The Best October Events in Cape Town 2019

The Best October Events in Cape Town 2019 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer, music, art and kites… These are some of the things to look forward to in October 2019 in Cape Town.

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 2019.

4 – 6 October 2019 Smalltown Beat Stanford
4 – 6 October 2019 Rocking the Daisies Cloof Wine Estate
5 October 2019 Oktoberfest Melkbosstrand
5 October 2019 The Bubbly Festival: Champagne and Bubbly Cape Town
11 – 13 October 2019 Robertson Wine on the River Robertson Wine Valley
12 October 2019 Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival Stellenbosch
12 October 2019 Taal Monument Full Moon Picnics: October Edition Paarl
16 October 2019 – 25 April 2020 The Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape Town
18 – 27 October 2019 Open Design Afrika Cape Town
18 – 20 October 2019 Cape Town International Boat Show V&A Waterfront
23 October 2019 Caroline’s White Wine Review Cape Town
25 October 2019 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Various
25 – 27 October 2019 Franschhoek Art Festival Franschhoek
26 –27 October 2019 Cape Town International Kite Festival  Muizenberg

Smalltown Beat

Smalltown Beat

Where Rivers End Farm
When 4 – 6 October 2019
The lowdown Join like-minded electronic music fans at this booming weekend festival in Stanford. Hosted on the beautiful Rivers End Farm, this festival is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air providing a scenic setting for enjoying music, browsing art and taking in the natural surrounds.
Cost R550 – R650
Contact 083 251 3057,
Location Wortelgat Road, Stanford
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Rocking the Daisies

Rocking the Daisies October Events
The Green Times

Where Cloof Wine Estate
When 4 – 6 October 2019
The lowdown Kick off summer in the company of 250 stellar acts including Brit-pop sensations The 1975 and local rapstar Sho Madjozi. 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 R645 – R995 (festival entrance)
R225 – R545 (camping)
R2 195 – R11 995 (Daisyland glamping)
Contact 021 461 9822,
Location Cloof Wine Estate, Mamre Road, Off the R315, Between Malmesbury and Darling
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Oktoberfest October Events

Where Melkbosstrand
When 5 October 2019
The lowdown Craft ales and local wineries, such as Stella Artois, Newlands Spring Brew Co. and Urban Brewing Co. are the perfect accompaniments to traditional German food and food trucks on offer.
Cost R120 – R150 (includes beer mug and 10 tasting tickets)
Location 1 Fairway Drive, Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, Cape Town
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The Bubbly Festival: Champagne and Bubbly

Bubbly Festival at Shimmy Beach: Best October Events

Where Cape Town
When 5 October 2019
The lowdown Bubbly tastings, live entertainment, tasty bites and a very fitting sabrage performance, followed by an afterparty.
Good to know The dress code is white and gold with a touch of pink.
Cost R360 (includes 10 bubbly-tasting tickets; additional tickets can be purchased for R20)
Location Shimmy Beach Club, 12 South Arm Road, Cape Town
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Robertson Wine on the River

Wine On The River

Where The Robertson Wine Valley
When 11 – 13 October 2019
The lowdown This not-to-be-missed festival is one of the most chilled festivals in the Winelands, with the option of meandering along the Breede River under the shade of trees. Robertson Wine on the River is all about relaxing, while taking in the breathtaking natural beauty of the region with top-class wine and delicious food. For its 14th year, festival-goers have the opportunity of tasting wines from over 23 wine farms in the region, making this one of the biggest wine festivals in the Cape.
Cost R350 (weekend pass)
R150 (Friday)
R250 (Saturday)
R150 (Sunday)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
R750 (VIP)
Contact 023 626 3167,
Location Goudmyn Farm, R317, Robertson, Western Cape
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Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival

Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival October Events

Where Jan Marais Nature Reserve
When 12 October 2019
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 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,
Location Jan Marais Nature Reserve, Marais Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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Taalmonument Full Moon Picnics: October Edition

Taalmonument Picnics

Where Paarl
When 12 October 2019
The lowdown Located on a hill overlooking Paarl, with some of the most unique and beautiful views in the Western Cape, the Taalmonument was built in 1975 to celebrate the Afrikaans language. Its location makes it the perfect venue for these full-moon picnics.
Good to know You can bring your own picnic or pre-order one from the Volksmond Coffee Shop (R300 for two people; R400 with a basket).
Cost R40 (adults); R10 (SA students); R5 (children); Free (children 0 – 6 years)
Contact, 021 863 0543,
Location Taalmonument, Gabbema Doordrift Street, Paarl Mountain, Paarl
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The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Galileo Open Air Cinema

Where Cape Town
When 16 October – 25 April 2020
The lowdown Relive your favourite movie moments under the stars in some of the Cape’s most picturesque settings, every Wednesday to Saturday, and select Sundays at the Galileo Open Air Cinema.
Cost R109 – R130 (individual ticket)
R195 (VIP, includes blanket, backrest, premium reserved seating, popcorn, coke, and Frey chocolate)
R360 (couple, includes mattress at front row, two blankets, two pillows, and Frey chocolate box)
Contact 021 510 0929,
Location Various venues
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Open Design Afrika Festival

Open Design Afrika Festival October Events

Where Cape Town
When 18 – 27 October 2019
The lowdown The programme focuses on people and art from all walks of life, thus reflecting a diverse array of events, including Open Streets Woodstock, walking tours, talks and markets.
Cost Free for most events
R65 (Black Filmmakers Film Event)
R100 (Bag & Sewing Workshop)
R250 – R350 (Bo-Kaap Architecture Culture Connect)
R450 (Township Walking Tour)
Location Various locations

Cape Town International Boat Show

Cape Town International Boat Show: Best October Events

Where V&A Waterfront
When 18 – 20 October 2019
The lowdown Are you a boat owner, or do you dream of being one? This family-friendly show might have the answers you seek: from sailing courses and watersports to examples of the most luxurious boats, yachts, catamarans, equipment and water toys for the whole family.
Cost R50 – R300
Contact 010 599 6171,
Location V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Caroline’s Annual White Wine Review

Caroline's White Wine Review October Events

Where V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When 23 October 2019
The lowdown Caroline’s Annual White Wine Review is an opportunity for white wine and MCC aficionados to meet the very best South African winemakers and, of course, sample their wares at The Table Bay Hotel!
Good to know As this event is so popular (only 400 guests are permitted), please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Cost R350
Contact 021 712 2258,
Location The Table Bay Hotel Ballroom, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Banff Mountain Film Festival: Best October Events
Keith Ladzinski

Where Cape Town
When 25 October 2019 (release date)
The lowdown Explore the great outdoors, go kayaking, mountain-climbing and base-jumping – vicariously, of course – while watching incredible films that bring the beauty of the outside world inside.
Cost To be confirmed
Contact 086 166 8437
Location Various Ster Kinekor movie theatres
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Franschhoek Art Festival


Where Franschhoek
When 25 – 27 October 2019
The lowdown This art festival has a little of everything – from paintings in different mediums to ceramics, African artefacts, sculptures and fine art – showcasing an array of local talent.
Contact 074 144 4999,
Cost Free (some events might require booking)
Location Various locations in Franschhoek

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Cape Town International Kite Festival

Where Zandvlei Nature Reserve
When 26 – 27 October 2019
The lowdown Let Hope Fly is the theme of 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 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)
R110 (family ticket: 2 adults + 2 children under 12 years)
Contact 021 447 9040,
Location Axminster Road, Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg, Cape Town
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Research by Bianca Hausle

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Time of publication: 23 September 2019