The city's blue flag beaches and uniquely diverse scenery and cultures still deliver planeloads of tourists to boost the economy.
But situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, just over 10km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch Gardens is a peaceful oasis that includes a cycad amphitheatre, protea garden, a medicinal garden, a fragrance garden, 2,500 species of plants found on the Cape Peninsula, and a braille trail. From a handful to a gardenful of concertgoers
From November to April, set amongst this beauty, one of the highlights on the itinerary of things to do in Cape Town is attending the annual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts.
Over two decades ago, when the series was introduced as a fundraiser for the Gardens, it attracted approximately 200 concertgoers. Today, the concerts have progressed and grown monumentally in popularity over the years and now attract approximately 80,000 music-lovers each year and has evolved into a much-anticipated fixture on the City’s annual entertainment calendar.
All proceeds from the concerts go towards maintaining the Gardens. The concerts have drawn large crowds from across the world and have helped to create awareness and maintain a steady flow of visitors throughout the year.
Aside from the Summer Concert series, there are often art exhibitions, open-air movie nights and talks on a variety of conservation topics that also attract people to the gardens even throughout the Cape’s wet winter weather. Another world-class line-up for Cape Town music-lovers
This year the concerts have once again brought all the best artists to the amphitheatre. The impressive line-up for the 2018/19 series is as follows:
|18 November 2018||Tresor/Majozi|
|24 November 2018||James: Living in Extraordinary Times|
|25 November 2018||Mango Groove|
|2 December 2018||Lady Zamar/Black Motion|
|9 December 2018||Mi Casa|
|13, 14, 15, 16 December 2018||Kirstenbosch Carols|
|23 December 2018||Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell|
|30 December 2018||Lira|
|31 December 2018||NYE: Jeremy Loops/Crimson House|
|6 January 2019||Goldfish|
|13 January 2019||The Parlotones|
|20 January 2019||Freshlyground|
|26 January 2019||James Morrison|
|27 January 2019||Mafikizolo|
|3 February 2019||The Soil|
|10 February 2019||Fokofpolisiekar|
|17 February 2019||Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival|
|24 February 2019||The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra|
|3 March 2019||Amanda Black/Sun El Musician|
|10 March 2019||Matthew Mole|
|17 March 2019||Spoegwolf/Jan Blohm|
|24 March 2019||Shortstraw/Bam Bam Brown|
|31 March 2019||Goodluck/Easy Freak|
The concerts usually start in the early evening, but it’s best to get there ahead of time. Spend the day exploring and immerse yourself in all that the Garden has to offer before settling down to enjoy the evening’s entertainment.
There are also free guided tours that depart from the Visitors’ Centre at 11am and 2pm from Monday to Saturday. If you prefer to wander at your own pace, audio guides are also available.
Book your cheap flights to Cape Town and your tickets to the concerts as soon as possible as both sell out quickly at this time of year. Source:
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