Are you tired of the same date ideas night after night? Have you seen just about every movie and visited every restaurant? Well maybe it’s time for something new. If you are an art lover, there is a lot to choose from in Denver, with plenty of fun ideas and enough creativity to get you out of your dating rut. Explore all of the different art galleries in the city or check out the huge museums and learn about classic art. Try taking a class or creating a work of art together. No matter how you enjoy your art, it always makes for a great date night. Here are a few great date ideas for art lovers in Denver.
First Friday Art Walk
Art District on Santa Fe
Santa Fe Drive between Alameda Ave and 12th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
First Friday of every month
Stroll hand in hand with your date from art gallery to art gallery sipping wine, meeting artists and discovering lots of new local talent. The First Friday Art Walk is always a huge event in Denver and it is the best way to enjoy the large variety of art available in the area. On the first Friday of every month, all of the art galleries along Santa Fe Drive open up their doors to welcome visitors. Many serve free wine and a lot of them will have the artists present, so you can ask them questions and learn a little more about their work. Nearly 60 different galleries in the area participate each month, and you’ll also find street vendors, food trucks and even some street performers. It is the perfect date night for any art fan in Denver.
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
The Denver Art Museum is a wonderful way to spend a date in Denver. The museum is one of the largest of its kind from the West Coast to Chicago, and the collections are often changing, with lots of amazing touring shows stopping in for special events and premiers. From classic to contemporary and from Impressionist to abstract, there is a little something for everyone, plus the iconic building itself is a work of art. Make sure to stop by for a romantic meal at Palettes Restaurant while you are there and fill up on some truly spectacular contemporary American cuisine. It is a wonderful way to end a date after spending a couple of hours browsing the huge museum.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany St
Denver, CO 80202
If contemporary art is more your thing, grab your date and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. This wonderful museum has provided a home to contemporary and modern art in Denver since 1996, though it moved to the current location in 2007. There are five galleries on two floors, plus a great rooftop café for a drink or a meal after you are done exploring all of the art. You’ll find some of the best regional and national artists on display here, plus the great thing about contemporary art is how much dialogue it can spark, making it an excellent date night idea.
Colorado Free University
7653 E 1st Place
Denver, CO 80230
Why not spend a fun date learning a new skill? There are lots of great activities you can enjoy at Colorado Free University. Try your hand at clay or mosaics or learn about glasswork or jewelry making. You can take painting, drawing, paper crafts or even woodworking and furniture making. There is a huge variety of classes to enjoy, and the conversational style and laid-back nature of the classes makes for a truly fun date night. Classes are offered nearly every night of the week and weekends, so you can find something to fit both of your schedules, and even make it a re-occurring date idea.
Canvas and Cocktails
249 Clayton Street
Denver, CO 80206
Bring your date down to Canvas and Cocktails for another romantic evening. Classes are upbeat and fun while teaching the basics of acrylic painting inspired by wine and beer. The instructor will guide you both as you create your own work of art, and you get to leave with your completed painting at the end of the night. You can even have a little friendly competition to see who can create the best work of art. Canvas and Cocktails is quickly growing to be one of the most popular date night ideas in Denver, so make sure to give this one a try.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.