20+ Things to do This Weekend in Joburg and Pretoria

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It may be winter, but no cold is stopping all the excitement happening this weekend in Joburg and Pretoria. Though it is still chilly outside, with sunny days predicted for this first July weekend, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out of the house for a beer festival featuring the best selection of winter beers, visit a bubbly fiesta, or join a creative zine-making workshop.

For the nighthawks, why not wind down with a cosy campfire session, see a hilarious comedy show or party to the tunes of some talented DJs?

Museum of Illusions

The boundaries of optical illusions at this brand-new museum in Rosebank

As a champion of the “edutainment concept,” the Museum of Illusions is merging fun and entertainment with education and learning and a dash of tech. There are over 60 extraordinary exhibits that use optical illusions, visual tricks, and hands-on interactive displays to create a playful environment, nothing is ever quite as it seems. 

Let loose in the Illusion Rooms with intriguing visual, sensory, and a never-before-seen educational experience. There’s no shortage of quirky installations where you can hang out with your clones, swap noses with your friends, and serve your head on a platter. And the image display tricks will make you rethink vision, perception, and the mysterious workings of the human brain.

Whether you’re up for a one-of-a-kind adventure for your next date outing, something different to try with the kids, or simply looking to capture some Instagrammable moments, this museum in Johannesburg has something that will entertain visitors of all ages.

Cost: R150pp for kids and pensioners, R190pp for adults. A family bundle includes tickets for 2 x kids and 2 x adults at R580. Infants and toddlers under 4 years enter free. Book online

When: Opens on Saturday, 6 July 2024. Daily, from 9am to9pm
Where: Above Hamley’s, on the upper level, next to WEAREEGG, The Zone in Rosebank, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Sandton

Read all about the Museum of Illusions here

Johannesburg

Hit the floor while female DJs take the decks

Beats By Her is a concept party event by Mamthug that gives some of the best female DJs in the city a platform at Untitled Basement. They’re planning another takeover on Friday with tunes that run until late. 

Cost: R150pp, book via Quicket

When: Friday, 5 July from 7pm
Where
: Untitled Basement, 7 Reserve Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Amex Tennis Town

Catch the Wimbledon championships at Amex Tennis Town’s vibey fan park

This fresh new concept reimagines a comprehensive fan zone that takes game live Wimbledon championship screenings to a whole different level. Guests and tennis enthusiasts will love the interactive activation area where you can capture new memories in the photo booths, dive into virtual reality tennis activations, and challenge friends at gaming stations.

The cherry on top? A full-size tennis court is open to all and set up with interactive coaching lessons where you can kickstart your tennis journey, and show off or sharpen your skills. Don’t leave without popping into the Wimbledon merch shop.

Cost: From R200pp for the general public, R50pp for children, and free for kids under 2. Hospitality tickets are available at R4995 for a VIP premium package. Book via Ticketpro

When: Running on 5, 6 & 7 July, and 12, 13 & 14 July 2024. From 1pm to 10pm
Where: Montecasino, Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg

Read more about Amex Tennis Town here

Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre O.R. Tambo

A family-friendly Sunday buffet with live tunes

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 on the first Sunday of each month. 

When the sun is out and the air is warm, head to the poolside for relaxation with friends and family, or in cooler weather head indoors to the warm restaurant space and be serenaded by a soulful saxophone to set the mood for the evening and the new week ahead. 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 info.ortambo@radisson.com 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

Fourways Mall Motor Show

Supercars, vintage rides, and the latest in automobile tech at the Fourways Mall Motor Show

Explore cutting-edge technology, sleek designs and unmatched performance. PLUS, classic cars from Sports and GT Classics, and race cars from the South African Endurance Series. See a one-of-a-kind customised Lamborghini – and find out more about Precision Glaze services. There’s kids’ fun too, with RC Cars and Virtual Reality experiences. Read more here

Cost: Free entrance

When: Running until Sunday, 7 July
Where: Fourways Mall,

People roast marshamllows around a campfire this weekend in Joburg

Have a cosy evening around the campfire at Konnect Session’s Campfire Confessions

Warm up the weekend with a cosy evening by the campfire at Campfire Confessions. The evening is filled with classic camping activities including s’more-making, campfire games like “Never Have I Ever” and stories picked from a hat. The evening is guided by friendly Konnectors who facilitate introductions, keep the activities flowing, and ensure everyone feels included and engaged throughout the evening.

Cost: R280 – R350pp, book via Quicket

When: Friday, 5 July from 6.30pm to 9pm
Where: Milk Bar, 11 Holt St, East, Sandton

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Tons of craft play at The Creative Cafe

Clearwater Mall is keeping kids engaged for the winter school holiday in Johannesburg with The Creative Studio. This pop-up craft centre will be hosting daily supervised workshops. Your child will explore clay painting, 3D modelling and everything in between, plus there’s a dedicated play space to unwind before or after each session.

