Each week we round up the latest concerts, markets, parties, tours and other cool happenings so you don’t miss them! For a full guide to what’s on in Joburg, check out our online events calendar and subscribe to our newsletter guide to Joburg published every Thursday morning.
Here’s our pick of cool events to put on your calendar this weekend.
SAT MAY 14 AT 14:00 Join Joburg Heritage on this walking tour through some of the city’s most impressive historic architecture. Starting with an exploration of Rand Club, the tour then takes to the streets to admire other beautiful buildings such as Johannesburg Consolidated Investment (JCI), Victory House, London House, Howard House and Maritime House. Tour starts at 14:00 at Rand Club. Booking essential. Tickets R250 (Joburg Heritage members R135), available online here.
FRI MAY 13 AT 20:00 By tradition whenever Friday falls on a 13th The Bioscope independent cinema at 44 Stanley host a special screening of the classic 1980 horror film that launched a whole slasher film genre. If you are a horror movie fan then you will definitely want to geek up by watching this cult classic, not least to enjoy a young Kevin Bacon in one of his first-ever big-screen roles. Screening at 20:00, tickets R80, available here.
SAT MAY 14 The monthly market hosted in the tranquil green surrounds of Sandton’s Field & Study centre is back. Shop for local fashion and crafts under the trees and relax with a drink along the banks of the Braamfontein Spruit which runs through the park. Add in live music and delicious food stalls and you have the recipe for a most relaxing morning. Takes place at Sandton Field & Study Centre from 09:00 to 15:00.
The Constantia Wine Showcase
WED MAY 18 FROM 18:00 Bang in the middle of the week, Joburg wine lovers can look forward to a showcase of the best wines from the Constantia Wine Route near Cape Town. The region is divided into nine premium estates who will all be present at the event, and tickets include gourmet cheese, antipasti and artisanal breads. Takes place at Southern Sun Hyde Park from 18:00–21:00, tickets R290 available online here.
So Happy Carnival
SAT MAY 14 Roll up roll up, the circus is in town! This fun carnival-themed festival is a dance music extravaganza with popular local DJs on the decks including Kyle Cassim, Abby Nurock and Jevan Binder. Taking place at Mushroom Farm Park in Sandton Central there’s also food trucks, carnival performers and spectacular glittering stage set designs. The party takes place from 11:00 to 22:00, followed by an after-party at BOA Night Club. Tickets from R450, available online here.
EXHIBITION OPENINGS AND WALKABOUTS
This weekend there’s a great selection of exciting new exhibitions opening. Here’s our pick of the best:
Strauss & Co pre-auction exhibition walkabouts
SAT MAY 14 & SUN MAY 15 Strauss & Co auction presents an exceptional live virtual art auction on May 16 and 17 and ahead of the sale a must-see pre-auction exhibition is on display at the Strauss & Co Gallery at 89 Central Street in Houghton. The gallery is open 09:00–16:00, Sun 09:00–14:00 and there are guided walkabouts of the stunning collection led by Strauss & Co’s curators at 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
SAT MAY 14 AT 11:00 A global touring exhibition by Mexican-born photographer and cinematographer Elisa Iannacone opens at the Number 4 prison in Constitution Hill. The powerful exhibition began as an art therapy project by the artist to overcome the trauma of a sexual assault and also includes the portraits of other sexual assault survivors. The exhibition is on show until Jun 30.
Nqanda nanga’manzi engene’ndlini – Mawande Ka Zenzile at Stevenson Gallery
SAT MAY 14 FROM 10:00 Stevenson Gallery presents a new solo exhibition by Mawande Ka Zenzile. For this new body of work that includes paintings, sculptures, and installations, the artist draws inspiration from his travels between Cape Town and Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape. At the opening event on Saturday there is a performance by Larissa Andrea Johnson and a discussion between the artist and writer Themba Tsotsi. The exhibition is on show until June 24.