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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2020 

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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2020
Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Johannesburg and Pretoria's best, biggest and hottest events in 2020.
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2020

Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Johannesburg and Pretoria's best, biggest and hottest events in 2020.
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2020
Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Johannesburg and Pretoria's best, biggest and hottest events in 2020.

This year the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, and everything in between, come to life with an array of activities and events. Gauteng has all your party needs covered!

Please note: This list will continuously be updated during 2020.

Quick JumpJanuary 2020Park Acoustics presents Open Mic at Capital Craft CenturionThe Big South Run 2.1Show Case Saturday in the Living RoomSummer Bridal Expo hosted at Oakfield FarmTOY TOY Feat. Leif MüllerJanuary Final Friday Foodie Market🌟Win Epic Prizes with Killarney Mall🌟February 2020Killarney Mall Summer Sidewalk Sale🏆 Win Big - How to EnterMeet the Bona Magazine Beauty Editor!Pringles presents Parks with Tutus, Early B, Koos Kombuis & moreNewtown Takeover 2020ULTRA Johannesburg 2020Dreamcode: Blazed feat. Blazy (Brazil)March 2020Parks & Pringles presents Spoegwolf "See" Album Launch & friendsPicnic And Movie In The Garden - The Lion KingSecret Social | 07 MarchThe Boardwalk Night MarketJägermeister X Budweiser presents Trancemicsoul Sessions 7 MarchJams On Ice / Colourful : Thank You PartyPretoria Zoo Braai & Family PicnicDeep Town Jozi presents Black Loops (ITA)Ramfest 2020 - Pretoria1000 Drawing Festival of ArtLove Music Festival - 28 March 2020Magic Music Sessions 2020April 2020Fokof Lager Presents: Fokofpolisiekar Free ShowJozi Kota Festival

January 2020

January is here that mean Jozi is celebrating and rocking 2020 like never before!

Park Acoustics presents Open Mic at Capital Craft Centurion

Whether you are an aspiring musician, or a seasoned pro looking to try new material, this is the one for you! This event is proudly hosted by Baas de Beer.

Park Acoustics will provide 2 mics, and 2 instrument lines. NO backtracks/amps/drums.

Please Note: This is only for acoustic/solo/duet acts and not full bands


  • 13:30 Sign up with Baas de Beer
  • 14:00 Stage opens, 20min slots
  • 18:00 The End

1 act will be chosen to perform at Park Acoustics in March from the group of musos who perform at open mic.

Let's grow Music in South Africa, together!

The Big South Run 2.1

The Big South Runs for 2020 kicks off!

Saturday 18 January with a 06H00 start. Distances include 12 & 24km with the amazing water tables fuelled by 32Gi

  • Cost:
    • R20 - R30 Donation
  • When: 18 January, 6am - 11am
  • Venue: South Downs Country Club, Albaster Ave, Mayfield Park, Johannesburg
  • More Info: The Big South Run 2.1

Show Case Saturday in the Living Room

The city comes alive on Saturday 25th January as OFF Centre takes over Joburg hotspots, Living Room and And nightclub for a 16 hour dance off!

Two remarkable event concepts curated for a day/night "burg" escapade like no other.

💥Line Up:

  • Guy Herman
  • Weston & Engine
  • 2lani The Warrior
  • Avi Subban
  • Chris Sen
  • LEEU
  • Miguel Tavares
  • Travisto

The Inner City Takeover features 14 of our countries most sought-after acts in two different eco-systems attuned for intimate phenomena's through rhythm and bass.

  • Cost:
    • R100 at the door
    • R150 + booking fee online for both event experiences
    • R150 physical tickets available for both event experiences through our ambassadors.
  • When: 25 January, 11am - 10pm
  • Venue: Living Room, 20 Kruger St, 5th Floor, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Show Case Saturday in the Living Room

Summer Bridal Expo hosted at Oakfield Farm

Meet over 180 Top SA Wedding Specialists, a spectacular free Fashion Show @ 3pm, Great Food, Live entertainment and Fantastic Prizes to be WON at the Fashion Show each day.

Bridal Expo will be hosting The Big Bridal Pop Up which is the largest Wedding Dress Sale in South Africa – This is one expo not to be missed!

Fashion show at 3pm!!

This bridal event is guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired and ready to plan your PERFECT day!

