Cape Town Events Guide – 8 Dec to 15 Nov

Cape Town Tango Marathon

The inaugural International Cape Town Tango Marathon (CTTM) – also the first ever large-scale Argentine Tango dance and music event in Southern Africa – takes place this year.

The marathon includes three days of continuous Argentine Tango dancing at venues around the Mother City. Music is provided by an international cast of DJs, as well as the SAMA nominated Cape Town Tango Ensemble.

8 to 10 December


German Club, 6 Roodehek Terrace, Gardens, Cape Town

064 172 0120

Masters of Magic: Marcel Oudejans

While Monday Night Magic has firmly established itself over five seasons as being the show for grownups, popular demand has prompted Cape Town Magic Club to create a new family show for the young and the young at heart. Each one-hour show is suitable for almost all ages – it is suggested that audience members be seven years old or above.

10 December, 2PM to 3PM

R80 – R120

The Forum Conference & Banquet Centre, 1 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

083 229 9550

TEDxCapeTown Salon | Oceans

TEDxCapeTown hosts a 3-day series of speakers to promote the discussion around Ocean Conversation and the actions that can be taken to ensure the future of the ocean and that marine life is protected.Speakers include Wendy Foden, Richard Hardiman, Dane Duplessis, Tim Conibear, Hayley McLellan, Mike Markovina, Serge Raemaekers, Dr. Kerry Sink and Cass Collie.

6 to 8 December, 6PM

R80 – R140

Volvo Ocean Race Village, VOR Dome, Jetty 2, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Moët & Chandon Champagne Christmas Tree

Moët & Chandon invite the public to the unveiling of their Champagne Christmas Tree at the V&A Waterfront. The tree lighting ceremony is hosted by local celebrity, Maps Maponyane, and boasts an interactive 10-meter tall Champagne Tree, made entirely of over 1 500 recycled Moët and Chandon champagne bottles. In the festive spirit, attendees are able to send messages to their loved ones on the night.

7 December to 3 January 2018, 7.30PM (unveiling)

Silo District, South Arm Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Champagne & Gin Summer Concert

Atlantic Beach Country Club hosts a Champagne and Gin Summer Concert, featuring live music and some of the top wine/champagne estates and gin breweries in Cape Town. Guests are kept entertained throughout the day with a full lineup of local acts on stage, while they sample the drinks on offer and are served fresh oysters, tapas and sushi. A dedicated kiddies are with a child minder to watch the little ones is available at the event as well.

9 December, 12PM to 9PM

R125 – R195

Atlantic Beach Country Club, Birkenhead Dr, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Melkbosstrand, Cape Town

021 553 2223

Wavescape: surf & ocean film festival

An ocean-themed arts festival showcasing works by local scientists, filmmakers, artists, photographers and activists. This year ‘s festival focuses on the feminine voices creating art and accelerating change in South Africa’s surf and sea culture.

20 November to 10 December

Time, venue and cost varies according to event

083 509 5106

Festival of White Lights

Spier hosts their annual Festival of White Lights, where sculptures and light installations illuminating a diverse collection of artistic performances choreographed by Jay Pather. Guests are able to enjoy a picnic from the Spier Farm Kitchen by booking one in advance, or they are able to purchase farm-style food from PJ Vadas’ Hoghouse BBQ and Bakery on the Werf. Afterwards, they are able to warm themselves up with a complimentary glass of wine from Spier’s acclaimed range of blends, Creative Block.

8 December, 7PM

R65 – R165

Spier Wine Farm, R310, Stellenbosch

021 809 1100

AFB Langebaanweg Air Show

The South African Air Force Silver Falcons (SAAFSF) celebrate 50 years of entertaining crowds all over the country at their home base at AFB Langebaanweg with an all-out Air Show in their honour. The event features a full complement of Air Force Aircraft and numerous Civilian Display Teams.

9 December, 9AM to 6PM


Air Force Base Langebaan, Langebaanweg, Langebaan

022 706 2911

Transformers Exhibition

GrandWest hosts the Transformers Exhibition, an immersive and interactive exhibition that features 14 animatronic Transformers, 9 sculptures scaled between two and nine metres and another 20 statues varying in size. They are made from reused car parts, metal and other repurposed materials. The exhibition also features a children’s area where young fans can have their photos taken.

10 November to 21 January 2018, 10AM to 7PM

R89 – R99

Sun Exhibits, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood

073 206 2859

First Thursdays Cape Town

First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions are open to the public on the first Thursday of every month. The night is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about exploring the city on foot.

5PM to 9PM