Joburg weekend events guide: Oct 1–3, 2021

There’s always something new in Joburg. Each week we hunt down the latest pop-up events, markets, parties and other happenings so you don’t miss them.

Here’s our pick of five fresh events that caught our eye this week.

For a full guide to what’s on in Joburg, check out our online events calendar and make sure to subscribe to our free weekly newsletter guide to Joburg published every Thursday morning.

Queer Joburg walking tours with Dlala Nje

Pride Month walking tour through Hillbrow with Dlala Nje and GALA

SUN OCT 3 In partnership with GALA (Gay and Lesbian Archives) Hillbrow-based walking tour company Dlala Nje leads a special Pride Month walking tour through the neighbourhood. Highlighting Hillbrow’s struggle history, the tour honours the activists of the 60s, 70s and 80s who shaped South Africa’s queer community and bravely defied the Apartheid regime’ anti-homosexuality laws. The tour costs R500 and booking essential.
Book online here.

Open garden day in Westcliff

Open garden day at The Stables in Westcliff

SAT OCT 2 AND SUN OCT 3 The first open garden of the spring season takes place at the grand Herbert Baker-designed The Stables in Westcliff. The garden has been laid out in such a way that the extraordinary vistas across the Joburg suburbs from the Westcliff ridge are perfectly framed and as part of the event there’s a bar serving gin, Champagne and smoked salmon. Tickets cost R100 and are available at the gate.
Find out more here.

Live music at Aluta Nova at James Hall Museum of Transport

Soul singer Ami Faku who performs at the free Aluta Nova festival this weekend

SAT OCT 2 The James Hall Museum of Transport in south Joburg hosts an afternoon music festival on the lawns from 12:00 to 18:00. Acts on the lineup include Urban Village, Ami Faku and The Charles Gene Suite. Entrance is free but tickets are limited to 500 guests only so get yours online ASAP here.

Banned Books Day at Rand Club

SAT OCT 2 For book lovers and collectors all roads lead to the historic Rand Club for the annual Banned Books event that presents a collection of books that were banned in the past but are now available to read and enjoy.  The day is filled with talks about censorship and the stories of how books are banned and unbanned, and of course there are plenty of interesting titles on sale too. The event starts from 10:00, entrance is free.

Turbine Art Fair 2021

Joburg’s first fully-fledged live art fair since 2019 kicks off this weekend

OCT 1–3 Happening in Illovo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Turbine Art Fair is the must-visit art event of the season with dozens of galleries taking part and plenty of specially commissioned exhibitions and installations plus great food and drink, and a lively atmosphere. Tickets cost R150 and you need to book online. Note you must show your vaccination card to enter. Alternatively, you can take a rapid test at the entrance.
Find out more and book here.

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