Saturday sees us welcoming in Spring and if you get a chance, do take a drive up the West Coast to enjoy the spring flowers – they are looking amazing! There’s a lot happening this month and as usual I’ve highlighted some favourites. Get out your diary and make some notes so you don’t miss out.
FOODIE EVENTS & MARKETS
Noble Vice – 9 September
A one-day, all-inclusive boutique wine and food experience that takes a dynamic new approach. Following last year’s inaugural event, this year’s offering promises to be a bounteous harvest, as six iconic chefs and thirty hand-picked winemakers come together to create an unrivaled tasting experience.
The Street Food Festival 2018 – 1 to 9 September
On a stick or in a bun, the annual Street Food Festival is back for the fifth time to celebrate street food in its varied forms. African flavours have become a worldwide trend and this serves as the inspiration for this year’s event. The festival will include 10 days of festivities which will kick off with a launch party at House of Machines in Cape Town on the 31 August. Smaller pop-up events like food walks, and food movie screenings will lead up to the two big market weekends in Cape Town dishing out all the good things visitors have come to expect: local food talent serving your crispy, saucy, fried or fresh pavement-favourites and live DJs spinning the soundtrack to the day.
Hiatus – 15 September
An ode to being present. Come and celebrate the present with live jazz, treats and a high tea with Lady Bonin.
Franschhoek Uncorked Festival – 15 to 16 September
Travel from one estate to the next sampling the wines on offer, which include new release wines as well as a few other not-to-be missed gems. The two-day festival offers Franschhoek’s winemakers the platform to showcase their selection of new release wines, which range from MCC’s, white wines and rosés to red varietals. It’s the perfect excuse to stock up on the upcoming festive season! Festival highlights include themed tastings, bespoke meals, live music, old school lawn games and more.
Veld and Sea Springtime Retreat – 21 to 24 September
A festive weekend for adventure goddesses filled with flowers, wild flavours, foraging, wild beauty rituals, picnics, yoga, ocean time, fire cooking, botanical cocktails, creating, and beautifully balanced with lots of time for play and rest, reading and relaxation.
ART, FESTIVALS & LIFESTYLE
Pecha Kucha – 4 September
Get ready for another great evening of fantastic speakers (with a sprinkling of music) to inspire you.
Boy. Boat. Bat – 30 August to 13 October
Renowned South African artist Michael Taylor’s solo exhibition opens at 6pm on 30 August at WHATIFTHEWORLD, now located at 16 Buiten Street.
By The Way – 17 August to 15 September
Kirsten Sims’ solo exhibition at Salon Ninety One in Cape Town
Cape Town Homemakers Expo – 30 August to 2 September
The annual Expo is currently on at the CTICC. Whether your interest is in what’s trending in home improvement, enhancing your outdoor living space, refreshing your interiors or creating a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, the Expo brings the best industry experts together under one roof.
Live Art Festival in Cape Town – 1 to 16 September 2018
The festival will showcase a gathering of some of the most influential artists from across the continent and around the world. This powerful range of public, collaborative and often transgressive performative artworks will disrupt public spaces across the Mother City, free of charge to all. The programme delivers a rare selection of cutting-edge visual art and challenging performances of dance, music and literature that will tour across Mother City public venues from the University of Cape Town, to Iziko National Galleries, Zeitz MOCAA, and various spaces in the city centre, such as the Cape Town Station, the Company’s Garden, the Planetarium, the Castle of Good Hope and more.
Open Book Festival – 5 to 9 September
Open Book Festival is an annual literary festival. The hubs will once again be the Fugard Theatre, The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and much-loved indie bookshop, The Book Lounge. Come and get inspired, challenged and entertained!
Recollectionary – 19 September to 20 October
Paul Senyol solo exhibition at Salon Ninety One.
Shakespeare in Love – from 14 August
The award-winning South African premiere production of the enchanting romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love returns to the Fugard Theatre due to overwhelming demand. Eric Abraham presents this production which was a runaway success last year, playing to sold out houses and critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.
Maker’s Menu Workshops – launching 1 September
Maker’s Menu will be launching their creative café and workshop space this weekend with an array of craft-focussed workshops. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming workshops and a chance to express your creativity.
Designer Clearance Sale – 1 & 2 September
This warehouse sale featuring five well-known design brands – Skiiny laMinx, Design Afrika, Cowgirlblues, Wren Design and Beloved Beadwork. Expect seconds, sample runs and discounted collections marked down as much as 80%
Lourensford Reopening Twilight Market – 7 September
From the 7th of September, the Lourensford Market will be open every Friday evening from 5 – 9pm and every Sunday from 10am – 3pm come rain or shine!
CY Market – 18 to 24 September
Bring your friends, family, kids and husbands as there will be something for everyone this year. Tents filled with beautiful handmade items as well great food and drinks. Young ones can enjoy the spacious meadow filled with entertainment over the weekend.
The Winter Market on the Lawns – 23 September | 10am – 3pm,
The Winter Market takes place on The Lawns at The Roundhouse Restaurant.
Drinks, great food, live music & awesome South African products in a beautiful setting.
The Secret Garden Market – 29 September | 10am – 4pm
Visitors will be treated to 65 of the very best local and artisanal traders, offering gourmet food and drink as well as fashion, homeware and more.
NATURE & OUTDOORS
Cape Nature Access Week – 17 to 24 September
With Monday, 24 September being Heritage Day and September being Heritage month, what more opportune time to reconnect with our natural heritage by exploring the Western Cape and experiencing the sights and sounds of nature? Free day access will apply at the entrance gate to any CapeNature reserve whether you’re heading to the Garden Route, the Overberg, the Winelands , the Karoo or the West Coast.
Spring Run – 1 September
Celebrate the start of spring with challenging run at Hillcrest Estate in Durbanville area. As always, there will be a fantastic vibe and loads of lucky draw giveaways, food and fun.
Ingwe “Tiere” Trail Run – 9 September
Enjoy a 10km and 5km route through the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate vineyards.