Without a doubt Spring brings a sense of hope and excitement and it is perhaps for this reason that festival fever hits the Cape Point Route. A festival is an event, usually hosted and organised by a local community, and is often focused on a unique aspect of that community and becomes a time of celebration. Visitors to the community learn more about the key aspects of a town and often help in supporting a cause.
Let’s face it festivals are fun! They are colourful, vibrant filled with people laughing and cheering crowds. Festivals feature activities, culture, events, food & drink and music. Festivals are feel good events and spring is a feel good season after the winter. So what’s up Festival wise on the Cape Point Route you may ask?
Spring Splash on Fish Hoek Beach: Sunday 4 September 2011
Free, fun, festive in Fish Hoek. A bunch of ‘crazy’ people from Fish Hoek and surrounds gather on Fish Hoek on the first Sunday in September and on cue at 15h00 they all dash into the water for spring dip to cleanse the winter blues! There’s no fee and no registrations and no costs and no charities. Just pitch up and enjoy the gees or better still – jump into the water if you are brave enough! More details and photos here.
Simon’s Town Spring Festival: 23 – 25 September 2011
This festival celebrates the Simon’s Town community and the season. The key focus is music with performances from the SA Navy Band, the Spring Fling Youth Concert and the Simon’s Town Festival Orchestra. One of the festival highlights will be the Mozart flute concerto in G. Maj on Sat 24th Sept featuring Liesl Stoltz. Tickets R130. Call 021 786 2133 for bookings.
There are buskers and bell ringing; tango and comedy.
There are tours of the navy, submarine tours and historical walking tours. There are boat trips and maritime film shows, art classes and a wellness expo. The ever popular Anything that Floats always draws a big crowd and whilst this is all happening the False Bay Yacht Club holds their Spring Regatta so get down to Simon’s Town for a festival of fun. Click here for Festival Programme.
Heritage Day Potjie Challenge: 24 September 2011
This potjie challenge in Noordhoek celebrates our Proudly South African Heritage with National Braai Day and competitors will challenge the 3 restaurants at Noordhoek Farm Village for the perfect potjie. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities and taste the potjies for R20 from 3pm. Free Heritage Fun crafts for kids from 10h30 – 12h30 with the story of our flag, flag making and more. Read more here and find out how to enter. Emzantsi carnival performers will be in action from 13h00 – so catch an early glimpse of this December event!
Oktoberfest 2011: Sat 1 October – Sun 2 October 2011
Hosted By Fish Hoek Galley on Fish Hoek Beach.
Free Entrance to the Oktoberfest 2011 in aid of Empowerment through Education – Just come and enjoy! There will be German Food: Bockwurst, Bratwurst, German Meatloaf, Kassler, Schnitzel,sauerkratu, Brezeln, knodel & Spatzle. German Beverages: Draught Beer, Wine & Bubblies, Gluhwein, Cappuccino, Cool drinks. Activities:
Music by Zoom, oompah Music, Best Dressed Female (German Dirndl), Best Dressed Male Competitions. Contact: 021 782 3354 for more information.
The event is sponsored by Fish Hoek Galley with the aim to raise R25,000 for the education of our children. Empowerment through Education promotes quality education for Children who would not otherwise have access to it.
African Penguin Awareness Day: 8 October
This is a special day dedicated to this charismatic bird that lives in Simon’s Town. Rehabilitated yet wild African Penguins will be released by SANCCOB and the African Penguin release will mark the start of the Penguin Festival. The public are encouraged to come anlong to witness this moving event. Contact SANCCOB for more details on the release or call 021 557 6155
Simon’s Town Penguin Festival: 8-9 October 2011
Two days of educational fun, food stalls and games for the family kicking off with a beach release of a group of African penguins back into the wild. The Simon’s Town Penguin festival features live animals i.e. penguins, raptors and snake shows and the opportunity to tinker alongside ‘die nuutsman’ Riaan Garforth-Venter to build your very own bird-feeder. Call 021 557 6155 for festival programme. Programme will be available on www.sanccob.co.za
As always the main fundraiser of the Simons Town Penguin Festival is the annual SANCCOB gala auction on 8 October. This year’s theme is LOOKING BACK TO THE FUTURE – to benefit people, penguins and our planet. Hosted by Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter. Auction items welcome – please contact Monique via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have items for auction.
Tickets for the Gala Auction evening cost R395. Bookings and information: Margaret Roestorf 021 557 6155
Cape Town International Kite Festival – 22 & 23 October 2011
‘One Sky One World – Mental Health for All’ is the theme for the seventeenth Cape Town International Kite Festival, which takes place in Muizenberg and is proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health in association with Heart 104.9FM.
The skies will be filled with magnificent kiting creations at Africa’s biggest kite festival which attracts over 24,000 visitors, including kiters from around the world. Local enthusiasts are encouraged to bring along their own kites or just enjoy watching the colourful aerial extravaganza. With kite-making, kite-flying, various kite competitions, food stalls, kiddies’ rides, and a full line-up of entertainment, this is family entertainment at its best.
The Cape Town International Kite Festival will be open from 10:00 to 18:00 each day and takes place on the lawns surrounding Zandvlei, Muizenberg. There is lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is just R15 for adults and R5 for children. For more information on the Cape Town International Kite Festival and Cape Mental Health visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or contact them on (021) 447 9040 or email: email@example.com
EMZANTZI CARNIVAL: 3 December 2011
This year eMzantsi is going green in a big way. The Carnival will take place on Saturday 3rd December 2011 and the theme is ‘eMzantsi Goes BOS’. We’re having a wild time! The umbrella issue that impacts us is of course climate change – the eMzantsi intercultural music and dance project will be getting creative to get this message across to the youth of Fish Hoek, Masiphumelele and Ocean View. ‘eMzantsi’ means ‘in the South’ in isiXhosa and the eMzantsi Carnival is all about celebrating life in Cape Town’s south peninsula. By showcasing the fabulous diversity of our people and cultures, we bring our communities together and create a shared south peninsula identity.
The Carnival is the culmination of a year-round community-building process that encourages people of the South, especially children and youth, to cross boundaries and collaborate with each other. Around 1500 people from all over the valley join in the colourful parade and stageshow, including minstrels and marimba bands, gumboots and gospel singers, b-boys and ballet dancers. For more information, call the eMzantsi office 021 785 1515 or visiting their website: www.emzantsi.org.za
If you are attending any of these festivals and coming from further afield, why not book your accommodation now and stay for the weekend to explore the Cape Point Route and some of the fun activities in the region. Call Cape Point Route for assistance with accommodation on 021 782 9356 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cape Point Route recommends booking your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.