Cape Town Events - March 2010
The Happenings and Festival Calendar for the Month!
Cape Town events for March 2010 is a fairly sizeable list. Summers's not over, so our party continues :)
As always I focus on the family friendly options, those that make for a great day out with the kids no matter what their ages.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year till March 13, 2010
If your kids are animal maniacs like mine, this is one of the Cape town events not to be missed! It's an annual competition, owned by London's Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The exhibition includes 95 of the very best images, chosen for their originality, creativity and sheer dramas from 94 countries, from both amateur and professional photographers. They had more than 43,000 entries to sort through, from 94 countries!
Mystery Ghost Bus - 6 & 7 March + 27 & 28 March
Not recommended if your kids are afraid of the dark but if you are into ghost stories, exploring Cape town's ghostly history might be for you.
Many have taken the tours ... some have even come back alive ;)
Book online with www.Computicket.com or directly by phone.
Navy Festival - 5-7 March
One of our favourite annual Cape Town events held at the Simonstown Dockyards.
If you can get there on Friday that is a winner - small crowds.
If you have to go Saturday or Sunday, get there early so you don't miss out by having to queue for the most exciting warship tours!
Cliff Richard and the Shadows - March 9 & 10
5 decades since these guys first got together, and likely the last time they will BE together!
Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy fantastic music spanning 5 decades.
OmmiBerg 'Round the Rock' 2010 - Saturday March 13th
Would Cape town events listings be complete with some Winelands action?!
Paarl Wine Route offers this unique opportunity to taste the first of the 2010 vintage across the route - unfiltered and straight from the tank in the middle of harvest time!
Enjoy wines with creative adaptations of the traditional onion tart; along with other unusual gourmet offerings.
Children can enjoy pony rides, slip-n-slides, tractor and trailer rides; while cooking demonstrations, art exhibitions and glass blowing entertain moms.
Traditional harvest activities, such as cellar tours, grape stomping - yeah! and grape tastings will keep dads occupied; while the young at heart zip around the Paarl Rock in a Cessna or Helicopter; or chill to the tunes of Zinkplaat, Pieter Smith and other live bands. Tickets can be purchased at your first port of call on the day. Follow us on Twitter and be the first to hear about ticket giveaways and updated news.
Purchase your access pass at your first port of call.
Constantia Village 15km Road Race - 13 March 2010
Get your running shoes on...
Why do I even mention this race on my Cape Town events page?
Purely because the course takes your through some of the most beautiful, privately owned (i.e. - not open to the public for running on other days!) green spaces in the city.
If 15km is too far for you, there's always the 5km fun run.
Cape Argus Cycle Tour - 14 March 2010
This momentous annual Cape Town event is THIS month!
Whether you are cheering on family members or just marvelling at the mass and madness of cyclists tackling this 105km route, this is an iconic Cape town event.
Join in somewhere along the route between the Foreshore start, the M3 and Blue Route, Cape Point and Scarborough, Suikerbossie - you name it.
Watch the Argus newspapers for road closures times, as that may interfere with your weekend plans...
Cape Town Festival - 19-22 March
The dates for the 2010 festival are Friday 19 March until Monday 22 March.
It will be an extravaganza run over four days because of the Human Rights Day long weekend. Human Rights Day is on Sunday 21 March, which means that Monday 22 March will be a public holiday.
As before, the venue will be the Company's Gardens in Queen Victoria Road in the city centre.
And once again, all events linked to the Cape Town Festival will be FREE! The concerts will again be accompanied by a food, arts and craft market.
The programme on Friday 19 March will feature a range of musical styles, while the programme on Saturday will be more youth-oriented. The Sunday programme will feature mainly jazz music while the Monday will feature our popular Community Vibrations Concert which showcases artists from our three community festivals.
Out The Box Festival of Puppetry - 20-28 March 2010
At the Baxter Theatre Centre, The UCT Hiddingh campus in Gardens and the Labia Cinema on Orange Street.
If you are looking for a family theatre experience, you won't be disappointed. This year there is a Family Festival programme featuring both overseas artists and pre-eminent Southern African youth theatre practitioners (think Ubom from Grahamstown, Arley's Workshop from Durban and the remarkable Seka from Zambia.)
An extraordinary range of shows is on offer. Some are for the more sophisticated tastes of older children and teens (think Lennie and the Wasteland) and then there are shows that will cast a spell of wonder over the very young.
Take a journey through Africa with Tales from the Calabash, Indlovu People, Taku and the Rainbow Princess and Embo or be inspired by stories from other parts of the world.
Tickets cost from R30 to R50 via Computicket
More info at www.unimasouthafrica.org
Wellington Wine Harvest Festival - 20 - 22 March
Wellington is a fab, best-kept-secret teeny wine route less than an hour from Cape Town.
And it's harvest time there, and you're Welly welcome!
They have a line-up of award-winning wines, wine walks, mountain biking, family fun (yeah that's what we like to hear), footstomping music and scrummy grub.
Adult entry for the 3-day festival is R60, but kids under 12 are free.
Full programme at www.harvestfestival.co.za
Elton John Live in Concert - March 24 & 25 at KirstenboschSir Elton John is at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the 24th March this year as part of his 'Under African Skies'Â™tour.
The legendary superstar (who will be joined on stage by long-time collaborator and renowned percussionist, Ray Cooper) will perform against the magical backdrop of Table Mountain in a relaxed, picnic style setting that has made Kirstenbosch world famous.
As a consequence of this exciting development, the Paarl performance which, was originally scheduled for the 28th March will be replaced by this new show at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on the 24th March 2010.
Those fans that have already purchased tickets to the Paarl concert will have hassle-free entry to Kirstenbosch by simply presenting their existing ticket to security at the gates. And should any of these existing ticket holders be unable to make the new date, they are eligible for a full refund upon presentation of their ticket at any Computicket outlet in the city.
Your Child Expo - CANCELLED!
The Your Child Expo has been cancelled and the organisers put into liquidation.
Kids indaba, an extension of the established Baba Indaba will take place July 23-25, 2010.
Watch this space!
Muizenberg Moonlight Meander - March 27, 2010
I love Cape town events like this one... A guided walk in the moonlight to Sunrise Circle or St. James with music, dancing and drumming. In partnership with the Muizenberg Precinct Neighbourhood Watch Association.
Participants are encouraged to dress up or bring a musical instrument. Restaurants and cafes will be staying open, or you can picnic on the beach. Great family fun!
Candles will be available for a minimum donation of R5.
You may find the following related pages helpful:
Cape Town Accommodation Guide
Weather in Cape Town
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