Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2019
Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2019
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2019
Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Johannesburg and Pretoria's best, biggest and hottest events in 2019.
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2019

Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Johannesburg and Pretoria's best, biggest and hottest events in 2019.
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Annual Festivals, Big Events & Parties In Joburg and Pretoria 2019
Events and festivals you should not miss! See our month-by-month calendar of Johannesburg and Pretoria's best, biggest and hottest events in 2019.

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 2019.

Quick JumpJanuary 2019Grind Mode Cypher In South Africa (Jhb, NewTown)A Taste Of Lighthouse FestivalPrime Circle - Innocence TourOmi-Draai Musiek Fees January 2019The Streets Are Us - The Takeover Part 2Cerebral S2E2Bottomless Bubbly and Ice Cream - Happy SundaysJool / Rag 2019February 2019DeepRoots Night Market - 1 February 2019Slushy 2019Park Acoustics & Pringles presents Fokof, Straatligkinders & morePHFAT + Desmond and the Tutus LIVE at Arcade EmpireRosemary Hill Trail Run 2019Foamo Festival - The Ultimate Foam ExperienceMarch 2019Ultra South Africa 2019 (Johannesburg)Colourful Sessions: 2 Mar 2019Jump City Challenge - NewtownMetal Throwdown at ThrashersSoweto Cake Festival ExpoGinFest 2019We House Sundays X Kid Fonque Pres. Jimpster (UK)Ed SheeranThe Grand White Joburg 2019Pretoria Gin FestivalApril 2019The ParlotonesSoulful NightThe Grand White Pretoria 2019

January 2019

Gauteng might be drenched in rain during the hotter months but that does not put a damper on the entertainment sector of this beautiful region.

Don't forget to check what's happening in Joburg & Pretoria today and this weekend!

Grind Mode Cypher In South Africa (Jhb, NewTown)

SA Grind Mode Cypher Video shoot Featuring the very best artists South Africa have to offer!

@The Bridge Between USA & SA‎

From 12pm till 3pm it's Grind Mode cypher Famo. Come through to Newtown and show some love nada mean. It's all bars plus a chilled vibe thereafter.

A Taste Of Lighthouse Festival

Lighthouse Festival Europe is coming to Johannesburg. After hosting two successful events in Cape Town, presenting an immersive and enriching experience to an eager and knowledgeable audience, Lighthouse Festival returns to South Africa in 2019.


They have once again set out to reinforce their investment in the local electronic music industry by partnering with some of the strongest and most influential movements within the scene. On 19th January, Johannesburg will have the opportunity to partake in the magic of this incredible festival thanks to 'A Taste of Lighthouse Festival' hosted in partnership with And Club and TOY TOY.

The event will play host to Berlin headliner ATEQ as well as a collaborative showcase from the LHF Squad. TOYTOY residents Zolabuddé will represent the South African contingent of the line up, ensuring that your favourite Johannesburg club night will deliver the uncompromisingly high standard of electronic music you have come to expect each week.

The Lighthouse Festival satellite event forms part of a cultural exchange that will witness Zolabuddé (AKA Dogstarr and Fabio) making their debut in Croatia for the annual main event. The collaboration between these powerful event brands will continue to bolster the relationships and networks our industry needs to help South African electronic reach the rest of the world.

Prime Circle - Innocence Tour

Prime Circle is regarded as South African rock royalty with numerous awards, six studio albums which have achieved multi-platinum status, several chart-topping singles and sold-out tours to its name.

@The Barnyard Theatre

Known as the best rock band in this country, the group is also being recognised on the international stage and has management in Germany. In the past few years Prime Circle has made strong inroads into the UK and European markets, gigging intensively and being playlisted on radio and headlining major rock festivals.

  • Cost:
    • R200 - Per person (SOLD OUT)
  • When: 25 January, 8pm - 10pm
  • Venue: Rivonia Barnyard Theatre, Rivonia Crossing, C/o Witkoppen Rd & Rivonia Rd
  • More Info: Prime Circle - Innocence Tour

Omi-Draai Musiek Fees January 2019

Join Omi-Draai Musiek Fees for a Fun day for the whole family with awesome entertainment and activities for everyone.

@Omi-Draai Musiek Fees

Test your stamina on the Electric Bull, browse the variety of interesting stalls, enjoy the fun fare and jumping castles for the kids. You can also look forward to paintball, the beer tent, promo girls and some awesome lucky draws!

Entertainment Line Up:

  • Matt Stern (MC)
  • Tussen Sterre
  • Mark Beling
  • Christian Heath
  • Snotkop
  • Devon
  • Wolwedans
  • DJ Small Paul
  • Angelic Tee
  • Juan Boucher

Please bring your own camping chairs, blankets to sit on and sunscreen!

