Nine events not to miss this November


On the cusp of summer, November plays host to a number of outdoor events, from art exhibitions to local markets and culinary celebrations. Discover our top happenings to attend this month.

the sun never sets

WHEN 21 October to 18 November 2017 WHERE Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg WHAT Comprising work of a variety of media, from video installation to sculpture, Kapwani Kiwanga’s first solo exhibition in Africa investigates the intersection of history, politics and the organic. Titled The Sun Never Sets, the exhibition is a subtle critique on the 20th century expression ‘the sun never sets on the British Empire’, in which the Parisian-based artist unpacks the ‘collective memory’ of colonialism in Africa and positions the natural world as a ‘witness’ to colonial rule.

fine wining at hq with cederberg

WHEN 1 November 2017 WHERE HQ restaurant, 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town WHAT If you haven't been to one of HQ’s Fine Wining events before, now is your chance. This month the restaurant pairs with the highly-acclaimed Cederberg Private Cellar for a decadent night of wining and dining. The three-course meal consists of a crisp salad of cos and iceberg leaves, toasted pine nuts and Parmesan shavings, followed by stuffed portobello mushrooms or sirloin for mains and a refreshing spring fruit bowl for dessert. Each dish gets a special Cederberg wine pairing for an all-encompassing culinary experience.

inside the arderne gardens

WHEN 4 November 2017 WHERE Arderne Gardens, 222 Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town WHAT A green oasis nestled in the heart of the southern suburbs, the Arderne Gardens are well worth the visit. Go on a guided walk through the gardens during which an experienced guide will introduce one of the oldest and largest collections of exotic trees in South Africa. A minimum donation of R40 is required, which will go to the Friends of the Arderne Gardens to help support one of the city’s oldest botanical gardens.

i heart market

WHEN 4 November 2017 WHERE Moses Mabhida Stadium, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Stamford Hill, Durban WHAT Support independent local makers and creators at the I Heart Market. Bring family and friends to enjoy a lively atmosphere and mouth-watering food. And, for a special treat, take a ride up the Skycar to see Durban in all its glorious beauty.

artists under the sun

WHEN 4 November 2017 WHERE Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg WHAT Artists Under the Sun is the largest open-air exhibition of fine art. Gather your family and friends to discover a range of styles, from oils and watercolours to sculptures and photography. Gaze at thought-provoking and beautiful creations and mingle with a few of the artists at this all-day, outdoor event.

&friends seasonal market

WHEN 4 November 2017 WHERE Poortjie Venue & Guest House, Heidelberg WHAT For a day of artisanal and delicious food, craft drinks, unique goods and live entertainment, the first &FRIENDS seasonal market is the place to be. Bringing together the finest makers and purveyors for a festive gathering, this homely market makes the most of spring.

sa cocktail week

november eventsWHEN 4 to 11 November 2017 WHERE De Waterkant, Cape Town WHAT Go on a sipping adventure around the Cape with SA Cocktail Week 2017 (SACW). The grand opening kicks off at Cape Quarter, followed by a full week of cocktail concoctions, musical acts, fabulous food and activities galore. To continue the festivities, SACW has partnered with 10 hand-picked cocktail bars around Cape Town, each of which will create signature cocktails available exclusively during the festival – everyone with an official wrist band can sample these a 50% discount.

night of 1000 drawings

WHEN 16 November 2017 WHERE Hangout Jozi, 1 Eloff St, Salisbury Claims, Johannesburg WHAT SA’s biggest, one night only, inner-city art exhibition, Night of 1000 Drawings, helps to raise funds for education. From doodles to oil paintings and graffiti to watercolour, this artistic event has something on sale for everyone. At only R100 a piece, guests can purchase one-of-a-kind original artworks while contributing to a deserving cause.

brave exhibition at guild

WHEN 23 November 2017 WHERE GUILD, Silo 5, Unit 5B, South Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town WHAT In its second annual exhibit and auction, BRAVE raises scholarships for the next generation of female leaders around Africa. With live music, canapés by The Yard and stories from extraordinary explorers and leaders, including two of the all-female Black Mamba anti-poaching team, acclaimed artist Justine Mahoney and GUILD director Trevyn McGowan. The auction will feature one-of-a-kind pieces created by well-known artists and designers, including a BRAVE cuff by Kirsten Goss, a BRAVE limited-edition furniture piece by Laurie Wiid van Heerden, an exclusive BRAVE ceramic piece by Ceramic Matters, bespoke safaris from Wilderness Safaris and Singita and a weekend at a Perfect Hideaways retreat. It will be an evening of fun in support of an excellent cause.