About First Thursdays

First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. We simply help you figure out what to see and where to go by highlighting what is happening.

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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, Rosebank and Maboneng). The First Thursdays programme is curated and focuses on art galleries and other cultural attractions, but also features a boasts a supporting programme of retail stores, restaurants, and bars that add to the experience.

Seasonal listings

Participation for a full season of 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.

Monthly listings

Monthly 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.

Seasons & applications
  • SUMMER 2019/20

    5 Dec / 2 Jan / 6 Feb
    Deadline: 15 November
  • AUTUMN 2019

    7 Mar / 4 Apr / 2 May
    Deadline: 19 February
  • WINTER 2019

    6 Jun / 4 Jul / 1 Aug
    Deadline: 21 May
  • SPRING 2019

    5 Sep / 3 Oct / 7 Nov
    Deadline: 20 August
Participation Categories

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, Rosebank and Maboneng).

  • Cultural Programme

    Galleries, theatres, pop-up shows, performances.

    
    R 550 monthly
    R 1320 seasonal
    R annual
    Apply
  • Retail Programme

    Local retail stores, markets

    
    R 750 monthly
    R 1650 seasonal
    R annual
    Apply
  • Food Programme

    Bars,Restaurants and gastronomical participants

    
    R 1000 monthly
    R 2200 seasonal
    R annual
    Apply

First Thursdays is a public event and free to attend. Art galleries and cultural events around Cape Town’s central city stay open until 9pm or later on the first Thursday of every month, allowing anyone to explore the city on foot and experience the cultural wealth this city has to offer. There is no tour, schedule, or guided walk; that is up to you. We simply help you figure out what to see and where to go by highlighting what is happening.