There is something so magical about a public street event, a shared collection of activities that recall such fond memories, from making my own colourful candle sticks, to biting into those crispy chip twists and just being part of the buzz.
I love the idea that we are all out in the streets for the same reason – to immerse ourselves in something so interactive and engaging, and to just have a darn good time. Thanks to the upcoming street events below that will grace the streets of Cape Town this spring, we not only have the chance to rub shoulders with the melting pot of our Mother City’s local characters, we can have a blast doing it!
Open Streets Cape Town
Ever heard of the Open Street events? Right on our doorstep since 2013, this initiative to change how people experience streets was originally brought to life in Bogotá’s Ciclovía. With footprints all over the world, the aim of Open Streets is to section-off certain public streets as car-free zones – and conjure a space where people from all walks of life can roam freely and safely, mingling and interacting with one another.
The idea is that the event is organised and shared by the local community, where a buzz of engaging activities is imagined for anyone and everyone to partake in, free of charge. I think it’s time we embrace the unique diversity of Cape Town, where all are invited to come along for a walk, cycle, rollerblade or skate and make the most of the mouth-watering street food, art, interactive workshops, yoga classes, live entertainment and more on offer.
Coming soon on Sunday, 28 October 2018 is Open Streets Woodstock. Open to the public from 9h00 to 14h00, Sir Lowry and Victoria road (between Russell Street and Roodebloem) will be alive with all the colours of Cape Town.
Also, keep in mind these are the dates of Open Street Events that will soon awaken in Cape Town:
- Bellville – 25 November 2018
- City Centre – 27 January 2019
- Langa – 24 February 2018
- Mitchells Plain – 31 March 2018
For more, visit openstreets.org.za
Spring beckons First Thursdays to take centre stage in Cape Town. A platform to showcase the local artistic talent and support local businesses, First Thursdays invites the public to experience the rich culture of the Mother City. No need to map out your trip down Cape Town’s trendy streets, you can simply stumble into whichever art gallery tickles your fancy. With the wine flowing and venues open until 21h00, they are the perfect late night adventure. You can also take a bite from Cape Town’s best foodie haunts while you’re at it.
Roco Live, hosted in collaboration with Devils Peak, offers free music, as part of the First Thursday experience on 1 November 2018. Taking place at 29 Buitekant Street Corner and Barrack Street in Cape Town, you can look forward to Nikola Volk and Tzara for that experimental electronic buzz. Don’t miss out on the vibe – great promotions, tastings, and free-pizza giveaways are on offer as well.
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Tuning the Vine #InnerCityWineRoute
Tuning the Vine gears up for the approaching summer and takes place in the second week of every month, starting from October 2018. For R200 per person, you can ride along with Tuning the Vine and hop off at some of Cape Town’s finest establishments, where you can enjoy the fruits of their baskets. With an ever-full glass of wine in hand (or an exciting new selection of craft gin and beer), why not line the stomach with the enticing array of food options to go with the good beats and company. You can even learn the tricks of the trade from some of South Africa’s aspiring winemakers while you’re at it. Now, this is music to my ears!
Let’s take a peek at the stop-offs along the route:
- 91 Loop Boutique Hotel
- Burger & Lobster
- Roast & Co.
- Craft Burger Bar
- Mink & Trout
- Cabron Taco Bar
- The Crazy Horse
- The Odyssey
- The Station on Bree
For more, visit tuningthevine.co.za
The Street Food Festival
A new haven in Cape Town, the Street Food Festival is about creating a space where we can awaken our sense to the flavours to Capetonian-style street food, as well as good old food truck specialties. Although the two weekend fiesta of gourmet grub has recently been and gone, the Street Food Festival is running an exciting initiative, “where are your snacks”, where they create a snack map, identifying the best places to grab a delicious, yet convenient treat, while you are on the go in Cape Town. A change to get to know local vendors and share their food concept, this is something I can bite into!
For more, visit streetfoodfestival.co.za
Stellenbosch Street Soiree
Hosted by the Stellenbosch Wine Route, a string of social street parties await Stellenbosch this summer, taking a stand on a #WineWednesday every month from 28 November to 7 March 2019. For R100 per person, you can paint the town red, keep your glass full of local wine (you gotta make the most of those 12 wine tasting tokens) and fill your belly, either at local vendors or nearby restaurants. With all safety and traffic arrangements taken care of, central Stellenbosch will host a booming communal party from 18h00 to 20h00. The streets become a space where you can hang out with your buddies, mingle low key with locals and visitors alike, and let your voices echo with the beats of viby tunes floating over the beautiful streets of Stellenbosch.
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Have you visited any of the above-mentioned street events? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below.