Every month, something crazy happens in Santa Barbara, the first Thursday of the month shows up and downtown SB turns into an arts and music festival. It’s a great way for local artists and performers to share their gifts. It’s Santa Barbara’s way of connecting its local community and bringing visitors into a very local experience.
Most of the event takes place along State Street. It is recommended that you take the First Thursday Passport with you so you don’t miss treasures located on the side streets.
One local artist, Dan Patterson, runs Iron + Forge. Iron + Forge is a family-owned and run business that works primarily with metal. The staff works hard to create beautiful pieces with very functional attributes to them. At First Thursday, if you stop by their shop on Anacapa Street, you will find great artists and maybe a little bit of some beer they brewed up.
Don’t miss First Thursday if you happen to be in town. It’s a great picture of Santa Barbara’s art world!