Our pick of seven of the best events and things to do in Cape Town this weekend from Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13.
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. With summer in full swing – and with most of the Vaalies back in Mzansi’s mid-section – this Friday-to-Sunday’s calendar highlights are alluring as ever. One of the Cape’s most-anticipated social events of the year gets off to a gallop, a handful of on-stage (albeit slightly eccentric) performances usher in their opening weekend and two epic electronica parties look to settle in for the long haul. Not to mention, for those feeling more skint than a Nguni cow hide, there’s a Sunday bicycle race that even the most wallet wary can afford to enter.
1. Nightlife Pick of the Week: DJ Fresh & Roger Goode at St Yves
Two of SA’s best house DJs look to get swanky Camps Bay hotspot St Yves grooving this Saturday night as part of the next installation of the Vodacom Unlimited Experience party series. After a successful NYE jol at Emperor’s Palace in Joburg – it featured the sizzling-hot Mi Casa – the shindig’s organisers continue in their mission to showcase smoking Mzansi talent in some of the nation’s steamiest venues. Needless to say, with these two famed 5FM resident deck overlords at the helm, party-goers should dress their best – no effort, no entrance – and look forward to an evening of scintillating beats amongst the city’s sexiest ‘talent’. Tickets for the evening cost R100p/p at the door; to book a table, contact email@example.com.
One of two of the city’s high-fashion, high-stakes horse races, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, gets off to a gallop this Saturday at the Southern Suburbs-based Kenilworth Race Course. Touted as one of the most-anticipated social events of the year, the afternoon soiree is both an opportunity to bid on the cream of the thoroughbred racing circuit crop and to rub shoulders with the upper echelon of the Cape’s elite. While race-goers can’t qualify to win the R1 million purse, those dressed in blue and white (it’s a strict dress code) can vie to land best-dressed honours. DJ Fresh mans the decks after the equestrian leg of things have cantered to a close. Tickets for picnic sites are no longer on sale, but Style Lounge tickets can be purchased for R250p/p and Stud Club tickets can be purchased for R900p/p (both are available from Computicket.com).
A spellbinding dose of family-friendly entertainment, this two-person Harry Potter parody makes its way to Camps Bay’s intimate beachfront theatre after successfully enchanting audiences in both London and New York. Condensing J.K. Rowling’s seven-book saga into a 70-minute whirlwind, the performance touches on everything from dragon battles to Voldemort appearances to real-life (and very interactive) quidditch matches. A must-see for anyone experiencing Potter withdrawal, the act is also a hilarious introduction to the heroics of Harry and his cronies for anyone who’s not had the pleasure of reading the tales. This weekend is opening weekend, and multiple performances are on the cards (Friday and Saturday). Tickets cost between R100 and R250p/p and can be booked via Computicket.com.
This Friday and Saturday night musical legend David Kramer and his carefully-curated (and little-known) collection of Southern African guitar strummers take to the stage of the Baxter Theatre to give audiences a supersonic illustration of the connection between ancient and modern string instruments. The performances feature acts from as far as Botswana and as near as the Karoo, as well as thrust a wide variety of playing styles into the limelight (think upside-down guitar playing and teaspoon slide-style playing). Tickets for the somewhat eccentric concerts cost R160p/p and can be purchased via Computicket.com or via the Baxter’s box office.
Two of Cape Town’s most legendary outdoor electronica party organisers have joined forces to whisk revellers away to a space between two worlds this Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating its fifth year on the summer trance season calendar, the two-day Metamorph jol crash lands in an enchanted forest just outside Riviersonderend, and features three mind-blowing international acts, a handful of local psy-legends and an idyllic swimming dam (essential for offering respite from summer stomptastic weather). Pre-sold tickets for the trance party cost R220p/p and are available from outlets in and around Cape Town, and otherwise, tickets are available at the door for R250p/p.
Pack a picnic and spend a midsummer’s night at Maynardville Park in Wynberg for opening weekend of the bard’s most mysterious drama. Cardenio, the soap opera-like tale of two friends vying for the affection of one beautiful woman, is Shakespeare’s lost play and has, for centuries, remained a point of controversy among historians. Nonetheless, as the first of the season’s performances, the two-act piece promises to keep audiences entertained with a story rife with elements of love, lust, betrayal and deception (all trademarks of the famous playwright). Couples can book tickets for Friday’s preview performance for between R110 and R160; though, inpiduals must pay full price (R110 to R160p/p). Tickets for Saturday’s performance range in cost from R110 to R160p/p (no couple’s discount available). All tickets can be bought from Computicket.com, the Artscape Dial-a-Seat line (+27 (0)21 421 7695) or at the Maynardville Box Office, an hour prior to the performance.
Fish out the flannel and wipe down those wheels: this Sunday afternoon anyone with a penchant for pedalling – or just a little adrenaline-based pleasure – can take to Green Point’s streets for this monthly bike race. Participants pick their own bike type and compete with others in that category for the winning title. Routes vary but range between 7 and 15km in distance. Entries open at 2:45pm at R5 per person, and the challenge starts at 3pm – spandex is firmly discouraged.
Not to mention, for those looking for an indoor activity, don’t forget that the Body Worlds: Cycle of Life exhibition is showcasing at the V&A Waterfront until the end of January.
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