of curry. With lots of kiddies’ activities.

Kids at the Jolly Carp market

Rondebosch Village Market, Rondebosch Library. It’s a small market but the quality is outstanding: get there early before all the beautiful organic produce, bakes, jams and cheese are sold out!


The Romantic Clarinet, SA College of Muxic, Rondebosch. With David Little (clarinet) and Antoinette Blyth (soprano), presented by Victor Tichart.

Christine Weir and the Kilts, Alma Café, Rondebosch. If you love that Celtic sound and feel like some guid Scottish humour, then button up your fly, grip onto your trooser belt and get yourself down to the Alma Café for this show which features songs from Christine Weir’s album Invision and also showcases some of the most beautiful Scottish and Irish standards such as Mull of Kintyre and Danny Boy. Christine is an excellent singer and is joined by her sons and her brother, Graham Weir, proud resident of Wynberg.
Christine, Graham and two sons


Lions Craft Market, Hout Bay. Check out African curios, pottery, wire crafts, ostrich eggs, wooden sculptures, second-hand book stores and even pony rides. Food stalls include a Malay kitchen.

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SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE:  Cape Town Magazine; What’s On in Cape TownWhat’s On; Cape Markets


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