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 download the Artist Application. An orientation meeting is held each February, please consult the online calendar for dates.

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.

The Auburn Art Walk is Free.

An Auburn Art Walk Brochure with a map and key to participating Venues and Artists is available to all Art Walk attendees. 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?) Click Here to join today!

Already a member? Pay your Artwalk fee below. $20 Per Event

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. Click here to download a Artist Application.

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

The Art Walk Committee 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?

Responsibilities of the all-volunteer Art Walk Committee 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…Click below to download Art Walk files:

Artist Application

Venue Application for Consideration

Artist Agreement

Venue Agreement

Press Release Overview and Sample

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