If you are not sure where to go this November in Cape Town, you’ll be happy to hear that South Africa’s Mother City offers many amazing events. Whether you wish to attend a champagne festival, listen to the famous Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra perform, or have the time of your life at an annual Beer, Wine & Cheese event, here is our list of the best things to do in Cape Town this November.
1 Dmitry Shishkin – Chopin’s Passion (November 7)
The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is performing this November at the Cape Town City Hall. The concert is conducted by Conrad van Alphen, while guest soloist Dmitry Shishkin is playing the piano. Conrad van Alphen has worked with some of the world’s best orchestras and Dmitry Shishkin won a silver medal at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. This promises to be one of the best live concerts in November in Cape Town and the tickets range from R1350 to R350.
Venue: Cape Town City Hall, Darling St, CBD, Cape Town
2 Jolly Roger Comedy Cruise (November 8)
If you are looking for things to do in Cape Town, I recommend visiting The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat which hosts its first every comedy cruise. This amazing two-hour cruise includes a performance by Jaryd Pillay, Rob Van Vuuren, Magmoed TollaFunnyKaap, Ismail Moses and Sophie Jones, as well as drinks and complimentary snacks. Make sure to book ahead, since the space on the boat cruise is limited. Tickets cost R650 per person.
Venue: The Jolly Roger, Shop 8 Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
3 Finer Things in Life French Champagne Festival (November 9)
Hosted by the Vineyard Hotel and presented by Wine Concepts, Finer Things in Life French Champagne Festival offers visitors to taste some of the best champagnes from boutique Champagne Houses of France. Some of the brands you will have an opportunity to sample include Bollinger, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot, Piper Heidsick, Lanson, Mumm, Billecart Salmon, Nicolas Feuillatte, Louis Roederer, and Pol Roger. Besides champagne, there will be live music and French-inspired foods and snacks like artisanal chocolates and oysters. Dress to the nines, since the best-dressed couple can win excellent prizes.
Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, 60 Colinton Road, Newlands, Cape Town
4 German International School Bazaar 2019 (November 8-9)
Visit the annual DSK Bazaar at the German International School of Cape Town this November and enjoy a vast array of activities including various musical acts, performances, and children’s entertainment such as go harts, air jump, rocket launcher, and a petting zoo. In case you get hungry, there will be plenty of Bavarian food available including delicacies like Pretzels, Sauerkraut, Kassler, and Bratwurst. Beer lovers can visit the beer tent and enjoy a pint of German Dunkel, Newlands Mountain Weiss, and Newland Blond. The bazaar will also feature a second-hand boutique, flea market, and a bookstore.
Venue: German International School of Cape Town, 28 Bay View, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
5 Ukrainian Festival (November 10)
Head out to the Knorhoek Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on November 10 and celebrate Ukrainian culture. The festival boasts many activities and promises to be an unforgettable event worth visiting. From traditional Ukrainian dances and live folk music performances to a special kid’s program and workshops on doll-making, there is plenty to look forward to. Make sure to try Ukrainian food delicacies like borsch and varenyky. Dogs on a leash are welcome to the festival.
Venue: Knorhoek Wine Estate, Knorhoek road, Stellenbosch
6 Toni Braxton’s ‘As Long as I Live’ World Tour (November 12)
There are many interesting things to do in Cape Town this November and Toni Braxton’s ‘As Long as I Live’ World Tour concert is one of the not to be missed events. This award-winning American singer/songwriter has sold nearly 70 million records and won 7 Grammy awards in the last 25 years. Presented by Glen 21 Entertainment in association with McDonald’s and powered by Kaya Fm 95.9, Home of the Afropolitan, this concert promises to be one of the best music events in Cape Town this season. Visitors will have a chance to listen to hits like Breath Again and Un-Break My Heart.
Venue: Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood, Cape Town
7 Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival 2019 (November 16)
No list of things to do in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning the awesome Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival at the Kelvin Grove Club. There will be about 40 wineries at the festival, as well as many craft beer breweries showcasing their finest drinks. Locally produced cured meats, artisanal bread will also be available to sample and purchase. Besides delicious food and tasty drinks, there will be live music and lucky draws. Tickets cost R150 per person and include a tasting glass and a lucky draw ticket.
Venue: Kelvin Grove Club, 144 Campsground Road, Newlands
8. Zolani Mahola “The One Who Sings” (November 19 – 23)
Zolani Mahola, loved and known internationally as the face and voice of Freshlyground, is taking centre stage in her first one woman show, “The One Who Sings” (from the Xhosa “Lo Uculayo”) from 19 – 23th of November 2019. Along with captivating storytelling, Zolani interweaves her original new music with some of her most well-known songs, taking the audience on an intimate journey through the eyes of a young girl growing up in a divided 1980’s South Africa, opening up for the first time about her struggles in a country which is itself grappling with its own wounds and sense of identity.
