First Friday Santa Cruz



First Friday with Viki Miessler

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

Victoria Cristine Miessler is a painter and fashion illustrator based in Santa Cruz, CA. She creates psychedelic felines with cosmic backgrounds and bright colors that celebrate the beauty of femininity, nature and all living beings. Her main choice of mediums are acrylics and gouache paints as well as digital illustrations. Her work is for people […]

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 […]

First Friday with Donna Maurillo Photography

Bottle Jack Winery & Silver Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room 328 Unit D Ingalls Street,, Santa Cruz, CA

The Bottle Jack & Silver Mountain Vineyards Tasting Room combines two popular local wineries under one roof. It is located in the middle of the vibrant Swift & Ingalls area of Westside Santa Cruz alongside an expansive list of the finest wineries, breweries, restaurants, artisan foodmakers, restaurants and shops. Often dubbed an "adult playground" but […]

June First Friday with Mckella Jo

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

Hi, I'm McKella Jo and I am a watercolor painter and large-scale muralist. Watercolor is my favorite medium as it can travel easily and accompany me on the adventures that inspire many of my paintings. I paint in a controlled and detailed style, yet I am also fascinated by the elusive nature of watercolor and […]

First Friday at Picture Appeal with artist Erica Aitken

Picture Appeal 123 Maple St, Santa Cruz, CA

Picture Appeal highlights silkscreen artist Erica Aitken in the first of many First Fridays. Erica Aitken explores the juxtaposition of inkjet and silkscreen printing because one is rigid and the other fluid. In some of the work, accidents and inconsistencies are invited. In others, silkscreen tries to be like inkjet but never really manages. This […]

It's so Metal! Art, that is!

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

Art of Santa Cruz has over 60 amazing artists under one roof, located in the Capitola Mall. And we have six of these artists who sell their creations on metal! Stop by on the First Friday in June and see for yourself. Friday, June 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Jay Topping, Vintage signs on […]


Adorn Apothecary 9099 Soquel Drive Cabin #4, Aptos, CA

Portal into the wilderness of the mind, a lawless space tethered by humanity. Dreamscapes expressed through subconscious imagery guides the way to your psyche.

First Friday After Hours | New Exhibit Opening

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

Join us during monthly after hours events every First Friday, featuring rotating themes, vendors, and activities. Free admission to the Museum all day 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with special outdoor festivities 5-8 p.m. June’s event celebrates Great Outdoors Month and the Museum’s latest exhibit, Cotoni-Coast Dairies: Monument Steps. Join local community groups and organizations […]

Dog Park Exhibition

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

An exhibit of ceramic dogs being dogs Created by Cabrillo College students, faculty and staff First Friday Weekend - June 7, 8 & 9 Opening Reception: Friday, June 7th, 5;00 - 8:00 pm Open Saturday and Sunday - June 8th and 9th, 12:00 to 4:00 pm Prepare to be charmed and awed by these amazing […]

Big Basin Vineyards Wine Bar: Randie Silverstein Glass and Jack Mento Abstract Painting

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

Big Basin Vineyards Wine Bar presents Randie Silverstein's "Looking Up: Elemental Forces in Glass" and Jack Mento's "Without and Within" Abstract Paintings Come and see two distinct but incredibly colorful shows this month! Randie's piece features over 20 glass discs that hang suspended from the ceiling in an array of colors and shapes and sizes. […]

In The Pink: Opening Reception and Membership Celebration

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

Don your prettiest pinks on First Friday from 5-7 pm for the Opening Reception of our latest exhibit, In The Pink. This color-themed exhibit is our annual members-only show and we are throwing a Pink Party as our annual Membership Celebration.

Multi-Sensory Collaborative Art Experience with Visual Endeavors

Visual Endeavors Santa Cruz, CA

A multi-sensory collaborative experience featuring immersive projection and lighting. Attendees will be enveloped in a responsive lighting and audiovisual landscape featuring generative visuals. Upon arrival, they will receive a tracking beacon to observe how their movements influence the surrounding installation.

First Friday Pop Ups on the Patio

Pono Hawaiian Grill 120 Union St, Santa Cruz, CA

Each month at Pono's "Pop Ups on the Patio", we will invite two local artists and small business owners to showcase their trade on our lanai. Sip on a signature Mai Tai, enjoy authentic Hawaiian cuisine, sway to the sound of live Hawaiian music, and support your local artists! In June, we're kicking off the […]

First FriGay at Santa Cruz Clay!

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

Welcome to First FriGAY at Santa Cruz Clay🌈 !!! Calling all queers and allies who are gay for clay, come join the pride-filled fun on the evening of June 7th! Head to 2100 Delaware to buy ceramic art and pottery from 10+ artists, explore the gorgeous studio, and enjoy the music and refreshments. Everyone is […]

First Friday 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 June 7 for First Friday at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (100 Panetta Ave, Santa Cruz, CA). Enjoy an after-hours viewing of Seeing through Stone with student-led exhibition walkthroughs at 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission is always free. Student-led Tour Schedule: 5:15 p.m.: Tour by Alexandra Singer 6 p.m.: […]

The Satellite Host Cece McNeil

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

The Satellite Workspace & Digital Media Studio is excited to host Cece McNeil.

