Denver is home to a rich cultural backdrop and booming art scene, both of which make The Mile High City a fascinating place to explore. The best way to get up close and personal with these attractions is to take them in district by district. Here's a guide to five of Denver's bustling art communities to help you plan the perfect tour.
Art District on Santa Fe
Perhaps one of the most popular arts districts in Denver is the one on Santa Fe. This vibrant hub is lined with diverse art studios and galleries, a ballet company, a Latin American art museum, charming boutiques, restaurants, and stunning public murals. Keep an eye out for weekly events too, including the Art on Film Summer Series, gallery openings, and First Friday Art Walks. Plus, there's a free shuttle service to help you get to it all.
40 West Arts District
The Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design regularly displays its students' work in the 40 West Arts District for public viewing. Artistic expression in this community is extremely diverse, as you'll see everything from sculptures and woodworking to glassblowing and RTD box wraps with unique art designs. Explore the 40 West Arts Gallery and 40 West Studios, check out the majestic murals by Yulia Avgustinovich, and stop by during the annual fundraiser for raffle drawings and a silent auction.
Golden Triangle Creative District
Nestled between Speer Boulevard, Colfax Avenue, and Lincoln Street is the Golden Triangle Creative District, a populous hub of art galleries, boutiques, bars, museums, and pop-up art events. You'll find attractions like the Clyfford Still Museum, which features summer lawn concerts and Final Friday art walks. Other landmarks include the Curious Theatre Company and the bustling Martin Plaza. It's no wonder the Golden Triangle Creative District was dubbed by the New York Times as one of 2018's Best Places to Travel.
River North Arts District (RiNo)
If you're looking to tour all the nooks and crannies of RiNo, you'll want to sign up for the VIP Studio and Gallery Tour. It takes place on the first Friday of the month and goes on a shuttle ride past several galleries and points of interest. You also won't want to miss the live music and art gallery openings during the First Friday in RiNo, the Friday wine tastings at Proof Wine and Spirits, and the various cute and handmade goods available for purchase at RiNo Made Store.
Tennyson Street Cultural District
From art studios to museums to breweries, finding something to pique your interest isn't hard within the Tennyson Street Cultural District. Enjoy free outdoor concerts, special guest speakers, First Friday Art Walks, and the Totally Tennyson decade-themed event. Plus, don't forget to check out one of the most notable attractions in the district: the Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, the site of Denver's first botanic garden and movie theater.
Looking for ways to enjoy your visit to Denver's arts districts? Follow this guide to help you get started.