First Thursdays In The City

What do you normally get up to on a Thursday evening? Netflix binge, Woolies microwave meal and early to bed? It’s time to spice things up with Johannesburg’s First Thursdays events.

First Thursdays

First Thursdays

First Thursdays is a free-to-attend event which takes place all over the city on the first Thursday night of each month, bringing together art galleries, restaurants and retail spaces to liven up the last half of your week. Explore your city on foot or hop from one venue to the next, uncovering all the sights and sounds that Joburg has to offer. There is no set tour or guided walk, only the freedom to do as you please (until 21:00 at least).

The First Thursdays platform is dedicated to helping you find the most awesome events in the city. Hosting seasonal First Thursday events in Braamfontein, Rosebank and beyond, they offer you a list of only the coolest hangouts in the city. Their Spring 2019 programme officially kicked off on Thursday, 05 September, but there is still loads to come. Here are our top picks for the upcoming First Thursdays November edition.

Arts & Culture

Joburg’s galleries come alive on First Thursdays. From the WITS Art Museum and Kalashnikovv Gallery in Braamfontein, to the famous Jan Smuts art mile and Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, there is a gallery open to suit any taste in art and sculpture. If you have never visited the city’s galleries by night, then this November is the ideal time to do so. With the jacarandas in bloom, the warm summer breezes and the glow of city lights, it is the perfect romantic outing.

First Thursdays

The Goodman Gallery presents Sam Nhlengethwa’s latest body of work, Joburg Selected, this November. A series of lithographs, portraits and collages of the city, Joburg Selected pays homage to the City of Gold. So, come and take a stroll through the Goodman Gallery this coming First Thursday.

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Another Jan Smuts Avenue art house, David Krut Projects, stays open late on the first Thursday of the month. Welcoming in guests to marvel at their printmaking workshop, gallery and bookstore. This is the perfect hangout for academics and deep thinkers.

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David Krut Projects

The Trumpet Building on Keyes Avenue is the place to be on First Thursdays. With the SMAC Gallery and TMRW Gallery on site, art abounds. Exhibiting local artists and cutting-edge virtual art displays, these galleries should be at the top of your ‘must-visit’ lists.

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What would First Thursdays be without Joburg’s best foodie hot spots? Bring your friends and family along for epic dining experiences at the city’s favourite restaurants.

After all that gallery hopping down Jan Smut Avenue, you are bound to be ravenous. That’s why Saigon Suzy stays open late, offering you authentic Asian inspired cocktails and street food to satiate that appetite. Hailed as one of the most unique eateries in Johannesburg, Saizon Suzy combines Pan-Asian dining with good old rock ‘n roll.

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First Thursdays

Looking for a true party vibe? Check out Braam’s very own Republic of 94. One of the inner city’s largest venues, Republic hosts epic First Thursdays events. Their menu isn’t half bad either, offering juicy wings and ribs, platters to share and succulent burgers with fries.

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Once in Joburg is Braamfontein’s official ‘poshtel’ – or posh hotel to those of you who don’t speak city slang. First Thursdays here are unlike any other, with live music performances, DJs, film screenings and great food. The best part? You can crash here for the night!

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Once In Joburg

Shopping At Night

Sometimes all you need is a little retail therapy. Check out Joburg’s coolest shopping spots at the First Thursdays November edition.

Sneaker Lab presents an amalgamation of street culture, art, food & drink and live music to get your First Thursdays pumping. Often hosting some of South Africa’s best DJs, Sneaker Lab is party central. Plus, you can pick up some wicked care-gear for your favourite kicks.

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99 Juta invite you to indulge in some late night shopping every First Thursday. This trendy new development was renovated from an 80-year old building into a first class home for local designers. With the likes of Joe Paine, Mash.T Design Studio, Monique Vee and The Urbanative housed here, 99 Juta also features eccentric pop-up stores and installations. Check them out this November!

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When Is It?

Thursday, 07 November 2019 from 17:00 – 21:00.

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2019-11-07 00:00:00 2019-11-07 18:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg First Thursdays In The City

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