There is always something to do in Cape Town. No matter what your tastes and interests are, whether it is cultural, sporting, outdoors or night life, you can never have the excuse that there is nothing to do. The problem is that most entertainment activities cost money to do.
That is not the case with Cape Town’s free Summer Concerts series, which was introduced in 2011 by Concerts in the Park, a non-profit company that organises and promotes free musical events in Community facilities.
The concerts are held annually from March through to April in the popular and beautiful De Waal Park. No matter how popular they get, and they are popular, they have always been and will always be free.
Previous performing artists include The Rudimentals, Freshly Ground, The Rescu, Hot Water, Mark Haze, Arno Carstons and other beloved local acts.
In case you’re a visitor to Cape Town, De Waal Park is in Oranjezicht, which is in the CBD of Cape Town. It is close to the popular tourist accommodation spots, such as hotels in Greenpoint. De Waal Park’s Victorian Bandstand is the only bandstand in Cape Town, and it is the perfect venue for this popular and affordable community event.
Before the Summer Concerts series started, the unused Bandstand had been a relic of the past. The original vision was to turn it into a valuable and relevant public asset by staging free live concerts. That vision has been more than achieved by now. Everyone can now enjoy the very best of Cape Town’s musical talent in a picturesque, secure public park at no cost whatsoever.
The free community concerts not only showcase the beauty of this inner-city recreational area but also highlight the work and effort that the volunteer organisation, ‘Friends of De Waal Park’, put into looking after this iconic piece of Cape Town’s history.
The concerts start at 3pm on Sundays, but it is suggested that you arrive early because the greenway fills up quickly. The concerts are both kid-friendly and pet-friendly. Remember to also pack in a blanket and picnic basket so you can take full advantage of this wonderful, free experience.