This one is for the art lovers. May 1st marks not only the beginning of light at the end of the Colorado wintertime tunnel, but also the first ‘First Friday’ art walk for many of Denver’s art districts. In total, there are seven separate art walks in and around downtown Denver happening the first friday of every month.
Many of the monthly events provide some type of shuttle service, affording the opportunity to get fried on first Friday with some choice flower.
The largest, and most commonly known Denver art walk is in the historic Santa Fe Art District. Boasting over 100 galleries showing 1000’s of individual are works, the Santa Fe first friday is a popular attraction for locals and tourists, alike.
Those of us too high to drive, but still appreciate gawking at art under the influence can be shuttled to the district from the 10th & Osage light rail station. Safer, and not sorry. If being in a crowd after blazing shrouds you in a blanket of that infamous marijuana paranoia, every third Friday of the month the Santa Fe Art District holds Collector Preview Events. While basically the same thing as the First Friday Art Walks, the Collector Preview Event has far less crowds to wade through.
In Literally Every Direction
The Santa Fe Art District is located in the heart of Denver, and the six other First Friday Art Walks radiate from it in every compass direction. Immediately north is the Golden Triangle Museum District featuring the Denver Art Museum and over 50 participating galleries to walk through from 5pm – 9pm every first Friday of the month, year round.
Even further north, North of downtown Denver and LoDo, the River North (RiNo) art walk is the new kid on the block. All the same feel as the Santa Fe art walk, with a bit different style of art to ponder from 6-9pm every first Friday.
Northwest passage brings art walkers to the Highlands and the Tennyson Street Cultural District First Friday Art Walk, as well as the Navajo Street Art District in LoHi (35th-37th & Navajo St.). Like the Highlands, itself, Tennyson Street and Navajo Street Art Districts are seen as the place to be seen. If you know what I mean.
A short jaunt South and only 12 minutes outside of LoDo is the Block 7 Arts District, located in the Belmar Shopping Center. Typical galleries feature mainly photographic and fiber pieces.
If, somehow, that’s still not enough art, walkers can peruse galleries in the 1200-1800 blocks of South Pearl Street on the first Friday of months April – December.
Phew. That’s a lot of art. So get out there and start walking! There’s only so many ‘First Fridays’ in the season, and May’s is already gone. Why stare at a TV screen full of color on the couch when you can get some exercise, enjoy fresh air, and ponder original art after a bowl (or two for analysis’ sake).