LA Art Walks and Artist Studio Tours

Monthly Art Walks and Studio Tours Around Greater LA

Downtown LA Art Walk
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Southern California has an abundance of talented artists. One of the best ways to get a dose of Southern California visual arts and even find some art bargains is to participate in an art walk or studio tour. Some of the more dense art communities offer free art walks every month. Other areas where the artists are more dispersed, they organize annual gallery and studio tours. All art walks listed here are FREE unless otherwise noted.

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1st Thursdays

San Pedro Art Walk
6-9 pm, some venues later
Galleries and artists studios, craft vendors and live music. Street parking and pay lots.
7th Street to 4th St., Pacific Ave to Palo Verde St., San Pedro, CA
www.1stthursday.com

Laguna Beach Art Walk
6-9 pm
Laguna Beach is known for its arts community and summer-long arts festival. There are so many galleries that you probably won't be able to see them all in 3 hours. The Galleries on South PCH start about 5 blocks from those in north and central Laguna Beach, so free shuttles run from 6:15 - 8:45 pm, departing from Laguna Art Museum (corner PCH and Cliff Dr ) and Bluebird Center ( 1590 S. Coast Highway ).
www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com

1st Fridays

First Fridays at Abbott Kinney
6-10 pm
The funky upscale Venice Beach neighborhood of Abbott Kinney hosts their monthly art walk on the First Friday of every month.

Shops stay open late and host a variety of exhibits and musical performances.
www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com

First Friday Art Walk in Bixby Knolls, Long Beach
6:30-10 pm
First Fridays in Bixby Knolls is one of the most family-friendly art walks, with high school garage bands joining local indie bands, ethnic dancers, jazz combos and senior rockers up and down Atlantic Avenue.

Most of the visual art action is at the Expo Center, including art activities for kids, but other businesses from restaurants to yoga studios also display and sell art and vendors set up on the sidewalks.
www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

Claremont First Friday Art Walk
5-9pm
Galleries and shops in the downtown village area south of Foothill Blvd (and the 210 Freeway) from Indian Hill to College Ave and 1st Street to Bonita.
Parking and maps available at each venue. Every venue within a few blocks walking distance. Live music. Restaurant Specials.
www.claremontforum.org

1st Saturdays

1st Saturday at the Brewery
1-9 pm
The world's largest artists' complex with over 100 studios.
Galleries not associated with studios/living space are open on 1st Saturdays.
See semi-annual list for the Brewery Open Studios
2100 N. Main St. at Avenue 21, Los Angeles 90031
(Golden State 5 Freeway, Main St. offramp),
www.breweryartwalk.com

Santa Ana Artists Village Open House
7 - 10 pm
Galleries, studios and live music.
Parking in the Artists Village Parking Structure at Third Street and Broadway.
www.downtown-santaana.com

2nd Thursdays

Downtown LA Art Walk
Noon-9 pm (some venues have shorter hours)
Participating venues are scattered over 120 square blocks but the greatest concentration of galleries are on 5th Street between Spring and Main and on Spring Street between 7th and 8th Streets.


www.downtownartwalk.com

2nd Saturdays

Long Beach East Village Art Walk
4-10 pm, starts earlier some months
Gallery receptions, artist booths, live music and children's activities
Centered around Linden and Broadway. Some months have special themes. March is the annual Exposure Photography Exhibition.
www.artwalklb.com

Art Walk @ Plaza El Segundo
Noon - 6 pm
A mostly outdoor art fair with live music at Plaza El Segundo in El Segundo, located at the fish sculptures at The Edge entrance (in front of The Counter Restaurant), as well as in both Artlife galleries.
Artlife Southbay

NELAart - North East LA Art - Highland Park/Eagle Rock
7-10 pm

This is more of an art drive than a walk. There are several clusters of galleries at different locations.
Website: www.nelaart.org

Pomona Art Walk
3-9 pm
, Also repeats on Last Saturday of the month
The Pomona Arts Colony, consisting of 18 galleries and shops, holds an art walk with receptions and entertainment on the 2nd and last Saturdays of the month.


