Things To Do This Weekend in Johannesburg and Pretoria (5 – 7 April)


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.

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Vegan high tea at Kaylee’s Eatery

Kaylee’s Eatery is a vegan restaurant in Johannesburg that does wonderful things with pastry for their vegan high tea. The offer is served on Sundays during three sittings. Vegans, vegetarians, and carnies can delight in a tray filled with savoury sandwiches, scones, French pastries and a pot of tea. READ MORE

Cost: From R395pp, book online or call 064 885 8107

When: Sunday, 7 April at 10am, 12pm or 2pm
Where: Kaylees Eatery, Wonderland Park, 147 North Reef Rd, Bedfordview

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Jason Goliath and Kate Pinchuk

Top-notch comedians take the stage for Laugh Africa Comedy Festival

Joburg is getting the first run of the Laugh Africa Comedy Festival, presented by Savanna and Showmax. This comedy celebrates one of the best things about South Africa, our love for laughter. Expect the best comedians from South Africa in one space for a range of special shows. Join for the epic roast of Minnie Dlamini, catch American comedian Eddie Griffin for selected performances, and laugh till you cry at the latest quips from Siv Ngesi, Celeste Ntuli, Rob van Vuuren and many more.

‘We’re redefining comedy festivals in South Africa,’ explains Stuart Taylor, comedy veteran and the festival’s Creative Director. This isn’t just a show; it’s a three-day journey through laughter, from local talents to international acts. There’s something for everyone!’

Cost: From R340pp for General Access to R7500pp for a VIP experience. Tickets can be booked via Ticketpro. What’s on in Joburg readers received a 10 % discount on all ticket prices. Use code WHATS ON at checkout

When: Running from Friday, 5 April to Sunday, 7 April
Where: Sandton Convention Centre, 161 Maude St, Sandown, Sandton

Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre O.R. Tambo

A Sunday lunch with all the trimmings

You’ll need to reserve your space in advance for Sunday lunch at The Avenue in Kempton Park. The signature restaurant at Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre O.R. Tambo serves a buffet experience curated by Executive Chef Johan van Rooyen and his team only on the First Sunday of the month.

Make the most of the good weather with poolside relaxation with friends and family in the shade or head indoors in the airy restaurant space while being serenaded by the saxophone sounds to set the mood for the evening and new week. The experience includes a welcoming drink, your choice from a selection of Sunday lunch mains and desserts through a fresh lens, all served buffet style.

Cost: R295pp, includes a welcome drink, main course and dessert served buffet-style. Book online via email or call 011 100 4436

When: Every First Sunday of the month, from 12pm to 3pm
Where: Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre O.R. Tambo, 3rd Ave, Bredell AH, Kempton Park

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DJ Zinhle, Elaine, DJ Maphorisa, Nadia Nakai & many more for Cotton Fest JHB

Early bird tickets may have sold out for one of Joburg’s most popular music festivals, however general access tickets are still available. Hosted at the Old Park Station, a vibey venue in Newtown, Cotton Fest is carrying out a college theme for its 2024 return.

Welcoming back another smashing instalment, the festival will tap into college themes with its stages, set up and paraphernalia. DJ Maphorisa, Elaine, A-Reece, DJ Zinhle, Nadia Nakai and dozens of other artists will perform and are not to be missed. 

Cost: R300pp, book via Webtickets

When: Sunday, 6 April from 12pm
Where: Old Park Station, 140 Carr St, Newtown, Johannesburg

An elegant Jo Malone Ladies Lunch in Hyde Park

Luce restaurant at Southern Sun Hyde Park is hosting a Saturday lunch event with Jo Malone, a luxury grooming and cologne label. Dine on a delicious 3-course lunch and discover the art of fragrance with the famous British brand which is synonymous with timeless elegance and luxury. The experience includes a special Jo Malone gift for all guests.

Cost: R495pp, includes a three-course lunch and Jo Malon gift. Book via 011 341 8080 or email

When: Saturday, 6 April, from 12:30pm to 4pm
Where: Southern Sun Hyde Park, Hyde Park Corner, 1st Rd, Hyde Park, Sandton

The Antique Fair at Nelson Mandela Square

The Antique Fair at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton is one of the most popular vintage markets in Johannesburg. Here you’ll find all things treasured, vintage, and indie, and is a great opportunity to hunt down that perfect bespoke or bygone-era piece of treasure. 

Expect trestle tables filled with vintage and pre-loved clothing, jewellery and some contemporary local art. The antique fair brings together over 70 of Johannesburg’s serious collectors and vintage purveyors, offering vintage collector pieces, stylish preloved gems such as authentic Louis Vuitton handbags, millinery creations, as well as quirky bits and pieces, jewellery and fashion. 

The market is also another opportunity to hang out in Sandton’s style central to eat and drink at one of the chic cafes after your shopping session.

Cost: Free entry

When: Every First Sunday, from 10am to 4pm
: Nelson Mandela Square, Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg

April events

Fashion meets art with Lukhanyo Mdingi’s new exhibition at Constitution Hill

Fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi’s new exhibition, The Provenance Part II, focuses on the preservation of Archives, looking into the deep lineage of Bantu indigenity and Black Consciousness in South Africa that has manifested. Through themes that highlight, textiles, literature and music, this body of work is forged and kindles the flame of its intellectual and creative expression.

Cost: Entrance fee to Constitution Hill applies. From R45pp to R150pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from 4 April to 17 June 2024. Daily, from 9am to 5pm
Where: Women’s Jail Exhibition Wing at Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Str, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

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Meet new people at this fun social event in Randburg

The Wild Side in Craighall Park is planning a brunch date with a difference. Their late breakfast experience is a minging musical chair type setup where every seat is a chance to meet someone new. You’ll get assigned a colour and a seat at a table set up for four people.

The team will signal for a specific colour to change tables: four colours, and forty new faces. Advance booking is essential and the event is strictly open to people over the age of 25.

Cost: R450pp includes lunch and a welcome drink, book via Quicket

When: Sunday, 7 April from 11am to 3pm
Where: The Wild Side, 6 Burnside Ave, Craighall Park, Randburg

Let the kids explore the Children’s Museum at Constitution Hill

The Children’s Museum at Constitution Hill is hosting a Family Play Day on Saturday. You can look forward to a day filled with exciting and engaging activities for children ages 2 to 12, and their families. Activities for the day include Imagination Playground, Farm to Market, Fantasy Play, Toddler Play, Gross Motor, and many more fun options.

Cost: R80pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 6 April from 9:30am to 2pm
Where: Play Africa at Constitution Hill Old Fort, 11 Kotze St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

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Join the Glamour Book Club event in Sandton

The Glamour Book Club Joburg Edition is an inclusive space where beauty meets literature. Hosted by the magazine’s Features Editor, Thobeka Phanyeko, this event in Johannesburg will be an immersive experience revolving around our beauty and wellness pillars.

There will be an inspiring lineup featuring a dynamic panel of speakers and an exclusive Q&A session with the author of ‘When the Filter Fades’, Janine Jellars. Together, we’ll delve into topics such as self-image, the ever-evolving beauty landscape, and the significance of wellness in today’s changing world. The dress code for the event is all-white with accents of red, showcasing our commitment to always making a style statement.

Cost: R500pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 6 April from 11am to 3pm
Where: Hannon Studio, 3 Enterprise Cl, Frankenwald, Sandton

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Roger Ballen deconstructs the relationship between humans and animals

End of the Game is a new exhibition running at the Inside Out Centre of the Arts that delved into the origins of the African safari and Roger Ballen’s response to the relationship between human and animal. Part historical archive and part artistic installation, this body of work confronts us with universal questions about the meaning of the destruction of nature, its association with power, and our relationship to the natural world.

Ballen has selected and curated works from his previous series and displayed these alongside theatrical compositions of figures, taxidermies and documentary objects to create an exhibition space that probes the psychology of the hunter and of man’s engagement with the animal.

On Saturday, 6 April, renowned artist and photographer Roger Ballen will be taking visitors on an hour-and-a-half guided tour of his inaugural exhibition ‘End of the Game’ exhibit that opens on the same day. Tickets are limited to 24 people, so advance booking is essential.

Cost: R150pp includes a guided tour and exhibition catalogue, book via Quicket

When: Running from 6 April to 7 December 2024. Various times
Where: Inside Out Centre for the Arts, 48 Jan Smuts Ave, Forest Town, Johannesburg

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Couples spa date at this Muldersdrift escape

Time to reconnect with your partner or an overdue catch-up with the friends? Let the expert team at this luxury spa in Johannesburg roll away the stresses with two 90-minute Aromatherapy full-body massages. Afterwards, unwind with a muffin and coffee on the restaurant deck overlooking the tranquil surroundings. See more special offers at Woodlands Spa here.

Cost: R1590 per couple, including a 90-minute full body massage and a muffin and coffee. Book via

When: Running until 30 April 2024. Monday to Friday, and Sunday, from 8am to 5pm
Where: Woodlands Spa, R114 (next to Avianto), Muldersdrift, Gauteng

All-queer pop up party at Hallmark House Rooftop

Same Sex Saturday is a once-off party event running this Saturday at Hallmark Hotel. The concept is all about creating a safer space for the queer community to just enjoy each other, music, and create good energy.

