This year Easter Sunday falls on April 21 and across South Africa the period April 19–22 is a long bank holiday weekend. If you are staying in Joburg for the holidays, here are some fun Easter events to look out for.
EASTER AT MARKET ON MAIN
Maboneng's weekly Market on Main is open this Easter Sunday with a special Easter Sunday festive edition including plenty of tasty chocolate treats and an Easter egg hunt through the Arts On Main complex for the kids.
LEBO'S SOWETO BACKPACKERS EASTER CAMP
Spend Easter in South Africa’s most iconic township with Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers’ Easter Camp. Taking place over the long weekend from April 18–22, the camp offers a chance to explore Soweto with bicycle tours daily plus lots of fun Easter themed activities like Easter egg hunts and live entertainment. Evenings are for relaxing with sundowners in one of the many hammocks dotting Lebo's park or having a braai at your chalet at the Lebo-Land campsite. Pitch your own two-person tent for R300 or rent camping gear from Lebo's for R500. You can also book to stay in one of the cute wooden chalets that are dotted across the campsite area for R1,000. Booking is essential. Contact +27 11 936 3444 or email email@example.com.
THE RAND SHOW 2019
The annual Rand Show extravaganza kicks off with masses of entertainment for all the family, celebrating its 125th anniversary. Highlights of the packed programme include military demonstrations by South Africa's air force, fashion shows, a huge funfair and the massive Rand Show expo with hundreds of exhibitors promoting everything from camping to cars, gaming and gardening. Takes place at Nasrec Expo Centre from Apr 19–28.
EASTER WEEKEND AT 27 BOXES
On the afternoon of Saturday April 20, Melville's quirky shopping development 27 Boxes (which is constructed entirely from shipping containers) hosts an Easter celebration with a kids Easter egg hunt through the centre happening from 15:30 plus live music from the Soweto Choir and other family-friendly activities.
SAB WORLD OF BEER'S EASTER BEER HUNT
This Easter Sunday (April 21) the SAB World of Beer is presenting a novel new take on the classic Easter egg hunt; an Easter beer hunt. The classic SAB World of Beer interactive tour gets a new twist especially for Easter with visitors encouraged to be on the lookout for SAB's brands along the way plus the chance to win beers by answering the tour guide's questions correctly. The Easter Sunday beer hunt tour costs R130 per person and includes two beers and a commemorative glass in addition to the prizes to be won during the tour.
EASTER WEEKEND AT BRYANSTON ORGANIC MARKET
At the Easter editions of the Bryanston Organic Market on Thursday April 18 and Saturday April 20 look out for a special exhibition by wildlife photographer Phillip Bulcock and a craft demonstration by African Ambiente, two crafters from Mozambique who specialise in wood carving and seed pod painting. On Saturday April 20 at 11:00 the market also hosts a special kids puppet show with Spellbound Puppets, who will be presenting their Easter Escapade. The show is followed by a puppet-making workshop which costs R65 per child.
MARKET ON MAIN
Our favourite Sunday market will be open on Sunday at Arts on Main in Maboneng from 10:00-15:00. Bring the kids, taste delicious food, browse the vintage clothing stalls and pop into the stores.
NISSAN EASTER FESTIVAL
Admire the horses at the annual Nissan Easter Festival in Kyalami Park where the national show-jumping Grand Prix is taking place and the famous Lipizzaner horses will be performing dressage. Other highlights of the festival include the Nissan Easter Festival Gymkhana on Easter Sunday which features classic fun activities like sack races and apple bobbing, and of course the classic Easter bunny's egg hunt.
This annual celebration of Portuguese food and culture has been running for almost 40 years and is still going strong attracting an estimated 80,000 festivalgoers over two weekends in April. A massive celebration of all things Portuguese held in aid of the Lusito disabled association charity, there are dozens of enticing food stalls and half a dozen pop-up restaurants and bars serving up the most delicious spicy peri peri prawns, grilled chicken, chorizo, custard tarts and other traditional Portuguese dishes, plus live music, amusement rides and traditional folk dancing. Top acts on this year's live music programme include Mi Casa, Mango Groove, Lady Zamar and Rubber Duc. Come during the day to avoid the long queues. The festival is happening throughout the Easter weekend on the following Freedom Day weekend.