First Thursdays: a key event in Cape Town

Every first Thursday of every month, the City Centre of Cape Town lives at the pace of art! Indeed, the aptly named “First Thursdays” is a monthly event, allowing tourists and local people to discover some of the numerous art galleries of Cape Town from 5pm to 9pm and for free!

It is an unexpected and original way to discover the Mother City on foot and meet people through art. Streets overflows with people in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Some merchants are in the street to show you their handcrafted and typical South African products while artists perform dance or music in the street.


Created in 2012, with only 6 art galleries, this phenomenon never stop attracting more and more people each month. Whether if you are an art lover or a novice just curious to discover the Cape Town creativity, you will not be disappointed. On the way into galleries, you can of course stop in a partner bar or a restaurant for dinner or simply have a drink with friends.


This evening in Cape Town, more than 40 galleries will be open and glad to greet you to show you the work of talented artists. Moreover, it is the end of the Winter season, so your last chance to see some work of art. Paintings, sculptures, design objects,… there is something to suit all tastes and awaken your curiosity.

To know which galleries are open tonight, click here. You can also see their location and plan your walk the to this map. During the evening, you will also find a printed map of the event in all listed venues.

Here is a foretaste of what you can see during a “First Thursdays”.





During the other evening, there is so many actitivites to do in this city. Let’s see how you can >discover Cape Town by night!