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.

(Below is the information for the July's 1st Thursday event. Check back regularly for the most up-to-date content. The next 1st Thursday event is AUGUST 6, 2015.)



Keep the Evening Going with 1st Thursday: After Hours!
1st Thursday: After Hours lights up the Lobero Esplanade from 7:30-9:30 pm
33 East Canon Perdido, 805-963-0761

The Lobero Theatre is kicking off Independence Day weekend with an After Hours bash, complete with live music by Blue Moon Trio and refreshments. Bring a friend and enjoy some hot tunes outside on the Lobero's lovely Esplanade.

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.

1st Thursday: After Hours Schedule:
August 6th - The New Vic
September 3rd - The Lobero Theatre

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

The Artamo Summer Exhibition presents a selection from our inventory of works by artists Ann Baldwin, Teri Blodgett, Janet Bothne, Agustin Castillo, Keith Clark, Judy Hintz Cox, Kaori Fukuyama, András Györfi, Christina Hall-Strauss, Cody Hooper, Françoise Issaly, Michael Kessler, Elana Kundell, Ana Marini, Rose Masterpol, Jack N. Mohr, Michael Moon, Julia Pinkham, Ashleigh Sumner and the newest artist addition to our gallery, Michael Quinlan from New York.

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

Valerie Freeman, Award winning Ojai Studio Artist: New Luster ceramic sculptures and a collection of mixed media paintings. Noted for her ceramic clay expressionistic gestural sculptures of animals, Freeman explores zoomorphic and figurative sculptures including the turning & unfolding movement of male & female torsos in clay. Her own secretive Luster finish combines a​ one-fire technique for unique results that contrast raw earthiness with opulent luster glazes made from precious metals. Also on exhibit are mixed media paintings from Freeman’s exploration of being inspired by nature. Wine tasting to benefit The Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara​

Casa De le Guerra
15 East de la Guerra Street, 805-965-00

The Art of Preservation: The Oak Group Remembers Ray Strong
The Art of Preservation is a collaboration with the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and the Oak Group, a collection of artists committed to the preservation of endangered local landscapes. Ray Strong played a key role on the formation of the Oak Group in 1986. The exhibit will focus on Strong’s role in the development of the Oak Group and the group’s continuing efforts to use their combined talents to foster the preservation and appreciation of open space in Santa Barbara.  Works by Strong from the personal collections of Oak Group members will be displayed, as well as works by members inspired by and in tribute to Strong.

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

FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE: Government at Work in Santa Barbara County 1850-1950 features 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, the establishment of the infrastructure of the County; and learn who the people were that led the government during that time.

Churchill Jewelers
1015 State Street, 805-962-5815

Join us in welcoming Thomas Van Stein. While Thomas is probably most noted for his dramatic plien air nocturne works, we thought we would focus on his stunning day paintings. Witness the light in day as no else can portray. 

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

The Santa Barbara Art Association is pleased to present artwork by its newest members in the East Wing of the Faulkner Gallery.

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.  Artist of the Month, Suemae Lin Willhite, delivers delicate fine lines and dynamic brush strokes with ease, grace and clarity in her classic black and white Chinese landscapes, vibrant colors of Koi fish, and dancing brush strokes of flowers. The featured artists are Michael Heffner, Marlise Senzamici, Wilbert Lick, Bruce McFarland, Jane Hurd, Christine Beirne, and Carol Dixon. (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: Psychosexual Zombies Join us for Happy Hour at the Museum! We'll have warm bodies and cold drinks! MCASB is offering $5 signature cocktails created by Outpost at the Goodland's resident mixologist, Chris Burmeister. FREE tours of the current exhibition, Teen Paranormal Romance, FREE art activities, treats from Whole Foods Santa Barbara and a special set by DJ Darla Bea.

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

Trunk Show: Randy Meaney Jewelry Randy Meaney’s love of color, texture and quirk are visible in her one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Mixing up various metals and stones, she conjures beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings from pearls, turquoise, glass beads, agates, bronzes, anything else within her sights. Wine served by Grassini Family Vineyards.

