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YOLO: Experience Jozi Month By Month, Part 1
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Joburg, let's make 2019 the year of experiences. It's time to make the most of the city we live in. We all know that there are tons of things to do in Joburg, but if we aren't intentional about it, we get to November and realise that yet another year has passed, while we were living on the monotonous train of work, eat, sleep, repeat. Here is a list of things to do in and around Joburg, month by month. These include events, cultural activities, thrills, things for the kids to do and places to relax. Why not use this as inspiration to make your own list? Get brainstorming and share your YOLO goals with us! Let’s get 2019 on the road.    
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February

  •   Soweto Family Fun and Fitness Day

Hey, families, this one is for you. If you want to get your kids off the couch or their noses out of Snapchat, this is a great option for you. It’s a day to promote exercise in a fun way, followed by a picnic and performances. This will be a time of bonding and sweet memories. Plus, you will all get those healthy endorphins pumping, because …YOLO!.

When: Saturday, 9 February, 10am to 6pm.

Find out more here.

  • Simphiwe Buthelezi’s Exhibition: LALA La

South Africans, it’s time to start supporting local, and, in particular, local art. Get yourself to the Bag Factory Artist’s Studios for Simphiwe Buthelezi’s exhibition, Lala La, meaning, “come rest here” in Zulu. You’re not into that “artsy stuff,” you say? Come on, create new neural pathways in your brain with new experiences. It starts small and it starts in 2019. Also, why not expand your children’s artistic appreciation and take them along? The exhibition ends 22 February.

For more, click here.

  • The Cookery

Make your way to Craighall Park for some sophisticated cooking classes with the Secret Jozi Chef. Become a chef in your own kitchen by attending Under The Tuscan Sun on 5 February, a cooking class on recipes for summer lovin’. Tickets are disappearing quickly, so be sure to book soon. Otherwise, keep your eye on future classes in the months to follow. We’re thinking this would be a fun way to spend a date!

For more information on The Cookery, click here.

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March

  • Toadbury Hall Gourmet picnic

Live that country life and head out to Toadbury Hall in Muldersdrift. Enjoy this first month of Autumn and the last goodbyes of summer with beautiful views in the fresh outdoors. Book a gourmet picnic and enjoy life in French country style — complete with a wicker basket! You will be provided with delicious food and wine for a peaceful time to relax and enjoy special company.

Click here for more.

  • Hobby X 

From 7 to 10 March, Hobby X will be returning to the Ticketpro Dome. This is an expo where all crafties and hobby lovers can go mad hatter. If you don’t have a hobby, this is the perfect place to inspire you (and do that new neural pathways thing). Products, demos, new ideas and workshops can all be expected at Hobby X.

For more, click here.

  • JPO Summer Season

Get some culture, kids. Support the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Season at the Linder Auditorium. From 6 to 7 and 9 March, they will be performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 and Requiem. On 13 and 14 March, they will perform music from Felix Mendelssohn, Edvard Greig and Jean Sibelius. Book your tickets and leave in awe.

For more on JPO, click here.

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April

  • Heidelberg Jazz Festival

April is continuing the music theme! From Mendelssohn to Jazz, the Shalimar Stadium will host the Heidelberg Jazz Festival. Enjoy a time of relaxation under the open sky. Food stalls, as well as art and fashion exhibitions, will be available. This is Jazz with a Night Market twist.

Check it out here.

  • Go Ape

Treat the family to a fun day at this aerial forest park in Modderfontein. The kids will LOVE it! You will probably love it just as much, if you’re honest. Manoeuvre your way around different levels and courses. As your strength and mind are tested, you will be building bonds with your loved ones as you laugh away your worries … and take many bribe-worthy photos.

For more, click here.

  • Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Personally, April is my favourite month. The weather in Joburg is something magical. It has become an annual family tradition to go for a hike and picnic at the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve in April. Spot dassies, zebras and birdlife, or visit the architectural ruins for some photographic fun.

For more about Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, click here.

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May

  • Huawei Joburg Day In The Park

Yes, we all know Joburg Day. So, don’t miss it this year! Get to The Johannesburg Botanical Gardens on 4 May for a celebration of sunshine and South African music. Mi Casa, Matthew Mole, DJ Zinhle and Mango Groove are just some of the anticipated musical acts.

Click here for more.

  • Kingsmead Book Fair

I could not resist including something for the book lovers! Kingsmead College hosts this annual book fair, where you can expect great food, lively debates and dialogue about all things literature! Keep an eye on the details to be released. I will see you there!

Click here for more.

  • Garden of St Christopher

The Garden of St Christopher is the perfect place to wander around, unwind and destress, all while getting soaked in beauty and creative inspiration. The seven acre landscaped estate includes multiple gardens in one, all designed and landscaped according to different themes. You can arrange a visit with a group of more than ten people. All profits from the fee go to Guide Dogs For The Blind. Be refreshed for your midyear resolutions as you walk around this paradise.

Click here for more.

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June

  • Magical Ice Festival Disney on Ice

It’s the month to celebrate winter. What better way to do that than attend an Ice Festival? Disney on Ice brings you a celebration of its Disney characters. From Frozen to The Little Mermaid to Beauty and The Beast, this is a show to enchant your little ones! Be sure to catch it at the Ticketpro Dome, from 21 to 30 June.

Click here for more.

  • Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

For thrilling fun, take a trip to the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour. Feel the wind in your face and see breath-taking views as you embrace flight. Time to conquer your fears!

Click here for more.

  • Hike At Hennops

Yes, it is cold, so head out to Hennops, outside Hartbeespoort, and enjoy a day in slightly warmer weather. Trust me, a day out in a month when we are all locked indoors will be a welcome break! This is a well maintained reserve with hiking trails, bike trails, food stalls and picnic spots.

For more, click here.

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