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 December's 1st Thursday event. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date content. The next 1st Thursday event is JANUARY 7, 2016.)

We are pleased 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!


Santa Barbara Historical Museum
136 East De la Guerra, 805-966-1601

Join The Museum tonight to keep the party going, Museum-style!  Be entertained by DJ Darla Bea, mixing the best holiday music with reinvented favorites, along with pop-up performances and fun. Celebrate Santa Barbara history and explore the Museum’s exhibitions with a chance to win prizes, a no-host bar, light fare—all while socializing with friends.


Keep the fun going in Santa Barbara’s Historic Cultural & Theatre District as the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Granada Theatre, the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic, the Arlington Theatre and the Lobero Theatre host 1st Thursday: After Hours every month, proving that there’s always something happening in the Downtown Cultural District—you just have to know where to look.


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

MASTERPOL & GYÖRFI: IN CONTRAST In its last exhibition for 2015, ARTAMO GALLERY presents works by Rose Masterpol and András Györfi. Rose Masterpol’s vivid expressionistic paintings usually come in strong colors, but white is the dominant element here. They stand in stark contrast to her other work, as well as to the surrealistic fantasy driven colorful paintings by András Györfi. Masterpol, now based in Santa Fe, studied art, graphic-design and music. András Györfi learned painting in Budapest, Hungary, where he still lives. He also has an architectural degree and is known for his book and magazine illustrations. Both are widely collected in the U.S., in Europe and in Hong Kong.

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

Bella Rosa Galleries is pleased to announce that we're invited to exhibit at the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show December 3-7, 2015. Please visit the gallery through the month to see our ongoing show of Edward Borein, Henry Chapman Ford, Marc Chagall & Ronald Stevens' works as well as our extensive Estate Jewelry collection.

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

Local Santa Barbara artists Tami Snow and John Baran will explore a playful, colorful fusion of abstract and contemporary art. Art for Animals is a colorful sophisticated show with a touch of whimsy. 10% of sales will go back to the not-for-profit partners, Channel Island Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) and C.A.R.E. 4Paws.

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

The Leadership in Arts Award will be presented at 6:00 p.m. in the Channing Peake Gallery and The Santa Barbara Printmakers’ Juried Exhibition will be on view in the Channing Peake Gallery from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

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

Fall Colors: The latest landscape paintings of Santa Barbara done en plien air by artist Chris Potter. Now that the ridiculously hot 6 month long summer has come to an end, we can finally enjoy our foothills. Come enjoy new paintings from our front country and get someone you love a piece of Santa Barbara for the holidays. 

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

LIFE IS ART, LIFE IS DIVINE, LIFE IS LOVE: Presenting the paintings of Pedro De la Cruz. Bursting with great potential, this young artist follows in the tradition of Picasso. His use of bold color with cubist tendencies explores the figure, freely pushing the limits. Please join us to celebrate his opening artist reception.

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

Some of the 566 members of the Santa Barbara Art Association (SBAA) are displaying artwork for sale at $300 or less that will make wonderful Holiday gifts! There are also pieces on display in the East Wing from our new members who joined in September.  Please join us for refreshments and live music.

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.  Suemae Willhite is the Artist of the Month with  a collection of her Asian Art - Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting, beautiful images in dynamic dancing movements with the rhythm in music.  The featured artists are Susanne Meyer, Debbie Watts, Carrie Givens, Carolyn Paterson, Seraphine, and Suemae Willhite. (Open 11am-5pm Mon-Sat and 1pm-5pm Sun.)

Lady McClintock Sudios Art Gallery
1221 State St Suite 6, 805-845-0030

Grand Opening: From Da Vinci to Raphael, from a large scale to small piano key miniatures, from being displayed in the Queens Gallery in London, England by the Royal Miniatures Arts Society – this vast collection of oil paintings from “large to small” will now be featured at Lady McClintock Studios new Art Gallery in the Victoria Courtyard.

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

Join us for Happy Hour at the Museum! $5 themed cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland’s resident mixologist Chris Burmeister, fun art activities, & a special set of hand-selected house grooves by DJ SkyPounce. FREE tours of the current exhibitions: Tam Van Tran, Aikido Dream and Bloom Projects: Michael DeLucia, Appearance Preserving Simplification. Special thanks to: Outpost at the Goodland and Telegraph Brewing Company.

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

Six Books - Six Authors: Meet the authors and get your holiday books signed tonight! "Bud" Bottoms, signing Kids Ethics and The Story of Santa Barbara’s Dolphin Fountain; Erin Graffy, signing Animalia, book of poetry paired with animal portraits by artist Tom Mielko, inspired by the SB Zoo animals. Betsy Green, signing Way Back When in Santa Barbara 1915, tales of everyday life 100 years ago. Keith Gray Hale, signing Charlie and the Whale, part fiction, autobiography, marine science and pure fun, geared towards children but enjoyed by all! Sylva Kelegian, signing God Spelled Backwards: The Journey of an Actress into The World of Dog Rescue and The Dolphin Princess, a cross between The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid. Jane Centofante, signing Santa Barbara: A California Coastal Town, an illustrated stroll through our charming and historical town. Wine poured by Sanford Winery.