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

To accompany our thrilling new installation Quake! The 1925 Santa Barbara Earthquake, we’re offering an outdoor screening of the Academy Award-winning film, Earthquake (1974). Our ongoing exhibit Ray Strong: Views of Santa Barbara County is also open for viewing. Enjoy your summer evening in our lovely Museum courtyard, with wine and beverages and tacos (after 7pm) available for purchase onsite.

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

Family 1st Thursday: Animal Mask and Bird Designs for Bronze Vessels - Colorize line drawings of elaborate decorative patterns with metallic oil pastels and pencils and form an animal mask and bird design, inspired by a 3,000-year-old Chinese ritual vessel. (5:30–7:30 pm, SBMA’s Family Resource Center) Ongoing exhibits: Degas to Chagall: Important Loans from The Armand Hammer Foundation and Visions of Modernity: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints.

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

Jump Start your summer fun with a visit to the SlingShot Gallery. This month we offer an array of ceramic art in addition to an abundant selection of prints, paintings and wood sculpture. Our studio is just a few blocks off State Street at 220 W. Canon Perdido Street. Please come by for a glass of wine and enjoy the art of over 30 different artists creating exciting, unique and affordable pieces.

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

Sullivan Goss celebrates the opening reception of our blockbuster summer show California Cool, an exhibition highlighting historical and contemporary innovations in art that could only have come from California. Also on view Ray Strong: American Artist and Declarations of Independents.

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

Tonight, sculptor Bela Bacsi will do a demo at 5:30pm. 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.

ZFolio Gallery
1013 State Street, 805-845-7375

ZFolio is proud to showcase the jewelry of Alex Sepkus. A master of design, pattern and form, a true original in today’s art world, Alex Šepkus is a craftsman whose passion is beauty. His inspiration comes from great literary works, a world that brings him thousands of ideas. “When I design a piece of jewelry, it is as if I am writing a book. Each design is a chapter, not in words but in shapes and textures. I make precious stones and cold metal speak.”


FLAMENCO Santa Barbara
Paseo Nuevo Center Court

Join the amazing and talented dancers of FLAMENCO! Santa Barbara, directed by Linda Vega. Get in the spirit of Old Spanish Days Fiesta with colors, whirling dancers and live music by Jose Cortes, guitarist Gabriel Osuna and Gerardo Morales on percussion.

Macaroni Kid Santa Barbara (4-7pm)
Corner of State & Anapamu Street, 805-415-5781

Join Macaroni Kid Santa Barbara as we celebrate July 4th with Santa Barbara kids and families from 4-7pm. Come say hi and meet us at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art corner. Make red, white and blue macaroni jewelry and Uncle Sam face masks at this fun and FREE family event! Learn more about Macaroni Kid Santa Barbara and the free weekly newsletter with events for kids and teens, while your kids create July 4th crafts.

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

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

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

Je suis OCEAN! Artists find their soul connection to the waters and ocean life from whence they come and then celebrate it with works in many media. 25% of all sales to be donated to the Environmental Defense Center and Community Environmental Council. Music and sea chanteys with Harold Kono. Refreshments. Wine provided by Margerum Wine Company - MWC.

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

Savor 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 2011 Pinot Noir by the glass as well as doing a special pre-release tasting of our 2013 Chardonnay!

300 E. Canon Perdido Street, #C-2, 805-698-2120

Courtney Jane Miller Landscape Architecture presents sculptor Megan Mueller in a solo show opening July 2nd from 5pm-8pm at their Canon Perdido design studio. Mueller uses a variety of unexpected materials to make her lively and humor filled work. Food and beverages will be on hand at the opening.

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

Zach Brown's stunning landscape and seascape photography reflects a special love and respect for the natural beauty of our area. Having spent the last ten years shooting photographs and video of the Santa Barbara coastline and inland area, he has developed a unique approach to capturing its magic with a style that is both surreal and right to the heart. Follow Zach on Instagram @atlasimagery and check out AtlasImagery.com for more of his work.

