1st Thursday, Presented by The Bank of Santa Barbara

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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ABOUT 1st THURSDAY, Presented by The Bank of Santa Barbara

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.

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

We are please to welcome our first-ever Presenting Sponsor, The Bank of Santa Barbara!

The Bank of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara's community bank, is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of 1st Thursday, a multi-cultural event that showcases so much of what this community has to offer. This event allows the community to come together and celebrate Santa Barbara.


Keep the Evening Going with 1st Thursday: After Hours!


Lobero Theatre
33 E. Canon Perdido, 805-679-6010

It’s curtains up for the seventh season of DANCEworks, and a brand new season of events in the Historic Theatre District! Get to know this year’s DANCEworks resident company, New York-based Adam Barruch Dance, as they perform in a cabaret setting. While in town, they will be creating a new work of Dance Theater based on highlights from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Check out the newest Historic Theatre District performance catalog to see everything coming up this season, and enter to win a night out at three Historic Theatre District Venues by entering the monthly raffle. Plus, enjoy light noshes and wine representing the Wine Collection of El Paseo.

You never know what fun awaits after hours. The Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic, The Arlington Theatre, The Granada Theatre and the Lobero Theatre bring you 1st Thursday: After Hours! Every month, you’ll discover there’s always something happening in The Historic Theatre District—you just have to know where to look.

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Art in the Mayors Office
City Hall, 735 Anacapa St, Entrance on De La Guerra Plaza, Second floor

City Hall, 735 Anacapa St, Entrance on De La Guerra Plaza, Second floor
Mayor Helene Schneider, with support from the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, presents the latest in a series of rotating exhibitions of artwork by regional artists. (The Mayor's office will only be open from 5–6pm on 1st Thursday for public viewing.)

Artamo Gallery
11 West Anapamu Street, 805-568-1400

A combined retrospective of works by German-American artist Jack N. Mohr shows a selection of acrylic and mixed media paintings (created in the U.S. after 1997) during the month of September, while earlier collages, drawings, prints, paintings and photos done in Germany are exhibited at the neighboring Karpeles Museum the same time and until the end of the year.

Bella Rosa Galleries
1103-A State Street, 805-966-1707

Aubrey Falk creates paintings which inspire the awe and wonder of nature within all of us. A third generation Santa Barbara native, her majestic landscapes and beach scenes have delighted locals and visitors for many years. New originals as well as limited edition giclees will be available for purchase. Enjoy wine tasting to benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara.

Ca'Dario Gallery
31 East Victoria Street, 805-452-4581

Sophie Kipner is an artist and writer from Topanga, CA. She will be showing her new series, DONTLIFTUPDONTLOOKDOWN, a collection of pen, ink and charcoal portraits, including Bowie and Iman, Bob Marley and The Beatles, among others. In this series, Sophie draws without looking at the paper or lifting up the pen, and then shades in the work afterwards. She takes commissions and will draw live portraits tonight. Wine and snacks by Ca’Dario.

Channing Peake Gallery
105 East Anapamu Street, 805-568-3990

Join us at 6PM, for a lively walk-thru tour of FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE: GOVERNMENT AT WORK 1850-1950, by Michael Allen, Clerk of the Board and local historian, Hattie Beresford. This exhibition takes a historic look back at the origins of government. The Board of Supervisors is offering its citizens a rare opportunity to view original ledger books, historic photographs, maps and artifacts from that period. Follow the transition of California from a Mexican state to a State of the Union, witness remarkable stories of early citizens and learn who the people were that led the government during that time.

Churchill Jewelers
1015 State Street, 805-962-5815

After a 30 year music career, Ruth Ellen Hoag started painting and found her new passion. While her styles vary from series to series they are all connected with an evocative sense of movement.  Join us in welcoming award-winning painter and teacher, Ruth Ellen Hoag. Ongoing: Thomas Van Stein.

Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art
1528 State Street, 805-962-6444

MAGICAL MOMENTS...WINDOWS OF SOUL: Three local artists have worked collaboratively to create this unique concept in mixed-media depicting beautiful scenes of Santa Barbara using a combination of photography and pastel. A 'magical moment' in time, captured in the past by photo was brought into the living energy by combining it with pastel, creating a 'world within a world'. Come have a glass of wine and enjoy!

Gallery 113
1114 State Street #8, in La Arcada Court, 805-965-6611

Gallery 113 presents original art by members of the Santa Barbara Art Association. The Artist of the Month is Linda Nelson who shares her insights into the plein air artist’s process. The featured artists are Elaine Wilson, Ann Russell, Lori Lenz, Rebecca Stebbins, Norah Bierer, Patty van Dyke, and Kristy Vantrease. (Open 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1pm–5pm on Sunday.)

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
653 Paseo Nuevo Terrace, Upper Arts Terrace, 805-966-5373

Curated Cocktails: Fall into Techno: Dranks & Bytes 1.0
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 themed art activities, a special set from DJs Myster Mause and Watson, treats from Whole Foods Santa Barbara, and tours of the current exhibitions: Then they form us and Bloom Projects: Yara El-Sherbini, Border Control. Sound provided by Watson Sound.

