Even though Covid-19 has upended a normal night out, our local artists and galleries have found ways to safely stay creative and open. The monthly tradition of First Friday Art Walk affords art lovers, locals and visitors an opportunity to get out and explore the rich artistic culture of the nation’s oldest city.
On Friday, October 2, from 5-9:00pm galleries will be introducing their featured artists and new exhibits for the month, with many of the artists on hand to talk and answer questions about their work. There are close to 30 galleries, each with its own style, located in and around the downtown area and over the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island and the Beach. Due to Covid-19, not all locations will be open, so check for updates on artgalleriesofstaugustine.
For easy mobility downtown, gallery patrons and visitors can enjoy the complimentary shuttle service that runs from 6-9:00pm provided by Old Town Trolleys who have installed Plexiglas dividers and require riders to sanitize their hands prior to boarding. To use this service, shuttle stickers may be picked up at any participating gallery. The shuttle may be boarded at any of the three stops on King Street–in front of Butterfield Garage and ArtBox, the Lightner Museum and Aviles Street–as well as Cathedral Place and Hypolita Street.
Parking for Art Walk is free at the meters after 5:00pm, with additional parking available at the San Sebastian Winery and the City Parking Garage ($). Self-Driving to the greater St. Augustine galleries, where there is onsite parking, is recommended. For everyone’s health and safety, please sanitize your hands and wear a mask when visiting the galleries as they’re all taking extra precautions to keep you safe too!