First Thursdays is a highly anticipated event taking place every month, with an array of artists, musicians and one-of-a-kind creative events all in the trendy streets of the city centre. Take a look at just what there is to get up to during August’s edition.

In Motion at Ground Art Caffe

Hosted by the Ground Art Caffe, this First Thursdays will see a unique exhibition of concept designs and blue prints of boats by international award-winning naval architect, Kobus Potgieter. The opening event invites event-goers to join them for an evening of design – and the rare opportunity to view the collector’s pieces. Enjoy complimentary wine, beverages and canapes on the night, and immerse yourself in the unique designs and artworks on display.


When Thursday, 3 August, 6 – 9pm
Where Ground Art Caffe, 160 Strand Street, De Waterkant
Cost Free
Contact +27 21 418 1331


Not a Judge, not a Saint exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary

Johannesburg artist, Layziehound Coka’s solo exhibition at Eclectica Contemporary, is presented as a “neither nor statement with a slightly deceiving sense of neutralism reveals the ease at which we dissociate ourselves from the judgements we make.” Eclectica Contemporary says that his large, gestural body of work “expresses a turbulent experience of conflict when tackling the so-called moral compass the artist and those of us alike are taught to live by.”


When Thursday, 3 August, 6 – 9pm
Where Eclectica Contemporary, 69 Burg Street
Cost Free
Contact +27 21 422 4145, [email protected]


Mosaic Art Collaborative Exhibition at City Bowl Health Kitchen


The City Bowl Health Kitchen has got an artsy twist up their sleeves for the upcoming instalment of First Thursdays with a showcase of new and existing art onto their walls. This time, they’re presenting the Mosaic, a piece of art made from the assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials. They’ll be some tasty food, drink and music to keep the good vibes flowing.


When Thursday, 3 August, 5pm – 10pm
Where City Bowl Health Kitchen, 9 Commercial Street
Cost Free entry
Contact +27 21 461 0334


Dapper First Thursday Ft. Crazy White Boy at Dapper Coffee co.

Ever-popular First Thursdays hub, Dapper Coffee Co, is bringing its fans something crazy for the upcoming August edition. South African dance and electronic duo, Crazy White Boy, will be rocking Thursday night at Dapper for an evening of good tunes, tasty drinks and a great time. Be sure to book a table, as the coffee hotspot is filled to the brim with First Thursday-lovers every month.


When Thursday, 3 August, 6pm – 2am
Where Dapper Coffee Co. Corner Bree & Strand Street
Cost Free entry, book a table to avoid disappointment
Contact +27 21 001 2560, [email protected]


Pop-up Improv at Alexander Upstairs 

August’s edition of First Thursday will see the beginning of three nights of improv. ImproGuise will be taking to Alexander’s stage to bring you their high risk, totally out there, long form improv in three unique and interesting improv formats. The Chair will be on show this coming First Thursday, and introduces a format created by Megan Furniss. A special guest is invited to take a seat in the chair, and a story follows from a word given by the audience. The cast will then create scenes inspired by their stories for an hour.


When Thursday, 3 August, 7pm
Where Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre
Cost R120 – R140
Contact +27 21 300 1088, [email protected]


Meet The Brewers – IPA Day at Beerhouse

Join Beerhouse on IPA Day 2017 and First Thursdays for an IPA tasting with some of the best brewers in the beer business. Enjoy a tasting of some Cape Towns classic brews with beers by Devil’s Peak Brewing Company, BrewDog ZA, Stellenbosch Brewing Co, UkhambaBeerworx, RIOT Beer and Drifter Brewing Company – for free!


When Thursday, 3 August, 7:30pm – 10pm
Where Beerhouse (on Long) 223 Long Street
Cost Free
Contact +27 21 424 3370, [email protected]


First Thursdays at HQ

HQ is an inner-city staple, and they celebrate First Thursdays in style every month. Join them for power tunes from Brett Aitken and Christ De Vos to keep the groove going all night, as well as their legendary half price tapas special. Booking is essential so don’t forget to book a table to avoid disappointment.


When Thursday, 3 August, 5pm – 10pm
Where HQ, 100 Shortmarket Street
Cost Half price tapas
Contact +27 21 424 6373, [email protected]


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