What's on in Gauteng: 17 to 23 March 2017

There's plenty of outdoor action and adventure in Gauteng this week with hiking, cycling, camping and more. The Pixies are also making their first visit to South Africa.

The South African Music Carnival

17 March

One of the country’s biggest annual music events is back for the fifth year. Taboo nightclub in Sandton, Johannesburg, will be transformed into a festival venue on 17 March 2017 for the SA Music Carnival.

The event will be hosted by music pioneer Vetkuk vs Mahoota and more than 60 artists will be performing. DJs representing various genres of music will be in action for 40 hours on three separate dance floors, so there's no shortage of dance action in store. Acts to look forward to include Riky Rick, Dr Malinga, Afro Warriors, Nadia Nakai, Black Motion, DJ Tira, Mo Flava and many more.

There’s also a R30 000 cash prize for the best-dressed person on the night and don’t forget to enter the competition to win a car. Tickets cost R250 from Computicket and R300 at the gate before 10pm.

Midvaal Fun Walk

18 March

"United in Diversity" is the theme for the annual 5km Midvaal Fun Walk on 18 March 2017 in Meyerton, Vereeniging, in Sedibeng.

The fun walk will start at the municipal buildings on Mitchell Street at 8am and end at 10am. Children can also take part, but if they are under the age of 13, they must be accompanied by an adult. There will also be arts and crafts stalls on the day – plus goodie bags for all!

Entrance is free. For more information, call +27 (0)16 360 7627 or +27 (0)16 360 7608.

Rock on the Lawns with the Pixies

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18 March

The legendary band, Pixies will be making their first-ever visit to South Africa this month. The Rock on the Lawns feat Pixies event will be on the Festival Lawns at Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni on 18 March 2017.

The band will be performing their classic hits such as Where Is My Mind, Here Comes Your Man and supporting acts will include Springbok Nude Girls, CrashCarBurn and Shortstraw, and the show will close with music from The Robfather (DJ).

Gates open at 11am and performances start at noon, with the show set to end at 11pm. General access tickets cost R495 and golden circle tickets are R795.

Cycle2Hike Kasi Series

18 and 19 March

You don't have to go far for an outdoor adventure this week. The West Rand will be hosting its own camping, hiking and cycling event. Join the adventure at Cycle2Hike Kasi Series at the Baragwanath Airfield in Westonaria, West Rand, on 18 and 19 March 2017.

The adventurous weekend will kick off on Saturday night with overnight camping, with check-in at 6pm on 18 March 2017. On Sunday morning, everyone will take off to explore Westonaria and Soweto either by hiking, trail running or cycling. Registration is at 6am. There will be food on sale on Sunday and activities end at 2pm.

The activities will be divided into 5km or 10km hiking, 5km or 10km trail run and 15km or 30km mountain biking. You have to bring your own equipment and if you don't have a helmet, you won't be allowed to ride.

Tickets cost R100 to R150 for the MTB Kasi Series (hiking, cycling and trail run) and R250 for the night camp which includes a tent and inflatable bed.

For more information contact Busi Msimango on +27 (0)82 333 4987.

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