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.
Wizards Vintage Winter Show
THU JUL 28–SAT JUL 30 For some fabulous winter shopping, you’ll find an impressive collection of exhibitors at the wonderful Westcliff mansion home of Wizards Vintage who are hosting a pop-up winter sale in collaboration with a curated selection of boutique local fashion brands. There’s a pop-up restaurant by Eighty8s Food and a wine bar. The pop-up is open Thu & Fri 10:00-17:00, Sat Jul 30 09:00-15:00 at 48 The Valley Rd, Westcliff.
FRI JUL 29–SUN JUL 31 The Redhill School in Morningside hosts its annual open-air arts festival. This year’s festival encompasses more than 20 theatre productions as well as a kids entertainment area, market and plenty of live music. On Saturday Matthew Mole, Shekhinah and a host of other acts perform at the Live Music Fest and on Sunday there is a Family Picnic Day led by various school bands and the National Children’s Theatre. Tickets for theatre productions from R120, Sunday Family Picnic Day tickets R75, Saturday Music Fest tickets R150. Book your tickets online here.
FRI JUL 29 The historic Rand Club in collaboration with Comedy View hosts another edition of the popular comedy night. The evening’s entertainment is led by stand-up comedian and member of the comedy trio Threes Company Gavin Kelly, who loves to call himself Rebel Without A Clue, and award-winning comedian, MC, scriptwriter, voice-over artist, and actor Q Dube. Tickets R150, R220 including a three-course meal. Book via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT JUL 30 *Please note this event is now fully booked! The 18th Annual Vaal Wine Expo at Stonehaven on Vaal presents a day of unlimited tastings of over 280 different wines paired with a free voucher for a 30-minute river cruise or R50 off food at the venue. Hosted on Stonehaven’s expansive lawns, in addition to the wine tastings, there are delicious food stalls, a kiddie’s play area, and live music to enjoy too, plus lots of great discounts to take advantage from the participating estates. Tickets R250, online here.
SAT JUL 30 Our In Your Pocket Experiences are back! Join us and MicroAdventure Tours for a sensational Saturday evening out that includes the city’s best views accompanied by bubbly, canapes and a cocktail. This fun ride across Joburg with the open-top City Sightseeing red bus includes a signature bubbly stop at Munro Drive, cocktails at a sky-high Braamfontein rooftop bar and canapes at the glam Hallmark House rooftop bar. Tickets R850 including food, refreshments, and all transport. Booking is essential. Book your place here.
SAT JUL 30 Soshanguve-born pianist and contemporary African jazz artist Thandi Ntuli performs beautiful melodies from her highly-anticipated new album Black Elijah and The Children of The Meroe at Untitled Basement on Reserve Street in Braamfontein. Always a captivating live performer, we’ve caught her live at this intimate venue before and the evening was nothing short of magical – if you enjoy jazz, do not miss this! Tickets R300 online here, R350 at the door. Doors open at 18:00.
Christmas in July market & Feel Good Series at Victoria Yards
SAT JUL 30 Victoria Yards, a charming creative hub on the eastern side of the city, hosts two fun events this Saturday: a ‘Christmas in July’ market and the July edition of the Feel Good Series market. The market opens at 11:00 with 15 vendors selling an array of local designs and gifts, food and drinks and of course to get in the Christmas mood Glühwein (mulled wine). ‘Real snow’ is also promised! Then from 15:00 the Feel Good Series party kicks off with, as always, the coolest mix of DJs presenting hip hop, Afrobeats, amapiano, house and everything else in between, plusa performance by July headliner RnB singer Nannette. Feel Good Series tickets R150, available online here. Entrance to the Christmas in July market is free.
SUN JUL 31 *Please note this event is now fully booked! A unique opportunity to experience a guided tour through two of Joburg’s most impressive Parktonian mansions; the recently restored The Pines mansion built in 1906 and the grand Herbet Baker-designed Villa Arcadia estate, once home to the glamorous Randlord couple Sir Lionel and Lady Florence Phillips. The tour starts at The Pines, 5 Gordon Hill, Parktown and lasts two hours. Booking is essential, online via Quicket here. Tickets R250, Joburg Heritage members R135.
UNTIL JUL 31 Russell Kaplan Auctioneers unveils its grandest selection yet with thousands of items to bid for in their online auction until Sun Jul 31. This is shopping heaven for collectors with everything from furniture to fashion, art, and antiques on offer. Fashion fans should keep an eye on the sales on Fri Jul 29, devoted to jewellery and vintage and designer shoes, bags and accessories, while art collectors have lots to look forward to with a major art sale on Saturday and Sunday. Find out more here about what’s on offer, session times and how to bid.
FROM AUG 1 A massive four-day online auction of fine art and wine, glittering jewellery and collectables by top fine art and design auction house Stephan Welz & Co is coming up, hosted online from Aug 1 to 4. Artworks from the sale are also on show in an exhibition at the auction house’s Rosebank showroom on Jan Smuts Avenue until Sun July 31 (open for viewings 10:00-16:00). Find out more here about what’s on offer, session times and how to bid.