Bay Area Art Walks & Open Studios

On certain nights every month, neighborhood art galleries open their doors to the art-loving public of all ages. Some offer free drinks and small nibbles with occasional live music and performance art. Everyone is welcome to stroll from gallery to gallery to enjoy art at these Bay Area Art Walks. 


Marin Open Studios, May 4 - 5, 11 - 12

As one of the first open studio programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have a long legacy of connecting artists to the communities where they live and work. 

Silicon Valley Open Studios, May May 4 - 5, 11 - 12, 18 - 19

Throughout this free event, you'll have a chance to view and enjoy a vast variety of visual expression, including painting, mixed media, photography, sculpture, jewelry, calligraphy, ceramics, fiber arts, pottery, mosaics, metal work, glass, drawing, printmaking, watercolor, woodworking and many more unique and creative one-of-a-kind works or art.

SF Open Studios, October 12 - 13, 19 - 20, 26 - 27, November 2 - 3

The oldest and largest open studios program in the country, is an annual, month-long art event in October and November that showcases over 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists in their studios. 2019 marks the 44th Anniversary of SF Open Studios!  We invite you to explore our city and find amazing art at every turn. You’ll discover an authentic connection to your art community and artwork in myriad forms, from painting, photography, and printmaking to glass, metal sculpture, and more.


First Tuesday Art Walk, Mill Valley

Mill Valley Art Commission is pleased to announce the First Tuesday Art Walks are open for the summer.

2nd Friday Art Walk, San Rafael

Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael. Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month.

Fairfax Art Walk

A party in every store!

Divis Art Walk Solstice Edition, June 21

Summer is here people! And with summer comes a fresh Divisadero Art Walk -The Solstice Edition celebrating Pride. Won't you join us? It's the longest day of the year, which means the most sunshine and the most time to come on out, walk around and support local art and local business. Can't wait to see you there!

Castro Art Walk, San Francisco

The Castro Art Walk is every First Thursday of the month! Participating locations extend their business hours to host special events and share artwork with the neighborhood. Join the art walk for a self-guided experience through the creativity of the Castro!

First Thursday Art, San Francisco

Join The San Francisco Art Dealers Association for β€œFirst Thursday,” a downtown tradition since 1993. On every first Thursday of the month, many of our member galleries remain open to welcome visitors after normal working hours, most until 7:30PM or later. Galleries in the DoReMi neighborhood (Dogpatch/Potrero Hill) are also open until 7PM. 

First Saturday, San Francisco

On the first Saturday of each month, galleries at Minnesota Street Project (1275 Minnesota Street) and select other SFADA member galleries present special opportunities to connect with artists or learn more about current exhibitions. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

Oakland Art Murmur

Every month – rain or shine! On the first Friday of every month, Oakland Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring arts and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. 

Vallejo Art Walk

Vallejo has seen a surge of artists and creatives moving into the area. The art walk is an event to celebrate and encourage the growth of this culture. It is held on the second Friday of each month, rain or shine. 

South First Fridays, San Jose

An eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in downtown San Jose's SoFA district (and beyond) every First Friday of the month.

Do you know any more great Art Walks in the Bay Area? Please comment below.