North Beach First Fridays Art Walk Closes Grant Avenue and Green Street to thru traffic on Friday, September 4 from 12-10 pm. This is part of SFMTA’s Shared Streets program.

While originally conceived of as an art event, North Beach First Fridays is expanding to incorporate local retail and restaurant merchants into its activities, to the mutual benefit of all business owners, artists, and neighbors. Most restaurants now offer expanded outdoor dining, and many retail merchants will stay open later—with specials for First Fridays offered by these businesses.

Activities will include art exhibitions in galleries, live music, projected video art on building exteriors, poetry and spoken word, craft demonstrations, fashion shows, and circus performers, among other attractions. The schedule changes monthly and will be up at and updated before each event.

This Friday, September 4th we are especially pleased to welcome back stalwart North Beach Gallery Live Worms! at 1345 Grant Ave. Its newest incarnation is brought to us by artist Elizabeth Ashcroft, and their current exhibition features 38 local artists, hung salon-style in a kind of neighborhood retrospective.

Local artists are also taking over Kerouac Alley on the 200 block of Columbus Street to showcase artwork there: Jack Kerouac Alley @ Columbus and Grant, Avenues, between Vesuvio & City Lights Books. 12-noon to 6pm, open to the general public.

Macchiarini Creative Design @ 1544 Grant Ave will continue with its spoken-word “Tales of North Beach“ series featuring the 1930s “Story of the Black Cat Bar and Restaurant” as told from their outdoor sculpture garden venue! 7:00.

At dusk, Collective Genus, a “super-collective” of artists, will project video on buildings at Local Maker Mart (580 Green St.) and near Macchiarini Creative Design (1544 Grant Ave.).

The concept is that of a pedestrian plaza on each block so that people can more safely peruse our art galleries, retail, and restaurants because of the considerably expanded space. More space means more access, room to spread out, and increased business/ patron traffic during required pandemic-related social physical distancing. Masks, gloves (in galleries) and hand sanitizer will be encouraged and offered by volunteer monitors for free.

Barricades at the beginnings and ends of intersections will be modular and monitored by volunteers for instant emergency vehicle access.

Closed Blocks:

  • Grant Avenue: 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 blocks (Columbus to Filbert)

  • Green Street: 500 block

  • Kerouac Alley

Open Streets (in Art Walk Zone):

  • Vallejo St.

  • Union St.

  • Filbert St.

Date: September 4, 2020

Time: Streets closed 12-10 pm; First Fridays Art Walk is from 5-9 pm

Location: 1200-1600 Grant Avenue, 500-600 Green Street, and Kerouac Alley on the 200 block of Columbus, San Francisco, CA 94133

Sponsors: The Beat Museum, Canessa Gallery, Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods, Local Maker Mart, Macchiarini Creative Design, The North Beach Business Association, North Beach Pizza, Soul Gallery, Sweetie’s Art Bar, Telegraph Hill Dwellers, Vesuvio Café

Contact: Romalyn Schmaltz, NBFF Coordinator or call 415-690-0034