TOY TOY Feat. Leif Müller

Welcome Leif Müller. Co-found of Stuttgart's COMMON SENSE PEOPLE. events, along with Konstantin Sibold.

Support on the night from GForce, Dogstarr and Craig Placid.

  • Cost:
    • R100 - Pre-sale
    • R150 - Door
  • When: 31 January, 9pm - 4am
  • Venue: And, 39a Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown, Johannesburg
  • More Info: TOY TOY Feat. Leif Müller

January Final Friday Foodie Market

New year for adventures, and if you are looking for things to do in Joburg, what markets to visit, or what foods to try? Then get ready to allow your inner foodie to shine at the first event of 2020?!

They will delight you with Sharon Delights, serving up some delicious Indian cuisine; Contessa La Cucina taking us abroad with Mediterranean antipasti dishes; Nana's Kitchen keeping it local with traditional Cape Malay koeksisters and plenty more sweet and savoury indulgences for you to look forward to. Looking to join in, contact Sylvia's Market to book your spot now.

🌟Win Epic Prizes with Killarney Mall🌟

Take part in the Foodie Market competition to win your share of R5,000 in prizes. Entry is simple: Snap a picture of your meal, dish or treat at this final Friday foodie market to stand a chance to win.

Simply post your picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the official hashtag #KillarneyMall to stand a chance to win!!

How to Enter:

  • Just Snap It
  • Just Eat It
  • Tag #KillarneyMall
Prizes are sponsored by: CaRRoL BoYeS Functional Art, The Body Shop & Simply Asia

Stay In the KNOW: Never miss out on Killarney Mall Events, Competitions and Markets, sign up to their newsletter here!

February 2020

February in the City Of Gold sees the return of the biggest electronic music festival - Ultra JHB 2020! With Ultra looming on the horizon event organisers have taken things up a notch this month.

Killarney Mall Summer Sidewalk Sale

The summer sale of the year and Killarney have turned the temperature up! You simply cannot miss out on this chance to grab this summer’s best and most fabulous finds at unbelievable bargain prices.

From 1 to 10 February 2020, save up to 75% off at participating Killarney Mall stores. PLUS spend R250 and stand a chance to win R12,000 in prizes, sponsored by Honda Johannesburg South.

🏆 Win Big - How to Enter

Winning is easy! All you have to do is spend R250 , which won't be hard with all these massive savings, hold onto your receipt and fill out an entry form found at the convenient entrances of Killarney Mall.

How to Enter:

  • Step One: Spend R250 at one of the participating stores from 1 to 10 February 2020.
  • Step Two: Fill out the entry form which can be found at each of the entrances, and attach or fold your till slip to confirm your spend, in with the entry form.
  • Step Three: Drop your entry into the entry box.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
Please Note: Terms and Conditions Apply.

Meet the Bona Magazine Beauty Editor!

Come and have a cup of coffee with Grace Mantjiu, Bona magazines’ beauty editor on Friday 7 February 2020 between 12 and 2pm, in the Bona lounge at the CNA court.

Everyone will feel like a Winner with these awesome deals and discounts only available at Killarney Mall!

  • Too hot to handle fashion bargains savings of up to 75% off
  • Get you tip-to-toe summer glow with up to 50% off
  • Summer convenience savings of up to 75% off with groceries and services
  • Savings from buy 3 for 2, or save up to 50% on home and lifestyle goodies
  • Earn rewards with delectable foodie deals
NB: Shop all these deal online -> Click Here

Well, get ready and put on your most comfortable pair of shoes for some serious shopping fun at your favourite community mall!

Pringles presents Parks with Tutus, Early B, Koos Kombuis & more

Pringles proudly invites you to the first Parks of the decade and the launch of our 10 years of Park Acoustics celebration year!!

It's a great pleasure to invite the ultimate indie all stars Desmond & the Tutus, the mighty Early B, legendary Koos Kombuis, Jozi Rock & Roll boys Hellcats, blues rock veterans Southern Gypsy Queen and Bronkhorstpruit hero Ruiter Piet en die Partydjie!!

Line Up:

  • Ruiter Piet en die Partydjie
  • Southern Gypsey Queen
  • Hellcats
  • Koos Kombuis
  • Desmond & the Tutus
  • Early B
  • Deep Fried Man
  • Lindy Johnson
  • Gino Fernandez

Please note - No children between the age 13-17 will be allowed at the event. Proof of identification required, no copies, photo's or temporary documents. Also no glass are permitted into the festival area, please buy cans or decant in plastic bottles.

