The Best September Events in Cape Town 2019

The Best September Events in Cape Town 2019 Namaqualand Flower Festival

Whales, wine, wildflowers and literary works...These are some of the events to look forward to in September 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 September 2019.

4 – 8 September 2019 Open Book Festival 2019 Cape Town
5 September 2019 First Thursdays: September Edition 2019 CBD
6 – 8 September 2019 Namaqualand Flower Festival 2019 Vanrhynsdorp
6 – 8 September 2019 Darling Voorkamerfest 2019 Darling
7 September 2019 With You: Love in the City 2019 Castle of Good Hope
14 – 15 September 2019 Franschhoek Uncorked 2019 Franschhoek
15 September 2019 Noble Vice 2019 Woodstock
20 September 2019 Grand Moon ft. Monolink Live: September 2019 Granger Bay
20 – 22 September 2019 Darling Wildflower Show 2019 Darling
20 – 24 September 2019 Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic 2019 Citrusdal
20 – 24 September 2019 !Khwa Ttu Heritage Festival 2019 Yzerfontein 
21 – 24 September 2019 Hermanus Flower Festival 2019 Hermanus
23 – 28 September 2019 Whale Week at The Marine 2019 Hermanus
27 – 29 September 2019 Hermanus Whale Festival 2019 Hermanus
28 September 2019 Pinotage on Tap 2019 Diemersfontein Wine Estate
28 September 2019 Into the Wild: Moon Child 2019 Malmesbury
28 – 29 September 2019 Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2019 Hermanus

Open Book Festival 2019

Open Book Festival September Events

Where CBD and Zonnebloem
When 4 – 8 September 2019
The lowdown A chance for bookworms, poetry lovers and comic fans to learn from – and meet – local and international poets, novelists and comic-book creators. Come and be inspired at this delightfully entertaining book festival. In addition to paid events, there are a range of free events, but you’ll need to book tickets to secure a spot.
Cost R45 – R180 (individual events)
R150 (day pass, includes 6 events per day)
R600 (festival pass, includes 6 events per day for 5 days)
LocationCentral Cape Town
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First Thursdays: September Edition 2019

Botanik First Thursdays

Where CBD
When 5 September 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.
Location CBD

Namaqualand Flower Festival 2019

Best September Events

Where Vanrhynsdorp
When 6 – 8 September 2019
The lowdown The Namaqualand Flower Festival returns for an impressive 12th year! Expect a weekend of wholesome family fun, complete with trail runs, secret sunrise sessions courtesy of No Danger Diaries, live music, star-gazing, bush walks and yoga.
Cost R750 – R1 900
Contact 082 409 8212,
Location Gifberg Holiday Farm, Gifberg, Vanrhynsdorp, Western Cape
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Darling Voorkamerfest 2019

Darling Voorkamer Festival September Events

Where Darling
When 6 – 8 September 2019
The lowdown Now in its 14th year, the annual Darling festival brings to life the essence of this small town, while celebrating the spirit of cultural diversity that it’s known for. Expect diverse theatre, music, dance and comedy, performed by South African and international artists.
Cost R210 – R270
Contact 079 190 3218, 072 573 7937,
Location Darling, West Coast Route 27
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With You: Love in the City

With You Festival September Events

Where Castle of Good Hope
When 7 September 2019
The lowdown This open-air festival at the historic and atmospheric Castle of Good Hope, aims to create human connection through alternative music and dancing. So round up your friends, pull on your waviest garments and let loose in the sunshine.
Cost R250
Location Castle of Good Hope, 1 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
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Franschhoek Uncorked 2019

Franschhoek Uncorked September Events

Where Franschhoek
When 14 – 15 September 2019
The lowdown This annual two-day spring celebration has loads on offer: fun wine-tastings and great food, and outdoor activities for the whole family at various wineries in Franschhoek.
Cost R180 (Weekend Pass)
R200 (at the door)
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Contact 021 876 2861,
Location Franschhoek Wine Valley

Noble Vice 2019

Noble Vice: Best Events in Cape Town

Where Woodstock, Cape Town
When 15 September 2019
The lowdown Join a handpicked crop of foodies and winemakers at Noble Vice for an all-day feast. Chefs include Wesley Randles (Shortmarket Club), Kyle du Plooy (Eike), Ryan Cole (Salsify) and Andy Fenner (Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants).
Cost R895 (includes six courses, unlimited wine-tastings and music)
Location Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
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Monolink Live September Events

Where Granger Bay, Cape Town
When 20 September 2019
The lowdown German singer-songwriter Monolink is bringing his eclectic mix of electronic music, acoustic beats and vocals to Grand Africa Café for this fantasy-like event.
Cost R350
Location Grand Africa Cafe & Beach, 4 Haul Road, V&A Waterfront, Granger Bay, Cape Town
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Darling Wildflower Show 2019

Wildflower Show Cape Town
Daniela Photography

Where Darling
When 20 – 22 September 2019
The lowdown This year’s show – themed a Carnival of Flowers – celebrates 102 years! In the Landscaped Hall, there’ll be a showcase of indigenous flowers in their natural habitat, while the entertainment tent will feature live local music. Keep an eye out for the craft and food market, the old car display, as well as a range of fun workshops.
Cost R70 (adults)
R50 (pensioners and children)
Free (children 0 – 2 years)
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Contact 084 916 1111,
Location Darling, West Coast Route 27

