Winter is coming! And going. And coming. And going. Honestly, it can’t seem to make up its mind at the moment! But if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that when winter arrives, we won’t be hiding inside. In keeping with our promise to provide a monthly update of our personal favourite picks of what to do in and around Cape Town, here is our latest list of what we think you should be checking out in the month of May!

Woodstock Autumn Beer Festival


This year marks the second annual Woodstock Autumn Beer Festival! Accompanied by food trucks and live music and presenting beer from some of the top brewers in the country, including RIOT Beer, Drifter Brewing Company, Woodstock Brewery, Darling Brew and Everson’s Cider, this festival is sure to be a hit!

Date: 1 May 2016
Address:  The Palms Decor & Lifestyle Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Time:  1pm to 8pm

First Thursdays at The Grand Daddy 

Don’t forget to join us at the Granddaddy Boutique Hotel on the first Thursday of every month for your monthly dose of culture! Our ever-popular “First Thursdays” include exhibitions of works by various Cape Town ceramicists and local artists.

Date: 5 May 2016
Address:  38 Long Street, Cape Town
Time:  Starts at 7pm

High Tea Festival


Keep it classy at the inaugural High Tea Festival at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.  Sip on champagne while shopping, taste teas from around the world and enjoy caviar under a gazebo. Why not?  This event promises sophistication at its best.

Date: 21 May 2016
Venue: Old Mutual Conference and Exhibition Centre, Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Time: 1.30 pm

Franschhoek Literary Festival


It’s a bit of a drive from Cape Town, but promises to be totally worth it! Boasting a program jam-packed with readings, workshops and discussions, this annual celebration of stories is the perfect weekend excursion for families. There will also be many, many, many books on sale for all the bookworms out there.

Date: 13 – 15 May 2016
Address:  Various, Franschhoek
Time:  10am – 5pm
The Cape Town Good Food and Wine Show


This is South Africa’s largest and longest running interactive food festival. Showcasing high quality produce, innovative appliances and a series of food theatres featuring both local and international celebrity chefs, the Good Food and Wine Show is sure to make foodies from all over Cape Town salivate!

Date: 27– 29 May 2016
Address:  Cape Town International Convention Centre
Time:  10am – 9pm

It’s a month of festivals it seems! Whether you’re looking for drinks, art, food, or culture, there’s really no excuse to stay cooped up this May.