Things to Do This Weekend in Johannesburg

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As always there is a wonderfully diverse selection of activities and experiences to enjoy this weekend in Johannesburg and Pretoria as we say “goodbye” to May, and “hello!” to June. This weekend has everything from impressive vocal performances to thought-provoking art exhibitions, delightful dining experiences to a wonderful wine tasting excursion, creative activities, opportunities for outdoor fun, and much more.

Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre O.R. Tambo

Wind down the weekend with Radisson Hotel’s lively Sunday lunch

Reserve a spot 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 on the first Sunday of each month. Start off your June in the warm restaurant space, being serenaded by a soulful saxophone to set the mood for the evening and the new week ahead. The experience includes a welcoming drink and your choice from a selection of Sunday lunch mains and desserts through a fresh lens, all served buffet style.

Cost: R295pp, book via email (info.ortambo@radisson.com) or call 011 100 4436

When: Sunday, 2 Jun from 12pm to 3pm
Where: Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre O.R. Tambo, 3rd Ave, Bredell AH, Kempton Park

See other special experiences and events on offer at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre

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Mamasamba’s vibey Rio-inspired Carnaval celebrations all weekend

Mamasamba in Rosebank is turning up the heat for festive vibes with Carnaval, highlighting Latin American street food and themed live music events.  Experience Chef Marc Robert’s spotlight on Latin American street food alongside a show-stopping lineup of Latin house, Afro-Latin techno beats from Lemon & Herb, Rubber Duc, Steve Umculo and more. Their Rio-inspired Carnaval celebrations

Cost:  No cover charge for upcoming Carnaval performances. Book or reserve your table through mamasamba.co.za

When: From Thrusday, 20 May to Sunday, 2 June. Daily, from 2pm till late
Where: Mamasamba Restaurant, 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg

St Olaf Choir
The St. Olaf Choir

St. Olaf Choir and Quava Vocal Group join forces for 1-night only

American Conductor, Anton Armstrong and the award-winning St Olaf Choir are coming to South Africa to share the stage with local heavyweights, Quava Vocal Group. St. Olaf Choir will perform a range of European and American Sacred Music from Bach to Bernstein, Christiansen to Whitacre, Spirituals, and American contemporary songs. Quava Vocal Group, under the baton of Sabelo Mthembu, takes pride in their diverse repertoire ranging from traditional and contemporary Western choral music, and jazz to authentic African compositions.

Cost: From R100pp to R200pp, book via Webtickets

When: Friday 31 May, 7pm
Where: Mara Lounge, 97 Fox St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg

Installation for Roger Ballen's 'End of the game' exhibition this weekend in Joburg
Installation for Roger Ballen’s ‘End of the Game’ exhibition.

Get a glimpse inside the mind of Roger Ballen at his Artist Walkabout

Roger Ballen will take attendees through an hour-and-a-half guided tour of his inaugural ‘End of the Game’ exhibition. The exhibition presents the origins of the African safari and 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.  Tickets are limited to max 24 people a session, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Cost: R150pp, book via Webtickets

When: Saturday 1 June, 10am to 11.30am
Where: Inside Out Centre for the Arts, 48 Jan Smuts Ave, Forest Town, Johannesburg

Wine and charcuterie board on a cruise ship this weekend in Joburg

Taste fine wines at The Vaal Wine Expo

Why travel all the way to the Cape when you can enjoy an unlimited, superb wine tasting right on the banks of the Vaal River in Gauteng? This year, the 20th Annual Vaal Wine Expo brings wine lovers everything they need for the perfect wine outing. Each ticket includes a branded tasting glass to use and take home, unlimited tastings of over 200 different wines, a 30-minute Vaal River Cruise voucher OR a R50.00 food voucher to use on the day, live entertainment from Vernon Muso and Khaleesi, and access to food stalls, the kiddies play area, the restaurant and the bar.

Cost: R300pp, book via Webtickets

When: Saturday 1 June, from 12pm
Where: Stonehaven on Vaal, Rosebush Lane, Zuurfontein, Vanderbijlpark

things to do this Weekend in Johannesburg

It’s karaoke and mocktail night at Hyatt House in Sandton

Hyatt House in Sandton is planning an evening of fun and flavour with their Karaoke and Mocktail Night happening on Friday from 6pm to 10pm. Show off your singing talents or cheer on your friends and strangers as you ease into the night.

The venue is Halaal-friendly and will serve a shortlist of mocktails, pizzas and burgers, and add a touch of relaxation with a premium shisha. The entrance fee is just R40, payable at the door and food and drinks for your own account.

