May Highlights in Cape Town


It’s time to dust off the fleece and pull on some boots as Cape Town steps into the cold season. But don’t let the weather dampen your entertainment, check out our list of 10 upcoming events in and around Cape Town to heat up your Winter.

I Capuleti e I Montecchi

Cape Town Opera presents I Capuleti e I Montecchi, which draws on the earliest versions of the Romeo and Juliet story. The star-crossed lovers are soprano and mezzo-soprano, featuring sensuous duets by Italian composer, Vincenzo Bellini.

When: 15 to 18 May
Where: Artscape Opera House
Tickets: Book Now

Table Mountain Cableway Kidz Season

Capetonians get the chance to explore the mountain, with two children riding for free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket. As part of the Kidz Season experience, all children receive a treasure hunt map and something sweet. Offer available to South Africans only.

When: Until 30 September
Where: Table Mountain Cableway
Tickets: Book Now

Two Oceans Aquarium After Dark Music Series

Over four nights from May to August 2019, the Aquarium hosts 8 bands, performing stripped-down acoustics sets. The viewing area in front of the I&J Ocean Exhibit is transformed into a cozy, living room-style setting where guests are able to enjoy two bands each evening.

When: 29 May to 28 August
Where: Two Oceans Aquarium
Tickets: Book Now

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Edward Albee’s acclaimed play about a married, middle-aged architect who falls in love with a goat. The show won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

When: Until 18 May
Where: Baxter Theatre
Tickets: Book Now

Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival 

Anthonij Rupert Wines presents the annual festival of Shiraz & Charcuterie which features the Western Cape’s top 20 wines paired with a selection of meats, cheeses and other culinary delights.

When: 25 May
Where: Anthonij Rupert Wine Farm
Tickets: Book Now

Norval Concerts: Moreira Chonguiça

Mozambican jazz-saxophonist and composer Moreira Chonguiça delivers a night of world-class jazz. His unique sound, technical agility and ingenuity on the alto and soprano saxophone, coupled with passionate stage performance captivates audiences universally.

When: 25 May
Where: Norval Foundation
Tickets: Book Now

Vintage with Love Sale 2019

Vintage with Love is an event that incorporates fashion and charity into one by selling donated gently worn clothing. All the money raised from the sale is donated to literacy-orientated NGO’s and other literacy programmes.

When: 30 May to 2 June
Where: The Arrivals Hall, V&A Waterfront
Tickets: Book Now

Schalkie by Schalk Bezuidenhout

Schalk Bezuidenhout returns with a new one-man show, performed in English. The show is Schalk’s third one-man show, in which he presents his take on life. Schalk’s mix of energetic and awkward comedy is appealing to a range of audiences.

When: 30 to 31 May
Where: Baxter Theatre
Tickets: Book Now

‘Coucou Crumble’ by Maurice Mbikayi

Congolese artist Maurice Mbikayi presents a solo exhibition that asks ‘what happens when everything falls apart?’. Mbikayi is not afraid to call out the systemic powers that be and imagines a future in which African people can reinvent themselves out of the chaos.

When: 2 May to 6 June
Where: Gallery MOMO
Tickets: Free

Eseltjiesrus Book Fair

At McGregor’s 13th annual Book Fair, book lovers can look forward to thousands of new pre-owned books at bargain prices. The Book Fair runs a popular reading and storytelling theatre for children, to promote a culture of reading.

When: 17 May
Where: Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary, McGregor
Tickets: Free

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