Consider this a mini gig guide for the spontaneous peeps whose noses have been stuck in their work all week, but who would never pass up an opportunity to enjoy the sunny weather this three-day weekend promises. As a big fan of Sundays, it brings me much pleasure to think that whatever plans come about that day will not be abbreviated by that ‘it’s Monday tomorrow’ thought triggered by the sound of your neighbour’s Carte Blanche intro music.

Yep, Monday 24 September is Heritage Day, and these are just a few of the ways in which you can bask in the joy of being a South African this weekend:

Picnic and take a great pic

As the work/life demands of young professionals increase, so does the need to unwind in a manner that requires minimal effort. No late nights, parties or early mornings – all we want is something relaxed, at a decent hour, and that we can take show-stopping pictures of in natural light. That’s why picnics are an absolute trend lately. Traditionally, you don’t need much for a picnic: a plaid blanket, Tupperware filled with treats and a bottle of sparkling juice can technically suffice. But if you want to up the ante, enlist professional help…

It’s not as expensive as you’d expect. Dial-A-Picnic, the self-proclaimed picnic specialists, offer a variety of options to suit any budget from simple treats to luxury surprise picnics. For those of you who have a more refined palette, you can make use of their DIY picnic option. If you’d like something a bit more specific to your event, they also do high-tea parties, bridal and baby showers, romantic picnics and pretty much anything called for by a pretty gathering with the girls.

Dial-A-Picnic Cape Town

Paula Janse Van Rensburg: 082 789 5478,

Dial-A-Picnic Durban

Liezl Koekemoer: 081 304 2804,

Ideal for Heritage weekend

Artivist: Restaurant gallery space
Untitled: Bar music space 
7 Reserve Street Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Things to do in South Africa during Heritage weekend


The culinary offering at Artivist includes regional, pan-African and Mediterranean cuisine that is ethically sourced and prepared, making use of environmental- and people-conscious ingredients. While you eat, you can also feast your eyes on work by emerging artists and curators, who are given a platform to develop their brands. Owners Bradley Williams and Kenny Nzama aim ‘to build a new audience and grow art appreciation and patronage among black Gen Xers and Millennials.’

Artivist features evolving art installations, a seasonal menu, an ever-growing cocktail list and, frankly, the best playlist of any bar in Joburg. If you don’t manage to pop by over the long weekend, you can still get your creative fix on the other side of Heritage Day. The venue is offering a programme of exciting music showcases, art and good food to usher in summer, starting with Saturday brunches, and breakfast served daily from 25 September.


For those who like a bit of soul in their food and music

DSTV Delicious International Food & Music Festival
22 and 23 September, Kyalami Grand Prix circuit

The sixth edition of the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival is all about food and music for the soul. With a line-up headlined by neo-soul icon Erykah Badu and New Zealand’s Jordan Rakei, along with a multi-course meal curated by Reuben Riffel, it’s no wonder this is the ultimate spring outdoor event in Johannesburg. Skip all the admin of braaiing at home, and instead gather your people here (it’s not too late to get your tickets).
There’s something here for everyone and, no matter where end up, you’ll be eating. And honestly, that’s all you ever have to say to get anyone out of the house.