Cost: R40pp , book via Dineplan

When: Friday 31 May from 6pm to 10pm
Where: Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton, 25 Ann Cres, Simba, Sandton

things to do this Weekend in Johannesburg

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
Where
: Nelson Mandela Square, Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandown, Sandton, Johannesburg

Drakensberg Boys Choir
The Drakensberg Boys Choir

Enjoy world-class musical by the Drakensberg Boys Choir

The Drakensberg Boys Choir returns to Joburg for Music in the City 2024, a special extravaganza on the Nelson Mandela Stage at the Joburg Theatre. The concert promises to be a world-class experience featuring world-class music offerings from the choir. Audiences can again look forward to a rich musical line-up showcasing a tapestry of musical genres, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary and well-known Afro-Pop tunes.

Cost: From R200pp to R420pp, book via Webtickets

When: Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June, various times
Where: Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre

things to do this Weekend in Johannesburg

Bring the whole gang along for the Winter Edition of The Linden Market

The Linden Market is a quarterly community market that prides itself in being a lucrative platform for makers, designers, musicians and entrepreneurs. The market has over 160 stalls selling locally made products. It showcases artists and musicians and is set in the Botanical Gardens of Emmarentia. Guests can enjoy various activities or share market food and craft drinks while supporting local makers. Products range from ceramics and handmade clothing to stationery and skincare products. The market also has entertainment for children alongside dedicated play areas.

Cost: From R50pp | Free (u/12s), book via The Linden Market

When: 1 & 2 Jun, 9am to 4.30pm
Where: Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Olifants Rd, Emmarentia, Randburg

Two people hold up their needle-punched tote bags this weekend in Joburg

Tap into your creative side and join this Punch Needle Workshop

This exciting class will teach you step-by-step how to create your very own Punch Needled Tote Bag! The classes are designed to be fun and social, so first-timers need not be intimidated. Nevertheless, this is a more advanced class compared to Studio Artwave’s other workshops and therefore requires much more patience and time to complete. The activity is ideal for 13-year-olds and older, and attendees can choose between two four-hour fully guided sessions. Tickets also include complimentary drinks and snacks!

Cost: From R700pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday 1 June, 9am to 1pm | 2pm to 6pm
Where: Artwave Studio, 44 Stanley Ave, Braamfontein Werf, Johannesburg

Prime Circle band with new frontman, Gavin Edwards - this weekend in Joburg
Prime Circle band with new frontman, Gavin Edwards

Enjoy an afternoon picnic experience at Music in the Forest ft. Prime Circle

Get the family together, grab a picnic blanket and join in for a fun day out for everyone at Music in the Forest! There will be fully stocked bars with all your favourite drinks, tantalizing artisanal food, and of course, the best entertainment provided by special guests, iconic rock band Prime Circle with new frontman Gavin Edwards. The day promises to cater for the whole family with renowned musicians, great food and good vibes. Note that those attending will not be permitted to bring their own food and drink into the venue.

Cost: R200 – R250pp, book via Webtickets

When: Sunday 2 June, from 12pm
Where: Casalinga, Plot 328 Rocky Ridge Rd, Muldersdrift

Free guided painting experience at the Foodies Feast market

The Foodies Feast Market at Morning Glen Mall is offering a complimentary painting experience to guests visiting their food market on Sunday.  No experience is necessary as the talented instructors will guide you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece. All painting materials will be provided for FREE, including canvases, paint, brushes, and aprons to keep you clean.

You can order wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverages from the bar vendors and create your own sip-and-paint experience. The Foodies Feast Stalls are also on standby serving a range of snacks, street food, and more throughout the day for your own account.

Cost: Free entry, complimentary painting. Food and drink for your own account

When: Sunday, 2 June from 12pm to 4pm
Where
: Morning Glen Mall, Kelvin Dr &, Bowling Ave, Morningside Manor, Johannesburg

Stop by the Benoni Beer & Gin Fest for the ultimate jol

The Benoni Beer & Gin Fest returns with an amazing craft beer line-up, delicious distilleries, wonderful food and as always, a banging musical line-up. The event features performances by popular South African singer-songwriter, Jeremy Loops and dance and electronic DJ, Timo ODV. Other talented performers for the festival include EDM duo, Cinimin, Arno Carstens, Straatligkinders, Black Heidi, MC Gugu, and so much more.

Attendees can enjoy these live performances along with their expertly crafted drinks from bench seating available for rent at the festival or by sitting on picnic blankets and enjoying a full picnic-style experience. Camping chairs are heavily discouraged and are not allowed near the main stage. Due to the sale of alcohol at the event, children aged 13 to 17 are also strictly prohibited, though children under the age of 12 are permitted with the accompaniment of an adult guardian.

