Things to do this Weekend in Joburg and Pretoria

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One of the coldest weeks yet this winter ends off with sunny skies, providing the perfect opportunity to leave the house and enjoy some of the exciting experiences available this weekend in Joburg and Pretoria. Take your pick and participate in a trail run or visit the perfect spot in town to catch the Wimbledon, enjoy a diverse set of musical experiences or catch a beautiful fusion ballet, visit a market, indulge in the ultimate winter wine tasting, satisfy your inner geek with a gaming experience or a Lego exhibition, and more.

High Tea in Johannesburg

Do high tea at some of Joburg’s most cosiest spots

Indulgent tea and scones, dainty sandwiches and picture-perfect pastries are fine markers of a great high tea in Johannesburg. From extravagant drawing rooms and quirky garden cafes to some seriously sharp sophisticated dining, we bring you a list of the best places to enjoy high tea in Johannesburg.

See our picks of the best high tea in Johannesburg

Amex Tennis Town

Catch the Wimbledon Championships at Amex Tennis Town

Amex Tennis Town is an exciting pop-up fan park at Montecasino, and the perfect spot to watch the Wimbledon Championships. This fresh new concept reimagines a comprehensive fan zone that takes game live Wimbledon championship screenings to a whole different level. Watch every match on massive screens, tuck into festive food and drink, try your hand at a tennis game or two, and vibe to buzzy DJ beats during breaks.

Cost: From R200pp (general) | R50pp (children) | Free (kids under 2) | Hospitality tickets are available at R4995 for a VIP premium package | Book via Ticketpro

When: Running on Friday 12 July to Sunday, 14 July from 1pm to 10pm
Where: Montecasino, Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg

Read more about the event here

Swingin Las Vegas

Get into the swing with Joburg’s jazzy new musical

Conducted by Adam Howard, the 18-piece Johannesburg Big Band takes audiences on a musical journey of pure nostalgia with ‘Swingin’ Las Vegas: Vegas Through the Years’. Opening this weekend, the musical pays homage to the music that made Vegas everything it is, both during its golden age and right up to the present. Audiences are treated to the showstopping hits of Elvis, Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones, as well as modern-day stars Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Kool & the Gang and more.

Cost:  R240 to R390pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from Friday, 12 to Sunday, 21 July | Fridays from 7.30pm | Saturdays at 2pm & 7.30pm | Sundays from 2pm
Where: The Teatro, Montecasino, Teatro Road, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Sandton

Read more about the event here

MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience

Pop in at the MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience at Clearwater Mall

The 2nd annual MTN SHIFT Gaming Experience is back with another epic display of gaming challenges, new gadgets, and the chance to win great prizes. This groundbreaking event features a series of eight qualifier events held at selected malls across the country over four months. The next qualifier event is being held this weekend at Clearwater Mall.

Cost: FREE entry

When: Online Qualifier: 6 JulyRunning from Friday, 12 July to Wednesday, 24 July
Where: Clearwater Mall, Corner of Hendrik Potgieter and Christiaan de Wet Roads, Johannesburg, South Africa

Read more about the event here

Ground CRU Winter Edition

Enjoy the finest Cape wines and gorgeous views at Ground CRU Winter Edition

Ground the Venue brings back the much-awaited Ground CRU Winter Edition wine tasting experience this weekend. This wine-tasting event in Johannesburg is set in the countryside and famously shines a light on refined wines from esteemed Cape wineries. Sample exquisite flavours of both new and rare vintages, taste comforting food from local vendors and unwind in tranquil surroundings with family and friends while live bands set the mood. Tickets include a branded glass and tasting at each vineyard stand.

Cost: From R350pp (adults) | R100pp (kids) | Book via Howler

When: Saturday, 13 July & Sunday, 14 July | From 12pm to 5pm both days
Where: The Tobacco Shed at Ground the Venue, Plot 19, Driefontein Rd, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

Read more about the event here

Soprano, Sinesipho Mnyango - July events
Soprano, Sinesipho Mnyango

Attend a sophisticated night of opera at Rand Club’s French Cafe Opera Evening

Join Rand Club for their French Cafe Opera Evening with soprano, Sinesipho Mnyango, tenor Sibusiso Semelane, and Marion Pillay on piano. The evening is hosted by Harald Sitta from SittOpera and each ticket includes the opera recital along with a welcome drink and a three-course meal. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the dress code of Formal French Flair.

