What to do in Joburg this December

What to do in Joburg this December

                             Posted: Dec 09 2018

If you’re staying in Jozi this festive season and you’re looking forward to taking full advantage of what the city has to offer, look no further than our JHBLive guide to a great December! We’ve got New Years parties, pub crawls, live music events and more to keep you entertained.

Soweto Art and Craft Fair

All roads lead to Jabulani Soweto this December 15th for an extended "I Love Soweto" edition of the SOWETO ART AND CRAFT FAIR, taking place at the Soweto Theatre from
12 - 10 pm, in association with Concerts SA and Joburg City.

This family-friendly fun day is a boastful display of the abundant creative flair that is fuelling the local creative economy of Soweto. Not only will you be able to shop from a bespoke variety of Fashion, Furniture, Art and tasty food, but audiences will also be spoilt with life-giving live performances from the afro-psychedelic BCUC, an afro-coustic infusion with Msaki and Neo Muyanga, as well as offerings from Umle, Sun Xa Experiment, and Makhafula Vilakazi.

Where: Soweto Theatre

When: 15 December at 12pm

Entrance: R20 presold via Soweto Theatre

Summer at The Cosmo: Urban Village ft The Brother Moves On

This December, don’t miss out on two of Jozi’s best-known musical acts. Urban Village music is made up of 4 young, self-taught and experimental artists from Soweto, Johannesburg. Their sound can be described as South African folk music layered with electric, funky acoustic melodies and a blend of traditional influences. The band’s music encapsulates day-to-day black livelihood experiences. Urban Village is currently independent and recently released its sought after six-track EP, Bantu Art which features the people’s favourite Ubaba and Makolo Yanga. They will be supported by none other than The Brother Moves On!

Where: The Cosmopolitan

When: 21 December at 4:20pm ??

Entrance: TBC

From The Soul: The Feya Faku Four-Tet ft. Sydney Mnisi

This one’s not to be missed! One of South African jazz’s favourite sons, Feya Faku, returns to The Orbit on Saturday, 15 December. Faku was born in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth – a town often referred to as a Jazz Academy that brought forth a great number of jazz musicians. On his last visit to The Orbit for the year, Faku brings his Four-Tet.”The idea is to play songs that speak to my heart organically. This can only be achieved if the musicians commit themselves musically and otherwise.” – Feya Faku.


Feya Faku – trumpet
Bokani Dyer – piano
Nhlanhla Radebe – bass
Siphiwe Shiburi – drums

Sydney Mnisi – tenor sax

Where: The Orbit

When: 15 December at 8:30pm

Entrance: R160

The 12 Pubs of Xmas

Jozi's most outrageous Xmas Pub crawl is back for its second year!  What is the 12 Pubs of Xmas? Well, it is a pub crawl that originates in Ireland where people don the most outrageous Christmas outfits (accessories), trek between a total of 12, yes 12 different pubs in the area (In this case the 1 Fox Precinct), buying and drinking a beverage in each. To make matters worse there are strict, complicated and unnecessary rules that you must abide by upon visiting each pub, which – believe it or not – your drunk friends will still find a way to enforce. 

12 RIDICULOUS RULES - Like below

1: Must drink with the hand you don't use (Buffalo)
2:The Accent Pub
3: The Silent Pub, no phones. (Warm whiskey shot penalty)
4: The 'Partner' (Drink must be fed to you by partner)
5: Take off a shoe and wear it as a glove
6: HYDRATE (H20)
7: Stand on one leg while drinking
8: Speak in song lyrics/movie quotes, or sing everything you want to say
9: Crawl Pub (Crawl to the bar and order)
10: Jingle Shots Pub (Xmas Carols loud & proud)
11: Drink your relationship status. Green = Single, Red = Taken, Blue = It's complicated
12: Selfie with a stranger

Keep your eye on the Facebook event for more details.

Where: Fox Junction

When: 15 December at 2pm

Entrance: R150 online.

Kudzanai Chiurai at The Artivist

Artivist presents a new exhibition by acclaimed artist Kudzanai "Kudzi" Chiurai: 'What More Can I Say?'. The exhibition features a retrospective of his iconic protest posters and a series of new drawings.

Kudzi has this to say about the exhibition:

I started making posters to reflect the aftermath of land invasions and political violence that had lead to the downward spiral of Zimbabwe. The consequence of which lead to economic migrants seeking refuge in South Africa. I considered them political posters because their inspiration came from posters designed by Shepard Fairey and Emory Douglous, a member of the black panthers, who where using posters as a form of communication and protest. They are also an early exploration of layering and collage through digital design which has now developed into a hand-made process in my current work. The intention was to efficiently get a message across, so that anyone could understand the message regardless of their level of visual literacy. But at the same time, when you put them in a gallery setting, they also have a depth of meaning and interpretation to them that provokes an immediate response from anyone who looks at them.

This is not a show you wanna miss!

Where: The Artivist, Braamfontein

When: Opens 10 December at 6pm. Runs until 15 January

Entrance: Free!

