First Thursdays: About

ALL ARE WELCOME and we hope you will come along to have some fun, catch up with old friends, make some new friends and get inspired.

A community conscious arts event that acts as a platform for emerging and established artists and artisans to showcase their practice. We are driven by the motivation to provide a unique opportunity for creatives in partnership with our business community to share and engage with one another.

On the first Thursday of two months a year, K Road will come alive with visual artists, performance artists, fashion shows, live music, installations, photographers, musicians, DJs, and hopefully. you! If you live in Auckland or just visiting for the summer, come be a part of the collaboration!

Expect anything from art exhibitions to live music, fashion shows, markets, installations, workshops and live performances. We hope to inspire and engage the audience. To date we have had 10 successful First Thursdays averaging 7,000+ people per event. The event now spans the length of Karangahape Road, from Queen Street to Ponsonby Road. Crazy to think how this event has grown since the first event back in December 2009 and so grateful for all the amazing, creative and inspiring creatures that have joined forces to bring KROAD to life.

If you're ever keen to get involved with please get in touch and pitch your ideas!


First Thursdays in Auckland had its humble beginnings in the iconic St Kevin's Arcade in December 2009. Our first event showcased nine visual artists, dance performances and DJ's. Since then we have had 10 successful First Thursdays events along K'Road showcasing thousands of local artists and attracting crowds in the thousands. First Thursdays is made by and for the community, it's for YOU!



First Thursdays was founded by Cleo Barnett in 2009.