10 Reasons to Visit Johannesburg

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October is coming to a close, but the festivities have just begun. Here are 10 reasons to visit Johannesburg. There is something for everyone – a plethora of events to suit all tastes and ages.

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Jozi Book Fair 28 – 30 October 2022

Jozi Book Fair 2022 Newtown Precinct

1 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: For the Bookaholic

With the theme – Reimagine and Remake the World, this year’s Jozi Book Fair is being hosted in vibey Newtown. The programme is choc-a-bloc with book launches, seminars, poetry recitals, live music and so much more. There will even be a Climate Justice and Recycling tour taking place.

Entrance is free. For further information

Venue: Newtown Precinct


Winex 2022: 26 – 28 October 2022

WineX 2022 Three days of wine tastings

2 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Calling all oenophiles

For ‘Three nights only, once a year, every year’ WineX highlights the best South African wines. There are opportunities to taste samples from a variety of vineyards, even a pop-up Tasting Lounge for Bespoke wine tastings. In addition, olives, olive oils, specialist meats, cheeses and chocolates form part of the exhibitors’ wares. Tickets are available via Webtickets


Owl’Oween at Joburg Zoo 28 – 29 October 2022

Joburg Zoo celebrates Halloween with Owloween

3 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Nature and animal-lovers

Everyone knows that owls are creatures of the night. Gone is their dozy demeanor, their eyes are wide and bright … no common mouse dare tread on their territory. However, thanks to Joburg Zoo you have an invaluable opportunity to visit in the evening this weekend.

Owl’Oween begins at 5pm on Friday (28 October) and ends on Saturday (29 October) at 9:30pm. In collaboration with Joburg Theatre, a live theatrical performance forms part of the Trick and Treat experience. Having taken the theme to heart, the Zoo’s officials have even renamed the streets. Great fun ahead for the entire family.

Venue: Jan Smuts Ave, Parkview (opposite Zoo Lake)


  • U12 and pensioners: R100pp
  • Adults: R150pp


Corona Sunsets Festival

Corona Sunsets Festival 2022 Huddle Park

4 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Creative Arts


Huddle Park Golf & Recreation, 121 Club street, Linksfield,Johannesburg, South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Date: Saturday 29 October 2022

Time: 12pm – 10pm

Performances by:

Abby Nurock;  Bantwanas; Desiree; DJ Bob’s Jazz Club; FKA Mash; GoodLuck; JONAS BLUE (UK) & SAM FELDT (NL) presents ENDLESS SUMMER; Jordan Arts; Karyendasoul; Kid Fonque; Kitty Amor (UK); Major League; Msaki; Ndlovu Youth Choir; Nico de Andrea (FR); Pierre Johnson; Roz; Sumthin Brown; Sun-El Musician; The Milk Bar Kid; Trancemicsoul; Wenawedwa; Zakes Bantwini.

Reserve your tickets today : Howler

Quoted from website: “T&C’s Apply. Not for persons under the age of 18. All attendees will require identification to enter the event. Only original RSA ID books or ID cards, drivers license cards or passports will be accepted.”


DSTV Premiership: Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs

DSTV Premiership 29 Oct 2022 Orlando Pirates vs Kaiser Chiefs

5 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Sport

Date: Saturday 29 October 2022

Time: 3:30pm

If you already have your tickets and  are coming through to Johannesburg this weekend for the match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FND Stadium, then think no further about accommodation than staying The Jack Rose in the heart of Rosebank.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets, then look no further as we will be streaming the match from The RoseBud Restaurant below the hotel … So, either way you are a winner!

Affordable, easily accessible accommodation plus the chance to sip a beer or two without having to worry about being over the limit – either financially or alcoholically.


Punk ‘O’ Ween 29 October 2022

PunkOween Zoo Lake Bowls Club 29 Oct 2022

6 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Party time

Venue: Zoolake Bowls, Zoo Lake, Prince of Wales Dr,Johannesburg, South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

For children of the 80’s, Halloween’s the opportunity to return to your punk’d out days. Go all out,  dress according to the theme and rock the night away.

Live music

8.15pm – Monday Morning Justice
8.30pm – JUT
9.45pm – MEANxGIRLS
10.30pm – Da Beach Boyz

Tickets available through Quicket at R80pp; R100 at the door.

Mande Musiq (Friday 28 October)

Mande Musiq at Doppio Zero Rosebank Jazz Room 28 Oct 2022

7 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Live Jazz

Venue: The Jazz Room, Doppio Zero, Rosebank

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm

Cost: R200pp

Tickets: TixSA

If you love jazz and originality, then do not miss Mande’s performance at Doppio Zero this Friday evening. She first entered a recording studio in 2013 and since then has created an album with 10 original compositions, which debuted in 2017. The ceiling definitely isn’t the limit for this talented singer, song writer.


JPO Spring Season 2022 Until 10 Nov

JPO Spring Concert 2 27 Oct 2022

8 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Venue: Linder Auditorium, Wits University

Tickets: Available from Quicket

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday 27 October (Concert 2)

Conductor: Justus Frantz
Soloist: Kristine Balanas – violin


1.Piotr Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto in D major, Op.35 (35 min)
2. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no6 in F major, Op.68 Pastorale (39 min) (2018)


Thursday 3 November (Concert 3)

Conductor: Noam Aviel
Soloist: Maja Bogdanovic – cello


1. Gabriel Faure: “Pelléas et Mélisande“ Suite, Op.80 (20 min)
2. Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello concerto no1 in a minor, Op.33 (19 min)
3. Gabriel Faure: Elegy for cello, Op.24 (8 min)
4. Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony no4 in A major,Op.90 Italian (27 min)


Thursday 10 November (Concert 4)

Conductor: Conrad van Alphen
Soloist: Francois du Toit – piano


1.Piotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony no1 minor, Op.13 Winter Dreams (44 min)
2. Johannes Brahms: Piano concerto no1 in d minor, Op.14 (44 min)


Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival Constitution Hill

Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival 26-28 Oct 2022

9 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Freedom Festival

The Basha Uhuru Freedom Festival begins today (Wednesday 26 October) and concludes on Saturday (28 October). Master Classes and workshops on music, design and entrepreneurship take place during the day.

Programmes in the evening are jampacked with live music, slam poetry sessions, film screenings and more under the Sol Sunsets banner. However, the piece de resistance is the Sounds of Freedom Festival which takes place on Saturday from 10am.

Further information and tickets are available from Webtickets


Foxwood Fees 2022 , 28 – 30 October

Foxwood Theatre Afrikaans Festival 2022

Reason 10 of 10 Reasons to visit Johannesburg: Afrikaans performances

Hosts – Jan Groenewald and Pieter de Vos, have decided to ultilise the unifying power of theatre to promote contributions made by Afrikaans culture and heritage to the creative arts. Booking is essential!


Foxwood Theatre, 13 5th Street, Houghton


28 Oct (10am) – ‘n Nuwe Lewe vir Henu : A production for children (Cost: R120pp)

28 Oct (12:30) – Middagete: Potjiekos on the Patio (Cost: R180pp)

29 Oct (11am) – Amore Bekker: Chappies.com (Cost: R120pp)

29 Oct (12:30) – Middagete: Potjiekos on the Patio (Cost: R180pp)

29 Oct (3pm) – Soul of a Pacifist: Emily Hobhouse with Fiona Ramsay (Cost: R180pp)

29 Oct (6pm) – Aandete: Leg of lamb is on the menu as well as Chicken Pie ((Cost: R180pp)


All reservations via Webtickets 

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