Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Downtown Santa Barbara First Thursday Celebration May 2nd

1st Thursday - May 2
1st Thurs 
Visit Downtown Santa Barbara from 5-8pm on Thursday, May 2nd for your free monthly dose of art, culture, music and fun! More than 35 cultural venues will stay open late to showcase new exhibits, artist receptions, musical performances, lectures, fun activities and demonstrations.

State Street comes alive this month with outdoor performances by:
  • Rebekah Scogin and FriendsCorner of Anapamu and State Streets, SBMA Corner
  • Artbark International900 State Street, Marshall's Patio
  • CycleMAYnia: Vela VoguePaseo Nuevo Mall 


1st Thursday is an evening of art and culture in downtown Santa Barbara. On the first Thursday of each month, participating galleries and art-related venues offer free access to visual and performing art in a fun and social environment from 5-8pm. 1st Thursday venues feature attractions, such as art openings, live music, artists' receptions, lectures, wine tastings and hands-on activities. Many Downtown partners partake in this event including non-conventional galleries, retailers and restaurants. In addition, State Street comes alive on 1st Thursday with performances and interactive exhibits. Look for previews of forthcoming plays, symphony performances, concerts and dance productions, as well as local up-and-coming performers. The Downtown Organization also partners with Santa Barbara cultural groups for one-time 1st Thursday attractions.
1st Thursday is for locals and visitors alike. 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. is aimed at developing a lively atmosphere downtown as well as showcasing the cultural variety that Santa Barbara has to offer.
The 1st Thursday Passport is a printed guide and map to all of the 1st Thursday attractions and are available at participating galleries and venues, MTD shuttles, The Visitors’ Center, and hotel concierge desks. OR you can download a printable version above.
Expect something special in art and culture on the first Thursday of every month!
information from the Santa Barbara 
Downtown Organization

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