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.
Fashion and lifestyle enthusiasts, gear up for a sisters. SHOP-UP pop-up market that celebrates stylish clothing, accessories, gifts and other quality goods for their winter edition. You will find an amazing selection of fashion, accessories, interior items, bags, make-up and beauty essentials, as well as drinks and delectable food items on sale. This is also a fantastic opportunity to support young go-getters selling biscuits for a very good cause. The undercover venue is a load-shedding free zone with plenty of secure parking on offer. READ MORE
Cost: Free entrance
When: Saturday, 3 June from 10am to 6.30pm. Sunday, 4 June from 9am to 3pm
Where: Level Three Premium Venue, 14A Kramer Rd, Kramerville, Johannesburg
The Trov (pronounced ‘The Trove’) in Rosebank’s Keyes Avenue launches its very First Thursday event on 1 June. The gallery and concept store promises a variety of local art, photography, and authentic African artefacts in a chilled atmosphere. Live music sets the mood while a food truck serves up easy eats, and guests are welcome to bring their own drinks. READ MORE
Cost: R120pp, book via Webtickets
When: Thursday, 1 June from 4pm
Where: 39 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg
Start the weekend with The Benoni Night Market for scrumptious street food trucks and stalls, local brewers and distillers, shopping and lively entertainment. They run colourful and unique entertainment for kids and upbeat tunes to get the laidback moods going.
Cost: R20pp, pay at entrance
When: Friday, 2 June from 5pm to 10pm
Where: Old Ben’s Sports Club, Corner of President Brand Rd &, President Boshoff Rd, Rynfield AH, Benoni
The Johannesburg Queer Chorus is hosting an evening of warm and joyful songs for their themed performance, The Road We Travel. The group is preparing to represent South Africa in the upcoming Various Voices Festival in Bologna.
‘We are not a choir of professional music singers, but one that strives for excellence in our performance and musical communication,’ explains the group. This amateur choir was established as a safe space for the greater Johannesburg’s LGBTQIA+ community and their friends. READ MORE
Cost: R100pp, book via Quicket
When: Sunday, 4 June, from 6pm to 9pm
Where: Deutsche Internationale Schule – Aula Hall, 11 Sans Souci Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg
The annual youth-centric Aluta Nova Museum Festival at James Hall Museum of Transport is back this Saturday to make museum-going culture amongst youth cool again. Take the kids and teens along and explore everything about the rich history and heritage of Johannesburg.
The event includes a lively music lineup, museum walkabouts, tours on the historic 1952 London bus, food vendors and a makers market, as well as fun art activities for the kids. READ MORE
Cost: Free entrance, but registration via Quicket is required for complimentary tickets
When: Saturday, 3 June from 12pm to 10pm
Where: James Hall Museum of Transport, Rosettenville Rd, Glenesk, Johannesburg
The hotly anticipated live-action film starring Halle Bailey as Ariel is giving its animated counterpart the flesh-and-blood treatment with sumptuous colours and performances. Fans of the original 1989 movie, aka everyone, of the famed fairytale would know the plot following Ariel’s dreams of being human and making a deal with a sea witch to see her wishes come true. The trade? She must give up her voice to get legs in return, which will allow her to live above the water. SEE MORE MOVIES HERE
CURATED ANTIQUE FASHION, COLLECTABLES AND OTHER GOODS IN SANDTON
The Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair takes place in Sandton and is the perfect shopping trip for antique lovers. South Africa’s longest-running monthly antiques and collectables fair, this event attracts antique dealers from all over the world. Both the National Antiques and Decorative Arts Association (NAADA) and the South African Antique, Art and Design Association (SAADA) are exhibiting on the day.
Cost: Free entry
When: Sunday, 4 June, 10am to 4pm
Where: Nelson Mandela Square, 5th Street, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg
Johannesburg’s popular market features over 150 stalls from the highest quality fashion, accessories, decor, furniture, body products, and gifts to artisanal foods, craft drinks and live music. Try wine tasting from Breedekloof Valley Wines, special play activities for the kids and much more. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Cost: R40pp, kids under 10 enter free. Book online
When: Saturday, 3 June & Sunday, 4 June from 9am
Where: The Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia, 45 Thomas Bowler St, Franklin Roosevelt Park, Randburg
EXPRESS YOURSELF AT THIS PRIDE AND THRIFT MARKET WITH A SUSTAINABLE EDGE
Picnic & Thrift is in Pretoria for a special Thrift & Pride Market event filled with over 60 stalls run by local makers and artists. Shop an eclectic mix of goods including fashion staples, accessories, plants, art, crafts, food and drink, and more. The markets are free to attend and open to all ages. This is a safe space event, no hate or prejudice will be tolerated and there will be extra security
Cost: Free entrance
When: Saturday, 3 June from 10am to 4pm
Where: Hatfield Plaza Shopping Centre, 1122 Burnett St, Hatfield, Pretoria
EASY WEEKEND LUNCHES AT PLTFRM WOLWESPRUIT
PLTFRM Wolwespruit brings together a rich and vibrant mix of people, food, and socialising in quiet surroundings. It’s an industrial-style decor and design offer a mixture of seating, standing, and leaning space with cosy outdoor bean bags to soak up the sun or balmy evenings.
Food options are best enjoyed outdoors and include breakfast, tapas, a selection of meat cuts, pizza, and burgers with a creative twist. The space is proudly family-friendly with an outdoor play area. Leashed dogs are welcome, and the restaurant also offers a small menu for them. READ MORE
When: Monday to Thursday, 7am to 11pm; Friday & Saturday, 7am to 12pm; Sunday, 8am to 10pm
Where: 501 Jochemus St, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria
WEEKEND VIBES AND LIVE MUSIC AT PRETORIA’S MONTHLY MARKET
Market at the Sheds, regarded as Tshwane’s most diverse and fun monthly market, returns this weekend for another vibey Saturday. Browse handcrafted products, arts, and fashion from over 60 local entrepreneurs exhibiting and selling their goods. Tuck into easy street food fare and drinks while catching the Funny Chef Cooking Demo planned for the day. A range of live performances run until 6pm, with the Sheds Afterparty continuing until 12pm.
Cost: R100pp, book via Webtickets
When: Saturday, 3 June from 11am to 6pm
Where: 012 Central, Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria
A TREASURE TROVE OF PRECIOUS VINTAGE FINDS AT THIS POPULAR FAIR
The Antique Fair in Brooklyn Mall is a monthly bespoke market in Pretoria that runs on the first Saturday of the month. This weekend you can explore a unique collection of South African art on show from the Kretchman Art Gallery. Be sure to view their range of Pierneef, Boyley or Zeelie works available for sale.
Cost: Free entry
When: Saturday, 3 June from 9am to 3pm
Where: Brooklyn Mall, Cnr Veale Street and, Fehrsen St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria