Hot Summer Nights

Part gallery hop, part happy hour stroll, First Thursday in the Pearl has been showcasing the district’s creative flair and festive spirit since 1986. Although these merry monthly neighborhood-wide parties take place throughout the entire year, the summer installments feel especially free-spirited and energetic.

And after this brutal winter, it’s a joy to amble among the Pearl’s tree-shaded streets in search of alfresco appetizers and cocktails, nifty gifts and goods, and original artwork. Many of the district’s more than 40 galleries host special opening-exhibit receptions, typically starting at 5:30 or 6 and lasting until 8 or 9 p.m.

Upcoming First Thursdays are June 1, July 6, August 3, and September 7.

Download a PDF of the official First Thursday Art Walk Map, and click on the site’s Events tab for details about dozens of gallery openings and related parties and goings-on. Ellee Thalheimer | Gallery photo by Ashley Anderson

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