The Downtown ArtWalk is a monthly showcase and celebration of galleries, artists, restaurants, shops and small businesses located in Downtown Los Angeles…and it’s happening tomorrow night, December 9th, 2014.

From the Downtown Art Walk website:

The free, self-guided, public art phenomenon known as The Downtown Art Walk  brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown celebrates the arts each and every month on the 2nd Thursday. Please refer to your calendar for specific dates. Hours vary by gallery, but can typically range from Noon – 10PM.

Many of the Downtown Art Walk activities take shape in and around the galleries predominantly on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. However, there is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.

For the true art buyers and fans, arriving early offers a more relaxing stroll through the different galleries and art exhibits. As the evening progresses, more visitors descend on the area to meet up with friends and savor the local experience. Visitors and local downtowners can often be found patronizing the outcropping of local shopping, dining and entertainment establishments that have created the thriving, vibrant community.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Bear in mind, this is still Downtown Los Angeles, so you should keep your head on a swivel. There will be a lot of people at the ArtWalk, but still…keep your head on a swivel.

The Downtown Art Walk Page has some recommendations for keeping yourself safe during your visit downtown.

Also, most of these Galleries are of the one room variety, and are scattered all over creation.  Stay as long as you want, but don’t expect to linger more than a 10-20 minutes or so.  Allz I’m saying is you’re not going to kill an hour at a particular Gallery.

 

PARKING: Parking is going to cost you anywhere from $5 to $20 depending on the uber-mecurial Parking Lots, so plan accordingly. Because if you want to hit an ATM before going into a paid lot…you kinda have to park to do that. To avoid this Chicken-or-the-Egg Scenario, just get some cash before you hit Downtown. We have a Downtown Parking Map just in case.

And also have this: The Downtown Art Walk Map for your viewing pleasure.  It’s from April of 2013, but it’s generally still accurate.  A few of the Galleries listed on it have come and gone, but you can get an idea of the expanse of the art walk.  Click on it to make it larger.

ArtWalk Template

 

There is no real starting spot for the Downtown Art Walk, so I’ll provide the Art Walk Lounge as the Address:

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Downtown Art Walk
603 South Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014