What's On This Weekend: 5 Events You Can't Miss

With lots of exciting things going on this weekend in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, it’s hard to decide what to do and where to go. Fear not, we have selected 5 events you absolutely cannot miss this weekend to make things a little easier for you.


1. Homemakers Expo

The 2017 Johannesburg Homemakers Expo celebrates its 24th year with the theme 'A Tribute to Your Home'. The Johannesburg Homemakers Expo is where you’ll find inspiration, advice, great new ideas, and thousands of products – everything you need to show love to your home, and those who live in it. Plus, the Expo is packed with specials, deals, competitions, and features you’ll find nowhere else, including this year’s highlight, an urban Graffiti feature. 

Venue: TicketPro Dome, Corner Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue
Date: 23 February until Sunday 26 Febraury
Times: 10 - 19:00
Cost: R90
Book your ticket: ticketpros

2. Nathalie and Soweto String Quartet

Nathalie proudly represents what is arguably the oldest urban folk music in the world; the soul music of Portugal, Fado. Her intense voice and raw emotion has gained her overwhelming recognition by the media as one of today`s leading `fadistas,` a huge honor considering she was born and raised in the United States of America. In 2011, Fado was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage and Nathalie was invited to perform for the first time in Lisbon as part of the celebration as she represented that Fado was in fact `World Heritage` all along.

Venue:  The Theatre of Marcellus Emporors Palace, 64 Jones Road Kempton Park 1620
Date: Friday 24 February
Time: 20:00 - 10:00
Cost: R550 - R750
Book your ticket: computicket

3. South African Wine Course - Cape Wine Academy

Introduction to the wonders of South African wine - for everyone who wants to learn more about this fascinating subject. Wine knowledge is an asset whether you are pursuing a hobby or enhancing your knowledge for a career. Students attending classes receive a course manual and a set of 4 wine tasting glasses in a carry pack.  

Venue: The Protea Hotel Balalaika, Sandton
Date: 25 February
Time: 8:15 - 13:30
Cost: R1,550
Book your ticket: email nikki@capewineacademy.co.za

4. Blue Man Group

The acclaimed stage show, best known and recognised for its trio of bald and blue performers, will tour to Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2017. Blue man Group is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. Now approaching their 25th year of creativity, this artistic group is continually updating and refreshing Blue Man shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

Venue: Montecasino
Date: 7 February - 5 March, excluding 27 February.
Time: 14:00, 15:00, 19:00 and 20:00
Cost: R370 - R680
Book your ticket: computicket 

5. Iris Dawn Parker: Violated Lives

This installation is a work in progress that draws attention to the ongoing violation to African American lives. Bringing attention to this is a must in any way possible. This installation “Violated Lives” attempts to point out the serial assult taking place in and by a country that has hidden behind democracy long enough.  The images on the wall reflect ordinary daily living in the lives of African Americans, and speaks to the norm for many of us.

Venue: The Market Theatre
Date: 10 february - 26 february
Times: 9:00 - 20:30, Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Cape Town

1. Complicit Geographies

Eclectica Contemporary hosts Jeannette Unite’s traveling exhibition, recently shown at Museum Am Ostwall in Germany and CCANW at Exeter University in the UK. World renowned artist Jeannette Unite has focused her practice on mining and Earth matters since living on Africa’s West Coast alluvial diamond mines in the 1990s. Her concerns are with human interactions with Earth and the extraction of minerals and metals that are used to manufacture everything in our contemporary world. Unite has collected materials and images from industrial and mining sites from travels to more than 30 countries. In this exhibition, mineral painted lodes are installed in a continuous “geo-Seam” of bar-code like panels that reflect on what is below and above.

Venue: Eclectica Contemporary, 69 Burg St, Cape Town
Date: 17 February - 24 February
Time: 9:30 - 19:00
Cost: Free

2. Live Art Festival

The third in a series of biennial festivals showcasing artists from across the continent for an explosion of performances. A dynamic range of public, collaborative and often transgressive performative artworks disrupt public spaces across the Mother City. Blurring the fields of fine art, dance, theatre, music and literature to form a unique platform for cutting-edge interdisciplinary art. With an emphasis on works by African artists and those from the diaspora, the Festival makes possible new and transformative interactions within diverse personal, political, public and architectural spaces.

Venue: Cape Town City Centre
Date: 10 febraury - 26 February
Time: Various
Cost: Free

3. Durbanville Hills Harvest Tours

Durbanville Hills’ ever-popular harvest tours take place on Wednesdays throughout the harvest season. During this peak period, South African vineyards are in full production with a contagious buzz of activity that is sure to pique the curiosity of any wine lover. A unique, first-hand experience of the vineyards and wines at various stages of the winemaking process, a tutored tasting of the cellar’s premier Rhinofields range, as well as a complimentary bottle of Sparkling Sauvignon and a handcrafted gift. Book via phone or email.

Venue: Durbanville Hills Cellar, Durbanville Hills, Cape Town
Date: 22 February - 22 March
Time: 15:00 - 18:00
Cost: R120
Book your ticket: durbanvillehills

4. Stellenbosch Wine Festival

The three-day Stellenbosch Wine Festival is back, offering the best of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes, presented in an innovative, family-friendly, relaxed and entertaining outdoor format. Delicious food, great live music and a host of fun outdoor activities.  The festival includes The Gourmet Lane, offering feasts of fresh artisanal foods and signature dishes; canapé-and-wine pairings at the Tasting Room; the all-new Wine Library where you can book a session with a winemaker and taste award-winning small batch wines and rare vintages; a Grape Stomping Ground; and The Momentum Health Kiddies Area with professional minders to entertain children.

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Grounds, Coetzenburg Rd, Stellenbosch
Date and Times: 24 February 14:00 to 21:00; 25 February 12:00 to 20:00; 26 February 12:00 to 18:00
Cost: R190 Adults, R60 Children, R450 Weekend Pass
Book tickets: webtickets

5. Gin & Tonic Festival Cape Town

Taste, swirl and celebrate the most exciting, fastest growing spirit category in the world! The Gin & Tonic Festival returns to Cape Town showcasing over 15 local and international gin distilleries at a venue born to be the spiritual home of the G&T in the Mother City; The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock.

Venue: The Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Road, Cape Town
Date: 26 February
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Cost: R150
Book tickets: quicket


Images: Top: Buskaid; Second: SAwinesonline