1st Thursday

1st Thursday is an award winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are free from 5-8pm.

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1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm. 1st Thursday venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists' receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities. Many Downtown partners partake in this event including non-conventional galleries, retailers and restaurants. In addition, State Street comes alive on 1st Thursday with performances and interactive exhibits. Look for previews of forthcoming plays, symphony performances, concerts and dance productions, as well as local up-and-coming performers. Downtown Santa Barbara also partners with Santa Barbara cultural groups for one-time 1st Thursday attractions.

1st Thursday is for locals and visitors alike. It provides an opportunity for residents to indulge in local culture, mingle with neighbors and participate in the arts community. The program also offers visitors the chance to experience, in one evening, the diversity of Downtown Santa Barbara’s visual and performing arts scene. is aimed at developing a lively atmosphere downtown as well as showcasing the cultural variety that Santa Barbara has to offer.

The 1st Thursday Passport is a printed guide and map to all of the 1st Thursday attractions and are available at participating galleries and venues, MTD shuttles, The Visitors’ Center and hotel concierge desks. OR you can download a printable version above.

(Below is the information for the February's 1st Thursday event. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date content. The next 1st Thursday event is MARCH 5, 2015.)



Keep the Evening Going with 1st Thursday: After Hours!
The Granada Theatre hosts 1st Thursday: After Hours from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
1214 State Street, 805-899-2222

Join the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, and The Granada Theatre tonight from 7:30-9:30pm for 1st Thursday: After Hours! at The Granada Theatre.

Three venerable performing arts organizations have teamed up to offer a unique night of excitement to round-out your 1st Thursday. Take photos and have tea with State Street Ballet’s costumed Alice in Wonderland dancers, sing epic karaoke love ballads with the Santa Barbara Symphony upstairs in the McCune Founders Room, and enjoy complementary wine tasting from Summerland Winery while socializing.

The Historic Theatre District is pleased to offer 1st Thursday: After Hours events, held at a different Historic Theatre District venue each month. You never know what fun awaits after hours.

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11 West Anapamu Street, 805-568-1400
Celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary, ARTAMO GALLERY presents the latest arrivals by Janet Bothne, Kaori Fukuyama, Elana Kundell and Jack N. Mohr, and stages 10 days of specials (January 30 – February 8) offering original hand-drawn prints for $10, collages and other pieces for $10x10, as well as art auctions for selected paintings, plus a free art raffle tonight.


1103-A State Street, 805-966-1707
Bella Rosa Galleries will be attending AGTA Gemfair Tucson to bring many new & exciting jewelry & artworks back to Santa Barbara for the coming year. Be sure to visit us often for our exciting installations.


31 East Victoria Street, 805-452-4581
Explore my vision through your personal interpretation and perceptions
Gigi Crisa was born and raised on the Sicilian Island of Italy and now lives in Santa Barbara. He is a contemporary artist working in the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. His artwork is a fusion of bright and bold colors genuinely inspired by the Mediterranean together with an inquietude of shapes and figures, a constant prerogative in the way of self-expression. Some of the pieces are fruit of dreams, others a colorful narrative of everyday stories, yet ultimately an instinct or creative impulsivity to vent with colors the deep subconscious of the mind guided only by the artist’s hand.


105 East Anapamu Street, 805-568-3990
NEAR AND FAR: Plein Air in County Parks
At 6pm join us in the Channing Peake Gallery for a dynamic walk-thru poetry reading, The Poetry of Near and Far” featuring Chryss Yost, the City Poet Laureate and invited poets. Each poet will choose to read a poem based on a painting from the current S.C.A.P.E. (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) Plein Air exhibition which celebrates the beauty and diversity of our unique County Parks.  A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will benefit The Santa Barbara County Park Foundation.


123 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-637-2230
Pastimes by Candlelight: Enjoy a rare opportunity to visit the Presidio by candlelight. Experience living history vignettes and see the Presidio as you might have over two centuries ago: hear the comandante converse with officials, watch the soldados relax after a long day's work, and enjoy the music and dances of Early California.


1114 State Street #8, in La Arcada Court, 805-965-6611
Artist of the Month show will for the first time include art by members of the Boards of both SBAA and Gallery 113 and their volunteers. Featured artists include Julie Laraway, Beth Schmohr, Helena Hill, Rebecca Stebbins, and Carol Dixon.  The gallery will also have its group show of art by SBAA members including oil and acrylic paintings, collage, photography, jewelry, and sculpture.  (Open 11 - 5 Monday - Saturday and 1 - 5 on Sunday.)


653 Paseo Nuevo Terrace, Upper Arts Terrace, 805-966-5373
Join us for happy hour at the Museum! MCASB is offering $5 signature cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland's resident mixologist, Chris Burmeister. FREE tours of the current exhibitions, art activities, and a special "Drunk in Love" set by DJ Darla Bea.


1114 State Street #24, in La Arcada Court, 805-884-1938
Keith Grey Hale was inspired by the whale song in his own heart. He listened and heard a message of love coming from the collective consciousness of the Whales. Come and meet Keith Hale and Carolyn Gorman, authors of "Breath of the Whales: A Path to Awakening".  This compilation of inspirational messages is offered for our graceful evolution as humanity, peacefully coexisting and co-creating a beautiful shared dream. Wine served by Grassini Family Vineyards.


136 East De La Guerra Street, 805-966-1601
Vintage Toys & Trains AND Under The Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style. Join us for music and wine in our lovely galleries as you explore Santa Barbara’s distinct style with our latest exhibition, dedicated to renowned architect Lutah Maria Riggs (collaboration with the Lutah Maria Riggs Society and Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara).  Plus, enjoy an enchanting model train display depicting Santa Barbara’s downtown depot (1940s) that will delight all ages. Always family-friendly.


