What’s On in Cape Town Gardens District in Winter 2019

As winter comes, Capetonians are spoiled with a wealth of indoor events, and quite a few venues can be found close to Welgelegen guest house.

The city is rightly known as the cultural capital of South Africa, with a thriving theatre and arts scene. Iziko Museums of  South Africa is the custodian of no less than eleven cultural institutions around our city, and some of the best are a short hop from the guest house.

South African National Gallery

The National Gallery always has something worth seeing. On 30 May 2019, a new exhibition features the work of veteran Johannesburg-based artist David Koloane, and in mid-June there will be a multi-media exhibition focused on the 1976 student uprisings – “Aluta Continua!”

It’s worth popping in just to see Irma Stern’s ‘Arab Priest’, a beautiful work on loan from Qatar.

South African National Museum

A fascinating new exhibition opened in April and will run until April 2020. The “Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour” features Middle Stone Age finds from three coastal digs, with unique discoveries shining a light on the original cape inhabitants, some 120,000 years ago.

On 18 July 2019, the museum will celebrate International Mandela Day, with the Tata Madiba exhibition continuing to July 30.

The two museums are neighbours, both just 15 minutes from our door on foot, or a few minutes on the 113 bus which runs down Kloof street. There will be free entry to all Iziko venues on these dates:

  • International Museum Day – 18 May
  • Africa Day – 25 May
  • Youth Day – 16 June
  • National Women’s Day – 9 August
  • Heritage Week 2019 – 23–29 September


… Apart from the museums, the Gardens area has something cultural for all tastes.

The Labia Theatre is Cape Town’s top art-house cinema and is one of the venues for the Encounters Encounters South African International Documentary Festival from 6 to 16 June 2019. The UCT Theatre Complex often has interesting events. Both venues are within a kilometre of Welgelegen.

Yoga aficionados should not miss Cape Town’s 4th International Day of Yoga on 22 June 2019. The venue is 14 Hope Street, a 20-minute walk from the guest house or five minutes drive. About the same distance is Gallery Momo, where a ‘Coucou Crumble’ by Maurice Mbikayi runs until 6 June 2019.

The Fugard Theatre has a full winter programme, with the highlight being the Open Book Festival from 4-8 September 2019. It is just 10 minutes drive from Welgelegen.

There’s plenty of family-friendly activities in winter months, and here are some highlights.

Less than ten minutes drove from Welgelegen, the Table Mountain Cableway has a special Kidz Season from 26 April 2019 to 30 September 2019, offering three for the price of one.

On June 2, the Red Bull Cape Town Circuit brings motorsport to Grand Parade.

The Planetarium is a great place to bring kids and has daily shows including Wednesday evenings. It’s part of the South Africa National Museum, just over one kilometre from our door.

These local Gardens events are just a taste of what can be found in winter in Cape Town. To find more check Cape {Town} Etc and What’s On In Cape Town  and the official Cape Town Tourism site. Whatever the event, Welgelegen will be a welcoming and convenient base for your visit.



Author: Hlengiwe Magagula

Image 1: Iziko Museums of Southern Africa

Image 2: Google Maps

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