Tops at Spar Wine Show
GrandWest hosts the annual Tops at Spar Wine Show, which takes place, for the first time, in Cape Town. This outdoor lifestyle event targets both locals and holiday-makers at the busiest time of year, allowing them the opportunity to sample the wines from top local producers, such as Benguela Cove, without the hassle of driving a long way to get to the farms. Each ticket includes a tasting glass, all tastings and access to the Wine Theatre.
14 to 16 December, Thur 5pm to Sat 9PM
R120 – R565
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town
021 824 3132
Gugulethu Reconciliation Race
The 17th Reconciliation Race passes key structures such as the remembrance stones for The Gugulethu 7 and Amy Biehl. Choose the 4.2km or 10km race and hand sweets to local kids along the route. Food and drinks are available at the finish line as well as spot prizes and a jumping castle.
16 December, 7AM/7.20AM
R30 – R91
NY49 Stadium Gugulethu
073 318 2563/082 476 4656
Dinos Alive Augmented Reality
A new exhibition that combines the wonder and mystery of dinosaurs with cutting-edge technology so that visitors can experience what it must have been like to walk among dinosaurs. This exhibition appears almost empty to those outside the exhibition looking in – but once you’ve stepped inside and know what to look for, another world is revealed. Guests interact with Dinos, gather information using Augmented Reality, walk among Dinos in Virtual Reality, take virtual selfies and more.
6 December to 14 January 2018, 10AM to 7PM
Cape Gate Shopping Centre, Okavango Rd & De Bron Rd, Kraaifontein, Cape Town
063 434 9045
Heavy Chef: SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups
Heavy Chef reveal South Africa’s top 5 most exciting startups, as nominated by industry peers, at their year-end celebration. Heavy Chef canvassed 20 investors, influencers and media personalities and the results were unanimous. Winners are announced in the days leading up to the event. The evening’s lineup includes entrepreneur and investor, Zach Coelius (USA), Mike Sharman (SA), Caley van der Kolk (SA) and DJ January One (Germany).
14 December, 6PM to 11.55PM
Workshop 17, The Watershed, 17 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
021 461 1470/082 871 5769
Light Space Life – Architectural Exhibition
SAOTA present their first exhibition, Light Space Life, an architectural exhibition highlighting the company’s past, present and future work around the globe. With works in 86 countries, the gallery has been transformed to reflect SAOTA’s distinctive style and dedicated approach to design. The space is divided into regions – Southern Africa, West-, East- and Central Africa, Europe, Middle East, Australia and America – taking the viewer through the studio’s history and 30-year journey.
7 December to 2 March 2018, First Thursdays 5pm to 8pm | Weekdays 12pm to 2pm
The Architect Pop-up Gallery, Cape Institute for Architecture, 71 Hout St, CBD, Cape Town
021 468 4400
Darling Summer Beer Festival
Darling Brew presents the annual Darling Summer Beer Festival, where guests spend the day tasting the latest offerings by local breweries. This year sees guests receiving fresh Darling Brew being tapped straight from the tank to their glass. Not only does the event feature 6 guest breweries, but stand-up comedy, live music and a Vynil DJ are available as well.
16 December, 10AM to 8PM
R80 – R120
Darling Brewery, 48 Caledon St, Darling
021 286 1099/079 182 9001
Asara’s Sansibar Gin Lounge presents the PureGin Festival, a day of artisanal gin, live music and vineyard views. Each ticket includes a picnic basket of your choice, tokens for two gin drinks and a branded glass. Local distilleries offer additional gin cocktails for purchase and prizes to the value of R35000 are also on offer. The festivities continue at Asara’s Sansibar Gin Lounge after the event.
16 December, 11AM – 4PM
Asara Wine Estate & Hotel, Polkadraai Rd, Stellenbosch
021 888 8000
JP21 Super Eights – Charity Cricket Day
The JP21 Super Eights charity cricket day is filled with top quality cricket, entertainment, mingling with celebrities and sports stars, all while raising money for JP 21 Project. Confirmed team captains are JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Faf Du Plessis and Morne Morkel, who are joined by other cricket legends, sports stars and players. Cash bars, food trucks, live entertainment (including the Black Ties and more), a kid zone and other activities are available at the event.
17 December, 1PM to 6.30PM
R75 – R1 850
Val de Vie Estate, R301 Jan Van Riebeeck Dr, Paarl
082 442 6545
Masters of Magic: Colin Underwood
The Cape Town Magic Club presents its new Sunday family show, Masters of Magic, featuring magician Colin Underwood. 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.
17 December, 2PM to 3PM
R80 – R120
The Forum Conference & Banquet Centre, 1 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
083 229 9550
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
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