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