Things to do this February

February is harvest time in the Winelands and the perfect time for celebrations all around. The social calendar is heating up fast with everyone from festival-goers, to musos and sporting fanatics being generously catered for. Take a look at our curated list of the best events and happenings  to help you keep track of it all.

CHEER

Cape Town 10s @ Cape Town Stadium – 1 to 2 February 2019

The rugby component of 10s is billed as the biggest ten-a-side rugby tournament in the world, designed for fun but still underpinned by national and international rugby federation rules. The event has, over the years, featured some of the world’s greatest International rugby legends including Jonah Lomu, Carlos Spencer and Christian Cullen, as well as other global sporting stars such as Graeme Smith and Justin Kemp.

The Cape Town 10s is not just about the sporting action, it is also one big jol featuring some of the country’s biggest and most popular music acts as well as hosting Africa’s largest beer tent. Thousands of fans and squads gather from across the globe to play their favourite sports and to experience the vibe of 10s that is underpinned by fun, friendships, sports and a couple of cold ones.

ADMIRE

Art Exhibition @ Cavalli – until 24 February

Last explores notions around continuance of life as opposed to annihilation, and the complex bonds that tie human and non-human animal.

As an intransitive verb, ‘last’ denotes prolongation – for example, of life and of species. As adjective ‘last’ indicates ‘being the only remaining’, which contrarily would suggest a looming end to life and species.

As such, the bonds between animal and human remains ambiguous and conflictive, enfolding planes of protection and intimacy as much as of destruction and distance, while they offer no last answer.

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00.

CELEBRATE

Stellenbosch Harvest Parade 2019 – 2 February

It’s time to whip on your glad rags and join the parade! Once again, a merry, family-friendly spectacle hits the streets of Stellenbosch on Saturday, February 2 when farm locals of this renowned wine region take to the streets accompanied by musicians and a festive entourage for the celebration and blessing of the year’s grape harvest.

“Stellenbosch is the heartland of South African wine, which gives special significance to the harvest parade. It’s about celebrating the bounty that harvest brings, but also the spirit of goodwill that prevails despite the season’s physical demands,” says Stellenbosch Wine Routes manger Elmarie Rabe.

The parade sets off from the Van der Stel sports grounds at 09:00 and leads down Alexander Street to the town hall where the harvest blessing will take place. From there, it returns along Merriman Avenue to conclude in the delightful Agri-worker Crafts and Family Day.

RUN

Trailfun Simonsig Trail Run@Simonsig – 9 February 

Keep up those resolutions by participating in a spectacular run on  9 February 2019, at the beautiful Simonsig Wine Estate.

Enjoy a 5km run through the vineyards.  First-timers or those out for a relaxing morning, do it just once (the short route), or take on the challenge and do it twice! (the long route)

As has become synonymous with these runs, there will be a great vibe, excellent giveaways and superb Simonsig wine to enjoy afterwards.

Date: Saturday 9 February 2019
Venue: Simonsig Estate, Koelenhof (10km from Stellenbosch)
Tel: 021 888 4900
Website: www.simonsig.co.za

ROCK

PATCH Fundraiser Live Concert @ Spier Amphitheatre – 2 February

The infectious Afro-fusion beats of Freshlyground will set the stage for an evening of unprecedented musical entertainment, including the poetic melodies of living legend Anton Goosen, an electric collaboration between the enigmatic Piet Botha and Akkedis who will perform as The Lyzyrd Kyngs, as well as the dulcet tones of the ever-inspiring Wendy Oldfield. Add the very talented, award-winning singer Lionel Bastos to this already impressive line-up of legendary gems in the South African music industry, and the evening is set to be a night to remember.

The fantastic new pop-talent Amy Jones also recently joined the stellar line-up. She will be performing her well-known radio tracks, including her popular number 1 hit and award winning single “You and Me.”

STOMP

Grande Provence Harvest Festival @ Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek – 23 February

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate is ready to roll out the barrel for their annual Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Saturday, 23 February 2019.

Get ready to pick and stomp grapes with the whole family to the jovial beat of the Kaapse Klopse in the vineyards followed by a harvest table heavily laden with delicious fare and the chilled sounds of live contemporary music.  With plenty of action for the children including a jumping castle, face painting, a variety of lawn games and tractor rides, adults can look forward to a laid back day of country food, fine wines and a cellar tour and tasting.

Festivities kick off at 10h00. Tickets for the festival are priced at R650 for adults and R325 for children under 12. Booking is essential. For more information call: (021) 876 8600 or email reservations@grandeprovence.co.za

TASTE

Stellenbosch Craft Gin & Spirits Festival @ Antique Tractor Farm – 9 February

From novice enthusiast to the cocktail aficionado, the Craft Spirits Festival has something to please everyone’s palate.

Brandy lovers, tequila aficionados, gin guzzlers, rum radicals, vodka vixens and mixologists will be able to indulge your senses and shake up your day while you mix and mingle with all our guests and vendors as we celebrate all things spirit and cocktail.

This is your chance to taste craft-distilled spirits from all over the country. High-end gin, rum, cognac, brandy, vodka, tequila and more await you!

WATCH

Breakfast At Tiffany’s by the  Galileo Open Air Cinema @ Falke Wine Estate – 9 February

Check out Galileo Open Air Cinema’s 2018/19 lineup of silverscreen classics (and some millennium favourites) that will be screened at various scenic venues in and around Cape Town until end-April 2019.

Doors open at 6pm (5pm Sat & 4pm Sun) onto a festive mini-market, so arrive early to enjoy delicious food, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, coffee and popcorn before the movie starts at sunset. Blankets and backrests are available for hire, and there are vendors selling food and beverages at the location (you’re also welcome to bring your own picnic basket). There’s also a special romantic package for couples, where a reserved area with blankets, pillows and Frey chocolates are provided.

Get there before the movie starts, so you can enjoy the live music and festive atmosphere (and reserve your spot on the lawn).