Other Village People curates intentional queer social spaces, that aim to make people connect without judgment from any form of racism, classism, sexism, body shaming, homophobia, transphobia, or harassment of any kind.

Cost: R120pp. Book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 6 April, from 4pm to 12am
: The Rooftop at Hallmark House, 54 Siemert Rd, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg

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The Antique Fair at Brooklyn Mall

Are pets allowed: No

Every month, the Antique Fair at Brooklyn Mall unpack a world of fascinating and valuable antiques and fine art spanning a range of periods. The fair is one of the biggest in the province and a must-see event for anyone interested in interior design, history, and art. There’s also the chance to chat with passionate dealers and get to know them and their goods. Amateur collectors are welcome to bring items for valuation as well. READ MORE

Cost: Free entry

When: First Saturday of every month, from 9am to 3pm
Where: Brooklyn Mall, Corner of Veale Street and, Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria

Catch Jeremy Loops, Desmond and the Tutus, Black Heidi and more at Park Acoustics

Park Acoustics is a monthly outdoor live music concert that takes place in the unique venue that is Fort Schanskop, Pretoria. On the first Sunday of each month, hundreds of people gather in Pretoria for some of the best acts on one stage. This month’s lineup features Jeremy Loops, Desmond and the Tutus, Keenan Eksteen, Black Heidi and many more, with King Nqoba as MC. The event is family-friendly with a special play area for kids and offers mobile bars, food stalls, and lots of green grass to sit on.

Cost: From R50pp to R300pp, book via Plankton

When: Saturday, 6 April from 10am to 
Where: Foresters PTA, Plot 60, Tierpoort Road, Tierpoort, Pretoria

Experience brand-new running trails in this pet-friendly park

Up for a fun family-friendly running challenge? Fresh Trails is doing another Fresh Wolwe & Waterkloof Spruit Trail Run right in the heart of Pretoria East. Both beginners and advanced skilled runners can weave through well-marked routes, river crossings and lots of uphill. 

It’s the perfect place to practice your skills while getting at the same time. There’s also an opportunity to be one of the first to try the brand new 12km and 17km trails along Waterkloofspruit.

Registration starts at 6am, and races from 7am. Awesome prizes will be handed out by SALOMON to category winners and lucky draw winners. After your run, let loose at PLTFRM restaurant with an easy-going menu of lunchtime favourites.

Cost: From R150pp to R250pp, book via Quicket

When: Sunday, 7 April from 6am to 11am
Where: Wolwespruit Trail Park, 501 Jochemus St, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria

Menlo Vinyl Record Fair

Whether you’re into pop, rock, reggae, or blues, you can’t beat the authentic sound of vinyl. Pretoria’s monthly vinyl record market is definitely worth a visit for hardcore collectors, newbies to the scene, or just discerning musos. There’s also a listening station to explore the releases before purchase.

Buyers can leaf through a limited edition release from bygone local bands or acts, a broad range of genres, and if lady luck is on your side, score a rare first press or secure those one-off pieces for expanding your record collection.

Once you’re done, tuck in on Capital Craft’s unbeatable burgers. The space is also the go-to for hardcore craft beer fans thanks to a large library of local and imported beers and the laid-back vibe. 

Cost: Free entry

When: First Sunday of every month, from 10:30am to 2pm
: Shop No. 20, Greenlyn Village Centre, Cnr Thomas Edison & 12th Street East, Menlo Park, Pretoria

A running festival featuring four competitive categories

Irene’s annual Running Festival returns with four competitive categories, entertainment and prizes. The festival features a 48km ultra marathon, a 21.1km half marathon, a 10km road run and a 5km fun run. Athletes of various capabilities can participate in one of these races over the two-day festival.

The first day is dedicated to the 5km, 10km and 21.1km runs, whilst the second day is reserved entirely for the ultra marathon. Participants can purchase event t-shirts online, and all athletes earn a medal upon completion of their races. Three prize givings are held over both days, awarding the top finishers for the 10km, 21.1km, and 48km races with cash prizes.

Cost: R60pp – R480pp, enter via Entry Ninja

When: 6 to 7 Apr | 6 Apr, start time 6am (half marathon, 10km) & 6.15am (5km) | 7 Apr, start time 6am (ultra marathon)
Where: Irene Athletics Club Race Venue, Doringkloof, Centurion

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