What is a Art Walk?

An art walk is a destination experience provided by the joint effort of local merchants and artists to provide a free opportunity to enjoy original art.

There are three primary ways to participate in the University District Art Walk.

  1. Visit – Use this website to plan your visit to the venues hosting locally sourced art.
  2. Host – Host art produced by local artists.
  3. Create – Create art to be hosted by our host merchants.


  • The U District Art Walk is officially the third Friday of every month.
  • This is when new art is displayed by participating venues.
  • Following the third Friday, most venues display art during normal business hours.
  • Some venues are open during specific dates/hours for the art walk. Check their exhibit information on our home page.
  • Our Art Walk Venue page contains opportunities to explore each venue, location, contact, and website links.
  • Use our map page with your cell phone to get directions to each venue.
  • If you can’t make it every month, some hosting venues will also have artists’ works on their websites.
  • Remember to subscribe to our monthly email notification of new hosts and current host offerings.
  • See other Art Walks in Seattle at https://www.seattle.gov/arts/experience/art-walks.


  • Hosts are essential to the success of the U District Art Walk.
  • They provide a physical location to help promote the work of local artists and add a positive, creative culture to the “Ave.”
  • Some artists will often compensate hosts if their work is sold. This is an agreement solely between the host and the artist.
  • If your business is in the University District area and you want to become a host, use the Hosts Page link at the bottom of the web site.


  • Artists’ works are essential, making the art walk possible.
  • Artists seeking a host should contact the listed venues or collaborate with a U District area business to show their art.