First Thursdays: Top 10 Highlights This Month

First Thursdays: Top 10 Highlights This Month Botanik

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.

Our picks for 5 September 2019 include:

  • Speculative Inquiry #1 (On Abstraction) – a group exhibition of work by black female artists at Michaelis Galleries.
  • Further Prototypes – solo exhibition by Dale Lawrence that questions the apparent “finished” status of an artwork at SMITH.
  • Africa Without Borders – Adolf Tega’s work explores real and imagined utopias, nihilism and hope for the possible future at Gallery MOMO.
  • Worse Than Heroin – opening group exhibition of the work of graffiti artists at Worldart.
  • Photography Exhibition opening – full-time and part-time photography students exhibit their work at Orms Cape Town School of Photography, 6pm – 8pm.
  • Talking Drum Clan and Roastin’ Records perform at The Gin Bar’s First Thursday Sessions, from 9pm onwards.
  • Rus Nerwich plays his weekly jazz gig at Athletic Club & Social at 9pm.
  • Erik Dippenaar performs classical music featuring Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks at Groote Kerk, 7pm.
  • Grounding Sessions Poetry, part of the Open Book Festival programme, showcases the likes of Mackenzie Berry, Diana Ferrus, Jitsvinger, Sisipho Makambi and Windslow Schalkwyk, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
  • Norval Foundation‘s First Thursday opening: free admission from 10am – 8pm.

Don’t miss: Dear Rae, the much-loved local jewellery brand, has opened a new shop on upper Bree Street that’s open late on First Thursdays.
Good to know Tick that haircut off your to-do list and pop into the recent programme addition, Yogi’s Barber Shop, after 5pm.
Opening times 6pm onwards
Contact 081 462 5076,
Where to find it 54 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

First Thursdays: Restaurants and Bars

And, should you need a pick-me-up between browsing the art, 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 Tjing Tjing and Lekker Vegan to eat and La Parada, Botanical Bar and House of Machines for a drink or two.

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.


Various Locations in the CBD,
Cape Town


Event Information

First Thursday of every month

5pm – 9pm

Entrance is free