First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in the central and East city districts stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. What started in late 2012 with just 6 art galleries has grown into one of the city's foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people every month.
The night is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about exploring the city on foot. We suggest browsing the highlights right here and choosing a few exhibitions and attractions that you'd like to see, but be open to letting the night take its own course. Print maps are available at most listed venues.
7 September 2017. 5pm to 9pm (and later).
First Thursdays (CPT + JHB)
Participation in First Thursdays and listing on the official programme is broken up into two types: seasonal and monthly. This is valid for both Cape Town (CBD and East city) and Johannesburg (Braamfontein and Rosebank). The First Thursdays programme is curated and focuses on art galleries and other cultural attractions, but also features a small supporting programme of retail stores, restaurants, and bars that add to the experience.
Participation for a full season (3 months) includes listing on the seasonal print map and programme, which is distributed throughout the respective First Thursdays areas. All listings receive online profile pages, updated for each event with exhibition, event, or other information, as well as listing on the online event map. Seasonal listing requires participating for at least 2 of the 3 months in the season.
Month-to-month listings are online only. These participants receive online profile pages with updated exhibition, event, or other information. Monthly participation is for those that are not listed on the seasonal print programme, or that wish to only participate for one month. Please complete the seasonal participation form, and simply select the month on which you'd like to participate.