First Friday Artwalks

An exuberant evening of art in the shops & on the streets

20+ artists in shops | live music & performances | vendors | special activities


July 1, August 5, & September 2

5-9pm


Nevada City’s thriving arts community comes alive during First Friday Artwalk. Local artisan boutiques, shops, wine tasting rooms and eateries feature local artists at live events throughout the evening. The event showcases both established and emerging artists, creating space for engagement between artist and art lover.

The First Friday Art Walks run the first Friday of each month from June through September from 5-9pm. In addition to the festivities happening inside businesses, there will be live music and performances on the streets, live art demos, and a small selection of curated arts vendors.

New this year, join the Art Walk Stitch-In. Bring your knitting, crochet, spinning, or any portable fiber projects, and join the crew from Heathered Yarn Co for a “stitch-in.” Meet local fiber artists in our community and make some new friends.


Know & Go

Think of the Art Walk as the opposite of a street fair – instead of all the action being on the streets, most of the action is in the shops! Each of the 25+ participating business stay open late and feature an artist in their space. Many artists will be on site for meet & greets, live demos, or to offer interactive activities.

Pick-up a map from any of the participating businesses (or use the one below) to guide you to the various locations located throughout downtown Nevada City. Additionally, all participants will have signs in their window to help direct you. The event is free and open to all ages to attend. Make a fun evening out of strolling through town, getting a bite to eat, and visiting the participating locations. Many businesses offer refreshments and specials throughout the night.

In addition to the shops, we offer live music, a small selection of curated vendors, and live art demos on Commercial Street, York Street, and in Robinson Plaza.

July 1

Purdon’s Crossing

Gold Country Jazz

Stitch-in: Come knit, crochet, or weave

The Aerial Lab

Body Painting Demo with Alison Kenyon

Psychic Typewriter Poetry

Face Painting

August 5

Artemis Arthur & The Band

Stitch-in: Come knit, crochet, or weave

Body Painting Demo with Alison Kenyon

Psychic Typewriter Poetry

Face Painting

September 2

New Peace Choir

Stitch-in: Come knit, crochet, or weave

Body Painting Demo with Alison Kenyon

Psychic Typewriter Poetry

Face Painting

Street Parking

  • There is street parking located throughout downtown Nevada City, but it fills up quickly
  • Please pay attention to road closure signs and don’t park within the designated event area

Public Parking Lots

  • Commercial Street Lot – located at 412 Commercial Street
  • Spring Street Lot – Located at the corner of Spring Street & Pine Street behind the National Hotel
  • Nevada Street Lot – Located near the corner of Nevada Street & Boulder Street
  • Court House Parking Lot – Located near the corner of Court Street & Main Street
  • Commercial Street Parking Lot – located just outside the event footprint at 412 Commercial St. – Just past the Remedy Garden in the parking lot.
  • Robinson Plaza – The public restrooms are behind the tree (slightly hidden by the Pelton Wheel).

Get Involved

Body Painting Demo
Typewriter Poet

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