Check out what’s happening in and around your city this May

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Find out what exciting events are taking place in Cape Town, Joburg, Durban, PE and Bloemfontein this May.
From street food and monster trucks to Mother’s Day spoils and stand-up comedy, here’s what’s happening in your city this month.


Decorex (1 – 5 May)

Home-makers, interior designers, architects and full-time shoppers take note: Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition is coming to the CTICC. Offering design inspo, the latest décor trends and beautifully curated spaces, Decorex is a treasure trove of excellent finds that will transform any space into a stylish sanctuary. R110 for adults, R100 for students and pensioners, and R20 for children under 12. Tell me more.

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival (4 – 5 May)

Take some time out to enjoy life’s simple pleasures at the annual olive festival in the beautiful Riebeek Valley. The event is hosted by twin Swartland towns Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, and draws crowds of awesome people every year for a celebration of olives, wine, craft beer and moreish foods. R125 for a weekend pass, or R80 for a Sunday pass. Tell me more.

Franschhoek Literary Festival 2019 (19 – 21 May)

Authors, poets, editors and literary enthusiasts come together for a celebration of books and writers at this popular annual event in the Franschhoek valley. The programme includes literary discussions, book launches, writing workshops, classical music concerts, dinners and more. Tickets cost R70 per event. Tell me more.

Food Truck Friday (31 May)

Street food, cold beer, cool music, awesome vibe – can you think of a better way to wind down your week? We certainly can’t. Food Truck Fridays are hosted by Jack Black’s Brewing Co, one of SA’s leading craft-beer producers, and have been gaining popularity since the launch in 2016. Enjoy live entertainment by Matt Carstens and Crosscurrent as you tuck into street-style grub from Rocky’s BBQ (burgers, ribs, fries) and Dos Chido (Mexican fare), paired with Jack Black’s outstanding craft beers. Takes place on the last Friday of every month at Jack Black’s Tasting Room in Diep River. Entrance is free. Tell me more.


Barnyard Live Tour 2019 (2 – 4 May)

Get your dose of the best medicine compliments of Barry Hilton’s hilarious stand-up comedy act at Barnyard Theatres in and around Joburg (Gold Reef City: 2 May, Rivonia: 3 May, Emperor’s Palace: 4 May). After performances in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, it’s fair to say that Barry Hilton is a worldwide favourite – catch him in action on local soil while you’ve got the chance! Entrance is R150 per person. Tell me more.

Monster Jam Johannesburg (4 May)

Experience the thrill of Monster Jam live at the FNB Stadium. The show features four-metre tall, five-ton custom-made monster trucks, racing, revving and ripping up a racetrack full of obstacles. The family-friendly event is suited to the young and the young at heart, as well as all lovers of motor and adventure sports. Tickets from R150 to R750 at Computicket. Tell me more.

Huawei Joburg Day In The Park (4 May)

Experience a memorable day out at the Joburg Botanical Gardens to the tune of some of SA’s biggest multi-generational artists, including Micasa, Matthew Mole, Beatenberg, DJ Zinhle and many more. Bring your cameras, blankets, picnic baskets, folding chairs and kids (there’s a kiddies play area) and prepare to get your chill on as you soak up the electric vibe. Ticket prices: R350 for adults, R150 for kids (ages 3 – 12 years), R1200 for a pack of 4. Tell me more.

Vintage and Artisanal Market (12 May)

Head down to the Vintage and Artisanal Market at The Parks in Dunkeld for the best in vintage Joburg fashion, antiques and collectables, as well as a variety of artisanal products, delicious foods, quality coffees and fine wines. It’s the perfect way to spend your Sunday before the start of another crazy week. Tell me more.

Bedazzled (25 May)

Enjoy a touch of glitz and glam with the Bedazzled cast as they bring their flavour of jazz-inspired acrobatics to the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia. Director and choreographer Sheila Flaherty will be working her magic, bringing something unique and fresh to the performance. Entrance is R180 per person. Tell me more.


