It’s spring time, and the Mother City is ready to rise from her wintery slumber and get your feet tapping, mouth watering, and heart pumping. Winter is over: the clouds are clearing; the days are getting longer, and the sun is soaking the land in its warmth.
For a full listing of September events in Cape Town, take a look at our events calendar.
Here’s a taste of what Cape Town has to offer in September.
Wine and dine whilst around you a nouveau-cirque narrative unfolds, featuring a crossbow contortionist, knife throwers, disco roller skaters, hoop artists, and many more. The show is performed in a 450-seater tent, and hosted by a local comedienne. Dinner is tapas-style, and afterwards, a DJ takes the stage and guests can party with the cast late into the night.
When: 1 September 2017 – 15 October 2017
Where: P3 parking in Green Point, in front of the Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Street Food Festival
The Street Food Fest is one of the highlights of any foodie’s calendar. The annual market is a veritable feast of local fare, from gourmet braai-food (barbecue) to vinegar-soaked slaptjips (thick-cut fries). Expect night markets, food enterpreneur talks, live music, and some of the most delicious grub the city has to offer.
When: 2 – 3 September
Where: Side Street Studios, 48 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Open Book Festival
The annual literary festival takes place at the Fugard Theatre, with hubs at the District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge. Top writers from around the world attend, and the event showcases the very best of South Africa’s literary talents. With everything from talks and book sales to poetry slams and dinners, the festival is a smorgasbord of bookish delights.
When: 6 – 10 September
Where: The Fugard Theatre
This is your chance to wander from farm to farm in Franschhoek, tasting the finest wines the region has to offer. A flat rate of R150 gives you access to tastings on the 18 participating farms for the weekend. There are new releases ready to be uncorked for the first time, and also plenty of the Franschhoek favourites that have delighted wine connoisseurs for years. The farms have also got entertainment and activities on offer—there are games like giant Jenga, live jazz bands, food and wine pairings, cellar tours, and plenty of kid’s activities. It’s a popular event, so don’t forget to book in advance.
When: 16 – 17 September
Where: Various wine farms in Franschhoek
Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a scenic run that takes in some of the Mother City’s most famous landmarks, and most beautiful views. It’s open to a diverse range of runners, from absolute beginners to the elite: there are options ranging from 4.2km to the full 42.2km. The route goes through the historic city centre, passing Long Street, the South African National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament, and the Castle of Good Hope. It then meanders through the leafy Southern Suburbs and heads out to Paarden Eiland, before heading back along the Liesbeek River towards the stadium where cheering crowds await.
When: 17 -18 September
Where: Starts at the V&A Waterfront, ends at the Greenpoint Athletics Stadium
Cape Town Fringe Festival
It’s only the Fringe’s fourth year running, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the city’s most exciting annual events. Stages across the city come to life with productions of theatre, music, art, dance, and everything in between. It’s your chance to see some of the best up-and-coming local work, in an intimate but lively setting.
When: 21 September – 8 October
Where: Various venues around the city
Zeitz MOCAA Official Opening
This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the 2017 events calendar. Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa will open its doors at the end of September, ushering in a new era for Africa’s art scene. The museum collects, researches, and exhibits twenty-first-century art from Africa and its Diaspora. It also hosts international exhibits and prides itself on being accessible to all visitors. Best of all, the opening few days offer free entrance!
When: 22 September 2017
Where: V&A Waterfront, Silo District, S Arm Road, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Rapport Cape Holiday Show
Get inspired at the Cape’s only summer holiday show, with plenty to fuel your wanderlust. There are hundreds of tourism companies, tour operators, and destination experts to help you plan your dream trip—or your next mini-break—and there will be food and entertainment. If you’re ready to indulge your travel passion, head to Stellenbosch for this exciting showcase.
When: 29 September – 1 October
Where: Sandringham Road, 7600 Stellenbosch
Hermanus Whale Festival 2017
September is also in the middle of whale season, and over the last weekend of the month Hermanus bursts into life with live music, parades, and many other events and activities. There’s plenty to do—watch bands, explore the craft stalls, kids’ activities, and even a vintage car show—but the star performers are the whales. They arrive every year from colder waters to calve, and it’s an opportunity to see these incredible creatures up close.
When: 29 September – 1 October
Where: Market Square, Hermanus, Western Cape