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Human Rights Day: How To Celebrate And Make It An Extra-long Weekend

See what you can get up to, how to make it an extra-long weekend, plus the history behind the public holiday

From inspiring visits to our national galleries to a trail run through the oldest wine estate in South Africa, here’s how you can celebrate Human Rights Day. The public holiday falls on a Thursday this year, so if you take one day of leave on Friday the 22nd, you’ve got four full days to celebrate South African equality and an extra-long weekend – win.

Entry is free to all national museums on Human Rights Day (excluding the Planetarium, Groot Constantia, Digital Dome and Castle of Good Hope). That‘s the Bo-Kaap Museum, Koopmans-de Wet House, Maritime Centre, Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House, Ruste en Vreugd, SAS Somerset, Slave Lodge, Social History Centre, South African Museum, South African National Gallery and Bertram House.  
Price: Free

Various locations | +27 (0)21 481 3874 |

Celebrate your human right of freedom of access to information during South African Library Week running from 15–23 March 2019. All public libraries will be pardoning any fines on overdue books during Library Week, a City of Cape Town initiative. The Tokai Library will also announce a programme of interesting events closer to the time on their Facebook page.
Price: Free

South African Public libraries | +27 (0)21 710 1480

This trail run hosted by TrailFun is taking place at the oldest wine estate in South Africa on Human Rights Day. There is a 5km route for easy-going runners and a 10km route for seasoned trail runners. Every entry includes a R50 voucher for food and wine at Groot Constantia.
Price: Both routes cost R170pp to enter.
Groot Constantia | Groot Constantia Road | +27 (0)21 794 5128 |

Experience an ever-evolving art gallery of local up-and-coming artists and a comforting “homey” feel at Home Town in Woodstock. Pop-chic artwork adorns the walls, while DJs, producers and live acts set the mood. A hearty food menu and crafty, artisanal cocktails make up the menu at this vibey eatery, and they’ve got a burger, beer and music special on Thursdays, plus board games, so you can spend the public holiday enjoying a burger, chips and a beer for only R100.
Price: R100pp for the burger special.
Corner Woodlands and Ravenscraig Road | Woodstock | +27 (0)72 616 8703 |

The Sea Point Promenade becomes a yoga hotspot every Thursday at 5:30pm. You’ll find it across the road from the Dolphin Inn Guest House on 75 Beach Road. The sessions are open to all levels and ages, all you need is a yoga mat or towel and to arrive a few minutes early to register.
Price: R50pp75 Beach Road | +27 63 868 0899

While the kids are off of school, the Fun Food Lab, a kids cooking programme in association with Yuppiechef and Split Second Science, will be making sure they’re having fun. Kids will be able to experience liquid nitrogen ice-cream, create their own edible candles, chia seed slime and more. Every ticket equals an entry into the draw to win one of four R1000 Yuppiechef vouchers.
Price: Tickets for kids aged 3–6 cost R55pp. Tickets for kids aged 7–12 cost R65pp.Willowbridge Shopping Centre | 39 Carl Cronje Drive | Tyger Valley | +27 (0)21 914 7218 |

Freshen up on your history knowledge and see why we celebrate Human Rights Day.


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