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Best Art Walks

The self-guided Downtown Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of every month, from noon to 9 p.m. It hits 25 spots—Gallery Row, which encompasses Main and Spring from 2nd to 9th streets, is the core area—and the Museum of Contemporary Art. For those who prefer to roll, cyclists meet for the Downtown Art Ride at 5 at the Downtown Art Gallery. Admission, free. » 213-624-6212. (Awarded Best of LA 2006)

 Northeast of downtown in the industrial district near the L.A. River sits The Brewery , which bills itself as the world’s largest art colony. The 100-plus artists who live and work here open their studios twice a year to the public. Admission, free. (Awarded Best of LA 2006)

In 2006 Culver City debuted its first meander through the city’s emerging gallery district. The self-guided annual Artwalk Culver City highlights 30 galleries, including the inimitable Museum of Jurassic Technology. Admission, free. » 310-253-5716. (Awarded Best of LA 2006)

 

Every May the weekend-long Venice Art Walk benefiting the Venice Family Clinic features open studios, exhibits, and a silent art auction, along with a marketplace and food fair. Admission, $50 (includes catalog). » 310-664-7911. (Awarded Best of LA 2006)

 Now in its ninth year, the Avenues of Art and Design walk on Melrose Avenue and Robertson and Beverly boulevards showcases the art galleries, interior design stores, and restaurants that dot this decorator hub. Admission, free. » 310-289-2534. (Awarded Best of LA 2006)
There are 30-plus galleries and the Santa Monica Museum of Art housed in the former trolley station at Bergamot Station . It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, and you can stroll from one gallery to the next, so in a sense, every day is an art walk. Owners frequently coordinate opening-night exhibits. Suggested donation, $3. » 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 310-453-7535. (Awarded Best of LA 2006)
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