What Is It?

2018 marks what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday. This is the perfect opportunity for South Africans to reflect on Madiba's incredible legacy. And to celebrate this phenomenal individual and everything his has done and stood for, Nelson Mandela Square encourages you to #BeTheLegacy, inspire change and make every day a Mandela Day.

Mandela Day Centenary Celebrations 2018

Visit Nelson Mandela Square from 18 – 28 July 2018 for an array of installations that will inspire you. Keep an eye out for the following over the next ten days:

18 July @ 12:00 - 14:00: Carnival and Buskaid

The Carnival Company brought an exciting and vibrant carnival energy to the Square with giant puppets, dancers and stilt walkers in spirit of Nelson Mandela Day.

19 July @ 12:00 - 14:00: Bench and Buskaid

Renowned artist, Erhardt Thiel, has designed the first mobile iMadiba Installation. A bench the size of Madiba’s Robin Island cell was installed on the Square to drive discussion between people who sit in the installation. Guest speakers include Brian Unsted (Asset Manager – NMS) and Erhardt Thiel (artist).

20 July @ 17:00: Special Olympics

Nelson Mandela Square granted Special Olympics South Africa permission to celebrate their 50th birthday at the Square by lighting up the statue in red.

21 July @ 12:00 - 13:00: Carnival

The centenary celebrations continue! Don’t miss as The Carnival Company and Buskaid performed at The Square on 21 July. #BeTheLegacy #Mandela100 #NelsonMandelaSquare

24 - 28 July: Creation and unveiling of the Largest Madiba Cake

To celebrate Mandela’s centenary, Cupcakes of HOPE will be creating the World’s BIGGEST Mandela Cake. This 3-metre tall Mandela Statue Cake will be revealed on Saturday, 28 July 2018 at Sandton City's Centre Court with Hot 91.9 FM.

Mandela Day Centenary Celebrations 2018

When Is It?

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 - Saturday, 28 July 2018. 

Where Is It?

Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance to the celebrations is FREE, however make sure you have some spare change for parking.

For More Information

For more information about this amazing celebration, visit Nelson Mandela Square's Facebook page.

To join the conversation, use the official hashtag #BeTheLegacy #ActionAgainstPoverty and #MandelaDay on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well as follow Nelson Mandela Square on Instagram @nelsonmandelasquare, Facebook @nelsonmandelasquare and @nelsonmandelasq on Twitter.

Mid-Year Festivities Come To onenineone!

Thoughtfully put together, the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg's restaurant, onenineone, brings the city their very first Xmas in July celebration! It'll be a memorable evening complete with an array of traditional food from various countries across the globe, including Germany, France, India and many more. And to complement to delicious food, there'll also be Waterford Estate wines as well as hand-crafted gin from Whitley Neill to delight your taste buds. Talk about eating, drinking and being merry!

And as if that wasn't enough to get you into the festive spirit, there'll also be Christmas carols and a dazzling Christmas tree which will add a little more cheer to the already merry atmosphere. Also, keep an eye out for falling snow as you stroll through the many different stalls, humming to your favourite holiday songs. It sounds like such a lovely Xmas in July experience!

Book Your Spot Now

If you'd love to join in the festivities at this wonderful celebration, make sure you book your spot by emailing [email protected]. It'll cost R450 per person. As for the important details, here they are:

Date: Friday July 20, 2018

Time: From 17:30 to 22:00

Dress code: Dress warmly

Venue: The Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, onenineone, 191 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information about this special celebration, visit johannesburg.regency.hyatt.com, email [email protected] or call 011 280 1234.

Also, check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Check out their Facebook event page.

What Is It?

With 2018 FIFA Mania at fever pitch, make sure you catch the quarter-, semi-, third-place playoff and finals at the Melrose Arch More Than Soccer Fan Zone between 01 - 15 July 2018. Here, you will be able to watch the games live on their big screen in the Piazza while enjoying delicious meals and drinks from your favourite restaurants, such as JB’s Corner, Jamie’s Italian, RocoMamas, Piza ē Vino, Tasha’s, Paul Patisserie, Roast Café, Sushi Burrito & Co or The Grillhouse. There will also be live bands and entertainment lined up, as well as spot prizes to be won on Final Day!

Please note:  The Fan Zone on the Square is only running from 01 - 07 July 2018.

When Is It?

You can catch all the nail-biting FIFA action on the following dates:

Where Is It?