Website: http://pomonaartscolony.com

3rd Wednesdays

Third Wednesday Art Walk in Downtown Culver City
The trendy Downtown Culver City teems with people during the 3rd Wednesday Art Walk which includes art receptions, live music, restaurant specials and late shop hours.
Website: downtownculvercity.com

Last Saturday

Pomona Art Walk - Last Saturday
3-9 pm
, Also on 2nd Saturdays
The Pomona Arts Colony, consisting of 18 galleries and shops, holds an art walk with receptions and entertainment on the 2nd and last Saturdays of the month.
Website: http://pomonaartscolony.com

Last Sunday

Leimert Park Art Walk
A monthly arts gathering in the hub of the LA African American arts community of Leimert Park.
Website: www.facebook.com/leimertparkartwalk

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Annual Art Walks and Studio Tours

Alphabetical List of Art Walks and Studio Tours

Miracle Mile Art Walk
Third Saturday of January, April, July and October
This quarterly art walk/drive centered around Museum Row on the Miracle Mile extends up into Hollywood and includes over 40 galleries and other art venues. A trolley runs between the different gallery stops.
www.miraclemileartwalk.com

Hermosa Beach Art Walk
2nd Thursdays, May-July, 5-9 pm
Fine art, food and wine and live jazz. Free parking at the Hermosa Beach Community Center.


www.hbartwalk.com

West Hollywood Art Walks
Quarterly art walks in January, March/April, June and October.
Gallery receptions 5-9 pm
The First Saturday in June, 4-8 pm is the annual Avenues of Art & Design Walk
The Avenues of Art & Design is an area of West Hollywood that spreads over Melrose Ave, Robertson Blvd and Beverly Blvd between Doheny and La Cienega, with over 150 businesses in the areas of art, interior design, fashion and high-end cuisine. The June exhibit features new lines of furnishings, new artists, new collections of fashion, and various lectures and other presentations as well as public art installations.
www.avenuesartdesign.com

Ventura Art Walks
4th Saturday in April, 3rd Saturday in August, 1st Saturday in November
1 - 9 pm
Art and music events on 10 blocks of downtown Ventura
www.venturaartwalk.org, (805) 658-4760

The Brewery Open Galleries
Twice Annual Brewery Art Walk usually April and October, but it varies.


The world's largest artists' complex with over 100 studios open.
2100 N. Main St. at Avenue 21, Los Angeles 90031
(Golden State 5 Freeway, Main St. offramp),
www.breweryartwalk.com

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ARTWALK Culver City
Annually in Spring
Thirty galleries and exhibit spaces around Culver City, live music arranged by the Henry Mancini Institute, restaurant specials. Parking on streets or public lots. Maps are available at all galleries.
www.culvercity.org

Topanga Canyon Gallery Art Safari Studio Tour
Second weekend in June, Sat 10 am -6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm
Self-guided tour to over twenty artist studios in Topanga Canyon.


Purchase tickets and pick up the tour map at Topanga Canyon Gallery.
Pine Tree Circle, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 109, Topanga, CA 90290
Start with a full tank of gas. There's no gas station in the Canyon.
(310) 455-7909, website: www.topangacanyongallery.com

Glendale Open Studio Tour
Sunday after the 4th of July, 11 am - 6 pm
Free maps are available at the Brand Library Art Galleries, 1601 W. Mountain between Grandview and Western in Glendale or can be downloaded from the city website.
Participating artists' work is exhibited at the Brand Library Art Galleries in July- August
www.parks.ci.glendale.ca.us/arts_culture.asp, (818) 548-2780

Valley Artist Studio Tour (VAST)
1st or 2nd weekend of October
A ticketed driving tour of the studios of 45 San Fernando Valley fine artists within the city limits of Los Angeles.
Ticket purchasers get a map of the studios throughout the valley along with a wristband.

There is also a “Meet the Artists” reception Saturday night for the ticket holders and the artists. Two exhibitions of Tour artists’ work, one at the Madrid Theatre and one at the Canoga Park Youth Art Center are open to the public.
San Fernando Valley Arts Council, c/o VAST Tickets
PO Box 571476, Tarzana, CA 91357
www.sfvartscouncil.com, (818) 572-3150

Pasadena Art Weekend
2nd Weekend in October, Friday 6-10 pm, Sat 11 am - 7 pm, Sun 10 am - 5 pm
A three day art festival consisting of the Friday night Art Night, a night of free art activities at museums and art venues with free shuttle service; Saturday'a Art Walk in the Playhouse District and the Sunday Art Market in Old Town Pasadena, featuring the work of students, faculty and alumni from local fine art programs.


www.pasadenaart.org

Silverlake Art Collective (SLAC) Annual Art Tour
First full weekend in November, Fri 7:30 - 10 pm, Opening Reception, Sat - Sun 11-5
Opening Reception Friday and Art Tour maps at J Ferrari Gallery, 3015 Glendale Blvd (Atwater Village)
www.silverlakearts.com

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Alphabetical List of Art Walks and Studio Tours