Your festive season hot spots

Mzansi Fela Music Concert: Thandiswa Mazwai.
Mzansi Fela Music Concert: Thandiswa Mazwai. pictures:supplied

We are two weeks into the festive season and we have no plans of slowing down. Join in on the fun by watching The Cat in the Hat with the kids or enjoy a night out with Thandiswa Mazwai in Pretoria. Phumlani S Langa has a festive itinerary that’ll take your Dezemba up a notch. 



Mzansi Fela Music Concert –Thandiswa Mazwai

The SA State Theatre

December 13, 8pm

R200 to R450 at

Bongo Maffin’s supreme hitter, and empress of Afro-soul and jazz will be doing a one-night-only show. Her sets are not something you just rock up for, so prepare yourself mentally and spiritually for a night of music engulfed in visceral emotion.


The Lion King Live in Concert

Sun Arena, Time Square

December 10 to 12

R150 to R595 at

Hopefully the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra will give Disney’s live action attempt some much-needed spice. They will do all the songs from the motion picture.


Menlyn Park Presents Frozen II Ice Rink

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre

Until December 24

R80 at

Helmets, skates and single-use socks are included in the cover charge. The 30 minute sessions happen throughout the day and, trust me, time flies at this place.



Parker's Comedy and Jive: Tshepo Mogale pictures:supplied

Tony King, Mark Mdluli, Tshepo Mogale, Dave Levinsohn

Parker’s Comedy and Jive

December 12 to 14

R120 at

Parker’s has been giving us a decent line-up of comics lately, and this week it’s offering three nights of side-splitting fun.


Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat

National Children’s Theatre

Until December 22

R80 to R100 at

Sally and her brother, Conrad, are dying of boredom on a rainy day when a whimsical cat wearing a striped hat pays them a visit.


Fairway Happy Hour

Fairway Hotel and Golf Resort

Every Friday from 4pm to 7pm

Email for more information

Grab some tapas or try out a snack-styled braai. Gin, beer, ciders and all house wines by the glass will be sold at half price. Enjoy the live music on offer while you eat, drink and be as merry as that old guy in the red boiler suit.



Vegas Night pictures:supplied

Vegas Night: South vs East

Icon Soweto

December 8, 8pm

Free event Go to to book

Get ready for a Vegas-themed evening with resident deejays on the decks. Make sure you reserve a spot.


Soweto Family Picnic Hangout

Karabo Gwala Park, Dube Village

December 14, 11am

R60 to R120 entrance. Includes a meal, ice-cream and bags of colour powder

This family-focused event has more than eight performers ready to add to the ambience. Expect a vast spread of things for the whole family to get up to, everything from a five-a-side tournament to a PlayStation zone, a hookah lounge, water slides, food stalls and other entertainment.


Scrubdub Farmers Market December Edition

Scrubdub Car Wash and Shisa Nyama

December 8, 11am

R10 to R20 entrance. Visit Facebook for more information

The kids can revel in some arcade games, a jumping castle and the joyous pastime of face painting. For the adults, along with an unrivalled vibe, the stalls on offer are perfect for a spot of holiday shopping.



Standard Bank Young Artist Award: Gabrielle Goliath pictures:supplied

Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner – Gabrielle Goliath

Iziko SA National Gallery

Until April 27

R5 to R30 at

Visual artist Gabrielle Goliath will be exhibiting her award-winning work for you to take in.


Maftown 90s Celebration

Club 2000

December 14, 3pm

R30 entrance. Visit Facebook for more information

Setlopo Finest DJs has been hosting this party on the second weekend of December since 2013. This time the hot Maftown outfit is looking to show just how much better they’ve become at hosting this shindig.



The 11th Annual Buyel’ekhaya Festival  

Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium

This marks quite the milestone for this festival and they plan to mark the occasion with a line up worthy of such a celebration. Sho Madsjozi, Zonke, Busiswa, Kwesta, Heavy K, Yanga, Kabza de Best and so many more. I’m trying to figure out how they aren’t charging more for this.


Summer Splash


December 14, 7pm

R80 entrance. Visit Facebook for more information

All my reggaeheads, light it up at the fourth anniversary of the Summer Splash. Party with a purpose, as the organisers are looking to heal the rifts caused by xenophobia through the therapeutic sounds of reggae and dancehall.


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