19 great things to do this weekend

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After a short absence (apologies, school holidays!) we’re back with a selection of weekend things to do in the Southern Suburbs. Enjoy!

All weekend


Orchids of the World, Kirstenbosch. The mini-Chelsea Flower Show highlights the incredible biodiversity of the orchid kingdom – some 25 000 species and 150 000 hybrids, making it one of the largest groups of flowering plants in the world. Saturday, Sunday

orchids in pots

Zhejiang Cultural Festival, Kirstenbosch. The 2015 Zhejiang Cultural Festival brings an exciting cultural exchange, exposing guests to what China is all about. Saturday, Sunday


Baxter Theatre Dance Festival, Baxter, Rondebosch. Following the resounding success of the 10th anniversary last year, this year’s line-up showcases a record number of 78 works by choreographers with some 400 dancers representing dance studios, schools, companies, groups, independent dance-makers and choreographers from all over the Western Cape. The Main Programme is still on tonight at 8 pm, while the fringe programme is on tomorrow (Saturday). The festival ends on Saturday.


A Man and a Dog, Rosebank Theatre, Rosebank. Featuring the Fleur du Cap nominated Nhlanhla Mhkwanazi and newly directed by the 2014 winner of the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors, Penelope Youngleson, A Man and a Dog features a script rewritten by Youngleson, while still maintaining the essence of the much-beloved production that toured the country back in 2006. It told the poignant coming-of-age story of a young Zulu boy’s search for the parents he never knew, and how he found himself on the long journey back to his home. Almost ten years later, Mhkwanazi is looking back as a father to his own children. Friday, Saturday

Reza de Wet’s Missing, Baxter, Rondebosch. Baxter 2015 artist-in-residence Mdu Kweyama breathes new life into acclaimed South African writer Reza De Wet’s Mis. Adapted from the original and translated into English, he takes the play out of its better-known Afrikaans idiom and places into a universal realm as he brings more physicality to her poetic writing. The magical-realist play about a young daughter’s escape from her dysfunctional rural family brings women who are trapped and scared into the spotlight. How far will their fear take them? Friday, Saturday

Faniswa Yisa and Clyde Berning in Missing.

Faniswa Yisa and Clyde Berning in Missing.


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 evening


Cape Cobras vs. Titans, Sahara Park Newlands. It’s already on but you can still go and support our boys in blue! Only R20-R60


James & James and Jennifer Eaves, Alma Café, Rosebank. James and James are the two young members of the legendary Blacksmith ensemble, while Jennifer Eaves is fast becoming the darling of the Cape Town singer songwriter scene.


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



Morning Garden Walk, Kirstenbosch. The Botanical Society’s volunteer Garden guides, who are brimming with amazing knowledge and insights into the Garden, lead free guided walks. 10 am.


Bill Knight & Chris and Richard & Jonathan Tait, Alma Café, Rosebank. Enjoy the sounds of Cape Town’s top folk musos, including Mr Alma Café himself.

African Groove, Baxter. An exploration of contemporary African music with emphasis on neo-traditional and fusion styles of urban Africa – a new, original blend of Maskande, Marabente and African Jazz performed by members of the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra in collaboration with veteran performers of the African city nightlife scene.


The Five Magic Pebbles and Other Stories by Matthew Hindley, David Krut Projects, Montebello, Newlands. The series of watercolour paintings by one of SA’s most recognised contemporary painters opens on Saturday morning and runs till 28 November. The official South African launch of the book by Don Mattera with the same title, published by Rhodeworks, will take place during the opening reception.

A Matthew Hindley painting of a tribesman against a mountain background


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!

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 delicious goodies, including French toast with marula syrup for breakfast and the  Young Authors’ Club  at 11 am to give your ‘me’ time and your child some creative coloring in pages and magical journey reading!



Constantia Valley Grape Run, Constantia. The half marathon is run over a breathtaking course through the historic wine estates of the Constantia Valley. The 14 km route follows most of the standard Grape Run route, but only includes the lower sections of the vineyards, thus cutting out the hillier parts of the race.


Boo!, Alma Café, Rosebank. The Sama-awarded group with its unique sound and cult following in SA and internationally has been around since 1997 and features famous singer and songwriter Chris Chameleon.

Check out Cape Town Magazine’s top 7 weekend events for the Western Cape, including wine in Robertson and a craft beer festival in Stellenbosch.

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






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