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Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day

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Celebrate the summer sun with a family-friendly day of horse racing fun at Kenilworth Racecourse

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Horse racing in Cape Town is synonymous with summer, and what better way to enjoy the glorious sun in the Mother City than with a day at the Kenilworth Racecourse. Luckily, the Grand Parade Cape Guineas Day gallops onto Cape Town’s festive season schedule with an afternoon of entertainment fit for the whole clan on Saturday, 20 December 2014. Largely regarded as the most prestigious three-year-old thoroughbred event on the calendar, the challenge also makes a point of pairing fine horses with family-friendly activities. This year’s meet will have a ‘Colour Rush’ theme, and attendees are encouraged to don their most colourful gear for a day of charity fundraising, Christmas-themed fun and so much more

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The West Indies cricket team are out to entertain us with their calypso style cricket in South Africa.
Games being played in Cape Town at Newlands are;

–   The 3rd 5 day test against SA starts on 2 Jan to 6th Jan.
–   The 1st T20 game is on 9th Jan.
–   They wrap up their tour to SA on 28th Jan 2015.

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The local provincial team, the Cobras, have just won the T20 trophy, BIG smiles on all the Capetonian’s faces.


The Super Rugby series starts in February, with the first game at Newlands taking place on 21st Feb.
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Unfortunately no games until February.


Bring your own sticks or hire some for a memorable round of 18 holes.
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The Argus Cycle Tour, held a week before Easter weekend each year, is the world’s largest timed cycle ride with approximately 35,000 entrants each year. The next one is on 8 March 2015.  If you have your wheels with you, Keith is always game for a ride, or join him on a weekend club ride.

Home to the second biggest South African ultra marathon, the Two Oceans. The marathon has a large international contingent of top runners that participate each year. The scenic route takes in Chapmans Peak and spans the two oceans. The ultra marathon takes place over the Easter weekend and is one of a runners highlights. http://


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Pack a picnic, the kiddies and even your canine and enjoy free live music on the historic De Waal Park greenway.

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CONCERTS IN THE PARK is a formally registered NON-profit company that promotes FREE musical events in Community facilities. In 2011 it introduced a series of Summer Concerts staged in De Waal Park’s Victorian Bandstand ,which incidentally is the only bandstand in Cape Town, on Sunday afternoons  from March through to April for the free enjoyment of all the Community – they are free without exception & will remain so.

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Celebrate the warmer weather with yet another season of mahala Sunday concerts at the Mother City’s historic De Waal Park in Oranjezicht starting on Sunday, 14 December 2014. Currently in its fourth year, this much-loved series boasts another stellar line-up of renowned Mzansi musical legends and up-and-coming artists, including the likes of The Rudimentals, Mark Haze and many more.

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For locals, tourists and suburbanites looking for family-friendly or kid-friendly activities (yes that includes your furry friend, on a leash), this park performance provides the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic basket and unwind on an expansive green for a live afternoon concert beneath the summer sun.

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*Wedding Bells !!

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Looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, is the iconic Table Mountain, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.  Looking at it from below is one thing, but it is quite another to be atop the mountain, from where one is afforded such wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island, and better yet, Crystal and James getting married on this magnificent mountain top.
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On November 11th, our guests, Crystal and James tied the knot right here in Cape Town. We wanted to take a moment to send a heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple. Wishing you every joy on your marriage and every blessing in your life together.

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Warmest Congratulations!
An African Villa & Staff

*Watershed – At the V&A Waterfront

This beautiful space is home to more than 150 tenants who represent over 365 brands. A vast selection of products can be found here from ceramics and furniture to textiles, fashion and jewellery. This vibrant addition to the V&A Waterfront also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall and smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment and workshops. From December, the celebrated Art of Brick will be housed here. Not only a place to shop,  the Watershed also offers a range of treatments available for your mind, body and soul which can all be found at ‘Wellness at the Watershed’ on the mezzanine level.


