The top 12 events to attend this September | House and Leisure

The top 12 events to attend this September

Now that the weather is warming up, there's really no excuse not to get out of the house and experience the vibrant opportunities South Africa has to offer. From foodies to art lovers, we've got you covered with our September event guide.

cape homemakers expo

Details from the exhibitors at the Cape Homemakers Expo 2016.

WHEN 31 August to 3 September 2017 WHERE Cape Town International Convention Centre, Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town WHAT Discover the newest trends and ideas at the Cape Homemakers Expo, one of the Mother City's top home improvement, decor, design and lifestyle events. The comprehensive display brings big brands and local craftsmanship together under one roof, offering never-to-be-repeated competitions, deals and specials.

bot river spring weekend

Visitors enjoying the Bot River Spring Weekend 2016.

WHEN 1 to 3 September 2017 WHERE Various wineries in Bot River, Overberg, Western Cape WHAT The annual Spring Weekend at Bot River promises three days filled with farm hopping and pantry shopping. This year's rainbow-themed event will showcase the best wines, food and activities of the region. Read more about the event here.

visa street food festival

A stall at the Visa Street Food Festival 2016.

WHEN 2 and 3 September 2017 (Cape Town) and 10 September (Joburg) WHERE Side Street Studios in Woodstock, Cape Town, and Common Ground, 16 Staib Street, Maboneng, Joburg WHAT September is clearly a great month for food as the Visa Street Food Festival returns to Cape Town and Joburg. Expect everything from deep fried mac-and-cheese balls to bunny chow and foot-long boerie rolls. Free talks are taking place in each city, bringing the countries best culinary minds together to share their insights. Find out how to win tickets to the Visa Street Food Festival here.


Willie Bester, 'Trojan Horse'. 

WHEN 6 September 2017 WHERE The Melrose Gallery, Melrose Boulevard, Birnam, Joburg WHAT A group show featuring works by more than 30 local leading and emerging sculptors, SculptX includes artists such as Willie Bester, Wilma Cruise, Stanislaw Trzebinski, Pat Mautloa and Ndabuko Ntuli. The event also functions as the official launch of the SculptX Fair and SculptX Urban Sculpture Park, which will run throughout September each year.

hq fine wining dinner

Inside HQ Restaurant at 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town.

WHEN 6 September 2017 WHERE HQ Restaurant, 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town WHAT Now in its third year, HQ's Fine Wining Dinners are raising the bar when it comes to food-and-wine pairings in the Mother City. For this edition, the restaurant will be launching its latest menu pairing with the iconic Ken Forrester Wines. Think crumbed three-cheese truffles, stuffed portobello mushrooms, perfectly cooked sirloin steak and caramelised apple mille-feuille.

fnb joburgartfair

Robin Rhode, the featured artist at this year's FNB JoburgArtFair.

WHEN 8 to 10 September 2017 WHERE Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude Street, Sandton, Joburg WHAT Now celebrating its 10th year, the annual FNB JoburgArtFair will highlight galleries that have grown with the Fair and artists who have driven important discourse. Find out more about this must-see event in the arts calendar in House and Leisure's special edition September 2017 issue, which includes an insider's guide to the Fair and and exclusive interview with this year's featured artist, Robin Rhode.

first thursdays: warhol unscreened

Andy Warhol, 'Campbell's Soup Cans', 1962. Image via MOMA.

WHEN 8 September 2017 WHERE Wits Art Museum, Corner Jorissen and Bertha Streets, Braamfontein, Joburg WHAT This major exhibition of the iconic Andy Warhol includes more than 80 of the artist’s screen prints, from 'Campbell’s Soup Cans' to 'Mickey Mouse' and 'Superman'. As part of First Thursdays Joburg, Prints on Paper will also be hosting a screen-printing workshop where participants can choose from a variety of colours to print on tote bags that will be available for purchase. And if you don't catch the Warhol exhibition on this date, it's on until 8 October 2017.

shop local design

One of the Citymapmats by Fabrica.

WHEN 9 September 2017 WHERE Gathere, 11 Kramer Road, Kramerville, Joburg WHAT Studio, gallery and co-working space Gathere is launching a showroom where you'll be able to shop local design and meet the makers, including the talented creatives behind Lorne, Ash Ceramics, Stay Evil Kids, Fabrica and Sheni Mosh Studio.

zeitz mocaa opening

Zeitz MOCAA. Image via The Culture Trip.

WHEN 15 to 25 September 2017 WHERE Silo District, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town WHAT Probably one of the most anticipated events of 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opens to professionals on 15 September and to the public on 22 September. With 100 galleries dedicated to permanent and temporary collections, this new Capetonian museum is set to be one of the most important celebrations of local art in the country.

cape town fringe festival

Cape Town Fringe Festival 2017.

WHEN 21 September to 8 October 2017 WHERE Various venues around Cape Town WHAT In its fourth year, the Cape Town Fringe Festival is a live multi-art festival that celebrates local and international creativity. As its name suggests, the event encourages experimentation, collaboration and innovation.

durban street food festival

The Durban Street Food Festival.

WHEN 22 to 25 September 2017 WHERE The Pavilion, Westville, Durban WHAT The yearly Durban Street Food Festival invites guests to experience the melting pot of flavours that make this city a cosmopolitan smorgasbord. To sweeten the deal, live musicians and local designers will also be featuring.

interpret durban

Guests at Interpret Durban 2016.

WHEN 23 September 2017 WHERE Rivertown Shed, 130 Stalwart Simalane Street, Durban WHAT Held at Rivertown Shed, the eighth Interpret Durban features an exciting line up of live art installations, video screenings, photography, graphic design and live music – all in a celebration of Durban creativity. For Durban and by Durban, this event is not one to miss.