Live Music in Johannesburg


This is still the most respected live-music venue in Jo’burg, gaining prominence as a Melville jazz haunt in the late ‘90s before getting on the world-music tip and relocating to Newtown in 2004. Today it covers the…
Swimming in Johannesburg

Ellis Park Swimming Pool

This Olympic-sized public pool is a godsend on a hot, smoggy afternoon. On weekends there’s often a braai on.
Jazz in Johannesburg


This is by far the most famous of the city’s jazz clubs. Plenty of freedom is given to young producers and artists, and its convivial atmosphere attracts a mix of jazz fans, students and in-the-know tourists. An upm…
Jazz in Johannesburg


One of the loveliest hangouts in the neighbourhood, this swanky den recalls the atmosphere of an old NYC jazz club. You’ll find mellow, live jazz five nights a week, as well as the tasty carnivore menu of the restau…
Theatre in Johannesburg


The independent theatre scene in Johannesburg is growing, with actors like POPArt taking centre stage. Showcasing up-and-coming performers, fringe productions and other quirky ensembles, this is the kind of place wh…
Rugby in Johannesburg

Ellis Park – Emirates Airline Park

The spiritual home of Jo’burg rugby, just east of the city centre, was the scene of one of the new nation’s proudest moments – victory in the 1995 World Cup. Rugby supporters are fanatical: a Saturday afternoon at t…
Theatre in Johannesburg

Market Laboratory Theatre

An offshoot of the Market Theatre, acting as a showcase for community talent, with free local-theatre shows at 1pm Saturday.
Cricket in Johannesburg

Bidvest Wanderers Stadium

This impressive stadium, just off the M1 freeway to Pretoria, is the city’s most important cricketing venue. Watch from the stands or head to the grassy banks near the Western Pavilion and braai yourself a steak whi…
Theatre in Johannesburg

Pieter Toerien Theatre

Anyone who used to be someone performs here, alongside some excellent international and local plays and musicals.
Classical Music in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

The city’s orchestra stages a regular circuit of concerts at venues such as Wits University and City Hall. Call, or check its website, for the latest program.