What's on in Gauteng: 2 to 8 March 2018

The Royal Moscow Ballet is visiting Johannesburg once again, while the Vaal is hosting a marathon and fun run, with some charities set to benefit. You can also take your family to Modderfontein for a country experience in the city, and the Dance Umbrella is turning 30 this year. Enjoy!

Fresh2U Farmers' Market

3 March

Make your way to the Fresh2U Farmers' Market at 30 High Street in Modderfontein, West Rand, on 3 March 2018.

The market will feature over 70 vendors selling goods including African dishes, organic food products and, of course, crafts. Children's arts and crafts activities will also be available for the little ones.

The market opens at 8am and runs until 2pm, and entrance is free.

Royal Moscow Ballet

3 to 6 March

The Royal Moscow Ballet is back in South Africa for shows at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, and the South African State Theatre in Pretoria, Tshwane. Catch the shows from 3 to 6 March 2018.

The company, which is made up of graduates from top Russian choreography schools, will perform acts including Serenade and Swan Lake. Show times will be 3pm and 8pm on 3 March, and 3pm on 4 March at Emperors Palace. The 6 March show will be at 7pm at the South African State Theatre.

Ticket prices range from R200 to R570 at Emperors Palace, with some tickets inclusive of a meal. South African State Theatre ticket prices range from R200 to R300.

Cape Gate Vaal Marathon

4 March

Make your way to Sedibeng for the Cape Gate Vaal Marathon on 4 March 2018. The race will start and finish at the Dick Fourie Stadium in Vereeniging.

There’s something for everyone: runners can choose from the 5km fun run, 10km race, 21.1km half-marathon or the 42.2km marathon. The half-marathon and marathon start at 6am and the other two races at 6.15am. The race will benefit LifeLine Vaal Triangle and the Catherine Robson Children’s Home.

Registration prices range from R30 to R200. Online entries have closed, but you can still enter until 3 March at various retail outlets, including The Randburg Runner and select branches of The Sweat Shop and Sportsmans Warehouse, or enter at the venue on race day (for the 5km and 10km events only).

Dance Umbrella 2018

6 to 18 March

Dance Umbrella 2018 will be taking place at various venues in Johannesburg from 6 to 18 March.

The festival is celebrating its 30th year this year and the celebrations will continue the aim of creating a free and open platform for different types of contemporary dance styles. Some of the dance pieces to look forward to include Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe's Mayhem, on the opening night; Embracing Gravity by Moving into Dance Mophatong; Nothing Makes Sense by Thulani Chauke; and Bag Beatings by Sello Pesa.

The venues hosting the festival are the Wits Theatre, Wits Amphitheatre and Wits Downstairs Theatre in Braamfontein; Dance Factory in Newtown; UJ Arts & Culture in Auckland Park; and Joburg Fringe Theatre in Braamfontein.

Performances will take place from 8pm until 10pm on each night. Ticket prices range from R80 to R150.