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*McCully Workshop Concert At Paul Cluver


South African rock legends are headed to Elgin’s forest theatre for a jamming outdoor concert

South African psychedelic rock outfit McCully Workshop is scheduled to bring the roof (or, more appropriately, sky) down on Saturday, 6 December 2014 at Elgin’s beautiful outdoor amphitheatre (roughly one hour from Cape Town). Part of the Hope@Paul Cluver Summer Festival, this iconic Mzansi band will regale fervent fans and rock music connoisseurs with some of their biggest hits.
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*Joe Barber Comedy Show


Prepare for a laugh-a-minute show that delves into the heart and soul of Cape Town culture

Get ready to roll down the aisles of the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch laughing when Boeta Joe and Boeta Gamat, once again, take the stage for Joe Barber 6: Life from Wednesday, 3 December 2014 to Saturday, 10 January 2015.It goes without saying that after more than a decade of keeping audiences in stitches, Joe Barber is as much of a Mother City institution as the Kaapse Klopse, passion gaps and gatsby sandwiches. In short, if you just want to brush up on your Cape Town slang or get some unique insight into what life is like on the Cape Flats, this performance is something you simply just can’t miss.
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* The JB Met 2015


THE J&B MET  2015 – theme ” MADE FOR THE MIX”


31 January 2015
South Africa’s top horse-racing and fashion event.  This year’s theme is ‘Made for the Mix’ .

Venue: Kenilworth Race Course, Rosmead Ave, Kenilworth, Cape Town
Time: 10am – 10pm
Cost: R 125 – R 250

The oldest horse race in the country is also the largest annual outdoor social event in Cape Town.  Now sponsored by J&B Met for the 38th year, it has just announced the theme for 2015: ‘Made for the Mix’. The theme calls guests to pursue the unconventional path and combine different fashion styles together and, as always, one of the highlights of J&B Met day is the Most Elegant Couple competition, which sees a selection of elegantly clad couples winning great prizes. The 2015 J&B Met also features entertainment from DJs and top South African bands as well as food trucks, bar facilities with ample seating, shade and live screenings of all the races including, of course,  watching 18 of the country’s best horses contest the day’s most famous race over 2 000 metres.



* Youngblood Gallery


Next week Wednesday 3 December sees the opening of the  final exhibition of the year for this popular gallery  Beautifull Life Building, 70-72 Bree  Street (tel. 021 424 0074.)

Once a year the Youngblood collaborates with the Johannesburg based gallery, Art Eye and feature a variety of approximately 20 artists. This years exhibition is themed: ‘Capturing Contemporary African Art in Colour’. There will be a wide range of paintings & sculptures on exhibition.

The official opening is on Wednesday, 3 December at 18:00. the exhibition will run through January 2015.



*Something Different. Something New.

GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA  (October 2014 – April 2015)
A unique and invigorating outdoor movie experience at the Galileo Open Air Cinema in Cape Town happens each Wednesday and Thursday from October 2014 to April 2015. You can grab some popcorn (or other yummy gourmet treats from the exhibiting vendors), settle down on the lush lawns at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens OR the V&A Waterfront, and see firm favourites, cult classics and so much more.


Billed to take over Cape Town’s historic and stunning botanical gardens every Sunday from 23 November 2014 to 5 April 2015, the ever-popular outdoor live music series returns with a vast and varied line-up that’s likely to appeal to all music lovers.

This year, the exciting bill includes local acts that have never graced the Kirstenbosch stage before, like The Soil, Barbara Hendricks and the SA National Youth Orchestra and some old favourites, like Jeremy Loops, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish.

Plus, certain concerts feature a kid’s zone, so parents can chill out and drink in the music while kiddies can let loose and have fun running around in a designated area.

And if you don’t already know, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has a wide array of open spaces that make it the perfect picnic ground. Thus, concert-goers are encouraged to bring along blankets and picnic baskets filled with eats and drinks, including alcohol.

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