A hands-on craft team will host 5 interesting workshops running daily at various times at Clearwater Mall in Roodepoort. All materials and tools needed are included in the rates, and kids can take home their finished creations. Although the craft sessions are all guided, kids must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Food and drink can be ordered by one of the many eateries at the venue.

Cost: From R40pp to R50pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from 28 June to 7 July 2024. Monday to Thursday & Saturday, 11am to 7pm,. Friday, 11am to 8pm. Sundays, 11am to 4pm
Where: Rochester Court at Clearwater Mall (Upper Level), Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Christiaan de Wet Rd, Strubens Valley, Roodepoort

See all The Creative Club’s classes here

Trevor Gumbi live this weekend in Joburg

Witness the comedic stylings of Trevor Gumbi live in Johannesburg

Spend Friday evening belly laughing with a comedian who needs no introduction. Over many years, Trevor Gumbi has become a household name in South African comedy, becoming one of the country’s most recognisable funny men. The multi-talented MC, actor and comedian brings a fresh new stand-up show to audiences at Gatzbys LIVE.

Cost: R150pp, book via Quicket

When: Friday, 5 July from 8pm to 10pm
Where: Gatzbys LIVE, San Ridge Square, Cnr New &, Lever Rd, Carlswald, Midrand

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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

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Groovy African diaspora tunes at this rooftop bar in Rosebank

Party in one of Rosebank’s most stylish cocktail bars this Friday for Gbedu Nights. The event brings together the modern sounds of our beautiful continent through the gift of sound and dance. Think Afrobeats, Afrohouse, Bongo, Dancehall, Kizomba, Kuduro and other genres that Africa and its diaspora have to offer, from some of the best DJs in downtown Joburg.

Cost: R150pp, via Quicket. R200pp at the door

When: Friday, 5 July from 6pm to 12am
Where
: Mix Cocktail Bar, 2nd floor, Trumpet on Keyes, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Ecospheres

See this immersive new exhibition at JCAF

Ecospheres art exhibition in Johannesburg unpacks the notion of Symbioscene and the belief that humans are designed to live as part of a harmonious interaction between all living creatures. This is opposed to the period we are currently living in, known as the Anthropocene, where human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Based on the elements of Water, Air and Earth, the exhibition is divided into three Atmosphere Rooms. These Atmospheres function as conceptual spaces that foreground and amplify various artists and artworks about the thematic ideas of the exhibition. Water is engaged as a mediator connecting the natural world to people, places and identity.

Cost: Admission to JCAF is free and by appointment only. Reserve your appointment here

When: Running until 7 December 2024. Thursday to Saturday, based on bookings. Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays
Where: No 1 Durris Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg

Read more about the exhibition here

Melrose Arch

A winter playground is up at Melrose Arch

The Melrose Arch Playground is a pop-up activity zone in collaboration with Clamber Club, that features an ice rink, fun activities and much more, this experience is set to warm hearts of all ages this school holiday. 

Kids can try a range of activities such as a challenging obstacle course, an arts and crafts corner, a jumping castle, and a soft pond play area for smaller children. A face painter is available to bring colourful creations to life.

After all the play, indulge in Nutella, Kinder, Lotus, milk, or white chocolate crêpes from Ajay Whisks. Enjoy a signature blue and white Winterland-themed cupcake or sugar cookie, available exclusively at their Playground activation. Or taste the swirl Smashed & Rolled Ice Cream with a limited edition blue and white Melrose Arch Playground flavour, featuring bubble-gum ice cream topped with candy floss and glitter.

Artjamming is hosting a super gooey slime-making workshop, allowing kids to unleash their creativity, while Greenbusters, known as “The toyshop with a difference,” will display the micro scooter, a trending toy that enhances motor skills.

Cost: R50 per child per hour, or R100 for unlimited play. Pay at entrance

When: Running until 7 July 2024. Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm
Where: The Piazza at Melrose Arch, Whiteley Road, Melrose Arch, Corlett Drive, Birnam, Johannesburg

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Get a taste of the best selection of winter beers at Worthogs’ Winter Beer Festival

This year’s Worthogs’ East Rand Winter Beer Festival brings the same great lineup of homebrewed winter beers that patrons of Worthog Homebrewers have come to know and love. Guests can enjoy a variety of beers for an entire afternoon of fun. With over 40 beers to choose from, just one ticket covers entry to the event, a festival glass and unlimited tasting, finishing only when the beer runs out. Food is also available at the venue and non-beer drinkers can purchase alternative soft drinks, wines and spirits from the venue bar.

Cost: R150pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 6 July from 10.30am to 5.30pm
Where: Dynamite Distilling Co, 31 High St, Founders Hill, Lethabong

Roller Skating

Roller skating for all ages at Road House Roller Rink

Head to the Road House Roller Rink at Eastgate Shopping Centre to enjoy various skating activities for all roller skating enthusiasts. From public skating sessions to lessons and all of the bells and whistles for an epic birthday party – this skating arena has got it all. You’ll find them in the Basement Parking, area opposite IndyKart (below Virgin Active) and everyone is welcome from first-time skaters to skating pros.

