Things To Do This Weekend in Joburg & Pretoria (12-14 April 2024)

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There’s never any shortage of things to do over the weekend in Johannesburg, Pretoria and surrounds. Whether you’re up for some time out with the whole family, cute bonding moments as a couple or unique ways to wind down on your own – we’ve gathered our suggestions of fabulous things to do right here in Joburg.

Secret Eats 12 - 13 April

Dine at a Secret Soiree

At SecretEATS soirees, guests can expect 4-courses of gourmet deliciousness by a secret chef; perfectly paired, premium wines; welcome drinks and canapes; a few secrets the organisers can’t let slip…  The evening begins with a welcome drink on arrival and some canapes to kick things off. Prepare for a little mixing and mingling before settling in around a shared dining table to meet the classically trained chef. Seats are limited so book early.

Cost: R1550 Book here.

When: Fri 12 and Sat 13 April, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The secret venue is revealed the morning of the dinner.

Holi fest Wits 12 April 2024

Get colourful at Holi Fest

The Wits Hindu Student Society at the University of Witwatersrand hosts a vibrant Holi event, where students come together to celebrate with colorful powder, music, dance, and traditional snacks. Amidst the laughter and joy, cultural barriers dissolve, fostering unity and friendship among participants from diverse backgrounds. It’s a lively and memorable celebration.

Cost: From R60. Book through Quicket

When: Fri 12 April, 5.30pm – Sat 13 April 12am
Where: Wits University Library Lawns, 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

We Kill Cowboys plays at The Irish Club on Fri 12 April 2024
We Kill Cowboys plays at The Irish Club on Fri 12 April. Photo: Kilkenny Photography.

Rock out with Cowboys and Aliens (rock bands)

Boogy Central presents the first instalment of a special event: It’s My Children. Catch Twenty One Children (9pm), We Kill Cowboys (10pm) and Facing The Gallows (11pm) for a raucous night to remember.

Cost: From R120. Book through Quicket

When: Fri 12 April. Doors open 7pm, bands start 9pm
Where: The Irish Club, Cnr Salerno Road & 5th Ave, Randburg, Linden

The Garden Venue hosts Thee Zulu Yogi Yoga Champagne Brunch 13 April
The Garden Venue is the setting for the Yoga Champagne Brunch on Sat 13 April

Slow down with yoga, meditation and a champagne brunch

Nkosinathi Magnificent Ndhlovu, also known as ‘Thee Zulu Yogi’, presents a day of tranquil yogic activities and a champagne brunch. Relax in a beautiful garden venue and enjoy a Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Breathwork, Meditation, a Sound Bath journey, Short Sit Down Conversations, an optional Angel Card reading (R50 cash), and a light champagne lunch.

Cost: From R555. Book through Quicket 

When: Sat 13 April. 8am – 12 pm
Where: The Garden Venue, 308 Boundary Rd, North Riding, Randburg

Golden City Rollers roller derby league play this weekend

Watch the annual Roller Derby Home Season Tournament

Golden City Rollers (GCR) roller derby league takes to the track again for its annual Home Season for some hard-hitting roller-skating action. GCR is proud and excited to once again showcase the best of local roller derby to their home crowd. Its two home teams, Chrome Chaos and Mercury Mayhem, battle it out over three games (9 March, 13 April and 11 May 2024). The two competing teams feature both veteran and newer skaters, and best out of the three rounds wins.

Cost: R80pp (single entry – R100pp at the door) | R100pp (single entry splash zone – R120pp at the door) | R200pp (season pass – R250pp at the door)

When: Sat 13 April. Doors open 5pm, game starts 6pm
Where: União Portuguesa, 64 Eastwood Street, Turffontein, Johannesburg

Sushi masterclass with Stephan Kruger (Scoville Labs) 13 April

Take a Sushi Masterclass

Chef Stephan Kruger of Scoville Labs invites you to an exclusive sushi-making workshop at Cafe Barcelona, in partnership with Matinee Mix. Discover the secrets behind one of Japan’s most beloved culinary traditions in a guided tour through the fascinating history of sushi-making. Attendees will get hands-on experience crafting their very own sushi rolls. For a sweet twist, the class will also dive into the world of dessert sushi rolls. Beginners are welcome.

Cost: From R370. Book through Quicket

When: Sat 13 April, 10am – 1pm
Where: Café Barcelona, 53 Thomson St, Colbyn, Pretoria

Lego and Duplex Play Day at Play Africa 13 April

Take the Kids to Lego & Duplo Play Day

The Lego & Duplo Play Day, presented by Play Africa, offers a day of fun for kids. Children can look forward to playing with various LEGO sets such as Robotic Lego, Sets Lego, Technical Café Set, and more. Families can also learn how these sets can help children learn different things such as math, literacy, and communication.

Cost: From R80. Book through Quicket

When: Sat 13 April,  9.30am – 14pm
Where: Play Africa, Constitution Hill Old Fort, 11 Kotze St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Abdullah Ibrahim performs on Sun 14 April in Joburg

See SA Jazz Icon Abdullah Ibrahim

Ibrahim is one of South Africa’s greatest jazz icons and returns home to South Africa after a five-year absence to give two concerts (in Joburg and Cape Town) as part of a world tour. Recently Abdullah Ibrahim released a new, album, 3, a recording of two sets from London’s Barbican Hall. Cleave Guyton Jr (on flute and piccolo), Noah Jackson (on bass and cello) make up the trio and are featured on both sets with Ibrahim. The album includes the much-loved tracks Nisa, Barakat and many more, and comprises both the London performances.

Cost: R900-R2500, book through Ticketpros

When: Sun 14 April, 3pm
Where: SunBet Arena at Time Square, 209 Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria

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