  • Cost:
    • R100 - Adult
    • R50 - Kids
    • FREE - Kids u5 years
  • When: 26 January, 10am - 11pm
  • Venue: Foresight Church - Muldersdrift, Roodepoort
  • More Info: Omi-Draai Musiek Fees January 2019

The Streets Are Us - The Takeover Part 2

Burbz Movement starting the year with a banger and innovation as always.


On this show burbz will be introducing some of GP's upcoming talent through music and dance, come join them, it will be epic indeed.

Also introducing our new activity called "the safe walk" which will ensure your safety even after the event... They promise it will be a night to remember!

Cerebral S2E2

Organisers welcome back Leeu and Lazarusman for a back to back set on the Cerebral floor. Supported by other amazing acts including, Ady Fleming, KronikSA, Bongani Zulu & DSCO Cam along with their Cerebral residents.


The new year brings a new chapter as we'll be introducing cypher sessions, spoken word and games to our food and fashion market. Also new for this event, there will be a must-see installation as well as live illustrations through performances which the artists will be collaborating on.

The cypher and spoken word sessions will be held on The Cortex floor during the day and is open to all. In the evening we'll transform the exhibition space inside into a performance space which will be opened by shugumisa band L8 Antique.

They'll then bring in hard-hitters and peformers from Jozi and Pitori including, Black White, Skinniez, Slumprine and more to close the show.

  • Cost:
    • R50 per person
  • When: 26 January, 2pm - 2am
  • Venue: The Third Place Newtown, 39 Gwi Gwi
  • More Info: Cerebral S2E2

Bottomless Bubbly and Ice Cream - Happy Sundays

The perfect way to spend your Sunday where the kids can also enjoy themselves!

@WhiskAway Ice Cream and Sorbet

The dress code for this one is summer! You can expect to be whisked away by an endless supply of the best ice cream in town from WhiskAway Ice Cream and Sorbet. Magical music to groove to jazzy tunes and the brilliant sun set from one of the best rooftop bars, Moonshot Caféshot Café in Pta.

Jool / Rag 2019

The NWU Potchefstroom campus’ RAG has been the kick-off of the social calendar for every student since 1942.

@NWU-Pukke KSR / SCC‎

Annually young people from all over the country migrate to this student town to participate in this student-driven festival. The feeling of coherence during this time is unparalleled.

This event is synonymous with shows by some of the best local artists and the famous float parade – you do not want to miss it. The purpose of the RAG experience is not solely to provide students with a good time but it is also for a good cause. All proceeds are donated to the community which is used to fund 87 community projects.

  • Cost:
    • R260 - Weekend Pass
    • R120 - 1 Day Pass Early Bird
    • R150 - Jool Entrance
  • When: 31 January - 2 February, from 7am
  • Venue: NWU - Pukke KSR / SCC, Hoffman St, Potchefstroom
  • More Info: Facebook Event

February 2019

The month ahead promises everything from night markets filled to the brim with curious nicknacks and crafts to the ultimate foam party, all happening in Gauteng this February!

Don't forget to check what's happening in Joburg & Pretoria today and this weekend!

DeepRoots Night Market - 1 February 2019

Your favourite Friday night market is back, and this year they've got some amazing things lined up!

@Deep Roots Markets‎

The DeepRoots Night Market are incredibly excited to be bringing you the first market of what will be an extraordinary year! They will be soaking up the summer sun with some top quality crafts, delicious food, and highly anticipated and fantastic live music!

  • Cost:
    • FREE - Before 5pm
    • FREE - Children u12 year, Pensioners & Furbabies
    • R30 - Per person (Between 5pm - 11pm)
  • When: 1 February, 4pm - 11:59pm
  • Venue: CBC Old Boys Memorial Club; 78 George Storrar, Gauteng
  • More Info: DeepRoots Night Market - 1 February 2019

Slushy 2019

Post December blues got you down? Did you go a little hard on New Years and now it’s a ‘Dry January’ for you? Maybe you’ve been working on that tan and now there’s no more beach to show it. Well, whatever the case, Slushy and Gaplife might just have something for you.


Welcome to the 6th Edition of Pretoria’s biggest and grooviest pool party! Slushy is all about the day jol and celebrating around the pool in style. They’ve got beers, spirits, slushies, and the infamous Red Bull cocktail specials with a top DJ lineup on 2 stages to dance it all off.

Kicking things off bright and early with our first artist opening the floor at 11am. There will also be food vendors, beer pong (standard), showers for the ladies, and a lifeguard (looking out for your safety not your sobriety).

