What is Art After Dark?

Every first Friday, hundreds of visitors converge on downtown SLO to see new art exhibits and add to their growing collections. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it's SLO's favorite night of the month to celebrate art for free! Though many shops are open earlier, Art After Dark officially starts at 6pm and runs to 9pm.

On a typical Art After Dark, approximately 30 galleries and non-traditional art venues (think restaurants, boutiques, and salons) spotlight the best of established and emerging local artists. They sometimes also feature the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Expect sore feet and creative juices to be flowing from 6 to 9pm on the first Friday of the month.

When does it happen?

The first Friday of every month in SLO, the first Saturday in Paso, except December in SLO (due to the Holiday Parade). The last Art After Dark SLO of 2017 is November 3 and December 2 in Paso. 

SLO's 2018 Art After Dark schedule is: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5 and November 2.

Where does it take place?

The city of San Luis Obispo.

Also, Studios on the Park and Park Street Gallery celebrate Art After Dark:Paso, a fun tradition of art, wine, and live music-filled evenings at the start of every month (typically the first Saturday, in Paso Robles, CA).

How can I get information on this month's participants?

To view a pdf of this month's participants and their listing, please click the link in the Documents & Links box on this page. You can also view this month's venue locations on a mobile-friendly webpage by clicking here.

How can I get involved with Art After Dark?

It's simple! If you are a downtown venue (art gallery or business that displays original works of art) you can find information in Art After Dark Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Art After Dark program supervisor at (805) 544-9251 ext. 14 or [email protected]. To register, CLICK HERE for the online form.

Thank you DowntownSLO for supporting Art After Dark.



Thank you to the New Times for being an ad sponsor for Art After Dark in 2017!


Art After Dark Blog

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