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First Friday Santa Cruz



A Class Act

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

In this exhibit we are pleased to showcase the work of our student artists. 44 students present their work including ceramics, life drawing, pastel painting, oil & acrylic painting and mixed media. Join us for an informal reception on First Friday, from 5-7 pm.

Closing Reception: Perpetual Bloom: a ceramic garden

MUD Gallery of Studio Ceramics 1111 River St #A, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

An exhibit of ceramic plant life created by Cabrillo College students, faculty, and staff. Accompanied by the paintings of artist, Amy West. Get ready to be awed by the amazing ceramic art pieces created by the talented students of Cabrillo College. These students have been mentored by inspirational instructor, Gail Ritchie Bobeda. Each spring, intermediate […]

Fall in Love….with Art of Santa Cruz!

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

We had a great Summer, and now the beautiful season of Fall is fast approaching! And that makes it the perfect time to fall in love….with Art of Santa Cruz in the Capitola Mall! Fall always means lots of activities and visiting our Gallery on First Friday is a wonderful way to see the art […]

"TEN" Exhibition

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

This First Friday of October, from 6-8 PM ,we will be hosting an artist reception with live jazz music by 'Stolen Moments'. In the front of the gallery, we are hosting, "TEN" - a collaborative art exhibition produced In partnership with Radius Gallery at the Tannery Arts Center. This is an an eight week, invitational […]


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

One exhibition, two venues, showcasing ten of the most notable artists in Santa Cruz. Radius Gallery and MK Contemporary Art collaborate to bring together a diverse group of artists who have made their mark on the global art landscape. Each artist featured in this exhibition brings their distinctive vision, style, and creativity, offering an unparalleled […]

Spooky October First Friday @ Treehouse!

Treehouse Dispensary 3651 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA, United States

FIRST FRIDAY at TREEHOUSE We offer specials on our featured cannabis brands, discounts on artists who have work on display, and a penny wheel for you to spin when you spend over $50! Specials run all day! Event is from 5 - 8p! Join us for our special Spooky October First Friday! We invite everyone […]

After Hours at the Museum | Underground

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

October’s First Friday celebrates the opening of the new exhibit Underground: Unearthing Unseen Worlds. Dig into the mysterious creatures, caverns, and curiosities of the underground that sometimes inspire fear, but are essential to life as we know it. The event will feature natural pigment making from soil, geology and paleontology experts with specimen displays, worm […]

Mudworks and other Appendages

Minnow Arts 204 Locust Street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

'Mudworks and Other Appendages' is a curated selection of new works by three world-renowned artists. Hideo Mabuchi, is a ceramic and textile artist and professor at Stanford University. Simone Shubuck, is a New York-based artist whose whimsical drawings and sculptures will evoke your playful side. And Santa Cruz local Thomas Campbell, a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist […]


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

Come to the Tannery for an evening of pottery and live music! The Lo-Timers will be preforming a live set, Santa Cruz honky tonk. There will also be pottery on display by resident artists Anna Cummins, Aria McCamant, and Abigael Elizabeth.

Authentic Korean Mask show, “The mask calling me”

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

Santa Cruz Korean Art Gallery will be exhibit Authentic Korean Mask Show, "The mask calling me". The Artist EunKyung Will show and tell about Korean traditional mask and her mask Art. Her each masks include life story in them. Korean traditional mask were intended primarily for use in religious activities, but that has changed over […]

Block Party on the Bluff

Seymour Marine Discovery Center 100 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CALIFORNIA

On October 6th, the Seymour Center will embark on a new journey, and we are excited to partner with Event Santa Cruz to celebrate this momentous occasion. We invite you to join us for a Block Party on the Bluff, where you can learn more about the groundbreaking research on natural events in Santa Cruz […]

Big Basin Vineyards Wine Bar: Art of Margitta Dietrick Welsh

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

We are so excited to present the art of Margitta Dietrick Welsh! We have been looking forward to this show for a long time. Art is in the air! Come by and have a lovely glass of handcrafted wines grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains and enjoy meeting the artist! This show is up for […]

Imagining What Can Be Built From the End Of Incarceration West Coast Premiere of Maria Gaspar: Compositions

Institute of Arts and Sciences, UCSC 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Join Chicago-based artist Maria Gaspar to celebrate the opening of her first solo exhibition on the West Coast, Compositions, at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. Maria Gaspar: Compositions features newly commissioned and existing works from the award-winning artist that ask the crucial question: how do we build a future from the ruins of […]

Diana Hartman at ARTISANS & agency

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

ARTISANS & agency is pleased to have Diana Hartman display her whimsical portraits of flora and fauna for the month of October. Much of her work has a surreal and dreamlike quality to it, as she merges her fondness of nature and pop culture. Diana enjoys bringing new life to found objects and most of […]

First Friday Presenting Lynne Todaro, Wendy Meg Siegel, Linda Filhardt, Joan Hellenthal, Melissa West, and Beth Shields

Gallery 125 at The Tannery 1050 River St #125, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Gallery 125 is open for First Friday from 6 to 8PM. We are presenting 6 diverse and exciting artists! Lynne Todaro, Wendy Meg Siegel, Linda Filhardt, Joan Hellenthal, Melissa West, and Beth Shields. Something for everyone: paintings, prints, pastels, sculpture, jewelry, drawings, assemblage and more, in all sizes and price ranges. Come see us! Masks […]

The Magic of Shadows: Hand Shadow Show and Workshop

Santa Cruz Actor's Theatre 1001 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Enter the captivating world of hand shadow theater and learn how ordinary hands can transform into enchanting characters and stories. Actors' Theatre guest artist Adelina Skalandyte unveils the secrets of this unique art form that has entranced audiences for generations. Adelina will present a brief hand shadow show, followed by a workshop where you can […]

First Friday and Open Studios

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

The month of October features the work of Lu Lee, Margaret Niven, Jane Gregorius, and Frank Trueba. All four artists are participating in Open Studios at PATT. The studio will be open for First Friday, October 6 from 6-9 PM. The studio will again be open for Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday October 14 & […]

Poetry – 10-6-23 – 7-9PM Satori OPEN MIC -FREE EVENT

SATORI an artists space 815 Almar Avenue, Santa Cruz, California

10-06-23 7PM – SATORI OPEN MIC – Audience Tickets – Free – POET Registration Free (select time slot) For audience Tickets Pay what you want go to: For poet registration - select time slot go to Join us for a captivating evening of creativity and expression at SATORI exhibit and OPEN MIC! WALK-INS […]

First Friday Craft Night at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Institute of Arts and Sciences, UCSC 100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Join us on November 3 for a night of crafts at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (100 Panetta Ave). Enjoy an after-hours viewing of Maria Gaspar: Compositions and Sadie Barnette: Family Business. In addition to student-led exhibition walkthroughs, we invite visitors to a night full of creative activities paired with tasty mocktails. We […]

Meditating With Insight-Oriented Art

Insight Santa Cruz 740 Front Street, Suite 240, Santa Cruz, CA

This event is an immersive experience with Meditative Minimalist Landscape Paintings. You will have a chance to sit in front of your chosen meditative painting and use the painting as an anchor of focus to start or to have eyes open throughout your meditative experience. A series of paintings will be placed throughout the main […]