What’s on in November in Cape Town

The festive season is almost upon us, and Cape Town is hotting up. From beer festivals to fairs and live music, this guide has you covered for the best of November’s events.

For a full listing of November events in Cape Town, take a look at our events calendar.

Bierfest Cape Town

This year’s instalment of the Mother City’s annual beer extravaganza takes place in a new venue—Grandwest. You’ll find massive beer steins being clinked together, and tables laden with wursts, cheeses, and pretzels while an oompah band sets the mood. Don’t be afraid to break out the lederhosen and dirndls to celebrate in true Bavarian style.

When: 3-4 November
Where: Grandwest
Website: bierfest.co.za

Alien Ant Farm Live in Cape Town

Tickets for this are selling fast, so book now if you want to catch this US-based rock band, who made a name for themselves in the late nineties. They’re supported by local acts Made For Broadway and Half Price, and it’s a big bash to celebrate the opening of the new and improved Mercury Live.

When: 4 November
Where: Mercury Live
Website: facebook.com

The Constantia Gift Fair 2017

The festive season is almost upon us, but that’s not the only reason to do your shopping at the Constantia Gift Fair. You can pick up gorgeous gifts, stunning home and garden décor items, fashion, and art. There is also a deli section where you’ll find exotic items that make the perfect gifts for foodies. The craft beers & award-winning wines from the Constantia Wine Route will keep the vibe festive, while the kiddies play area ensures the little ones will have a ball. Under-18s get in free, and proceeds go to the South African Riding for the Disabled Association,

When: 8-12 November
Where: SARDA, SA Riding for the Disabled Association, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Website: thegiftfair.co.za

The First Annual Beach Party

Maiden’s Cove is the spectacular venue for the first instalment of the Beach Party, which we expect we’ll see climbing to the top of the events calendar in no time. Sip cocktails with your feet in the soft white sand to dance the night away to South Africa’s best house music, including Sun El, Naak Musiq, DJ Bongs, and the legendary Fistaz Mixwell. First time Taxify users can expect a free ride from the venue while existing users get 75% off their rides.

When: 11 November
Where: Maiden’s Cove
Website: facebook.com

We Love Summer Feat. Pillowtalk

This up-and-coming music festival is making waves in the Cape Town summer scene. This year is there biggest yet, with two stages featuring incredible live acts. The festival is headlined by US-based indie/electro band Pillowtalk. The event has all the makings of a music festival—beautiful people, music, booze, and food—but it must be the one around where you can also get involved in wakeboarding and skiing. You can also expect art installations,  a salsa dancefloor, a gin mixology bar, and an open-air cinema.

When: 11-12 November
Where: Blue Rock Resort
Website: welovesummer.co.za

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

The famed Kirstenbosch Summer Concert series kicks off this month, with performances by Cat Stevens (Sold Out) and local acts Ismaël Lo and Zakes Bantwini. These summertime concerts take place on the sloping lawns of the Kirstenbosch Gardens, with dramatic mountain backdrops. People take picnic baskets, blankets, and drinks, and settle in for a lazy afternoon watching the sunset while enjoying the fantastic bands. Check out their website for the full line-up and to book tickets.

When: 11 November 2017 – March 2018
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Website: facebook.com

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 Kenilworth Thrift Fest at The Racecourse

Cape Town’s official second-hand market is coming up, and this year it features some amazing live music too. Entrance is R50 for adults and R10 for kids under 12, and the event is kid- and dog-friendly. Bands include Native Young, Mobbing Bali, and Jackal and the Wind. Make sure you bring cash as no cards will be accepted, and browse the many stalls of awesome second-hand goods and clothing. Bring a sorted garbage bag of recycling for a 50% discount on entrance!

When: 19 November
Where: The Kenilworth Racecourse
Website: facebook.com

Streetopia 2017

This is Observatory’s annual community festival, complete with art installations, mutant vehicles form AfrikaBurn, live music and performances, and loads more. This is the kind of event where you’ll be the odd one out if you don’t dress up, so get out the glad rags and get colourful on the streets of Obs! Entrance is free, too.

When: 25 November
Where: Lower Main Road, Observatory (and surrounds)
Website: streetopia.co.za

Future Frequency Festival

Future Frequency Festival is an avant-garde electronic music festival. They aim to push boundaries, bringing hi-tech music to low-tech settings. The unique venue is a yard filled with shipping containers. This is about as trendy as it gets. It’s all about the future of music, set in an industrial, edgy venue.

When: 25 November
Where: The Container Yard
Website: futurefrequency.co.za

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Toy Run

The Toy Run is South Africa’s largest motorcycle ride, and it’s all for charity. Anyone with a bike can participate, provided they bring at least one toy to donate to needy children in South Africa. Tens of thousands of bikes rally together every November, laden with toys, and they ride through the city to the collection point at Maynardville. The toys are then distributed to charities in need. Even if you don’t have a bike, you can donate toys to the cause, or buy a ticket to attend the main event arena and enjoy the bar, live music, and festive atmosphere. Check their website for details.

When: 26 November
Where: Main event arena is at Killarney International Raceway, Potsdam Road, Table View
Website: toyrun.co.za