Temperatures may be cooling down in Cape Town but that doesn’t mean the festival season is. From sunset music events to budget-friendly food and wine festivals that are fit for royalty, the Mother City has got it all going on in April.
If you’re heading over here soon and are looking for things to do, check out our top picks of unmissable events happening next month…
1. CONCERTS IN THE PARK: APRIL 2019 EDITION
Sorry to #humblebrag, but the sun is still shining in the Southern Hemisphere – it’s the ideal weather to get outside, grab a couple of ciders and listen to great live music at Concerts in the Park. With a line-up of popular local South African artists including Freshlyground, Mr Cat & the Jackal and Mark Haze set for 7th April, these concerts – taking place at De Waal Park – are a bargain at just R20 a ticket. Bring some new friends from the hostel, a few drinks and a picnic to make a day of it. Sounds like a pretty great set-up to us.
When: 7th & 28th April 2019
2. SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL
Can we get a show of hands from the cheese lovers out there? Join 30,000 of your fellow dairy fans and head to the 18th annual Cheese Festival in Stellenbosch for three days of eating, drinking and relishing in what many would call (aka we call) heaven. With a variety of live music acts on throughout the day, you can look forward to trying out both local and international cheeses from a wide range of vendors. From your well known cheddars to luxurious handmade boutique cheeses, expect some seriously tasty treats during your time browsing the stalls. It’s hugely popular and they won’t be selling tickets on the gate so be sure to get them in advance to avoid disappointment.
When: 26 – 28 April 2019
Cost: R180 for general access
3. AFRIKABURN 2019
It needs little introduction but if you’re part of the small percentage of people heading to Cape Town this April not for Afrikaburn, you may just want to change that. The week long event sees festival goers create art, burning structures, mutant vehicles and more in the desert area of Tankwa Town. Each year has a theme and 2019’s is Ephemeropolis so let your creative streak run wild and get set for an unforgettable week of outrageous costumes, uplifting music, huge communal bonfires where you can meet people from all over the world and much, much more. If you’re heading to Afrikaburn, remember to take absolutely everything you need with you – and we mean everything – because it’s a long drive from the nearest shop or petrol station.
When: 29 April – 5 May 2019
Cost: R1 895 (general)
4. CORONA SUNSETS FESTIVAL
With a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountains, dance from midday to midnight at the Corona Sunsets Festival. There’s an exciting line-up of some of the world’s best DJs including Elderbrook, Low Steppa, Ten Snake and Charles Webster as well as some of the most talented local musicians, you can rest assured this event is going to go off. Taking place on the beachfront at The Bungalow and Oval Field, you can also expect to find a variety of artisan food stalls, cocktail bars and craft markets. Good vibes and good music, what more could you ask for…
When: 6th April 2019
5. EAST CITY LIVE AT HARRINGTONS COCKTAIL LOUNGE
If you enjoy live music but aren’t a big festival fan, head to East City Live at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge in Cape Town’s city centre. Described as a ‘weekly treat’, it has quickly become one of the most popular events on the city’s music scene showcasing a variety of talented South African musicians. Whatever your favourite music genre – whether it be jazz, blues or folk to name a few – you’ll find live music acts across a myriad of styles and genres taking to the stage in this intimate setting. Known for its chic cocktail menu (we’re Pear-tini fans ourselves…) and delicious tapas dishes which are half price on event nights, it’s the ideal spot to choose to get dressed up and #treatyourself. Plus, don’t forget happy hour is 5 til 7pm.
When: Every Thursday in April
6. FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
Foodie Friday, anyone? If you’re looking for the place to start your weekend – aside from our happy hour of course – check out Food Truck Fridays on 26th April. Run by one of South Africa’s leading craft-beer producers, Jack Black’s Brewing Co, this monthly event is the ideal set-up for foodies and beer lovers alike. With delicious food on offer from Black Beer’d with their classic fish and fries as well as Truck Norris with some seriously good burgers, it’s safe to say your stomach will be satisfied – especially when it’s all washed down with smooth pale ale. Expect live music and entertainment from Jambo Africa and DJ Marmite Fox and a buzzing atmosphere you won’t want to leave in a hurry.
When: 26 April 2019
7. CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP RUN
Fancy a scenic jog around the city? The day before the Two Oceans Marathon – which has been dubbed the world’s most beautiful running event – is the Half Marathon which allows entrants to join in the fun International Friendship Run. Enjoy a 5.6km run past some of Cape Town’s most famous landmarks that are right on our doorstep here at AP including Green Point urban park, Cape Town stadium, Sea Point promenade and Mouille Point lighthouse. Set your alarm and get your trainers laced up…
When: 19 April 2019
Cost: Free when you enter the Ultra or Half Marathon
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