Weekend approaches, again… as does December (eek!).  It’s that crazy time of year where things speed up and there’s so much on the go it’s hard to do the whole choosing thing. But, here’s my pick for the weekend ahead… whether one can do all of them is debatable, but a girl can try, right?

Nitida Night Market

27 November ’09.  4.30pm-8.30pm.  Nitida Estate, Durbanville Wine Valley.  (more details)

A special Christmas night market at Nitida, with plenty of goodies to eat and drink, and buy as Christmas gifts, whilst listening to the dulcet tones of local children’s choir singing Christmas carols (infinitely preferable to canned carols, wouldn’t you say?)  Their last market of the year will take place the morning afterwards (28 Nov ’09).

A Gift Affair

26-28 November ’09.  10am-7pm (28 Nov 10am-4pm).  Historic Welgemeend, Welgemeend Avenue, Gardens. (more details)

A gift affair full of carefully selected beautiful handcrafted products and inspirational ideas in historic Welgemeend in Gardens. Exclusive and original gifts, home and garden accessories, gorgeous fashion items, handcrafted toys and delicious deli treats. Plus, on Saturday there’ll be a slow market with fresh produce.

Harfield Village Carnival

Saturday 28 November ’09. 9.30am until late.  2nd Ave Kenilworth (more details).

Annual carnival in Harfield Village.  The entire street (2nd Ave) is closed to traffic, and a variety of stalls serve food or sell crafts and other goodies.

Hout Bay Green Faire

28 November ’09.  10am – sunset.  Kronendal Primary School. (more details)

The Green Faire takes place twice a year in Hout Bay.  It’s a fun day for the whole family with music, games, movies, tasty wholesome food and lots of interesting stalls. A wide range of alternative, practical, healthy and eco friendly products and services are offered, and it’s also a showcase of renewable energy, ‘green’ technology and services supporting a sustainable lifestyle.

Fynbos Country Fair

28 November.  9am until sunset.  Fynbos Mountain Retreat, nr Malmesbury (more details)

Annual outdoor country fair held on the Fynbos Mountain Retreat near Malmesbury.  Not much info on their website, so to find out more contact Diana Simon on 022 487 1153 or via email on info@fynbosestate.co.za.

McGregor Apricot Carnival

28 November ’09.  McGregor.  (more details)

It’s apricot season, as you may have noticed (if you’re a seasonal eater, especially), and the town of McGregor is celebrating with carnival.  There you’ll find apricots in all their possible incarnations, whether canned, pickled, juiced or just plain.

Table Mountain Blues Festival

28 November ’09. Bloemendal Wynhuis, M13, Racecourse Road, Durbanville, Cape Town (more details).

If you’re a fan of the blues, this is likely the place to be.  A celebration of music, with the “hottest Blues / Rock bands coming together for 10hours of non stop music that is live and real”.

You&Me&EveryoneWeKnow Market II

28 November. 10am-3pm. Labia on Orange, Gardens (outside area). (more details)

Small market where you can find Christmas gifts, have a few drinks, listen to some live accoustic tunes… Looks like the weather will be playing along on Saturday, so a chilled way to spend the morning.

De Oude Drostdy Christmas Market

28 November ’09. 10am-3pm. De Oude Drostdy, Tulbagh (1hr + ex Cape Town).

Combine a relaxing day in the country with a bit of early Christmas shopping at De Oude Drostdy in Tulbagh.  You’ll find plenty of homemade goodies including everything from confectionery and biltong to kids’ toys and jewellery.

Kirstenbosch Craft Market

29 November ’09.  9am-3pm. Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages (opp Kirstenbosch Gardens). (more details)

One of my favourite markets, and a great way to spend a sunny summer’s morning.  The market consists of approximately 180 crafters who sell original, hand-crafted goods of a very high quality. A large variety of refreshments are available, and pony rides are very popular with children. Proceeds from stall rentals go to the Development Fund for Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Biscuit Mill Market

29 November ’09. 9am-4pm.  Old Biscuit Mill Complex, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock. (more details)

I’m not hugely into vintage goods, but this market is a fun way to spend a Sunday morning, browsing vinyl, an excellent second book stall, second hand clothing and much more.  There’s food available and entertainment, and best of all it’s pretty quiet, unlike its Saturday morning sister market, the Neighbourgoods Market.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts: OLD MUTUAL ENCOUNTER – Claire Philips and Neo Muyanga

Sunday 29 November ’09. 5.30pm. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  (more details) Tickets: between R40-R65.

Ah, you know summer has arrived when it’s Kirstenbosch concert season again… I didn’t really take advantage of it last year, but this time around, I’m definitely going to be doing exactly that.  This Sunday, super talented SAMA award winner Claire Phillips “envelops you in her special brand of South African music”, joined by multi faceted artist, Neo Muyanga, who performs on a variety of acoustic instruments and will “delight the audience with his compositions”.

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