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Things to Do on Women's Day in Cape Town
Celebrate and commemorate all the fearless women in your life with our pick of fabulous things to do in the Mother City!
Last Update: 28 July 2017
Women’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, and the mid-week is the perfect time to treat yourself or that unique lady in your life to our selection of excellent specials and events. While the official holiday is only one day, celebrations are taking place all week, as well as on the weekend. This gives all women the chance to do something special. Women’s Day commemorates ladies who fought for their rights and dignity as they pushed back against the apartheid regime’s pass laws, which required people of colour who were over the age of 16, to carry pass books (containing personal information) around with them at all times. In 1956, well over 20 000 women marched to the Union Building in Pretoria in fierce defiance of the oppressive apartheid laws. On Women’s Day, we celebrate the magic, beauty, love and strength in every woman.
THINGS TO DO TO CELEBRATE WOMEN’S DAY 2017 IN CAPE TOWN
GIRLS NIGHT AT HQ RESTAURANT (8 AUG)
Relax and enjoy a night of good food, great wine and even better female company at HQ Restaurant! On Tuesday, 8 August 2017 this classy spot will be hosting a Girls Night in celebration of Women’s Day on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. Ladies will be treated to a salad starter, a main course of steak and chips, and a delectable dessert, all paired with Boschendal red wine. Upon arrival girls will be given a glass of Boschendal bubbly to set the tone for the evening. The musical entertainment on the night will be provided by Ricky Botsis and DJ Anthea Scholtz, so make sure you wear your dancing shoes.
COST: The price for attending the Girls Night Out is R280p/p and bookings can be made with HQ directly on either [email protected] or +27 (0)21 424 6373.
PARTYREPUBLICA – A NIGHT OF TOMFOOLERY (8 AUG)
This live music party at the Bay Harbour Market, in Hout Bay, comes just in time for Women’s Day (a public holiday – so you can stay up late!). Rush over to the dancefloor and squeak some takkies to Indie bands and lekker DJs – all local talent. The talented Ottoman Slap band and The Rudimentals will take the stage with vocals and instruments; DJs Richard Marshall and Pascal & Pearce will be scratching records up on the decks. You’ll find food stalls and bars to keep you going, and you can take a break from the dancefloor and enjoy a crackling fire in the chill areas. The event also contributes to a good cause – a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Little Angels Childcare Centre in Hangberg.
COST: Tickets can be purchased online at Quicket.co.za; they cost R150p/p, plus a R5 fee ordering them from Quicket. The mischief and fun begins at 7:30pm and ends at 2am. Please note that PartyRepublica is Over 21s only.
NIGHT OF QUEENS (8 – 9 AUG)
The seventh annual Night of Queens event is back this month for one night only to celebrate Women’s Day and the power of women, at restaurant SoChilla African Cuisine. This girls’ night out will treat women from diverse backgrounds like the queens they are as they party in style. As well as a party, this is a mecca for brand activation, idea sharing, fashion, song, talent showcasing and more, where you can network with other women and build business connections. It is also the launch of Yolisa Mufaro’s book Word Your Mouth. The event was started by Pincode Concepts in 2010 with the aim of uniting women from across our beautiful city through an evening of great music, intelligent business discussions and networking in an elegant atmosphere. This Night of Queens is not to be missed!
COST: Tickets cost R100p/p for general access or R350p/p for VIP access. These can be purchased online via Computicket.com or at the door on the night. If you and your fellow queens would like some extra royal treatment, you can also get a VVIP table package that admits four people for R3000, which includes finger foods, two bottles of bubbly, and two bottles of premium vodka and cognac. You can reserve this package by phoning 079 484 0318. Doors open at 3pm and it’s going ‘til late!
ALL WOMEN LINE–UP WITH CAPE TOWN COMEDY CLUB (8 – 13 AUG)
Inject some humour into your month with dinner theatre at the Cape Town Comedy Club. Some of the top lady comedians in the country will be taking to the stage to make you laugh until your abs can’t take it anymore (it’s a great workout!). Enjoy a delicious meal and a drink from the bar at the same time. The line-up is subject to change, but as of right now it includes comic giants Mel Jones, Tracy Klass and Angel Campey. Ladies will all receive a FREE cocktail if they attend this night of laughs on Women’s Day (Wednesday, 9 August).
