Driving Directions & All about
Second Saturday Art Walk
What is this "art walk" all
Not sure how to get to Midtown,
Downtown or Del Paso for the Art Walk?
EASY DRIVING DIRECTIONS
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First, Get a
of Galleries by
Adobe Acrobat reader which your computer should have, but if it doesn't
you can get it
HERE. You can also pick up a map at
Zanzibar at the corner of 18th & L Streets the night of Second Saturday.
While Galleries are spread out all over
Sacramento (there are now over 100
participating galleries and venues!),
MOST galleries are centered in Midtown, Downtown and along Del Paso
If this is your first Second Saturday, we
strongly recommend staring at the corner of 18th & L Street in
Midtown. There are about a dozen galleries and a dozen or more other venues
showing art within an easy 2-5 minute walk. Parking is available on
the street (free) as well as several close by (directly across the street)
parking lots (paid parking) and even valet service (for a fee).
GETTING TO MIDTOWN
Your destination is the
corner of 18th & L Streets
For many Sacramentans,
midtown and downtown is a confusing, scary place to drive and visit.
Don't worry - both Midtown and Downtown are VERY SAFE
to walk around and once you understand the basics of how its just a simple
grid, you'll no longer worry about one way streets!
Midtown and downtown are
laid out on a big grid. Lettered streets (running East/West) intersect
with Numbered Streets (running North/South). So if you have an address
you can easily find it.
Downtown and Midtown are
surrounded on three sides by Freeways -
(also called the Capitol City Freeway) from Roseville/Citrus
from Stockton/Modesto/Los Angeles and Natomas, Yuba City/Marysville,
from Rancho Cordova, Folsom/Orangevale and El Dorado Hills and
from Florin, Elk Grove.
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PRINT THESE INSTRUCTIONS
FROM BUSINESS 80 (CAPITOL
After passing Exposition
Boulevard the next exit you'll see is E Street. Take the 2nd exit (J
Street). At the light you can't turn right onto J - its a one way
street. You can turn left (don't) or you can kind of go forward and
make a sloping turn to the left - take this. This will put you on 29th
Street. Follow 29th two blocks and make a RIGHT turn onto L Street (at
Sutter Hospital). L Street is one way. You will be traveling
WEST and you will be going DOWN in Numbered Streets (from 29 to 28 to
27...all the way to 18th Street). See, wasn't that easy?
Confused? Scroll down for map...
FROM HWY 50
There are several ways to
get to 18th & L from Hwy 50 - I think the fastest and easiest way is this
way: After passing 65th street heading WEST on Hwy 50, the next exit
you will come to is STOCKTON BOULEVARD. Take the STOCKTON BOULEVARD
exit. Once you come to a light, TURN RIGHT. Follow this over the
RR tracks to another light (Alhambra). If you continue forward (and
with a slight forward/left turn) you will now be on "P" Street. You
will be traveling WEST on P Street - keep following P Street down street
numbers (29th to 28th to 27th...all the way to 18th Street). Turn
RIGHT on 18th street and follow it 4 blocks (past O, N, and Capitol (which
is the same as "M" Street) to L Street!
FROM HWY 99
Taking Hwy 99 North, you
will merge onto the Capitol City Freeway (Reno) and exit at N Street.
Once you've come to the bottom of the ramp, go forward (not a left turn and
not a right turn) and curve onto 30th Street (you will be parallel to the
elevated Freeway to your left). Follow 30th Street past Capitol (same
as "M" Street) and make a LEFT on "L" Street. L Street is one way.
You will be traveling WEST and you will be going DOWN in Numbered Streets
(from 29 to 28 to 27...all the way to 18th Street).
FROM I-5 North
Taking I-5 South (from
Natomas), cross the American River, the first exit you see is Richards
Boulevard. The next exit is "J" Street. Take the J street exit
and stay in the center lane. Once on J street (one way) you will be
traveling East. You will be going UP numbered streets (5th, 6th, 7th
... all the way to 18th Street). Make a RIGHT turn at 18th Street (at
the Gifted Gardener) and follow 18th two blocks to the corner of 18th & L
FROM HWY 80/50 from the
Taking Hwy 80/50 East from
West Sacramento/Davis/San Francisco cross the Sacramento River, take the
15th Street Exit. Once at the light, go forward (with the elevated
Freeway to your left) up to 16th Street. Make a LEFT onto 16th Street.
You will go under the freeway. Follow 16th (one way) DOWN the alphabet
(X Street to W St. to V Street... all the way to K Street. Turn RIGHT
on K Street, go two blocks to 18th Street and make a RIGHT on 18th Street
and go one block to L Street.
