Jozi is the place to be this Freedom Weekend with a great variety of fun events. Whether you’re looking to lose your mind at an electronic music party, be amazed at the athleticism of pole dancers or just enjoy a good bagel - the City of Gold has you covered.
Friday, 27 April
SEE: Rock out at the Jack Daniels and We Are Lawless event at Rumours Rock City. With great local artists that have been around the block and brand new bands to the scene, the line-up includes acts such as Zen Garden, Lawless Gentlemen, The Ceramics, JackRabit and others. This event is a guarantee to start your weekend off rocking. Entrance costs R50 and the first 40 people in get free shots - so leave the car at home.
DO: Check out the Fenomena Festival. Head to this one-day open air electronic music festival at The River Cabin on Chartwell. Revellers can expect otherworldly light and visual displays, artisan food, HD 3D projection mapping, 2 dance floor, a chill zone and so much more. You can get your tickets for R200 to R300 by following this link and making a purchase. For more information check out the Fenomena Festival Facebook page.
TASTE: If you’re looking for the best in braaied meat, a great place for families to lounge around then look no further than the Soweto braai and picnic festival at the Dobsonville rugby field and stadium. With live performances by local artists, and over 60 braai stands set up, there will be plenty of entertainment and merrymaking to be had. Tickets can be purchased for R70 at computicket. The event starts at 10:00.
EXPLORE: For those feeling folksy and yearning to enjoy a great line-up of musicians in a picturesque setting, the Roodepoort Folk Festival has got you covered. Musical acts include Wonderboom, Justin Serrao, The Stone Jets, Cindy Alter and Faraway George. The event is being held at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. Tickets can be purchased for R150 here.
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Saturday, 28 April
SEE: The National PoleTrix Competition hosted by the SA Pole Dance Fitness Association is the perfect platform to show that there is more to pole dancing than Magic Mike and rappers throwing money in the air. Bringing South Africa’s best pole-dancers to the Roodepoort Theatre, expect a day of mesmerising performances, stunning outfits and intriguing pole tricks. Equal parts risque and athletic, this is an event not to be missed. Tickets are available for R250 here. The competition starts at 10:00.
DO: The circus is in town! Head on down to the Electric Circus at Truth. With a stellar lineup of electronic musos, mind-blowing visuals and seductive beats, the circus is sure to be the place to be this weekend in Jozi. For more information check out the event page on Facebook. Tickets are available for R120 to R180 at nutickets.
TASTE: Taste and appreciate the nuanced flavours and varieties of the local beer and gin at the Gin and Craft Beer Festival at the Weekend Market. With a batch of new brewers and distillers emerging in South Africa, the Joburg craft scene is booming. Get over to Weekend Market and see what these up-and-coming, and established, craft brewers and gin-makers have to offer. The event starts at 09:00.
EXPLORE: The Artisan Market at Morningside Shopping Centre. Stroll on through this market and browse, bargain and buy from a variety of stalls selling a range of unique, hand-crafted products. The market runs from 09:00 to 16:00.
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Sunday, 29 April
SEE: The world-famous musical, The Sound of Music makes a return to South Africa at Teatro, Montecasino. Relive all the memories as we revisit the story of the Von Trapp family in the mountains of Austria featuring a score that includes some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. The show starts at 14:00 and tickets can be purchased for R150 – R500 at computicket.
DO: Pick Me Up Poetry Picnic at a venue to be announced in due course. A creative concept that aims to build a platform for poets, actors and related performers to showcase their passion and talents, Pick Me Up Poetry is a great way to spend your Sunday. Surround yourself with a community of progressive, exceptional talent. The event will have the usual picnic vibe with green grass, picnic snacks and cold drinks. For more information check out the Pick Me Up Poetry Facebook Page.
TASTE: Get your healthy food fix and Eat Your Heart Out in Maboneng. Eat Your Heart Out is a kosher deli that serves delicious, healthy and wholesome meals. Head on over for the all-day breakfast or lunch. Eat Your Heart Out also caters to vegan, and gluten-free dietary requirements. The restaurant is open from 07:30 to 18:00. EXPLORE:
Head on over to Kamers / Makers
this Sunday. Billed as South Africa’s premier handmade, handcrafted product pop-up, KAMERS / Makers
is a veritable treasure trove of South African creativity and artisanal products. This weekend, head down and mingle with over 150 creative entrepreneurs and artisans selling everything from hand-spun scarves to fashion and food. Tickets are available for R60 at plankton
. The market runs from 09:00 to 17:00 at St David’s Marist Inanda