October is made for enjoying the glorious spring sunshine, but remember to take a jumper along because we all know how fickle Cape Town’s weather can be. This month we’ve tracked down some great events in and around the city to help you make the most of the outdoors as well as a couple of things to keep you occupied if the sun doesn’t come out. From taking back the streets from motorised vehicles, and marveling at the poise of some of the city’s top ballet dancers, to an enchanting (animal-free) circus, oodles of craft beer, and fantastic kites, it’s going to be a great month.
Hit the road
Main roads are generally not the wisest of places for people to wander about – except when it’s time for Open Streets. This fantastic event, which will be held on the 1st October on the Main Road between Observatory and the Cape Town CBD, sees a 5km section of public road being closed off to traffic from 10am to 3pm so that the community and visitors can make use of the space. Whether you’re just looking for a Sunday stroll where you’d usually have to dodge taxis, or if you want to bring your bicycle, skateboard, roller-skates, or dog – there’s always a very festive vibe. Previous events have included food trucks, street performers and music.
Lover’s of classical dance should definitely not miss Cape Town City Ballet’s staging of Spring Rhapsody at Artscape on the 13th and 14th October. The showcase will include Glazunov Variations, a ballet by world-renowned choreographer, Ashley Killar; Stairway to Paradise created by Robin van Wyk to Gershwin’s music; the Diane and Acteon pas de deux; and Strauss’s Blue Danube. The, from the 20th to 29th October, they will present Liane Lurie’s revival of the full-length ballet Don Quixote. With music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography after Petipa, Gorsky and Nureyev, the production incorporates all the traditionally- expected virtuoso pas de deux and solos, along with some surprises.
Believe in magic
Prepare to be enthralled as you step into Enchanted Cirque’s vintage Spiegeltent in Green Point until the 15th October. The spectacular production’s narrative is based around the tale of an Enchantress and a handsome young prince and their seemingly doomed love affair. World-class performers usher you into a world of magic and mystery. Hosted by top South African comedian Mel Jones and clown Piky Pokus from Argentina, star acts include a knife thrower Andrei Gomunov and his assistant Daria Sheremet from Russia; the world famous foot archer, contortionist and silk artist Orissa Kelly; Tom McKinnon on cloud swing and hoops; laser and bubble magic man Thomas Favaro; strength duo Leda Wight and Jenny Le Roux, backed by singers Noa Milan and Ashtevhaan Mintoor. Arrive early to mingle with performers and your fellow guests, and linger later for the enchanted after party.
Raise a glass
There’s more to the Mother City than the mountain and vineyards – she also produces some stellar craft beers. Head out to the Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival – Oktoberfest Edition at Jan Marais Nature Reserve on the 14th October from 11am to 8pm. The event promises to be great fun for the whole family, with live music, comedy, food trucks, and of course, gallons and gallons of craft beer. Some of the breweries attending are Fokof Lager, Stellenbosch Brewing Co, Elysium Brewing Company, RIOT Beer, Diesel and Dust Craft Beer, Stickman Brewery and Old Potter’s Country Inn and Brewpub.
Go fly a kite
If you’ve spent time in Cape Town in October before, you’ll know that it can tend to be a bit blustery. And while that does mean that time of the beach can be a bit tricky, and you need to wheel your half-drum braai round to the other side of the house – it’s perfect weather for the massively popular Cape Town International Kite Festival which is held beside the vlei in Muizenberg every year. This year’s fest, on the 28th and 29th October, once again benefits Cape Mental Health. Take your own kite, buy one at the fest, or just go along to join in the fun. Kiters from around the world will be there to unfurl their impressive creations. Pic credit – Brenton Geach