NEED OTHER DIRECTIONS?
Try typing in 1731 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 into any
online mapping software as your destination.
All about Sacramento's 2nd (Second)
Saturday Art Walk
On the second
Saturday of each month, many local Sacramento galleries feature new shows of
individual and collective artists. Many galleries play host to the artists
so it's a wonderful way to meet them in person. Some galleries provide
beverages, Hors d oeuvres, live music and even dinner with the artist!
galleries are grouped into two main areas in Sacramento, midtown and along Del
Paso Blvd., many people like to take an ARTWALK and wonder from gallery to
gallery and make and evening of art and people viewing. More galleries
and venues can be found in Old Sacramento, Downtown Sacramento as well as in
outlying areas including Folsom & Fair Oaks.
WHEN IS IT?
WHAT TIME DOES IT START? WHERE TO BEGIN?
Want to skip all this and just get a map?
Saturday Art Map
Second Saturday can be summed up in two
Accessibility: While galleries
participating in Second Saturday can be found all over Sacramento, most are
grouped into two areas: Midtown Sacramento and along Del Paso Boulevard.
You can EASILY walk between five to six galleries effortlessly. Also, as
many galleries will have resident artists in attendance, you'll be able to
actually meet the artists who produce the works of art. Some galleries also
feature artist lofts and workspaces open for your perusal
(please respect boundaries and inquire if
you're not sure a section or artist's work area is open to the public).
Whether you are new to art or consider
yourself a well learned scholar, Sacramento has such diverse artists working
in so many media that you will no doubt discover new styles of art. As
Second Saturdays are often a social event, you might go out with friends or
even colleagues - and perhaps discover something about them you didn't know
by their taste in art!
When does the Art Walk
start & end?
The ARTWALK happens EVERY
MONTH on the SECOND SATURDAY, yes, all 12 months a year, rain or shine.
Yes, it is ALWAYS on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
is no official start time for the Art walk, as many galleries are open their
regular hours during the day. Some galleries close for a few hours and
reopen later. Historically, though, most people start
coming out about 6 -7 pm and most galleries/venues are open till at least 9 pm,
with some staying open until 10 pm or even later!
Many people choose to go to
dinner before, in the middle of or after visiting several galleries.
Midtown supports dozens of fine restaurants. Since MOST
galleries close by 9pm, we recommend having a LATE DINNER as many
restaurants stay open until midnight on Second Saturdays.
Some galleries have specific
programs which occur at pre-scheduled times. It is always a good idea
to call to verify that a gallery is participating and to check their hours..
or you can just wing it and have fun!
CONSIDER STARTING EARLY AS MOST GALLERIES
AND VENUES CLOSE BY 10pm AND MANY CLOSE AT 9pm!!
Is there a fee to come
to 2nd Saturday?
SECOND SATURDAYS ARE FREE for
everyone. There is no charge to come out, listen to music and stroll
from gallery to gallery, venue/store to venue/store. Please note that
while 99.9% of all venues are free, certain events and or locations (ie bars
or music venues) reserve the right to charge a cover and or admission fee.
How much time should I
allow for my walk?
Everyone's experience and
expectations are different. Some people pick ONE gallery to attend and
hang out there all night - while others treat the evening like a gallery
marathon with their goal to make it to as many galleries as they can!
Probably the single largest challenge that
art walk participants have is that
THEY START THE EVENING TOO LATE.
Many galleries close by 9pm
and MOST by 10pm (with a select few remaining open post this hour).
Many people have a casual dinner and start the walk close to 9pm - only to
find many of the galleries they want to visit are already closed. If
we have ONE SUGGESTION (or several) - start your walk early. Have an
early dinner - or start early and have a snack in the middle or a late
dinner. Many restaurants stay open late - till midnight on this busy
Many participants say that
about two hours is an optimum amount of time to do a reasonable amount of
galleries (such as those in the central midtown area - where in two hours
you can easily visit about a dozen or more galleries and venues within easy walking
distance of each other). You may want to increase this time if you
plan on driving to different galleries. Some galleries have specific
events at specific times.
What kind of art will I
won't believe the variety and talent of Sacramento's artists! Everything
from pen & ink drawings, watercolors, oils, handmade jewelry, sculptures in clay, paper mache
and bronze all the way to kinetic sculptures in metal and glass! If you can
imagine it, you might find it in one of Sacramento's galleries. Certain galleries
also feature well known and newly discovered artists from around the world
as well as artist demonstrations.
Are children allowed?
Everyone is welcome,
including children. Please note that some galleries may display adult
oriented pieces of artwork (partial or full nudes in photographs, paintings
or sculptures) that may not be appropriate for all ages. While many
people make 2nd Saturdays a family outing, alcoholic beverages are served at
some venues and attendees under 21 may not always be allowed.