Cost: R350 – R450pp, book via Quicket

When: Friday, 12 July from 6.30pm to 10.30pm
Where: Rand Club, 33 Loveday St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg

The Northcliff

French dining for Bastille Month in Northcliff

This weekend, The Northcliff boutique hotel is giving their Sunday lunch a French twist for Bastille Day. Start with an onion soup with Gruyere cheese or seafood bouillabaisse, confit duck with inventive vegetable sides or ratatouille with a haute touch for mains. Dessert is served harvest table-style. Lively music performances will round out the experience.

Cost: R495pp, including a three-course lunch and welcoming drink. Book via email

When: Sunday, 14 July from 12pm
Where: The Northcliff, 10 Solution Cl, Northcliff, Johannesburg

The museum of illusions this weekend in Joburg

Visit the Museum of Illusions, a brand new mind-bending attraction

The Museum of Illusions opened its doors to visitors this July, welcoming everyone to be blown away by its playful exhibitions, eye-catching visual experiences, educational displays, and optical illusions that change with perspective or trick your eyes. The only attraction of its kind in South Africa, visitors this weekend will be some of the first in the country to witness the amazement offered by this technology-fused edutainment experience.

Cost: R150pp (kids and pensioners) | R190pp (adults) | Book online

When: Friday and Saturday from 9am to 10pm | Sunday and Public Holidays from 9am to 8pm
Where: The Zone in Rosebank, 177 Oxford Road, Rosebank

Read more about the Museum of Illusions here

WRGUV Dancers in LINA this weekend in Joburg
Image Credit: Lauge Sorenson

See the fusion ballet, LINA live at the Joburg Theatre

This weekend sees WGRUV Dance International present its second season performance of LINA under the artistic direction of Holly and Lex Gruver. This fusion ballet is the story of opportunity, hard work and perseverance. In a Spanish town, Lina dreams big despite growing up with her hardworking single mother, Maria, who toils in a local bakery. When Maria loses her job, Lina’s dreams seem destined to fade. However, with the unwavering support of her best friend Aunt Claudia, a talented Spanish dancer, Lina discovers the strength to persevere.

Cost: R180 – R220pp, book via Webtickets

When: Friday, 12 July to Sunday, 14 July | Fri from 7pm | Sat & Sun from 2pm
Where: The Lesedi at the Joburg Theatre, 169 Loveday St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Bid farewell to musical legend Engelbert Humperdinck on his ‘The Last Waltz’ tour

See British musical legend Engelbert Humperdinck, famous for romantic hits such as ‘Release Me’, ‘Quando, Quando’, ‘A Man Without Love,’ and ‘The Last Waltz,’ on tour one last time this weekend. Expect a charming evening of timeless classics and heartfelt performances as he sings his way through six decades of musical legacy.

Cost: R495 – R1495pp, book via Webtickets

When: Friday, 12 July from 8pm
Where: SunBet Arena at Times Square Casino, 209 Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen, Pretoria

Read more about the event here

The Brother Moves On live this weekend in Joburg

Take in some live jazz presented by The Brother Moves On

This intimate night of jazz is part of a fundraising effort to raise money for The Brother Moves One tour. This 12-year-old creative concept of a 6-piece band/collective based in Johannesburg has taken the international Jazz community by storm, from playing gigs in Europe, to North America and beyond. Now, they want to take their reach even further, and it all starts here, where audiences can expect to hear some of their most popular tracks like ‘Itumeleng Revisited’ and ‘Puleng’.

Cost: R250 – R300pp, book via Quicket

When: From Saturday, 13 July at 6pm to 2am on Sunday, 14 July
Where: Le Vin Wine and MCC Shop, 158 Jan Smuts Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

A Lego vehicle model at the exhibition this weekend in Joburg

See the buzzy LEGO® Vehicles Exhibition

This is the last weekend for LEGO heads of all ages to visit the ultimate LEGO® Racing extravaganza. Fans can look forward to an exciting exhibition of LEGO® Vehicles on display, including the LEGO® Technic Mercedes-AMG F1 W14 E Performance, the classic LEGO ICONS™ McLaren MP4/4, the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica and much more. Plus, kids can earn their racing stripes at the #LEGOBuiltforSpeed racetrack, which includes fun building time, liveLEGO® vehicle racing, prizes and more.

