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.

OCTOBER ART WALK: Please plan to join us for the First Thursday ArtWalk on October 6th, 2022, 5:30-9pm. The Harbor Jazz Ensemble will be performing on the corner of 6th and Mesa and the Food Truck Alley will return to Mesa Street between 7th and 5th streets.

First Thursday ArtWalk October 6th, 2022, 5:30-9pm

The Guided ArtWalk Tour will gather in Sirens Java and Tea, 402 West 7th Street, at 5:30pm, the tour will start walking at 6pm. A limited number of free and donor tickets may be obtained here:

Tickets receive a special treat at Sirens by turning in your printed ticket to the event organizers.We are planning another intriguing tour of arts spaces in the Arts District, in a long walk around the arts district and perhaps a couple of surprises along the way.• 4th Street Lofts, 401 S Mesa St, (• Pixels Creative Space, 439 W 6th St, (• Julie Bender Mural at Rainbow Services, 453 West 7th Street, ( a map and parking details, click here: You can park at 6th andHarbor and take the red PBID trolley ( to the center of the ArtWalk!

To participate in First Thursday ArtWalk, organizations who plan to use the sidewalks must be invited by a property-owner or business owner. Sidewalks must not be blocked by vendors. Sidewalk vendors must have a City of LA vending permit. If the space outside of your building does not allow room for pedestrians to pass safely or you don’t-have a permit, please contact the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, 310 832 7272 to make arrangements for unassigned booth space.Inquiries regarding performing at the First Thursday stage should be directed to Melody Perez at ( General questions or suggestions regarding First Thursday can be emailed to

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.

For the First Thursday Artwalk Trolley Information, please download the First Thursday Trolley Map.

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