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 October's 1st Thursday event. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date content. The next 1st Thursday event is NOVEMBER 5, 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!


The New Vic
33 W. Victoria, 805-966-5400

Featuring live musical performances from the cast of Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of Sweeney Todd, opening on October 8th at the New Vic. Also, get a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of producing a play.

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

AUTUMN COLORS: In this year’s autumn group show ARTAMO GALLERY presents the works by artists Ann Baldwin, Janet Bothne, Judy Hintz Cox, Rose Masterpol, Kaori Fukuyama, Christina Hall-Strauss, and Julia Pinkham. Though all are very different in style and technique, they mostly draw their inspiration from nature. Their paintings in various degrees of abstraction bring the viewer into the colors of the season.

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 delight locals and visitors 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

Local Santa Barbara artist Irina Kovalik was born in Odessa, Ukraine and began taking interest in art from her early childhood. French and Russian impressionists influence Irina’s style. The natural beauty of Santa Barbara inspires her use of shapes and bright colors. The intent of her artistic expression is to elicit similar emotions as reading a novel or listening to music simply by experiencing one of her paintings.

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

The Santa Barbara Printmaker’s 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition artists reception provides a unique opportunity to view examples of traditional and contemporary printmaking. Artist/printmakers throughout California were invited to submit work that was juried by master printmaker John Greco from LA. (Awards at 6 PM.)

Churchill Jewelers
1015 State Street, 805-962-5815

Join us in welcoming Oklahoma artist, Kelli Folsom in her first Santa Barbara show, "Small Jewels.” Her passion for the old masters and the joy she takes from in-depth life study strengthens her work. Kelli's devotion to the development of her talent is quite evident.

Distinctive Framing ‘N’ Art Santa Barbara
1333 State Street, 805-882-1058

The summer's finally over and we can get back to being Santa Barbarians. No more hiding from the sun, but enjoying its warmth in between el Nino showers -we live in hope! Come see landscape paintings of this summer by Chris Potter.

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

LIFESCAPES: Presenting award-winning photographer Felice Willat's fascinating images from travels around the world that capture the beauty of the human landscape in many different cultures. Please join us for the artist's opening reception and toast this artist with a glass of wine.

Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library West
40 East Anapamu Street, 805-962-7635

COLOR AND TEXTURE: An SB Fiber Arts Guild and Fibervision Collaboration (Art quilts, weavings, felted pieces, crocheted and knit items in various techniques) Join the talented sewers and weavers of the Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild and the FiberVisions Group for the opening of their joint exhibition.

Fiesta Five Theatres
916 State Street, 805-963-9503

Join us for three free screenings of clips from the upcoming new film, “West of the West – Tales of California’s Channel Islands.” Learn about the fascinating human history of the Channel Islands from the creators of “CITIZEN McCAW.” (Showings at 5:20pm, 6pm, 6:40pm, each screening lasts 20 minutes).

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

This month is a Benefit Show for the Environmental Defense Center. This juried show was open to all local artists and juried by Rick Garcia.  25% of sales goes to the Environmental Defense Center. (Open 11am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 1pm–5pm on Sunday.)

Gallery 27 at Brooks Institute
27 East Coat Street, 805-690-4913

In Second Nature, the graduating artists of Brooks Institute’s Master of Fine Arts in Photography program exhibit work that explores the boundaries of learned responses and instinctual behaviors. This complex relationship is portrayed through a multi-sensory experience with the use of large-scale installations, traditional photographic processes and alternative digital media. This exhibition concludes Gallery 27’s long-standing commitment to the arts community in Santa Barbara.

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

Curated Cocktails: F​all into Techno: Dranks & Bytes 2.0
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 KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe, treats from Whole Foods and tours of the current exhibitions: Then they form us​ and Bloom Projects:​ Yara El-Sherbini, ​Border Control​. Thank you to our event partner, KCRW 89.9!

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

Mixed media artist Tielle Monette sets her imagination free and her hands to work building the 3-Dimentional elements into her painted canvases. By manipulating various fiction books, and the stories they tell, she formed the foundations for her latest painting entitled Rift. In one vivid composition, she captures both the elements of destruction and creation, as her canvas appears to rend in half, a jagged-peaked mountain range rising from the depths of a tumultuous, primordial ocean of rich blues and lustrous greens.

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

Whimsy: anything odd or fanciful; a product of playful or capricious fancy. That's our theme this month featuring whimsical art by Denise Loveless Greenwood, Judee Hauer, Sisters of Santa Barbara, Bud Bottoms, Brian Andreas and Nina deCreeft Ward. Wine poured by Grassini Family Vineyards.