Get your tickets now -> Click Here
  • Cost: R15 per vehicle, (paid at the main entrance to the nature reserve)
    • R100 Student tickets available at outlets (Only 200)
    • R145 Early bird (Only 500 available)
    • R165 Online Only
    • R185 Gate
  • When: 2 February, 10am - 6:30pm
  • Venue: Park Acoustics, Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria
  • More Info: Pringles presents Parks with Tutus, Early B, Koos Kombuis & more

Newtown Takeover 2020

Science Frikshun team up with Teknotribe and {psy.ology} to present NEWTOWN TAKEOVER!!

To kick things off in 2020 they're bringing back Johannesburg's ultimate one night underground music festival, the mighty NEWTOWN TAKEOVER!!

  • Cost:
    • R150 - First Release
    • R200 - Second Release
    • R250 - Final Release
  • When: 8 February, 9pm - 4am
  • Venue: Carfax Newtown, 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Newtown Takeover 2020

ULTRA Johannesburg 2020

The Johannesburg event will continue its long-standing tradition at Expo Centre, Nasrec.

The venue’s size, accessibility and infrastructure make it the best suited venue in the city to house this iconic electronic dance music brand.

  • Cost: (Excludes Booking Fee)
    • Ultra Johannesburg Tickets:
      • R600 - General Admission, Tier 1 - SOLD OUT
      • R600 - General Admission, Legacy - SOLD OUT
      • R800 - General Admission, Tier 2
      • R1000 - VIP, Tier 1 - SOLD OUT
      • R1500 - VIP, Tier 2
      • R2000 - VIP, Tier 3
      • R3000 - VIP, Tier 1
      • R4000 - VVIP, Tier 2
  • When: 29 February, 2pm - 2am
  • Venue: Expos Centre, Nasrec, Cnr Rand Show & Nasrec Rd, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Ultra South Africa 2020 (Johannesburg)

Dreamcode: Blazed feat. Blazy (Brazil)

It’s that time again where we to return to the source of wonder and intrigue, the space where dreams come to life in a magical vortex of sound and lights

Dreamcode returns to the concrete Jozi jungle with a surprise ready to set 2020 on fire… We are proud to welcome a wizard straight from the epic scenes of Brazil, an artist who hardly needs an introduction.

His music has taken him far and wide, recognised by all who live for the groove… DREAMCODE presents BLAZY. Get ready for 2 stages of mind bending madness, filled will all the audio and visual candy our Dreamers have come to know and love.

Please note numbers are limited to ensure a comfortable, beautiful experience for all - so get yours now to avoid disappointment.

March 2020

The Gauteng region is alive with activity March, find out how Jozi and Pretoria plan on spending the last few days of summer.

Parks & Pringles presents Spoegwolf "See" Album Launch & friends

Park Acoustics and Pringles proudly presents Spoegwolf "See" album launch with special guests The World of Birds, December Streets, Janie Bay, James Deacon, Martin Gill and Dsco Cam!

Line Up:

  • Martin Gill
  • James Deacon
  • Janie Bay
  • December Streets
  • The World of Birds
  • Spoegwolf
  • Dsco Cam
  • Hannes Brummer
  • Alfred Adriaan
  • Khanyisa Bunu

Please note - No children between the age 13-17 will be allowed at the event. Proof of identification required, no copies, photo's or temporary documents. Also no glass are permitted into the festival area, please buy cans or decant in plastic bottles.

Picnic And Movie In The Garden - The Lion King

Pack your picnic basket. Bring the whole family. Pretoria National Botanical Gardens invite you to enjoy the magic of The Lion King on an open air screen under the stars!

Gates open at 5pm movie starts at 7:30pm - Pack a blanket, picnic and arrive early to find the perfect spot.

  • Cost:
    • FREE - Children u3 years
    • R60 - Online
    • R80 - At the Gate
  • When: 6 March, 5pm - 9:30pm
  • Venue: Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Pretoria
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Secret Social | 07 March

Booty-shakers and heart-breakers, we're inviting you to join us for our super sexy Secret Social on Saturday the 7th of March.

