Human Rights Day commemorates an iconic day in our country’s history when determined and brave South Africans stood up for what their rights – at a fatal cost.

69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a crowd of ordinary people who had gathered in protest against the Apartheid  Pass laws.

So this Human Rights Day, why not spend the day with family, friends and neighbours celebrating South African history and enjoying what your city has to offer.

Things to do on Human Rights day

  • Museums – Visit some local Museums to learn more about our heritage.
  • Galleries – Look at some proudly South african art in your national art galleries.
  • Memorial Sites – Why don’t you visit some historical memorial sites to honor the lives that where lost fighting for our rights.
  • Documentaries – Watch historical documentaries to learn more about our rights and what the members of our country had to go through to get to where we are today.

    Events in your city

Trash Bash with the Two Oceans Aquarium

Get down and dirty to clean up with Two Oceans Aquarium this Human Rights Day.

  • 09:00 – 11:00 at Sunset Beach, Blouberg.
  • Bring Sunblock, a hat, water (in a reusable bottle), and reusable gloves.
  • Cost – FREE

 Trail Fun at Capaia Wine Estate

Claim your human right to enjoy the beautiful views and trails of Capaia Wine Estate.

  • Choice of three different routes on the Capaia marked trails: 4km, 8.5km & 13km.
  • Cost –  R60 & R120 (trail/ race dependent) and entries can be made
  • Register here (you need to be registered on the site to enter).
  • 08h00 start: 13km, (longest route) R 120, the race is timed
  • 08h15 start: 8.5km, (long route) R 120, the race is timed
  • 08h20 start: 4km, (medium route) R60, the race is not timed

Animal Rights Awareness Day with the Change for the Better Foundation

Share the love and fairness this Human Rights Day by giving back and helping out animals and their rights. You are invited to come and spend two hours living as a shelter dog and experience what they experience. ‎

  • There are four two-hour time slots running between 09:00 and 17:00
  • Time slots: 09:00 – 11:00, 11:00 – 13:00, 13:00 – 15:00, 15:00 – 17:00
  • Venue – Change for the Better Foundation, c/o Botfontein road and Bottelary road, 7569 Kraaifontein
  • Cost – R150 per person

Petite Noir

Petite Noir is a Belgian-born, Congolese singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Cape Town.

  • Gates to the concert area open at 16h00.
  • All concerts take place irrespective of rain.
  • Time –  4:30pm- 7pm at Kirstenbosch Gardens.
  • Cost – R135 – R180

Francofete Human Rights Day Festival 

Get your family fun on over at Alliance Française de Durban’s free Human Rights Day Festival. The festival consists of French-inspired music, dance, theatre, workshops, visual arts, crafts and of course, wonderful delicacies, food and drink

  • Time – 10:30 – 18:00
  • Venue – Alliance Française de Durban, 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside,, 4001 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Cost – FREE
  • Drinks and food are available for sale

Durban Pizza Festival 2018 

This event is set to satisfy your deepest pizza and pasta cravings and quell even the darkest of hangry spirits! This pizza party will be featuring a variety of street and woodfire pizzas, gelato, craft beer, G&T bars, kiddies entertainment and so much more.

  • Time – From 13:00
  • Venue – The Plant Venue Co., 5 Station Drive, 4001 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Cost – R50 – R100 through Webtickets or your nearest Pick n Pay store.

Decorex Durban at the Durban Exhibition Centre

Why not soak in the vibrant selection of inspired trends being showcased at Decorex Durban 2019? The event, co-sponsored by Plascon, is KwaZulu-Natal’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition.

  • Time – 10:00 – 18:00
  • Venue – Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 – 25 March 2018
  • Cost – R20 – R95 through Computicket.

Strauss& Co. Lecture

Strauss & Co – Fine Art Auctioneers and Consultants and The KZNSA Gallery invites you to a lecture on ‘A Century of South African Art in 10 Pictures’ by Dr Alastair Meredith, Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co.
  • Time-  17h30 for 18h00.
  • Strauss&Co will be conducting obligation free valuations at KZNSA Gallery from 09h00 to 16h30 on Wednesday 21 March 2018. Its from  5:30pm – 8:30pm at
  • Venue – 166 Bulwer Rd, Bulwer.