Cost: R175 – R225pp | R500 (bench ticket) | R75pp (kids u/12) | Book via Howler

When: Saturday, 1 June from 11am to 9pm
Where: Benoni Northerns Sports Club, 1 Brodigan St, Northmead, Benoni

The Symphony Choir of Johannesburg accompanied by and orchestra this weekend in Joburg

The sweet melodies of the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg in their presentation of Rutter’s ‘Requiem & Gloria’

The Symphony Choir of Johannesburg presents a night dedicated to the choral music of English composer and conductor, John Rutter. For this concert, they have chosen some shorter pieces from his choral arrangements, as well as two longer and more dramatic pieces: the Requiem and Gloria. All these works will be performed with colourful and delicate orchestration, akin to Rutter’s own orchestrations.

Cost: R200 – R350pp, book via Quicket

When: Sunday 2 June, 3pm to 6pm
When: The Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg

things to do this Weekend in Johannesburg

Sip and paint with a Kizomba dance lesson at Vic Yards

Down for some bonding time with your partner or bestie? Kongo Art is hosting a enchanting afternoon of sip and paint, and salsa dancing. event, where love and creativity intertwine for a spicy night to remember with your beloveds.

Sip on a choice on a cocktail, beer or bev of your choice, try your hand at painting, and sway to the rhythm of passionate salsa music. An expert instructor will show you how to master sultry dance moves together. All painting supplies are included as well as a 1-hour salsa dance class.

Cost: R450pp, including sip and paint experience and Kizomba dance lesson. Book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 1 June from 1pm to 4pm
Where
: Bond Society Bar at Victoria Yards, 16 Viljoen St, Lorentzville, Johannesburg

The Unlikely Secret Agent

Catch ‘The Unlikely Secret Agent’ for its last weekend at The Market Theatre

‘The Unlikely Secret Agent’ is a show directed by the acclaimed Paul du Toit and is regarded as a powerful testament to the human spirit’s resilience. Based on Ronnie Kasrils’ Alan Paton Award-winning book, the production follows the incredible journey of Eleanor Kasrils, an unassuming bookstore worker and single mother in 1960s Durban who becomes a clandestine operative for the ANC.

The show not only sheds light on apartheid’s horrors and police brutality but also shines a light on the unwavering spirit of those who fought for freedom and on gender-based violence. Having opened to audiences in mid-May, this weekend marks the last of its showings at the Market Theatre.

Cost: R120 to R2000pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from 16 May to 2 June 2024. On selected days with showings at 3pm and 7pm
Where: Barney Simon stage at The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown, Johannesburg

Read more about the production here

Johannesburg

Pet-friendly feels at Horwood’s Market

Browse through Horwoods Market’s 150+ stands, to soak up locally produced art, trendy threads, and much more. Indulge in delicious gourmet food, sip on a variety of craft beers, and enjoy live music and entertainment in a pretty outdoor setting. Bring the kids for fun activities while you relax in the tea garden. An added benefit: pets are welcome too!

Cost: R20 (adults), R10 (kids 6 – 12 and seniors). Kids under 6 enter free.

When: Every first Sunday of the month, from 9am to 4pm
Where: Horwoods Farm Edenvale Park, Edenvale

Actress Sharon Spiegel Wagner in 'Witness for the Prosecution' this weekend in Joburg
Actress Sharon Spiegel Wagner in ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

See Agatha Christie’s ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ unfold on stage

Pieter Toerien presents Agatha Christie’s ingenious courtroom drama on the South African stage. ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ is a gripping tale of justice, passion, betrayal and revenge. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow, the glamorous and enormously rich Emily French, to inherit her fortune. The stakes are high – will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? This classic Christie play delights audiences and keeps everyone on the edge of their seats right until the thrilling climax.

Cost: R150 to R300pp, book via Webtickets

When: From 29 May to 30 June. On select days with showings at 3pm and 7.30pm
Where: Pieter Toerien Theatre, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Magaliessig, Johannesburg

Anime cosplayers at A Slice of Anime - June events

Celebrate all things anime at A Slice of Anime

Anime Culture South Africa is turning three and presents its first-ever anime event: A Slice of Anime, a vibrant gathering designed to strengthen the anime community in South Africa.

The event offers anime stalls for enthusiasts to browse through an array of merchandise from local anime stores. Also featured are anime screenings and discussions, a cosplay showcase, an anime tattoo stall, and various competitions running throughout the event where attendees can win big with Anime Culture South Africa merchandise.

Cost: Free entry, book a spot via Quicket

When: Saturday, 1 June from 2pm to 6pm
Where: MAX Offices Rooftop Venue, 145 Second St, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg

Market attendees look at products at a stall - June events

Visit the Plain Jane in June Market for an evening filled with entertainment, food, and unique finds

Gotcha Pizzeria, in collaboration with Yes Sir! Events and Ke Ai invites guests to immerse themselves in the second edition of their monthly night market, the Linden Night Shop: Plain Jane in June Market. Arrive in Linden for an evening filled with excitement, entertainment, delectable food, and unique finds.

