Summer is on its way, and Cape Town is kicking it into gear with music and wine festivals, open-air cinema, boating shows and much more. So dust off your summery sandals and grab your shades. Here’s our pick of the best events in Cape Town this October.
For a full listing of October events in Cape Town, take a look at our events calendar.
Open Streets Main Road
Open Streets has regular events, but none as expansive as this one. Main Road will be closed to traffic all the way from Observatory to the Cape Town CBD—a total of 5km. The road will become an open space for pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, wheelchair users, and other non-motorised transport users. The event is free, and it’s a chance for people to reclaim streets as public space. There are food stalls, and the vibe is festive.
When: 1 October
Where: Main Road between Observatory and Cape Town CBD
Rocking the Daisies
Daisies, as it’s called by the regulars, is South Africa’s biggest outdoor festival. It happens on the Cloof Wine Estate just near Darling, where the spring wildflowers cover the fields—hence the name. It’s one of Cape Town’s coolest events. You’ll find gourmet food trucks serving all kinds of tasty treats to sunglasses-clad festival-goers from all over the world. With a lively, jostling campsite, a swimming dam, and multiple stages featuring the best local and international acts—including music, comedy, art, and film—it makes for an unforgettable experience.
When: 5-7 October
Where: Cloof Wine Estate
Outsurance 94.5KFM Gun Run
Cape Town’s most popular run is taking place this October, with 21km, 10km, and 5km routes. The half marathon takes athletes through the Waterfront and then along the Atlantic Seaboard. There are incredible views along the way, and at the end of the race, there is entertainment and a festive atmosphere. Family, friends, and supporters can join the festivities here and soak up the vibe, cheering on runners.
When: 8 October
Where: Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town International Boat Show
The annual Cape Town International Boat Show is warmly referred to as ‘the granddaddy of boat shows on the African continent’ and has been attracting thousands of boat-mad visitors since it was first established. The show is in its 16th year running and is the only exhibition endorsed by the Marine Industry Association of South Africa. Visitors can expect to see the showcasing of exotic boats, boating products, and an assortment of paraphernalia. There will be events, demonstrations and competitions with fabulous prizes.
When: 20- 22 October
Where: V&A Waterfront
Robertson Wine on the River
Wine of River has to be one of the prettiest festivals in the region, set on the banks of the Breede River. The valley’s esteemed winemakers, local chefs, and producers come together to allow you to sip on award-winning wines from almost 30 wineries, and snack on some of the Cape’s finest foods. There is also live music, a dedicated kids-area, boat cruises, and horse rides. Plus, there’s wine pilates. If that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing will.
When: 20 – 22 October
Where: Goudmyn River Chalets, Robertson
Season of Sauvignon
This two-day festival is one of Cape Town’s sure-fire signs that summer is here. There are fun-filled activities for the kids, a fine food and craft market, and wine tastings. Altydgedacht, D’Aria, Diemersdal, De Grendel, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meerendal, Nitida, Groot Phizantekraal and Signal Gun will each be celebrating the start of white wine season in their own individual style. There’s live music and sunny lawns to enjoy, as you sip on the star of the show—Sauvignon Blanc.
When: 28-29 October
Where: Durbanville Hills
Cape Town International Kite Festival
This is Africa’s biggest kite festival, featuring amazing professional kiting displays, including giant inflatables, stunt kites, and kite fighting. There are also kite-making workshops, and you can bring along your own kites to join in the fun. If you don’t have a kite, you can buy one—or even make your own—at the festival. There are also stalls with plenty to eat and drink. The event is hosted by Cape Mental Health, and all proceeds go towards helping those in resource-poor communities.
When: 28-29 October
Where: The Row St, Muizenberg
Galileo Open Air Theatre
Summer is here, and the Galileo Open Air Theatre is back. They’re kicking off with a special Halloween screening of Dawn of the Dead. Every Tuesday to Friday, and selected Saturdays and Sundays, they screen films in various open-air venues around town, with stalls selling food, popcorn, and drinks. You can rent a mattress, blanket and pillow, or set up your own picnic spot. This is some of the most unique and fun movie-watching you’ll ever do, and it makes for an enchanting date-night.
When: 31 October – April 2018
Where: Various venues in and around Cape Town