The Piazza at Melrose Arch, Whiteley Road, Melrose North, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Depending on where you park, you’ll pay for parking and meals and refreshments at your favourite restaurant, but, other than that, the FIFA entertainment is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting event, visit www.melrosearch.co.za or call them on 011 684 0002.

Melrose Arch Trading Hours:

Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Christmas In July Lunch

Date: Sunday, 07 July 2019 at 12:00 - 16:00

Since it's Christmas in July, we have an excuse to feast as if it's the festive season! So, if this is how you want to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year (in July), then make sure you book your spot at the Christmas in July Lunch at Randpark Golf Club. The cost is R265 per person and there will be live entertainment to get the festivities going. For reservations, email [email protected] or call 011 215 8600.

Weekend Market's Xmas in July 2019

Date: Saturday, 13 July 2019 - Sunday, 14 July 2019 

If you're looking to get into the festive spirit, make sure you don't miss out on the family friendly, fun-filled Xmas in July event at the Weekend Market JHB! Here, you can experience everything from snow machines and an early visit from the beloved Santa Claus, to music from amazing local artists, go-karting, carnival rides, good food and much more. This is the perfect day out for the whole family, so get your tickets now! Tickets cost R70 per person at Computicket or R90 per person at the gate.

Christmas Markets

Vintage Nouveau Burlesque Present Misfits XXXMas In July

Date: 19 and 20 July 2019

PLEASE NOTE: this show is not suitable for those younger than 18! If you're feeling a bit cheeky and looking for something a little risqué, then make sure you book your seat at the hottest show in town this winter – XXXMas In July! For two nights only, Vintage Cheek Burlesque Revue is back to warm the cockles of your heart and make sure you end up on Santa's naughty list. Other than the hot entertainment, they'll also have gluhwein to keep temperatures raised. This is a kitsch Christmas-themed burlesque XXXtravaganza you don't want to miss. Tickets cost R120 per person at the door or R140 per person online.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Merry Christmas in July

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 11:00 - 15:00

Make sure you join in for a lunch party with a twist. It's Oh! Oh! Oh! Christmas in July time and we are truly excited. So, get your tickets now and book your spot, which includes two bottles of your choice of the Oh, so delicious range to take home with you, giving you a full tasting of the Oh so incredible range of 6 wines and a selection of canapés. For more information about the estate and exquisite wines visit www.oneiric.co.za.

12 Pubs of Christmas in July

Christmas In July Dinner Dance

Date: Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 20:00 - 23:00

Celebrate the mid-year silly season with good food, great company, a lot of dancing and loads of fun at the Christmas in July Dinner Dance at Glenburn Lodge and Spa. You can take your pick from just enjoying the dinner dance at R1 690 per person or incorporating a night's stay at the venue with the dinner dance (there are only suite sharing rooms left, at R3 020 per couple, DBB). If you want the kids to join in on the fun, request children's rates when you enquire. To find out more or book your spot, email [email protected] or call 011 668 1600.

Christmas In July: A Ballet And Music Celebration

Date: Thursday, 04 July 2019 - Friday, 05 July 2019

Oh what a time to be alive, if you are a die-hard fan of ballet and amazing music, then this is just up your street. Join in on the Christmas In July, A Ballet & Music Celebration which will bring you nothing but the best! Giving you these world class performances taking place with scenes from The Nutcracker (the snow scene) and other major ballets, all celebrating Christmas. They will be staged with new choreographic performances. This one will sure be a delight to the whole family. See you there, get your tickets here!

Christmas in July

A Christmas In July Festival With The Lipizzaners

Date: Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 14:30

This being their first ever Christmas in July Festival performance, they are excited to bring you nothing but an incredible time. Inspired by the cold, snowy winters of the Northern Hemisphere, the Lipizzaners will definitely dazzle and leave you in awe. Featuring the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa, this Christmas in July Festival will be a true delight. So, make sure you are there, you wouldn't want to miss it for the world.

Christmas In July At Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Date: Thursday, 25 July 2019 - Sunday, 04 August 2019

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens invites families, couples and groups to come and experience a magical garden and a wonderland with rainbow lights, never seen in South Africa. Visitors will walk though a 500m trail of the botanical gardens lit up with thousands of lights. It will feel like Christmas indeed, the event will also exhibit various Christmas statues, enchanted forests of magnificent lights, artificial snow flakes, music and family fun activities for groups and families. Click here for more information on this event.

Christmas In July

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