What’s on at First Thursdays this Month?

What’s on at First Thursdays this Month? First Thursdays, Worldart

Browse the galleries, shops, restaurants and boutiques in the city centre until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Cape Town’s innercity is abuzz with activity on the first Thursday of every month when Capetonians (and visitors) wander through the various galleries and stores, which stay open until 9pm.

To start off your evening, grab a map of the city at your first stop, which is any one of the participating galleries so that you can plot out your route. Some of our favourite participating shops and galleries include the City Bowl Market on Hope Street, the Book Lounge on Roeland Street, Michaelis Galleries at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus on Orange Street and Youngblood Gallery and Beautifull Food.

Our picks for 5 July 2018 include:

  • AN II OTHERs by Kgomotso Neto at Youngblood Gallery and Beautifull Food
  • Live performance by Amy Jones at The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel
  • Me and Ms Lily by Robert Nazou at Alliance Française du Cap
  • The African Dream by  Othmane Zolati at East Urban Building ( Cafe Colombia)
  • live performance by Los Tacos at Harringtons Cocktail Lounge
  • Encounters a group show at SMITH
  • Amaqaba vol. 1 by Xhanti Zwelendaba and Inga Somdyala at Eclectica Print Gallery and Eclectica Contemporary  


And, should you need a pick-me-up between browsing for art, and hunting for fashion and decor, there are loads of cool bars, good restaurants and hip street-food spots along the way.

Are you in the Stellenbosch area? Then don’t miss First Fizzdays.

About First Thursdays
The brainchild of Gareth Pearson, who first experienced this concept in Zurich, First Thursdays is great way for locals to enjoy the city’s cultural richness, which has in recent years promulgated in the area between Wale and Strand streets. The main hub is concentrated in that vicinity, with a few galleries, boutiques and shops in Bree and Buitensingel streets also partaking and continues to expand to the rest of the city centre.


First Thursday of every month


5pm - 9pm







The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 04 July 2018

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8 Responses to “What’s on at First Thursdays this Month?”

  1. Dane

    Hi There

    Your website is outdated. What is planned for the 1st Thursday of January please?



  2. Chris

    Vendor applications now open for the Mega 5 in 1 Weekend Music Festival as well as Food Truck Sunday in November

  3. Tahlia

    What is the theme for tomorrow (6 July) ?

  4. Peter

    Is there something on this Thursday 06/07/2017 given that it winter

  5. Cynthia Mac Pherson

    What is the time and venue of U C T secret auction tonight First Thursdays 6 April 2017

  6. Sigi Howes

    I’m having real difficulty accessing the programme for 5 May. The First Thursday website only lists highlights, so one does not know what’s actually on this Thursday.
    Can you help?

    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Sigi

      I’ve just updated our post. Hope that helps.

  7. Anna Heesom-Green

    The Gavin Collins’ gallery is open in the Waterfront Clock Tower till 7 pm every night in winter – and until 9 pm in summer! Always beautiful and inspiring.