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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 the First Friday Art Walk, a celebration of local art and artists in The Mile High City's thriving neighborhood art districts: Art District On Santa Fe, Golden Triangle Creative District, Arts on Belmar, RiNo (River North Art District), Tennyson Street Cultural District and 40 West Arts District. First Friday Art Walks 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!

Free Night at the Museums features more than 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 some of the participating museums, you can experience almost all of these incredible attractions, (including the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & ScienceHistory Colorado Center, and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art*), in one night.

*Ages 13+ only 

STEP 2: EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD ART DISTRICTS

First Friday Art Walks is just the beginning of this 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. Experience hidden gems throughout the city at any one of The Mile High City's unique venues. 

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 - experience all the other family-friendly events, all week long!

STEP 4: FIND UNBEATABLE DEALS

Obviously, Saturday Night at the Museums is one of the biggest deals of Denver Arts Week - but don't think the savings end there. Check out deals and bargains the entire week.

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, see amazing productions and get great deals on tickets. 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. Check back for a complete listing of events.

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!

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