Last Sunday Festive Market

Join Market on Main as they unscrew the lightbulbs of 2018! The last market of 2018 will be on Sunday 23 December. They’ve got a bunch of new stallholders upstairs in the design and vintage section, and all the Arts on Main retailers will be making sure your Christmas stockings are full. Don’t miss out!

Where: Market on Main, Maboneng

When: 23 December at 10am

Entrance: Free!

Xmas Laughs

Skhumba & his Comic Friends (elves) will be spreading the holiday cheer at The Lyric this December! Go get some much needed comedy in your life and kick off the festive season with a laugh!

Where: The Lyric

When: 22 December at 8pm

Entrance: R200 online

Inner-city Swimming Pools Tour

It’s December and the holiday season is back – and so is JoburgPlaces’ exclusive inner-city swimming pools tour. Pack your bag with sun screen and a swimming costume and experience the most amazing swimming spots in the inner-city – from rooftops to municipal pools, it will be an unforgettable day of exploring, fun and rediscovering Jozi.

The tour typically starts at City Lodge Newtown at 10:30am. You’ll walk from there to the Mapungubwe Hotel and then catch the Rea Vaya to Ellis Park where you’ll swim in the huge municipal pool. From there, you catch the Rea Vaya to Braamfontein where you’ll swim in the pool with the best view in all of Jozi. The tour ends at 15:30.  
The cost is R400 per person (including making use of Rea Vaya buses). Food and drinks along the way for your own account.

Dates available:
Friday 21 December
Friday 28 December

To book email or send a text/whatsapp to 082 894 5216.

Where: City Lodge, Newtown

When: 21 and 28 December at 10:30am

Entrance: R400

Sundays in the Living Room

Come one, come all, to Sunday's favoUrite rooftop Jol. Immerse yourself into our world of plants, smiles, laughs and dance. Enjoy some sundowners with a loved one, and old friend or someone you just met.

Your vibe creates your tribe and we only provide the best!


11:00 - 13:00 --------- Treepian
13:00 - 15:00 --------- Jami Ella G
15:00 - 17:00 --------- DJ Buhle
17:00 - 19:00 --------- DJ Abby Nurock

Where: The Living Room, Maboneng

When: 23 December at 11am

Entrance: R80 at the door. R55 online presale

Jozi Coffee Cycle Tour

Cycle Jozi for coffee! On this tour it’s all about coffee and exploring Jozi.

The tour starts in Maboneng at Origin Coffee and goes through at least 4 coffee shops up to Newtown. Check out and appreciate the Jozi architecture and its people along the way. Dress up for the festivities and the best dressed voted at every coffee shop will earn a FREE a cuppa at that particular coffee shop.

Where: Origin Coffee Shop, Maboneng

When: 22 December at 9am

Entrance: Free! (But bring money for coffee!)

Family Hike at The Wilds

Go and hike Joburg's hidden gem; the little Eden; Joburg's best kept secret and our very own Central Park. The Wilds!

Bring along a non-perishable food parcel to bless the less fortunate this festive season. Don't forget the family, friends, dogs and the visitors so that you can all enjoy the hike together. The more the merrier! You can also dress up for the festivities.

Here is the catch though. You will do some work. You’ll do your part by picking up litter as you hike and make a huge difference to the park.

Where: The Wilds

When: 15 December at 8am

Entrance: Free!

Makhelwane Festival

“Makhelwane” is a Zulu term that refers to one’s neighbour, but in African culture the term is deeper than that, the term refers to a community.  From 14 - 16 December, the Makhelwane Festival, now in its fourth year, presents a lifestyle festival that aims to reconnect and reignite the community/neighbourly culture “Bo Makhe” and promote local small and medium enterprises. The Makhelwane Festival happens on an open street in the heart of Soweto, Poka Street in Orlando West. This is a festival unlike any other, residents of the area open up their houses to be used as a variety of venues over the festival - from exhibition spaces to food and drink areas. The festival offers great music happening on stages on the street: Billed this year are Moonchild Sanelly, Femi Koya, Doc Shebeleza, Thasman, BigBoy, Kongisto and Hammathedude Tlou for all the days. 

Exciting food and drink vendors include the Good to Go Eatery, Eyethu Cellar Door, Hectic 7 and We Are Succulents. There are also talks, music screenings and a wine garden. “We kick off at Lebo’s Backpackers on the 14th of December and then the festival continues on the 15th from 12:00 till midnight on that day and on the 16th,” explains festival cocreator Sifiso Dlangamandla. Tickets are R150.00 at the gate or at Webtickets. 

Where: Poka street, Orlando West 

When: 14 – 16 December at 12pm

Entrance: R150 via webtickets


It’s the New Years party that everyone’s been talking about! AFROPUNK Joburg is back this Dec 30/31 at Constitution Hill and they’ve got an explosive line-up.


Where: Constitution Hill

When: 30 December at 12pm

Entrance: Get your tickets online.

Parties, hikes, exhibitions and more!


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