First Thursday Art Walk

Join Seattle’s original First Thursday art walk in Pioneer Square. Here you’ll find the largest concentration of art galleries in the city. The art walk is free & self-guided, every month from 6 pm to 8 pm.

See below for this month’s art walk shows. Missed the art walk? No worries! Most galleries are open for free public viewings all month! Check individual galleries for hours.

Check out the April 2015 Pinterest Board for all of the upcoming shows and happenings!

About the First Thursday Art Walk

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

First Thursday in Pioneer Square is the first Art Walk in the USA. In 1981 a group of Pioneer Square art dealers printed handout maps, did small-scale promotions, 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 8 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. A complete list can be found at

Free Parking on the First Thursday Art Walk

Park for free when you visit Pioneer Square’s First Thursday art walk! Select Pioneer Square garages will offer free parking between the hours of 5:00-10:00 PM. Simply visit an art gallery, cafe, restaurant or store in Pioneer Square to receive a voucher and hand it to the parking attendant when exiting the garage.


There are three steps to get free parking on First Thursday:


Park your car at the following participating garages between 5 PM and 10 PM on First Thursday:

Butler Parking Garage – 114 James Street

Frye Parking Garage – 117 3rd Ave S

Pioneer Square Garage – 74 S Jackson Street

Merrill Place Garage – 72 S King Street

Rainbow P = FREE. Blue P = Regular parking lot.

Visit for more parking options.


Pick up a free parking voucher on the art walk. Fill out the questionnaire on the back! Free parking vouchers are available at the following venues:

’57 Biscayne


A Gallery

Agate Designs

Art Wolfe Gallery





Bar Sajor


Core Gallery

Corridor Gallery in the TK

Davidson Galleries


E. Smith Mercantile

Edwards Photography


Flatcolor Gallery

Flury & Co.

Foster/White Gallery

Frederick Holmes & Co. Gallery of Modern Art

G. Gibson Gallery

Gaba Sushi

Gallery 110

Gallery IMA

Glasshouse Studio

Globe Gallery


Greg Kucera Gallery

Hall Spassov Gallery

Hidden Alchemist

Info Booth in Occidental Park

J&M Café

Juan Alonso Studio in the TK

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Laguna Vintage Pottery

Linda Hodges Gallery

Martyr Sauce

METHOD Gallery

Milepost 31

Mornin Noonan Night Studios in the TK

Nord Alley

OK Gallery

Platform Gallery


Punch Gallery


Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle

Rain Shadow Meats Squared

Roq La Rue Gallery

Sake Nomi

Seattle ArtREsource

Shift Studio

SOIL Gallery

Stonington Gallery

Studio 101 in the TK

Studio 103 in the TK

Studio 107 in the TK

Tai Designs

Taylor Shellfish

The Belfry

The Lodge Sports Grill

The London Plane

Trabant Coffee & Chai

Vintage & Moore

Zeitgeist Coffee


Hand your voucher to the parking attendant as you leave the garage. Congrats! You just got free parking!

*Free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking facility participation may vary.

Participating in the art walk

To be included in promotions for the First Thursday art walk, your studio, gallery, or venue location must be located within the Pioneer Square Historic District boundaries. In the past, the First Thursday art walk featured an outdoor art fair called Art in Occidental Park. Unfortunately, Art in the Park is no longer managed and individual artists must now find representation with a Pioneer Square art gallery to be featured on the First Thursday art walk. See the Office of Arts & Culture’s calls for artists or contact Pioneer Square galleries directly for representation opportunities.




29 Responses to First Thursday Art Walk

  1. Aaron Reed says:

    Hello, I am looking for information about showing my work during the first Thursday events. Can you help? Thanks in advance!

    • info says:

      Hi Aaron! In years past, independent arts and crafts vendors could participate in the art walk through Art in the Park, the outdoor fair portion of First Thursdays. Unfortunately the Art in the Park program is no longer actively managed. The best way to participate in the art walk now is to get in with a local gallery (see our directory above). Contact individual galleries for call for artists and representation opportunities. Hope this helps. Good luck!

    • deb says:

      The Collins Pub on 2nd and James also participates in Art Walk and is a great place to show for the first time. You can send images of your work to for consideration.

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  4. Mike says:

    Can someone tell me what gallery is pictured in the photograph above (the one with the pictures of Bill Cosby and Andre the Giant? Thanks.

  5. Ronald Parisi says:

    EcigExpress is a part of the artwalk! Don’t forget!

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  8. Meredith says:

    Will there be an Art Walk on Thursday (12/4)? Please confirm. Thank you!

  9. Kim Mahar says:

    The next First Thursday Art Walk falls on New Years Day 2015. Will it still be happening?


  10. Is the monthly mailing list still a thing? Nothing happens when I try to sign up on this page.

    • info says:

      Sorry for technical issues with signing up for the newsletter, John. We fixed the signup widget and it should now work. Please try again.

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  13. Madalena says:

    Hello, my organization will be hosting a reception, on March 5th, and installation at the Impact HUB and would like to know if it is possible to be included in Promotions for the First Friday Artwalk.

  14. Looking forward to seeing all of you on Art Walk night, February 5th 5-9pm at my studio.

    Mornin Noonan Night Studios
    312 S. Washington St. 2B

    I’ll have new pastel paintings on display from my recent artist residency.

    See you then! Many thanks to Pioneer Square!

    Barb Noonan

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  16. Bailey says:

    Hello. I am interning with a gallery in the area and was wondering how to get these vouchers?

  17. Luke Coleman says:

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    the answer

    • info says:

      Did you find everything you were looking for? Please reach out to our Marketing Manager, Carly ( if you have any further questions.

  18. Aaron Reed says:

    Hello everyone! If you are looking for a spot to fill on one of the upcoming First Thursday events please have a look at my work and let me know if you are interested. I have a fairly large number of pieces ranging from 16 x 20 to 40×60. Thanks!

    • info says:

      Hi there-
      Please send our Marketing Manager Carly ( and email with your artist profile and she can help connect you with a gallery to display your work.

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