Cost: Free entry

When: Running from Friday, 5 July to Sunday, 14 July | From 9am to 6pm daily
Where: Centre Court, Mall of Africa, Magwa Cres, Waterval 5-Ir, Midrand

People at the market this weekend in Joburg

Enjoy live music, gourmet food and more at The Playground Market

Take advantage of the rare warm winter day this Saturday and stop by The Playground, home to the regular Neighbourgoods Market. Enjoy a menu of gourmet street food, some cocktails, paint and sip sessions and live music performances rounded off with a DJ.

Cost: FREE entry from 11am to 12pm | R20pp from 12pm to 7pm | Kids under 12 enter free

When: Every Saturday from 11am to 7pm
Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

See more weekend markets in Johannesburg here

Bambo Sibiya

Visit Bambo Sibiya’s solo art exhibition, Ngemva Kokuqubuka – After Precarity

See Bambo Sibiya’s powerful solo exhibition, titled Ngemva Kokuqubuka – After Precarity, at the CIRCA Gallery this weekend. The work delivers an explosive iconography of colour, pattern and texture, while delving into the subcultures of music, dance, and fashion. It does not shy away from depicting the complexities of the Black experience, but it does so by prioritising agency and empowerment.

Cost: FREE entry

When: Running until Saturday, 27 July 2024 | Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm | Saturday from 9am to 1pm
Where: CIRCA Gallery at Everard Read, 6 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Read more about the event here

Despicable Me 4 movie cover - this weekend in Joburg

Catch ‘Despicable Me 4’ in cinemas now

The world’s favourite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League agent Gru returns for an exciting, bold new era of Minions mayhem in Despicable Me 4 (2024). Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal (Will Ferrell) and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina (Sofia Vergara), and the family is forced to go on the run. The film features fresh new characters voiced by Joey King (Bullet Train), Emmy winner Stephen Colbert (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live). Pierre Coffin returns as the iconic voice of the Minions and Steve Coogan returns as Silas Ramsbottom.

Cost: Varies depending on cinema

When: Various showings
Where: Showing at various cinemas nationwide, including Ster Kinekor, Numetro and independent cinemas like Egrek

Crocs is also doing a Minions-inspired capsule! See more about the range here

The Field Market

The Field Market is going red, white and blue this weekend

The Field Market is a monthly market with a primary focus on everything local while uniting people in a fresh-aired outdoors setting.

With a large list of traders, crafters, curated foods and goods and live music entertainment, the Field Market hosts evening markets at the Ferndale on Republic and daytime markets at the Field and Study Park a little ways down the road. This weekend you can expect croissants, bread, charcuterie, wine, crepes, cheeses, coffee, live French music and more.

Cost: Free entry

When: Saturday, 13 July from 9am to 3pm
Where: Field & Study Park, 11 Louise Ave, Parkmore, Sandton

Sports Bars in Johannesburg

Where to watch the rugby in Joburg

Sport is everywhere at the moment! Euro 2024 and Wimbledon are in full swing (don’t forget you can catch Wimbledon screenings live at the pop-up Amex Tennis Town in Fourways!), while the Paris Olympics are just a few weeks away.

But the most eagerly anticipated match is taking place in Durban this Saturday, 13 July between our back-to-back world champions and Ireland. If you’re looking for chilled and vibey spots in Joburg where you can root for the Springboks, we’ve got you covered!

See all the featured venues here

Pretoria

Joey Rasdien this weekend in Joburg

Buckle up for a night of laughter with Joey Rasdien

Comedian, Joey Rasdien has been sending South Africans into laughing fits for many years now. From comedy, to producing, to writing, to acting, the funny man has had his hand everything. This Friday, he brings these many talents to audiences at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn for an incredible night of stand-up comedy.

Cost: R180pp, book via Webtickets

When: Friday, 12 July 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

Runners on a trail this weekend in Joburg

Tackle exhilarating trail races at the Fresh Wolwe & Waterkloof Spruit Trail Run event

Fresh Trails presents the Fresh Wolwe & Waterkloof Spruit Trail Run right in the heart of Pretoria East to end off the weekend. Named after the spruit that runs through it, the Wolwespruit Park’s hand-crafted single-track trails provide a flowing and adrenaline-filled adventure for beginner to advanced runners. With Sunday reaching a high of 24 degrees Celsius, the skies will be clear enough to enjoy a scenic 5km, 12km or 17km race along with a canine companion.

Cost: R250pp (17km) | R200pp (12km) | R150pp (5km) | Free (u/10s) | Book via Quicket

When: Sunday, 14 July | Start times at 7am (17km) | 7.15am (12km) | 7.30am (5km)
Where: Wolwespruit Trail Park, 501 Jochemus St, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria

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