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Alpacas, Bollywood, Muay Thai – What's Your Flavour this Freedom Day?
Exercise your freedom of choice with a special selection of things to do that are just as unique as you this Freedom Day
Yes, we’re commemorating our country’s first democratic elections (on April 27 1994) on 27 April. And, yes, it’s on a Saturday, so we don’t get a day off in the week, but it’s still the perfect opportunity to celebrate your freedom by exploring one awesome event or discovery that’s so you. Does petting a photogenic alpaca sound like you? There’s also monster trucks, muay Thai and Bollywood. What’s your pick for Freedom Day?
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
House Of H and Freedom Friends are coming together to throw a Freedom Day party for the hustlers and modern day freedom fighters. It's a street themed vibe and you can expect sneakers and wine pairing with Mzukizi Ntantiso, fashion and art by the likes of Lubabalo Kibido, malt lagers, scotch whiskey, dope djs like Mamba and Ginja Ninja as well as a three course urbanised meal made by H himself. So don't be afraid of the dark and head out to Freedom Day Dark City to get a taste of House Of H.
THE BIGGEST TRUCKS YOU’VE EVER SEEN
Monster Jam is one of the most entertaining sports in the world and it’s coming to SA for the first time. These four-metre tall, five-ton custom-made trucks race around a track full of obstacles. It’s jaw-dropping displays of showmanship and entertainment worth taking the whole family to. Before the show, you can meet the Monster Jam superstars at the Pit Party, get their autographs and take pictures with the trucks.
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019 from 6pm–8:30pm
Price: R150–R800 Book online.
Cape Town Stadium | Fritz Sonnenberg Road |Greenpoint | +27(0)21 421 6646, email@example.com
EVER SEEN AN ALPACA BABY?
They are called crias, and you can feed and play with one on Alpaca Day at the Alpaca Loom in Paarl. On the day, Alpaca barn tours take place every hour, giving you a chance to see these beautiful, sociable and photogenic animals with their luxurious fleece in person. Entrance to the shop, weaving studio and petting zoo is free. You may watch the weaver at work, and for R20, you can feed and interact with the alpacas.
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019 10am–6pm
Price: Barn tours: R80 for adults, R60 for pensioners and students and R50 for children, kids under-3 are free.
The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio | Suid Agter Paarl Road | Paarl | +27(0)84 793 3666, firstname.lastname@example.org
WATCH FEARLESS MUAY THAI FIGHTERS
The Ultimate Warrior Muay Thai and MMA fighting championship showcases the talent and skill of professional and amateur fighters from gyms and dojos across Africa. There will be 10 Muay Thai Fights and 10 MMA fights, including four women’s duals. There are 100 VIP seats and 500 standard seats available by online booking or at the door. Food and drinks will be available and you can expect a hard-hitting night of excitement, skill and passion.
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019, 6pm–11pm
Price: R150–R200 book online
True Muay Thai Boxing and fitness centre | 77 Bree Street | +27(0)835929794 or +27(0)721234404, email@example.com | http://uwfc.co.za/
BE MY WEEKEND CHEESE
The Cheese Festival is jam-packed with demonstrations, exhibitions, cheese art and carvings, sightings of celebrity chefs, competitions, games and live music. The festival falls right after payday, so perfect timing to show ‘em who’s the big cheese. Discover what to expect at the Cheese Festival.
Date: Fri 26–Sun 28 April 2019 from 10am–6pm
Price: Children age 2–13: R20; Adults: R180; Senior citizens: R120; Buy 4 for the price of 3 group packages available for Friday. The Connoisseurs’ Experience (over-18s): R950 book online
Sandringham Farm | Stellenbosch | +27 21 975 4440/1/2/3 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARN TO TASTE COFFEE LIKE A PRO
Coffee cupping is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. The Coffee Cupping course takes place in Origin’s fully-equipped barista academy and invites you to taste the current coffee offering, learn to taste coffee like the pros and explore and understand different origins and characteristics of coffee.
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019, 10am–11am
Price: R70 Book online
Origin Coffee Roasters | 28 Hudson Street | De Waterkant | email@example.com, +27(0)21 421 1000
FAMILY TIME WITH FIDO AT A DARLING MARKET
The monthly Groote Post Country Market in Darling has country fare including artisan foods, wines, arts and crafts, as well as homeware and decor. The children will love the tractor rides, glitter tattoos, guided horse rides and the playground. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Come for the vibe, stay for the three lucky draws at 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm where the winners receive a hamper with products from the market and wine from Groote Post. Read more about the Groote Post Country Market.
Date: Sunday 28 April, 10am–3pm
Price: Free entry
Groote Post Vineyards | Darling | +27(0)22 451 2202, firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGH TEA WITH A SPOT OF GIN FOR CHARITY
Sweet and savoury canapes go along well with gin and tonic. At this event there’s also a selection of teas to sample and a wine tasting. This is all set to live soulful acoustic music by Jeremy Olivier and Odwa Bongo. All ticket sales go to The Ladles of Love Foundation, a soup kitchen and feeding scheme that feeds poor school children, communities and the homeless in Cape Town. Your ticket price pays for 25 meals for a person in need.
Date: Sunday 28 April 2019, 4pm–6pm
Price: R250 Book online
The Yard Cape Town | Silo 4, Silo District | V&A Waterfront | +27(0)21 879 1157, email@example.com
MEET YOUR FAVOURITE COMIC ARTIST
FanCon is South Africa's original dedicated comic convention, an annual event that focuses on all elements of comics and pop culture and covers multiple geek fandoms. Meet international and local artists, take part in cosplay activities, explore exhibitors and retailers, attend talks, collect signatures, or head to the board-game zone.
Date: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April 2019 from 10am–6pm
Price: R150 Book online
Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Convention Square | 1 Lower Long Street | firstname.lastname@example.org
CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN THE WINELANDS
Top wine estates have opened their private land to provide a track along the slopes of the Simonsberg mountains with magnificent views of the winelands and Table Mountain in the distance. Take on the Dirtopia Trail Run Challenge and stay for the lucky draw to win prizes from local wine farms, Cape Storm, Falke and Sportsman’s Warehouse.
Date: Saturday 27 April 2019, 07:15am–12 noon
Price: R130–R260 Book online
Uitkyk Wine Estate | R44 | Klapmuts | +27(0)21 884 4752, email@example.com
Let us know what you will be doing this Freedom Day weekend. If you know of any super cool things going on, please keep us in the loop.
PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change.
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