Join the locals at a variety of exciting events that happen in and around the city. Most locals are friendly and happy to engage, give you tips and embrace you as part of the group. Walking, culture, cycling, skating, eating, drinking and photography. Check your dates and live like a local in Cape Town
What: A photography themed walk in various locations in and around Cape Town. They often take place in the early morning or late afternoon / evening for sunset and sunrise opportunities. A great way to explore the city and interact with locals from all walks of life, and probably the safest way to walk around with a very visible camera and cell phone taking pics. Visitors are always welcome just introduce yourself to the leader when you arrive. Walks last about 1 – 2 hours. Ask the locals for tips and advice on anything related to Cape Town, they will be happy to offer inside info of their favourite places. When: Regular, usually once a weekend, details are posted on Instagram and FaceBook by the accounts listed in links. Where: Different locations in Cape Town. Locations vary from beach to urban wastelands and everything in between. Links: Follow on Instagram @igerscapetown From 1st May 2015 follow @ctpartnership Get details from Face Book https://www.facebook.com/igerscapetown/timeline
What: A way to enjoy the city on foot until 9pm in the evening. The main focus is on culture and access is free to a variety of art galleries, street theatre and exhibitions. Food trucks are usually around and other eateries, coffee houses and pubs are open. It is informal, so maps of the route are available on the website, but you do your own thing. When: The first Thursday of every month of the year except January. 5pm – 9pm. Where: The Cape Town CBD, usually in the vicinity of Bree and Church streets. Links: http://www.first-thursdays.co.za/
THURSDAY LATE WOODSTOCK
What: The same as First Thursdays, but in Woodstock and not on the first Thursday of the month. When: Between 5pm and 9 pm on a Thursday. First one on 21st May. Where: Woodstock Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/971542536197990/ https://www.facebook.com/FirstThursdaysCT
MOONLIGHT MASS RIDE
What: A fun 12km, one hour cycle starting at Green Point Circle. Join in on anything with wheels and no motor. Helmets are compulsory. There are a variety of places offering bicycle hire if you are a visitor to the city. When: 9pm each month when it is full moon. Dates are on the website. Where: Meet at the Green Point circle. Links: www.facebook.com/moonlightmass Twitter @moonlightmass
What: Skating, rollerblading, BMX at sunset. Take your blades or board, or just go and watch. When: Every Monday at 6pm Where: Queens Beach parking area and then along the promenade. Links: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PromenadeMondays/128084890690061?sk=timeline
CITY WALK SATURDAYS
What A walk through the CBD with varied additional fun activities like giant chess and board games, soccer friendlies, chalk painting, food stalls, jumping castles, street dancing, music, puppet shows, poetry performances, a mobile library and yoga. A fun way for visitors to interact with local walkers and the entertainers. When: 3RD Sat of every month between 10am and 2 pm. Where: In the Cape Town CBD, details of the meeting place for each walk can be found on the website. Links: http://www.capetownpartnership.co.za/our-work/city-walk-collaborative/ Twitter @ctpartnership Instagram as @CapeTownSoul or call 021 419 1881.
THE GOODNIGHT MARKET
What: Creative market with goods for sale, but adding live music, food trucks and a drinks bar for a true Cape Town vibe. When: The last Wednesday of the month from 6pm – 9pm Where: in the Watershed at the V & A Waterfront. Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/850470051693305/
What: Open Streets is an initiative that encourages engagement in urban spaces during off peak times. Public roads are turned into walkways and used to cycle, skate, rollerblade and play. Street food, live music, static displays and interactive fun such as giant chess or scrabble, chalk art, dancing or just strolling. Read about the Bree Street Open Streets event here http://jabedi.com/2015/01/18/come-out-and-play-openstreetsct/ When: Aproximately every 3 months. Where: The Cape Town CBD, and other locations are being added as the project grows. Links: Check this site http://openstreets.co.za/ to see when and where the next event is being held.