20 cool weekend events

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Our selection of weekend events in the Southern Suburbs.

All weekend


The Six Deadly Sins, Rosebank Theatre. This show is presented by the group Matzer Theatre Productions who hail from ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. Inspired by ’s-Hertogenbosch’s most famous artist, Hieronymus Bosch, in whose work the deadly sins are an important theme, the show consists of a series of short plays. Matzer Theatre Productions is a storytelling company and also the in-house theatre group of the Verkadefabriek in ’s-Hertogenbosch, one of the Netherlands’ most influential theatre complexes. Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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 (last weekend)

Actress with doll

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

Cry Havoc, Rosebank Theatre. Written by Tom Coash, this is an unnerving East-West love story about a naive British writer and an 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


Annual charity book sale, Cavendish Square, Claremont. Participating charities include the Woodside Special Care Centre, Beauty without Cruelty, DARG, Cape Kidney Association and Tears. Friday, 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


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 (last opportunity!)

Friday night

dinner event

Murder Mystery Dinner, Simon’s, Groot Constantia. Dinner party with a unique script and dress-up theme – arctic boho in tonight’s case. Booking essential.

image of people hiding murder weapons behind their back


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



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. (last show)


Koos Kombuis, Alma Café, Rosebank. One of the few Afrikaans poets/singers who is completely crossover. His performances at Alma have already passed into the books as some of the most intimate and incredible shows.

Koos Kombuis


Kiddies’ cooking class, Bergvliet Methodist Church. On the menu this week: red-velvet cupcakes!


Pamper Day, Bishopscourt Village. Massages and mini-manicures in aide of Masizakhe Community Pre-School, at a private home. Book a half hour massage for R200 (R150 towards annual gifts for the children) or a mini-manicure for R150 (R100 towards annual gifts for the children).


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.  Including a craft workshop for kids at 2 pm.

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!



St Luke’s Hospice Superhero Trail Run, UCT, Newlands. A trail run with a difference, for a very good cause! You have to run as your favourite superhero. There’s a 17 km and a 7 km route, both starting at UCT’s Middle Campus.

Superheroes running


Josie Field, Alma Café, Rosebank. Experience the intimate nature and soulful performance of one of South Africa’s most versatile and experienced singer-songwriters performing some of her best works, alongside her long-time producer and skilful guitarist Kevin Leicher. Supported by Hatchetman.


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.

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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