ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art from Thomas Square
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ARTafterDARK is one of the Honolulu Museum of Art's premier after hours events. Hosted the last Friday of most months from 6 to 9 p.m., it is a great way to get out, catch up with friends, network and experience art and culture.

The event is consistently well rated and reviewed. Art aficionados and novice fans alike will appreciate the beautiful exhibits and vibrant themes each month. Before you go, you should know: the place fills up, the bar stays busy and the theme usually means additional entertainment and the opportunity to dress for the occasion (Halloween, as would be expected, is off the hook).

To get the rest of the details, we turned to the ARTafterDARK website.

ARTafterDARK Essentials

ARTafterDARK is the Honolulu Museum of Art's monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. ARTafterDARK is held on the last Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum Art at 900 S. Beretania St.

Admission is free for Museum members and $25 for non-members. Admission for children age 12 and under is free, but they must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older who assumes full responsibility for their supervision, care, and safety.

As far as parking goes:

- FREE: Street parking on Beretania and Kinau Street from 6 pm.
- $5: Up to five hours, $2 for each additional 30 minutes or fraction thereof. The lot behind the Honolulu Museum of Art School (1111 Victoria St.), entrances on Beretania and Young streets.

NOTE: lot closes promptly at 11 pm.
- $5 at the First United Methodist Church Parking Lot on the corner of Beretania and Victoria streets. NOTE: lot closes promptly at 10 pm.

No large bags are allowed into the museum due to security reasons. If security deems your bag too large, they will require you to house your bag in a locker while at the event.

Leave the duffels at home!

ARTafterDARK's maximum capacity is 2,000 guests. As the party approaches this volume, entry at the doors will be slowed if not shut off altogether. The moral of the story is to get there early!

Joining the Honolulu Museum of Art

There are three easy ways to join the museum: Join online; Call donor services at 532-8724; or join at ARTafterDARK—sign up at the membership table located on the front lanai of the museum. Your membership will be immediately activated and you can enter the party for free through the membership line.

In short, keep those last Fridays of the month open for this very fun event. You'll especially want to consider it for the Museum's annual Halloween festivities. Get more details, sign up for the newsletter to stay updated and learn more about upcoming events here. Be sure to attend these festivals and events on Oahu, too.