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

Building Our History: New exhibit - one month only! Experience a tribute to the historic building of the Museum by the Santa Barbara Historical Society in 1965. Plus your last chance to see extravagant costumes! Continue the celebration with our exhibition dedicated to beautiful Old Spanish Days fashion, art and history. Celebrate with live music, a performance by the Junior Spirit of Fiesta (6:00 pm) and pop-up performances. Always family friendly.

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

Family 1st Thursday: Chrysanthemums of Summer
Bring the family to enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA’s Family Resource Center. Oil Pastel and Tempera Paint Still Life: Study the complex details of flowers up close by sketching from botanical arrangements. Add color to the composition with water-soluble oil pastels mixed with tempera paint, inspired by Henri Fantin-Latour’s Chrysanthemums of Summer (Chrysanthemes d'Ete) (ca. 1887). (Time: 5:30–7:30 pm, Location: SBMA’s Family Resource Center, Free)
An Evening of Poetry, Dance, Afro Jarocho Music, and Conversation with Artist Patricio Hidalgo: Patricio Hidalgo is a world-renown, musician and poet, as well as proponent for the musical and social roots of jarocho in mestiza, indigenous, and African traditions. Meet the artist and hear student poems inspired by Hidalgo’s work. (Time: 5:30 pm, Location:  Museum Galleries, Free. Presented in Collaboration with Viva El Arte and UCSB Arts & Lectures)

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

We are hosting a wine reception celebrating the art of James Jasper. His unique abstract drawings create a moment when objects distort and begin to disappear, but remain visually seductive. Our artist neighbors will open their studios so there is much to discover a few blocks west of State Street. SlingShot puts you in the Fringe Zone and we are worthy of the detour!

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

Sullivan Goss celebrates the opening of work by local legend, Angela Perko. For her 6th solo show at the gallery, Perko has produced some of her strongest work to date. Also opening this month is American Details, featuring the work of 3 of Southern California's most iconic rising stars: Robert Townsend, Dave Lefnerand and Mary-Austin Klein.

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

ZFolio welcomes glass artist Stephen Schlanser. Stephen worked in stained glass for many years before mastering his collection of slumped glass art forms. He begins with a hand drawing, followed by solid sheet glass, carefully shaped and heated in a closed kiln to a melting temperature. Schlanser’s art has been commissioned by Presidents Bush and Obama along with numerous collectors and corporations. We invite you to meet the artist and view his collection.


Mission for Mentors Telethon
Paseo Nuevo Center Court

Each year the Fighting Back Mentor Program and KEYT-3 team up to produce the “Mission for Mentors” Telethon. This prime-time media event recruits mentors for the many children in Santa Barbara waiting to be matched with a positive adult role model. Filmed live at Center Court in the Paseo Nuevo Mall, the Telethon provides the perfect opportunity for the community to come together in support of Santa Barbara’s youth.

Moon Shiner
SBMA Corner - State & Anapamu

After meeting on the salty shores of southern Connecticut, Jenner Fox and Raph Shapiro bring their harmony and heartache to the great American west. Half New York Harbor, half San Francisco Bay, Moon Shiner plays a bicoastal blend of folk, bluegrass, and rock and roll, providing acoustic sets of original tunes as well as favorites by artists like John Prine, Gillian Welch, Darrell Scott, and Bob Dylan. Cool, intoxicating, and soul-warming to the last drop, Moon Shiner music won't let you down. This performance is sponsored by the Santa Barbara Performing Arts League.

The Agreeables
900 State Street, Marshalls Patio

Rick Cipes & his band of Agreeables present a taste of their musical Zombie Rock which plays at Center Stage (upstairs at Paseo Nuevo) October 28-31. They'll also be playing classic cover songs & welcoming the arrival of a pack of zany zombies. Please note this is a peaceful zombie gathering: NO zombie hunters allowed! (More info www.zombierock.com)

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

Spice - everything's better with it... Art, Music, Sips & Tastes, and a dance performance.

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

October brings our special "Everything Blueberry" tasting! Taste our fresh farm-picked blueberries, blueberry jam and syrup, blueberry port wine and blueberry sorbet along with our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Wines. Also joining us: Santa Barbara local Amy DiGregorio presents her trendsetting jewelry + leather bag collections, portraying the essence of earth, femininity and style. Golden Door Spa sampling their artisan Irresistible Ginger Cookies; and Ocho the Owl will regale with live music!

Christ Presbyterian Church
36 E. Victoria Street, 805-957-4200

LIVE JAZZ - THE JUSTIN CLAVERIA QUARTET: Come enjoy an evening of live music featuring accomplished saxophonist Justin Claveria along with Kevin Fukagawa, Cougar Estrada and Larry Antonino. In the Time of the Judges: Works by KEVIN ROLLY - Kevin uses a mixed media technique to create stunning “oilgraphs” that blend traditional photography with oil paint and other media. Adding to this unique eight-year project, Kevin will complete a new piece live! Wine & hors d’oeuvres provided. (Live art begins at 6:30!)