Most galleries and venues are
NOT playgrounds and children are expected to behave. Many galleries
and venues have FRAGILE items that are NOT FOR TOUCHING. We find that
most children are well behaved. If bringing young children, please
talk to them about NOT TOUCHING items.
Are all the
participating businesses galleries?
many of the businesses that participate in Sacramento's Second Saturday Art
Walk are what most people's idea of a gallery is, many other businesses also
participate. Retail stores, hair salons, photo studios, artists lofts
and studios, public buildings, restaurants and others participate by
allowing space for the display of artwork.
In addition to stationary
galleries, there is Izzy's VanGo Gallery which moves several times per night
and the Phantom Galleries of Del Paso that display artwork in empty
storefronts and buildings - often for only one night. Many galleries
and other venues have specific events that occur at specific times. If
you find a gallery you like, make sure you sign up on their mailing list -
but don't be afraid to try new ones!
Where should I start my
are a lot of places you can start. We recommended parking in a central
location then walking. If you start at the corner of 18th & L Streets
you can start with three of Sacramento's premier galleries
gallery rated within the top three galleries/2nd Saturday destinations by
the Sacramento News & Review) and you can easily visit 7 or 8 of some of the best
galleries in the surrounding few blocks. The regional map that
Zanzibar provides lists 31 venues that you can visit in about 2 hours on a
typical evening. You can pick up a map at
Zanzibar Gallery and start your walk! Of course there are
dozens of other galleries, some of which will require you to drive to
Is food or wine served?
Many venues and galleries
choose to offer their patrons a glass of wine, and light Hors d oeuvres.
Please note: Galleries and venues that are serving alcoholic beverages
MUST secure a permit from the city of Sacramento (not free) and no one under
21 will be served.
The serving of wine and other
alcoholic beverages on Second Saturday by non liquor license holders is a
privilege allowed by the Sacramento Police Department and the California
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Please be respectful.
Alcoholic beverages must be consumed indoors and you CANNOT take open
containers outside of the venue where it is served (in other words, you
can't walk gallery to gallery, venue to venue with an open container of
If you look under 25, bring
ID and be prepared to have your age verified before being served. Not
all venues provide food and drink or do so on a rotating basis, as it can be
a major expense. The Sacramento Police does have officers patrolling
2nd Saturday and do issue tickets for those who break the law!
Please be considerate of your
hosts and don't "pig out" - the refreshments served are not meant to be a
free buffet or a bottomless wine glass but an enhancement to your gallery
experience. Nibble don't gobble. THANK the hosts for the free
goodies! (you'd be amazed how many people expect it and never say
Are there any galleries I
simply MUST visit?
Sacramento certainly boasts a diverse grouping of galleries and
participating venues for the art walk. Many galleries and venues are
worthy of a visit and we encourage you to visit as many galleries and venues as you can
to see the variety that Sacramento's artists have to offer. If you're a beginner, we highly
recommend starting at Zanzibar Gallery to pick up a map and get your
bearings (corner of 18th & L Streets). While it would seem unfair to promote specific galleries,
our webmaster recommends you NOT to miss the following galleries:
Zanzibar Tribal Art & Jewelry Gallery
(Corner of 18th & L Streets - GREAT PLACE TO
Phoenix Framing & Gallery (on
18th Street between K & L - new location!)
Galleria Tempest &
Blooming Art (in the 1801
Building - on L Street between 18th & 19th)
Solomon Dubnick Gallery
(on 20th Street between J & K in
the new MARRS building)
Street Gallery (20th Street
between I & J Streets)
(on J Street between 20th and 21st)
Sakata Guru Gallery (20th
Street between I & J Streets)
Barton Gallery & Artist Studios behind Michelangelo's
(I Street at 18th)
Exploding Head Gallery (near
the corner of J & 12th)
Foundry (live bronze castings usually at 7:30pm)
(R Street between 10 & 11th)
FOR A MORE THOROUGH
LISTING OF GALLERIES, RETURN TO THE HOME PAGE
Parking can be a challenge in Midtown Sacramento and along Del Paso Blvd., but with a little
knowledge, you can usually find a convenient and easy parking space.
Please consider car pooling with your friends and if you plan on imbibing,
to designate a non-drinking driver.
Good News! There are no
meters to worry about in the evenings (currently - apt to change soon) - just other cars!
DO NOT PARK
in RED ZONES, block alleyways or otherwise park against posted signage and
or rules - as the city now has meter readers patrolling after 6pm and will
ticket illegally parked vehicles!
