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Celebrate Heritage Day in and around Cape Town on Saturday 24 September. Image: Adobe Stock

No braai no cry: Things to do in Cape Town on Heritage Day

Take a look at ways to celebrate Heritage Day in the Mother City and surrounds: From Sophiatown swing to pool parties and family market fun.

heritage day south africa cape town

Celebrate Heritage Day in and around Cape Town on Saturday 24 September. Image: Adobe Stock

Heritage Day is all about celebrating our unique culture and what it means to be South African. The day is of course also known as Braai Day as a great number of South Africans typically enjoy a braai with family and friends.

South Africa is known for its braai culture, which is a great way for South Africans to gather and enjoy a tjop en dop! If you are lookin for some variation on the braai theme though, there is a multitude of other activities on offer in the Mother City over the weekend.

Here is a list of events you can get to in Cape Town this Heritage Day 24 September.



Celebrate the heritage of South African jazz with Sophiatown swing — a style of jazz that drew all sorts of people together.

The popular Pebble Shakers will play pieces from some of the country’s greats, including cove songs by Miriam Makeba, Dolly Rathebe, Spokes Mashiyane, The Manhattan Brothers, Kippie Moeketsi, Hugh Masekela and others. Find this gig at Truth Coffee Roasting in Buitenkant Street.

When: Saturday, 24 September, 19:00 to 23:00
Cost: R200. Book here


Gold Restaurant is an experiential delight from the moment you step in: Malian puppets greet you, you’ll hear traditional African drums and music, and taste food from across the continent.

The whole space is designed to take you on a sensory journey into the colours, creativity and artistry of Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo.

The 14-course meals are for sharing, and you’ll learn about the country of origin, cooking techniques and spices of each dish. 

When: Monday to Sunday, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Cost: Djembe drumming R120 pp, and R435 pp for 14-course meal. Book online

Take note: You can participate in a djembe drumming session every evening before dinner.


If being active is your thing, get your running shoes out because The DLK Group Nantes AC Unity Race sees the return of the Nantes AC road race.

It’s the sixth edition of this annual race. There are various options for runners. There’s a 10km race for those who want to push themselves, or if you prefer a more relaxed and fun run, you can join the 5km race. There will also be prizes on offer. 

When: 24 September; from 7am
Cost: R50 – R130. Enter here


Time to get out your boardshorts or bikini for this event at Strolla. Pack a towel and sunscreen and arrive early for a day of great music and spring vibes.

In true Strolla style, it is hosting a spring pool party for the launch of its newly renovated restaurant and Heineken Deck. Sip bespoke Jaegermeister and Fitch & Leedes cocktails or order a bucket of Heineken, and dance and splash in the gorgeous pool.

When : Saturday, 24 September, 12pm
Cost: From R100 for tickets to R2 500 for VIP tables. Get your tickets here.

Take note: No entry to under-21s.


Here is something for the whole family! Head for the Valley Heritage Day Market, hosted by  Valley Pre-Primary and the Denis Goldberg Foundation in Hout Bay.                                      

There’ll be three magic shows, face painting, jumping castles and plenty of yummy treats. The market will feature a youth entrepreneurs corner, and all children under 12 are invited to showcase their wares, goods or skills. There’ll be a food court where local artists and vendors will sell Proudly South African goods.

When : Saturday, 24 September 2022, 09:00 to 14:00
Cost: Free entry 

Take note: There’s a competition to design a public holiday calendar; people aged 6 to 30 who attend school, live or work in Hout Bay can enter.


Become the next best potjie chef (or just taste the delicious food) at the Charity Book NPC Potjiekos Competition. Cook, sip wine, chat or just be a part of the day’s festivities.

According to CapeTownMagazine, celebrity guests Jenny Morris, Scott Parker and Ray van der Zande will be judging the creations. The afternoon’s showcase brings you a variety of acts by local artists.

All entrants will receive a free boerewors roll and will be able to purchase the potjiekos made. Proceeds go towards charity.

When : Saturday, 24 September; 10:00 to 22:00 (General entry access opens at 14:00)
Cost: R120.  Get your tickets here.

Take note: The PlayShed alongside the venue is suitable for children of ages up to eight and supervised children are welcome to join their play area at special rates.


Fancy getting out of the city for a weekend of festivities? Here is something in the West Coast.

The Blue Bay Lodge is running a three-day-long celebration, starting on Friday with a burger and cocktail special as well as a jumping castle for the kids.

On Saturday, you can have a roosterkoek on the fire with plenty more drink specials. They will also be playing the Springbok rugby match against Australia in the evening. To end off the weekend, there’s a Sunday lunch special. If you are booked in for the weekend, you can enjoy this all for free!

When : Friday to Sunday, 23 to 25 September
Take note: All guests who booked direct and are staying two or more nights in the lodge rooms or poolside suites can join for free.


Here’s a combo of different activities all in one. Join a celebration of South Africa’s diverse cultures featuring food, music and endless fun at !Khwa Ttu.

Kick off the day with a 5km or 10km fun run. Then explore traditional food stalls and !Khwa ttu homemade herbal tea, Darling Brew craft beer and wine tastings.

There’s a kids zone with face-painting, arts-and-crafts activities, plus live traditional music and interactive drumming. Join tractor rides and tour the world-class interactive Heritage Centre. Dress to impress in your cultural outfit of choice – you could be the lucky winner of a weekend at !Khwa Ttu.

When : Saturday, 24 September 2022
Cost: R100 (adults), R50 (kids six to 12 years), Free (kids under six)

Take note : The !Khwa ttu centre is in the Cape Floral Kingdom, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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