Joburg diary: what not to miss this December

November 30, 2018

Vino in Piazza Wines of Italy

When: 30 November 2018 until 2 December 2018

Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? The Vino in Piazza Wines of Italy expo will feature 143 wine labels from 20 wineries across Italy. At the moment, none of these wines are available in South Africa, which makes this a great opportunity to purchase a few unique labels.

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Gin & Tonic Festival

When: 1 December 2018

Taste over 50 kinds of local and international gins at the Gin & Tonic Festival in Newtown. Back for its second year, the festival will showcase food stalls, live music and a curation of the finest gin and tonic cocktails available. Cheers to December in style!

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Little Havana – First Thursday at Keyes

When: 6 December 2018

On the first Thursday of December, the Keyes Art Mile will transform into Cuba in partnership with Havana Club rum. With food, cocktails, music, salsa and more, transport yourself to Havana on a warm summer’s night in Joburg. Throughout the evening top local DJs will set the mood, so practice your salsa moves at home.

Don’t forget to hop into a vintage car for a true Cuban experience!

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A Christmas Carol at Montecasino

When: Until 6 January 2019 (Wednesdays to Sundays)

Montecasino’s staging of Charles Dickens’s iconic festive season tale, A Christmas Carol, warms even the coldest heart Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his journey with the ghosts of his past, present and future to find the true meaning of Christmas. Watch the play and say “bah, humbug!” to any Christmas grinches.

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Goldfish Outdoor Experience

When: 15 December 2018

Enjoy a full-day music festival on the lush lawns of Val Bonne Country Estate in Modderfontein. Top local music acts will entertain you throughout the day, with Cape Town electronic duo Goldfish taking the headliner slot. There will be food stalls and a kiddies’ play area to make for the ultimate relaxing day.

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Silverstar Beach Festival

When: 13 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

Who says you need to be by the ocean to enjoy a day on the beach? This festive season, Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp will again transform its square to a sandy amusement park – cocktails, live entertainment, sandcastles and all. This will be the fourth year that Silverstar brings the beach to Gauteng.

Learn more here.

Joburg Ballet’s Cinderella

When: 14 to 23 December 2018

What better time for a fairy tale than over the holidays? Join Joburg Ballet for its captivating rendition of Cinderella at the Teatro at Montecasino.

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All night Jozi inner city Festival

When: 16 December 2018

Calling all house and hip-hop fans! Party the night away with an immersive music experience. Not only will top local house and hip-hop acts set a fun beat, but the venue will be covered in ultra high-definition screens to create an interactive atmosphere.

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Soweto Ink Festival

When: 16 December 2018

Passionate about tattoos? Maybe even just interested in the process? Visit the Soweto Ink Festival at Walter Sisulu Square to see top local and international tattoo artists show off their skills and present the latest tools and techniques. If you’re brave enough, walk away with a tattoo as a reminder of a fun day out!

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Afropunk Joburg 2018

When: 30 to 31 December 2018

The annual Afropunk music festival is one of the most anticipated calendar events in South Africa, and this year is no different. The 2018 New Year’s Eve festival will be held at Constitution Hill for a weekend of pure musical bliss. Big-name headliners such as Canadian DJ Kaytranada, US music producer Flying Lotus and home-grown star Thandiswa Mazwai will take the stage to keep you entertained at this non-stop party.

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