After the relentless schedule of April’s public holidays and long weekends, there’s still plenty to do this month. Our assortment of outings and experiences will be sure to engage and entertain. May experiences are not to be missed and include dancing on the beach, laughing in your seat and having something delicious to eat.
Tuck into a roaring 20s-themed dinner at one of Cape Town’s most unique dining experiences. Professional actors help to bring the immersive experience to life as you assist the investigator in finding the murderer. Enjoy fine dining with a twist at the Algarve in Kuils River and stand a chance to win prizes for the best dressed and cracking the case first.
When: Saturday 7 May, 6pm – 9.30pm
Where: Platinum House 20 Kerk Street, Bosonia Street, Kuils River, 7580
Bring your picnic blankets and cushions as you sit back and enjoy ZipZap Circus’ Slapstick, the latest in their extreme acrobatic experiences. Comedic acrobats blend humour and agility in this show for the ages. Performed by the super-talented youth from the Zappers and Dare2Dream programmes, your next night at the dome awaits.
When: 21 – 29 May
Where: Zip Zap Circus, 10 Jan Smuts St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Cost: Starting from R105
Qadasi & Maqhinga are made up of David ‘Qadasi’ Jenkins, a Maskandi musician on a quest to revive the powerful sounds of traditional Zulu music, and Maqhinga Radebe, original founder of Shabalala Rhythm. Together they have delivered uniquely South African experiences to audiences across the world as they endeavour to expand the reach and influence of Maskandi.
When: Thursday 12 May 8pm – 9pm, The Athletic Club & Social | Friday 13 May 7.30pm – 10pm, Alliance Franciase du Cap
Where: The Athletic Club & Social – 35 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 | Alliance Franciase du Cap – 155 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
South Africa’s first live vegan and plant-based food, drink and lifestyle show is here to provide delicious experiences for all. Whether you’re long-time vegan or simply curious about the diet or lifestyle, The Plant Powered Show has prepared an interactive experience that will speak to you. Top chefs’ talks, delicious samples and plant-based shopping experiences are just some of the reasons you’ll want to make an appearance.
When: Friday 27 May – Sunday 29 May, 10am – 8pm
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long St, Cape Town
Cost: Online R120 | At the door R250
Secret Sunrise is a global movement and meditation community that includes over 16 cities across the world. Their African experiences can be enjoyed across six different venues for six unique experiences. Don your headphones and feel the rhythm as you get moving on the beach front and, if you’re feeling adventurous, in Camps Bay’s crispy cold tidal pools.
When: Saturday 7 May, starting times 7am, 8am, 4.30pm and 5pm.
Where: Six different venues – Muizenberg beach, Simonstown Seaforth beach, Camps Bay tidal pool, Noordhoek Common, Bloubergstrand, Plettenberg Bay the wedge beach
Cost: R150 for adults | R50 for children under 12
Honest Chocolate are one of Cape Town’s premier chocolatiers. Their Bonbon workshop, held in their Woodstock factory, is a unique Honest Chocolate experience that puts you in the middle of the magic. Learn about ethical cocoa farming and make your own set out four bonbons.
When: Saturday 28 May 10am – 11.30am
Where: 7 Barron Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915
Transform a sense overwhelming into clarity, stress into calm, and to facilitate new connections with this collection of grounded forest-bound experience. Walk and bask amidst the mountain stream, meditate and enjoy herbal teas as you reconnect with nature. Bathe in the natural healing powers of the forest with this unique Cape Town outing.
When: Saturday 14 May, 8.30am – 12pm
Where: Newlands Forest, Table Mountain National Park
The Nuy Valley Festival captures the unique magic of the Cape Winelands and experiences like it celebrate the bounty of the region. Enjoy award-winning wines and fine country food and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Live music and entertainment for the kids make this family-friendly festival one of May’s essential experiences.
When: Saturday 14 May, 9am
Where: Nuy Valley, Robertson Road (R60), Worcester
Cost: R200 (18+) | R60 (12-17 years) + R50 online | Children under 11 Free entry
Book-lovers rejoice, in-person festivals are back! Various town halls, school halls and churches will host talks featuring South African writers and thinkers like Deon Meyer, Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, Tsitsi Dangarembga and more. Experiences are reopening with caution and attendance at all events is conditional on showing proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen) less than 72 hours old.
When: Friday 13 May – Sunday 15 May
Where: New High School Hall, Franschhoek
Cost: R85 – R100
Marc Lottering’s shows are experiences into the window of the Cape Town experience. His latest performance features new material about his experience growing older and strangers referring to him as ‘Uncle Marc’. UNCLE MARC will be staged at the Baxter Theatre for 16 shows across three weeks.
When: Wednesday 11 May – Saturday 28 May
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700
Cost: R120 – R160