The Best August Events in Cape Town 2019

The Best August Events in Cape Town 2019 Chocolate Festival

Chocolates, poetry, wine and classical music… These are the events to look forward to in August 2019 in Cape Town. Plan ahead with our calendar.

The Mother of all cities is heating up with a festive lineup of cool events! Here’s our pick of where to go and what to do in August 2019.

1 August 2019 First Thursdays: August Edition 2019 Edition CBD
3 August 2019 Stellenbosch Fine Wine and Food Festival 2019 Stellenbosch
3 August 2019 Battery Park Underground Series 2019 V&A Waterfront
8 – 11 August 2019 Solo Studios: Intimate Art Encounters 2019 Riebeek Valley
8 – 11 August 2019 Klein Karoo Klassique 2019 Oudtshoorn
9 – 11 August 2019 Elgin Winter Festival Elgin
9 – 11 August 2019 Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2019 Robertson
23 – 24 August 2019 Franschhoek Mystery Weekends 2019 Franschhoek
23 – 26 August 2019 Mcgregor Poetry Festival 2019 McGregor
29 August – 1 September 2019 Hopefield Fynbosskou 2019 Hopefield
29 August – 1 September 2019 Cape Town Homemakers Expo 2019 CBD
30 August 2019 Cape Town’s Food Truck Friday: August 2019 Edition Diep River
30 – 31 August 2019 Capegate Craft Beer Festival 2019 Capegate
31 August 2019 De Krans Spring Blossom Festival 2019 Calitzdorp
31 August – 1 September 2019 The Chocolate Festival 2019 Stellenbosch

First Thursdays: 1 August 2019

First Thursday Cape Town
Justin Kramer

Where CBD
When 1 August 2019
The lowdown Cape Town’s innercity is abuzz with activity on the first Thursday of every month when Capetonians (and visitors) wander through the various galleries and stores, which stay open until 9pm.
Cost Free
Location CBD

Stellenbosch Fine Wine & Food Festival 2019

Stellenbosch Food Wine August Events

Where Stellenbosch
When 3 August 2019
The lowdown Keep the chills at bay, while savouring the finest wines and expertly prepared cananpés by some of the region’s top chefs, including Bertus Basson, Michale Broughton, George Jardine and Michael Deg. What makes the Stellenbosch Fine Wine & Food Festival so inspiring is that only wines made from grapes grown in Stellenbosch will be showcased.
Cost R500
Book Now
Contact 021 886 8275,
Location Stellenbosch Town Hall, Plein Street, Stellenbosch

Battery Park Underground Series 2019

Battery Park Underground Series

Where V&A Waterfront
When 3 August 2019
The lowdown Sway your hips to a swell lineup of talented DJs at the Battery Park Underground Series. Entry is free, but guests are invited to donate a piece of clothing, blanket or a nonperishable food item for a worthy cause. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, the proceeds of which will go to three nonprofit organisations: Melela 4 Children, The Homestead Project for street children, and Ladles of Love (a volunteer-run soup kitchen).
Other activities include skating, a graffiti paint-off and a Sneaker Lab stand, where you can customise your own sneakers.
Cost Free
Book Now
Contact 021 408 7600,
Location Battery Park, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Solo Studios: Intimate Art Encounters 2019

Solo Studios

Where Riebeek Valley
When 8 – 11 August 2019
The lowdown At Solo Studios, local artists of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West open their homes and private workspaces for the duration of the weekend, allowing guests a peek at their work and processes. In addition to art displays, there will be talks and presentations by well-known names, such as author Jacques Pauw.
Cost R399 (premier weekend pass)
R295 (weekend pass)
R195 (day pass, Friday or Saturday)
R145 (day pass, Sunday)
Book Now
Contact 074 209 6838,
Location Riebeek Valley

Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival 2019

Robertson Slow Best Festivals

Where Robertson
When 9 – 11 August 2019
The lowdown The Robertson Slow Food & Wine Festival invites you (and your whole family) to come and enjoy delicious food, cooking classes, tutored tastings, and a whole host of other fun-filled activities and attractions.
Cost Tickets are limited and you need to make your booking directly with the host no later than three days before the activity.
Contact 023 626 3167,
Location Corner Voortrekker and Reitz Streets, Robertson

Klein Karoo Klassique 2019

Klein Karoo Klassique Best Festivals
Hans van der Veen

Where Oudtshoorn
When 8 – 11 August 2019
The lowdown Once again the Klein Karoo Klassique showcases ensembles and soloists in the charming town of Oudtshoorn. Expect a medley of chamber, symphonic and a sprinkling of jazz music accompanied by delicious food, local art and sublime wines.
Cost R130 – R150 (for individual shows)
R950 (for all nine shows)
Book Now
Contact 044 203 8600,
Location Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Elgin Winter Festival 2019

