The closer we get to silly season, the more the weekends fill up. How’s a girl to decide which events are the most important/fun when there are so many to choose from? Spoilt for choice, we Capetonians are… (poor us!) Here’s a selection of what’s happening – I dare you to visit them all!

Fynbos Summer Fair.

Saturday 29 November. Fynbos Estate. 10am-5pm.

Country fair on the Fynbos Estate out in Paardeberg (about an hour out of Cape Town). Looks set to have a farmers’ market, wine-tasting, live entertainment, crafts and more. Cost is R15 for adults, R5 for children. Contact Diana on 022 487 1153 or visit the estate’s website: www.fynbosestate.co.za.

If you’re headed out that way anyway, why not stop in at the new Streepmuis Market, in Paarl, before you head back to the big city?

The Gardens Market launch.

Saturday 29 November. 9am-3pm. 6 Roodehek Terrace (off Hope St.), Gardens

There’s a new green, organic, holistic, lifestyle market for the city bowl, and it makes its debut this weekend at the Tafelburg Tavern in Gardens. Thereafter, the organic market will be held every Saturday morning from 9am- 3pm.

Harfield Village Street Carnival.

Saturday 29 November. 2nd Avenue, Kenilworth. From 9.30 am.

Annual street carnival with craft markets and foodstalls. Pubs and restaurants alongside the road stay open all day. Quite a festive atmosphere! Free entry. For more info contact tony.thacker [at] telkomsa.net.

Hout Bay Green Faire.

Saturday 29 November. Outside the Hout Bay Community Cultural Centre, adjacent to Hout Bay common (corner Main Rd and Princess Street).

The Transition Town group in Hout Bay is organizing a Green Faire as a means of raising environmental consciousness, and presenting options for sustainable products and services.

Come along and watch the wind generator turn in Hout Bay and enjoy solar-cooked food, live music (solar powered), live earthworms and other fascinating creatures.

Contact danialle [at] envirochild.org for more info. Free entry to visitors.

MENNGOS Food Garden Community Market

Saturday 29 November. 10am-3pm. AME Church, Derby Road, Lansdowne.

Fresh organic vegetables, seedlings and herb Plants, tea and cake stall, vetkoek and curry, small pies, fresh farm eggs, frozen fish, arts and crafts and more. For more info contact Petrina on 021 761 5411 / 083 281 7198.

Nitida Farmers’ Market – Christmas edition.

Friday 28th (4.30-8.30pm) and Saturday 29th November (7.30am-midday). Nitida Wine Estate, Durbanville.

Special Christmas Market (and the last of the year – there’s no market in December). The Friday includes the singing of Christmas carols by a local school choir. And both days include the usual feast of fresh farmers’ produce and potential Christmas gifts.

Kirstenbosch Craft Market.

Sunday 30 November. 9am – 3pm. Stone Cottages, corner of Kirstenbosch/Rhodes Drives.

Monthly craft market held near Kirstenbosch. Fantastic place to find Christmas gifts that haven’t been made on a conveyor belt and shipped half way around the world. Loads of crafts for sale in a wonderful venue (and proceeds from stall rentals go to the Kirstenbosch Partnership Fund for improvements to Kirstenbosch).

Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Sunday 30 November. 10am-4pm. Observatory Recreation Centre (off Station and Lower Main roads and Drake Street)

This month’s Observatory Holistic Fair is happening a week early (usually on the first Sunday of the month). It’s one of the more colourful fairs out there, with everything from organic and exotic food to funky clothing and trendy décor, from therapeutic massage to life readings and chakra balancing.

Upcoming events to look out for…

  • 6-7 (Sat-Sun): OBZfestival – Big street party happening over the first weekend of December. Fantastic live bands (some of the best the country has to offer), a documentary film festival (OBZfilm), art installations, an extensive craft market, and more.
  • 6 (Sat): Joy Market. The Joy market will give you a chance to meet the people making a difference and support them in various ways. These projects make wonderful handmade craft and art. Deli 55 organises the food section and you will be able to get your weekly vegetables fresh from small farms.
    Plus, there are local cheeses, olives and nuts that you can taste and buy per gram/kg and freshly baked breads, cookies, cakes, fudge, and quiches.
  • 7: Holistic Lifestyle Fair – The Fair happens on the first Sunday of every month at the Obs Recreation Centre, corner of Lower Main and Station roads, Observatory. For info call 788-8088.

And, of course, don’t forget all the regular fresh produce markets on the go every single weekend!

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