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Best Things to Do in Pretoria in 2019

If you’re reaching the end of 2018 and feel like you’ve just missed out on an entire year of Pretoria events, then now is the time to sit back and make some plans for 2019. The Jacaranda City welcomes international artists, hosts the best local talent and boasts a number of fun and diverse events year-on-year. Here is our list of the 10 best things to do in Pretoria in 2019.

10 of the Best Things to Do in Pretoria in 2019

1. South African State Theatre

This cultural gem is the national flagship for all South African arts and entertainment. If you’re in Pretoria, then you really have no excuse not to visit one of the many shows on the programme. Expect enriching performance arts from emerging stars that reflect the beauty and honesty of South Africa. Visit www.statetheatre.co.za

2. Township Tour

You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. With the elections approaching in 2019, it’s worth getting back to the South African roots with the Pretoria Tour that takes you to important historical monuments, including the Apartheid Museum and a visit to Soweto. Visit www.africamojatours.co.za

3. View South African Art

Take the time to take in this outstanding collection of artworks that features some international examples as well as many South African masterpieces. There are some very informative guided tours for the art novice, and the Information Centre is a valuable source of artistic insights. Visit www.tshwane.gov.za

4. Montana Family Market

If you’re looking for an authentic Pretoria experience, then you can’t get better than Montana Family Market. This permanent flea-market-style shopping complex boasts a range of retail options in more than 500 stalls, with organised local music performances every weekend. Prioritising family, this stunning market organises a number of weekly activities for the kids. Visit www.montanafamilymarket.co.za

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5. Visit the Wonderboom

How often in your life are you going to get to actually view a living entity from more than 1 000 years ago? Probably only once. And it’s right on your doorstep. Pretoria’s Wonderboom is a majestic 23-metre high fig tree within the Wonderboom Nature Reserve. Consisting of 13 daughter trees, the Wonderboom spans 50 metres and could shelter up to 1 000 people at a time. Visit gopretoria.co.za/the-wonderboom

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6. Klitsgras Drumming

If you think 2019 is the year to learn a new skill, then why not try your hand at drumming? This welcoming venue offers you a unique African experience that allows you to learn as you go, playing with the professionals. Fire dancers, digeridoo players and percussionists add to the flavour of this place. Visit www.klitsgras.co.za

7. Train Ride

Experience a living museum by taking a trip on a Friends of the Rail train ride. This non-profit organisation comprises a group of train enthusiasts who preserve the heritage of steam rails for the enjoyment of all. There are a variety of destination choices, including trips in and around Pretoria. Visit www.friendsoftherail.com

8. Royal Moscow Ballet

If you’ve never experienced the ballet, then 2019 is the time to start. The internationally-renowned Royal Moscow Ballet will be putting Romeo and Juliet, Overture – Fantasy, Pathetique Symphony No.6, and Carmina Burana, Scenic Cantata by Carl Orff on 4 March, 2019. These ballets are beautifully choreographed by prestige principal ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre, Anatoly Ameliov. Visit www.atterburyteater.co.za

9. Get Rocking

January 2019 is your last chance to catch the musical extravaganza - A Rocking World Tour – at Pretoria’s Rockwood Theatre. Take in the excitement, colour, rhythm and beat of this amazing live show. Visit www.rockwoodtheatre.co.za

10. Bryan Ferry in Concert

As part of his global tour, internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter, Bryan Ferry, will be visiting Pretoria on 16 February 2019 at the Sun Arena, Time Square. Relive those glory days with some of his hits including ‘Slave to Love’ and ‘Don’t Stop the Dance’. Visit www.bigconcerts.co.za

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