Waterfront Arts District

San Pedro is one of California’s state-designated Cultural Districts highlighting the thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.
San Pedro Arts and Culture District logo

San Pedro’s historic downtown atmosphere is a rarity in the nation’s second largest city. The town has been a thriving artist community since the 1940s, with studios in storefronts and warehouses alike. Many commercial buildings also house studios and work/live options for artists in the District. Vacant spaces remain open to new artists and organizations, providing ongoing opportunities to grow and evolve the local arts and culture scene.

Although the physical boundary of the Arts and Cultural District encompasses Downtown San Pedro, the local artist community extends far beyond the historic downtown core. Individual visual and performing artists’ studios are spread throughout the San Pedro neighborhoods. The Angels Gate Cultural Center, for example, offers studios in former army barracks for more than 50 artists of all disciplines. CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is also a popular handmade market place for artisan creators of apparel, art, home decor, jewelry, gourmet items and much more.

First Thursday ArtWalk

For 25 years, San Pedro has featured a monthly First Thursday ArtWalk, one of the first areas in the region to have such an event. Locals and visitors from around the L.A. area show up every First Thursday of the month to tour art galleries, socialize and enjoy local restaurants.

Please plan to join us for the first 1st Thursday ArtWalk/ on March 3, 2022, from 6-9pm. Come out and see some art to begin 2022!

Organizers are curating food truck placement on the ArtWalk perimeters. There will also be the Guided tour on March 3rd starting at Sirens at 5:30 pm and will end at the Artistry.

A selection of open Galleries on First Thursday March 3rd, to include:
• Hearts Respond, 333 West 7th Street
• Boys&Girls Clubs Art Show at the Crowne Plaza, 610 South Palos Verdes Street
• San Pedro Photographers Association Pop Up – 491 West 6th Street
• Michael Stearns Studio, 401 Mesa, 2nd floor

Galleries are welcoming guests, and masks will be required for all indoor locations.

San Pedro's arts historic waterfront primarily helps drive the revitalization of the area and provides physical, social, cultural and economic benefits to strengthen and sustain the community. Over time, many artists and cultural organizations have found a home in San Pedro and have become vital to the local community. The Downtown District is home to over 30 studios and galleries, featuring both local and world renowned artists.

To learn more about the Arts District’s vision to leave a lasting legacy in the form of public art projects in San Pedro, visit their website today.

For more information, please contact:

San Pedro Waterfront Arts District
880 West 18th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Lilyan Fierman Walkway Mural by Luis SanchezThe world’s largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman
The San Pedro Waterfront Arts District is recognized by