Upcoming events in Kampala this season

March 25, 2019 / Uganda

What’s on and happening in Kampala? Here are some ideas of things to do in Uganda’s number one Uber city over the next few weeks. To make sure you don’t miss out on anything Uber will get you there safely.

Events and festivals this Autumn

Get your fill of fashion

Kampala promises a few treats for fashion lovers this April: First there is the Stevz K Fashion Gala at the International University of East Africa on April 13th. The capital’s most glamorous fashion event will feature a performance by “Queen Sheebah” herself, AKA Sheebah Kalungi, along with beautiful models strutting their stuff on the runways to show off the latest fashion creations to designers, the media, the retail trade, customers, and VIP guests.

If your appetite for fashion is still not satisfied, check out Fashion Meets Art Season II presented by Rail 24 Media at Easy View Hotel Mbarara, Kampala, on April 20th. This event promises an experience that will push your fashionista buttons. Feast your senses on the beautiful designs as well as an art and painting competition, music, and much more.

Embrace the culture connection

Attend a historic first with the launch of the Alur-Jonam Cultural Festival at Uganda Museum on April 28th. The lineup promises superb entertainment by traditional dancers and your favorite local artists. Sample dishes like onangnang and angira while listening to the happy sounds of the agwara, ndara, and adungu.

If that has you feeling creative, why not expand your love of art by visiting one of the many galleries in Kampala? The Afriart Gallery showcases paintings, crafts, sculptures, and textiles some of which have been on display worldwide. The current exhibition, open until April 30th, is called “Brain Damage”. It is the maiden solo exhibition by John Baptist Ssekubulwa and symbolizes the vulnerabilities of communities in the ongoing widespread conflicts around the world.

Experience the revival of cultural heritage and marvel at brilliant artwork depicting daily life at the Umoja Art Gallery or support budding local artists, and students participating in the annual residency programme at 32° East Arts Trust.

Events and festivals this Autumn

Enjoy the music of the night

If you’re interested in traditional dance and music, try to catch a dinner-theater performance of the Ndere Troupe in the Ndere Centre’s 700-seat amphitheater. The high-energy shows on Sundays at 6pm and Wednesday at 7pm feature dances from many of Uganda’s tribal groups. Or you can enjoy a more laid-back Friday show with afro-jazz from 7pm.

Get to the National Theatre for nightly live performances by local musicians and artists. Grab a beer and a chair and catch an informal open-stage jam on Monday evenings, African drumming on Tuesdays or comedy night on Thursdays.

Check out the nightlife

Catch up on some sports, good beer, and pub grub at Bubbles O’Leary’s – Irish Pub – in Acacia Avenue, sip cocktails at The Wink, or glam up and dance the night away at Club Guvnor, Club Silk, or Club Play in the Industrial Area. For a slightly different vibe, join the rapidly growing Latin dance scene with dancing almost every night of the week at venues like Imperium bar at Garden city rooftop or Casablanca Bar in Mukono.

Events and festivals this Autumn

So, there you have it. There’s no reason to sit at home wondering what to do when you can enjoy a month of fun-packed events and things to do in Kampala easily. And, of course, you can use the Uber app for a reliable, safer ride anytime.