Entertainment in Cape Town

  • Entertainment in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

    Fugard Theatre

    Named in honour of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s best-known living playwright, this very impressive arts centre was created from the former Congregational Church Hall. There are two stages, the largest theatre also doubling up as a ‘bioscope’ – a fancy word for a digital cinema where top international dance and opera performances are screened.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

    The grand auditorium to the rear of the old City Hall has very good acoustics that are taken advantage of by this orchestra and accompanying local choirs. Entrance is on Corporation St. Concerts happen throughout the year: check online for the schedule.

  • Entertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Newlands Cricket Ground

    Newlands would be a shoo-in for the title of the world’s prettiest cricket ground – if it weren’t for a nearby mega-brewery messing up the view towards the back of Table Mountain. With room for 25,000, the ground is used for all international matches. Tickets cost around R60 for local matches and up to R250 for internationals.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Alexander Bar & Café

    Playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti and software engineer Edward van Kuik are the driving duo behind this fun, eccentric space in a gorgeous heritage building. Downstairs is a very popular LGBT-friendly bar, while upstairs is a studio theatre with a packed programme of plays, musical performances and other speaking events.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Baxter Theatre Centre

    Since the 1970s the Baxter has been the focus of Capetonian theatre. There are three main venues at the centre – a 674-seat theatre, a concert hall and a studio – and between them they cover everything from comedy and kids’ shows to classical music and African dance spectaculars.

  • Entertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Galileo Open-Air Cinema

    Most Wednesday evenings from November to April, you can watch a movie outdoors in Kirstenbosch gardens (entry is from 6pm; movies start between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, depending on sunset time). Check the website for what's showing, and note that screenings will only be cancelled in extreme weather and that you cannot bring your own backrest or chair.

  • Entertainment in Gardens & Surrounds

    Labia

    A Capetonian treasure and lifeline to the independent movie fan, the four-screen Labia is named after the old Italian ambassador and local philanthropist Count Labia. Their African Screen program is one of the rare opportunities you’ll have to see locally made films; check the website for session times.

  • Entertainment in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

    Kalk Bay Theatre

    One of the city’s intimate dinner-and-a-show venues, this theatre is housed in an atmospheric converted church. You don’t need to eat here to see the productions, which are fun showcases of local talent and often reasonably short, and after a performance you can join the cast at the upstairs bar.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

    Don't miss taking a picnic and some bubbly to one of these wonderful outdoor concerts, staged in the stunning botanical gardens beneath Table Mountain on Sundays from November to April. Some of the biggest names in South African music perform here.

  • Entertainment in Simon's Town & Southern Peninsula

    Masque Theatre

    The program at this small theatre (seating 171) changes on a pretty regular basis, veering from stand-up comedy and live music to musical revues and more serious plays.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Cape Town International Convention Centre

    Since opening in 2003, the CTICC has barely paused for breath, packing in a busy annual programme of musical performances, exhibitions, conferences and other events, such as the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and Design Indaba.

  • Entertainment in Sea Point to Hout Bay

    Studio 7 Sessions

    These bimonthly live gigs, going since 2010, are hosted in unique, unusual venues throughout the city and surrounds. They mix new, up-and-coming artists with inspiring keynote speakers from various fields to appeal to both mind and soul. Venues include the relaxed and intimate surroundings of founder Patrick Craig's Sea Point living room, as well as libraries, rooftops, gardens and beaches.

  • Entertainment in Green Point & ­Waterfront

    Galileo Open Air Cinema

    From November to April, this open-air cinema sets up shop on Thursday nights to screen classic and crowd-pleasing movies on the croquet lawn next to the Dock House Hotel. Sadly, you're not allowed to bring your own blanket or chair, but they're available to rent from the venue.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Artscape

    Consisting of three different-sized auditoriums, this behemoth is the city’s main arts complex. Theatre, classical music, ballet, opera and cabaret shows – Artscape offers it all. The desolate nature of the area means it’s not recommended to walk around here at night; there’s plenty of secure parking.

  • Entertainment in Southern Suburbs

    Maynardville Open-Air Theatre

    It wouldn’t be summer in Cape Town without a visit to Maynardville Park’s open-air theatre to see some Shakespeare. Bring a blanket, pillow and umbrella, though, as the weather can be dodgy and the seats are none too comfy. The annual Shakespeare in the Park season runs from late January to late February; ticket prices range from R108 to R180.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Café Roux

    The City Bowl has been crying out for a quality live-music venue for a while and it's taken Café Roux (which already runs a successful operation in Noordhoek) to provide it. Most nights a different singer or band plays here, and with tiered seating (and all seats bookable online) you're guaranteed to get a good view.

  • Top ChoiceEntertainment in Cape Flats & Northern Suburbs

    Isivivana Centre

    Decorated with giant art murals by Breeze Yoko and Falko One, this new cultural and community centre is worthy of a look in its own right. However you'll also find here the Bertha Movie House, screening Africa-themed and family movies for free, and the pleasantly decorated Isivivana Cafe that acts as a canteen for the NGOs and charities based here.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Marco’s African Place

    Marco Radebe’s highly popular African restaurant (mains R130 to R170) offers top-class entertainment from a range of singers, dancers and bands each night. Musical styles including the local marimba, Afro-jazz, traditional Xhosa beats and the Congolese kwasa-kwasa. Alongside enjoy game-meat platters, Xhosa dishes including 'smilies' (sheep heads) and home-brewed African beer.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    Daily Music Show

    More than just a live music performance, this nightly show aims to offer visitors an insight into Cape Town's cultural heritage with the chance to meet the musicians and hear stories from locals in the 'Against the Odds' portion of the evening. Local comedians MC the shows to keep things lighthearted and there's traditional Cape cuisine on the menu.

  • Entertainment in City Bowl, Foreshore, Bo-Kaap & De Waterkant

    OnPointe Dance Studios

    Theo Ndindwa and Tanya Arshamian use dance to change the lives of kids in the townships. On the first Thursday of the month this studio, where classes are held, hosts Art in the City with iKapa Dance, a wonderful chance to meet up with a host of local dance companies and watch them perform in a very relaxed environment.