#WinterEscape: 15 Chill things to do in Jozi that'll keep the cold away

2018-05-25 10:55 - Gabi Zietsman
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Just because it's cold doesn't mean you have to stay inside - Joburg is full of fun activities this winter. (Photo: iStock)

The birds are quiet, the trees are naked and you have to start layering up with a thick jacket - winter isn't coming anymore, it's already here.

But it doesn't mean you have to go into hibernation mode and just live off uberEats and Netflix. Joburg is still pumping despite the cold and has a variety of activities to keep the chill away and make sure you don't succumb to the winter blues.

You can drink yourself warm, gain some winter weight with delectable food markets, find a bargain among the craft stalls, jam to sweet sounds or have an awesome fun day out with the family.

SEE: Winter 2018 festivals to experience around SA

Check out what winter fun Jozi has in store for you.


Vintage with Love 

You can update your winter wardrobe and make a contribution to charity at the same time with the next Vintage with Love pop-up sale - where you can find fashionable second-hand clothing - including donated pieces from boutiques and designers - and all proceeds go towards literacy charities.

Date and time: 1 June, 17:00 - 20:00; 2 June, 10:00 - 16:00; 3 June, 10:00 - 13:00

Place: The Forum, Bryanston

Price: R100 - R500

Cellar Rats Winter Wine Festival

Warm up and get cosy with the hearty wine, port and food offerings at the only festival of its sort in Gauteng. Enjoy some of South Africa's best ports, sherry, dessert wines, potstill brandy & red wine while fighting the cold. There will also be delectable warm winter food.

Date and time: 2 June, 11:00 - 16:00

Place: Red Roman Shed, Emperor's Palace, Magaliesburg

Price: R150

Outdoor X Show

Just an hour outside Joburg, this is one of the biggest leisure and lifestyle expos in SA. On Malonjeni Guest Farm, get dirty with 4x4s, watch insane skydiving displays, shoot a bow and experience other entertainment offerings for the whole family to get the adrenaline pumping.

Date and time: 2-3 June, 09:00 - 17:00

Place: Malonjeni Guest Farm, between Heidelberg and Vereeeniging

Price: R50 - R100 

SEE: Bar hopping through Jozi in style

East Rand Motor Show

Back for its fifth year, get your engines revving for the annual East Rand Motor Show where petrolheads show off their collector cars, take each other on in a soundoff or battle of the crews, alongside other adrenaline-fuelled fun. 

Date and time: 3 June, 09:00 - 17:00

Place: 49 Aerodrome Drive, Benoni

Price: R35 - R70 (Kids under 12 free)

Fire & Feast Meat Festival

Carnivores can gather at the Ticketpro Dome for three days of culinary delights of the bloody kind. This weekend is perfect for foodies and braai masters, where South Africans celebrate their love of meat. You can also buy BraaiBucks with your ticket that you can exchange for tasters at R25 each.

Date and time: 8 - 10 June, 10:00 - 18:00

Place: 59 Frederick Street, Observatory

Price: R100

The Winter Night Market

During summer Sylvia's Market is normally on Sundays, but this year they are hosting their first Saturday market in Observatory, filled with food, home-made craft, live music and tasty jam jar cocktails.

Date and time: 16 June, 17:00 - 21:00

Place: 59 Frederick Street, Observatory

Price: Free entry

SEE: All the Jozi family fun: Ready, set, go!

Jozi Food Truck Fest Vol.2

Snack down on some of the most scrumptious and unique food trucks in Gauteng showcased at this event, which will also host cooking workshops with chefs, craft beers and homegrown music surrounded by a lush garden estate.

Date and time: 30 June, 10:00 -  18:00

Place: Ramkietjie Country Inn & Restuarant, Roodepoort

Price: R175 - R390


Cartoon Network Live

Big Concerts is bringing the kids channel to life on stage for the first time and will show off favourite characters from Ben 10, Adventure Time, Powerpuff Girls and The Amazing World of Gumball. The kids will love it, and even maybe a few geeky adults will as well...

Date and time: 3 - 15 July

Place: Montecasino

Price: R175 - R390

SEE: Cartoon Network Live comes to South Africa for the first time 

Winter Fair

A completely family-friendly affair with no alcohol allowed, the Winter Fair will have a food market, bargain shopping and thrill rides anyone can enjoy! There will also be an inflatable park, cartoon parade and acrobatic shows.

Date and time: 7 - 8 July, 09:00 - 17:00

Place: Expo Centre Nasrec

Price: R25 (Free for kids under 2 and pensioners)

SEE: 4 day trips to try in and around Jozi

Turbine Art Fair

Appreciate the finer things in life with the Rand Merchant Bank at this art festival that's a come-together of artists and galleries from around the country to show off their work, and a perfect place to discover unique African art.

Date and time: 12 - 15 July

Place: Turbine Hall, Newtown

Price: R50 - R120, but R800 for the opening night which includes canapes and drinks.

Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Former US president Barack Obama will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture a day before Nelson Mandela International Day. The lecture's theme will be "Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World", and will also honour the centennial of Madiba's birth.

Date and time: 17 July

Place: Ellis Park

Price: Free, but you need to apply for tickets. A link will be published on 28 May on the Nelson Mandela Foundation's website, and successful applicants will be able to collect their tickets from Computicket from 15 June.

SEE: #Madiba100: Be a part of these Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations across SA


Klimaxx Festival 2018

Labelling itself as a "music and lifestyle cultural explosion", this four-day festival is a collection of smaller festivals, including the Revolution Festival, Electric Festival, International Beer Day Music Festival, Republic of Craft, Freedom Festival and Food Truck Fridays. Bands lined up include Jack Parow, Springbok Nude Girls, Black Cat Bones, Desmond and the Tutus and Octave.

Date and time: 2 - 6 August

Place: Ellis Park

Price: R300 - R500

The Color Purple

The critically acclaimed The Colour Purple is returning to the Joburg Theatre, which follows the challenges faced by a young pregnant girl and her triumph over adversity. African theatre at its best!

Date and time: 7 August - 2 September

Place: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein

Price: R80 - R120

Totalsports Women's Race

Flex that feminine power at this year's Women's Race, with a 5km run/walk and a 10km run in support of breast cancer awareness and improving services to women around South Africa.

Date and time: 9 August, 08:00

Place: Mary Fitzgerald, Newtown

Price: R80 - R120 

SEE: #Lastminute: Taste the flavours of Jozi

Pinotage on Tap

Diemersfontein will be bringing the taste of Cape Town wine to Gauteng where you'll be able to drink up endless pinotage on tap and get to rock out to Freshly Ground, who will be playing at all four events around the country.

Date and time: 18 August

Place: Casalinga, Muldersdrift

Price: R295