First Friday Santa Cruz



Live Oak Jack Rabbit Student Art Reception

Palace Art & Office Supply 1501-K 41st Ave, Capitola, CA

The 3rd Annual Live Oak Jack Rabbit art, athletic, music, and food festival on 4/14 at Shoreline Middle School was a big success – we had over 218 student art submissions from Del Mar Elementary, Green Acres Elementary, Live Oak Elementary, Shoreline Middle School, Tierra Pacifica, and Ocean Alternative, from which event participants and our […]

Moon Kissed presents Brianna Hart First Friday

Moon Kissed 1360 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

Join us for First Friday at Moon Kissed! Enjoy a glass of wine while experiencing the Art of Brianna Hart 4-7pm. Brianna believes that we all consist of layers, some of our layers are visible to the world, while others remain hidden. She expresses this concept in her work through her delicate and intuitive process […]

5/3 First Friday | Maker’s Market

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History 1305 East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA

First Fridays are back at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History! Join us for monthly after-hours events on the First Friday of the month. Enjoy free admission from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with special festivities in the evening. May’s First Friday will celebrate the Museum’s annual science illustration exhibit, The Art of Nature, […]

Visual Endeavors Interactive Studio Grand Opening

Visual Endeavors Santa Cruz, CA

Visual Endeavors is opening a new interactive studio inside the Old Wrigley Building! Come celebrate with us and step into an immersive digital art experience in our new space on First Friday! The new, larger studio gives VE the ability to create large-scale immersive experiences using real-time technologies, spatial tracking, interactive digital media, and responsive […]

Carolyn Robinson Cassady

Nicely 103 Locust St., Santa Cruz, CA

Works by, Carolyn Robinson Cassady: Oils, Pastels, Conte' and Ink Portraits of her family were closest to her heart. We have over 20 pieces on the road; A few pieces she painted of her children, large oils of Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady along with graphite drawings of William Boroughs and Gregory Corso. […]

First Friday with Barbara Bailey-Porter

Botanic and Luxe 110 Cooper St Suite 100F, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

My work expresses the power of art to communicate and transform. With color, light, and composition, I explore the needless possibilities that lie within abstract and non-objective painting styles. Painting in oil has always been my first choice. Oil paint has rich tones and a blendable quality that I find irresistible, and I developed a […]

Jacob Sackin at NextSpace

NextSpace Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA

Jacob Sackin's artwork, now on display at NextSpace, includes fantastical cathedral drawings inspired by the architecture of Europe, and nature mandalas, inspired by Tibetan Buddhist art and the natural world. All drawings are made with pencil, pen, and marker on paper, and then scanned, and can be printed on any material. Come by on First […]

Wow Art! Wow Mom!

Art of Santa Cruz 1855 41st Avenue, Suite J-10, Capitola, CA, United States

Spring is upon us and so is the beautiful month of May! Drop by our Gallery of 60 local artists all under one roof and we are sure you'll say "Wow! Art!!" And since May has a day set aside to celebrate mothers, you can also say "Wow! Mom would love this" you search for […]

Santa Cruz Clay Exhibition

Santa Cruz Clay 2100 Delaware Ave Suite E, Santa Cruz, CA

A showcase of over 10 local ceramic artists displaying both functional, sculptural and decorative works. Cheese, wine and other delights will be on offer.

May 3rd: First Friday Santa Cruz @ Ferrari's Florist & Gardens

Ferrari Florist & Gardens 415 River Street, Santa Cruz, California

We had SO much fun with all of the visitors to our April First Friday Art exhibit, we're excited to let you know that we'll be hosting two Santa Cruz Open Studios photographic artists – and we've decided to have a theme for the exhibition – "Blooms and Birds" With Barbara Brundage exhibiting her amazing […]

First Friday: Tumbleweed Found Showcases Artist Stephanie Martin

Tumbleweed Found 1025 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA

Ephemeral/Eternal: Aquatint Etchings by Stephanie Martin Stephanie Martin is a Santa Cruz printmaker and regular Open Studios artist. Plants and birds are persistent images, and her work pays homage to their diversity and fascinating design.After a career in education Stephanie began taking art classes and fell under the spell of etching (aka “intaglio” printmaking). She […]

Youth Art Exhibit

Santa Cruz County Government Center 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

You’re invited to Celebrate Youth Art! 400+ works of art by Santa Cruz County students from Kindergarten through High School Seniors. View the exhibit, enjoy hands-on art activities and refreshments.

