Do you have any plans for the weekend?

The trial of King Leopold: John Kani  Pictures: supplied
The trial of King Leopold: John Kani Pictures: supplied

The end of the year is drawing closer and you can sense the anticipation in the air. Phumlani S Langa has a few spots that you can check out to get into the spirit of things early.



Congo: The Trial of King Leopold

The Market Theatre

Until November 11

R90 to R150 at

Catch John Kani and Robert Whitehead in this imagined trial between colonial-era Congo dictator King Leopold and Advocate Xola Mlambo.



Sandton Convention Centre

October 24 to 26

R147 to R220 at

SA’s must-attend wine event of 19 years will again bring an exceptional line-up of premium brands to the heart of Jozi. Stylistas, trendsetters and the wine curious should plan to pamper their palates.


Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra – Ma Sisulu Sinfonia

Linder Auditorium

October 24 and 25

R360 to R450 at

Catch this commemorative piece created in honour of Ma Albertina Sisulu. The orchestra will share this wonderfully crafted music with you for a limited time, so don’t miss out.


Gone Too Soon

The Lyric Theatre

October 21, 2pm

R150 to R335 at

A fabulous tribute to the music legends we all loved, who died way before their time. It includes tributes to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury, Luther Vandross and George Michael.




Mams Spatlho Festival

The Butcher House, Hydrogen Crescent, Nellmapius

October 27 and 28

R30 to R120 at the gate

Come hungry and leave happy. There’ll be plenty of stalls, a beer and wine garden, music and live performances, deejays, kids’ entertainment and, of course, delicious kotas.


Tshwane Food Fest

Fountains Valley Resort

October 27 , 10am

R50 to R450 at

Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of tasty food and drinks. Enjoy the beer garden, VIP area, kids’ area, amazing entertainment and good vibes.


Garden Day Celebration

Waterkloof Guest House

October 21, 11am

R200 at

Enjoy the crisp spring weather in a stunning garden with a cup of home-made rooibos or lemon ice tea. Grab a light meal and unwind a little, you deserve it.




Kota and Rum Sessions

Blomplek, Orlando East

October 27, 5pm

R100 at the door. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information

Ever wondered which meals go well with rum? I haven’t, but this pairing session will delve into the unknown and reveal the delights of well-selected dishes and soul-stirring rum.


Soweto Street Cookout

Mofolo Park

October 27, 10am

R175 to R4 500 at

It’s the perfect season for a cookout. This will be one like no other, with local culinary experts going head-to-head to showcase their best dishes. The whole family is welcome.


October Jumpfest Picnic Edition

Ubuntu Kraal, Orlando West

October 27, 12pm

R100 at

The good folks from The Jump Off don’t play about when it comes to this party thing. This time they’ve added a picnic element to their notorious party set-up. It should be dope.



DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards Activation

Suncoast SunDeck

October 27, 12pm

Free event

With the eagerly anticipated DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards quickly approaching, voting fever is reaching an all-time high and fans will get a chance to interact with some of their faves. Somgaga will host the Durban leg, where you can meet much-loved actor Linda Sebezo from Isibaya and Ukhozi FM’s flamboyant Selbeyonce.


Beers and Gears

Wave Park, Umhlanga

October 25 to 27

R100 at

I know more than a few of you out there might consider this to be a match made in heaven. However, if you’re on the licks then there can be no driving, instead enjoy your buzz and take in the splendour of the vehicles on display.

Durban Sushi and Wine Festival

The Plant, Berea

October 26 and 27

R40 to R250 at

Enjoy sushi and wine, curated menus and live entertainment, as well as an array of fresh seafood stalls.


Cape Town International Boat Show

V&A Waterfront

October 21, from 9am

R50 to R210 at

I didn’t realise how much fun boats were until a few weeks ago. Just imagine a whole boat show with all sorts of boats for you to marvel over. You think you’re riding a wave, but if you aren’t on a boat how does that work?

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