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Celebrate Freedom Day With Everything From Music Gigs to Cheese Festivals

Your guide to what to do and where to go this Freedom Day in Cape Town

Wednesday, 27 April 1994 was a moment in history where South Africans from all backgrounds and of all races made their mark on a ballot in the country’s very first democratic election. Named Freedom Day, South Africans celebrate the defining moment as a public holiday every year on 27 April.

CAPE TOWN CULINARY TOURS
Take a load off and taste your way through the city. Celebrate Freedom Day with Cape Town Culinary Tours and explore hidden foodie gems while indulging in the city's culinary delights. Plus, get an exclusive discount when you use the code FREEDOMMAG.

COST: Adult tickets are R899/p and kids tickets go for R699/p. Save 20% by using our discount code FREEDOMMAG when you book your tour online.

VREDENHEIM ANIMAL FARM
Take the kids down to the Vredenheim Animal Farm for a fun-filled day of jumping castles (usually only used for birthdays) and free face painting from 10am to 11:30am and 2pm to 3:30pm. Kids can also roam around and see all their favourite animals, from donkeys to lions. 

COST: Kids 0 - 1 year enter free. Kids entry costs R40, adults entry costs R20. 

FREEDOM DAY GIG AT BEERHOUSE (27 APR)
Join Beerhouse and celebrate freedom as a rocking line-up of bands like The Rudimentals and Nomadic Orchestra hit the stage from 8pm, with DJs on the decks from 11pm. And of course, there’ll be beer – lots of it. Grab tickets online now to avoid missing out on this banging Freedom Day gig.


COST: R50/p early bird, R75/p online and R100/p at the door.  

OH DAM MUSIC FESTIVAL (26 - 29 APR 2018)
Celebrate the long weekend with a lineup of some awesome artists and a weekend of camping at this music festival in Cederberg. The event is open (and tons of fun) for the kids, and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy and experience the breathtaking splendour of the outdoors and the Cederberg mountains. 


COST: Camping plots range in price from R4200 with electricity to R3600 for a plot with no water and no electricity and the price includes the festival ticket. Weekend passes, Friday to Sunday, excluding accommodation are: Adults R200 per person; 12 to 18 years R100 per person and children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) are free.

VEGAN AFRICAN TASTY FOOD VIBES EXPERIENCE (27 APR)
Experience the great tasting flavours of African food, while learning more about the vegan lifestyle. The vegan diet and lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular around Cape Town, and Vegan Africa is making sure no one misses out on mouthwatering dishes that range from buffets to dairy-free ice cream. They’ll also have as much free wine as you can drink to keep the conversation and good vibes flowing all night.
COST: R150/p available through Vegan Africa’s Facebook page.

SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESE FESTIVAL (27–29 APR)
Stellenbosch’s Sandringham Farm will be chockablock with cheese, wines, sweet treats and deli products. Make sure you also take the time to relax in the Carnival Park, which offers a multitude of fun activities for kids (and grown-up ones).

COST: R180/p for adults and R120/p for pensioners; kids aged between two and 13 pay R20/p. Tickets are available via Computicket.com and at all Computicket outlets. Children under two years enter for free.

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AFRIKABURN (23–29 APR)
Hop on over to South Africa’s version of the legendary American Burning Man Festival, Afrikaburn. It is back in the dusty Karoo for an extended seven days of art, music, performance and creative expression from Monday, 23 to Sunday, 29 April 2018. Self-expression is encouraged – whether it's an extravagant costume, sharing of food and drink, or a piece of art. Every year there’s a new theme for your interpretation.

COST: Ticket range from R180/p to R2300/p on Afrikaburn.com. If tickets are sold out, join Afrikaburn’s STEP (Secure Ticket Exchange Programme).

DECOREX CAPE TOWN (27 APR–1 MAY)
Find inspiration and innovation at Mzansi’s premier décor and design exhibition, Decorex, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from Friday, 27 April to Tuesday, 1 May 2018. This year’s event promises the latest tips and tricks for creating a superlative space, along with fabulous foodie experiences.
COST: Tickets are available at the door and cost R110/p for adults, R95/p for pensioners and students and only R20/p for kids under the age of 12.

SUIDOOSTERFEES (26 APR–1 MAY)
All about Kaapse culture, the annual Suidoosterfees promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a line-up of incredible performances celebrating inclusivity and diversity. Running from Thursday, 26 April to Tuesday, 1 May 2018, the festival includes theatre events, historical tours, art expos and musical soirees, all aiming to showcase the incredible talent and history of our home – Cape Town. Most events take place at Artscape, but check the programme to find out about individual acts.
COST: Tickets for the festival’s various events are available via Computicket.com and Computicket outlets and vary in price according to event. Click through to the event for more information.

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Also, have a look at our overview of annual April events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.
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