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Find the pulse of Denver’s vibrant creative community year-round in The Mile High City’s eight neighborhood art districts. Galleries, studios and cultural attractions stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun during First Fridays in most districts.
The Golden Triangle Creative District is a culturally stimulating neighborhood that is home to eight of Denver's museums, in addition to more than 15 galleries like Walker Fine Art, art studios and specialty stores.
Good to Know: The Golden Triangle is home to the famed Denver Art Museum, but also several hidden gems, including the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Molly Brown House Museum.
In Denver's Berkeley 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 and, of course, wonderful art galleries and studios, all tucked into one of Denver's funkiest neighborhoods.
Good to Know: The historic Oriental Theater is one of the coolest venues in Denver, hosting live music, film, comedy and live performances.
In southwest Denver, Morrison Road cuts diagonally through the heart of the colorful Westwood Creative District. The neighborhood's Mexican-American roots shine through in the form of culturally inspired murals adorning walls, electrical boxes and even trash cans, as well as the food, with Kahlo's Mexican Restaurant (named for iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo) and other eateries on the main drag.
Local leaders are working to transform Morrison Road into the pedestrian-friendly Mercado Lineal (Spanish for "linear market"), with plazas, gardens and more public art. The brainchild of nonprofit Re:Vision, RISE Westwood is an evolving community hub that's home to the Westwood Food Cooperative and special events. Coming soon: an urban farm, grocery store and commercial kitchen.
Good to Know: The annual Westwood Chile Fest in September features booths with artists and food vendors, live music, and an abundance of green chile to celebrate its harvest.
Stroll between the 1200 and 1800 blocks of South Pearl Street on First Fridays (April through October from 5 to 9 p.m.) and check out five galleries, plus many shops hosting local artists, not to mention live music, food and drink.
Good to Know: The Sand Dollar Gallery opened its doors in 1975, making it one of the longest-running galleries in Denver.
Beneath the surface of Lakewood’s unassuming suburban landscape bubbles a lively artistic community, and 40 West Arts is the hub of that community. Easily accessible via West Colfax, the district has more than two dozen public art installations — many of them colorful murals — plus several galleries, multiple performance venues and the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. The neighborhood's First Friday Art Walk is a great way to explore it all.
Good to Know: The 40 West ArtLine is a walking and biking art experience located in the heart of the 40 West Arts Creative District along historic West Colfax Avenue and the W Line light rail.