Well-known for its vibrant creative culture, The Mile High City makes it easy to get out and experience art. Year round, on the first Friday of the month, galleries and studios in Denver’s seven arts districts stay open late from 6-9 PM and invite you in to engage with the work and the artists. On these lively evenings, you can enjoy strolling through galleries, listening to live music, and getting dinner from one of the many food trucks or upscale restaurants nearby.
With seven arts districts to explore, Denver’s First Fridays will give you plenty to do for months to come. Each neighborhood has a something slightly different to offer.
The Art District on Santa Fe has more than 30 galleries to peruse, as well as Museo de las Americas, the only Colorado museum that focuses on the art, culture, and history of Latin America. You can also find delicious authentic Mexican food alongside craft breweries, and there’s even a free shuttle that picks up at the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street.
When you’re looking for a more industrial vibe with plenty of urban charm, head to the River North Art District, or RiNo. Colorful and innovative street art abounds in this neighborhood, along with historic warehouses that have been transformed into contemporary art galleries, jazz clubs, and brewpubs. You can hop on the free Drink RiNo Circulator Shuttle from 5 PM to midnight on First Fridays to enjoy breweries, cideries, and wineries as well as galleries and artist studios.
The Washington Park neighborhood is perfect for families exploring on First Fridays. There’s the lush landscaping of the park, as well as abundant shopping and dining, for those who want to make a day of it before hitting up the local galleries in the evening. Soak up a little history on South Pearl Street, home to Denver’s first trolley cars before it became a shopping destination, and at the Denver Folklore Center, one of the city’s oldest acoustic music shops.
No matter what kind of art you want to see, food you want to eat, or drinks you want to enjoy, you’ll find something for everyone during Denver’s First Fridays. For more ideas for exploring The Mile High City, check out other blog posts.