Pack a picnic, gather your favourite people and get set for a blissful Sunday at any one of the fabulous Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.
The majestic Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the slopes of Table Mountain, is a crucial stop on any tourist’s itinerary. It is also an essential Sunday summer destination for many Cape Town locals.
Thousands descend upon the luscious green lawns with overflowing picnic baskets and blankets. With their families and friends in tow all who have attended a Summer Sunset Concert agree, there’s nothing better than kicking back against one of the most picturesque views in South Africa, with top-notch musical entertainment to complete the experience.
A showcase for the best local – and quite a few international – musicians, these concerts have played host to almost every legendary South African artist from Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove to Freshlyground and more. Kirstenbosch’s line-up also caters to a variety of musical tastes, from jazz to rock to classical – and include the beloved Carols by Candlelight in December.
The Summer Sunset Concerts season runs from November to April and gates to the concert area open at 4pm. Tickets almost always sell out, so it’s wise to buy online to avoid disappointment.
Always at the forefront of quality entertainment and sound, Sundays at Kirstenbosch are flawlessly orchestrated and are highly recommended for any music or nature fan.
The reasons for both tourists and locals to regularly drop in at Kirstenbosch, the botanical gardens of Cape Town, are plentiful: the magnificent scenery (Kirstenbosch lies at the foot of Table Mountain), the wide variety of flora, the excellent hiking trails…but for many, the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts series caps the lot.
When attending one of the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts in Cape Town, you might just find your different senses battling your attention. It’s hard to tear your eyes away from the slopes of Table Mountain, yet the smells of the wonderful plant mixture in Kirstenbosch needs you to close your eyes and focus on that…and to top it all, an excellent live band is demanding your attention with their music. This infighting between the senses could be the most satisfactory battle ever experienced!
Taking place every Sunday in the botanical gardens for a whopping four months over Cape Town’s peak summer period (November to March), the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts series has quickly become a favourite among locals and tourists — a perfect way to wind down after a weekend that may have contained more energy -sapping activities.
Concerts start around 17h30 and continue until 19h00. A world class stage has been erected for the series and some of the most well established and widely loved musicians and singers South Africa has to offer are booked for the mellow Sunday shows (not all are mellow —a popular punk-rock band was once reprimanded mid-performance because a few of their headbanging fans were trampling on the foliage).
Pack a picnic basket and find a spot quickly — the area where the concerts are held fills up with enthusiastic garden visitors. Then sit back and enjoy the battle of the senses.