November Highlights in Cape Town


The festive season is fast approaching but before it does, why not use the start of warmer days to spoil yourself a little? See our guide to 10 of the best events happening in Cape Town this month.


Buskers Festival November


The annual festival returns, featuring 80 performances by a variety of street performers, circus acts, musicians, artists, clowns, mimes and entertainers, taking place over 11 days at Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hub. All performances are free to enter – by tradition, audiences pay for what they like by putting money into the performers’ hats.

When: 1 to 11 November
Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tickets: Free


Sunset Special November


Locals are offered the opportunity to see an African sunset from the top of one of the world’s wonders of nature, at half the price.

When: 1 November to 28 February (excluding 20 December to 2 January)
Where: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Les Amateurs November


The acclaimed French piano festival – now in its tenth year – offers a performance platform to some of the best amateur (and professional) pianists in the world. Fresh from festivals in Paris and Shanghai, the 2018 edition brings 24 pianists from 10 countries to Cape Town, with some of the city’s premier pianists presenting masterclasses and performing chamber music in Cape Town and Stellenbosch’s city centres and townships.

When: 10 to 18 November
Where: Various
Tickets: Book Now


Stellenberg Gardens November


The historic Stellenberg Estate opens its gardens and sculptures to the public to raise funds for St Joseph’s Home for Chronically Ill Children. Guests can explore the 18th century and internationally acclaimed gardens, with its old-world dignity of elegantly manicured lawns and oak trees and various garden rooms.

When: 10 & 11 November
Where: Stellenberg Gardens, 32 Oak Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Tickets: R50 (Cash or Zapper only)


Francois Van Coke November


The popular music festival comes to Cape Town for the first time, featuring live performances by some of South Africa’s top artists including Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Koos Kombuis, Sunset Sweatshop, Early B, Spoegwolf and Tarryn Lamb.

When: 17 November
Where: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


toy run november

TOY RUN 2018

South Africa’s largest motorcycle ride, in which thousands of toys are strapped to bikes, paraded through the city and eventually given to the needy children of Cape Town. The main event features a showcase of the motorcycles, live music by local bands, comedy, stalls, a bar area and more. Guests are asked to donate toys, gifts or funds to change the lives of children in need in homes, orphanages, places of safety and hospitals around the Western Cape.

When: 18 November
Where: Killarney Raceway, Potsdam Rd, Table View, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


Dessert Expo


South Africa’s first-ever dedicated showcase and festival of all things dessert. The Expo has something for everyone, featuring several dozen of SA’s most elite pastry professionals, bakeries, local restaurants, caterers, confectioners, chocolatiers, ice cream shops, frozen dessert makers and boutique dessert companies, all under one roof.

When: 23 to 25 November
Where: Cape Town Stadium, Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now




The latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer summarises its story as “He was white. She was not. They broke the law to dance.” Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s, a time when, with the the threat of the new Apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people would do almost anything to survive. Produced and presented by Eric Abraham.

When: 20 November to 6 January
Where: Fugard Theatre, cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Sts, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now




The theme for the 2018 main event is ‘Pause and Effect’. Design thinkers, artists, activists, people managers, youth development workers, entrepreneurs, financial planners and all are invited to attend a day of inspiring talks.

When: 17 November
Where: Avenue Conference Venue, 40 Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now


dave chappelle


The award-winning American stand-up comedian and actor brings his brash brand of comedy to South Africa for the first time. Chappelle’s trademark wit and sharp irreverent social commentary most often explores race, popular culture, sex, drugs, politics and fame.

When: 27 November
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town
Tickets: Book Now

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