First Thursday Art Walk

Since the early 1960s, Pioneer Square’s Victorian storefronts and dusty upper floors provided a haven for gallery owners and artists alike. Today, this artistic community is the center of Seattle’s art scene.

Did you know First Thursday in Pioneer Square was the first Art Walk in the USA? In 1981, a group of Pioneer Square art dealers printed handout maps and on the first Thursday of the month painted footprints on the sidewalk outside their galleries. First Thursday soon evolved into a beloved fixture on the local arts calendar.

Today, First Thursday takes place each month in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, from 5 pm to 9 pm, when leading art galleries throw open their doors to introduce their new exhibitions and artists.

The Art Walk in Pioneer Square is enhanced by the dozens of public art installations that can be found when walking between galleries. From the historic Native American Totem Poles in Occidental and Pioneer Square parks to the bright red “Sentinels” on guard outside the new Fire Station 10.

Free Parking:

During First Thursday Art Walks in Pioneer Square, parking is free from 5 pm to 10 pm at three parking garages listed below. To redeem, pick up a voucher at participating Pioneer Square stores, restaurants, or galleries.

  • Frye Garage (117 3rd Ave S)
  • Butler Garage (114 James Street)

  • 450 Alaskan (450 Alaskan Way - entrance on King Street)
    - Enter garage after 5pm and take ticket from spitter
    - Obtain parking voucher from Art Walk venue
    - Present your voucher to valet attendant on P1
    - Valet attendant will issue an exit chaser ticket (yellow)
    - Insert your original entry ticket (white) into pay station then insert chaser ticket 
    - Gate will open for exit.

Garage is open until 10pm - Vehicles left after closing subject to regular parking fees and $85 after hours release fee

Note: Valet attendant will not be able to issue Art Walk vouchers 

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Free Parking Program Information

Pioneer Square

Seattle, WA 98104

(206) 667-0687


First Thursday of every month

Hours Vary by Gallery & Venue