Auburn Art Walk

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Auburn Art Walk: Bus and Parking Map

Art Shows, Music, Demonstrations, Children’s Activities, Wine Tastings, Pop-up Exhibits, Readings, & More

Save the date for the first FRIDAYs;
April 7, June 2, August 4, and October 6
from 6 – 9 p.m.

Mission Statement: To cultivate a partnership between Auburn businesses and the art community which promotes established and emerging artists, local commerce, and public access to the arts.

Artists interested in participating in Auburn Art Walks are invited to pick up an information packet at PlacerArts, or APPLY ONLINE.

What is the Auburn Art Walk?

The Auburn Art Walk is a reception to showcase the artists who display their work in participating businesses. It is presented by PlacerArts to promote cultural tourism. It occurs on the FIRST FRIDAY of April, June, August and October, from 6–9 p.m. in Downtown and Old Town Auburn. It is a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors to become acquainted with local businesses and the art community. Refreshments are served at many of the venues. The artists’ work remains on display for two months. Join the fun in our Auburn Art Walk Facebook Group.

The Auburn Art Walk is Free. The Shuttle Bus is Free.  

An Auburn Art Walk Brochure with a map and key to participating Venues and Artists is available to all Art Walk attendees.  The Free Art Walk Shuttle Bus stops every 15 minutes along the Downtown and Old Town corridors in Auburn.

You may pick up a brochure at the Arts Building at 910 Lincoln Way in downtown Auburn, or at any participating venue. The map is also available online approximately 1 week prior to each Art Walk.

Please note: all participating Artists and Venues must be current members of PlacerArts. (Shouldn’t everyone?)

Become a member of PlacerArts

What a good idea! Who came up with that?

The Auburn Art Walk was the inspiration of Anthony Maki Gill and Larry Ortiz, then Arts Council of Placer County Board Member and Executive Director respectively. The Art Walk became a reality in the early 1990s with just a few venues. It has grown to more than 35 participating businesses, with hundreds of artists showing their works to more than 5000 people each year.

The Auburn Art Walk is a popular community event, with the Auburn Arts Commission providing music on the streets and the Downtown Business Association sponsoring a shuttle bus between venues.

Artists and Venues – sign up here.

The Art Walk Committee is pleased to hear from artists who wish to participate in the Auburn Art Walk.

You can submit your Artist Application online.

We’re always looking for new Auburn business’ to feature in the Art Walk– If you’re interested, complete the following Venue Application.

The Art Walk Team and some of the venues themselves select artists for each Art Walk. Artists may participate in one Art Walk per medium per year (e.g. you may exhibit watercolors in one Art Walk and ceramics in another). Venues may participate as often as they wish. Displaying artists and venues must be members of PlacerArts. Additionally, both artists and venues pay a participation fee of $20.00 per Art Walk.

For more information: (530) 885-5670 or email

Who makes it all happen? Volunteers!

Volunteer Sign Up

Responsibilities of the all-volunteer Art Walk Team include:

  • selecting artists for each Art Walk;
  • assisting artists in displaying their works;
  • publicizing the Art Walk;
  • creating, proofing, printing, and distributing map brochures, postcards, posters, and more;
  • coordinating with the Auburn Arts Commission for the musicians;
  • making sure participants are members of PlacerArts;
  • taking care of all the paperwork involved;
  • dealing with the many personalities involved in such an event.

Artist Resources: Artists are reminded that Auburn Art Walk, like most other shows, is juried. Application fees are not refundable, however the fees are carried over and will be applied to the artwalk for which the artist is accepted.

Artist Application

Artist Agreement

Venue Application

Venue Agreement

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