Geek Hang-outs In The City
DeeTwenty Geeking Venue – Randburg
Looking to meet and hang out out with fellow geeks and play a few rounds of Dungeons & Dragons or Magic? Then make sure you head to DeeTwenty Geeking Venue in Malanshof, Randburg. They offer a great space where visitors can do the things that nerds love doing. It’s R55 for a day pass (rate seen as of March 2017), which includes WiFi access, bottomless drinks and, of course, a variety of games! Don't forget to check out their Facebook page for scheduled events.
The Nexus Gaming Centre – Randburg
Being the new home of AWX and Outer Limits, the two-storey Nexus Gaming Centre opened in December 2016 and is just the place for gamers and geeks alike. You can expect a variety of geekish experiences from gaming stores offering PS4 titles, board games and figurines to LAN setups and a restaurant where you can fuel up before your next gaming session. Find it at 21 Harley Street, Ferndale, Randburg.
Geek Events To Look Out For This Year
Fantasy Fayre 2017 – 02 April 2017
Calling all faeries, gallant knights, fair maidens and steampunk elves! For the first time in Joburg, Neigh-Bours Magic Medieval Fayre presents the Fantasy Fayre 2017, taking place in Muldersdrift this April! Spend the afternoon enjoying a variety of medieval and fantasy games, strolling through a fantasy-themed market filled with plenty of craftsmen and playing dress up!
GeekFest 2017 – 13 and 14 May 2017
GeekFest has become one of the most popular annual geek gatherings in the city. There’s something for everyone at GeekFest, from Robo Wars and LARPing to medieval combat displays, cosplay and a massive themed market. And this year, grab your co-geeks or go solo at the Geeklympics. Click here to get your tickets now.
ICON CGC – 16 to 18 June 2017
ICON CGC is SA's longest running comics and gaming convention, and this year they’ll be celebrating their 25th anniversary! Geeks of all ages can head to Gallagher Convention Centre to gather, shop and play at this signature event. There will plenty of table-top and board gaming warfare, cosplay competitions and plenty of fun for all, whether you’re full-on geek or geek-curious.
LANX 2017 – 06 to 09 July 2017
Gamers, we haven’t forgotten about you! On 01 April, tickets will go on sale for LANX 2017, which will be taking place at Joni Bach Sport Centre in Pretoria North this July. This is the ideal event if you’re interested in a competitive gaming experience and want to check out the latest in gadget and technology trends. Not only will you be absorbed into the world of gaming, there’ll also be great prizes up for grabs and the opportunity to meet and mingle with other like-minded people.
rAge 2017 – 06 to 08 October 2017
Another unmissable geek event that takes place every year is rAge! For all things that fall under video gaming, gadgets, technology and the geek lifestyle, this is your one-stop destination. Take a glimpse into the future, take a couple of pictures with awesome cosplayers and enter a virtual world to escape reality for the weekend.
Shop Geek At These Stores
Zed Bees Comic Universe South Africa
No matter what comics you’re into, be it Marvel, DC, Image or even Dark House, Zed Bees Comic Universe is just the place if you’re looking to stock up on reading material and graphic novels in paperbacks or hardcovers. They also offer a collection of action figurines, toys, statues and displays for your geek paraphernalia.
As the name suggests, it’s all about the comics at Cosmic Comics! You can get your hands on a variety of new and back-issue comic books and other pop-culture collectables here, including Funko Pops. You can either pop into the store and see what they have available or shop in the comfort of your own home on their site. Shopping has never been easier.
And finally, but certainly not least, for all your geek merchandise, The Dark Carnival has all things geek including clothing and accessories, fandom items and collectables. Personal favourites from their online catalogue include the Jack Skellington messenger bag, Star Trek and Harry Potter scatter cushions, and Adventure Time onesies!