There’s no better way to start the weekend than by immersing yourself in Cape Town’s art and culture scene at First Thursday, held at the beginning of every month in the Mother City.

When the pandemic came to town last year, First Thursday took a breather, regrouped, and then got creative. Now, this new and improved version means you can still get your fill of the city’s arts scene albeit in a slightly scaled down and more safety conscious form.

In the Beginning

Modelled on similar events in other cities, First Thursday, came about in Cape Town due to the efforts of Gareth Pearson and Michael Tymbios. It started out with just six outlets and has since grown to include a diverse range of attractions.

Now, you can enjoy art galleries, museums, wine tastings, restaurants, and live bands during these occasions. Despite the variety available, the emphasis remains firmly on showcasing local talent and products.

How It Works

The concept’s extremely simple and has been very well received by locals and visitors to Cape Town alike.

On the First Thursday of every month participating venues simply extend their opening hours beyond the norm to cater for the after dark set. Many also offer free entry and other exciting discounts to sweeten the deal even more.

Nowadays, the only difference is that everyone must follow safety precautions like mask-wearing and sanitizing, and entry into closed spaces is limited to fewer people.

Nobody minds having these spaces more to themselves, so this has hardly affected the enthusiasm of those who are keen to get a taste of First Thursday nowadays.

So, if you’re keen to experience Cape Town’s finest examples of local talent, arrive early and plan your outing beforehand using one of the First Thursday maps available at participating venues and hotels.

Get Your Fill of Cape Town’s Finest

It’s a good idea to start planning now, so take a look at the First Thursday event website, start planning your route and book your trip to Cape Town right away.

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