The days are still long and sunny, and the nights are pretty warm – so make the most of the good weather and catch these festivals and foodie events in your ‘hood!
Holi One/We Are One Colour Festival
AT The Grand Parade in Cape Town
ON 14 March
FEATURING The Chainsmokers (there’s more to them than #Selfie, it would seem!), Goodluck, Hard Rock Sofa, Dirty Secretz, Uhuru, Desmond, Jasmine June, Ric Wainwright and many more
TICKETS From R250 at Nutickets
SizweNtsalubaGobodo Celebration Of Bubbles Festival
AT Inanda Country Club
ON 14 and 15 March
FEATURING Delicious luxury champagnes and MCCs (including Jay Z’s fav tipple Armand de Brignac), plenty of glam A-listers and some of the best food trucks in Jozi to keep you grounded among all those bubbles.
TICKETS R250 (including 10 MCC tasting tokens) at Webtickets – There are a limited number left but tickets will also be available on the door.
Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mi Casa
AT Durban Botanic Gardens
ON 15 March
FEATURING Jazz trumpets and a twist of soul – pack a picnic, stack the coolerbox and come chill to the the sound of J Something’s smooooooth voice.
TICKETS From R60 at Webtickets
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Knysna Literary Festival
AT Venues around Knysna
ON 18 to 22 March
FEATURING Selected local authors, including PJ Powers, Tony Leon, Mandy Wiener, Jonathan Kaplan… Basically, put in leave for the long weekend and take a trip to the Garden Route. Between the views, the oysters and the books, you’ll definitely soak up the best of South Africa
TICKETS Available for various talks and presentations, R100 at Webtickets
AT Nitida Cellars, Durbanville wine valley
ON 22 March
FEATURING Baked goods and fine wine. Yum yum! We’re talking sweet macarons and savoury quiches, with breads, cupcakes, brownies, scones and everything else in between, paired with Nitida wines in ways you might not have expected. Pull in, grab some food and have a picnic by the dam with live music as a background.
TICKETS From R50 at Webtickets
Cape Town International Jazz Festival
AT Cape Town International Convention Centre
ON 27 and 28 March
FEATURING Amel Larrieux (the US); Basia (Poland/UK); Beatenberg (SA); Bänz Oester and the Rainmakers (SWISS/SA); Claude Cozens Trio (SA); Carlo Mombelli and The Storytellers (Swiss/SA); Delft Big Band (SA); Dirty Loops (Sweden); Gerald Clayton Trio (the US); Madala Kunene (SA); Mahotella Queens with special guests (SA); Naima Kay (SA); Sons of Kemet (UK); Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse (SA); The Brother Moves On (SA); Purbayan Chatterjee & Talvin Singh (India/UK); Wallace Roney Quintet ft. Lenny White & Buster Williams (the US); Zoe Modiga (SA); Al Jarreau (the US); Hugh Masekela and Oliver Mtukudzi (SA); Prophets of Da City (SA); Yvonne Chaka Chaka (SA); and many more.
TICKETS Are actually sold out – so we hope you know someone who knows someone who IS someone! Alternatively, enter our competition here.
The Flamjangled Tea Party
AT Elandskloof Farm, Helderstroom
ON 27 to 29 March
FEATURING Al Bairre, Oh Mercy, The Kiffness, The Nick Turner Trio, Toby2Shoes, Bam Beano, James Copeland and Felix La Band and loads more, along with top food, fine cocktails, surprising performances, loads of dress-up madness and ridiculous games for the kid inside you.
TICKETS R450 at Quicket
AT Soweto Theatre
ON 28 March
FEATURING 13 acts across three stages, including AKA, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Kenzhero, Mi Casa, Paul Hanmer and Toya Delazy
TICKETS R160 at Computicket
Grand White Dinner
AT A secret location
ON 28 March from 3pm
FEATURING You, all in white; a fancy spread on a white-clad table – or a picnic blanket if you choose that option; a mystery location that will be revealed on the morning of the event; and live entertainment, with Marc Lottering as the MC. We LOVE the idea!
TICKETS From R360 at Nutickets
AT Maboneng Precinct
ON 28 March
FEATURING A street party to launch the expansion of the coolest precinct in the inner city, featuring Cassper Nyovest, Ifani, Okmalukoolkat, Riky Rick, Kid X, Kwesta, Milkshake, Dimplez and Vigi, Twins on Decks and others.
TICKETS R350 at Ticketpro