Please be aware that the comediennes are not censored, which means some material may not be appropriate for sensitive audiences. No under-18s will be allowed.
COST: Tickets range from R50p/p to R120p/p. You can book yours online at Online.computicket.com. Whilst the comedy kicks off at 8:30pm, dinner begins at 6pm and happy hour is from 6 to 7pm. For more information, email [email protected] or phone +27 (0)21 418 8888 or +27 (0)79 495 3989.
WOMEN’S DAY BRUNCH AND INDULGENCE AT CAFÉ CAPRICE (9 AUG)
Head over to Camps Bay to celebrate Women’s Day at the swanky Café Caprice with brunch, beauty gifts and bubbly. Actually make that Champagne – Veuve Clicquot’s Madame Clicquot, no less! Gather with a circle of your favourite ladies and clink your glasses together as you enjoy Caprice’s delectable cuisine and well deserved spoils. Tip: Café Caprice also does delicious cocktails if you’re in that sort of mood!
If you can’t make it to brunch at Caprice on Women’s Day, you can always treat yourself and a lady you love to the cafe’s 2-for-1 Tuesday Burger Special during Women’s Month. You can spend the cash you save on an extra drink! Tempt your taste buds with mouthwatering buns and patties, like the Dreamy Burger with creamy mushroom sauce or perhaps the Royal Burger, a tower with melting cheese and bacon – delicious!
COST: Joining this event costs R250p/p. To make a booking, contact Georgia via email on [email protected] or give her a ring on +27 (0)73 986 4140. The day begins at 11am and brunch will be served at midday.
THE TOTALSPORTS WOMEN’S RACE (9 AUG)
Lace up and leg it for fighting cancer this Women’s Day with this exciting race that’s just for the ladies. Starting from the Grand Parade, both a 5km and 10km course is available so you don’t need to be super fit to flit across the route. Happening in conjunction with the PinkDrive, the race aims to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, and the need for improved services for women across the country. So, ladies (and gents, you’re welcome too) get ready for a day of fun running in a sea of pink and head to the Totalsports Women's Race!
COST: Entry to the race can be completed online via Totalsportswomensrace.com (where you can also find more information about the event). An entry for the 5km run/walk costs R80p/p and entry to the 10km run/walk costs R120p/p. You can purchase a temporary licence for R20p/p if you don’t have one already.
BATH DELIGHTS WORKSHOP (9 AUG)
Indulge yourself with the bath and beauty treats you’ll make at this event. Soon you will be able to create a spa experience right in your own home. The team at the Styling Shed in Stellenbosch will be teaching you how to make soaps, bath bombs and lip balm that are all citrus-inspired. Welcome snacks will be provided, as will as beverages throughout the morning.
COST: This morning of sweet-scented creativity costs R600p/p. The workshop starts at 8:30am and continues until 12:30pm. Bookings can be made via thestylingshed.co.za. If you need any more information, feel free to get in touch with the organisers via email: [email protected] or phone: +27 (0)79 660 9711.
WOMEN’S DAY LUNCH EVENT (9 AUG)
Spoil yourself or a woman you care about with a three-hour interactive cooking class (and mid-morning feast!) in the spacious kitchen at Ginger & Lime. Besides being a great chance to have fun, socialise and meet new friends, there will be goodie bags for all the ladies. Finally, Gabi Lowe, a life Coach and Mentor, will be attending as the guest speaker to inspire you on a journey of self-development.
COST: This session costs R650p/p. The price includes all the drinks and the menu that will be enjoyed on the day. Make a booking now by popping an email through to [email protected] The event begins at 11:30am.
