Art, film and fashion take center stage in a variety of genres at 450+ events across the city.
The 16th annual celebration of Denver’s vibrant arts and culture scene kicked off today running Nov. 4-12 and featuring a record 455 events throughout The Mile High City.
“Denver Arts Week is about making the arts accessible to everyone and celebrating our amazing cultural community,” said Richard W. Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER. “This annual tradition reminds us why it is so important to support the arts and why they are such a vital part of our city’s identity.”
Denver Arts Week offers a variety of options to experience the city’s creative side including the Nov. 4 expanded First Friday Art Walks in six of the city’s top art districts and neighborhoods such as the Art District on Santa Fe, the River North (RiNo) Art District, Tennyson Street Cultural District, South Pearl Street and more. Galleries and studios in each district will open their doors for an inside look, and live music will fill the streets too. At the Colfax Art Crawl, traditional pieces celebrating Día de los Muertos will showcase art works built to honor lost loved ones and created by local Hispanic/Latino artists. Among other experiences, the remainder of the week will offer museum exhibitions, outdoor art, live performances, film and literary events and local art sales.
On Saturday Nov. 5, many of Denver’s top cultural institutions take center stage for Night at the Museums. From 5-10 p.m., 14 museums and cultural organizations across the city offer free admission, making art, history, science and culture accessible to everyone. Participating museums include: American Mountaineering Museum, Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Police Museum & Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dinosaur Ridge, Forney Museum of Transportation, Four Mile Historic Park, History Colorado Center, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Molly Brown House Museum and Museo de las Americas. VISIT DENVER is also offering free shuttles connecting many of the museums so that it’s easy to see multiple venues throughout this entertaining evening.
The 45th annual Denver Film Festival runs through Arts Week as well, Nov. 2-13. The largest film festival in the Rocky Mountain region will include premiers, red carpet events and panel discussions. And, just as Denver Arts Week is wrapping up, Denver Fashion Week begins. The shows start Nov. 12 and run through Nov. 20. Each day has a different theme including showcasing local designers, highlighting streetwear and promoting sustainable fashion. One of the shows will even feature a fun collaboration with Meow Wolf and members of the Denver Broncos.
Other opportunities to make the most of Denver Arts Week include seeing the world premiere of David Byrne’s immersive theater experience “Theater of the Mind” at York Street Yards or Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations” at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
There are more than 130 deals to be had as well. Denver Arts Week discounts on museum memberships, two-for-one tickets to performing arts, discounted fine art pieces and more are available online.
With its annual Denver Arts Week celebration, the second largest performing arts complex in the U.S., world-class museums and unique art districts, Denver is the arts and culture hub of the Rocky Mountain region.
Denver Arts Week is created in partnership with Denver Arts & Venues and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and is sponsored by CBS 4, Downtown Denver Partnership, 5280 Magazine, Westword and Denverite.