- Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:09
- Written by Alex Nagel
The weekend before the vac has hastily thrust itself upon us and what not a better time to milk it before we all go back home.
VARSITY has compiled an awesome weekend for all you students who are looking to have a good time (which I assume is most of you).
This weekend the Cape Getaway Show will be coming to town this Friday until Sunday at the Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West. It will be the show’s 20th annual expo on outdoor gear as well as food stalls and other entertainment. The event starts at 10am until 6pm on Friday, and 9am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday for the cost of R50.
Groovy Troopers are hosting a pre-trance season festival called the Vision Serpent Festival 2012 for those of you who are into psychedelics. This something of a “tribal-gathering” will be featuring DJs such as Mad Maxx, Waio, and Journey at the De Hoek Estate (about 130km outside of Cape Town) from today at 2pm until Sunday 5pm. Tickets are going from R150-R280, depending on how long you would like to stay.
There is an Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival starting from today until 1st of April. Spectacular international films will be screened at V&A Waterfront Nu Metro Theatre which are proud to host such profound festival. Please check their website, www.oia.co.za for more information on times and prices.
If you are in the mood for some caffeine and have an acquired taste for whiskey, then come and indulge in Moyo’s Coffee and Whiskey Tasting presented by the South African Coffee Club. You will be able to taste some of Chivas’ Regal Whiskeys as well as the world’s most pricey Kop Luuak coffee. The tastings are being held at the Moyo restaurant in Blouberg’s Eden on the Bay Shopping Centre from 6.30pm for R350.
This Saturday from 11am, the Kalk Bay Theatre will be displaying a two-man comedy called Cooked. This hilariously funny show is starring Richard Lothian and Alex Tops as chefs demonstrating the complexity and messiness of a live cooking show. Seat prices are R55 each.
The end of harvest is drawing to a near with grapes already reaped for many wine delicacies across the Cape. In celebration of this time of year, an annual Oesfees is being held on the Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschoek. There will be a range of entertainment such as the likes of Theuns Jordaan, Emo Adams, and Chris Chameleon performing as well as other jazz and Afrikaans hip hop/ folk musicians. For information on the festival’s times and prices, please visit www.ticketbreak.co.za.
If you feel like something quite new and arbitrary, then why not take part in the "Taking out the Trash" trailer-park themed dinner? It is a fun way to dress up tacky and get involved in the murder mystery in which you will have to guess who committed the crime (much like the board game Cluedo). It will be held at Our Place restaurant, Durbanville from 7pm for only R220.
Let us not forget about the famous annual Cape Town Carnival taking place in Cape Town CBD. Come and witness the spectacular costumes, dancers, floats and the many performers glide their way down the streets in a Cape to Cairo fashion. DJ Bravo will be rocking his beats afterwards at the Fan Walk, Greenpoint from 8pm and for absolutely free of charge.
The legendary Cape Epic mountain bike challenge kicks off today until the 1st of April which totals the ride to that of 8 days. The route is approximately 700km along private farms and winelands. The finish line is at the Lourensford Wine Estate. Entry costs are a staggering R17 700, but at least food and accommodation is included in the price.
If you still have some energy left and you feel like stomping the ground, then Cold Turkey is the way to go. It is Cape Town’s biggest dubstep event that happens every second Sunday of the month. It is hosted at the Amadoda Braai in Woodstock from 1pm. Entrance costs R20 before 4pm and R30 thereafter.
For those of you who don’t feel like an intense end to your Sunday, Jazz in the Park is your calling. This picnic is an annual fundraiser for the physically disabled and it only costs R85 per ticket. It is an afternoon event, starting at 2.30pm at the Maynardville Open Air Theatre in Wynberg.
What would the perfect Cape Town weekend be without a bit of wine? The Cape’s Finest MCC Festival is presenting a variety of vintage wines from Constantia Uitsig, Graham Beck and Simonsig as well as from Beyerskloof. The festival will be held at The Square restaurant in Newlands from 3pm-6pm for only R165. Please note that bookings are crucial.