WOMEN’S DAY CHARITY HIGH TEA (9 AUG)
Get dressed up in your finest garb and enjoy an elegant high tea with the ladies at this charitable event. It is being held at the One&Only Hotel in support of the Chris Bertish Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Crossing Charities. There will be a charity raffle on the day with various luxury goodies to be won. Other spot prizes include something for the attendee whose outfit best interprets the event’s theme: ‘A Ray of Hope’. There will be bubbly upon arrival, a live band and various fabulous guest speakers. The MC is Irma G, the outspoken radio personality, and there’ll even be a guest appearance by Mr South Africa 2015/16, Armand du Plessis.
COST: This colourful affair costs R420p/p to attend. You can reserve a ticket on Webtickets.co.za. Should you need more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through +27 (0)21 201 1000. The ‘tea’-off is at 1pm.
WOMEN’S FITNESS DAY (9 AUG)
Get your heart rate up and those feel-good endorphins flowing at this active fundraising event in Muizenberg! Join in on three fun 20-minute workout sessions: one zumba, one beach fitness, and one yoga session. There will be refreshment breaks between the sessions and a talk on personal safety awareness afterwards. Proceeds from the day go towards EcoActive Sports and Adventure’s drowning prevention programme, so it’s for a great cause.
COST: R150p/p. You can get yourself an entry on Ecoactivesport.co.za. If you’d like more information, please don’t hesitate to phone +27 (0)72 263 2052 or email events.ecoactive.gmail.com. The event starts at 9am.
WOMEN’S DAY SANITARY DRIVE (9 AUG)
Join together to celebrate and support other women, specifically those who struggle to buy sanitary items (which, as we know, are ridiculously expensive in this country!). This public drive invites all to donate packages of hygiene items that will be given to homeless women in Bellville. It’s an easy way to make a small yet valuable difference. Please be sure to drop off packages before 9 August when the organisers will be doing the handouts at Glenhaven, Bellville – alternatively, you can get in touch with the organisers directly and they can arrange a pick up close to you.
COST: There is no cost. Handing out the packages will take place between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday, 9 August. If you would like to donate a package, please send an SMS or Whatsapp to +27 (0)72 907 1689.
WOMEN’S DAY TRAIL RUN (9 AUG)
TrailFun has organised this scenic run through the beautiful vineyards of Durbanville Hills Wine in honour of women. This is officially a women-only event, but men are also welcome to join in! The run will take you on a 7.5km route and afterwards you will receive a delicious bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé as your reward!
COST: The entry fee is R100p/p for the ladies, but adults can accompany one child under 12 who can run for free. Men are more than welcome to join at a slightly higher price of R150p/p. The run begins at 8:30am; however, you need to get there at 7:30am to register. You can enter online at Trailfun.co.za. Hurry as there are limited places!
THE FIRST LADY AFFAIR 2.0 (9 AUG)
It’s time to be reminded that you are your number one priority, not just on Women’s Day but on every day of the year. Put yourself first, take yourself out for a delicious breakfast at the President Hotel in Bantry Bay for this celebratory event hosted by The First Lady Affair 2.0; you will receive breakfast in style, enjoy a shopping experience and cosmetic product giveaways, and chat about women’s wellbeing. Talks on topics such as health and fitness, as well as beauty tutorials will be some of the other activities of the day. Don’t miss Dr Leila Sadien, a natural health and beauty authority, while Naledi Pandor, South Africa's Minister of Science and Technology, is the keynote speaker. Indulge yourself this Women’s Day – you deserve it.
COST: This treat of an experience starts at 8:30am and ends at 1pm. Tickets are a mere R450p/p. If you would like to book one, please contact Fatima on +27 (0)76 048 4389 or Farah on +27 (0)83 357 8452 via a phone call or WhatsAapp. For more info check out the Facebook page.
WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION AT DELVERA FARM (9 AUG)
There’s nothing like a day of pampering and indulging in good bubbly and coffee to celebrate Women’s Day. This particular event adds a touch of silliness in the form of a Mad Hatter dress-up competition. Be sure to get involved for some extra fun! A ticket or table booking gets you a day of being treated to bubbly, coffee, massages, olives and entertainment for your kiddos. There’s even a beer and burger special for the guys!