Cost: R150pp, including skate hire. R100pp with own skates. Pay at entrance

When: Running until 9 July 2024. Monday to Sunday, various times
Where: Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

A collection of zines laying disorganised on top of on another - July Events

Unleash your creativity at Culture Zine Workshops’ zine-making event

Get creative this Saturday with Culture Zine Workshops. Presented by Alphabet Zoo and Iqhawe Magazine, this engaging workshop features an appearance from guest creative host Kabelo Kungwane, the founder of local brand Kasi Flavour, and an afternoon of zine creation guided by Minenkulu Ngoyi from Alphabet Zoo, alongside Anastasia Nkhuna and Renaè Mangena from Iqhawe Magazine. The event promises an enriching experience that blends the expertise of both creative outlets.

Cost: R350pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 6 July from 11am to 4pm
Where: Hallmark House, 54 Siemert Rd, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg

La Boqueria

Eat, dance and sip bottomless at The Bubbly Circle Fiesta

End off your Saturday with a bubbly experience that tantalizes your taste buds and ignites your inner rhythm. The Bubbly Circle Fiesta includes a delectable Hispanic-inspired dinner that transports guests straight to a vibrant fiesta, sizzling salsa dancing lessons, a Sparkling Delights tasting session, and of course, bottomless bubbly all evening.

Cost: R900 – R950pp | R1 750 (Fiesta for 2) | R3 600 (Fiesta for 4)

When: Saturday, 6 July from 5pm to 9pm
When: La Boqueria, 17 3rd Ave, Parktown North, Randburg

Dylan Fine on the guitar this weekend in Joburg

Enjoy an evening of jazz with the Dylan Fine Quintet

Jazz artist Dylan Fine has been making waves in the Cape Town Jazz scene, becoming known for his unique sound that transcends genre. Alongside some talented friends, he brings a one-of-a-kind performance to Johannesburg this weekend. Supporting Dylan on the guitar are Angus Hardcastle (bass), Teboho Kobedi (piano), Tshiamo Nkoane (drums) and Godfrey Mntambo (saxophone).

Cost: R160pp, book via Quicket

When: Saturday, 6 July from 6pm to 10pm
Where: chiesa di PAZZO LUPi, 34 4th Ave, Melville, Johannesburg

SOKO District Rosebank

Join the SOKO District Rosebank Open Day

SOKO District is celebrating three years of spotlighting vibrant local design with a buzzy Open Day event on Saturday, 6 July 2024. Watch a fashion runway show at 2:30pm with the latest styles from the eclectic mix of brands available at the boutique store. Connect with new local favourites like Bummel Shoes, Rrraw Chocolate, Chepa Streetwear, and an array of innovative micro labels.

DJ Zinhle will be on the decks to keep the groovy beats coming from 4pm to 5pm, and there’s a chance to browse her chic range of accessories and bags from the Era by DJ Zinhle line

A range of in-house eateries are on standby if you’re looking for something to nibble on.

Cost: Free entrance

When: Saturday, 6 July from 2pm to 5pm
Where: Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Pretoria

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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

A rear shot of crowd raising their arms and dancing in front of a stage at Decypher - July Events

Step into an uncharted realm of music and dance with Decypher 2024

Unlock: Decypher 2024 is where the very essence of sound intertwines with the vivid tapestry of three-dimensional visuals — crafted through collaboration with local maestros of the turntable. Dance all afternoon and evening to sets by talented featured DJ acts including Da Africa Deep, Da Capo, Ryan Hill, and Sun-El Musician. Prepare to be captivated as Unlock 2024 redefines the essence of music and the art of spectacle.

Cost: R650pp | R1 200pp (VIP), book via Showpass

When: Friday, 5 July from 4pm & Saturday, 6 July from 11.59pm
Where: Heartfelt Arena, 1 000 Voortrekker Rd, Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria

Antique fair at Brooklyn Mall

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

Website: naada.co.za | Email: clyde4th@mweb.co.za | Tel: 082 883 4933

Markets in Pretoria

Pabi Cooper live at Market at the Sheds

Market @TheSheds is Pretoria’s hippest inner city market, hosted at 012central, the trendy, multi-space precinct development in the CBD. The vibe here has a laid-back African urban feel, with Pabi Cooper performing live.

All in all, there are 60+ food, drink and craft vendors, 7 live bands and performers, pop-up art exhibitions, creative activations and an open stage where local artists create a laid-back, acoustic, jazzy atmosphere. Kids, Vespa riders and cyclists enter free.

Cost: From R80pp to R150pp, book via Webtickets

When: Every Last Saturday of the month, from 11am to 6pm
Where
: 012 Central, Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria Central, Pretoria

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