Line Up:

  • DJ Ash
  • Abby Nurock
  • Essential Groove

Doors will be open from 3pm until late, giving you enough time to ease out of your seats and onto your feet.

  • Cost: FREE entrance
  • When: 7 March, 3pm - 1am
  • Venue: Social Parkwood, C/o Bolton Rd & Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Rosebank
  • More Info: Secret Social | 07 March

The Boardwalk Night Market

Its the SECOND Boardwalk Night Market of 2020! On the grass, under the trees next to the lake... That's where you'll find the magic!

The Boardwalk Night Market love supporting local small businesses, spending time with family and friends and having a lekker time eating good food with the best upcoming entertainment Pretoria has to offer!

🐶 Furry Family are welcome!
  • Cost: R20 pp
  • When: 7 March, 10am - 6pm
  • Venue: Virgin Active Faerie Glen, Boardwalk Blvd, Pretoria
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Jägermeister X Budweiser presents Trancemicsoul Sessions 7 March

Join us for another edition of the Trancemicsoul Sessions hosted by African Beer Emporium and Trancemicsoul.

Line Up:

  • Otto
  • Miggs
  • Christos
  • Jazzuelle
  • China
  • Trancemicsoul

Presented by Jägermeister & Budweiser

  • Cost:
    • R80 - Online
    • R100 - At the Door
  • When: 7 March, 12pm - 12am
  • Venue: African Beer Emporium, 367 Helen Joseph, Pretoria
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Jams On Ice / Colourful : Thank You Party

Jams On Ice is an event that takes place once a month in and around Soweto. It is a celebration of the Dance Culture and a promotion of local djs/Producers.

This Colourful : Thank You Party is extended to the fans and supporters of Jams on Ice. So come out and show your support and party like a local!

  • Cost: TBC
  • When: 7 March, 12pm - 12am
  • Venue: Jams On Ice, 1978 Vundla St, Soweto
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Pretoria Zoo Braai & Family Picnic

Pretoria Zoo Family Braai & Picnic is all about a picnic braai where family, colleagues and friends meet over braai and live performances by local artists.

Kids will have their own demarcated play-ground with activities such as:

  • Go Karts Racing
  • Giant Water Slides
  • Jumping Castles
  • Mobile trains
  • Colouring
  • Stilt Walkers

March will be jam-packed with high energy music and performances featuring a selection of the Tshwane’s best tribute acts, interspersed with the very best local musical talent. Most of all we’re celebrating Life with family and friends in Pretoria Zoo, Come hang out with your family and enjoy House, Hip-hop and R&B by SA’s best DJ’s

  • Cost:
    • R50 - Coolerbox
    • R140 - Adults
    • R120 - Kids Ages 2-12 years
  • When: 8 March, 9am - 6pm
  • Venue: Pretoria Zoo, 232 Boom St, Daspoort, Pretoria
  • More Info: Pretoria Zoo Braai & Family Picnic

Deep Town Jozi presents Black Loops (ITA)

Riccardo Paffetti aka Black Loops has built himself a solid reputation as one of House music’s most creative and progressive producers.

Recognizing his momentum and high-quality releases, Traxsource named Black Loops the #1 Deep House Artist of 2017.Are ya'll ready for BLACK LOOPS Deep Town Jozi?

  • Cost:
    • R60 - early Bird
    • R90 - Phase 1
    • R120 - Final Phase
    • R120 - Door before 5pm
    • R150 - Door after 5pm
  • When: 14 March, 2pm - 1am
  • Venue: The Tennis Club JHB, C/o Bertram's & Miller St, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Deep Town Jozi presents Black Loops (ITA)

Ramfest 2020 - Pretoria

Ramfest 2020 coming in hot on 14 March 2020. Save the date, this is going to be heavy af!

It is with great excitement that we welcome The Black Dahlia Murder (USA) to South Africa for Ramfest 2020. Herewith your line up for the 14th of March 2020:

  • The Black Dahlia Murder (USA)
  • Van Coke Kartel (reunion show)
  • Newtown Knife Gang
  • Truth And Its Burden
  • Man As Machine
  • L.A. COBRA
  • Sunken State
  • Caution Boy
  • Trancemicsoul
  • Lady M
  • Black Lake

This event is proudly sponsored by Standard Bank, Budweiser, El Jimador and Jack Daniels.