COST: Attending this affair is R250p/p – however, you can also book a table for eight people at a special price of R1800 instead. Tickets are available online at Dirtopia.co.za. The event kicks off at 10am. If you have any questions, please feel free to call +27 (0)21 884 4752 or send an email to [email protected]
ZUMBA® PARTY (9 AUG)
Ladies, don your best neon dancewear to get you glowing under the UV lights as you wiggle and move for a good cause. This bash is a 90-minute festive workout sure to get you huffing and puffing (in a good way!). As a Zumba® instructor once told my class, you’ve got to shake it to make it! There’s no need to be co-ordinated – just have fun. Proceeds will be donated both to TEARS and the netball team of Laerskool Fanie Theron Primary.
COST: The entry is R50p/p, and the party kicks off at 9:30am, going until 11am. It will be held at Laerskool Fanie Theron Primary. Please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] should you have any questions.
AN ELEGANT WOMEN’S DAY HIGH TEA (9 AUG)
Head down to Somerset West for a luxurious midday treat with the ladies in your life. The fabulous fine dining establishment Benguela on Main invites you for a glass of bubbles and a delectable spread prepared by chef Jean Delport. It’s a lovely way to get a taste of the five-star service and gastronomical excellence to be found at this special restaurant.
COST: R350p/p – note that this includes a glass of quality bubbly on arrival along with your meal. Booking is required to reserve seats. You can do this either by calling +27 (0)87 357 0637 or emailing [email protected].
WOMEN’S DAY RUGBY FESTIVAL (9 AUG)
Women will be taking to the field at the City Park Rugby Stadium to play one of South Africa’s favourite sports. Rugby is dominated by men and it’s not often you get a chance to watch women’s games. Stop by and catch some quality hurling and kicking of this oddly shaped ball! Moreover, give some support to our athletic women and girls from various local rugby clubs. There will be matches for various age groups, including senior women, and u13, u16 and u18 girls.
COST: There is no charge for coming to watch the games, which will be going from 9am until 1pm. For more information and specific match times, give +27 (0)21 659 4500 a ring or send an email to [email protected]
WOMEN’S DAY BUBBLES & BIKES AT BOSCHENDAL (9 AUG)
The gorgeous wine farm in Franschhoek is hosting a mountain biking workshops for beginner to advanced cyclists who want to hone their skills and refine their ride. This is a chance for you and your sisters to get adventurous and active in a scenic setting a short drive out of town. On top of it all, you’ll also be treated by the folk at Boschendal to a well-deserved dose of pampering which includes a bubbly and chocolate pairing. And it doesn’t stop there; afterwards there’s a fabulous three-course lunch at Werf Restaurant to look forward to.
COST: The MTB skills training, as well as the bubbly and chocolate pairing, will cost R600p/p. To make a booking for yourself and your favourite women, please email [email protected] or call +27 21 870-4274. If you need more information, you can find out more on Boschendal.com.
FRAGRANCE WORKSHOP (9 & 12 AUG)
Head out to the fabulous Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl for a sweet-scented celebration of womanhood. Learn about indigenous essential oils and how to concoct your own perfumes and room sprays from Lushinka of Le Riche Naturals, South African masters of fragrances. Afterwards, there is the option to stay for lunch at the hotel.
COST: The workshop costs R850p/p – it’s a treat you deserve! The day begins at 10am and finishes at 1pm. It is necessary to book a seat; you can do so by emailing [email protected]
EXHIBITION LAUNCH: WE CANNOT BE SILENT (9 AUG – 24 SEP)
This multimedia exhibition explores violence against women and children. It involves a collection of work by artists in various mediums, including painting, film, dance and music. The showcase honours the children and women who have lost their lives to rape and murder in the country, drawing attention to these tragedies in a sensitive and personal way. Together with stirring musical performances and visual art, there will be several panel discussions and a workshop around the topic. Finally, the exhibition provides a safe space where victims and their loved ones can share in the love and healing that the experience seeks to promote. Come down to the Old Heritage Halls at Cape Town’s Castle of Good Hope and witness a moving exhibition about an issue that it particularly difficult, but very important, to address.