Visitors can expect to explore a diverse range of merchandise from alternative lifestyle vendors, indulge their taste buds with mouthwatering offerings, and groove to the beats of live performers and DJs while enjoying mesmerising fire dances and Poi classes by resident players Tyrone and Vega. Entry to the market is by donation, with proceeds supporting local animal welfare initiatives. Cash, cards, or donations such as pet food, blankets, or toys are welcome at the gate.

Cost: Entry by donation

When: Saturday, 1 June from 5pm
Where: Garden on 4th, 68 4th Ave, Linden, Randburg, Johannesburg

Pretoria

Comedian David Kau
Comedian David Kau

Witness a comedy pioneer, David Kau, in action at The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice!

A Household name that needs no introduction. One of the pioneers of comedy in a democratically free South Africa, David Kau, brings his expert comedic timing to The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! for a night of non-stop laughter. Beyond comedy, David has also established himself as a filmmaker, actor and entrepreneur, bringing a wealth of industry experience to an eager audience who expect nothing less of the multi-hyphenate talent. Grab a seat, let loose, and welcome the new month with a bright grin on your face.

Cost: R180pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 1 June from 8pm to 10pm
Where: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn, 213 Thys Street Summit Place Precinct (corner of North and Garsfontein Off ramp), N1, Pretoria

things to do this Weekend in Johannesburg

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

Drag artist Cathy Specific
Drag artist Cathy Specific

Join in a night of non-stop entertainment with Cathy Specific’s show

After a sold-out run in March, Cathy Specific returns to Die Centurion Teater stage with her show, ‘Specifically Cathy’ for one show only! Multi-award-winning performer, Brendan van Rhyn gives audiences a sneak peek and backstage pass into the life of his deliciously decadent alter-ego, Cathy Specific. It is an evening of song, sentiment and style with SA’s sassiest stewardess. Brendan takes the audience back to 1984, the year he put on a dress for the very first time. It was to change his life forever. Raw, real, unfiltered and fabulous would be the best way to describe this one-woMAN show.

Cost: R350pp, book via Quicket

When: Sunday, 2 June from 4pm to 5.30pm
Where: Die Centurion Teater, 123 Amkor Rd, Lyttelton Manor, Centurion

Markets in Pretoria

Weekend vibes at Pretoria’s monthly lifestyle 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, 2 June from 11am to 6pm
Where
: 012 Central, Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria

People enjoying wine at the Italian Republic Day Festival this weekend in Joburg

Celebrate La Dolce Vita at the Italian Republic Day Festival

Bring the family along and enjoy a day packed full of a true taste of Italy. Indulge in authentic Italian Food and Italian products for sale, and witness hundreds of Italian cars and motorbikes on display! Attendees can expect over 20 Italian food stalls, over 40 vendors including fashion, leather goods, shoes and toys, Italian wine, beer, Prosecco and other Italian drinks, Aperol Spritz garden (Italy’s most famous cocktail), Italian cars, bikes and supercars including the Ferrari Club of South Africa (SEFAC) and Lamborghini Club of South Africa, a kids’ play area, and a live performance by Italian artist, Francesca Biancoli.

Cost: R60 – R80pp | R40pp (pensioners) | R30 – R40pp (u/12s), book via Quicket

When: Sunday, 2 June from 9am to 5pm
Where: Italian Club Pretoria, 78 George Storrar Dr, Groenkloof, 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
Where
: Shop No. 20, Greenlyn Village Centre, Cnr Thomas Edison & 12th Street East, Menlo Park, Pretoria

Friends dressed in Mexican attire toast their glasses

Experience a fiesta like no other at the Tequila & Mexican Food Festival

Indulge in the flavours of Mexico with a mouthwatering array of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, guacamole, and other Mexican food favourites at the Tequila & Mexican Food Festival. That’s not all either, as the real star of the show is tequila, which features in abundance at this festival in celebration of Mexican food and drink culture.

This is a unique opportunity to embark on a culinary journey to Mexico without having to leave the country. Attendees can expect live music, salsa dancing, and plenty of fun for everyone as the stage is graced by beloved artists including Die Heuwels Fantasties, Van Pletzen, Bernice West, Droomsindroom, Pedro Barbosa, Rubber Duc, and many more.

Cost: R150 to R200pp, book via Howler

When: Saturday, 1 June from 10am to 9pm
Where: The Royal Elephant Hotel, Cnr Willem Botha &, Wierda Rd, Eldoraigne, Centurion

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