Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town this weekend from Friday, 19 April to Sunday, 21 April 2013.
Pick any weekend of the year in Cape Town and you’re bound to find a host of events planned throughout our hip and happening city. While only a select few will be able to see The Kooks live in concert on Saturday, the rest of you need not worry about the weekend being a complete letdown. For starters, there’s brilliant comedy courtesy of one of the UK’s favourite funnymen and yet another food and wine festival ideal for indulgence and merrymaking. Alternatively, you could opt to get rowdy on a party train destined for Simon’s Town, stay poised at a high-class polo affair in Paarl or do a bit of time travelling back to the rockabilly 50s. Otherwise, if all you really want to do is scream and shout, why not channel this energy into cheering on the South African ice hockey team, who are set to play in the Division III World Championship games. Either way, Kooks or no Kooks, this is sure to be the type of weekend that won’t be easy to forget.
Nightlife Pick of the Week:
The Make Believe Train Party to Glencairn Hotel
Toot! Toot! Five hundred lucky jammers get to spend their Saturday aboard an epic party train as it chugs them to Simon’s Town’s historic Glencairn Hotel and back for a legendary mobile bash. The carriages of the train have been transformed into dance floors complete with LED lights and an incredible sound system; not to mention, the on-board bar will be fully stocked with local beers and ciders for one loco locomotive fiesta. Party-goers will be delivered to the stunning Cape Peninsula hotel, where the good times will continue with some of Mzansi’s finest DJs spinning the tunes, before they are taken back to the Cape Town Station at the end of the night. A fleet of taxis will be waiting here to take over-partied people home, or, for the really hard-core, there’ll be an official Make Believe Train Party after party going down at Chukkachurri in Green Point until the early hours of the morning. Tickets are available via Quicket.co.za at R158.90p/p (this price includes a booking fee), and are limited to 500 people.
2. The Constantia Food and Wine Festival
Constantia is going some way towards establishing itself as one of the world’s premier food and wine destinations by hosting its second annual culinary to-do at the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate Cricket Oval from Friday to Sunday. Alongside fare from local restaurants, the gourmet carnival will feature 40 of the area’s finest wines from nearby farms, like Buitenverwachting and Steenberg Vineyards, and will also include a special treat from the Cape Point Vineyards: wine on tap! The festival is a real family-friendly affair and offers great entertainment for the little ones (aged two and up), plus plenty of delicious nibbles to satiate any appetite. Live music will keep attendees bopping as they browse through stalls set up by some of Constantia’s popular shop owners. Tickets are available online via Pnptickets.co.za or at the gate on the day, and cost R150p/p for adults and R30p/p for children under the age of 18. The adult ticket price includes a crystal tasting glass and 10 wine tasting vouchers; food is for festival-goers’ own account.
3. The Kooks Concert
Lucky recipients of that golden e-ticket get to have the time of their lives with British indie-rock outfit The Kooks on Saturday, thanks to the folks at Wrigley’s 5 Gum, who previously brought Two Door Cinema Club and A-Trak to local shores. As in the past, tickets were not for sale and fans had to apply (beg and bargain) for a set of doubles via the 5 Gum SA Facebook page to secure a chance to see another world-class show for FREE. The Kooks are most well known for their two hit singles ‘Naïve’ and ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’, which featured on the quadruple platinum album “Inside In/Inside Out”, and the group has gone on to release two more successful records since then. The band will be in town for one night only (the venue is yet to be announced), leaving some fans with a dream come true and others extremely jealous.
4. Michael McIntyre Comedy Show
Start your weekend in stitches with hilarious banter from the United Kingdom’s biggest selling comedian, Michael McIntyre, who’ll be performing on Friday evening at the GrandWest Grand Arena. The award-winning funnyman is world renowned for the unique observational, funny-because-it’s-true style of humour that he delivers in a fabulously flamboyant manner, and has released two of the fastest selling UK stand-up DVDs of all time, “Life and Laughing” and “Hello Wembley”. Though he has had a go at television, Michael McIntyre is at his best when he’s cracking jokes in front of a live audience, who regularly almost end up in tears laughing at his ridiculous anecdotes. Tickets for Friday’s show (it starts at 8pm) are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets, and cost between R257p/p and R668p/p.
5. Rockabilly Lifestyle Show
Shimmy and shake to the sounds of old-school rock ‘n’ roll at the Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells Cape Town show, taking place at the Old German Club on Saturday. The unique jam is a precursor to an inaugural rockabilly festival happening later this year that celebrates the music that pin-up gals and tattooed guys from the 50s used to bop to, as well as the fun fashion items they used to wear. The festivities officially kick off at 2pm with a two-hour car run featuring hot rods and muscle machines, before things get going at the main venue, which lies just off Hope Street, at 4pm. Keen bowlers can partake in a nine-pin bowling competition and stand a chance to win some super prizes. After that, it’s all about food and festivities. Visitors can tuck into tasty Mexican fare from the El Burro food truck, indulge in carnival favourites, like popcorn, candy floss and hot dogs, or sip on warm drinks from the Deluxe Coffee stall. Rockabilly-inspired clothing and wares will also be on sale, and fair-goers can look forward to catching a little extreme action from the Cape Town Rollergirls and the Cape Town Community Bike Polo team. Finally, music from rocking acts, like Them Tornados and The Pits, will have the guys and gals twisting and hopping the evening away. Tickets are available via Webtickets.co.za as well as at the door on the day and cost R50p/p.
6. Val de Vie 4 Nations Invitational Polo Classic
If you fancy a spot of polo and like hobnobbing with the who’s who of Mzansi, then head to Paarl on Saturday for the culmination of the Val de Vie 4 Nations Invitational Polo Classic, an elite equestrian event taking place on the esteemed Val de Vie Estate. Celebrations on the final day of the four-a-side horseback tournament feature a traditional fashion show, a luxury car showcase, local entertainment and delicious gourmet fare. Following the polo final and a light lunch or three-course meal, there will be an elegant after event in the glamorous on-site French ballroom. Tickets for Saturday’s affair are available in three distinct categories and can be bought via Valdevie.co.za. ‘General Access’ tickets cost R100p/p for adults and R50p/p for children younger than 12 years of age; food stalls and cash bars will be available for patrons’ own accounts. ‘Polo Lounge’ tickets cost R350p/p and include a light lunch and complimentary beverage. ‘Luxury Tables’ tickets cost R15 000 for a table of 10 people and include a three-course meal and complimentary drinks.
7. Ice Hockey World Championship
Catch the final two days of the 2013 Division III Ice Hockey World Championship this Friday and Sunday (there are no games on Saturday) at Cape Town’s GrandWest Ice Station. South Africa’s national squad faces teams from Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, North Korea and the United Arab Emirates in a round-robin tournament that will see the winner moving up in the world rankings and promoted to Division II. Each team plays each opponent once – Friday’s game sees SA battle it out against Greece and in Sunday’s game, we’re up against North Korea. Tickets for the various matches are available from Computicket.com and Computicket outlets, and cost R30p/p for adults and R20p/p for children between the ages of 3 and 15. There are three games a day, at 1pm, 4:15pm and 8pm (on both Friday and Sunday, SA plays at 8pm), and all 1pm games are free of charge.