1st Thursday

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An award-winning program highlighting local arts, culture and entertainment.



Downtown Santa Barbara always loves the start of a new month. With a local event like 1st Thursday, who wouldn’t?


Held on the first Thursday of each month, 1st Thursday is a splendid evening of art, music, theatre and culture located in downtown Santa Barbara. Participating galleries and art-related venues open their doors and offer free access to visual and performing arts in a fun and social environment. 1st Thursday attractions include art openings, live music, artists’ receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities. That’s not all—many Downtown Santa Barbara partners, including non-conventional galleries, retailers and restaurants, participate in the festivities and offer one-time 1st Thursday attractions.


1st Thursday gives visitors a chance to preview forthcoming plays, symphony performances, concerts, dance productions and local up-and-coming performers. It’s safe to say that State Street truly comes to life the first Thursday of every month.


“1st Thursday is for locals and visitors alike,” the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization website says. “It provides an opportunity for residents to indulge in local culture, mingle with neighbors and participate in the arts community. The program also offers visitors the chance to experience, in one evening, the diversity of downtown Santa Barbara’s visual and performing arts scene. [1st Thursday] is aimed at…showcasing the cultural variety that Santa Barbara has to offer.”


The next 1st Thursday event is Thursday, April 4th and the theme is poetry.


Check out the special events going on here, and visit the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization website for details and the most up-to-date content.


Participating Galleries & Performing Arts Venues


33 Jewels at El Paseo, 814 State Street, 805-957-9100

Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, 229 East Victoria Street, 805-965-6307

Artamo Gallery, 11 West Anapamu Street, 805-568-1400

Brooks Institute: Gallery 27, 27 East Cota Street, 805-690-4900

Channing Peake Gallery, 105 East Anapamu Street, 805-568-3990

Divine Inspiration Gallery, 1528 State Street, 805-962-6444

Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library East, 40 East Anapamu Street, 805-962-7635

Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library West, 40 East Anapamu Street in the S.B. Public Library

Gallery 113, 1114 State Street #8, in La Arcada Court, 805-965-6611

James Main Fine Art, 27 East de la Guerra Street, 805-962-8347

Jane Deering Gallery, 128 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-966-3334

Santa Barbara Arts, 1114 State Street #26, in La Arcada Court, 805-884-1938

Santa Barbara Contemporary Forum, 653 Paseo Nuevo, Upper Arts Terrace, 805-966-5373

Lumnos Gallery at Santa Barbara Frame Shop and Gallery, 1324 State Street, Suite J, 805-729-2184

Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 138 East de la Guerra Street, 805-966-1601

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, 805-963-4364

Sullivan Goss: An American Gallery, 7 & 11 West Anapamu Street, 805-730-1460


Special Performances


Kat Devlin, 900 State Street, Marshall’s Patio

My Haiku on Wheels with MTD, 900 State Street

Santa Barbara High School Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA), Corner of State and Anapamu Streets

Sounds Impressions, Paseo Nuevo Center Court (5-7 p.m.)

The Poetry Booth, Paseo Nuevo Center Court


Partner Events


Adama Vegan Comfort Cuisine, 429 Chapala Street, 805-560-1348

Bella Rosa Galleries, 1103 A State Street, 805-966-1707

Casa Magazine, 23 East Canon Perdido Street, 805-965-6448

Encanto, 1114 State Street #22, in La Arcada Court

Imagine, 11 West Canon Perdido, 805-899-3700

Industry Home, 740 State Street #1, 805-845-5780

Metropolitan, 1226 State Street, 805-845-7571

Plum Goods, 909 State Street, 805-845-3900

Sojourner Café, 134 East Canon Perdido, 805-965-7922

Workzones, 351 Paseo Nuevo, 805-966-3722


*Photo from www.santabarbaradowntown.com






Date: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Santa Barbara, 27B E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Admission: Free

Contact: SB Downtown Organization

Phone: 805-962-2098




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