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

ALEXANDER F. HARMER - Gatherings and Celebration Join us for wine and music as we celebrate our exhibition dedicated to Alexander Harmer, considered “Southern California’s first great painter of the 19th century” (Edan Hughes). Remembered as the first artist to open a studio in Santa Barbara and for his series of exquisite paintings of the California missions under Mexican rule. Guest curator, Marlene R. Miller.

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

Family 1st Thursday: “Double Stack” Painting. Block lines and shapes on canvas with masking tape, then paint over in Day-Glo acrylics to complete your own “Double Stack” painting, inspired by the work of Peter Halley. (Time:  5:30 – 7:30 pm, Free)
The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to SBMA to perform a short program of choral music. The Quire of Voyces was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred a capella choral music of the Renaissance and the modern age (6:30-7 pm).
Exhibitions on View: Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography - The scenes of Latin American culture, politics, environments, and individuals are explored in depth. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection of the SBMA, highlights works by Latin American photographers or artists who have adopted it as home, so that those from outside the region may look into the lives of Latin America.

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 is proud to feature artist Jeff Working. Jeff is passionate about drawing the most important moments from his favorite Bible stories. He uses colored pencils to relentlessly burnish color upon color to the idealized angles and prophets in his striking hand colored prints. Please swing by to take in Jeff’s prints, paintings and ceramic art. Stroll through the gallery with a glass of Willson Family wine and find the perfect unique affordable gift!

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

Sullivan Goss celebrates the opening of our most highly anticipated show of the year, our annual 100 Grand exhibit. With 100 works of art in a single room, each priced under $1,000, you'll need to get here early if you want to make sure you get first shot at pieces by your favorite artist. Also on view: American Details and The Winter Salon.

Sundial Studio & Gallery
715 Kimball Street, 805-963-8332

This month featuring the work of artist Mary Hattrup. Her works in acrylics depict whimsical landscapes and striking portraits. Meet Mary, as well as other resident artists of Sundial Studios while sipping some holiday cheer. Unique artwork will be displayed by more than 20 local artists with disabilities. A special show of Sundial’s instructors’ work will also be unveiled this evening.

The Yes Store
807 State Street (at De La Guerra), 805-966-9777

The Yes Store is celebrating the opening of its 48th Annual Store! The Yes Store is the nation’s longest running artisan holiday cooperative (1968-2015) that delights locals and visitors to Downtown Santa Barbara with an impressive display of high quality local hand crafted art work including jewelry, ceramics, art glass, graphics, mixed media, photography, textiles, weaving, woodworking and more.  We are open 7 days a week through December 24.  Please join us throughout the Holiday Season as we present to you the finest of Santa Barbara’s artisans.  

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.


Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants
Paseo Nuevo Center Court, 5:30-7:30pm

Jump into the spirit of the season with traditional costumed carolers, The Other Reindeer, performing in Center Court from 6pm to 8pm and take part in Let It Snow – live snowfall at 7pm and 8pm.  Don’t miss this beautiful display of snow flurrying down from the buildings, over the big tree and on to singing carolers while kids watch in amazement and adults become kids. 

Santa Barbara Revels
900 State Street, Marshalls Patio

Santa Barbara Revels presents The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice. This year's show, The Treasures of Spain, will have four performances on Dec. 19th & 20th at the Lobero Theatre. Music Director Adam Phillips leads the Solstice Singers in Spanish, Moorish and Sephardic music from the cultural crossroads of Andalusia. The Pacific Sword Company showcases its signature sword dance.

Stuff the Bus/Meet & Greet Mrs. Claus
900 State Street, Marshalls Patio

Bring a toy to donate to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing toy drive! You’ll find Mrs. (Ms.) Claus at Marshalls Patio, accepting new, unwrapped toys, gift cards or cash for 350 low-income kids in our community – and Starbucks will be serving hot cider for you to stay warm!

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).


Alchemy Wellness Spa
35 W. Haley St. 805-899-8811

Cayetana Conrad capturing enchanting landscapes in a Magic Realizm. We also are featuring Live Electronic Kirtan Music by Jacob Durran, Jewelry by Amber Doylak, and of course Alchemy's 1st Thursday Specials in the Spa & Café!

Aligned Pilates Studio
1516 Chapala Street, 805-506-8651

Celebrating Santa Barbara with everything local: artists (Chris Potter and Nelson Parrish), craftspeople (jeweler Kimiko Cohn and organic lip balms and lotions from Makes 3) appetizers and wine! Join us to learn more about our studio.

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

Recognizing the uniqueness of all the cultural gifts and graces that surround us, Uncommon Beauty will be an exhibition of art, musical performances, and poetry – along with an author gathering and book signing for Rare Feathers. Light refreshments.

