As the weather turns colder in the Northern parts of the world, many of us dream of a warmer climate. Opt for an escape to the South and check out these top events happening in Cape Town this fall...well, summer in South African terms! Whether you love sports, art, wine or consider yourself a foodie then Cape Town has plenty on its events calendar to add that something special to your sunny vacation.
1. Cape Town Marathon
If you’re feeling sporty, sign up for the Cape Town Marathon happening in September. You can choose between the full length 42.2 km race or shorter distances, such as the 10 km Peace Run, 4.2 km Peace Fun Run or an 11 km or 22 km Peace Trail race. The route starts at the world famed tourist destination the V&A Waterfront and takes you into Cape Town, then along the edge of the wonderful Table Mountain National Park. If running is not for you, do not worry. The Marathon is also a social event, where both contestants and spectators gather in the city to watch and attend the marathon and the festivities surrounding it. The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town owns the striking ocean views which sets the stage for a memorable stay in Cape Town during the sporting event.
Psst! Check our blog about getting sporty in Cape Town for more sports.
2. Muizenberg Kite Festival
The Cape Town International Kite Festival takes place at the end of October at the Zandvlei Nature Reserve in Muizenberg. Expect to see brilliantly coloured kites of all shapes and sizes at the 24th edition of Africa’s biggest kite festival. Rise Up is this year’s theme, highlighting that everyone is born with the potential to rise up beyond the circumstances they are dealt. With expert kiters from seven countries taking part, visitors are assured of a first-class visual extravaganza: giant kite displays, kite-fighting competitions, and more. No kite? No problem. There are plenty available for purchase, or you can simply make your own at any one of the free kite-making workshops that take place on both days, and welcome adults and children.
3. Durbanville Wine Valley’s Season of Sauvignon
The town and area of Durbanville is home to several wine farms and vineyards, hence the name Durbanville Wine Valley. At the end of October, the farms welcome the white wine season by inviting all visitors of the area to a celebration of Sauvignon. Each individual farm hosts different, fun events. Visitors will be able to taste delicious, award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from each of the 12 farms in the area. To put some glamour in the mix, visitors can opt for the Durbanville Sauvignon Wine Ferry, a windy experience where a helicopter will take you to three different stops, allowing for some stunning vistas on the way.
4. The Spier Secret Festival
Spier Wine Farm is hosting the exciting Secret Festival, a festival focusing on ethical production, trends and sustainable practices in the industry. This gastronomic celebration kicks off with a bakery run with one of South Africa’s top chefs. There will also be a farmer’s market where you will be able to tickle your taste buds and can savor real, quality foods. Do not miss the boutique wine cellar where you can get some of the most exclusive wines from the Spier brand.
After an eventful day strolling around Cape Town, or maybe even running a marathon, return to the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town in the Sea Port suburb. Unwind at the bar with a creative cocktail and ready yourself for your next new experience.