Denver Arts Week
With more than 300 events at more than 100 museums, galleries and arts districts all over The Mile High City, it’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of Denver Arts Week. Here’s a handy step-by-step guide to getting the most out of this annual Denver tradition.
Step 1: Plan Your First Weekend
Denver Arts Week's opening weekend offers three nights and two days of artsy fun.
The big kickoff is Know Your Arts First Friday, a celebration of local art and artists in The Mile High City's seven thriving neighborhood art districts: Art District on Santa Fe, Belmar Block 7 Arts, Golden Triangle Museum District, RiNo (River North Art District), Navajo Street Art District, 40 West Arts District and Tennyson Street Cultural District. Think of this as a super-charged version of the First Friday Art Walks that take place every month, with galleries open late, great food and drink, a festive atmosphere, and amazing art to check out. Pick three or four districts to explore - you've got all night!
During Free Night at the Museums see 12 of Denver's world-class museums opening their doors for FREE - a once-a-year deal that simply cannot be beat. Thanks to free shuttles that run all night between the participating museums, you can experience almost all of these incredible attractions (including the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, History Colorado Center, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus) in one night.
Step 2: Explore the Neighborhood Art Districts
Know Your Arts First Friday is just the beginning of the week's excitement in Denver's art districts. Plan to spend at least a few weeknights out on the town hitting galleries, attending workshops and lectures, and mingling with other art-lovers.
Step 3: Pick a Family-Friendly Event
With hands-on activities galore, Denver Arts Week is the perfect time to introduce your young ones to the arts world. Free Night at the Museums is a fun and kid-friendly way to sample some of the city's best museums. This is just the tip of the Arts Week iceberg. See a full listing of events for the whole family.
Step 4: Find Unbeatable Deals
Obviously, Free Night at the Museums is one of the biggest deals of Denver Arts Week - but don't think the savings end there. Check out many more bargains.
Step 5: Act Out During Denver On Stage
Shining a spotlight on Denver's vibrant performing arts community every day during Arts Week, Denver's On Stage gives you the chance to experience drama, comedy, dance, music and more, often for discounted prices. From the Denver Performing Arts Complex (the second-largest such complex in the U.S.) to intimate neighborhood theaters, go behind the scenes to see how productions come together, and learn about actors' and dancers' crafts during workshops. You might even get an opportunity to do a little performing of your own! Whether you're a dedicated Denver theater patron or a newcomer to the scene, Denver's On Stage promises to be a Denver Arts Week highlight.
Step 6: Improvise!
Denver Arts Week is all about making art into an adventure. Expand your horizons by trying out some new things: Duck into a gallery you've never been to before; chat up a Denver artist; discover the world of modern dance; pick a random lecture or workshop to attend. You're guaranteed to come away from Denver Arts Week with a new appreciation for the city's incredible creative community - and you might even be inspired to start creating some art of your own!