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

Celebrate the holidays with us! Sip our highlighted 2012 Pinot Noir by the glass at a special price! Local artist Rick Doehring will be showing his colorful artwork while local vendors from Goodland Chai Tea and Vegan Cinnies sample their delicious treats. Special discounts for gift baskets ordered through Cebada Wine.Cebada Wine's Estate Grown Burgundian Style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while admiring local artist Rick Doehring's vibrant artwork. We will be highlighting our 2012 Pinot Noir by the glass and tasting our newly awarded 2014 Rose of Pinot Noir!

1114 State Street #22, in La Arcada Courtyard

Come party with us! DJANGO REINHART style gypsy jazz musique with the IDIOMATIQUES from 6 - 8 PM. Wine will be available for $5. Please note that this will be our last gig at ENCANTO -- the shop will be closed as of 12/31/2015 as we are changing our business model. Many thanks for your patronage, it has been a great pleasure to be a part of the Downtown Santa Barbara community for the past 5 years.

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

Home for the holidays, #1stThursdayDSB! We're celebrating the holiday season in Santa Barbara and invite you to join us for our last 1st Thursday of 2015. Come in out of the cold and enjoy our latest art exhibit, spiked cider, eggnog, music, and of course good company!

Grassini Family Vineyard
6 El Paseo, 805-897-3366

Join us in our beautiful Downtown Santa Barbara tasting room. We will be showcasing Photography by Ventura County Native Ryan Caliendo of Caliendo Photography and chocolates for a great cause by Evolla. Come sip, savor, stay for a glass of Grassini wine, and learn about how you can support Direct Relief with every chocolate bar purchase. 

202 West Cabrillo Boulevard, 805-966-2880

LOOK THROUGH THE LENS: Presenting iconic photographs by esteemed Santa Barbara artist and owner of Dos Pueblos Ranch, Henry Schulte. Come meet the artist and enjoy wine tastings hosted by Sanger Family Wines.

Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center
625 Chapala Street, 805-563-2802

Jodi House empowers brain injury survivors not merely to survive but thrive! Come enjoy an evening of art exhibitions and musical entertainment hosted by Jodi House members and staff. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  

740 State Street, 805-963-7258

’Tis the season of celebration! Join us for an evening of drumming in the rosy glow of our Himalayan Salt Cave to kick-off a month of holiday festivities and the 63rd Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade - World A’ Glow.

Samy's Camera
614 Chapala Street, 805-963-7269

Check out a display of images shot with Leica cameras, the company that started 35mm photography. Plus meet the Leica representatives and have the chance to check out our new Leica boutique and all metal print wall showing images shot by the Samy’s Camera employees.

Santa Barbara Dance Institute
112 E. De La Guerra Street, Studio 7, 805-245-0794

Santa Barbara Dance Institute (SBDI) celebrates its ten-year anniversary providing both in and after-school educational dance programing to our public school children. Our celebration brings together the dancing children, gorgeous photographs of Santa Barbara by the celebrated local photographer Andreina Diaz. Wine served.

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

Time to ring in the holidays at the Santa Barbara Public Market with a great line up of food, drinks, music, and merriment this 1st Thursday. The VADA from Santa Barbara High School will deck the halls of the Kitchen with their visual creations. Be sure to taste the artisanal pasta from Le Sorelle while listening to One2Tree spread holiday cheer. Kalyra and Area 5.1 wineries will be giving the gift of delicious varietals and Anchor and Ninkasi brewing companies will be sharing their seasonal brews to nice boys and girls.

21 East Carrillo, 805-965-8343

Santa Barbara Community Bank, in collaboration with Sullivan Goss Gallery, brings a selection of work from each of the contemporary artists represented at the gallery. Come see this beautiful historic building featuring some of the best art that Santa Barbara has to offer. Also: enjoy music by Ali in the outside courtyard.

1028 State Street, 805-869-1107

Local photographer Kailie Dan is inspired by the hunt for adventure and exploration of the outdoors - photography is her passion and a way of expression. She also enjoys the unique perspective of how we as humans create and transform our world. (Presenting Sponsor of 1st Thursday)

The Book Den
15 East Anapamu Street, 805-962-3321

Meet the authors! Melissa Broughton, the author of Cowboy Dad: Love, Alcoholism, and a Dying Way of Life, presents a raw and candid look at the author's life with her alcoholic father, as well as the beautiful country lifestyle she led while living on a small-town ranch.
Petrine Day Mitchum is the author of Hollywood Hoofbeats: the Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television. Having grown up around movie stars and horses, Petrine Day Mitchum is the ideal author to pay tribute to the thousands of equine actors that have entertained the world since the beginning of the movies.

2015 1st THURSDAY Schedule:

  • January 7, 2016
  • February 4, 2016
  • March 3, 2016
  • April 7, 2016

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