First Thursday

The San Francisco Art Dealers Association invites you to join us for “First Thursday,” a downtown tradition since 1993. On every first Thursday of the month, many of our member galleries remain open to welcome visitors after normal working hours, most until 7:30PM or later. Galleries in the DoReMi neighborhood (Dogpatch/Potrero Hill) are also open until 7PM.  In addition to ongoing SFADA Gallery Exhibitions, First Thursday events are listed on this page. If you are making a special trip to see a specific gallery, we recommend that you call first to confirm opening hours.

2018 First Thursday Art Walk Dates: Jan 4Feb 1Mar 1Apr 5May 3Jun 7Jul 12Aug 2Sept 6Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6

First Saturday

On the first Saturday of each month, galleries at Minnesota Street Project (1275 Minnesota Street) and select other SFADA member galleries present special opportunities to connect with artists or learn more about current exhibitions. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Check back often as these events are continually updated!

2018 First Saturday Art Walk Dates: Jan 6Feb 3Mar 3Apr 7May 5Jun 2Jul 7Aug 4Sept 8Oct 6Nov 3, Dec 1

Map of Member Galleries

Gallery Wendi Norris

Eric Siemens: Raveling Relic

Sep 8, All Day

555 20th Street, Pier 70 San Francisco, CA 94107 Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to announce its third off-site exhibition, ... more

EXPO Chicago 2018

Sep 27, All Day

EXPO Chicago  September 27-30, 2018 Navy Pier, Festival Hall 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60611 Initiating the beginning of ... more
Avenue 12 Gallery

Artist Reception for Urban Edge

Sep 29, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Avenue 12 Gallery is proud to present Urban Edge.  The Urban Edge is a celebration of life by twelve San ... more
Gray Loft Gallery

Closing Reception for Karyn Yandow: In The Realm of the Senses

Sep 29, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Gray Loft Gallery is extremely pleased to announce this solo exhibit of artist Karyn Yandow.    Karyn’s sublime photographs use ... more
Caldwell Snyder Gallery

John Evans: Artist Opening

Oct 4, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to present the opening of A Collection of Time by John Evans. The artist will ... more

Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area

Oct 5, All Day

Founded in 2015, Asia Week SFBA will be returning for the fourth edition on October 5 – 14, 2018. Asia ... more
NanHai Art

Asian Art Now: Curating, Collecting, and Writing the Contemporary

Oct 5, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

"Curating", "Collecting", "Research", and "Criticism", join us on October 5th for a lively discussion on the four crucial themes of contemporary Asian ... more
Johansson Projects

First Friday Reception for Loop Melody

Oct 5, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johansson Projects presents Loop Melody featuring the works of Alexander Kori Girard and Rachel Kaye. United by a mutual appreciation for rhythm, ... more
NanHai Art

Opening Reception for All This

Oct 5, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Chen Ruobing lives and works in Düsseldorf, Ma Shuqing in Paris and Beijing, Shen Chen in New York while Chen ... more
Caldwell Snyder Gallery

Artist Opening for Marta Penter: Floating Time

Oct 6, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wine generously provided by Castellucci Napa Valley. Marta Penter’s latest work is a series of mid-sized paintings with larger-than-life impact, ... more
Andrea Schwartz Gallery

Opening Reception for Suhas Bhujbal: Revealing Hues

Oct 10, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Andrea Schwartz Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Suhas Bhujbal. “I have created a series of paintings that ... more

SFADA Presents: Art Criticism in the Digital Age

Oct 10, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A Panel Discussion featuring San Francisco Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais, Art Practical director Michele Carlson and art writer DeWitt ... more
Robert Koch Gallery

Artist Reception for Edward Burtynsky: Anthropocene

Nov 1, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This Fall the Robert Koch Gallery will exhibit Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s highly anticipated Anthropocene project, his seventh exhibition at the gallery since 1999. Five ... more
Dolby Chadwick Gallery

Alex Kanevsky in Conversation with Kenneth Baker

Nov 3, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Opening reception for Fin de Siècle: November 3, 3–5PM. At 4PM, former SF Chronicle art critic, Kenneth Baker, will be ... more