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about the 1T art walk

Since the early 1960s, Pioneer Square’s Victorian storefronts and dusty upper floors have provided a haven for gallery owners and artists alike. Today this artistic community is the center of Seattle’s art scene.

First Thursday in Pioneer Square is the first Art Walk in the USA. In 1981 a group of Pioneer Square art dealers printed handout maps, did small-scale promotions, and on the first Thursday of the month painted footprints on the sidewalk outside their galleries. First Thursday soon evolved into a beloved fixture on the local arts calendar.

Today, First Thursday takes place each month in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, from noon to 8PM, when leading art galleries throw open their doors to introduce their new exhibitions and artists. For more information about opening events at specific galleries, refer to our venue search feature.

The Art Walk in Pioneer Square is enhanced by the dozens of public art installations that can be found when walking between galleries. From the historic Native American Totem Poles in Occidental and Pioneer Square parks to the bright red “Sentinels” on guard outside the new Fire Station 10. A complete list can be found at

Visitors with questions should drop by our information kiosk in Occidental Park, or contact us for more information.

Along with being the official source of information about First Thursday, contains a wealth of information about the art galleries, venues, exhibits and events happening in Pioneer Square every day of the month!

1T info

First Thursday takes place the first thursday of every month from noon to 8 PM in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. Some galleries may open later than noon to prepare for First Thursday openings. Check the venue's profile for detailed event/opening information.

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