I think it is safe to finally say summer is here in Cape Town. A shocking rainy start to November with 2 weeks of cold fronts and driving rain, which then moved up to PE and Durban in turn, plus deposited some serious snow in Lesotho and Drakensberg, was quite a lot to deal with. Phew! But it seems to have passsed and we are heading towards peak season with some good old sunny days and our friend the Cape Doctor (the South Easterly wind) back in the mix. So for those of you thinking “Yay, summer is here, what am I going to do in my time off in Cape Town?” here are some ideas to fill your days and nights. There is so much happening: from music festivals, outdoor activities, and and. Where do we start? Ok, Movies.
How about an outdoor movie at the Pink Flamingo on the roof of the Granddaddy hotel in Long Street. From the creators of innovative the Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park, comes this brilliant idea: a boutique outdoor cinema, with snacks, comfy chairs, blankets and the chance to see your favourite classic movie. Including some pearlers from the 80′s like: ET, Karate Kid, Dirty Dancing, Big Blue and more. Tickets are R50. And if you want to go huge, you can go for the fully loaded cooler box and leather sofa option. For more info and bookings see:
For more movies with a different outdoor angle, don’t miss the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival. It kicks off on 2 Dec and is presented by the Save Our Seas Foundation. Wavescapes opens with a Surf Art Exhibition featuring surfboards by acclaimed artists such as Brett Murray, Konradski, Andre Trantaal and Sue Opperman. This exhibition runs December 2 – 8 at Depasco eatery, followed by a gala art auction by comedian Mark Sampson on Dec 9. I went to have look this morning and the boards are fantastic artworks, to be hung and gazed at forever, or ridden and enjoyed. Depends on the buyer… Proceeds go to the NSRI and Shark Spotters. Another highlight is the opening film, to be projected onto a large screen under the stars at Clifton Fourth Beach at 9pm Friday Dec 11. This one is free. A week of films follows at the Labia Cinema on Orange Street (two shows daily, 6 and 8pm) and the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay (9pm). Cost is R25 a ticket. See: