Every 2nd Thursday of every month, Los Angelinos come out and gather around in downtown Los Angeles for art. Set in the mostly historical part of downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Downtown Art walk draws in more than 15.000 visitors in an otherwise sparsely populated area after dark. The Historic Core and Gallery Row helped revitalize downtown Los Angeles. People have started moving back into empty warehouse buildings and the theatres are no longer markets.
More than 75 galleries participate in the Downtown Art walk. Art walks are now very popular all over Los Angeles and its surrounding counties. Street art, contemporary art, political art, you name it; you can see all the galleries in Downtown Los Angeles.
When Downtown Art Walk started, most galleries used to be empty office lots and corner stores in an empty part of downtown. I remember when most people did not go to downtown after dark. Where there were once closed jewelry stores, toy stores, and other shops, gallery owners bought and created Gallery Row. Now go down there during that one Thursday of the month. People crowd the streets walking. It is hard to drive in that area because of the density of people.
It is truly one of the biggest success stories in the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles.
A good way to go to the downtown art walk is by using the Metro bus/subway system. Parking is dangerous when there’s too many people on the street.
Start at the Art Walk Lounge.