What fun does Jozi have in store for February 2019? Quite a lot, actually.
Mark your calendar, book your seats and buy your tickets to these events happening in and around Johannesburg:
The Bedfordview Night Market: 1 February
Travel the globe with your taste buds, as vendors present a multicultural feast. Indian? Chinese? Jamaican? This market has it covered as you learn about the world through authentic eats and crafts.
After dinner, enjoy music, dance and other entertainment.
Where: Jeppe Quondam Sports Club, Bedfordview
Entry: R10 per person
Aunty Merle the Musical: 1 February to 3 March
Comedian Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle the Musical has had Cape Town audiences begging for more, and now the acclaimed musical extravaganza will be taking on Johannesburg.
Join Aunty Merle (played by Lottering) on the streets of Athlone as her daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to her boyfriend, Alan. But then Abigail’s devious ex arrives on the scene to split up the couple ...
Where: Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein
Entry: Tickets range from R145 to R290
Outdoor Fishing Festival 2019: 2 to 3 February
Whether you’re a competitive fisherman or simply looking for a fun day out, the Outdoor Fishing Festival is the place to be. There will be food trucks and a beer garden to keep the hunger at bay, beautiful scenery and a kiddies’ play area to keep the little ones entertained.
Prizes for the day’s biggest catch include a tagged fish worth R100 000 and three fishing trips. If you’d like to compete, email email@example.com to secure your entry.
Where: Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, Muldersdrift
Entry: R30 to R150 per person
Lifestyles of Victorian Joburg’s Rich and Famous: 2 February
Step back in time to 1896, the height of Joburg’s gold rush, at The View, a restored mansion in Parktown that conjures up the Victorian glam of a bygone era. The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation will be conducting an in-depth guided tour of the house, built by the diamond magnate Sir Thomas Cullinan.
You will learn about the history of Johannesburg, Victorian life and the rags-to-riches story of the Cullinans, followed by tea and scones.
Where: The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown
Entry: R170 for members of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation; R240 for non-members
Chinese New Year Festival: 10 February
It’s the Chinese Year of the Pig and the Nan Hua Temple will be hosting a series of traditional events to celebrate the new year. The festive ceremonies will start at 10am and continue until 10pm.
Bring the whole family to celebrate the Chinese New Year, take in the temple’s stunning architecture and bask in the intricate ceremonies, performances and celebrations.
Where: Nua Hua Temple, Bronkhorstspruit
Entry: Free, but donations to the temple are welcome.
Run Zone Valentine’s Lazer Light Trail Run: 13 February
Get your heart racing ahead of Valentine’s Day with an evening trail run lit up by laser lights. Prizes will also be awarded for the best-dressed runners. The theme? Valentine’s Day, of course. Choose from a 5km and a 8km trail. Walkers are also welcome to participate.
Where: Randpark Golf Club, Randburg
Entry: R50 (5km); R100 (8km)
Muddy Princess Joburg South: 17 February
The 5km Muddy Princess obstacle-course fun run for women is a great opportunity to get out, dress up and take on a series of muddy challenges. You can enter either as a group or as an individual if you want to put your strength to test.
There will be food trucks and entertainment at the finish line so you can celebrate the day’s feats.
Where: Rietvlei Zoo Farm, Alberton
Entry: R350 to R850