1st Thursday Art Walk

Next Event: Thursday, August 4 (5:00 - 8:00 PM)

1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and venues offer free access to visual and performing arts in a fun and social environment. Venues feature attractions such as art openings, live music, artists' receptions, lectures, wine tastings, and hands-on activities. We hope you will join us to enjoy our beautiful downtown and all that it has to offer!

Click here to view August's Venues & Entertainers:
August 1st Thursday Venues & Entertainers

Click here to view August's Passport:
August 1st Thursday Passport



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'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.

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.

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, The Visitors’ Center, hotel concierge desks, host table on State Street, and the Downtown Santa Barbara office located at 27-B East De La Guerra Street. More than 1,200 Passports are distributed each month.

Upcoming 1st Thursday Dates:


August 4, 2022

September 1, 2022

October 6, 2022

November 3, 2022

December 1, 2022

Are you a Downtown Business that would like to participate in the 1st Thursday Art Walk?


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Submit required forms: 2022-23 Participation Agreement 


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