Oliver & Espig
1108 State Street, 805-962-8111

A lizard emerges from a piece of Serpentine, a playful pod of dolphins leap in a wave of Quartzite, an octopus camouflages itself against a piece of Butte Opal - stone is transformed into life. The exhibition includes a selection of natural stones and minerals that are hand carved, representing an interaction of life and nature. Visit our gallery, experience art from the world around us.

Santa Barbara Arts
1114 State Street #24, in La Arcada Court, 805-884-1938

For Stephen Lewis, landscape photography has always been his preferred mode of artistic expression because it offers the opportunity to share travel, nature and the world around him in a creative and visual way. As digital overtook analog, he became fascinated with the intersection of photography, post-processing, and digital effects which he puts to use in his “painterly” landscape style. Wine poured by Grassini Family Vineyards.

Santa Barbara Historical Musuem
136 East De La Guerra Street, 805-966-1601

Extravagant Costumes! Continue the Fiesta with our exhibition dedicated to beautiful Old Spanish Days fashion, art, and history.  Celebrate with Spanish guitar, pop-up performances and a tribute to the legacy of the Museum, built fifty years ago. Always family friendly.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, 805-963-4364

Family 1st Thursday: Lonely Metropolitan
Design your own version of Herbert Bayer’s Lonely Metropolitan (1932) in shades of black, white and grey by sketching hands on mid-tone paper in graphite and white pastel, then collaging them onto to an urban landscape. (5:30 – 7:30pm, Free)
Exhibitions on View:
The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come
This exhibition is the first to explore how the practice of painting served as the means for the artist to imagine generative relationships between art and technology. László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) is now recognized as one of the most influential members of the Bauhaus.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is open every Thursday 5 – 8 pm for free as part of Chase Free Thursday Evenings


SlingShot Alpha Art Forum
220 West Canon Perdido Street, 805- 770-3878

SlingShot Gallery: Discover our unique gallery and join the party! This exhibition features the work of Michelle Oliner who recently made the jump from fabric artist to print maker. Her series of hand colored prints have an organic yet elegant quality and showcase her interest in objects from nature and the simplicity of the human form. Look for our gallery a few blocks west of State Street. Our Fringe neighborhood is home to several art studios to round out your 1st Thursday experience. 

Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery
7 & 11 East Anapamu Street, 805-730-1460

Sullivan Goss opens a new Fall Salon painting in our Haines Gallery, featuring a selection of important paintings from the last 100 years of American Art. Also on view, CA Cool, and Robin Gowen: Landmark.

Waterhouse Gallery
1114 State Street # 9, 805-962-8885

The Gallery is going on its 31st year and 24 years in La Arcada Courtyard. It features artwork from some of today’s finest nationally-known painters. Southwest Art Magazine recognized Diane & Ralph Waterhouse among “10 Prominent People” in the Fine Art Business. Ralph Waterhouse will give a painting demonstration at 5:45pm.

ZFolio Gallery
1013 State Street, 805-845-7375

Influenced by childhood memories of the snow-covered landscape and clear icy light of winter in North Dakota, Paul’s glass art is perfect, or it doesn’t see the light of day. Each piece is hand blown, cut and polished involving classical form, contemporary design and bright clean colors. Using Italian techniques of canework, Paul pulls thin rods of colored glass encased in clear glass to a length of ninety feet. After cutting, he carefully sizes and weaves patterns together resulting in distinctive spiral designs.


Hula Anyone?
900 State Street, Marshalls Patio, 5-8pm

Escape to the islands and join Angelita Eller and Hula Anyone? for an evening of Hawaiian hula and Tahitian dance traditions. A Santa Barbara favorite for more than 35 years, Hula Anyone provides a platform for dancers of all ages to learn Hawaiian and Polynesian Culture through traditional dancing, song, music and instruments. Hula Anyone will showcase dances ranging from ancient “kahiko” style hula to modern “hula ‘auana” as well as lively Tahitian dancing and will feature old favorites alongside brand new dances. 

Mission Canyon
900 State Street, Marshalls Patio, 5-7:30pm

Mission Canyon brings to life songs and good memories with acoustic instruments and vocally rich arrangements. From Americana to Motown, songs widely known and loved, Pat Hackney specializes in instrumental solos and harmony and lead vocals while Robert Brown covers lead and harmony vocals and rhythm and lead guitar.

Santa Barbara Trombone Society
Paseo Nuevo Center Court

The Santa Barbara Trombone Society (SBTS) is an ensemble comprised of both professional and amateur musicians that reside throughout Santa Barbara County, with members ranging from age 16 to 80+. The group rehearses weekly, thanks to a partnership with Santa Barbara City College's Music Department, and performs not only at SBCC Music events, but also for off-campus functions, including weddings, birthday parties, memorial services and much more. (For more information or to hire the SBTS for an event, please contact Eric Heidner at heidner@sbcc.edu.) This performance is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Performing Arts League.

