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 4 July 2019 include:

  • Constellation – a group show featuring a line-up of 12 emerging South African artists presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures, illustration, photography and mixed media at Deepest Darkest
  • Even Artists Get the Blues – a group exhibition featuring art and design at Chandler House
  • aspect: ratio –  Gallery MOMO’s fifth annual video exhibition, curated by Keely Shinners
  • The Mountain is Patient/Die Berg is Geduldig – Rentia Retirf’s first solo exhibition at EBONY/Curated on Loop Street
  • Re-Imagined Realities at Open 24 Hours – a group exhibition highlighting a modern conversation between process, material, colour, shape and form
  • The Fabric of Life – Diane Webb’s first solo exhibition in Cape Town at 6 Spin Street Gallery, featuring a combination of oil, drawing, acrylic and fabric collage that Diane weaves together through her works
  • First Thursday Movie Night – a screening of the cult classic Pulp Fiction at 15 on Orange at 6pm
  • Norval Foundation‘s First Thursday opening: free admission from 10am – 8pm
  • The Unity Band performing at The Gin Bar’s First Thursday Sessions, from 9pm onwards

Don’t miss: The launch of a series of Winter Night Markets at Botanik Social House, with 34 stalls offering fashion, art, beauty, jewellery, food and much more from some of South Africa’s most sought-after retail vendors. Take advantage of free entrance and a complimentary Belvedere welcome cocktail (before 7pm).
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, Bocca 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.

Event Information

First Thursday of every month

5pm – 9pm

Entrance is free