To do in Joburg – weekly events guide

29 Feb 2024

Rich storytelling on stage and screen, a race up the stairs of Ponte, Vietnamese street food, symphonic beauty, unique collectables, parties, concerts, festivals and more. The end of the month in Joburg is a wild one.  

Our top picks

Embrace the magic of screen and stage this week as the Joburg Film Festival returns to enchant the city with 60 captivating short, feature, and documentary films from both South Africa and around the globe until Sun, Mar 3. For a night of personal and captivating storytelling, catch The Moth at UJ ARTS Keorapetse William Kgositsile Theatre on Sat, Mar 16. Step back in time with the classic Sophiatown which returns to the Market Theatre until Fri, May 24

Enjoy a serene, mid-week escape and celebrate Leap Year with Nuru House, offering a candle-lit sound bath on Thu, Feb 29. The Cirk's Love Bytes is in the swing of things as it cleverly blends love, technology, and connection with a mesmerising aerial performance until Sat, Mar 16. The symphonic journey continues with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) in their 2024 Summer Symphony Season; be sure to get your tickets for the next show on Thu, Feb 29book your tickets here.

Dive into a weekend filled with treasures at Brooklyn’s Antique Fair, where you can explore an array of décor, artwork, and fashion on Sat, Mar 2. For something closer to home, don't miss the Nelson Mandela Square Antique Fair on Sun, Mar 3. Enjoy seasonal treats and more at the autumn edition of The Linden Market at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens on Sat, Mar 2 –  Sun, Mar 3. And if you're looking for inspiration to spruce up your sense of style, Mall of Africa's Fashion Weekend Out takes place on Sat, Mar 2 –Sun, Mar 3, just in time for your next payday wardrobe change. 
Sophiatown returns to the Market Theatre. Photo: Market Theatre via Instagram.

Make sure to mark the dates on your calendar so you don't miss out on any exciting experiences. Head here for a full run-down of art exhibitions and art events in Joburg, and remember to bookmark these pages. For a full guide to what’s on in Joburg, explore our events calendar and subscribe to our weekly newsletter published every Thursday morning. Also, follow us on Instagram where we publish daily updates on events in our Instagram stories. 

Note: While we update this information regularly, Johannesburg is an ever-changing city, so make sure to click on links, follow our booking advice, and if in doubt, call ahead, as venues do not always communicate changes. ​​​​​

Other top picks 

Sat, Mar 2 Once Upon A Time presents R&B and soul singer Xavier Omär at Field and Study Centre in Sandton.
Sat, Mar 2 – Travel with your tastebuds and get a Taste of Vietnam in Joburg at Obento Ramen Bar.
Sun, Mar 3 – Race to the top of the 52nd floor of the Ponte City Building in the Ponte Challenge with Dlala Nje.
Sun, Mar 3First Sunday at Victoria Yards is back with food, fashion, and open studios.

Markets, fairs, and festivals 

Thu, Feb 29 Sip bubbles and shop fashion from local designers at Convoy in Melville.
Every Thu from 09:00 – The Bryanston Market happens every Thu where you can find fresh produce and crafts. 
Every Fri – Sun – Browse the stalls and have an easy weekend at the Fourways Farmers Market
Every Sun – Head to the Rosebank Sunday Market for delicious street food, thrifting, and handmade treasures.
Sat, Mar 2 – It's all things faeries and fables at the Fantasy Fayre at the Rusty Hook in Honeydew.
Sat, Mar 2 – Time travel back to the '90s edition of Rosebank Mall’s Street Feast. Chow on some street food, craft drinks, and dance to live music.

Coming up 
Thu, Mar 21 – Sun, Mar 24 – It's the sixth edition of the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival, uniting the public, social justice organisations, NGOs, think tanks, and the media around issues of human rights. 
Sat, Mar 23 – Take a trip back in time with classic rides at the Creative Native Vintage & Classic Motor Show by The James Hall Museum of Transport.
Thu, Mar 28 – Mon, Apr 1 – A much-loved annual event, The Rand Show adds some fun to the Easter Weekend.
Sat, Jul 6 – For antiques, maps, and food-tasting be sure to visit the Book, Antiques and Artisanal Faire at Rand Club.

Shop seasonal treats and more at the autumn edition of The Linden Market at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. Photo: The Linden Market via Instagram.

Art fairs and exhibitions 

Joburg's galleries are going full tilt with all-new shows opening. Read our exhibitions guide here.

Coming up 
Fri, Apr 5 – Sun, Apr 7 –  Enjoy art at the first-ever Capital Art Fair Tshwane (CAFT) at
Menlyn Maine, Pretoria.
Fri, May 31 – Sun, Jun 2 RMB Latitudes 2024 art fair takes place at the beautiful Shepstone Gardens again this year. Not to be missed. 
Fri, Sep 6 Sun, Sep 8 – Mark your diaries for FNB Art Joburg taking place at Sandton Convention Centre.

Go outdoors or get grounded

Every Sat and Sun from 09:00 – Enjoy the taste of your own hand-picked raspberries at Field Berry Farm
Every Sat from 05:00 – Start your day early and ride with urban cycling club, Banditz Bicycle Club.

