What's on in Gauteng: 1 to 7 December 2017

The highly anticipated second edition of the Abantu Book Festival is finally here; Cinderella is back on ice; we're getting two-for-one from the LoCrate Market and Bite Club; and there's Christmas shopping in Walkerville – all in Gauteng in the coming week.

LoCrate Picnic x Bite Club

2 December

Enjoy two Johannesburg favourites this week – Soweto's Locrate Picnic and Newtown's Bite Club – at the LoCrate Picnic x Bite Club. It will be hosted at Work Shop New Town in Johannesburg on 2 December 2017.

The event will feature a relaxed picnic environment, with DJs entertaining the crowd. You can also look forward to two live performances. The picnic will start at midday and end at 10pm.

Tickets cost R50.

Christmas Folk Market and Fair

2 December

Visit the Christmas Folk Market and Fair, hosted at In The Forest venue in Walkerville, Johannesburg, on 2 December 2017.

The market will feature the usual favourites, including food, craft and art – all with a Christmas feel. So stock up for Christmas (you can even explore the enchanted fairy trail in the forest).

The festivities will start at 9.30am. Entrance will cost R40 for adults and R20 for pensioners. Children who fit under the giant mushroom enter for free.

Cinderella on Ice

1 December 2017 to 6 January 2018

Catch Cinderella on Ice at the Teatro at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg, from 1 December 2017 to 6 January 2018.

The Imperial Ice Stars will perform this interpretation of the rags-to-riches story about a girl who is mistreated by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters after her father's death, but whose life changes after she meets a prince.

Ticket prices range from R150 to R425.

Abantu Book Festival 2017

7 to 10 December

After a successful debut last year, the Abantu Book Festival is back with an even better event. The festival will be hosted at two venues in Soweto from 7 to 10 December 2017: the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo will be the venue for daytime events, and the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani will host night events.

The programme will include film screenings, readings, workshops, book launches and more. Children will have their own section, too, with entertainment, readings and storytelling.

Day events will take place from 9am until 4pm and evening events will start at 5.30pm and end at 9.30pm. Some events have free entrance and others need tickets (see the programme for more info) – each ticket costs R20.