Spring Market Time

Tannery Arts Center 1050-1060 River St, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

River Studio 116 Collective at the Tannery Art Center is excited to host our second Kids Makers Fair on First Friday 5-7pm. Young Artists of all ages will be selling their home made creations . This is a great way to support budding artists and entrepreneurs, while getting a cool gift for mom. Last year […]

Big Basin Vineyards Wine Bar presents Jack Mento's Abstract Paintings

Big Basin Vineyards Tasting Room and Wine Bar 525 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Start your tour with us, over a glass of world class wine, and meet the artist! Cozy up to a firepit on our patio, share a couch with some friends inside, or head uptown for some more art! It's a terrific night to meet the artist and enjoy the great vibe of the wine bar […]

First Friday Mushroom Festival Pre-Party – featuring SPORELUST

Far West Fungi 224 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Help us kick off our big festival weekend with featured mushroom artist, Chris Adams of SPORELUST. A rare chance to browse his line of super cool and trippy mushroom merch & apparel, while enjoying live acoustic music, snacks, and sips.

Heidi Woodmansee at Satellite

Satellite Workspace & Digital Media Studio 325 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

The Satellite Workspace & Digital Media Studio Presents local artist Heidi Woodmansee.

Ceramic Seconds Sale Fundraiser Benefit

Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center 9341 Mill St, Ben Lomond, CA, United States

Stop by the SCM Art Center in Ben Lomond on First Friday from 5-7 pm to scoop up killer deals on imperfect pottery during our Ceramic Seconds Sale. The event takes place against the backdrop of our Annual Youth Art Exhibit, Spring Into Art, an extravaganza showcasing over 50 local young artists that is sure […]

First Friday at Miritz Real Estate paintings by Janet Trenchard

Miritz Real Estate 1142 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA

Art at Miritz Real Estate welcome to our First Fridays! We showcase local painters on our gorgeous large gallery quality walls. Our current art is by Janet Trenchard. Janet describes her art as," paintings which suggest the effects of time and weather, the result of many, many layers of paint and papers, acrylic skins, with […]

"Lungs of the Sea Forest"

Radius Gallery 1050 River St #127, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

“Lungs of the Sea Forest” is an immersive experience featuring a site-specific installation and two films at Radius Gallery. The exhibition lives at the intersection of art, science, and activism. It will run April 17 - May 12 and feature an Art + Science Talk with environmental panel discussions on May 5. Artist Kalie Granier […]

Claraty Arts at the London Nelson Community Center

London Nelson Community Center 301 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA

The Claraty Arts Project is an arts program, studio, and gallery in Santa Cruz, with the purpose of supporting artists through arts education, expression, and production. Claraty Arts is happy to be exhibiting art at The London Nelson Community Center, there are 27 artists exhibiting artwork. The artwork ranges from drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, […]

First Friday of May with great art, special guests from Fashion Teen Santa Cruz and live music by WonderStill!

M.K. Contemporary Art 703 Front Street, SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States

Join us for the First Friday of May, from 6 to 8 pm, for an artist's reception and a special presentation featuring wearable art by the talented youth from Fashion Teen Santa Cruz! Enjoy live music from local musicians of, 'WonderStill'. Explore our 4,600 sq. ft. gallery filled with works from 35+ local and regional […]

First Friday at Artisans & agency with Joan Bogart & NanaLoop Designs

Artisans & agency 1368 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA, United States

We are excited for Joan Bogart to bring in a collection of new prints to Artisans & agency for the month of May. Her sea and nature inspired prints always inspire us and we hope you can join us for the First Friday event. We will also be showcasing the internationally inspired jewelry of Julia […]

Group show

Printmakers at the Tannery 1060 River St #107, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Come and join us at First Friday for this May group show. Participating PATT printmakers are: Jane Gregorius, Lu Lee, Frank Trueba, Andrée LeBourveau, Jan Lin, Margaret Niven, and Mary Neater.

CALL FOR ENTRIES – First Friday Santa Cruz 20th Anniversary Exhibit

Radius Gallery 1050 River St #127, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

First Friday Santa Cruz invites local artists to submit up to three pieces of artwork for the upcoming anniversary exhibit celebrating 20 years of First Friday Santa Cruz at Radius Gallery on May 29-June 23, 2024. A special First Friday opening reception and party is planned on First Friday, June 7 from 5-9pm. Santa Cruz County […]

First Friday Multi Artist Art Event at Home by Zinnias in Scotts Valley

Home by Zinnias 262 Mt Hermon Rd #102, Scotts Valley, CA

Mark your calendars! Home by Zinnias, in collaboration with the First Friday Santa Cruz Tour is thrilled to present the introductory first Friday art event at Home by Zinnias in Scotts Valley. Join us on [June 7] from [4-8pm] for an evening celebrating local artists. Home by Zinnias will be hosting an array of local […]