We recommend finding a central parking space and walking the area.
CONSIDER CAR POOLING! Many midtown and Del Paso galleries are grouped together with just a few
blocks separating them. There are paid parking garages on J Street at
14th and on H Street across from Music Circus.
There is also an
inexpensive paid parking lot on "L" Street between 18th & 17th
(on the south / left side of the street) - and there are two galleries
directly across the street so this is a a
GREAT SPOT TO START!
There is also the East End Parking lot (between L & Capitol, between 16th &
17th that JUST OPENED at night (THANK YOU CITY OF SACRAMENTO FOR NEGOTIATING
THIS!) and offers $2.00 evening parking. Another convenient paid parking lot is on "K" Street in the middle of the
block between 19th & 18th. Fees for these are $2.00 in the evenings*
(apt to change). There is also a paid lot on Capitol Ave between 19th &
20th, next to the tracks, just across from Jack's. Valet Parking
($5.00) is available at 18th & Capitol.
Typically the meters are free after 6pm (may change in the city's future
plans), however the Sacramento Police
Department often patrol and will give tickets to illegally or improperly parked cars.
There are several other parking lots, including one on the corner of 21st and
Capitol and between 21st & 20th on L Street - DO NOT PARK HERE!
Parking is by permit only and you may be towed!
PLEASE take a few moments to look at
all the posted signage and or limitations on the parking lot you choose.
All paid parking lots charge after 6pm.
How long has 2nd
Saturday been going on?
Second Saturday Artwalks in
Sacramento have been happening since 1992. The event thrived for many
years before kind of falling out of fashion (but not completely
disappearing) by the late 90's, until it was revived with a passion in the
early years of the 21st century. In recent years (especially the last
year and half) it has had EXPLOSIVE growth, going from less than a dozen
participating venues to over 100 and climbing!
To read a more
comprehensive (and admittingly opinionated version - as everyone has a
different opinion of how it got started and about a dozen people take credit
for its creation), click here.
Are there other art
walks in the greater Sacramento area?
Yes! Other communities,
including Roseville, Loomis, Lincoln, Locke, Auburn, Davis, Chico and Winters have artwalks on various non-conflicting days of the month. For more
information visit our Regional Art Walk
As some galleries serve
alcoholic beverages (by special permit, to patrons 21 and over with valid ID) and many patrons also have a few
drinks with dinner before heading out, we strongly encourage you to drink
responsibly. Consider having a "designated non-drinking driver" and
carpool. Galleries STRICTLY
control alcohol and may card you if you look under 25 years of age!
galleries and or receptions/areas are open by invitation only. Please
treat the artwork and galleries with respect, placing all food and drink
containers in proper garbage cans. Please refrain from smoking near
entrances of galleries.
Please be respectful of where
you choose to plant yourself to chat with friends or acquaintances.
Remember, when entering a place or business, it is like visiting someone's
home. Don't plant yourself directly in front of the only door or in a
narrow passageway and have a 20 minute conversation, blocking other's access
- many galleries are small and cramped and literally hundreds of people move
thru in just a short period of time.
Don't expect the
galleries/venues to provide you with a bottomless glass of wine nor should
you expect them to feed you - often foods and refreshments are provided to
nibble, not replace a full meal.
it is fully expected and even encouraged that you can have direct access to
the gallery owners and artisans, please respect the fact that this is
typically a very busy evening for the gallery owners and artists and allow
other people access to them. If you have pressing interest in specific
works, consider chatting with the owner or artist for a short period then
making an appointment for another time. Most galleries are open
regular business hours OTHER than Second Saturday. Second Saturday is
a time for exploration and discovery and please keep this in mind when
visiting these establishments.
Don't be disappointed...
This is a busy evening -
often the busiest day/evening of the month for many galleries. Artwork
often sells on these evenings - so if you see something you like... buy
it... don't think about it... because it might not be there tomorrow or 15
minutes from now. INVEST in local artwork, artists and
START EARLY!!! WE
RECOMMEND YOU START YOUR WALK ABOUT 6pm - as most galleries close by 9pm
with only a few remaining open till 10pm.
VERY FEW GALLERIES ARE OPEN PAST 10PM!!!
Want to know how the
artwalk got its start?
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Back to the list of galleries
For More Information Contact:
Sacramento Second Saturday Gallery Association c/o Scott
please note: emails are usually only checked
once per week, if you require prompt information, contact:
Farrell, Zanzibar Tribal Art
1731 L Street Sacramento CA 95814
Tel: 916.443-2057 (Zanzibar Gallery) - ask for Scott Farrell
FAX: 916.443.5601 (during
business hours of 11am-6pm Mon-Sat only)