CorePower Yoga
1129 State Street, 805-884-9642

Join us for a free courtyard yoga class set to the soothing sounds of live Spanish guitar, Harp & Tibetan Singing Bowls (played by Adam Peot and Laurie Rasmussen). Stay after and enjoy delicious bites from Sama Sama Kitchen & wine from Armada Wine & Beer Merchant. To give back to our community, enter a raffle to benefit local animal shelters. (Class begins at 5:30pm in the courtyard located behind Peet’s Coffee)

Couch SB
9 West Ortega Street, 805-965-8505

Please join COUCH SB in celebrating the art of CASWELL ADAMS. Caswell Adams specializes in limited edition linocut prints. San Francisco based artist, Joanie Hudson, hand carves and stamps each piece using linoleum blocks, water based ink, and occasionally, gouache paint for bold pops of color. The spontaneous nature of printmaking unleashes unique variations on individual prints stamped from the same block.

1114 State Street #22, in La Arcada Courtyard

THE IDIOMATIQUES are back, playing their gypsy jazz musique from 6-8 PM! Join them in celebrating the release of their first cd! Local wine will be served @ $5/glass. See you @ ENCANTO: all things beautiful boutique.

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

We welcome you to experience the German culture come to life at our very own "Völksfest.” View some of the finest estate and vacation homes from Germany while enjoying an Autumn-themed gallery brought to you by Mediterranée Antiques. Eat, drink and enjoy good company!

McConnell's Ice Cream
728 State Street, 805-324-4402

The Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High School presents a selection of artwork from 12th grade academy students at McConnell’s. A great opportunity to enjoy some fine ice cream and see what our future creatives are making!

902 Laguna Street, 805-961-9200

PathPoint has been “Learning. Living. Building Communities Since 1964.”  At PathPoint, we consider the philosophy behind our mission as cause for celebration. We believe that all individuals with disabilities and/or disadvantages can achieve self-sufficiency and dignity. We're leaders in the fields of employment, community access, residential and behavioral health services and have received national recognition. We currently serve over 2,000 individuals with disabilities or disadvantages including people with physical or developmental disabilities (such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, or Down Syndrome), people with psychiatric disabilities (such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, or Anxiety Disorder), and people who are disadvantaged (such as low-income seniors, the homeless, or at-risk youth transitioning to independence.)

740 State Street, 805-963-7258

Join us for an evening of music and libations in the Salt Cave to kick off Epicure SB.

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

Summer is still sizzling at the Public Market! Catch some grilled specialties from Community Seafood and indulge in some clam chowder, a signature soup from I’a Fish Market & Café. Wash it down with varietals from Gainey Winery and Anchor brewing company, or shoot over to Wine+Beer to enjoy sips from Sierra Nevada while One2Tree jams out in the courtyard. Also: kids from Youth Interactive display their amazing artwork and entrepreneurial spirit in the Kitchen.

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

Discover the treasures of the Mediterranean with Central Holidays, presenting Italy and Croatia. Explore these two incredibly popular destinations complemented with wine tasting excursions, culinary classes or outdoor adventure journeys such as cycling, hiking, running and ski programs for that once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Presentations at 6pm & 7pm)

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

This month, Service Objects is exhibiting art by Chris Marinez. Influenced by artists such as Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, and Gustav Klimt, Chris expresses his own artistic style fused from classic art as well as modern street art techniques. Chris utilizes repetition in his art and creates hanging pieces up to 6x8 ft. Often utilizing dark imagery or impartial feeling in his color scheme, the end result is open to interpretation. Please join us at Service Objects for this event and sip wine and beer with great views of Downtown Santa Barbara.

1028 State Street, 805-869-1107

Imlak’esh Organics is serving up superfood elixirs using their ethically sourced products.  We dare you to come experience the euphoria of real chocolate!  Also, Tower Garden/Juice Plus will serve their famous 100% natural plant based, NON GMO, Gluten & Dairy Free, low sugar, no artificial flavor or sweetener shakes. (Presenting Sponsor of 1st Thursday)

THE FENTON HOUSE (Law Office of Alan H. Fenton)
1334 Anacapa Street, 805-568-1800

Please join us in celebrating our first 1st Thursday. We are hosting internationally acclaimed author Jenna McCarthy, signing her most recent literary success Pretty Much Screwed. Art curator and amazing artist Brad Nack will show some of his most recent work. Enjoy tastings from Windrun Wine, apps from Barbareno and cupcakes from Enjoy Cupcakes.

2015 1st THURSDAY Schedule:

  • Thursday, October 1
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Thursday, December 3
  • Thursday, January 7, 2016

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