  • Cost:
    • R90 - Online Early Birds
    • R120 - Online General Pre-Sold
    • R120 - Door before 12.30
    • R150 - Thereafter
    • R250 - VIP
  • When: 2 February, 11am - 10pm
  • Venue: Rietvlei Country Lodge, Game Reserve Rd, Pretoria
  • More Info: Slushy 2019

Park Acoustics & Pringles presents Fokof, Straatligkinders & more

Park Acoustics & Pringles proudly presents Fokofpolisiekar with good friends Straatligkinders and many more!!

@Park Acoustics‎

Park Acoustics & Pringles are thrilled to welcome back everyone from holiday and booked one hell of a line up. It's an honour to welcome legendary SA act Fokofpolisiekar, back from hiatus and here with a brand new album Straatligkinders, Cape Town mal kinders Retro Dizzy, Jozi folk punk crew Rambling Bones, local up and coming Pretoria boys Zebra and everyone's favorite DJ duo #Sozlol.

Comedy will keep a smile on your face with Nina Hastie, Bongani Dube and Long John.

Pringles Main Stage Line Up:

  • 11:00 Zebra
  • 12:05 Rambling Bones
  • 13:10 Retro Dizzy
  • 14:20 Straatligkinders
  • 15:30 Fokofpolisiekar
  • 16:30 #Sozlol

Sunset Comedy Stage Line Up:

  • Nina Hastie
  • Bongani Dube
  • Long John

Please note - No under 18's will be allowed except if you're accompanied by your parents. 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.

PHFAT + Desmond and the Tutus LIVE at Arcade Empire

Arcade Empire are excited to announce PHFAT and Desmond and the Tutus LIVE for one night only!

@Desmond and the Tutus‎

The supporting line up are yet to be announced so stay tuned for more details.

Rosemary Hill Trail Run 2019

Come and enjoy a wonderful day on the trails and relax on the lush lawns under the shade of the big trees at the charming Rosemary Hill farm.

@WildTrail SA‎

The Rosemary Hill Trail Run will provide a great day out for trail runners and walkers on very well marked and beautifully maintained trails. The trails are mostly custom-made single-track with occasional jeep track and meander through a beautiful working farm with bits of forest, farm dams, water streams and even some old ruins to explore.

After the race, breakfast can be enjoyed at the lovely Rosemary Hill restaurant and tea garden situated in the lush gardens next to the start/finish line. With a mouth watering all day menu and a designer tea and coffee menu, tired and hungry runners can refuel with food freshly prepared and served with freshly picked herbs and vegetables from the farm's organic garden. As a family friendly venue, there are lots of entertainment for the kids so bring the whole family and spend a active, fun-filled day away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Cost:
    • 5km - R90 (R110 for on-the-day entries)
    • 10km - R140 (R160 for on-the-day entries)
    • 21km - R190 (R210 for on-the-day entries)
  • When: 10 February, 7am - 12pm
  • Venue: Rosemary Hill Farm, Pretoria East
  • More Info: Rosemary Hill Trail Run 2019

Foamo Festival - The Ultimate Foam Experience

The Ultimate Outdoor Foam Experience Takes over Johannesburg at Waterfall Park, Mall of Africa.

@Foamo Festival South Africa

FOAMO FESTIVAL U19 heads to Johannesburg for the ultimate experience featuring world-class stage production, the largest foam machines in Africa and the industry's most talented Artists.

  • Cost:
    • R99 - FOAMO Christmas Special
    • R150 - Early Bird
    • R200 - Phase 1
    • R250 - Phase 2
    • From R199 to R450 - VIP
  • When: 23 February, 11am - 10pm
  • Venue: Waterfall Park, Lone Creek Crs & Magwa Crs, Midrand
  • More Info: Foamo Festival - The Ultimate Foam Experience

March 2019

This March things are heating up, with the rain finally taking a back seat, the city of Jozi comes alive with the much anticipated Ultra Festival! Hundreds will flock to the metropolis knowns as the city of gold this March 2019!

Ultra South Africa 2019 (Johannesburg)

Ultra South Africa returns to the Expo Centre Nasrec for it's 6th edition on Saturday 2nd of March 2019.

The Ultra brand has cemented their name and presence in the electronic music industry. Providing a platform that brings local and international artists together.This massive party has extended itself to almost all the corners of the globe and have grown in following by the hundreds. As the line up details treacle in, Ultranaughts are in for a treat as they have some massive acts performing across 2 stages!

