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 5 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.

Follow Pioneer Square’s board July 2014 First Thursday Art Walk on Pinterest.

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:

4Culture Agate Designs
ArtForte OK Gallery
ArtXchange Azuma
Core Gallery Corridor Gallery
Davidson Galleries Delicatus
Design Commision Gallery Distant Lands
Edd Cox Fine Art Flury & Co.Fireworks
Foster/White Gallery G. Gibson Gallery
Gaba Sushi Gallery 110
Gallery IMA Glasshouse Studio
Greg Kucera Gallery Grover/Thurston Gallery
Hanson Scott Gallery Heart: The Gallery
Juan Alonso Studio Klondike Gold Rush NHP
Laguna Vintage Pottery Linda Hodges Gallery
Milepost 31 Mornin Noonan Night
Info Booth in Occidental Park Ragazzi’s Flying Shuttle
Room 104 Sake Nomi
Stonington Gallery Studio 107
The Belfry Studio 103
Vintage & Moore Zeitgeist Coffee
Trabant Coffee & Chai Bar Sajor
Rain Shadow Meats The Lodge
E. Smith Mercantile Roq La Rue Gallery
Fred Holmes & Co. ’57 Biscayne
Globe Gallery  


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.




13 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!

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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?


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