Coming up
Sat, Mar 9 – Join the Johannesburg Garden Club (JGC) and Ludwig's Roses for an open garden and plant sale to mark the retirement of the JGC's chairperson, Prue Johnson.
Sat, Mar 9 – Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates go head-to-head at FNB for the Soweto Derby
Sun, Mar 10 from 10:00 – Enjoy post-hike poetry with Rabbie Wrote at the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. 
Sat, Mar 16 – Get to know Noordgesig with the Noordgesig Cultural and Public Arts Tour.
Sat, Mar 16 – Tue, Mar 19 – If you're a fan of these flavourful fruits, head to Centurion for the Pomegranate Festival at Buyuk Chamlija.

Runners race to the top of the Ponte City building as part of Dlala Nje's Ponte Challenge. Photo: Twiza Kayisa.

Fun with food and drinks 

Until Sun, Mar 31 – Start your morning right with a champagne breakfast at Southern Sun Hyde Park.
Every Fri – Sun from 10:00 – 13:00 – Grab a bite of Vietnamese street food with the Bahn Mi Sandwich Bar at Yardbird Deli.
Every ​​​​Wed – Join the fun at the Supersized Bar Night with Sir James van der Merwe and Katy’s Palace.
Every Thu from Mar, 7– Go on a Mexican culinary journey with Orinoco First Thursday cooking class at Prison Break Market.

Coming up
Sat, Apr 6 – It's all things kasi at the Jozi Kota Festival at The Station in Newtown.
Experience the mouthwatering fillings of tender meats, pickled veggies, and zesty sauces of bánh mì at the Taste of Vietnam at Obento Ramen Bar. Photo: Obento via Instagram.


Every Fri and Sat from 18:00 until 19:00 – Join the family-friendly party at Joy Jozi, with great music and delicious food.

Coming up
Sun, Mar 17 –  Take the family to the theatre for Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr at the People’s Theatre.
Fri, Mar 22 – Sun, Mar 24 – Join Paw Patrol Live as part of the Race to Rescue tour at SunBet Arena Time Square in Pretoria.


Thu, Feb 29 – Laugh your heart out with the return of Karaoke Kong’s Komedy Kong stand–up comedy.

Coming up
Fri, Apr 5 – Sun, Apr 7 – Get your funny bone tickled at the Laugh Africa Comedy Festival at Sandton Convention Centre.
Sat, Apr 13 – The 11th edition of the Savanna Comics’ Choice Comedy Awards celebrates SA’s best comedians.

On stage

Thu, Mar 7 – Sun, Mar 31 – The real-life ramifications of online behaviour are revealed when Rosalind Butler's Expelled visits the Market Theatre.
Thu, Mar 8 – Sun, Apr 7 – The thrilling story about passion, jealousy and vengeance of the classic play, Amadeus, will be on show at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre.
Wed, Mar 13 Mad About The Boys is a musical that pays stylish homage to a Welshman, American, and an Englishman at Theatre On  the Square.
Fri, Mar 15 – Sun, Mar 24 – Joburg Ballet begins its 2024 programme with Scar/City, a collection of work exploring concepts of scarcity, absence, and loss. 
Sat, Apr 13 – Sat, May 11 – Mamma Mia promises a delightful musical with a new look at the Teatro at Montecasino. 

Music and concerts 

You won't want to miss Ultra, one of the world’s biggest all-night dance music events. Photo: Ultra South Africa/Facebook. 

Sat, Mar 2 – Ultra South Africa is one of the biggest EDM and deep house music festivals, bringing a host of international DJs and performers to the Expo Centre at Nasrec. 
Sat, Mar 2 – Enjoy an evening under the Sandton sky with some Afro-Latin music with Obrigado at Hotel Onomo.

Coming up
Fri, Mar 8 – Sun, Mar 10 – Experience the colours of Copacabana at Bacardi Holiday Club
Thu, Mar 21 – Step back in time and experience the sounds and style of Sophiatown for a concert and exhibition by Arts Alive Joburg.
Sat, Mar 30 – Groove to the vocals of Shekhinah, Zonke, and more at the Wanderers Club in Illovo for Jazz on the Square. 
Sat, Mar 30 – The Jazz in the Lights Music Festival returns to Joburg Zoo for a fun-filled day with music and animals.
Sat, Apr 6 – Celebrate South African talent at The Station in Newtown for the fifth edition of Cotton Fest
Sat, Apr 20 – English electronic duo from the '80s Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark takes on Marks Park for their greatest hits. 

If you're looking for things to see this week, see our weekly art round-up. For our latest updates, follow us on Instagram

Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre & Studio

Montecasino Casino and Entertainment Centre, cnr Montecasino Blvd and William Nicol Dr, Fourways

The Teatro at Montecasino

Montecasino Casino and Entertainment Complex, Cnr William Nicol Dr and Witkoppen Rd, Fourways

South African State Theatre

320 Pretorius St, Pretoria City Centre, Pretoria

Sun Arena Times Square

209 Aramist Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria


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