Denver has a thriving art and culture scene. At the heart of it all is the city’s arts districts, home to galleries, art studios, and cultural attractions. Here are five Denver arts districts to visit when you’re in need of a culture fix.
Art District on Santa Fe
The Art District on Santa Fe has the largest concentration of galleries in the city. You can visit more than 60 galleries and studios on First Friday, and with a free shuttle service, your feet won’t get tired. Come hungry too. Restaurants and food trucks are ready to feed you throughout the day and night.
For a more intimate experience, come on the third Friday of the month when galleries stay open until 8:30 p.m., often hosting previews for more serious art collectors.
The district has a strong Latino influence, which you can appreciate at the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council Gallery. The Museo De Las Americas, featuring Central and South American Latino art and culture is here, as is Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, which focuses on homegrown theatrical productions. The district is also home to the Colorado Ballet.
Golden Triangle Creative District
With around a dozen galleries and a handful of museums, the Golden Triangle Creative District is a great example of a neighborhood successfully integrating urban living, culture, and work/government spaces. The city’s large Denver Art Museum is here, along with the Clyfford Still Museum. A good time to explore the district is during the Final Friday art walk, from June through September, with art exhibitions as well as DIY arts and crafts, live music, giant games, artist panel discussions, and so much more. Try out a free pedicab ride to get around.
The River North (north of downtown) district is nestled along the South Platte River Trail. This hip neighborhood is an up-and-coming artistic hub home to many galleries, furniture makers, and artists who found the industrial area affordable and a good place for an art community. More than two dozen galleries and artist studio buildings are in RiNo, many of which stay open until at least 9 p.m. during the First Fridays every month. To get between the galleries, hitch a ride on an eTuk, an electric vehicle that looks like a golf cart.
Block 7 Arts
Also known as Arts on Belmar, Block 7 Arts is home to eight galleries in the Belmar Shopping and Dining District. You’ll find paintings, repurposed furniture, a dog photo studio, and jewelry. Come by for First Fridays to meet the artists and tour their studios.
Navajo Street Art District
This small but active arts district in the Highlands hosts new shows every month and is where you’ll find Pirate: Contemporary Art, one of Denver’s oldest and best-established galleries. The Navajo Street Art District participates in First Fridays but has other weekend shows and community events that keep people coming back. Check the schedule for the Bug Theatre, which presents a diverse mix of local film screenings and live performances.
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