The Best October Festivals in Cape Town 2018

The Best October Festivals in Cape Town 2018

Beer, bubbly, bikes and boats… These are some of the top activities to look forward to this October.

Summer is on its way, which means Festival Fever has hit the Mother of all Cities! Here’s our pick of where to go and what to do this October.

OCTOBER 2018 FESTIVALS
4 October 2018 First Thursday: October 2018 Edition CBD
5 – 7 October 2018 Rocking the Daisies 2018 Cloof Wine Estate
5 – 6 October 2018 Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2018 Hermanus
6 – 7 October 2018 Say Cheese Artisanal Cheese Fair 2018 Milnerton
13 October 2018 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 2018 Jan Marais Nature Reserve
19 – 21 October 2018 Cape Town International Boat Show 2018 Cape Town
26 October 2018 Cape Town’s Food Truck Friday: October 2018 Edition Diep River
26 – 28 October 2018 Robertson Wine on the River 2018 Robertson Wine Valley
27 October 2018 Zombie Festival 2018 Cape Town
27 – 28 October 2018 Cape Town International Kite Festival 2018 Muizenberg
27 – 28 October 2018 Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival 2018 Durbanville
26 October – 4 November 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018 Cape Town

FIRST THURSDAYS: OCTOBER EDITION 2018

First Thursday Event

Where CBD
When 2 August 2018
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
Contact goodevening@first-thursdays.co.za
Location CBD

Rocking the Daisies 2018

Rocking The Daisies Cape Town

Where Cloof Wine Estate
When 5 – 7 October 2018
The lowdown Kick off summer in the company of 250 stellar acts. From comedy and art to multi-sensory experiences, Daisies has a bit of something for everyone – while keeping it green and planet-conscious, too. This year the festival is 100% cashless for a safer and better experience. Round up your mates, and get your tent on!
Cost R595 – R895
Book tickets at Quicket
Contact 021 461 9822, hello@rockingthedaisies.com
Location Cloof Wine Estate, Mamre Road, Off the R315, Between Malmesbury and Darling

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2018

Hermanus Food Wine Festival Cape Town

Where Hermanus
When 5 – 6 October 2018
The lowdown The Hermanus Wine and Food Festival showcases over 250 wines by some of the Overberg’s finest estates, from Elgin to Elim. It also features gourmet food stalls, craft beer, children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more!
Cost TBA
Contact 028 316 3988, wineoffice@hermanus.co.za
Location Curro Private School, Curro Rd, Sandbaai, Hermanus

Say Cheese Artisanal Cheese Fair 2018

Where Milnerton
When 6 – 7 October 2018
The lowdown Two days of local artisanal and imported cheeses, olives, wines, beers, breads, charcuterie and preserves in the third Say Cheese Fair. With over 40 food stalls, a bar and restaurant area, kids’ entertainment and a chef’s demo area, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Cost R55 – R95
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 072 795 4214, saycheesefair@gmail.com
Location Italian Club of Cape Town, Donegal Street, Milnerton, Cape Town

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival 2018

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival Cape Town

Where Jan Marais Nature Reserve
When 13 October 2018
The lowdown Beer lovers can enjoy the best of local craft beer at one of the region’s best-kept secrets, the Jan Marais Nature Reserve. Lush lawns and ancient trees make this the perfect setting for this biannual picnic-style craft-beer festival, complete with food trucks and festive beats.
Cost R105, adults (includes branded 500ml glass)
R90, adults (includes plastic 500ml cup)
R65, children 12 – 17 years
Free children 0 – 12 years
Contact 076 126 1634, megan@dpk.co.za
Location Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Marais Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Cape Town International Boat Show 2018

Cape Town International Boat Festival Cape Town

Where V&A Waterfront
When 19 – 21 October 2018
The lowdown Are you a boat owner, or do you dream of being one? Well, this family-friendly show might have the answers you seek: from sailing courses and watersports to examples of the most luxurious boats, equipment and water toys for the whole family.
Cost Free – R210
Book tickets at itickets
Contact 010 599 6171, Kathryn.Frew@za.messefrankfurt.com
Location V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

CAPE TOWN’S FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: OCTOBER EDITION 2018

Food Truck Fridays Event

Where Diep River
When 31 August 2018
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, taproom@jackblackbeer.com
Location Jack Black’s Brewing Company, 10 Brigid Road, Diep River, Cape Town

Robertson Wine on the River 2018

Robertson Wine on the River Festival Cape Town

Where The Robertson Wine Valley
When 26 – 28 October 2018
The lowdown This not-to-be-missed festival offers straight-up and tutored wine tastings by local winemakers. Enjoy local arts and crafts while meandering along the Breede River under trees. Then, stop and listen to the smooth sounds of jazz and blues, or take a gentle cruise along the river.
Cost R300, weekend pass
R150, Friday
R220, Saturday
R150, Sunday
Free for under 18s
Book tickets at Webtickets
Contact 023 626 3167, events@robertsonwinevalley.com
Location Goudmyn Farm, 2 Reitz Street, Robertson, Western Cape

Zombie Festival 2018

Zombie Festival Cape Town

Where Company’s Garden and Madison Avenue
When 27 October 2018
The lowdown Does a zombie walk through the Company’s Garden appeal? Everybody is welcome (come in a scary outfit), and all proceeds go to The Lucky Lucy Foundation for abused and neglected animals. Then, things get kicked up a notch at the afterparty (sorry, no kids allowed) at Madison Avenue for some after-hour Halloween fun.
Cost R80
Book tickets at Nutickets
Contact 060 996 1477, zombiewalk.capetown@gmail.com
Location Company’s Garden, Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town AND Madison Avenue Cape Town, 11 Mechau Street , Cape Town

Cape Town International Kite Festival 2018

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Where Zandvlei Nature Reserve
When 27 – 28 October 2018
The lowdown Rise up and fly at this two-day family-friendly event that raises funds for a good cause. Expect incredible kite displays, free kite-making workshops, good food and live entertainment – from the likes of Jarrad Ricketts, Zion-3 Three, and more – all in support of Cape Mental Health. If you have your own, bring it along; if you don’t, there are loads available for purchase, or you can even make your own.
Cost R40 per day (adults)
R15 per day (children 0 –12 years)
Book tickets at Quicket
Contact 021 447 9040, info@cmh.org.za
Location Axminster Road, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival 2018

Oyster Festival Cape Town

Where Durbanville
When 27 – 28 October 2018
The lowdown This year the much loved Oyster and Champagne festival is being transformed into the first ever Oysters, Bubbles and Blanc Festival with the addition of a few local sauvignon blanc producers. Expect the best oysters and bubbly in the Western Cape, as well as Champagne from France, Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain, complete with live entertainment and celebrity-chef demonstrations.
Cost R200
Book tickets at Computicket
Contact 021 976 4959, mike@hillcrestquarry.co.za
Location Hillcrest Quarry, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018

Banff Mountain Film Festival Cape Town

Where Cape Town
When 26 October – 4 November 2018
The lowdown Explore the great outdoors, go kayaking, mountain-climbing and base-jumping – vicariously, of course – while watching 11 incredible films that bring the beauty of the outside world inside.
Cost TBA
Book tickets at Ster Kinekor from 24 September 2018
Contact 086 166 8437
Location Ster Kinekor Cavendish Square AND Ster Kinekor Tygervalley Shopping Centre

Research by Alicia Chamaillé

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 27 September 2018

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