  • Cost:
    • SOLD OUT - Trust Us
    • SOLD OUT - Early Bird
    • R300 - Presold
    • R350 - On the Day (Subject to availability)
  • When: 14 March, 3pm - 1am
  • Venue: Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria
  • More Info: Ramfest 2020 - Pretoria

1000 Drawing Festival of Art

Make a weekend of It! Be part of the world’s biggest A5 art exhibition! Buy a ticket and start your art collection while helping raise funds for child education.

The weekend includes the launch of Art Battle SA, a fashion show, quiz night, creative workshops, curated art aisles and an art auction with comedy thrown in.Plus bespoke food trucks (from Mexican to vegan), craft drinks (charcoal Martini anyone?), amazing live music, a crafters market and chilled spaces and galleries to check out! Bring your kids – all welcome.

Note: Parking is limited. You are advised to use Uber or Taxify
  • Cost: R150 per artwork
  • When: 27 - 29 March, From 4pm
  • Venue: Victoria Yards, Lorentzville, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Facebook Even

Love Music Festival - 28 March 2020

The dawn of a new decade has given rise to something sexy, special and wonderful in South Africa’s newest party capital, Pretoria.

Line Up:

  • Shimza
  • Ryan Murgatroyd
  • Jullian Gomes
  • Trancemicsoul
  • 2lani The Warrior
  • Bongani Zulu
  • Chris Sen
  • Guy Herman
  • JVE
  • Romario Afonso
  • Sisco Umlambo
  • Thorne Miller
  • Weston & Engine

Delighting the senses, expect the very best in South African electronic music talent, the most mouth watering gourmet food stalls, and the sexiest of party goers...

  • Cost:
    • R120 - Phase 1
    • R160 - Phase 2
    • R200 - Phase 3
    • R200 - VIP Phase 1
    • R260 - VIP Phase 2
    • R320 - VIP Phase 3
  • When: 28 March, 12pm - 12am
  • Venue: Pionier Museum, Keuning St, Silverton, Pretoria
  • More Info: Love Music Festival - 28 March 2020

Magic Music Sessions 2020

Celebrating its 5th year of memorable musical experiences. Soul and Gospel sounds showcased by seasoned, internationally acclaimed artists, through live band components and a musical journey to blow your mind away.

Magic Music Sessions 2020 brings you International Neo Soul Superstar Musiq Soulchild on 29th March 2020.

  • Cost: From R250
  • When: 29 March, 2pm - 11pm
  • Venue: Sun Arena at Times Sqaure, 209 Aramist Ave, Pretoria
  • More Info: Facebook Event

April 2020

As the weather starts to cool the Gauteng area are for sure bringing the heat with their April line up. Find out more below!

Fokof Lager Presents: Fokofpolisiekar Free Show

Fokof Lager hou jaarliks ‘n nasionale kompetisie waar kroeë, klubs of restaurante ‘n gratis Fokofpolisiekar vertoning kan wen. Die wenner word gekies op grond van Fokof Lager verkope wat oor 3 maande strek. Thirst 28 Degrees East het hierdie kompetisie 2 jaar in ‘n ry gewen.

All year long Fokof Lager has searched for the top sellers of their beer, from the many participating venues and establishments, ultimately Thirst 28 Degrees East came out on top! Making them the consecutive running champion for 2 years.

  • Cost: FREE
  • When: 3 April, 4pm - 11pm
  • Venue: Thrist@28degrees East, C/o Selikats Causeway & Graaff Reinet St, Faerie Glen
  • More Info: Facebook Event

Jozi Kota Festival

The 1st Jozi Kota Festival is taking place on the 4th of April 2020 and more details are coming. Hood Kota invades Johannesburg CBD.

Expect different kinds of kotas and the best outlets in and around Jozi (Soweto, Thembisa, Vosloorus, Katlehong and Thokoza). There will be also drinks and kids entertainment.

  • Cost:
    • R60 - Students (With valid student cards)
    • R70 - Adults
    • R50 - Children Ages 4-12 years
    • FREE - Children u4 years
  • When: 4 April, 10am - 12am
  • Venue: Old JHB Train Station, Newtown
  • More Info: Facebook Event

We will be updating this guide regularly so check back to find out how Gauteng plans to party in 2020!

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