1114 State Street #22, in La Arcada Courtyard

Come join us for our 3rd annual ENCANTO <3 LOBERO party. Live jazz standards by the BLUE MOON QUARTET from 6–8pm + a POP UP TRUNK SHOW with local artists from 4–8pm. A percentage of all sales will go to the LOBERO THEATRE to help fund music education programs for kids. And then join the BLUE MOON at the LOBERO for the 1st Thursday: After Hours party - let's celebrate summer! 

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

Ooh la la! Kick off your Summer with "a taste of France" with Engel & Völkers Santa Barbara. Tour through the current real estate market in Cannes, the French Riviera, Paris and more while enjoying a featured art gallery, live music and savory hors d'oeuvres. As always, drinks will be served! Sponsored by Chase Bank Private Client. 

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

Stop by - we’re showcasing artist Halli Heald and her paintings of some of your favorite Santa Barbara cocktails from an aerial view (for sale). Hallie, a recent graduate of Westmont College, lives and works in NYC as a freelance illustrator & stylist. Among  her many accomplishments as a Studio Art Major, one of her most notable bodies of work was 1 for 365, her commitment to painting a series of daily 12x12" gouache illustrations from September 2013 September 2014. Currently, she is painting private commissions, styling for various company campaigns, assisting on still life shoots at Macy's and styling for various brands, including Victoria's Secret, DKNY, and Theory. Feel free to visit her website www.hehdesignsny.com to get a taste of what's to come! Beer and wine will be served.

Pacific Western Bank
30 East Figueroa Street, 805-883-5100

Michael Drury and Jeremy Harper have come together to exhibit paintings of our local land- and sea-scapes and of country farther away. The work continues a long tradition of plein-air painting personified by artist Ray Strong one of the founders of the OAK Group. Michael and Jeremy's connection to and familiarity with land and sea is evident in these recent works by the two OAK Group painters.

740 State Street, 805-963-7258

Come jump into our Himalayan Salt Caves and toast with us to celebrate July 1st Thursday

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

Stop in to quench your thirst and fill your bellies. Our featured artist Matt Rodriguez will fill the Kitchen with his unique and impressive creations while you enjoy some delicious snacks from Belcampo Meat Co. Sample libations including Lincourt Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as frothy beers from Golden Road such as Heal the Bay IPA, 329 lager, and Wolf among Weeds DIPA. Finish the night off with some mingling in Wine+Beer and a loop around the Market for a treat!

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

Looking for a unique destination with ancient sites and eco-friendly adventure? Santa Barbara Travel presents Easter Island. Discover the remarkable culture that built the hand-carved statues. Hike the national park museum, enjoy surfing, SCUBA, and horseback riding. (Presentations by SPM Hotels representing authentic Polynesian hotels: 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 while we exhibit photography by Mark Sanders. Influenced by the works of Edward Curtis and Martin Chambi, Mark has spent years chronicling the rugged beauty of the ancient ruins in the North American Southwest. After completing studies at UC Santa Barbara in the field of Anthropology, Mark attended Cardiff University in Wales, earning a degree in History and Archaeology. Please join us while we display Mark’s photography!

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

Join us for live music with Michael Frey, the brilliant artwork of Vandana Khare and a surprise tasting.


Union Bank Community Partners Center
15 E. Carrillo, 805-963-8862

Have you ever wondered what gives fireworks their color? Why some wines go bad after opening while others improve? Or how about something more profound, like whether we should expect to find other life in the solar system, and if it will happen in our lifetime? There’s always the internet for such questions, but sometimes it’s nice to just ask someone who knows – to talk to a real, live person. That’s exactly what “Ask a Scientist” is all about! We’re a national organization with a chapter right here in Santa Barbara in association with UCSB, bringing scientists and engineers together with their local communities. In honor of July 4th and Anti-Boredom Month (who knew?), we’ll be brushing up on the science of fireworks and brain chemistry. We also like to play to the crowd, so we’ll be partnering with Oreana Winery to bring you the science of wine, along with a little blindfolded art competition. But please don’t think you’re limited to questions on those topics – we’ll try to answer whatever it is that makes you curious!

2015 1st THURSDAY Schedule:

  • Thursday, June 4
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Thursday, August 6

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