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Entertainment

Top ChoiceCabaret in Darling

Evita se Perron

This uniquely South African cabaret, featuring Pieter-Dirk Uys as his alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout, touches on everything from South African politics to history and ecology. Nothing is off limits – including the...

Top ChoiceTheatre 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...

Top ChoiceTheatre 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...

Top ChoiceLive Music 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...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Soweto

Soweto Theatre

This R150-million complex is a vividly colourful and creative symbol of contemporary Soweto. Even if you don't come for a show or event, do drop by to admire the building and its fun interior artworks. Call ahead...

Top ChoiceLive Music 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...

Top ChoiceArts Centre 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...

Top ChoiceTheatre in Sea Point to Hout Bay

Theatre on the Bay

A great venue for an evening of lighthearted theatrical entertainment, offering everything from comic plays to classic musicals.

Classical Music 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...

Cricket 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...

Outdoor Cinema 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...

Rugby in Johannesburg

Ellis Park – Emirates Airline Park

The spiritual home of Jo’burg rugby, just east of the city centre, was the scene of one of the new nation’s proudest moments – victory in the 1995 World Cup. Local supporters are fanatical: a Saturday afternoon...

Theatre in East City, District Six, Woodstock & Observatory

Fugard Theatre

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...

Live Music in Durban

Chairman

This classy lounge-bar is in an up-and-coming part of Durban, but for now it's best to grab a cab to get here. This sprawling bar and lounge has a maximalist design with antiques, game trophies and strange...

Cinema 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...

Jazz in Johannesburg

Katzy's

This swanky den recalls the atmosphere of an old NYC jazz club. You’ll find mellow, live jazz Tuesday to Saturday evenings from around 8.30pm. It also boasts an exceptional menu of whiskies, cognacs and bourbons.

Theatre 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...

Theatre 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.

Concert Venue 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...

Live Music 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...