Say hello to Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

Cape Town’s famously beautiful botanical gardens, Kirstenbosch, are known for far more than just their gorgeous blooms, breath-taking backdrop of the side of Table Mountain and shady, grassy spots that beckon to picnic-goers. For one, The Kirstenbosch Tea Room is famed for its baked delights, especially its scones (rumoured to be amongst the best in the city), whilst moyo Kirstenbosch offers an unforgettable African culinary and cultural experience. However, it would be remiss of us not to mention one other element that adds to the magic of the gardens each and every year: The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. Here’s all you need to know about them.

An amazing outdoor, musical experience

For those who haven’t been lucky enough to attend one of the concerts, they really are enjoyable and a great way to spend a summer afternoon/evening. Picture one large picnic that takes place in front of a stage on which super talented musicians serenade you while you sip on some wine and munch on crackers with cheese… Plus, the fact that the entire event takes place outside and in the middle of such naturally beautiful surroundings, is truly something special. While incredible sounds delight their ears, concert-goers are able to take in the sights and smells of the gardens, making for a memorable and all round sensory-stimulating experience.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert

Sunset skies over Kirstenbosch. Photo:

Unrivalled talent

Since its inception, Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts have provided the perfect platform on which both up-and-coming and popular South African artists can perform. The 2015/2016 season has welcomed the likes of Arno Carstens, Mango Groove and Jimmy Nevis, with Goldfish, Al Bairre and Beatenberg, still to come. In recent years, many international acts have travelled to our shores to perform on the Kirstenbosch stage, including British indie-rock band Bastille, American folk sensation The Lumineers, as well as English singer-songwriter, Passenger. Next month, Icelandic indie-folk pop group Of Monsters and Men are set to play to sold-out crowds two nights in a row.

Mango Groove at Kirstenbosch

Mango Groove delighting the crowd. Photo:

The Lumineers

American folk sensation The Lumineers. Photo:

The essentials

You don’t really need to take that much with you to a concert, but consider the following to be the real essentials we recommend:

  • A blanket or two to sit on (or low chairs if you prefer – tall ones are prohibited in the venue as they restrict the view of the stage).
  • Snacks and drinks of your choice (refreshments are sold at all the concerts though). Picnic hampers are available from the two restaurants in the gardens too.
  • Camera – you’ll definitely want to capture this event.
  • Sunscreen and hats.
  • A packet for rubbish as there are no bins in the concert area.
  • Warm clothing as even though it’s summer, the evenings can and do get chilly.

Picnic delights. Photo:

PLEASE NOTE: The concerts go ahead as scheduled irrespective of bad weather.

The 2015/2016 summer season runs until Sunday 3 April and tickets are available via Webtickets. Whether you’re a Cape Town local or a businessman in town for a conference, experiencing a Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert is something that everyone should enjoy at least once. Conveniently located a short 15-25 minute drive from most hotel accommodation in the city, there’s really no reason not to squeeze one of these in to your weekend plans.


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