Experience Art & Culture in the Winelands this Autumn

This autumn, make time to unwind and take a breath of fresh air in the Winelands. Embrace your inner flower child with our guide to all things arts and culture happening in end-March and April 2024. From immersive art and music events to celebrations of Mother Earth and all she has to offer, you’re bound to be inspired.

Arts and Culture Events in the Winelands

Lebohang Kganye Exhibition at Boschendal

Enjoy the latest exhibition by Lebohang Kganye at the Boschendal x Brundyn Gallery. The exhibition is titled “Mmoloki wa Mehopolo: Breaking Bread with a Wanderer”. It includes an exclusive preview of “The Sea is History”, featuring large-scale pop-up sculptures by the artist. The exhibition is open until the end of March, while the sculptures will remain on display until the end of the year.

  • Where: Manor House Gallery, Boschendal, Franschhoek
  • When: 19 February – 31 March 2024
  • Time: Open daily 09h00 – 17h00
  • Price: R700 per person

Spier Light Art

This favourite, annual event at Spier Wine Farm has a little something for everyone. It’s an interactive, nocturnal adventure featuring experimental light, sound and video artworks from local and international artists. Spier Light Art is free to the public and no booking is required. All of the artworks are outside so the best time to visit is at dusk, when the sun goes down and the lights come up.

  • Where: Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
  • When: 1 March – 1 April 2024
  • Time: 18h30
  • Price: Free entry

Reforest Fest 2024

Greenpop is hosting its annual restoration event in Stanford this upcoming Easter weekend. Reforest Fest is a transformative event that brings together people of all ages to immerse themselves in a harmonious blend of tree planting, wellness activities, unique food and wine experiences, and a celebration of nature. This eco-conscious festival is not only a gathering for personal well-being, but also a collective effort to rejuvenate the surrounding coastal thickets and afromontane forests.

  • Where: Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, Stanford
  • When: 29 March – 1 April 2024
  • Price: R700 per person

Solms-Delta Oesfees

Come and celebrate the end of the harvest and those who made it possible with wine, food and song at the Solms-Delta Oesfees! Enjoy live music by diverse artists including Spoegwolf, Anton Goosen, Oom Hannes Coetzee, Loukmaan Adams, Hanepoot Brass Band, and Solms Delta Optelband, to name but a few. Whether you’re a die-hard music fan or just in need of some nurture and (spectacular) nature, the Oesfees guarantees jolly vibes.

  • Where: Solms Delta Wine Estate, Franschhoek
  • When: Saturday, 6 April 2024
  • Time: 10h00
  • Price: R200 per person

Albert Frost Open Air Solo Concert

Head to Manley Wine Estate on 6 April for the Albert Frost Open Air Solo Concert. Get ready for an energetic performance by SAMA award winning blues/rock guitarist/singer Albert Frost, whom Miles Keylock from Rolling Stone described as “The dark prince of South African blues”. With great wine and great company, it’s going to be a night to remember.

  • Where: Manley Wine Estate, Tulbagh
  • When: Saturday, 6 April 2024
  • Time: 17h00
  • Price: R200 per adult & R100 for kids u12

Vintage with Love: A Lunch for Literacy at Waterford Estate

Join Waterford Estate and Vintage with Love for a delightful Lunch for Literacy event with exquisite food, fine wine, friends, thrift shopping, and a live fashion show featuring Habits & Therapy Boutique. Indulge in the finest second-hand fashion and spend a day reflecting, celebrating, and embracing our shared commitment to making the world a better place. Vintage with Love asks attendees to bring gently worn clothes for donation when attending. The organisation sells second-hand clothing to support literacy charities nationwide.

  • Where: Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch
  • When: Friday, 12 April 2024
  • Time: 12h00
  • Price: R700 per person
  • Dress code: An Autumn Affair

End of Summer Picnic with Carol Thorns at Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle is excited to have renowned cellist Carol Thorns perform live at their End of Summer Picnic. Carol is best known as ‘That Girl in The Bubble’ with her magnificent show-stopper act, which she will perform inside an architect-designed bubble on the lawns surrounded by the magnificent backdrop of the Cape Winelands.

  • Where: Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
  • When: Friday, 19 April 2024
  • Time: 17h30
  • Price: From R495 per person

Botriver Goes WILD

The free-spirited winemaking folk of Bot River invite friends and family (and fans) to join them in celebrating the 2024 harvest, good wines, and good people. The winemakers will also be presenting their latest (read: unfinished, unfiltered and somewhat uncultured) wines from the new 2024 vintage. After the tasting, they will move onto the stage, where they’ll be hosting a talent competition and auction. With a serious undertone, one of the main goals of this event is to raise funds for their local charity, the Bot River Education Foundation.

  • Where: Wildekrans Wine Estate, Bot River
  • When: Saturday, 20 April 2024
  • Time: 16h30
  • Price: R850 per person

Cultural Experiences in the Winelands

Connect with the earth at EARTHBOX

This remarkable underground exhibition at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West is a 24m long chamber, situated 5m beneath the surface. EARTHBOX invites visitors to slow down and connect with the earth in a tangible, meaningful way. The absence of sunlight and sound in the chamber enhances this experience, encouraging visitors to be fully present and engaged. An immersive experience, EARTHBOX hosts yoga and meditation sessions, musical events, and more.

Awaken your Inner Artist in the Babylonstoren Garden

Inspire creativity by discovering the botanical wonders of the Babylonstoren Garden in their sketching workshops taking place this autumn. Join master gardener Gundula Deutschländer as she guides guests, young and old, down pathways focusing on various natural forms that inspire closer observation. The aim of these sessions is to have fun on the journey of finding your personal expression. The workshops include all paper and materials needed.

Watch a Movie under the Stars with Galileo Open Air Cinema

Catch the last of Galileo Open Air Cinema’s screenings in the Cape Winelands for the 2023-2024 summer season. Here’s the lineup for the rest of March and April 2024:

  • 23 March – 50 First Dates at Zevenwacht Wine Estate
  • 30 March – Ticket to Paradise at Blaauwklippen
  • 6 April – The Greatest Showman at Stellenbosch Waldorf School, Spier
  • 13 April – The Great Gatsby at Morgenhof Wine Estate
  • 20 April – Dirty Dancing at Nederburg
  • 27 April – Grease at Lourensford

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