Simphiwe Dana. Picture: Supplied

Pretoria is known to throw some pretty wild parties. 

But when it comes to festivals, the neighbouring Johannesburg is usually the place to be, right? Nonetheless, Pretoria has a couple of interesting festivals coming up and we rounded up a few that you should check out:

Tshwane International Big Band Festival

The Tshwane International Big Band Festival, which is presented by Jazz Foundation of SA, is bringing the beautiful sounds of jazz to Pretoria’s Freedom Park between the 8th and 9th of December. 

Festivalgoers, who have the option of attending one or both days, will be treated to live music from the likes of Caiphus Semenya, Madala Kunene, Herbie Tsoaeli, Simphiwe Dana, Nduduzo Makhathini, Feya Faku and American jazz artists Stefon Harris and Salim Washington. 

This line-up includes the who’s who of the South African jazz industry, so it goes without saying that if you’re a fan of Jazz you just simply need to be here.

Date: 8 – 9 December 2017

Venue: Freedom Park - Kock Street, Salvokop, Pretoria

Tickets: R500.00 – One Day Pass. R650.00 – Two Day Pass

Time: 7pm – Friday. 6:30pm – Saturday

Legends of R&B – Brian McKnight & Brandy

There’s no doubt that Brian McKnight and Brandy are “legends of R&B”. Brian McKnight has released 18 albums, many of which went platinum, totally over 30 albums sold worldwide. 

Although he’s an “old-school” artist, his impact on pop and youth culture was evident when the trendy rapper and producer, Travis Scott, gave a nod to McKnight by naming his album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. 

Brandy on the other hand is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States and 40 million worldwide, won three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and three BMI Awards. 

Need I say more?

Date: 9 December 2017

Venue: Time Square, Pretoria

Tickets: R480 - R945

Time: 8pm

Tshwane Christmas Festival

Tshwane Christmas Festival  is already in full swing and, as of today, tickets are sold-out until Monday, 11 December.  

With its Clamber Club kiddies area, this is definitely one to check out with the entire family and celebrate the festive season. Food and drink stalls will are available to appease the your appetite and, of course, there will be carols and Christmas lights to for that authentic festive mood. 

For those still looking for some Christmas gifts, there’ll be a market to look through and find that perfect something.  

For those worried about parking, you’ll be glad to know that organisers have arrange for some secure parking at Jopie Fourie School, 222 5th Ave, Salvokop where you can then catch a free bus ride to the festival.

Date: 11 – 30 December 2017

Venue: Freedom Park - Kock Street, Salvokop, Pretoria

Tickets: R80 adults, R30 kids, Free Entry under 2

Time: 3pm