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Things to do on Freedom Day in Cape Town

30 years of democracy, 10 ways to celebrate

Last updated: Thursday, 18 April 2024

2024 marks 30 years of democracy, and we’ve rounded some of the ways you can spend Freedom Day. There’s museums and exhibitions which celebrate history and culture, a free picnic or family market, live jazz, traditional cooking class and more.

COOK TRADITIONAL MEALS 

Food Jams is hosting a Freedom Day cooking class. The class honours the rich heritages and flavours of South African dishes. You cook a three-course menu with dishes like bobotie, Durban curry, pap and chakalaka, malva pudding and more. The event is open to all ages so you can make it a family meal. 

Date: Saturday, 27 April; 6pm to 9.30pm
Cost: From R350, book via Quicket


45 Yew Street | Salt River | @foodjamsofficial | Image: Food Jams

GO TO A QUEER-FRIENDLY PICNIC

Local community group CTL (Cape Town Lesbians) are hosting a picnic at Green Point Urban Park. You can spend your Freedom Day connecting and meeting new people. The picnic is open to everyone and is family-friendly. Bring picnic blankets and drinks and snacks that can be shared.

Date: Saturday, 27 April; 2pm to 5pm
Cost: Free, book via Quicket


1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road | Green Point | Facebook | Image: @garnett_snyman

WATCH A LIVE JAZZ PERFORMANCE 

Cultural centre Alliance Française du Cap and Jazz in the Native Yards are pairing up to host a night of live jazz by local artist Dr. Tete Mbambisa. There will be piano, saxophone, drums, trombone, trumpet and bass performances.

Date: Friday, 26 April; 6.30pm to 9pm
Cost: R100 for students and pensioners, R150 for adults; book via Quicket


155 Loop Street | City Centre | @alliancefrancaiseducap | Image: Alliance Française du Cap

SPEND FREEDOM DAY AT A FAMILY MARKET

Have a family day out at the Fish Hoek Freedom Day Market. You can expect street food trucks, a foodie hall, bakery, and stalls selling products like fresh produce, plants, woodwork, art, clothing, jewellery, pet stalls, African art & curios, stuffed toys and health products. 

Date: Saturday, 27 April; 10am to 2pm
Cost: Free


Fish Hoek Civic Centre | 65B Central Circle | Fish Hoek | Facebook | Image: Phoenix Market

ATTEND AN ALBUM LAUNCH 

Award-winning South African poet Koleka Putuma is launching a new studio album at One Park. The new album CAN I GET A WITNESS? honours the traditions of storytelling and collaboration while also fusing history poetry and music together. The vinyl album and merchandise will also be available. 

Date: Saturday, 27 April; 6.30pm to 9pm
Cost: R100, book via Quicket 


1 Park Road | Gardens | @manyanomedia | Image: Unsplash

5 WAYS TO COMMEMORATE 30 YEARS OF FREEDOM 

What

When

Where 

Cost 

Link

Long March to Freedom

10am to 3pm 

Century Boulevard, Century City 

Free 

Website

Zeitz Mocaa Museum

Daily, 10am to 6pm 

Silo District, V&A Waterfront 

R250

Website

Esther Mahlangu Art Exhibition

Daily, 9am - 5pm

Iziko Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens

R40 for SA citizens; R60 standard fee

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District Six Museum

Monday - Saturday, 9am to 4pm 

25A Buitenkant St, District Six, City Centre

From R60

Website

Iziko Slave Lodge 

Monday - Saturday, 9am to 5pm 

Corner of Adderley Street and Wale Street, City Centre

R20 - R100

Website

 By Sarah Williams 

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