Enjoy sunny afternoons on the slopes of Table Mountain, with the best music South Africa has to offer.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is world famous for the breathtaking views, and diverse Cape flora it displays. Nestled against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, it is home to a variety of birds – including the brilliant green and red sugarbirds, owls, franklins and guinea fowl.
On Sunday afternoons, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will be transformed to accommodate a stage for outdoor live music concerts. Well-loved local and international artists will grace the stage, while lovers of music and the outdoors enjoy the tunes and the summer sun. Bring along your friends and family, picnic baskets (or pre-order one from the Kirstenbosch Tea Room or Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch) and blankets to enjoy the country’s indigenous flora with Table Mountain as the backdrop to the music.
Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts is part of a series of outdoor live music concerts, featuring some of the hottest South African acts in the industry. From jazz, R&B, hip-hop, folk, rock to big band swing the concerts appeal to all ages and tastes.
These Cape Town outdoor concerts are held on the garden's magnificent lawns, where the soft grass banks slope gently down towards the stage, backed by the natural amphitheatre of Table Mountain's eastern face.
Concertgoers, armed with picnic baskets and bottles of wine, should arrive early to enjoy the late afternoon warmth before the music begins and the sun slowly slips behind the mountain.
Feel Good Factor: The concerts act as fundraisers for the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. All money raised is used to maintain and improve the facilities.
Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2019/2020 set to sizzle
The festival kicks off with a saxophone supremo double header as Andrew Young and Don Vino usher in the sunset with their saxy sounds. The following week sees Cape based, seven piece Crimson House share the bill with Kirstenbosch festival newbies Southern Wild.
The pre Christmas Sunday show has former Idols contestant Shekhinah sharing the stage with Unathi, while there’s a bumper three artist lineup featuring Freshlyground, Nomadic Orchestra and Native Young on New Year’s Eve.
Veteran rockers Watershed and house trio Mi Casa also have appearances, while 2020 sees the annual show by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival, and rappers Kwesta, Sjava and AKA bringing some swag to the Kirstenbosch Concerts. The festival finishes with loop machine master Jeremy Loops playing some of his radio hits.
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
When: 17 November 2019 to 29 March 2020
Times: Gates open 16h00, concerts start time varies between 17h00, 17h15 and 17h30, concerts end at 19h00.
Concert Info: 021 799 8783
Ticket Sales: from R170-R220 (R435 on NYE)
Tickets for each event can be purchased from the venue or online via Webtickets.
Proof of age must be produced for each youth (6-21) ticket redeemed at Kirstenbosch. Children under 6yrs are free.
NB! All concerts take place irrespective of rain. Regret no refunds are issued.
Refreshments - What to bring
Bring some Cape wine and a delicious picnic to enjoy or order a picnic from Moyo Restaurant Kirstenbosch, (021) 762 9585 or Kirstenbosch Tea Room, (021) 797 4883.
Available at the venue
Refreshments will be on sale at all the concerts.
Kirstenbosch is wheel-chair friendly, and well signposted for physically disabled visitors. Should you require a wheel-chair during your visit, please contact the general information office, (021) 799 8783, in advance to book one.
Parking is available for the physically disabled. Enter at Top Gate, otherwise known as Rycroft Gate or Gate 3, and proceed to the service area off Camphor Avenue for parking.
Concert venue toilets for the physically disabled are clearly marked, and are situated close to the concert venue.
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