Spring has Sprung and Events have begun

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View of Jacarandas from Westcliff hill (Source: Johannesburg in your pocket

It’s October and Spring has sprung and the events have begun. It’s time to explore Johannesburg and its surrounds. Put on your walking shoes, grab a hat, sunscreen and your camera …

Spring has sprung and the Jacarandas are in bloom

Purple avenues

Spring is the most magnificent time of year! The Jacarandas are in bloom with purple flowers arching over the roads creating carpets as they fall to the ground.

This Saturday (22 October 2022), Johannesburg in Your Pocket will be collaborating with Ryan Enslin of @mylimeboots to provide a Jacaranda-spotting photo walk around Rosebank.  (Ryan, a freelance journalist and photographer, knows the best spots for photos in the city.) For further information on the #JacarandaIn Your Pocket2022 PhotoWalk 

Time 7am: Walkers depart from the Voco Hotel near the Rosebank Mall – a mere 5-minute walk from the Jack Rose.

Cost: R75


Food & Wine tastings and more

Pick n Pay Wine & Food Festival at the Wanderers Cricket Club
Enjoy the balmy Spring air sipping wine, listening to live music and nibbling culinary treats


Make the most of the balmy Spring air by popping down to the Wanderers Cricket Club this weekend. Pick n Pay is hosting its two-day Wine & Food Festival this weekend (Sat 22 and Sun 23 October 2022) showcasing over 40 award-winning wine producers.

Live music performances, wine tasting and delectable culinary delights await.

Times: Sat 22nd 12:30pm – 6pm; Sun 23rd 12pm – 5pm

Cost: R295 includes a branded glass and 20 tasting tokens.

Venue: The iconic Wanderer’s Cricket Club is a mere half-an-hour’s drive from the Jack Rose. By utilising a Bolt or an Uber to reach the venue, you can make the most of the tastings without having to worry about being over the limit!


Webtickets  or any Pick n Pay Store


Jazzing it up

There could be no better introduction to the weekend than Khaya Mahlangu and his saxophone. He will be hosted by the Jazz Room at Doppio Zero, Rosebank (Firs Shopping Mall). Listening to jazz, sipping a cocktail and watching the magnificent sunset in the balmy Spring air is an unbeatable experience.

Time: Doors open at 6:30pm

Cost: R200pp




Theatre: Mandela Square Sandton

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, debut Spring production of How Now Brown Cow Productions

No visit to Johannesburg is complete without a visit to the iconic Mandela Square in Sandton… and yet another venue which makes the most of the seasons is the Auto and General Theatre on The Square. With Friday lunchtime concerts and live theatre in the evenings, the Theatre provides an eclectic selection of live entertainment.

Currently showing is “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”. Written by Irish playwright – Martin McDonagh, this psychological thriller delves into the lives of a mother and daughter who lives are disrupted by the arrival of two brothers.


Tinged with dark humour, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” stars Jennifer Steyn, Julie-Anne McDowell, Bryan Hiles and Sven Ruygrok.


Tickets are now available via the theatre’s website or by calling the box office on 011 883 8606 or 083 377 4969. Bookings can also be made on Computicket or by dialling the call centre on 011 340 8000.

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