Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

The audience at a Kirstenbosch Summer Concert. Photo courtesy bittlelit

A treat for the eyes and ears, Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts attract hundreds of Capetonians every Sunday from late November to early April.

The world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – located at the foot of Table Mountain – is famous for its diverse collection of indigenous flora.

The stunning 528ha (1 300-acre) garden, established in 1913, features 60ha (148 acres) of cultivated plant life, huge old trees, ponds, streams, lawns and paved pathways.

During the summer months, Capetonians flock to Kirstenbosch to recline on the verdant lawns while enjoying live music. Armed with a picnic basket and a bottle of wine, lovers of music – and nature – are guaranteed a spectacular evening.

The Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts feature different musical styles each week. Popular genres include swing, rock, classical and jazz, with special carol concerts in the days leading up to Christmas.

Many musical greats have taken to the Kirstenbosch stage – favourites include Johnny Clegg, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Freshlyground.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts are always popular, so getting there early is advised. The concert starts at 17h30, though gates open at 15h30. Many arrive early to enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, set in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, are a one-of-a-kind musical experience and one of the highlights of Cape Town’s summer season.

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