The Art Crawl
735 Anacapa Street

The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with Downtown Santa Barbara, will lead a curated Art Crawl through 1st Thursday festivities. Each month a new guest curator leads a tour through the 1st Thursday festivities. The Art Crawl starts at 5:30 in de la Guerra Plaza on the back steps of City Hall (735 Anacapa Street, then head around to the back).


Casa Magazine
23 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-965-6448

"Focus on the figurative" is an exhibition featuring Colleen Kelly’s “Naked Under Her Clothes,” monotypes with chine colle, along with a juried exhibition of figurative work by local artists. There will be a "dance happening," coordinated with the exhibition. Live music with Harold Kono on the piano and light refreshments.

Cebada Wine
1114 State Street #22, 805-722-4338

Cebada Wine welcomes the artwork of local artist Vanessa Wallace-Gonzales! Her energetic works of art were influenced by the vibrant and warm culture she was surrounded by as a young adult. We will be sipping on our award winning 2012 Pinot Noir by the glass as well as showcasing our special vertical tasting.

CorePower Yoga
1129 State Street, 805-884-9642

Join the CorePower Yoga community for a night of courtyard yoga, live music, and community mingling! Let your mind settle and body relax as you flow through a restorative vinyasa with Adam Peot playing classical Spanish guitar. Bring your mat or leave it at home – Lole will provide mats as needed. Allow the night to continue with an hour of connecting with new and old friends in CorePower Yoga’s courtyard following class. Class will be one hour and start promptly at 5:30pm followed by a community hangout in the courtyard! Spend a sweet summer night with yoga and the CorePower community! (Courtyard located behind Peet’s Coffee)

1114 State Street #22, in La Arcada Courtyard

ENCANTO, a women's boutique which specializes in unique clothing, jewelry, scarves, + shoes is one of the most beautiful shops in town AND has one of the most exciting venues each month! This month, come join us for an evening of some really fine bluegrass music with the SALT MARTIANS, local musicians who will definitely keep your toes a'tappin'.

Engel & Volkers Santa Barbara
1323 State Street, 805-364-5141

Engel & Volkers Santa Barbara welcomes you to experience culture come to life for 1st Thursday Downtown Santa Barbara. View some of the finest estates and vacation homes the surprise country of the month has to offer while you enjoy music, wine, and hors d'oeuvres.

Industry Home
740 State Street #1, 805-845-5780

NEW is the word of the month! We have new makers, fun new events, AND a whole new look! Come celebrate all of the new things we have going on with freshly brewed coffee from one of our local makers, beer, wine, and sushi!

Jewish Federation’s Bronfman Family JCC
524 Chapala Street, 805-957-1115

Some of the 580 members of the Santa Barbara Art Association (SBAA) were juried into this show with diverse themes, media, and styles. Please come visit the show during our reception from 5-7:30pm, when we will have live music featuring Jazz Plus, wine, and appetizers.

740 State Street, 805-963-7258

Move your hips to the beat of the drum in our Himalayan Salt Cave! Discover how hula-hoop'ing can strengthen your core and improve your mood. All you have to do is show up, pick up a hula-hoop and start moving! Salty treats and libations will be served.

Santa Barbara Public Market
38 West Victoria Street, 805-770-7702

Enjoy all the Public Market has to offer before school kicks off again. Stephanie Guilin will be showing off her brilliant knack for photography while new delectable treats from Rori’s Artisanal Creamery cool the summer night. Beckmen Vineyards and New Belgium Brewery will be handing out tasters in the Kitchen and Stone Brewery will be sampling fun new beers in Wine+Beer.

Santa Barbara Travel Bureau
1028 State Street, 800-350-9333

Join us for an evening exploring the exotics, featuring cultural Japan, the natural wonders of Patagonia and small ship expeditions around the world. Santa Barbara Travel presents Zegrahm Expeditions, specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris on all seven continents to the most remote places. (Presentations at 6pm & 7pm)

Service Objects
27 E. Cota Street, Suite 500, 5th Floor, 805-963-1700

Service Objects is dedicated to improving the environment with real time data validation technology. Come for our Open House and enjoy wine and beer while we exhibit photography by Amber Paresa. When course scheduling prevented Amber from enrolling in auto shop, she picked up a 35mm “point and shoot” and enrolled in the high school photography class. Her performance photography path began with Pink Floyd at the Palace of Versailles in 1988. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibits from New York to Los Angeles including a showcase in the Who Shot Rock and Roll exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Amber is a 1993 graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and currently resides in Santa Barbara.)

Sojourner Cafe
134 East Canon Perdido, 805-965-7922

Art, wine and music…join us for wine tasting, a dual art show with Chris Potter and Kevin Gleason, all while you’re entertained by singer/songwriter Lainey Taylor, an aspiring young artist who has been playing for us for several years.


2015 1st THURSDAY Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 3
  • Thursday, October 1
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Thursday, December 3

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1st Thursday Presenting Sponsor:

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