Cape Town Events Guide – 15 Dec to 31 Dec

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

PureGin Festival

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

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