COST: Admission is free and the event is kid friendly. The exhibition will be opening at 11am on Wednesday, 9 August (Women’s Day) and continue until Sunday, 24 September 2017. If you need any more information, please feel free to contact Yazeed Kamaldien via [email protected] or +27 (0)82 682 2438.
EVENTS DURING 2017 WOMEN'S MONTH IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN
WOMEN’S HUMANITY ARTS FESTIVAL AT ARTSCAPE THEATRE (2 – 12 AUG)
This acclaimed arts festival is a celebration of women, with a line-up showcasing the work of fabulous, fearless women fighting for an equal society and the respect that women deserve. Including a variety of outstanding theatre productions, educational workshops, film screenings, talks, exhibitions, a humanity walk and more, the event is also a platform for addressing the issues faced by the disabled community and other marginalised groups in South Africa (this includes women!).
The meaning and message of this extends beyond celebrating women and marginalised peoples and paying attention to their rights and issues on just one day of the year; its work is centred around empowering women in the long-term.
Guests can enjoy an array of entertainment, from panel discussions to an open mic story sharing opportunity, at the Women's Humanity Arts Festival at Artscape Theatre.
COST: Tickets are priced individually per event and are available online via Computicket.com. For more information on the full programme, including dates, times and pricing, visit Artscape.co.za. For more information, please feel welcome to send an email to [email protected] or phone +27 (0)21 410 9915.
WOMAN WITHIN SKILLS WORKSHOP WITH WOMEN FOR AFRIKA (12 – 13 AUG)
If you have participated in workshops by Women For Afrika (WFA) before, you may have been involved in their Woman Within Weekend event that occurred earlier this year and that happens at various set times during the year. The latest two-day workshop coming up this August is a follow-on from the previous weekend and focusses on self-growth, development and discovery. Unfortunately, you need to have attended the first weekend to take part in this one.
COST: The weekend is a worthwhile investment at R2000p/p. To register for the two-day workshop and find out more, go to Wfa.org.za. Each day starts at 9am and ends at 5pm.
WOMEN’S DAY WITH HOPE FOR THE COMMUNITY (12 AUG)
Hope For The Community, a community organisation, will be hosting this empowering event for women in Belhar, where it is based. They will be giving an introduction on Foreign Aid Funding for local women who are interested in starting their own businesses. Various guest speakers will be addressing this topic. Issues such as the abuse of women and the devastating effects of drug abuse on the youth will also be in the spotlight. It is a useful event to attend to find out more about local issues and how to tackle them, as well as how to get funding for your business ideas.
COST: Attending this event is completely free! It will take place from 1:30pm to 5pm. For more details, please do not hesitate to send an email to [email protected]
BAY HARBOUR MARKET (4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20 & 25 – 27 AUG)
Treat the women in your life to a great day of spectacular food and entertainment at the Bay Harbour Market. Situated inside a refurbished fish factory in Hout Bay, this gorgeous tented market is ideal for browsing around through crafty markets in comfort. With lovely live music, flavoursome food, and flaming fireplaces to keep you warm on the chilly winters’ days. The Bay Harbour Market is an eclectic art hub of fashion, craft and décor. The market offers up more than 100 food stalls that offer a diverse range of cuisine. Think everything from crayfish to koeksisters, bunny chows and flat whites, this hotspot of local pride is definitely an experience that any woman will appreciate!
COST: Entrance to the market is FREE! For more information email [email protected]
WOMAN2WOMAN CONCERT (18 – 19 AUG)
Woman2Woman will be performing live for two shows only, at the CP Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn. The delightful trio of singing ladies stole South Africans’ hearts with their video of a Cape Flats cover of ‘Irreplaceable’ by Beyonce, which went viral. The groups’ humourous take on popular hits make them truly entertaining to watch, while their vocals still dazzle the audience.
COST: Entry to see Woman2Woman is just R100 and the concert kicks off at 7pm. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call (044) 279 1774 or (044) 279 1149.
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