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Top Art Walks In Denver

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There is no better way to take in the local art scene than to participate in one of the many weekly and monthly art walks in the Denver area. Local art galleries stay open late, art lovers of all ages wander from gallery to gallery, food vendors line the streets, and you can get the opportunity to talk with the artists themselves. If you are looking to learn more about art, get involved in the art scene, or just want to get out and enjoy another wonderful Denver evening, then look no further.

Santa Fe Art Walk

Santa Fe Drive from 6th Avenue to 13th Ave.
www.artdistrictonsantafe.com
Price: Free
First Friday of every month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The art district on Santa Fe is probably the most well-known in Denver and is the setting for the most diverse art walk in the city. With more than 60 galleries, numerous restaurants and tons of shops, this is a great place to start your art walk education. On the first Friday of every month, Santa Fe lights up with street performers, food vendors, and more as hundreds of art fans wander gallery to gallery.

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RiNo Art Walks

Near I-25 and 38th Avenue
Bounded by I-70 to the North, I-25 to the West, Park Avenue West to the South, and Lawrence to the East
www.rivernorthart.com

Price: Free
First Friday and Second Saturday of every month, Hours vary per gallery

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RedLine (credit: rivernorthart.com)

The River North Art District, or RiNo for short, is a fantastic and diverse area showcasing tons of studios and galleries, however, you’ll find a lot more than paintings and canvas here. Wander the art walks on the first Friday or second Saturday of every month and take in the creative endeavors of architects, furniture makers, photographers, sculptors and so much more. Included in the walk is Bella Glass Studios, which creates handmade artisan glass–find everything from stained glass or carved glass to glass beads and jewelry. Also find custom made wood furniture at Ethan Hutchinson Woodworker, pastel art by Riva Sweetrocket Studios and bronze sculptures at Yoshitomo Saito.

Related: Top Denver Art Galleries You Won’t Find on Santa Fe

Tennyson Art Walk

Tennyson between 38th Ave and 44th Ave
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Price: Free
First Friday of every month 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The historic Berkeley neighborhood is a wonderful, fun and funky area with tons of art galleries, stores, boutiques and studios. This great art walk is another hugely popular Friday walk, perfect for the whole family. Many merchants put out dishes of water and are very dog friendly, so it is the perfect place to bring Fido or Rover while you wander the galleries. Print out the gallery map to ensure you hit every place on your wish list.

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Golden Triangle Art Walk

Bordered by Lincoln, Speer, and Colfax at 13th Avenue
www.gtmd.org

Price: Free
First Friday of every month 5 P.M. To 9 P.M.

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The area known as the Golden Triangle is an active area with more than 50 galleries, studios and stores. There are also many participating museums in the neighborhood including the Colorado History Museum, Denver Art Museum, and the Molly Brown House. Not all museums participate in first Friday every month, but many do, and this is a great time to browse the galleries and museums. And since this is a tricky area, make sure to print a copy of the free online map to take with you.

Navajo Art Walk

Navajo between 35th Ave and 37th Ave
www.navajostreetartdistrict.com

Price: Free
First Friday of every month 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This may be a smaller walk, but it can often be one of the most fun. Check out one of the five art galleries that line this block and you are sure to see some hip, original and very different pieces of art. Art lovers will find experimental pieces, impressionist work and many different forms of art. The galleries in this area tend to feature some fantastic local artists, and when you are done you can enjoy dinner at one of Denver’s oldest Italian restaurants, Patsy’s Inn. This month, catch Clear Creek Academy of Jewelry and Metal Arts‘ intro to silversmithing or scraps to finished bezels class.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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