Top 10 Reasons to Explore Denver Art
Denver Arts Week celebrates The Mile High City's arts and culture scene with hundreds of events around the city. From Nov. 4 to 12, explore vibrant art districts, check out museum exhibitions and outdoor sculptures, indulge in the performing arts, be inspired at film and literary events, and even buy some art of your own!
Here’s how to get the most out of Denver Arts Week.
1. Explore vibrant art districts and diverse neighborhoods on First Friday, Nov. 4
Go on a VIP Art Tour in the River North Art District (RiNo), take advantage of Tennyson Street Cultural District’s $52.80 art sale, submit your own art in the Art District on Santa Fe’s “To Denver With Love” art contest, and venture to the Golden Triangle Creative District to see some of the city’s finest galleries. See more First Friday events.
2. Experience FREE Night at the Museums on Nov. 5
It's the perfect time to check out a museum that you’ve been meaning to visit or you can revisit an old favorite. Venues around town are open late, from 5 to 10 p.m., during FREE Night at the Museums. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Art Museum, History Colorado Center, Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), Forney Museum of Transportation and Denver Firefighters Museum are among the many you won't want to miss.
3. Check out blockbuster exhibitions, from mummies to Japanese fashion
See Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea at the Denver Zoo, Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s at the Denver Art Museum, and Extreme Mammals and Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, both of which are at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. *Special ticket purchase is required for Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs.
4. See 'only in Denver' dance performances and events
Kick off Denver Arts Week with a free First Friday performance of “The Nutcracker” (Nov. 4) at Colorado Ballet. Also attend a professional dance workshop for free at “Chance to Dance” (Nov. 5) at the McNichols Civic Center Building, see 10 amazing dancers perform as part of the Wonderbound dance company (Nov. 10) at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and experience the passion of flamenco dancing when “Una Noche de Flamenco!” (Nov. 11) takes the stage at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center.
5. Tune in to Denver’s thriving music scene
Hear beautiful music inspired by Shakespeare as the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir presents “There is Sweet Music: Shakespeare at 400” (Nov. 11). Or check out pop and electronic artists like Timeflies (Nov. 8) and Space Jesus (Nov. 11) at the Bluebird Theater, country bands like Dan + Shay (Nov. 10) at the Ogden Theatre, and country and roots rock singer Sturgill Simpson (Nov. 4 & 5) at the Paramount Theatre.
6. Make plans for a 'theater night out'
Denver is home to a premier performing arts scene. See “Jersey Boys” (Nov. 9-13) at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and “Hand to God” (Nov. 3 –Dec. 17) at the Curious Theatre Company. But if you want to unlock the magic behind theatrical performances, check out the free, family-friendly "Magic of Theatre" (Nov. 7) activity where you'll learn about combat, fake blood and conjuring rain on stage from Tony Award-winning professionals at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
7. See the newest independent films
The Denver Film Festival (Nov. 2-13) features more than 250 films: blockbusters, documentaries, shorts, you name it. Regular festival screenings take place at the Sie FilmCenter and UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15.
8. Discover unique art exhibits
Pay homage to influential artists from the past four decades during Looking Back: 40 Years/40 Artists (through Nov. 13) at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities and survey Western art by viewing more than 300 paintings at the American Museum of Western Art. If you want to get smart about art, immerse yourself in a week-long series of educational experiences. Join artists, dealers and other experts at "Art Smart in Cherry Creek North" (Nov. 4-12).
9. Get in for free at the city’s top cultural attractions
10. Choose from numerous great deals and discounts
Take advantage of sweetheart deals on artwork and tickets and find free events by searching our Denver Arts Week Deals page.
5 Denver Artists You Need to Know
The artists behind Denver Arts Week are passionate about their work and are always finding new ways to express themselves.
On our blog, we interviewed five local artists who are making an impact in everything from oil painting to photography.
What challenges do they face? Here’s painter Tim Mooney on that subject:
“One of the biggest challenges is to simultaneously stay true to my own inner vision and stay open to new influences and directions. After success it can be seductive to stay with what has worked, even when the soul is pushing the art in new uncertain directions. It’s never a straight line, which is what makes it difficult, and what gives it so much life!”