First Thursdays Cape Town


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. 

next event

7 September 2017. 5pm to 9pm (and later).

September Programme


Michaelis Galleries

Sanlam Portrait Award
Orange St



Kimathi Mafafo"Alone in Spring"
Loop St


Open Book Festival

6 -10 September 2017
Fugard Theatre + other venues


99 Loop Gallery

Wim Legrand "Test Campaign"
Cnr Church St