First Friday at the County Government Center

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

See art from FIVE local artists - Johanna McCormick, John McKinley, Margaret Morrison, Melissa West, Mike Allison - in ONE location! Plenty of free parking and a short walk to downtown.

Ferrari's First Friday Santa Cruz – June 7th

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

We're excited to have you join us on Friday June 7th, when we'll be continuing our support of local photographic artists. On exhibit this month will be images from Megan Hurst Deleon. Her majestic florals compositions will be on display in our store, just adjacent to the Patagonia store on River Street. We'll also be […]

The WilderWilds ft. The Works of Rosebud Wild and Chris Mountain

Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz 2801 Mission St. Ext. #204, Santa Cruz, CA

Meet the many creatures of the WilderWilds and explore a surreal world tucked between sleep and wake. A lucid fever dream manifested in a variety of mediums including limited prints, creature dolls and wood crafts. A collaborative art showing from the minds of Rosebud Wild & Chris Mountain. Ambient Sound Wall by ACKLABS and Santa […]

Psychedelic First Friday

Green Magic Yoga Studio 738 Chestnut St, Santa Cruz, California

Psychedelic First Friday is where visionary art, spirituality, and the psychedelic meet, creating a one-of-a-kind event that leaves you inspired, enlightened, and awestruck. This session is organized by the Santa Cruz Psychedelic Society along with their community partner Green Magic Yoga. This event is +21 Only, this is not the setting for you to sell […]

Porcelain Vessels with Floral Designs

Studio 120 & Gallery 1050 River St. #120, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Bev Zerbib-Berda is featuring elegant porcelain vessels with water-etched floral and botanical designs. Each one-of-a-kind piece was first hand thrown on the potters wheel, then carefully decorated with relief and incising techniques. Finally the delicate details of flowers and leaves are revealed by the high-fire blue celadons and other traditional glazes fired in a gas […]

First Friday Reception–Speculative Portraits—A Community Writing Project with Micah Perks and Students/First Friday’s 20th Anniversary Featuring art by Tauna Coulson

Tumbleweed Found 1025 Center St., Santa Cruz, CA

Tumbleweed Found’s antique portraits come to life from the depths of imagination and out into the written word by Professor Micah Perks and three writers from her Spring Advanced Fiction Class, UCSC; Emily Pineda, Hailey Phipps and Melissa Low. Micah Perks is the author of a short story collection, a memoir and two novels. Her […]

Michele Giulvezan-Tanner

R. Blitzer Gallery 2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

New abstract paintings. For 35 years the human form held center stage in Michele's artistic pursuit. Then in 2020 the world shifted-with Covid it felt too risky to have models in the studio. The result was a hiatus from painting. By 2022 Michele knew she had to make a decision - either quit painting or […]

First Friday June 7, 2024

Santa Cruz Art Expressions 1545-A Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Art Expressions extends an invitation for you to join us and meet our artists. Come by for an evening of stunning art, and great music. Enjoy works by Kelli C Foss, Ray Evans, Melissa Ayr, and other talented local artists. Groove to the beats of our live DJ and enjoy a refreshment. We […]

Release of Spring, Remembering Summer

Sacred Mud Henna & Tattoo - A Healing Gallery 1060 River St, Sweet 108 in the Courtyard/ Tannery, Santa Cruz

Release of Spring, Remembering Summer Sacred Mud Gallery invites you to experience the botanically inspired arts of 3 Women Artists in our opening exhibition during the 20th anniversary of First Friday SC. Spring Smith is an artist, award winning acupuncturist & herbalist at Santa Cruz Family Acupuncture. Her love of the botanical world is channeled […]

Recycled Art WORKS (RAW)

Felix Kulpa Gallery & Sculpture Garden 107 Elm St, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Recycled Art WORKS (RAW) Felix Kulpa Gallery May 3-June 29 Reception for the Artists: June 7 from 5 to 8 pm An annual group exhibition where a diverse group of artists create a wide variety of work with recycled, reclaimed and repurposed materials. Approaches range from formal, environmental, political and whimsical. Featured Artists: Clint Imboden […]

Art with Anna at Capitola Wine Bar

Capitola Wine Bar & Merchants 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola, CA, United States

"I specialize in portraits, but wanted to challenge myself to be more free with my art. I was gifted a textured watercolor notebook and decided it was a perfect way to experiment with landscapes. I was finally going to let loose and just have fun with it. I liked the idea of vibrant colors and […]

Changing Spaces

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

"Changing Spaces" celebrates twenty years of First Friday Santa Cruz County! The exhibition features forty artists that were selected from an open call this spring. Featuring glass, painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, and photography from veteran artists and emerging artists countywide. E X H I B I T O R S : Jeff Arnett, Michael Bashista, […]

June First Friday @ Treehouse!