Line Up - Across Ultra Mainstage & Resistance Stage:

  • Above & Beyond
  • The Chainsmokers
  • Mar+in Garrix
  • Culoe De Song
  • Da Capo
  • Kususa
  • Shimza
  • Themba
  • Infected Mushroom
  • Vini Vici
  • More TBA

Ultranaughts: hard core Ultra supporters follow the entire world tour from city to city and country to country. There is something about the atmosphere shared with like minded music lovers, it simply brings people together!

Please Note: Tickets can ONLY be purchased through the Ultra website!
  • Cost:
    • R950 - Tier 3 GA Tickets
    • R2000 - Tier 3 VIP Tickets
    • R3000 - Tier 1 VVIP
    • R4000 - Tier 2 VVIP
  • When: 2 March, 2pm - 2am
  • Venue: Expo Centre Nasrec, C/o Rand Show & Nasrec Rds
  • More Info: Ultra South Africa 2019 (Johannesburg)

Colourful Sessions: 2 Mar 2019

The Biggest Dance Event in the South JHB with a super lineup consisting of legends and upcoming sensations, a production and setup to die for.

@Jams On Ice‎

#ColourfulSessions 🌈🌈 brings you a totally super vibe with acts like:

  • Shimza
  • Da Capo
  • Christos
  • Jullian Gomez
  • Vinny Da Vinci
  • Trev the Japanese
  • Oscar Mbo
  • Malankane
  • Mr X
  • Thabo Phalatse
  • CSoul
  • GForce
  • Jaivane

It is all going down at the Ubuntukraal Beer Garden in Soweto, bring your costumes because the pool area will be open until 7pm!

  • Cost:
    • R50 - Before 5pm
    • R100 - Thereaftre
  • When: 2 March, 12pm - 12am
  • Venue: Unbuntukraal Beer garden, 11846 Senokaonyay St, orlando West, Soweto
  • More Info: Colourful Sessions: 2 Mar 2019

Jump City Challenge - Newtown

Get ready for the greatest race in the city, coming your way on the 3rd of March 2019. It is 6,5km of adrenaline filled urban adventure for you and your team.

@Jump City Challenge

Don't just take to the streets, take to the buildings, the museums and discover Joburg in 2019. The race starts and finishes at Mad Giant on Fox Street and now features over 32 challenges and 4 incredible landmark buildings to take a speed tour through along the way.

Get ready to zip line through the city on our latest addition to obstacle on route or get lost in the dark as an old miner seeks his revenge 6 stories below the streets on Joburg.


  • The Heritage Mile
  • 1,1km inside Museum Africa (one of the oldest buildings in the city)
  • Newtown Park
  • 2,1km inside Sci-Bono (With games / challenges for athletes along the way inside the museum)
  • Total Blackout
  • The Old Bus Factory
  • The Sheds @ No. 1 Fox Street

The 1st 100 athletes to register will each receive a commemorative dry fit race - t shirt with their entry, to be collected at registration. The 1st 500 athletes to register will each receive a pair of funky "My Joburg" running socks, to be collected at registration.

When all is said and done, kick back and relax at one of Joburg's gems, the Sheds Market and Mad Giant.

  • Cost:
    • R285 - 6.5km Obstacle Challenge
    • R145 - 3km Kiddies Race
  • When: 3 March, 6am - 10am
  • Venue: Mad Giants, 1 Fox St, Johannesburg
  • More Info: Jump City Challenge - Newtown

Metal Throwdown at Thrashers

For the first instalment of 2019, MadLad brings you a fantastic evening filled with Boardslides and Breakdowns!


Feed The Beneath, Human Nebula, Omentum and Raptorbaby will be ripping up the stage from 20:00. Doors open at 19:00, time slots announced on the evening. 💀

Soweto Cake Festival Expo

Soweto Cake Festival is coming back with a bang on the 9th March 2019. It's happening at Soweto Theatre Jabulani opposite Jabulani Mall. There will be all kids of cakes, cocktails and kids entertainment.

@Soweto Cake Festival Expo‎

Expect over 20 cake stands, baking demonstrations workshops, competition and music. Best baker competition with huge prices to be won. Expect birthday Cakes, Wedding Cakes, Baby shower cakes, muffins and cupcakes.

  • Cost:
    • From R60 - Adults
    • from R20 - Kids u12 years
  • When: 9 March, 12pm - 6pm
  • Venue: Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Soweto
  • More Info: Soweto Cake Festival Expo

GinFest 2019

Listen to LIVE MUSIC like Georgetown and the Barbosa Experience while you spend the day in the beautiful gardens of the Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel.

@Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel‎

There will be 20 craft gin stalls as well as 8 craft food stalls. Why not be treated to Vos & Ink doing "live" couples drawings!

