The silly season is upon us. This year, I decided to stay in Johannesburg for the holidays. Having scrutinised my available budget, I came to the sad conclusion that margaritas on a sunset beach is not on my 2017 to-have list. With this realisation, I did the first thing I always do in times of uncertainty – open up my Google search link. Alas! I felt much better. Jozi offers a variety of events that will challenge any beach holiday. That is over and above our wonderful weather.
I don’t want my fellow staying-at-home-over-December urban dwellers to suffer, and therefore I shall share with you my holiday how-to-have-fun-in-Jozi list.
To thank me, you may buy me a cocktail when you bump into me at one of these occasions:
Friday, 24 November
Parkview Charity Christmas Market (24-26 November)
Crafts, Gifts, Live Entertainment, Champagne & Oysters, Sports Bar
Where: George Hay Park
Saturday, 25 November
Evita Musical (until 26 November)
Pieter Toerien and David Ian present the original West End and
Broadway production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita.
Sunday, 26 November
Gin & Tonic Festival
Featuring local gin distilleries and a selection of international stalwarts.
Where: The Neighbourgoodsmarket, 73 Juta Street
Wednesday, 29 November
27 Boxes’ Melville Night Market
A vibrant space to enjoy the beauty of architectural innovation, gourmet food and a craft market.
Where: 4th Avenue, Melville
Friday, 1 December
Shows: Miracle at 19h00 and The Snow Queen at 20h40
Where: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Saturday, 2 December (2 – 3 December)
Vuyani Dance Company
An annual production that showcases the outreach and developmental strides
made by the young stakeholders it nurtures.
Where: Apartheid Museum, Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Road
Thursday, 7 December
A cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions stay open late on the first Thursday of every month.
Where: Braamfontein, Maboneng and Rosebank
Saturday, 9 December
Carols by Candlelight
With Gauteng Opera
Where: The Sheds@1 Fox, Johannesburg
Thursday, 14 December
Neighbourgoods Night Market
A central hub for the first Thursday initiative. The food is delicious.
Where: Juta Street
Tuesday, 19 December
Bryanston Organic Moonlight Market
Handcrafted Christmas gifts and decorations with supper under the stars
to the accompaniment of great music.
Where: 40 Culcross road, Bryanston