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.

Check out the October 1st Pinterest Board for all of the upcoming shows and happenings! 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

Getting Here

Pioneer Square is at the nexus of several transit options. King County Metro, Sound Transit, and Amtrak all crisscross through Pioneer Square daily. The water taxi and ferry terminals are just steps away from the neighborhood. Even the new First Hill Streetcar station is poised to open soon, bringing another mode of transportation to Seattle’s historic hub.

Pioneer Square is also named one of Seattle’s most walkable neighborhoods by Walk Score. It’s easy to leave the car at home and hop on a bus or train to the neighborhood for a day of exploration.

But if transit isn’t in the cards for you, where do you park your car?


During the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square, parking is free in the following garages from 5 – 10 PM. To redeem your free parking on the first Thursday of the month, pick up a voucher at participating Pioneer Square galleries, retailers and restaurants.

Merrill Place Garage (72 S King Street)

Butler Garage (114 James Street)

Pioneer Square Garage (74 S Jackson Street)

Frye Garage (117 3rd Ave S)

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.




51 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:

    Well I searched for the article title and discovered this, never thought i’d find
    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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  24. Amritpalkdevgun says:

    Please advise how I can obtain vouchers to the art walk on 1st Thursday. Please reply with much information. Thanks.

  25. rob ingrao says:

    there should be a map on here that shows the participating galleries

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  27. Audra Sanderhoff says:

    I am representing I Made Sumaradana’s unique Balinese art of paintings of Bali of nature mandalas crafted with hand crafted bamboo or hand carved frames of 2′ X 2′. I have 10-12 paintings to be displayed. I am traveling to visit the artist from May 1- July 1 and would much appreciate them being show cased for those months.

    Please contact me at
    Audra Sanderhoff

    To view paintings go to Facebook to: I Made Sumaradana to experience the unique beauty of his work

  28. Danny Fragman says:

    My wife & me are planning a visit to Seattle on June this year.
    We are interested in a private guided tour in galleries showing contemporary art.
    Can you recommend on a guide that will be free on June 22nd or 23rd ?

    Danny Fragman

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  30. Visitors to the city, we welcome you to our Monthly Art Walk in Pioneer Square. You may be overwhelmed in the city choosing what to do.

    This event is always casual, open and a great source of creativity. Artists appreciate showing off our works and I’m especially happy to share my working art studio/gallery.

    See you there

    Barbara Noonan

    Mornin Noonan Night Studios
    Tashiro Kaplan Building >30 venues
    312 S. Washington 2B

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