First Thursdays: Top 10 Highlights This Month

First Thursdays: Top 10 Highlights This Month Justin Kramer

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.

First Thursdays: Map

To start 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 your route. Some of our favourite participating shops and galleries include 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 2 May 2019 include:

  • A Solo Exhibition by Kyu Sang Lee at Eclectica Contemporary
  • Asymmetries by Nduka Mntambo at the Michaelis Galleries
  • Thandiwe Msebenzi’s first solo show Utata Undiphotha Inwele (My Father Plaits My Hair) at SMITH
  • Cape Town Opera – a special glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work on upcoming productions
  • Coucou Crumble – a collection of sculptures, photographs and performances that link materiality to their political contexts by Maurice Mbikayi at Gallery MOMO
  • The African Dream by Othmane Zolati – a photo exhibition highlighting the differences of African cultures through the lens of a young Moroccan photographer at the Alliance Française du Cape
  • Adam Hill’s first solo exhibition Take Home Hygge at Yours Truly on Loop Street
  • HEROthe latest installation in the Open 24 Hours space by Ed Young
  • Live performances by Devon Harmer and PHLO at the Raptor Room

Don’t miss: Norval Foundation‘s first-ever First Thursday opening: free admission from 10am – 8pm.

First Thursdays: Restaurants

And, should you need a pick-me-up between browsing for t, and hunting for fashion and decor, there are loads of cool bars, buzzy restaurants and hip street-food spots along the way. Our current favourites are Grub & Vine, The Commissary and Riverine Rabbit.

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.

Event Information

First Thursday of every month

5pm – 9pm

Entrance is free