Remember to bring your chairs and blankets. The General Bar will also be available.

Please Note: This is a cash free zone.
  • Cost: R110 pp
  • When: 9 March, 11am - 8pm
  • Venue: Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel, 87 Jim van der Merwe Rd, Pretoria
  • More Info: GinFest 2019

We House Sundays X Kid Fonque Pres. Jimpster (UK)

We House Sundays X Kid Fonque Presents an exclusive showcase ft. JIMPSTER (UK).

Come celebrate with them on Sunday the 17th March 2019 at the Joe Slovo Courtyard - Constitutional Hill. In Association with Ballantines Whisky.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is delighted to announce his first-ever tour in South Africa which will take place throughout March 2019!

@Big Concerts‎

Next year’s tour will see Ed Sheeran perform at Johannesburg’s iconic FNB Stadium on 23 and 24 March and Cape Town Stadium on 27 March.

  • Cost: SOLD OUT
  • When: 23 - 24 March, 6:45pm - 10:30pm
  • Venue: FNB Stadium
  • More Info: Ed Sheeran

The Grand White Joburg 2019

Saturday the 30th of March 2019 - A Secret Location will be announced in Joburg!

The Grand White Dinner celebrates its 6th Anniversary in 2019 - with an impressive entertainment program, coupled with one of its kind fashion show - there are plenty of surprises in store for you!

Spend an extraordinary afternoon and evening together with friends and family, at a secret location in your city! Come dressed in all white with a touch of the chosen colour - to be released in January!

The Grand White will without a doubt, once again be known as one of the most prestigious events in South Africa! An event where you arrive as strangers and leave as friends! During the course of the day, guests will enjoy each other's company; delicious food, live music, speeches, comedy, all kinds of entertainment and much, much more! It promises to be unforgettable!

Pretoria Gin Festival

People of Pretoria, this is the event you’ve been waiting for. More than 15 gin distillers, amazing food trucks, live music and incredible DJ’s.

@SA Gin Society‎

Gather your friends and join them for the event of the year. Ticket price includes a complimentary glass and 3 tasting tokens per person. Picnic blankets welcome. Gates open at 11:00.

Children under the age of 18 accompanied by an adult may enter free of charge. Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Tickets available from Howler.

  • Cost: R180 - GA
  • When: 30 March, 11am - 8pm
  • Venue: Fire and Wine, Boschkop Rd, Zwavelpoort, Pretoria
  • More Info: Pretoria Gin Festival

April 2019

April is boasting a hotter than hot line up of events and activities, from the Grand White to Shorts and Shades Festival, Gauteng is turning up the heat!

The Parlotones

Over the past 20 years, The Parlotones have become South Africa's most accomplished pop band of all time.

The band’s career highlights include 2 platinum and 3 double platinum albums, performing at the FIFA World Cup kick-off concert, Live Earth, Olympics as well as performances in over 150 cities around the world. Known for their theatrical live shows, they have collaborated with Zip Zap Circus and various orchestras throughout South Africa.

The Parlotones released their brand new album CHINA with radio singles Can You Feel It and Beautiful Life to date, Catch them LIVE at Rockwood Theatre Pretoria on the 5th April 2019. Get your tickets to avoid missing out on seeing one of South Africa's favourite up close and personal.

  • Cost: R200 pp
  • When: 5 April, 8pm - 11pm
  • Venue: Rockwood Theatre Pretoria, Parkview Shopping Centre, Pretoria
  • More Info: The Parlotones

Soulful Night

R&B Hitmaker Eric Benét and Neo Soul singer songwriter and actor, who has received a total of four Grammy nominations to date will be joining them at the Sun Arena this April.

@Time Square South Africa‎

From barefoot dreadlocked troubadour to suave standard-bearer for contemporary R&B. Eric Benét may have changed his look, but one thing has remained consistent: his dedication to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.

Expect a night filled with soulful melodies and heart stirring sounds!

  • Cost: R190 pp (Online)
  • When: 6 April, 6pm - 11pm
  • Venue: Times Square South Africa, 209 Aramist Ave, Pretoria
  • More Info: Soulful Night

The Grand White Pretoria 2019

The Grand White Dinner celebrates its 6th Anniversary in 2019 - with an impressive entertainment program, coupled with one of its kind fashion show - there are plenty of surprises in store for you!


Spend an extraordinary afternoon & evening together with friends and family, at a secret location in your city! Come dressed in all white with a touch of the chosen colour - to be released in January!

The Grand White will without a doubt, once again be known as one of the most prestigious events in South Africa!

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