Wolfkop Weekender: Power Flower Picnic 2019

Wolfkop Weekender

Where Citrusdal
When 20 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown Part music festival and part weekend away, Wolfkop Weekender allows revellers to design their own adventure while enjoying the stunning Wolfkop Camping Villages in Citrusdal to the soundtrack of electronic beats, with delicious food and drinks, and fun outdoor activities all part of the experience. Headline acts include The Drifter and Culoe De Song, with a stellar lineup of artists completing the bill.
Three campsites, situated on the banks of the Olifants River, are ideal for large groups of people, and various ticketing tiers are available to suit your budget. For lovers of slick electronic music (and nature), this is sure to be a treat.
Cost From R875 to R1 175 (includes festival pass and four nights’ camping accommodation)
From R1 675 to R18 800 (includes festival passes and four nights’ glamping accommodation)
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Contact 083 260 4822,
Location Wolfkop Camping Villages, 59 Voortrekker Street, Citrusdal (via N7)

!Khwa Ttu Heritage Festival 2019

Khwa Ttu Heritage Festival

Where Yzerfontein
When 21 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown !Khwa Ttu is hosting a four-day festival at its camping and adventure ground on the West Coast. In honour of Heritage month, the event is dedicated to South Africa’s earliest known inhabitants. Festival-goers will have an opportunity to learn more about San culture through language lessons and talks, and there’ll be food stalls, pop-up food demonstrations, tea tastings, and an array of fun activities for children (including treasure hunts, traditional story-telling, tractor rides, and more)!
Good to know For those wishing to immerse themselves in the West Coast way, there will be 50 sites available in !Khwa Ttu’s camping village.
Cost R70 (one-day admission, adult + 2 children under 18)
R50 (one-day admission, pensioners)
R100 (one-night camping accommodation)
R100 (Family Fun Run)
R100 (Family Mountain Bike Ride)
Book Now
Contact 0861 321 777,
Location Grootwater Farm, Yzerfontein (R27), Western Cape

Hermanus Flower Festival 2019

Hermanus Flower Festival September Events
Nosy Rosy

Where Hermanus
When 21 – 24 September 2019
The lowdown This spring festival is a celebration of the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, talks on eco-tourism in the Cape Floral Kingdom and fun activities for the kids. Guests can also enjoy teas and light lunches as well as visits to Fernkloof Nursery.
Cost R25 (adults)
R10 (senior citizens on Monday)
Free (children 0 – 12 years)
Location Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus

Whale Week at The Marine 2019

Whale Week Marine Hotel Hermanus

Where Hermanus
When 23 – 28 September 2019
The lowdown This precursor to the Hermanus Whale Festival is a sumptuous celebration of whale season that takes place at The Marine in Hermanus, an Eco-Marine partner of the famous Whale Festival. Guests can look forward to a week of inspiring talks, high tea, a sea-facing seven-course dinner prepared by Greenhouse chef Farrel Hirsch, and even a Whale Bell unveiling at this five-star hotel on the cliff path.
Cost Free (talks, presentations and exhibitions)
R100 (Mini High Tea)
R95 (canapés and wine with Creation Wines)
R975 (Greenhouse pop-up restaurant)
Contact 028 313 1000,
Location The Marine, Main Road, Hermanus

Hermanus Whale Festival 2019

Best to do Hermanus

Where Hermanus
When 27 – 29 September 2019
The lowdown Now in its 28th year, the Hermanus Whale Festival in this charming coastal town, offers visitors the chance to view the migration of these southern right giants in what’s considered to be the whale-watching capital of the world. And if that’s not enough, there’ll be live music performances, vintage car shows, a street parade, great food, and quality crafts on offer in this charming coastal town.
Cost Various
Contact 071 606 3261
Location 100 Main Road, Hermanus

Good to know While you’re here, why not book an awesome whale-watching tour with Southern Right Charters that will get you up close and personal (without disturbing the beautiful creatures)?
Departure times Daily, 9am; 12pm; 3pm (June – December)
Contact 082 353 0550,
Cost R900 (adults)
R800 (students and seniors)
R450 (children under 14)
Free (children under 5)
Book Now
Where to find it Southern Right Charters: The Whale Shack, New Harbour, Hermanus

Pinotage on Tap 2019

Pinotage on Tap Festival Cape Town

Where Wellington
When 28 September 2019
The lowdown Started 15 years ago, this fun-filled festival is all about SA’s finest pinotage. Along with loads of tip-top pino, guests can enjoy hearty local fare and live entertainment courtesy of The Bottomless Coffee Band, Amy Jones, and Newton & Co.
Cost R295
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Contact 021 864 5050,
Location Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Wellington

Into the Wild: Moon Child

Into the Wild September Events

Where Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast
When 28 September 2019
The lowdown Moon Child is Into the Wild’s first psychedelic techno and progressive day party of spring, a mere 30-minute drive from Cape Town in the beautiful Riverside Forest. Expect to see talented Danish headliners MVMB and Martin Vice kick off the season with a celebratory bang.
Cost R350 – R380
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Location Riverside Forest, Malmesbury, West Coast

Hermanus Wine & Food Festival 2019

Hermanus Fine Wine and Food Festival September Events

Where Hermanus
When 28 – 29 September 2019
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 R150 (adults)
Free (children 0 – 18 years)
Book Now
Contact 028 316 3988,
Location Curro Private School, Curro Road, Sandbaai, Hermanus

Research by Bianca Hausle, Hannah Littlewood

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Time of publication: 21 August 2019