SA Insider Guide: Easter school holiday events in Joburg

2017-02-05 19:30 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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The December holiday is long forgotten, and shining like a light at the end of a tunnel is the Easter long weekend, coming up from 14 to 17 April this year. It's one of the most important holidays in SA, and a wonderful time for families to get together.

If you'vebeen smart about taking your leave smart this year, you could be one of the lucky people to now have most of the first school holidays off, between 31 March to 17 April.

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To save you some planning time, we've lined up the best events, gigs and things to do in and around Johannesburg for the Easter school holidays, so you have more time on your hands to spend with family and friends at these lovely spots. 

School starts again on Tuesday, 18 April, so be sure to cram in as much of these epic summer events before the slide to winter starts. 

Here is our guide to all that you can see, do, taste and explore:

Week 1: 31 March to 9 April

SEE: Sowing the Seeds Music Festival takes place Emmarentia Dam, featuring acts like Monsters and Men. It's going to be a massive party! 

DO: The Grand White Pretoria will see the creme de la creme in their Sunday whites on 8 April this year, while Johannesburg's version takes place on 1 April. If you're one of Egoli or Jacaranda City's social butterflies, you better be there. 

TASTE: The second edition of the Joburg Braai Festival is on April's Fool Day at the Mushroom Farm Park this year. Don't be fooled, the food will be out of this world. 

EXPLORE: The Soweto Family Fun Day, with Namela fun rides for little kids, thrill rides and experiences for the whole family, kicks off at the Dobsonville Stadium on 6 April. 

Week 2: 10 April to 16 April 

SEE: Get your Hallelujah going at the Gospel Spectacular, taking place at the Mandela Theatre from 13 to 23 April this year. 

DO: Take the kids to the Floating Obstacle Course at StokeCity WakePark. It's the first floating aqua-park in South Africa with various obstacle-course style features with inflatable modules connecting the course together.

TASTE: Tour the home of the Nation’s refreshment at World of Beer.

EXPLORE:  The Gruffalo LIVE, a theatrical play in Sandton Square, will be venturing to Jozi on 11 April. Take the kids and make their day. You can also get in touch with your roots at Wits Origins Centre.

FRIDAY, 14 April

SEE: Head to the Rand Show with the family for a fun day out. It's the largest consumer exhibition in Africa. 

DO: Celebrating five years in 2017, the Soweto Camp Festival, a 3-day camping and musical festival that takes place annually during the Easter Weekend, plans to plant a thousand trees around Soweto. 

TASTE: Visit Al Fiume with your whole family to enjoy Easter by the river. The restaurant provides a three-course menu, live entertainment, chocolate eggs and a range of fun activities for the kids.

EXPLORE: Join a Walking Tour of Braamfontein, Maboneng and Newtown and explore the inner city of Joburg. 

SATURDAY, 15 April 

SEE: Take a tour with PAST Experiences and see the incredible Street Art and graffiti Joburg has to offer. 

DO: Go shake your booty at Africa Goombay - a dance class open to youth and adults with and without previous dance experience, irrespective of their social background or identity, with the help of DANCEunLimited.

TASTE: Voted Joburg’s number one live music venue for the third year in a row, Tanz Café is a great place to have a unique foodie experience. 

EXPLORE: In need of some serious partying? Vortex Parallel Universe takes place over the Easter weekend. If you're more of a rock, punk and metal fan, the Slamfest music festival also takes place over the long weekend. 

SUNDAY, 16 April

SEE: The iconic Safarina is on at the SA State Theatre. Set during the 1976 uprising in Soweto deals with the radicalisation of the young school girl who became embroiled in the riots and torture by the South African police.

DO: The Big Bug Expo at Cedar Square showcases the lives of insects in a uniquely entertaining manner. Gigantic models of various bugs, alongside metal, plastic, wood and glass sculptures. Take the kids before school starts. 

TASTE: The Norwood Rooftop Market is the ideal Sunday outing in Johannesburg taking place from 04:00 to 16:00 on the rooftop parking lot at Norwood Mall.

EXPLORE: Head out to Honeydew's “A-Maize-Ing” Mazes and let the kids run wild. Just be sure you take everyone with you when you leave again...  

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