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

*Photo: Paint by Cannabis by Karli Adams FIRST FRIDAY at TREEHOUSE Join us for Treehouse Dispensary's June First Friday! Join us & enjoy great music, great deals on cannabis, great gift opportunities from local artisans, & great community. :) We offer specials on our featured cannabis brands, discounts on artists who have work on display, […]

Fungus First Friday at Far West Fungi with 3D Printer, Clustermush!

Far West Fungi 224 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Come on out to the mushroom shop for another fungus themed First Friday! We will be hosting Oakland-based 3D printing sculptor, Thomas Young, who is presenting his "Fungarium" of highly detailed, lifelike mushroom miniatures. All of his work will be available for purchase as jewelry at the event! Chat with the artist about his process, […]

First Friday featuring Sylvia Valentine’s “HeartFelt & Found” Mixed Media Floral Art

The Homeless Garden Project Downtown Store 1338 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Sylvia Valentine shares "HeartFelt & Found" Mixed Media Floral Art Designs for June! One-of-a-kind wall pieces, small tabletop art, magnets & gifts. All floral art made from felt, paper, wood, natural found objects, vintage frames, repurposed objects, & given a bespoke name. We'll be offering samples of our Homeless Garden Project Za'atar seasoning with dip […]

The Loft Presents: PHOTOGRAPHY BY Megan Hurst DeLeon

The Loft Salon & Spa 402 Ingalls St #8, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Join us Friday, June 7th for an incredible photography experience by Santa Cruz local, Megan Hurst DeLeon! Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments in our beautiful loft and perhaps even take a stunning photograph home. We cant wait to see you there! A word from the artist: As an artist, my work is a celebration of […]

OXY Hair and. OXY NUV

OXY Hair & Gallery / OXY NUV Clothings 227 Cathcart street, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Come join us , sip Bubbles and wines but do not whine while strolling into the aisles pick on some beautiful arts by various Artists, Wenger's chair design, New, used. Vintage clothings and jewelries to the sound of our dj Kurtographer.

New Exhibition, Shelter from the Storm on view at the First Friday in June Artist Reception!

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

Shelter from the Storm - An art exhibit offering refuge in tumultuous times. "So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.” ~ Ray Bradbury. Curated by Santa Cruz artists Dee Hooker and Chris Miroyan, Shelter […]

Grand Re-Opening of Gallery 125 at the Tannery!

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

Featuring Melissa West, Joan Hellenthal, Linda Fillhardt, Lynne Todaro and our newest fabulous artist, Megan DeLeon! Brand new freshly painted white walls, new work from everyone, new layout…come see us! Friday June 7 from 6 to 8.

First Friday at Artisans & agency featuring Victoria Galitzine and Warren Fleece

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

Here at Artisans and agency, we are excited to start the summer with breezy and fresh new seascapes by Victoria Galitzine. We are also delighted to show case the knitted bunnies of Warren Fleece, both realistic and plush. Made right here in Santa Cruz. More abut Victoria: Victoria is an award winning landscape painter living […]

Wild Heart Creations

Apricity 1060 River St. #104, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Apricity Gallery is excited to host Barbara Frota with Wild Heart Creations as the featured artist to kick off summer! Wild Heart Creations range from customized jewelry and feathered hair extensions, to festival wear, oracle card inspired dreamcatchers and animal totem earrings. Come this Friday to see what creations await, and the first 5 attendees […]

The Art of Alexei Korelyakov, Exclusively at Faust Salon Downtown, Just Off Abbott Square

Faust Salon Downtown Suite 100E, Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Considered one of the most significant Russian artists of his generation, Korelyakov's works are held in major museums and private collections around the world. His art has been praised for its originality, depth, and exploration of the human condition. Korelyakov is known to create complex and detailed paintings characterized by rich symbolism and dreamlike imagery. […]

A Fly on the Wall

Little Giant Collective 115 River St. S., Santa Cruz, CA

Little Giant Collective is proud to Present A Fly on the Wall Stained Glass by Amy Losch. This incredible collection captures the poignancy of ordinary but unexamined moments through the medium of stained glass. Amy Losch is a Santa Cruz based contemporary stained glass artist, wildlife steward, farmer, musician, and collector. More of Amy's work […]

PATT Group show

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

June 2024 group show. Participating printmakers are Bob Roco, Margaret Niven, Annie Pike, Janis O'Driscoll, Jane Gregorius, Sue Gilchrist , Andree LeBourveau, George Newel, Lu Lee, Linda Craighead, and Cindy Haug are planning to show work printed on special Japanese paper brought to us by George Newell from Japan.

SATORI OPEN MIC Featured Poet Dwight Bitikofer. JOIN US FOR hors d’ oeuvres, WINE AND SWEETS

SATORI an artists space 815 Almar Avenue unit 9, Santa Cruz, California

STEP ONTO THE BLANK PAGE - LEAP INTO THE POSSIBLE JOIN us for a captivating evening of creativity and expression at SATORI Feature Poet Dwight Bitikofer exhibit and OPEN MIC! ​ WALK-INS WELCOME – REGISTER AT ​ Whether you're a seasoned Poet-Author or just love the power of words, this event is for you. […]