Durban Boat and Lifestyle Show (2 – 5 May)

This multi-staged event is spread across the Durban marina, uShaka Marine and Durban beach front, with the aim of showcasing Durban’s business and cultural offerings to local and international audiences. It focuses on ocean experience, aerospace, sport, entertainment and the business of art, and features various attractions – including a supervised kids area so parents can view the boats, cars and accessories at their leisure. Tell me more.

TOPS at Spar Wine Show (9 – 11 May)

Dubbed ‘South Africa’s Largest Touring “try and buy” Wine Event’, the Spar Wine Show returns to Durban for the seventh time at the Suncoast Casino, with the goal of creating a fun environment in which to learn about wine and the wine-making process. This year Suncoast is adding to the festivities with the Suncoast Globe, a 2000m2 semi-permanent structure with state of the art event infrastructure and audiovisual elements. For all lovers of wine and ‘edutainment’, this one’s for you. Tickets from R185. Tell me more.

SA Bridal Fairs Exclusive Bridal Show (26 May)

Have you said yes to the dress? If not, you’ll find all the inspiration you need at this exclusive wedding expo at The Hilton. It showcases bride and groom wedding apparel, wedding dresses, accessories, cosmetics, make-up, photography, cakes, flowers, décor products, venue location, cuisine and more! Whether you’re a wedding planner or simply planning your wedding, this one’s not to be missed. Tickets available via Quicket for R40pp, or pay R50pp on the day. Tell me more.


Jan Blohm Live @ The Music Kitchen (10 – 11 MAY)

Blues, rock, poetry – it’s all going on in Afrikaans singer/songwriter Jan Blohm’s latest music offering Die Liefde Album. Celebrate local talent and soak up the raw acoustic melodies and heartfelt lyrics from the ‘rock-koning van harte’ himself at his live performance taking place @ The Music Kitchen. Tickets available via Quicket for R150. Tell me more.

I Love PE Wine Show Vintage Edition (10 – 11 May)

This May marks the fourth epic I Love PE Wine Show at the fabulous Tramways Building. The event includes a line-up of top wine estates, great local restaurants, homegrown music talent, and like-minded wine lovers soaking up the vibe. What’s not to love? Tickets R150pp via Quicket, or R175pp at the door. No under 18s allowed. Tell me more.

Mother’s Day High Tea (11 May)

Treat your mom – or yourself – to an extravagant beauty, fragrance and wellness high tea hosted by beauty expert Liz Ferret at Kiplings Brasserie. Buffet style delicacies and Liz’s beauty and wellness insights make this the ultimate Mother’s Day ‘me time’ spoil. R155 per person. Tell me more.

The Make-up and Hairstyling Masterclass 2019 (24 – 25 May)

This exciting beauty event hosted by Total Concept Hair & Beauty Academy comprises two masterclasses: one for professional hairstylists and make-up artists who wish to learn industry secrets and techniques (Friday 24 May), and another for the general public on how to apply everyday make-up and style hair effortlessly (Saturday 25 May). Lunch and coffee are included, and each guest will receive a goodie bag from sought-after make-up artist Ryno Mulder and Veaudry International, suppliers of professional hairdressing tools. Cost: R650pp for Friday, R450pp for Saturday. Tell me more.


Karaoke Thursdays

Singing in the shower getting old for you? Bring your voice to Diamond Lil’s at Windmill Casino every Thursday and sing your heart out to a captive audience. Free entry, no under 18s. Tell me more.

Super Bloem Show (26 April – 4 May)

This popular annual event at the Bloem Show Grounds features more than 400 exhibitors and 50 food stalls. The programme includes a dancing extravaganza, talent search competition, military parade, bodybuilding, wrestling, oval track racing and guest appearances by Demi Lee Moore and Bok van Blerk. Tickets are available from Computicket at R80 for adults, R50 for students and pensioners, and R30 for children. Tell me more.

Coffee Extravaganza (31 May – 1 June)

A coffee roasting culture is on the rise in South Africa, and the upcoming Coffee Extravaganza at Windmill Casino aims to address our growing interest with a celebration of all things coffee, including tastings, barista competitions and coffee appreciation sessions. If you’re a coffee lover, this one’s not to be missed! Tickets from R40pp. Tell me more.

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