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.
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 www.seattle.gov.
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 DowntownSeattleParking.com 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:
Art Wolfe Gallery
Corridor Gallery in the TK
E. Smith Mercantile
Flury & Co.
Frederick Holmes & Co. Gallery of Modern Art
G. Gibson Gallery
Greg Kucera Gallery
Hall Spassov Gallery
Info Booth in Occidental Park
Juan Alonso Studio in the TK
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Laguna Vintage Pottery
Linda Hodges Gallery
Mornin Noonan Night Studios in the TK
Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle
Rain Shadow Meats Squared
Roq La Rue Gallery
Studio 101 in the TK
Studio 103 in the TK
Studio 107 in the TK
The Lodge Sports Grill
The London Plane
Trabant Coffee & Chai
Vintage & Moore
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.