So, December. Wow. How did that happen? Silly season is about to descend (I suspect if I went to malls much I’d already be sick of carols…). And of course that means lots to do each and every weekend, and seeing as this one’s set to be a scorcher, we are certainly spoilt for choice.

As always, taken from the Mother City Living events calendar, here are my top picks for the weekend and week ahead.

Willowbridge Slow Market – launch

Saturday 6 December. 9am-3pm. Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre.

The ever-popular Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market has branched out and will be starting a new ‘sister’ market at Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre in Tygervalley.

Organisers promise all the things one would hope to see at such a market: high-quality specialty producers, food artisans, local and regional farmers, natural and organic merchants, seasonal goods, responsible and sustainable enterprises and fine-food purveyors.

If I wasn’t already heading for a morning Obz Fest experience, I’d probably be there to see the launch (but I’ll no doubt make it there sooner or later). (more info)

Joy Market

Saturday 9am to 3pm. Love Project shop, 55 Kloof Street Cape Town.

A fun way to spend a Saturday morning is browsing this small City Bowl market picking up some fabulous community-crafted soaps, sampling some delicious cheeses, and even enjoying a cup of organic coffee at the restaurant 55 on Kloof (the market is set up in front of the restaurant).

The Joy Market gives you a chance to meet people from the community and support upliftment initiatives in the city. There are also fresh vegetables on sale, though they’re not usually organic.

Obz Festival 2008

5-7 December. Observatory, various venues, various times. Obz Market open until 7pm on Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday.

It’s the biggest street festival in Africa, and there’s plenty for everyone, with live music (some of the best the country has to offer), a documentary film festival (OBZfilm) , art installations, an extensive craft market, and more.

I’m planning on avoiding the crowds and going early on Saturday morning, to see what the Obz Market has to offer… How could I resist, when organisers claim to have “scoured, vetted then assembled the most interesting and creative crafters in the Cape” and that every visitor is “guaranteed, to be intrigued, fascinated and downright delighted to discover some of the pure gems of ingenuity and craftsmanship that are being produced right here in the the Mother City”?

Time to put that to the test, wot!

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts – FreshlyGround

Sunday 7 December. 5-6pm. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

Kirstenbosch concerts are always fun, if a bit packed at times, and with the weather looking so balmy for Sunday, a picnic at Kirstenbosch, accompanied by the funky sounds of Freshlyground, sounds like a grand plan. Bound to be a popular one, though, so it’s possible it’s already sold out (not sure if they save some for the door).

Fresh produce and craft markets

Visit the Mother City markets page to find one near you.

Don’t forget to visit your local produce or craft market – not only are they a great place to find unique Christmas gifts, but on a beautiful weekend like this, there’s no way you’re going to want to be hanging in the mall…

Upcoming events to look out for in December…

  • 12-16 (Friday-Tuesday): KOBIOS Fynbos Festival. Kleinmond and Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Annual green living and outdoor festival in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve’s coastal region of Hangklip-Kleinmond.
  • 13: Summer Elegance at the House of Krone – Tulbagh (midday to sunset). This one sounds like the perfect way to spend a summer’s afternoon:
    • Vintage treasures, beautiful dresses, summer elegance ….
      The day promises to be a celebration of love, life and summer incorporating an eclectic array of treats to tantalize your senses – sushi & oyster bars, chocolates by Moniki, olives by Groote Vallei, nougat & turkish delight by Rodé and last but definitely not the least, the award winning Krone Méthode Cap Classic Sparkling Wines.
      ” Mmmmm… Entrance costs R60 per person, which includes a Bubbly flute, bubbly tastings and cellar tours.
  • 14 (Sun): Kirstenbosch Craft Market. 9am – 3pm. Monthly craft market held at the Stone Cottages, corner of Kirstenbosch/Rhodes Drives (held twice in December). Loads of crafts for sale in a wonderful venue (and proceeds from stall rentals go to the Kirstenbosch Partnership Fund for improvements to Kirstenbosch).

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