12 July 2013 by Denise Slabbert

Inner-city celebrations

Fashion shows, cupcake and champagne tastings, jazz sessions, outdoor movies, underground dining ... the Joburg City Festival takes place from 25 to 31 August, and promises to be a blast from start to finish.

Underground dinners are an option. Forum table image by Heather Mason

From rooftop parties to open-air film screenings to street-inspired fashion shows, the Joburg City Festival, which takes place from 25 to 31 August, is a fun and fabulous event – and offers visitors a whole heap of ways to celebrate this amazing city.

Based around the inner city (and surrounds), the event is the brainchild of the Johannesburg City Tourism Association (JCTA) and includes a variety of cultural and creative activities all based around showcasing urban life in downtown Jozi.

Arts on Main, Maboneng Arts on Main, Maboneng

Programme highlights include:

Sunday 25 August

Start off at Market on Main in the Maboneng Precinct, enjoy a lunchtime performance of the SA Mzansi Ballet in Braamfontein followed by sundowners at the Parktonian Hotel, and the Photosynthesis rooftop party at local hotspot, Living Room.

Monday 26 August

You don't want to miss the Magical Monday Fashion Show and Zanendaba Storytellers – happening at the Fashion Kapitol, Fashion District.

Tuesday 27 August

Calling all foodies for the champagne and cupcake tasting at 1886 Boutique in Maboneng.

Wednesday 28 August

Stop off for 'tapas in the city' at the gorgeous Turbine Hall in Newtown, or attend the JoburgPlaces Apprentice Penthouse food & wine experience.

Thursday 29 August

There is free entrance to ABSA Money Museum, as well as Happy Hour Jazz at the New World Cafe and an open-air documentary film screening in Maropeng.

Friday 30 August

It's 'Shisa Nyama Fraidey' at the Goldmine Cafe at the Reef Hotel. Experience a South African favourite (shisha nyama is barbecued meat, African style). Or you could attend the 'Turf War' Barista Competition at Cramers Coffee.

The Underground Dinner at Turbine Hall (organised by The Forum Company) is going to be spectacular – or you could jump on your bike and take part in the Critical Mass cycle through the city. After all is said and done, shake your bootie at Zen nightclub in Maboneng.

Saturday 31 August

The last day of the festival includes the Joburg Antiques Roadshow at 1886 Boutique, the First Atlas Studios Film Festival (Milpark), Tastes of Maboneng foodie festival, the Oyama Models Fashion Show at the Rand Club and the Jittery Citizens Live Comedy Improvisation at the POPArt Theatre.

Definitely no rest for the wicked in the city that doesn't believe in downtime (well, certainly not during festival week, anyhow).

View from Goldbar, by Heather Mason. All images supplied by JCTA View from Goldbar, by Heather Mason. All images supplied by JCTA

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