Elgin Railway Market

Where Elgin Valley
When 9 – 11 August 2019
The lowdown This first-time festival is a celebration of winter, wine and words. Taking place in the serene Elgin Valley, expect an array of fun activities.
Cost R150: Elgin Winter Wine Festival
R150: Bottomless Coffee Band music performance
Book Now
Good to know The Elgin Steam Train travels from Cape Town to Elgin on Saturdays & Sundays.
Contact 071 267 9785
Location Elgin Valley (including the Elgin Railway Market, Oak Avenue, Elgin)

Franschhoek Mystery Weekends 2019

Mystery Weekends August Events
Foto Artist Studio

Where Franschhoek
When 23 – 24 August 2019
The lowdown With these Mystery Weekends, you don’t know what you’re going to get until you arrive. The Franschhoek Wine Valley randomly selects unique experiences around the village that are enjoyable, entertaining and, most importantly, delicious.
Cost R5 300 (The Premium Experience)
R5 650 (The Superior Experience)
R8 200 (The Ultimate Experience)
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley

McGregor Poetry Festival 2019

Mcgregor Poetry August Events

Where McGregor
When 23 – 26 August 2019
The lowdown Come and witness captivating poetry in the artists’ haven that is McGregor! This special weekend offers poets from all walks the chance to shine onstage. With over 90 events, you can expect poetry recitals, music events, art and workshops.
Cost R60 – R100
Book Now
Contact 023 625 1871,
Location Corner Voortrekker and Bree streets, McGregor, Western Cape

Hopefield Fynbosskou 2019

Hopefield Skou Best Festivals

Where Hopefield
When 29 August – 1 September 2019
The lowdown The whole town of Hopefield comes together for this four-day affair to build, manage and run this wonderfully festive annual fynbos show. Plant lovers, botanists, and festival-goers can look forward to loads of food and craft stalls, live music, and even a beer tent.
Cost Thursdays:
R25, adults
R15, seniors
R10, children
Friday – Saturday:
R45, adults
R30, seniors
R20, children
Contact 072 802 3634,
Location Hopefield Sportsclub, Hopefield, West Coast

Cape Town Homemakers Expo 2019

Homemakers Expo Cape Town
Patio Warehouse

Where CBD
When 29 August – 1 September 2019
The lowdown Decor inspiration, design advice and an array of lifestyle products will be at your fingertips at the Homemakers Expo, taking place at the CTICC. Watch live home-DIY and cooking tutorials in the Tuis | Home Theatre, shop for bespoke décor, furniture and fabrics at Interior Spaces, as well as locally handcrafted homeware, ceramics, art, custom jewellery and leather goods in the Truly Artisan section.
Cost R90 (adults)
R70 (pensioners)
Free (under 16 years)
Book Now
Contact 021 511 2800,
Location Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town

Cape Town’s Food Truck Friday: August Edition 2019

Food Truck August Events

Where Diep River
When 31 August 2019
The lowdown Jack Black’s Brewing Co welcomes beer aficionados and fun-loving folk to its monthly Food Truck Fridays. Not only is there live entertainment and Jack Black craft beers, but you can also expect some excellent food-truck grub.
Cost Free
Contact 021 286 1220,
Location Jack Black’s Brewing Company, 10 Brigid Road, Diep River, Cape Town

Capegate Craft Beer Festival 2019

Capegate Beer Festival August Events

Capegate, Brackenfell
30 – 31 August 2019
The lowdown
The 2019 edition of this annual festival, now in its ninth year, is a showcase of beer and wine from over 20 Western Cape breweries and wineries –with a smattering of food trucks and live entertainment to keep the festivities going!
The details
Participating wineries and breweries include Urban Brewing Company, Wild Clover Breweries (who have merged with Saggy Stone), Wagon Trail Brewery (on Anura Vineyards) and Kings Craft Brewing Co, among others.
R90 (at the door)
Book Now
021 981 2288,
Capegate Shopping Centre, Corner Okavango & de Bron Road, Brackenfell

De Krans Spring Blossom Festival 2019

De Krans Spring Blossom Festival Cape Town

Where Calitzdorp
When 31 August 2019
The lowdown De Krans Wines invites festival-goers and families to marvel at the gorgeous blooms and fruits that have sprung this spring, and also take part in a weekend of festivities, which include a fun run, vineyard and orchard strolls, live music performance by Matt Hatters, visiting the deli or bistro and tasting De Krans wines, of course!
Cost Free (R20 for the 5km/10km run)
Contact 044 213 3314,
Location De Krans Wines, Calitzdorp, Western Cape

The Chocolate Festival 2019

Chocolate Festival Best Festivals

Where Stellenbosch
When 31 August – 1 September 2019
The lowdown Willy Wonker has come to Cape Town or, rather, the Winelands at this festival dedicated to chocolate!
Cost R180 (adults)
R50 (children 0 – 18 years)
Book Now
Contact 084 207 3820,
Location Vredenburg Road, The Woodmill Lifestyle Centre, Stellenbosch

Research by Bianca Hausle

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Time of publication: 29 July 2019