We shine a spotlight on some of the coolest and classiest experiences and events in Johannesburg and surrounds. Gather your friends, family, or your loved ones for Benn Ndzoyiya’s list of unique attractions happening this weekend.
EXPLORE ALL THINGS COFFEE AT THIS WEEKEND FESTIVAL IN FOURWAYS
Whether you’re serious about premium coffee or just looking for a great way to spend the weekend, the 2nd annual edition of The Specialty Coffee Expo is happening at Fourways Mall from 26 to 28 May.
This year they’re going bigger, offering Jobugers a chance to learn more about the famous bean, meet the brilliant minds behind leading boutique coffee labels and taste some great brews, cupping demonstrations and classes, and a vibey championship among others. Tickets can be booked in advance online to save your spot. READ MORE
Cost: R90pp for a day pass, R160pp for a weekend pass, book online
When: From Friday, 26 May to Sunday, 28 May, 10:30am to 5:30pm
Where: Fourways Mall, 11 Ruby Cl, Witkoppen, Fourways, Sandton
EXPERIENTAL COCKTAILS AND JAZZY TUNES AT SIN+TAX
You can’t be in Joburg long enough and not know about Sin+Tax. As with most speakeasy bars, the hipster-ish street exterior and edgy artwork is just a front. Because what lurks inside is an unpretentious cocktail bar in Rosebank that specialises in a world-class cocktail experience exclusive encounter in our City of Gold.
Their signature is experimental cocktails crafted with precision by an expert bartender team, using the freshest ingredients.
When: Thursday, 25 May from 7pm
Where: Corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts Roads, Rosebank, Johannesburg
AN INTIMATE OYSTER AND WINE-TASTING EVENT ON THURSDAY
Eighteen13 Wine Shop & Tasting Room is hosting a wine-tasting event with boutique wines with an array of fresh and succulent oysters.
Expert sommeliers will share fascinating insights and tips on how to create the ultimate wine and oyster pairing experience. Whether you’re a seasoned oyster enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this event is perfect for anyone looking to discover new flavors and enjoy an unforgettable evening.
Cost: R200pp, book via firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Thursday, 25 May from 5:30pm to 7pm
Where: Eighteen13 Wine Shop & Tasting Room, Cedar Square, Fourways, Sandton
SATURDAY BRUNCH DATE WITH LABORIE WINES AT THE WHIPPET COFFEE IN LINDEN
Nothing goes together like oysters and bubbles. Laborie Wines from the Cape’s Paarl region is touching down in Johannesburg for a once-off tasting event. Dine on four fresh oysters and a glass of premium Laborie MCC. Plus guests who arrived dressed in glam get an extra free glass! The Whippet Coffee serves a steady selection of brunch faves in their modern Parisian-style venue.
Cost: R175pp, no booking required
When: Saturday, 27 May from 9am
Where: 34 7th St, Linden, Johannesburg
BROWSE FASHION, FOOD, AND OTHER LIFESTYLE TREATS AT THE JHB HALAAL SHOPPING EXPO
The JHB Halaal Shopping Expo running this weekend will be showcasing a range of unique vendors for a two-day showcase at the Killarney Country Club. Shop handcrafted homeware, fashion, accessories and other grooming goodies. Go hungry! A host of Halaal-friendly artisanal food and drink stalls are on standby to explore.
Cost: FREE entry
When: Saturday, 27 May from 11am to 10pm. Sunday, 28 May from 11am to 6pm
Where: KCC – Killarney Country Club, 60 5th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
A FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET IN FERNDALE ON REPUBLIC
The Field Market is a monthly market with a primary focus on everything local while uniting people in a fresh-aired outdoors setting. With a large list of traders, crafters, curated foods and goods and live music entertainment, this market in Johannesburg is hosting a vibrant evening market at the Ferndale on Republic this Friday. Stop by for large pan paellla, comforting fast food, and other treats. Live music is also confirmed for the event.
Cost: FREE entry
When: Friday, 26 May from 4pm to 10pm
Where: Ferndale on Republic, Republic Rd, Ferndale, Randburg
MUSIC, TALKS, AND LITERATURE AT NIROX SCULPTURE PARK
The 2nd annual NIROX WORDS Festival includes a multitiered programme of exhibitions, talk programmes, screenings, book launches, and poetry readings. Take the kids along. There will be gourmet cuisine courtesy of the Epicurean Emporium that covers a wide selection of culinary abundance. Bernie’s Bar will keep guests elegantly hydrated with an array of bubbles, wines, and other bespoke beverages.
Cost: R400pp, children under 12 enter the sculpture park free-of-charge. Book via Howler
When: Sunday, 28 May from 10am to 5pm
Where: NIROX Sculpture Park, R540 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp
A BUZZY WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL IN MULDERSDRIFT
Mafikizolo, Mi Casa, Good Luck, Louise Carver and Matthew Mole are just some of the big names confirmed for the Groves & Vineyards Festival 2023. The increasingly famous event is returning to Casalinga Restaurant for its 12th year.
Guests are treated to a fantastic selection of fine wines from 45 wine estates, bubbles, beer and gin with olives, cheese, and artisanal foods. There will be a supervised area for kids to play while parents can leisurely enjoy all the festival has to offer.
Cost: From R350pp to R1000pp including tasting glass, book via TicketPro
When: Saturday, 27 May and Sunday, 28 May from 10am
Where: Casalinga Country Estate, Plot 328 Rocky Ridge Rd, Muldersdrift
KAMERS IS IN PRETORIA FOR THEIR AUTUMN SHOW!
KAMERS/Makers is once again touching down in Sandton to spotlight over 150 makers showcasing everything from food to fashion, skincare to ceramics, decor, jewellery, homeware, wine, craft gin, footwear, woodwork, fine art, accessories, textiles, furnishings and loads more. There’s also a food and drink market as well as space to unwind. Small dogs on leashes are welcome to join.
Cost: From R80pp – R120pp, book via Plankton | Student and Pensioner discount tickets can be purchased at the Entrance
When: From Wednesday, 24 May to Sunday, 28 May. Daily, from 9am to 5pm
Where: Menlyn Maine, Ext 2, Corner Corobay and, Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria