Free things to do this long weekend

Everyone loves a long weekend. It’s an extra day for R&R, but what happens when a long weekend happens before payday? Luckily Cape Town has plenty of things to do that won’t make a dent in your bank account.

Here are some free things to do in Cape Town this long weekend.

Pop-Up Comedy at Wynberg Park

Pop-Up Comedy is a new standup format, where you can combine your Sunday picnic with some laughs. The show starts at 15:00 (by the main pond) and is free and welcome to everyone. If you feel like supporting the artists, cash and card donations will be made available. Sunday’s lineup of comedians are Khanyiso Kenqa, Kate Pinchuck, Jaryd Pillay, Nelson De Gouveia, and Yaaseen Barnes. The show will be hosted by Ambrose Uren.

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Visit select Iziko Museums for free

On Sunday, 21 March 2021, entry will be free to selected Iziko Museums including the Iziko South African Museum, the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Iziko Maritime Centre.

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Beach day

The temperature may not be as high as in summer, but it’s never a bad time to head to any of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches. Go for a walk on the shore, take a dip in the ocean, or simply go and enjoy beautiful sunsets. Head to Seaforth Beach, situated next to Boulders and you might even spot a penguin or two for free!

READ: A guide to beaches in Cape Town

A self-guided walk at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront has a rich history that can be traced back as far as 1654. A great way to discover the stories of this iconic site’s past and its 22 landmarks is to do a self-guided historic walk. Simply grab a map at the Information Centre and off you go.

Take a hike

Capetonians love a good hike and most hiking trails are free. Try one of these five spectacular Table Mountain hikes. Hiking Lion’s Head is a popular Cape Town activity so definitely add it to your weekend plans.

READ: Hiking safety guide

Live music at Bay Harbour Market

Hout Bay’s popular Bay Harbour Market is not just about shopping: it’s a vibe! There are many arts, crafts, fashion, decor, and wellness traders, whose stalls you can browse. The markets happen on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Entry is totally free, and every market day features a live local band. See the full line-up on their website.

Go for a scenic drive

Cape Town has some of the most amazing roads, which wind around the mountains and offer stunning sea views. Stop on your drive to take in the breathtaking views. Here are a few drives you can take to really soak up the splendour of Cape Town.


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