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August 2020

Denver is home to a buzzing and vibrant artistic and cultural community. There are eight, uniquely different, designated Art and Cultural Districts in the city. Whether you’re an avid artist, collector or just want to experience something fresh, each district has its own charm and flare that make them special. A visit to any or all well worth your while.  

Santa Fe Art District 

Culture shines in the Santa Fe Arts District, offering the most concentrated collection of art galleries and studios in Colorado. In the heart of Lincoln Park and La Alma neighborhoods you’ll find gallery walls lined with high-end fine art, buildings alley ways brightly lit with stunning murals, studios displaying photography, sculpture and mixed media. The Santa Fe Arts District is home to hip restaurants, museums and immersive community programs. Founded in 2000 the community is rich in Denver culture. The homes and buildings in the area are historic, most built in the 1900s. 

First Friday Art Walk is 5:30-9:30 on the first Friday of every month.  

Third Friday of every month is the Collector’s Preview Event offering a quieter setting with less crowds than First Friday.  

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RiNo– River North  

Running along the Platt River, RiNo, short for River North, is a grassroots arts district founded in 2010 by Denver artists. This movement created positive change in an area that was seemingly forgotten. Encompassing Denver’s historic Five Points, Globeville, Elvira Swansea, and Cole neighborhoods, RiNo is now one of Denver’s hippest and most happening scenes. Splashed with diverse galleries and art studios, RiNo also offers an array of popular music venues, roaming food trucks and a happening public market. RiNo has array of historic Victorian homes and buildings, industrial renovations, converted lofts and new high-rises. 

First Friday Art Walk in RiNo are from 6-9 on the first Friday of every month.  

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40 West Arts District

Colorado’s newest and fastest growing arts community, 40 West runs along the West Colfax corridor in Lakewood. 40 West provides a unique experience into Colorado’s art scene. You can walk or bike the 4-mile ArtLine, to explore 70 permanent and temporary outdoor installations. The ArtLine connects 3 parks, Mountair Park, Aviation Park and Walker Branch Park. The district is home to a collection of established art galleries but hopes to inspire novice and professional artists alike. 40 West offers an engaging First Friday Art Walk with popup installations and opportunities to meet artists. Or you can attend the Colfax Crawl, a family friendly community block party. Lakewood is an unassuming with a mixture of historic and modern suburban homes as well as newer condos and lofts. 

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Westwood Cultural District 

Founded in 2017, Westwood is one of Denver’s newest designated Cultural Districts, located in southwest Denver along Morrison Road. Loal artists and leaders are paving the way, transforming the community with the installation of a pedestrian-friendly Mercado Lineal (Linear Market) with tons of outdoor art and gardens. Colorado’s vibrant Mexican American culture is abundant, and can be seen in the local art, shops and restaurants in Westwood. Find your fire at Westwood’s Chilie Festival, annually in September. Homes in Westwood are charming, many were built between the 1920‘s and 1950’s.  

Each month Westwood highlights an artist and their mural. 

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Tennyson Cultural District 

Located in the Berkley neighborhood, Tennyson Street Cultural District offers a fun and vibrant community to explore creativity and culture. Though there aren’t as many galleries and studios as other local Art Districts, Tennyson Street is home to a growing number of local artists. You’ll also find outdoor murals, more dining options and wonderfully charming shops. Situated in the neighborhood is the historic Oriental Theater, one of Denver’s coolest spots for live music, theater, comedy and film performances.  Historic homes can be found in the Tennyson Cultural district, including classic Victorian, Craftsman, Tudor, Denver Square and Bungalows. You can also find quite modern houses and lofts. 

First Friday Art Walk is 6-10 on the first Friday of every month. 

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South Pearl Street Art District 

Historic Old South Pearl Street is home to a handful of galleries and locally owned shops hosting local artists. There are renowned eateries, a weekly seasonal farmers market, frequent street festivals with live music and unique merchants. You can enjoy all that South Pearl Street has to offer during their recently revived First Friday Art Walk. You can find homes on Old South Pearl Street that range from classic, historic Denver style construction to new modern builds, as this is a highly desirable area. 

First Friday Art Walk is 4-9 on the first Friday of every month, April-November.  

Belmar Art District 

A fantastic community, just a short drive south of Denver, in Lakewood, Belmar Art District offers an eclectic collection of studios as well as opportunities to meet with local artists during their First Friday Art Walk all year long. You’ll find diversity in style and medium including textile, mixed media, photography, paint, and more. The nearby shopping and dining district offers local and national eateries and shops to explore.  

First Friday Art Walk is 5-9:30 on the first Friday of every month. 

Golden Triangle Creative District 

In Denver’s Civic Center neighborhood, you’ll find perhaps the city’s oldest art’s district. The Golden Triangle Creative District holds a treasure trove of Denver art and history. Civic Center Park’s vibrant floral gardens, monuments and amphitheater were constructed by Mayor Speer in 1904 as part of the “City Beautiful” movement and remains a gateway to downtown. Denver’s major cultural and art museum are in the Golden Triangle including The Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum and the Molly Brown House and the Curious Theater Company. In the heart of the city, homes in this area are mostly historic, and the neighborhood laced with modern construction and amenities. 

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Denver's Arts & Cultural Districts: Resources and Tips
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