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January 03, 2014

Your #lovecapetown Weekend: Things to do from Friday 03 to Sunday 05 Jan, 2014

Your last minute weekend plans, at your service. Happy New Year, Cape Town! I'm still feeling the festive season vibe and want to hold on to everything that made 2013 incredible. Some of these things happen to be things to do in Cape Town that I haven't had a chance to do yet because of...well, the festive season. Now's your chance to get to the Snow Play Park and Cape to Rio for the last time this weekend before it ends. And of course, check out the Cape Minstrels Carnival for it's memorable one day appearance.

Photo courtesy of Mark Chipps

Cape Minstrels Carnival

This year, Tweede Nuwe jaar has been moved to Saturday 4 January respectfully. Traditionally held on January 2, The Cape Minstrels Carnival will be celebrated a few days later to accommodate a significant day on the Muslim calendar. Visitors from all around the world flock to our shores each year to witness the colourful street parade pass through Wale Street from District Six. As much as 13 000 minstrels dressed in bright colours with matching umbrellas and a full marching band take to the streets as the biggest walking musical performance in the city. The carnival is unique to the Mother City; if you’re visiting, it is a definite must-see at least once in your lifetime.

The parade starts at 10am and ends at 8pm in the CBD. Pack your water bottles, wear sunblock and find a spot along Wale Street to witness this epic performance.. for FREE.

Snow Play Park at Canal Walk

We might not have had a white Christmas, but we still have the snow.. well, sort of. Parents, take your kids to the winter wonderland before it closes up shop on January 5, 2014 at 10pm. Canal Walk Shopping Centre has set up an incredible snow park with slides and rides for hours of fun and enjoyment for the kids. This time around, there’s even a sugar-rush addition with life-sized candy canes and lollipops that add to the wonderland theme. Tickets cost R70, with a R30 special for snow play for tots under two, and R50 tickets for mini riders between two and five years. Those who simply want to wander through this jolly folly and experience the magic of the season pay just R20. (That will be me.)

Cape to Rio

The iconic Cape to Rio yacht race begins from the beaches of the Mother City to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro this year. The race dates back to 43 years ago with the initial aim of encouraging South African sailors to attempt ocean passages across the Atlantic. Now, the race has become so popular that it’s on every sailing enthusiast’s radar, and the event even includes demos by the Western Province Life Saving and NSRI and Shark Spotters. This action-packed event comes to an end this Saturday, 4 January 2014 at the V & A Waterfront North Warf, when the race is set to commence. Make your way to see the yachts depart to Rio. It's going to be spectacular and the weather is ideal for lunch on the harbour afterward. For more information please visit www.cape2rio2014.com

What to know what’s on in Cape Town? Visit our Events page for daily listings.

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