The Gardens Rooftop Party

On Human Rights Day, join The Gardens in the heart of the city as they celebrate this day in true ‘Jozi Rooftop’ style. The lineup includes acts such as 2lani The Warrior, Ady Fleming, Avi Subban, D’ritmo, DeepSouls, JustSmart, Metro Ticket, Pimp Squad, Rob Toca, Travisto and Weston & Engine.

  • Time – Doors open at 12:00
  • Venue – The Gardens, 162 Anderson Street, 2000 Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Cost – R120 – R180 per person. Get yours here.

Funworld Midrand

Enjoy a great fun-filled family day with your loved ones at the park as we all celebrate Human Rights Day. There will be a kiddies play area, African cuisine available for purchase on the day as well as a car wash if you’re looking too spruce up your ride a little bit.

  • You’re also allowed to take your own food, snacks and even braai.
  • Time – 10:00 – 20:00
  • Venue  – Plot 49, 49 Plantation road, off Olifantsfontein, Midrand, Gauteng
  • Cost – R40 – R80 per person and will be available at the gates.
  • Cooler boxes @ R50.

Cerebral S1E4: Human Rights Edition

Once again, Cerebral will bring a platform at Republic of 94 for young expressionists to commemorate and celebrate this important day. Y

  • Time – 12:00
  • Venue – Republic of 94, 94 Juta street, 2000 Braamfontein
  • Cost – Entry is R30 per person before 17:00 and R50 thereafter. 
  • Food and bar services will be available on the day.

Human Rights Day Boat Cruise

Let’s celebrate our Human Rights with a boat cruise! Spend the day cruising on Harties Dam, jamming to great music, mingling with interesting people and tucking into good food. There dress code for this party is ALL WHITE.

Human Rights Day 2018 at Pines Resort

Pines Resort invites you and your family to bring your picnic baskets and braaivleis and celebrate Human Rights Day in a lovely outdoor setting.

  • Book alapa for a larger group or simply purchase your tickets at Computicket.
  • There are braai facilities available.

Human Rights Day at Charlie Brown’s Fourways

For a fun and exciting day out with the family, Charlie Brown’s Family Ranch in Fourways will be open, offering families a wonderful space to relax, let loose and celebrate this significant day. Best of all, there’s plenty of fun for everyone!

  • There are water slides for kids (free entrance, Friday from 12:00 to late; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 09:00 – 12:00, 12:15 – 15:15, 15:30 – 18:30),
  • Sports for dad on their BIG screen, delicious food and much more. Book your table at [email protected]om.

Sharpeville Food Festival

In the spirit of Human Rights Day, make sure you head to the Sharpeville Food Festival at the George Thabe Stadium over the weekend.

The name of the event says it as it is, there’ll be plenty of food available (about 20 food stalls), as well as drinks (there will be a beverage garden!) and music (from 15 local artists and an international surprise music act). And as if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a kiddies corner and helicopter rides on the day. If this sounds like a jol, then grab your tickets and your mates and commemorate Human Rights Days by expressing your freedom and having fun.


Head on over to GoG Lifestyle Park for a fun-filled family day in the Park.  You can bring along your own food if you want, and attendees are welcome to braai as well.

  • Time –  10h00 – 18h00
  • Venue – GoG Lifestyle Park
  • Cost – R150 per person for both kids and adults.
  • Kids under 4 enter free.

African Conference on Experimental Archaeology

This first African Conference on Experimental Archaeology is organised by a local organising committee at the University of the Witwatersrand and the international organisation of Open-Air Museums and Experimental Archaeology (EXARC).

The aims of the conference are to showcase experiments and closely related activities in African contexts and to provide a networking opportunity for researchers to take African archaeology to new places within and outside Africa.

  • Time – 12am to 3am
  • Venue  1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein.

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