What's On in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a vibrant, bustling metropolis with an assortment of activities and events on offer. The city boasts numerous art, culture, entertainment, sport and recreation facilities that expats can explore. For expats looking for something to do alone, with the family or with newfound friends, here are a few of the top events in Johannesburg.

Annual events in Johannesburg 

The Rand Show (April)

Founded more than 120 years ago, the Rand Show is a 10-day festival with non-stop entertainment throughout. Festivalgoers will have plenty to keep themselves occupied and can choose from attractions such as funfair rides, a circus, a flower and decor show, a fitness expo, and breathtaking displays and demonstrations by the South African National Defence Force.

The Wine Show (June)

Attendees at the Wine Show can join fellow wine enthusiasts in tasting and buying wines from dozens of estates around the country. There are also opportunities to learn about winemaking and wine pairing.

Johannesburg Arts Alive Festival (September)

Arts Alive celebrates the city’s awakening from its winter slumber and the onset of spring. This vibrant and eclectic feast of arts and culture takes place at various venues in and around the city throughout September and features the very best in home-grown theatre, dance, music, visual art and entertainment.

Joburg Art Fair (September)

The Joburg Art Fair is exclusively devoted to African art and features pieces from local and international galleries, as well as photography, moving images and installations.

Soweto Marathon (November)

Starting and ending at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, this well-known event can be run in various distances to suit different fitness levels. This includes traditional full and half marathon lengths as well as a shorter 6-mile (10km) option. 

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