Free Things To Do In Joburg


The best things in life are free, but it’s always a mission to find something to do in the city that doesn’t cost you a cent. Well, look no further! We went on the search for some free activities for you, your family and friends to do in Joburg that won’t break the bank. From leisurely strolls in the park to viewing beautiful South African art, here are our Top Free Things to do in Joburg.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening hours may be subject to change. Please contact your desired destination for further information regarding their trading hours, events and updated information.

Admire Some Beautiful Art

Visit The Goodman Gallery

If you are a fan of contemporary art or just art in general, then take a drive out to the Goodman Gallery in Parkwood. Housing artworks from artists such as David Goldblatt and William Kentridge, you can spend the day viewing some exquisite artwork, and maybe even learn a thing or two about art.

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Details: Opening hours: Monday and Sunday: Closed; Tuesday to Friday: 09:30 – 17:30, Saturday: 09:30 – 16:00 | 163 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg | Email: jhb@goodman-gallery.com | Tel: 011 788 1113

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Visit CIRCA On Jellicoe

CIRCA is a stunning gallery. In fact, it’s a work of art itself. Check it out to see stunning exhibitions. CIRCA aims to showcase highly important contemporary artworks. CIRCA’s curators also arrange installations concerned with technology. Musical events and lectures also take place at this gallery, so be sure to keep an eye out to stay in the loop!

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Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 18:00, Saturday: 09:00 – 13:00 | 02 and 06 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Email: gallery@everard.co.za | Tel: 011 788 4805

Enjoy Some Fresh Air

Take A Stroll At Delta Park

Take a stroll, get some fresh air and reconnect with nature at Delta Park. This park is considered to be Joburg’s biggest green lungs and an ambler’s paradise, offering 104 hectares of grassland and woodland to explore. Sometimes we just need to get away from the noise of the city and be one with nature. This is just the place to go to when you want to take long walks on the walking trails, which link three beautiful tree-lined dams. It’s also a great place to let the doggos run off some energy.

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Details: Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 06:00 – 18:00 | 77 Craighall Road, Victory Park, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 888 4831

Emmarentia Dam

With large, open gardens and the popular dam, enjoy a day at the park with family, friends and your four-legged companions at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at Emmarentia Dam. Pack yourself a picnic basket filled with delicious delights, a blanket and enjoy the fresh air while ‘people-watching’. This is the perfect spot to have a relaxing day out in the sun, give your four-legged friend some exercise and fun and spend some quality time with family.

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Details: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 782 7064

Hop On Down To The Bokkie Park

Enjoy a day out in the sunshine with family and friends at the Bokkie Park in Boksburg. Bring along some veggies, or buy some at the kiosk available, and hand-feed the tame bunnies and other animals like goats, cows and donkeys. And, to make the day even more relaxing, pack a lovely picnic filled with snacks and enjoy the great outdoors while the little ones track down bunnies, see peacocks show off their flamboyant feathers or (when available) go on pony rides. And every first Saturday of the month, there’s a Craft Market.

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Details: Opening times: Daily from 08:00 to 17:30 | 38 Southvale Road, Leeuwpoort 113-Ir, Boksburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 999 5254

Do Something Different

Visit The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple

This one isn’t in Joburg, we know. But it’s definitely worth the drive! Visit the scenic Nan Hua Buddhist Temple (the South African branch for the Humanistic Buddhist Order) to marvel at the divine architecture. Take the time to walk through the museum and view their large collection of Chinese artefacts. Check out the White Temple Lions (not real ones, obviously) that protect the temple or view a set of impressive antique Han Dynasty (dates back 2 000 years) Chinese Palace gongs, which are the exact replica of the originals.

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Details: Opening times: Monday: Closed. Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00 | 27 Nan Hua Road, Cultura Park, Bronkhorstspruit, Johannesburg | Tel: 013 931 0009

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Visit Joburg’s Interesting Museums

Adler Museum Of Medicine

If you’re a fan of anything medical, then take some time to browse through the history of medicine and developments in the medical world. Visit the Adler Museum of Medicine, where you can see interesting collections representing the medical, dental and pharmaceutical history through the ages. With hundreds of historical medical items, documents, philatelic and medallion collections and a library housing rare books, you can enjoy a day of browsing and learning. Regular public lectures, tours, film shows and exhibitions are on show at the museum.

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Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday: 09:30 – 16:00, Saturdays on request | Wits Medical School, Corner York and Carse O’ Gowrie Roads, Parktown, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 717 2081

James Hall Museum Of Transport

Being the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa, visit the James Hall Museum of Transport and view transport collections which include animal-drawn vehicles (1870 – 1910), bicycles and motorcycles (1786 – 1960), buses and coaches, motor cars (1900 – 1980) and trams and trolley buses (1896 – 1986). There is also interesting memorabilia, artefacts and special interest and extremely rare steam vehicle collections to view. This is definitely the place for car or transport enthusiasts!

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Details: Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 – 17:00; closed every third weekend of the month | Pioneer’s Park, Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle | Tel: 011 435 9718 or 011 435 9485/6/7

Absa Money Museum

Take a trip down to the only money and banking museum to see the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. The museum’s history stretches as far back as to the beginnings of trading in Johannesburg and shows many displays of ‘early money’, from Cowrie Shells to Venetian glass beads. Remember to bring along your ID for entry into the building!

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Details: Opening times: Monday to Friday – 08:30 to 16:00 | 15 Troye Street, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 350 4167

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Visit One Of The City’s Markets

The Rosebank Sunday Market

Browse through all kinds of stalls and find anything and everything from crafts, antiquities, collectables, clothing and stock for hobby enthusiasts. It’s free to browse but, if you wish, you can do a little bit of shopping. And if you get a bit peckish in-between shopping, there is a selection of food available.

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Details: Opening times: Sundays: 09:00 – 16:00 | Corner of Cradock Avenue and Baker Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 442 3387

The Stables Village Market

Wind down after a long week at the office at The Stables Village Market. This spot has everything you need for a fun day out with the family including good food, arts and crafts galore, entertainment for all, and a bustling atmosphere. They also host various events throughout the year, so be sure to like them on Facebook to stay informed.

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Details: Address: 212 3rd Road, Chartwell, Johannesburg | Email: thestablesinfo@gmail.com | Tel: 060 868 6231

Weekend Market JHB

The Weekend Market is the place to be if you’re looking for a market that caters to the whole family! Entrance to the market is free, but if you’d like to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some of the entertainment the market has to offer, then you’ll have to spend a little bit. Other than that, this is a great spot to unwind, relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay in loop with their upcoming events.

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Details: Address: Corner Nasrec Road and Rifle Range Road, Ridgeway, Uncle Charlies, Johannesburg South | Email: info@weekendmarketjhb.co.za | Tel: 066 053 5425

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