What to do in October

Planning your social calendar? Here are a few cool things happening in and around Cape Town in October.

Keep an eye on this post for more updates throughout the month.

5 Oct: First Fizz Day at Simonsig, Stellenbosch

On the first Thursday of every month you can head to Simonsig for a sunset-celebration of Cap Classique with live music and an array of delectable foods. Entrance is free, and R20 gets you a wine glass. You can also take your own picnic chairs and blankets! The First Fizz Day event takes place on 5 October, with the final one of this season on 5 April.

6 – 7 Oct: Cap Classique & Gin Affair, Cape Town

The Wades Bales Cap Classique and Gin Affair is taking place at Grand Africa Café & Beach, Granger Bay on 6 and 7 October. You’ll get to try premium MCC from over 50 top South African producers including Graham Beck, Steenberg, Simonsig, Villiera, Krone, Constantia Uitsig and Silverthorn to name a few. Or try gin from a range of local brands. Tickets are available via Quicket at R290 per person, including a Champagne glass, unlimited access to all MCC and gin products featured on the day, as well as 6 fresh oysters to round off the occasion. Additional Sushi and Pizza will be for sale on the day from The Grand.

7 Oct: Alto Steak & Shiraz Saturday, Stellenbosch

Visit Alto for some Steak and Shiraz on the first Saturday of each month, kicking off on 7 October. Guests can look forward to a relaxing afternoon filled with live music, delicious food and great wine. For only R95 you’ll receive a hearty 100g steak (or 300g for R150) served with potato wedges, garlic bread, salad and a glass of the Alto Shiraz 2015. For bookings contact 021 881 3884 or info@alto.co.za

7 – 8 Oct: Usana Farm Feast, Stellenbosch

Enjoy a day of farm fun at the Usana Farm, situated on Klein Welmoed along Baden Powell drive outside Stellenbosch. Relax and unwind on the sprawling lawn whilst sipping on a glass of chilled wine and enjoy farm to table food by Slippery Spoon Kitchen. Tickets cost R390 per person, and kids between 7 and 13 pay R80. Tickets include a farm table lunch, wine tasting, live music, kids’ entertainment and a R50 wine voucher. Book via webtickets.co.za.

11 Oct: Tuning the Vine

Sip you favourite wines along the #InnerCityWineRoute on Wednesday 11 October, 8 November and 13 December. From 5.30pm until 8.30pm, you can pop in at HQ, 91 Loop, Arcade, Burger & Lobster, Craft Burger Bar, The Odyssey, The Station on Bree, Cabron Taco Bar and Mink & Trout, The Sneaky Sausage, The Crazy Horse and Roast & Co. Tickets cost R230 and are available via Quicket. Collect your tickets and glass on the night at 91 Loop, The Station on Bree and The Crazy Horse. These three venues will also sell limited tickets for R250.

14 Oct: Neethlingshof Pinotage Day Fun Run, Stellenbosch

Celebrate International Pinotage Day with a fun run. There will be free Pinotage tastings from the different wine farms on route and a bottle of Pinotage to take home. They’re also offering prizes for best dressed, and afterwards you can enjoy food, wine and live music on the farm. Entries cost R200, which includes tastings and wine. Registration opens 7am and the run starts at 9am. For online entries visit Online entries: entryninja.com

14 Oct: Groot Plaasproe, Stellenbosch

Pull on those gumboots and join the Groot Plaasproe at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. They’re promising Boeresport, a Big Braai Competition, and an array of artisan products like wine, cheese, sosaties, roosterkoek, steak, yogurt and ice cream available for tasting and sale at stalls. You can also try boergoat meat and craft beer next to the braai, jaffles, skaapstertjies, wildspotjie, afvalpotjie, gin, biltong and droëwors, freshly baked farm bread, milktart, skaapkop, pap with smoor, milkshake and much more. The Groot Plaasproe forms part of the fourth Livestock, an annual showcase of the South African livestock and dairy industry. For more info contact Agri-Expo on 021 975 4440 oradmin@agriexpo.co.za.

14 Oct: International Pinotage Day at Lanzerac

Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch bottled the world’s first pinotage, the Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage, and they are planning a range of festivities to celebrate this lekker local wine. Enjoy vertical tastings, picnics, live music and bargain wine prices. Get more details HERE.

14 Oct: Rosé All Day at Roast & Co, Cape Town

Join a European-style piazza rosé party in the Roast & Co Courtyard. They’ll be pouring Warwick The First Lady Rosé Magnums all day and DJ Leyton Lee will be spinning some tunes. Pop in between 10:00 and 17:00. R145 gets you endless Rosé, all day. Otherwise entry is free. To book, contact info@roastandco.co.za or 021 424 6372

20 – 22 Oct: Wine on The River, Robertson

During the weekend of 20 – 22 October 2017, the banks of the Breede River on Goudmyn Farm will come alive with the valley’s winemakers, local chefs and producers. You’ll get to taste award-winning wines from almost 30 wineries, while you unwind with fresh country air and beautiful scenery. Head over HERE for details.

26 Oct – 27 Nov: Art Franschhoek

Art Franschhoek will once again ‘open its doors’ to the public from 26 October to 27 November. Visitors to the valley will be treated to an abundance of art as Franschhoek’s many galleries and resident artists showcasing their finest works. To celebrate the start of this festival of art appreciation some of the participating galleries will be hosting special events during the weekend of 27 to 29 October, which includes a series of curated artist walk-abouts. For a detailed programme of the opening weekend events and the various exhibitions visit franschhoek.org.za.

28 Oct: Anthonij Rupert Protea Party, Franschhoek

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for Anthonij Rupert Estate’s annual winelands celebration, the Protea Party,on Saturday, 28 October. Kick off the evening with Protea-inspired cocktails followed by a harvest-style menu showcasing local winelands produce. Tickets cost R550 per person, which includes a three-course meal, wines and live entertainment. Pre-booking is essential. Book through webtickets.co.za.

28 – 29 Oct: Season of Sauvignon, Durbanville

Season of Sauvignon is taking place on 28 & 29 October this year and will once again showcase the best from the area. Book your seat at one of the participating wineries or hop between farms to make the most of all that’s on offer. Get more details HERE.

31 Oct – 5 Nov: Kamers/Makers Stellenbosch 2017

Kamers is a great space to discover and shop fresh local talent crafting everything from fashion and accessories to homewear, stationary and more. This year they’re promising 30 new makers, spread out over the venue on Anura Vineyards. Head over HERE for details.

31 Oct – April: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is back from 31 October. This season they have a great lineup, including Grease (Kirstenbosch), The Notebook (Bloemendal Wine Estate), Mamma Mia (Castle of Good Hope) and Titanic (V&A Waterfront). You can view the full program HERE. Head over HERE to buy tickets.


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