How to Celebrate Freedom Day in Johannesburg

2021 Freedom Day Events

Although we are still within the midst of a pandemic, there are still a handful of events taking place throughout the city this Freedom Day. Even though there isn't much, you can still celebrate, commemorate and enjoy this day doing other things (which we have listed below if you're not keen on leaving the house).

Freedom Day Celebrations at The DOORS Nightclub

Date: Monday, 26 April 2021 from 15:00 – 23:30

If you enjoy your rock music, then be sure to make your way to The DOORS Nightclub in Strydom Park in Randburg for some Freedom Day Celebrations. There will be good food, pool tables where you can sink a few balls, great music by the DOORS Rock Radio DJs as well as live bands and a stall where you can grab some band tees and merch. Be sure to book your spot for this music filled day out. Cost is R50 per person online from or R60 per person at the door. Enjoy a Linkin Park tribute with TRIZ & JJ, as well as performances by A Nameless Dread and Therapyne.

Freedom Day Party at Chicago's Piano Bar

Date: Monday, 26 April 2021 from 16:00

Kick off the Freedom Day fun at Chicago's Piano Bar in Randpark Ridge. Watch as their DJs battle it out on double decks in both bars. Upstairs you'll find Paul Angel VS Itz Knobby, and downstairs will be Andre VS Vern D. There will also be drink specials (but do remember to drink responsibly). And ensure that you wear your mask. Patrons not following the law will be asked to leave. No guests under the age pf 18 will be allowed.

Freedom Day Celebration at Malagueta Edenvale

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021 from 14:00 – 17:00

Join Malagueta family restaurant and lounge in Edenvale for a Freedom Day celebration! Not only will there be great food to tuck into and delight your taste buds, but there will also be lovely live music performed by talented artist, Eli Amor Ada. The first 100 guests to visit Malagueta during this afternoon celebration will receive a complimentary Castle Lite or glass of house wine. To book in advance, call them on 011 609 4910/2793 or email

Altitude Beach

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Why not enjoy the last of the sunny days at Altitude Beach in Fourways? Enjoy the day dipping on refreshing cocktails, nibbling on some fresh sushi and enjoying some lovely sunshine while listening to the great music from a lineup of hot DJs including Focalistic, DJ Toy, Siya, Tsi Tso, DJ KaymoWorld, Mohamed, Nel, MC Zane Gulston, all hosted by Saigon. Be sure to book your spots.

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Go Out & Explore

Explore Soweto & Vilakazi Street

Take me to Soweto! You have to head to this symbol of the nation one of these good days people, especially on this special day. It is regarded as one of the most famous urban areas in Joburg and it holds a ton of our history. So, we suggest you grab the family and friends, and head to the most visited street in this urban area. We think you'll love it.

Click here to explore Soweto.


Constitution Hill

The remnants of an old fort and holding cells for political prisoners has been turned into the domain of South Africa's Constitutional Court and proclaimed a national heritage site. Constitution Hill is in Braamfontein, just up the road from the train station, and deserves your attention. And you know what's even more exciting on this day?

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Freedom Park

Though it's not in Johannesburg, it still deserves our attention – besides, Pretoria is pretty much Joburg's little brother anyway. Freedom Park celebrates South Africa's heritage as a centre of knowledge aimed at deepening the understanding of the nation. It strives to accommodate all of the country's experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story.

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Please note: Lilliesleaf Farm and the Apartheid Museum are still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Staying In

Movie Marathon

Hollywood is in love with our stories of trials, tribulation and success. And why shouldn't they be? We've got a very rich history. Why not rent Invictus, Mandela: a Long Walk to Freedom and Cry Freedom and have yourself a little movie marathon. Don't forget the popcorn! We'll take extra butter, please.


If there is one thing which unites us more than when the Springboks win a match, it's the fact that we love our braais and make a big deal out of them. So, in spirit of Freedom Day, why not invite your buddies over and celebrate the day which shaped our nation?

Books to Read

Why not skip the movie marathon and grab one of these books for your reading pleasure: Steve Biko's I Write What I Like, Breyten Breytenbach's The Confessions of an Albino Terrorist or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. It's a good excuse to curl up in bed as the April weather takes a turn.

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