Tickets are on sale at Webtickets for R120 each.
Show times are as follows:
- Tuesday, 19 November at 20h30
- Wednesday, 20 November at 20h30
- Thursday, 21 November at 20h30
- Friday, 22 November at 20h30
- Saturday, 23 November at 15h00 and 20h30
Venue: The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
9 Bubbles and Bublé @ Benguela Cove (November 16)
Are you a fan of MCC? Welcome to Bubbles and Bublé at Benguela Cove estate in Hermanus where you will have a chance to enjoy a Tapas Down Memory Lane food menu, lots of MCC’s, and the live music performance by Ethan Florus. Make sure to try the estate’s Cap Classique, called Joie De Vivre, as well as meaty delights such as Steak Diane and beef tongue.
Venue: Benguela Cove, R43 Bot River Lagoon Walker Bay, Hermanus
10 Liefde by die Dam (November 16)
Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville is hosting the Liefde by die Dam event on November 16th. Named after the hit song by Valiant Swart, the festival features live music and performances by some of the best South African bands and artists such as Die Heuwels Fantasties, Francois van Coke, Early B, Arno Carstens, Majozi, Karlien van Jaarsveld, Snotkop, and Loki Rothman. The festival will also be collecting blankets that will be given to the less privileged.
Venue: Vissershok Rd, Durbanville
11 V&A Waterfront Motor Show (November 16-17)
The second edition of the V&A Waterfront Motor Show is one of the must-visit events in Cape Town this November. Expect to see some of the world’s most exotic automobiles such as Aston Martin, Porsche, Lexus, and McLaren. The entrance to the event which is presented by Nedbank Private Wealth is free of charge and lasts from 9 to 4 pm.
Venue: V&A Waterfront, Silo District, Cape Town
12 Old Maid and the Thief: Opera In One Hour ( November 22 & 23 )
Biblioteek Productions in collaboration with AGL Opera and Youngblood Arts & Culture presents Menotti’s hilarious one act masterpiece “The Old Maid and the Thief” in the popular series Opera in 1 Hour. Originally composed for radio, this risqué comic opera tells a twisted tale of morals and “evil” womanly power featuring a stellar Cape Townian cast. Tickets available for R180 at quicket.co.za
Venue: Youngblood Gallery, 70-74 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre
13 Fizzytherapy Festival Bubbles & Bling (November 24)
Welcome to the 4th edition of the Fizzytherapy Festival Bubbles & Bling at the Villiera Wines in Stellenbosch. Whether you wish to enjoy street food by vendors such as Jack Rabbit, Boulevard 82 & Southern Smoke to The Mussel Monger & Oyster, try craft beers from the Berg River Brewery, or listen to the live music performance by the popular Bottomless Coffee Band, the event promises to be filled with numerous fun activities.
Venue: Villiera Wines, Corner of R101 & R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
15 Moёt & Chandon Golden Christmas Tree ( November 29)
TheMoёt & Chandon Golden Christmas Tree event is taking place at Silo District on Friday, 29 November 2019. Come and be in awe of the unique Christmass tree made entirely from champagne bottles, and discover the shimmering gold ribbon wrapped around the tree is made out of 2000 discs. It is an impressive four-storeys high and built with over 1 800 recycled champagne bottles collected all over the country. Once the sun sets, you can look forward to a lighting display with over 230 metres of LED lights synced with festive music. Attendance is FREE.
Venue: Silo District, Cape Town
16 Cape Town Festival of Beer 10th Anniversary Weekend (November 29 – December 1)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Cape Town Festival of Beer is one of the most anticipated events in Cape Town this November. All beer lovers are invited to attend this fabulous weekend festival which is filled with premium beers, tasty goods, live music, entertainment, and activities for the little ones. From sampling foods from 15 food trucks and pop up restaurants to choosing from a large selection of commercially available beer in South Africa, there is something for everyone at the Cape Town Festival of Beer.
Venue: Hamilton’s Rugby Club, 1 Stephen Way, Green Point
Looking for more ideas on what to see and do this month? Be sure to check the blog to get the latest updates on top events happening in Cape Town this November. If you’d like help planning your stay this month, please get in touch. We will help you find the perfect place to stay, and exciting tours to indulge in, so that you don’t miss out any of the things events happening in Cape Town this November.