18 weekend events in the Southern Suburbs


All weekend


Fruit, The Baxter, Rondebosch. “This play is awesome in all respects … technically proficient, well conceptualised, beautifully written and directed”, said The Sowetan. Dealing delicately and sensitively with the loss of innocence, Fruit is the simple award-winning tale of a young girl Matlakala, who uses an indigenous game called masikitla to tell her story about what life is like for her growing up in the township of Diepkloof. Friday, Saturday

Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Baxter, Rondebosch. Following its resounding success in the United States earlier this year, this South African classic starring Mncedisi Shabangu and Atandwa Kani has returned to the Baxter. It’s 40 years since John Kani and Winston Ntshona won the Best Actor Tony Award for their performances in the play, which they co-created with Athol Fugard. And now John Kani returns as director, with his son in the role which he made famous. Friday, Saturday

Scene from Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Cry Havoc, Rosebank Theatre. Written by Tom Coash, this is an unnerving East-West love story about a naive British writer and a Egyptian university student who covertly live as lovers. Surrounded by poverty, religious fundamentalism and political repression, these educated, morally centred, yet disenfranchised men pursue divergent paths towards escape and extremism. Friday, Saturday

A Murder is Announced, Rustenberg High School for Girls, Rondebosch. In celebration of Agatha Christie’s special anniversary year, the school is performing this dramatic production of Agatha Cristie’s 50th whodunit written in 1950. Friday, Saturday


Spa treatment, Groot Constantia. Treat yourself to a luxury 30 minutes session for just R100 in the wine farm’s Top Cellar, courtesy of Mangwanani Spa and in honour of Women’s Month. Saturday, Sunday

Woman receiving spa treatment


We have to talk – 2-day workshop on conflict and communication in relationships, Bergvliet. Saturday, Sunday


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


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



Johnson’s Baby Seminar, Vinyeard Hotel, Newlands. There’s a baby massage workshop, a birth and newborn seminar and an older-baby seminar.

cartoon of a baby


Egoli, Baxter, Rondebosch (matinee). Written and directed by Bongani Titana, this musical theatre production is performed by an ensemble cast of nine young actors. Madlamini is a strict, God-loving woman from a rural village who travels to Egoli, the city of gold, in search of her husband. He left their home for the big city in order to find a job and make some money for his family. However, his plans were derailed when he got sucked into the fast and dangerous life of the big city.


3 Pianos, Baxter, Rondebosch. Three of Cape Town’s favourites – piano lecturers from UCT and popular soloists and accompanists in their own right – Albie van Schalkwyk, Francois du Toit and Franklin Larey join forces for a piano extravaganza of works especially arranged by Albie van Schalkwyk for three pianos.

photograph of Albie van Schalkwyk

Albie van Schalkwyk

Albert Frost, Alma Café. Rondebosch. For the past 20 years, the energetic performances of this accomplished guitarist have dazzled audiences as he deftly alternates between rhythm and lead, while showcasing acoustic and electric guitars. His first love is blues, stemming from the influence of his long relationship with the Blues Broers with whom he has performed since 1994.


Earth Fair Food 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.

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!



Under Milk Wood, Rosebank Theatre. David Muller heads a cast of six for this reading of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ renowned work, Under Milk Wood.

Pic of The team behind Under Milk Wood

The team behind Under Milk Wood


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

Alphen Antiques and Collectables Fair, Constantia. Join dealers, investors, collectors, fashionistas, decor people and just ordinary folk who buy from the market every month.

Check out Cape Town Magazine’s top 7 weekend events.

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


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