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Cape Town lifestyle – Outdoor Gatherings

Cape Town has some of the most beautiful landscapes and sights, which plays a big part in the daily Cape Town lifestyle. While working in Cape Town you will notice that Capetonians will use any excuse to come together to have a good time, while enjoying the beautiful views, beaches, mountains and flora that Cape Town has to offer. Language Recruiters has compiled a list of ways for you to join in on the fun laidback Cape Town lifestyle, while enjoying the stunning scenery.

Cape Town Lifestyle - Outdoor concerts

Music is a big part of the Cape Town lifestyle. Captonians of all ages love live local music, especially in a beautiful outdoor setting on a sunny day.

Kirstenbosch summer concerts are a fantastic way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Kirstenbosch summer concerts take place in an open-air amphitheatre right in the middle of the lush Kirstenbosch botanical gardens. These Kirstenbosch botanical gardens have incredible views, and a range of Cape flora.

Enjoy a picnic on the grass with friends or family, while listening to good local music. There is a different concert every Sunday at 17h30, from November through to April. Kirstenbosch summer concerts hosts an assortment of talented local musicians, from a variety of genres, including rock, jazz, funk, soul, folk and classical music.

The Paul Cluver winery, in the Elgin Valley, also hosts popular outdoor summer concerts, between January and March. This open-air amphitheatre is surrounded by tall trees, providing the natural acoustics for some of the biggest local musical talents.

Tickets are limited to 600 tickets and there are no reservations, so get there early. Doors open at 5pm, and the concert begins at 7pm. This is a great way to spend a warm Saturday evening.

De Vaal Park lies in the middle of Cape Town city, at the foot of Table Mountain. De Waal Park has a series of free summer concerts, with an impressive local line up. De Waal Park hosts a new local act every second Sunday, from November through to March.

Oude Libertas is set on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg overlooking Stellenbosch. The Oude Libertas hosts some of the best South African and international performers of music, dance and theatre. Take a picnic basket and enjoy the cultural experience, between the months of November through to March.

Cape Town Lifestyle - Music festivals

Music festivals are a big part of the young Cape Town lifestyle, where locals look forward to the summer particularly for the music festival. Here international acts visit, and Cape Town shows off some of its local music talent. The music festivals always take place at a beautiful venue, and the weather is almost always perfection.

At the end of January, Cape Town locals like to start the year off with a music festival called “Up The Creak”. The festival takes place along the banks of the Breede River, in Swellendam, and hosts roughly 30 of South Africa’s talented musicians, from a variety of genres.

RAMfest is rock orientated four day music festival in March, set in a lush setting in Riversonderend. RAMfest provides for all sorts of music genre lovers and offers a blend of both local and international music talents.

Holi One Colour fest is a new festival that takes place in March, in the heart of the Cape Town city. The festival goers arrive at 12pm dressed in white, for the one day festival set at the Grand Parade. The festival is inspired by the Indian Hindu spring colour festival, where party goers throw coloured organic powder paints every hour on the hour, while enjoying some great South African music acts.

Rocking the Daisies is an eco-friendly music and lifestyle festival, which takes place at the beginning of October at the Cloof Wine Estate in Darling. Rocking the Daisies has seven different stages that hosts a variety of top international and local musicians, DJ’s and comedians.

Synergy Live outdoor music festival takes place at the end of November at the beautiful Theewaterskloof Dam. Synergy is famous for its live music concert production, where festival goers enjoy performances from over 100 remarkable local and international bands, live acts, comedians and electro artists.

Cape Town Lifestyle - Moonlight mass

Moonlight mass is a casual night bicycle ride that takes place once a month on the full moon. Moonlight mass aims to raise awareness of cycling as an eco-friendly form of transport, as well as the safety of cyclists in the city. Most people, however, just go for the festivity and camaraderie of the event.

The ride starts at 9pm at the Green Point circle, where hundreds of amateur cyclists come together to cycle through the streets of Cape Town. The crowd cycles through the city streets and end up at green market square, where everyone meets for a drink.

There are also additional smaller moonlight mass gatherings. Cyclists meet at 8:30pm at the River Club in Observatory for a 10-km ride along the river; and at 8pm at Octopus Garden, next to the St James station. The crowd cycles along the coast towards Muizenburg, with beautiful views of the ocean. Everyone then meets up afterwards for drinks.

Cape Town Lifestyle - Lion’s head full moon hike

To the right of Table Mountain is the mountain slope called Lion’s Head. Cape Town locals like to gather and do the Lion's Head hike on bright full moon evenings. On this full moon hike you will find many people enjoying their picnic while watching the sun set in Camps Bay, and the full moon rise over Cape Town.

Cape Town Lifestyle - Markets

Community markets have become a huge part of the Cape Town lifestyle. Cape Town locals flock to these pop up community markets that take place on a monthly or weekly basis. These markets usually have a bar and live music, so it is more of a social event. All of these markets always offer really good food, fashionable clothing, crafts and pretty trinkets.

The Hout Bay Market is an indoor market that happens every weekend. This market has a big indoor fire place and is an ideal hang out for those cold winter days. The Hout Bay market has a live band to listen to while you enjoy delicious food or browse the clothing stores.

The Blue Bird Garage Market takes place in Muizenburg, every Friday evening from 4pm. This market also has fantastic live music, yummy food, and lovely clothes to browse. Space is limited so make sure you get there early.

Constantia Waldorf School hosts a monthly night market, during the summer months. This market offers a collection of fresh, wholesome, organic produce, hand crafts and art and cloths for the whole family to enjoy.

The City Bowl Market on Hope Street takes place every Thursday evening. Here people enjoy live music and delightful food from all over the world. City Bowl market on Hope also hosts a fashion market once a month, on a Saturday.

Cape Town is always buzzing with outdoor gatherings and festivities for everyone to enjoy, especially in the summer time.  No matter what, if the sun is shining, you will always find people in Cape Town ready to have a good time. If you would like to join in and enjoy the Cape Town lifestyle, feel free to contact us.