1130 State Street, 805-963-4364
Family 1st Thursday
Bring the whole family to enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center, located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level.
Symbol Paintings
Discover personal symbols like fish, barnyard animals, and birds rendered in jewel tones that Chagall included in Blue Angel, featured in the Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation exhibition. Then, paint your own magical composition in gouache on paper. (5:30-7:30pm, Free)
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is open every Thursday 5 – 8 pm for free as part of Chase Free Thursday Evenings



7 & 11 East Anapamu Street, 805-730-1460
In February, Sullivan Goss celebrates the exhibition AGORAPHOABIA: Portraits of American Interiors. The show features work by some of the gallery's favorite modern and contemporary artists, as well as some well-known artists who are making their debut at the gallery. Also opening are Jean Swiggett: One Man Renaissance; Anders Aldrin; and Agoraphobia: Portraits of American Interiors.


1013 State Street, 805-845-7375
Etienne Perret started making jewelry for the women in his life.  By the 1980s, his 18 karat gold and diamond designs could be found in leading jewelry stores across America.  Today he is busy creating an innovative new collection of gem ceramic rings, many of which combine gold and diamonds.  Stunningly fresh new design concepts that appeal to both men and women.



Paseo Nuevo Center Court, 5-7:30pm
Since the age of 10, young singer-songwriter Jason Paras has been performing regularly  his original songs at venues such as the Santa Barbara Bowl, the Granada Theatre, the Chumash Casino, Fiesta Main Stage, SOhO Music Club and Velvet Jones. Because of his recent sell-out performance at the Granada Theatre, Jason was invited to perform in concert at the 2014 Durango Songwriters Expo (a show featuring multiple #1 hit songwriters and GRAMMY winners). At age 15, Jason’s band was named the best 18 and under band in Santa Barbara.


900 State Street, Marshalls Patio, 5-7:30pm
Mission Canyon is an acoustic group, combining guitar, mandolin and fiddle with rich harmony vocals. The group offers cover tunes from a variety of sources: '60s, '70s, Motown, R&B, Bluegrass and Folk-Rock. Their song list includes recognizable hits, classic gems\ and danceable favorites.



23 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-965-6448
Delicious curves and sensual texture – the art of love will inspire participants as harp strings and heart strings stir for 1st Thursday. Sculpture, painting, live harp, guitar, piano, & more. 


1114 State Street #22, in La Arcada Court 
IT'S ALMOST VALENTINES DAY! Bring your sweetheart down to ENCANTO, all things beautiful, located in the La Arcada Courtyard for a fantastic selection of clothing, jewelry + accessories. We will be serving up gypsy jazz music (in the style of Django Reinhart) by the Idiomatiques from 6 - 8 pm, along with serving some wonderful local wines. Don't miss ENCANTO, it is most definitely one of the best venues of 1st Thursday!


5 East Figueroa St, 805-585-5257
Join us to experience the new Cebada Tasting Room upstairs and enjoy a special exhibit by local color enthusiast and illustrator Ali Rybczyk. Her style is a bright collection of words, fashion and people, blending her experiences, feelings and worldview into a happy explosion of color, texture and life!


740 State Street, 805-963-7258
Salt Cave will fill your heart with salty romance. If you're in the mood for love, you'll appreciate champagne, heart-shaped cookies, truffles, and free entry to our lovely pink Himalayan salt caves. Stop by to find romantic gifts for your Valentine that are made right here in Santa Barbara. 


38 West Victoria Street #120, 805-770-7702
VADA is a unique “school-within-a-school” that integrates college preparatory coursework with career-focused art and design instruction in a supportive “family-like” environment. Additionally, please join our featured purveyor, Enjoy Cupcakes, and winery, Piedrasassi, for a pairing of Enjoy Cupcake’s signature Chocolate Blackberry Syrah mini cupcakes with Piedrasassi’s Santa Barbara County Syrah. Enjoy Cupcakes owner and baker, Amber Vander Vliet, will also be frosting three 6” Chocolate Blackberry Syrah cakes to randomly give away to visitors. A perfect pairing! Enjoy Cupcakes has been making wine infused cupcakes since their opening in 2009 and Piedrasassi has been making limited production wine in the Lompoc wine Ghetto since 2003, with a focus on cool climate Syrah.


1028 State Street, 800-350-9333
Join our Open House presenting an award-winning "Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection - the world's ONLY authentic boutique cruise line.” Uniworld offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, and Asia. Their European fleet features luxurious ships with enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality and numerous all-inclusive benefits. (Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Presentations: 6pm & 7pm)


27 E. Cota Street, 805-963-1700
Service Objects is dedicated to improving the environment with real time data validation technology. Come for our Open House and enjoy beer and wine as we support local artists. This month’s exhibition will feature images by TABA’s Photography’s co-founders Steven Herbert and Rachel Kulchin. TABA Photography focuses on adventure, cultural and fine art photography from around the world.


134 East Canon Perdido, 805-965-7922
February is the Love Month, and we love music with DHL Express (Deb Farris with Hans and Lisa). We’ll also be exhibiting the Solstice Poster Contest entrants. Come join in the love at Sojourner Cafe. 


15 E. Carrillo, 805-963-8862
Please join Union Bank and the American Heart Association for the National Wear Red Day Launch Party. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. This National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 6th, wear red and join our efforts to bring awareness. Wine and appetizers will be served.

2015 1st THURSDAY Schedule:

  • Please note: there will be NO 1st Thursday in January, 2015, due to the holiday
  • Thursday, February 5
  • Thursday, March 5
  • Thursday, April 2

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