First Fridays in Denver's Art Districts
Find the pulse of Denver’s vibrant creative community year-round on the first Friday of each month in the Mile High City’s neighborhood art districts. Galleries, studios and cultural attractions stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun.
ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE
The Art District on Santa Fe is the hub of the Denver art scene, with the largest concentration of art galleries in Colorado, featuring more than 40 galleries, shops, and restaurants. Art lovers can find everything from traditional art to contemporary and emerging art, including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, graphic art, and textiles.
Within this thriving creative community, enjoy more than 60 participating galleries, artist studios and restaurants on the First Friday Art Walk (6 to 9 p.m.) every first Friday of the month. Free, guided shuttle coaches pick you up at the light rail station at 10th Avenue and Osage Street and ferry you around the Art District between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Good to know: Every third Friday, the Art District offers Collector Preview Events, a more intimate version of First Friday with an opportunity for patrons to see the art and meet the artists and owners without the large First Friday crowds.
More Info: www.artdistrictonsantafe.com
GOLDEN TRIANGLE MUSEUM DISTRICT
The Golden Triangle Museum District is a culturally stimulating neighborhood that is home to eight of Denver’s museums, in addition to more than 50 galleries, fine art studios and specialty stores.
Every first Friday, come find yourself in the Golden Triangle and lose yourself in a fun and free evening of fine food, art and culture. Free First Friday Art Tours take place in the Golden Triangle from 5 to 9 p.m. every month, with as many as 50 galleries, artist's studios, specialty stores and museums or cultural centers participating. The free Art Bus shuttles participants around the neighborhood to all of the openings.
Good to know: The Golden Triangle is home to the famed Denver Art Museum, but also several hidden gem attractions, like the Kirkland Museum and the Molly Brown House Museum.
More Info: www.gtmd.org
RIVER NORTH ART DISTRICT (RiNo)
Just north of downtown, you’ll find the newly christened River North Art District, which goes by the catchy nickname RiNo – the district has even adopted a Rhino design for its official insignia. RiNo is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artsy types in Denver, with a remarkable array of creative businesses, including architects, art galleries, designers, furniture makers, illustrators, painters, media artists, photographers, sculptors, and a wealth of studio spaces. Explore this innovative scene on the first Friday of every month between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Good to know: Second Saturdays in RiNo feature more than 50 open studios, food trucks, music and art for sale.
More Info: www.rivernorthart.org
OLD SOUTH PEARL STREET
TENNYSON STREET CULTURAL DISTRICT
In Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, west of Downtown, discover the burgeoning creative scene of the Tennyson Street Cultural District. The neighborhood boasts a growing number of art galleries, where you can spend an afternoon browsing antique prints, photographs, and paintings from local artists. You’ll also find a few live music venues and some great Italian and Mexican food.
The First Friday evening of each month, the merchants along North Denver’s Tennyson Street invite you to stroll, shop, and gallery hop from 6 until 10 p.m. Between 38th and 44th Avenues, check out restaurants, boutiques, coffee houses, indie book stores, the historic Oriental Theater, and, of course, wonderful art galleries and studios, all tucked into one of Denver's funkiest neighborhoods.
Good to know: My Sweet Bakery (4326 Tennyson St.) features two great things – delicious pastries and Colorado art.
More Info: www.tscd.org
NAVAJO STREET ART DISTRICT
This upstart art district is small, but grows with leaps and bounds. The best time to see what’s happening is – of course – on first Fridays between 5 and 9 p.m., with every month bringing new shows, artists, and art lovers to this lower Highlands neighborhood between 35th and 37th Streets.
Good to know: One of the winners of this year’s Mayor’s Excellence in Arts Award, Pirate: Contemporary Art has been a fixture on Denver’s art scene for more than three decades, bringing bold and eclectic art to Navajo Street year after year.
More Info: www.navajostreetartdistrict.com
Stroll between 1200 and 1800 S. Pearl on First Fridays (April through December) and check out eight galleries, plus many shops hosting local artists, not to mention live music, food and drink.
Good to know: The Sand Dollar Gallery (1256 S. Pearl) opened its doors in 1975, making it one of the longest running galleries in Denver. More Info: www.oldsouthpearlstreet.com 2014 FIRST FRIDAYS