Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour

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"Arts Habitat connects and collaborates with artists and arts organizations in Monterey County to foster a dynamic, growing community, while leading the way to a thriving center for the arts at East Garrison.”

Registration is now open for the 2017 Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour - an annual, self-guided tour of artist studios and exhibition spaces across the county. The tour will take place in Peninsula, Coastal and Carmel Valley locations on September 23 & 24; and in Salinas, Salinas Valley, and North & South County locations on September 30 & October 1. Some artists will open their studios both weekends. Tour hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Tour Exhibition including one work of art by each participant will take place at Seaside City Hall, from September 4 through October 26. 


Thanks to generous funding from the Arts Council for Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, and Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shops, a discounted registration fee of $150 is being offered to participants whose Tour locations are in Salinas, Salinas Valley, and North and South Counties. 

Regular Registration Period was originally scheduled to end May 5, but has been extended to May 31. Fees increase after that date. Final registration deadline is June 16.

Registration forms and fees must be postmarked by the following dates:

May 31, 2017, for a registration fee of $225; $150 for Salinas, Salinas Valley, and North and South Counties

June 16, 2017, final day to register, for a fee of $300      

Click here for a registration form, or email your request for a form to Checks and credit cards are accepted. Make credit card payments via the “Donate” button on this page. Email electronic forms to Make checks payable to “Arts Habitat” and mail checks and paper forms to: P.O. Box 221487, Carmel, CA 93922.     

Participants are welcome to participate one weekend or two, but must participate during the weekend that focuses on their location. There is no additional cost to participate both weekends, unless the participant will be located at a different location each weekend. The fee for two locations is your base fee plus 50%.

Discounted fees are available for Arts Habitat Members at these rates:  

$50 Art Lover Membership receives 10% off Tour fee

$100 Art Supporter Membership receives 15% off Tour fee

$250 Art Sponsor Membership receives 20% off Tour fee

Click on the “Membership” tab to learn how to become an Arts Habitat member.

Monterey County arts organizations are welcome to join the tour; their members may participate in a group exhibition and sell their works. For organizations that have, or will acquire, a space to use during the Tour, the fee is $300. For organizations that will use a space provided by Arts Habitat the registration fee is $500.  Click here for the Organization registration form

Thank you to these sponsors for their generous support of Arts Habitat and the Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour

Please call (831) 626-8480 or visit for more information