The sun is out and party season is in the air

It’s Halloween on Thursday and Phumlani S Langa has sifted out a few options for those of you who aren’t feeling the Day of the Dead. A touch of wine, learning to ice skate and loads more.


A halloween party


A Halloween Party

Randpark Golf Club

November 1, 5pm

Free entrance

So maybe this isn’t the most South African of celebrations but getting down for a spooky party once a year doesn’t seem so bad. Participate in a best-dressed competition and enjoy live entertainment, kids movies and spooky delights.


Day of the Dead Tequila Party

Chicago’s Piano Bar

November 2, 6pm

Free entrance

This party is a little above the kiddies’ level. If you love the fiery water that is tequila then suit up in your Halloween best and stand a chance of winning six bar vouchers. You can get your face painted between 8pm and 10pm which, for me, is the main drawcard here.


CSP Poetry Showcase 2019

Joburg Theatre

November 2, 7pm

R100 at

Snap your fingers to the sounds of the soul-driven, spoken word. In times like these, poets have more than just a little to say and this programme, a mixture of established and up-and-coming poets, will shed light on some of the many issues we face in Mzansi.



14th Soweto Wine Festival

Walter Sisulu Square and Convention Centre

November 2, 6pm

R150 at

To think it was once thought that Soweto and the hood in general would not respond to the wine culture and yet, here we are, 14 festivals later, and this celebrated wine gathering is getting bigger and better. Don’t miss out.


Soweto DJs’ Indaba 2019

Soweto Theatre

November 2, 10am

Free event, register at

This idea is centred on getting deejays to air the issues they face in this tough field. Captains of the industry will form the panel on the day.

Soweto Gospel Choir


Soweto Gospel Choir

The Soweto Theatre

October 23 to 27

Show times: Wednesday and Thursday 8pm, Friday 11am and 8pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm; R150 to R250 at

The Grammy Award-winning powerhouse of choral music is ready to put on quite a show for you. Fresh from their Grammy win earlier this year for their album, Freedom, they are bringing their tremendous talent to you, live and loud and full of music.



Southdowns Night Market Halloween

October 31, 4.30pm

Free entrance

Imagine all the goodness of a night market with food, music and fashion stalls – but all done with an eerie Halloween-inspired theme. The whole family is welcome.

A night with Sjava


A Night With Sjava

Time Square, Sun Arena

October 27, 4pm

R180 at

I saw this guy a few weeks ago in Venda. It is hard to say if he is a rapper or a singer, but the man is a showman. Equipped with a list of hits from his latest album, Umqhele, Sjava will undoubtedly hit you with a set for the summer.


SuperBock Music Festival

Papa Boa Silverlakes

November 2, 2pm

R260 at

Mi Casa will be taking care of the music at this celebration of food and the Portuguese culture.



Jazz On The Lawn

Windmill Casino

October 27, 2pm

Free entrance

Avid jazz heads will be thrilled to see the return of this event. A plush setting with delectable food and drinks on offer.


Learn To Ice Skate

Durban Ice Arena

November 2, 8am

R150 to R480 at

You’ll get a free shirt when you join. There is a bit of coin in this sport so get the young ones started early – if not for the competition then just for the sheer joy of it.

25th Cape Town International Kite Festival


25th Cape Town International Kite Festival


October 26 and 27, 10am

R15 to R40 at

Flying kites is an underrated hobby. I miss doing it personally and if I was in Cape Town for the last day of this festival I would revel in it. Kiters from as far as Bulgaria and Italy have come just for this.


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