Things to do for the Heritage Day Weekend in Cape Town

Things to do for the Heritage Day Weekend in Cape Town

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Things to do this Heritage Day

Celebrate Heritage this weekend, from Cape Malay to DJ Kent

Last updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2023

Every September 24th we celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of our country. And this year, it happens to be during a long weekend. From family activities and local storytelling to braai jols and groovy parties, here’s 7 ways to celebrate this Heritage Day.


Why not celebrate Heritage Day with some truly South African music. Dust off your dancing shoes and learn how to swing at District. The dance lesson is followed by the musical stylings of the Pebble Shakers, who celebrate South African jazz through a performance highlighting the Echoes of Sophiatown musical project. 

When: Saturday, 23 September; 8pm to 12am
Cost: R200 book tickets via Quicket; R230 at the door 

61c Harrington St District Six | @capetownswing | Image: Cape Town Swing


Celebrate African traditions and culture. Mama Africa Restaurant will be hosting a Kid’s Holiday Weekend Workshop where your child can enjoy engaging and educational activities. This includes marimbas, drums, face painting, magic and cinema. The event takes place over two days and there is a limit of 50 kids per day.

When: 23-24 September, 10am to 2pm
Cost: R150; book tickets via Quicket

178 Long Street Cape Town City Centre | @mamaafrica_cape_town | Image: Mama Africa Cape Town 


If you’re looking to work the muscles over the public holiday, this one’s for you. For the 6th year, Nantes A.C. will be hosting their unity race in Bridgetown. The race offers 3 different events, for the athlete at every level. There’s a 10km road race, a 10km league walk and a 5km fun run. The start and finish points are both at Vangate Mall Sports Complex.

When: Sunday, 24 September; 7am
Cost: R60 - R145; via Webtickets

Vangate Sports Complex | Athlone | @nantesathleticclub | Image: Nantes Athletic Club


Is there a better way to spend Heritage Day than with a braai? Makers Landing is bringing you the 1st Heritage Day Biiig Braai, celebrating what braaing means to South Africans and how it connects us all. Expect meat, drinks, live music and rugby.

When: Sunday, 24 September; 12pm to 12am
Cost: R250 - R300; book tickets via Quicket

Makers Landing V&A Waterfront | @makerslanding | Image: V&A Waterfront Makers Landing


Experience music, dance and storytelling at Bo-Kaap Cultural Hub’s’ expo. Delight yourself in the rich heritage of Bo-Kaap, with local food, fashion, culture and all things Cape Malay.

When: Sunday, 24 September; 9am to 4:15pm
Cost: Free

26 Pentz Street Bo-Kaap | @bokaapculturect | Image: Lisa Herrmann


A great way to enjoy your Heritage Day is to be entertained by local music. South African House and Hip-Hop star DJ KENT will be performing for one night, brought to you by Paid in Full and Heineken. Please note: no under 18’s.

When: Sunday, 24 September; 8pm to 4am
Cost: R200; book via Quicket

88 Shortmarket Street Cape Town City Centre | @paidinfullcpt | Image: Gidion Felix


Foul Play and District are pairing up to bring you a day of braai, beers, bands and games. With artists lined up such as Shameless, Visitors Centre, Face & The Features and Jonathan Stephen Simons you’re in for an entertaining Heritage Day. There will also be DJ’s lined up at this no under 18’s event.

When: Sunday, 24 September; 3pm to 10pm
Cost: R80 via Quicket; R120 at the door 

61c Harrington St District Six | @foulplay_presents | Image: Foul Play

By Sarah Williams 



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