Denver’s Art Scene is on Full Display

  • Santa Fe Art District First Friday Art Walk
  • When: First Friday of each month
  • Where: Santa Fe District between sixth and 13th Ave. 

Santa Fe Art District First Friday Art Walk in Denver Colorado


Colorado is famous for breathtaking scenery and plentiful outdoor opportunities. But, did you know that it also has a thriving art scene? Nowhere is this more evident than in Denver, where artists from all over the country are hoping to create a name for themselves in the eyes of critics, collectors, and art enthusiasts.

The most exciting way to experience Denver’s incredible art scene is by attending the First Friday Art Walk in the historic Santa Fe Art District. In the evening, stroll the streets and visit over 60 galleries exhibiting everything from paintings to sculpture and mixed media to photography. Discover up-and-coming artists or seek out well-loved, established artists while sipping wine and chatting with gallery owners. For a more in-depth look at the culture that helped shaped the neighborhood, check out Museo de las Americas, a popular museum that educates the community about the diversity of Latino Americano art and culture from ancient to contemporary through innovative exhibitions and programs.

The Santa Fe First Friday Art Walk attracts a lively crowd, and in August, the event is so popular that the streets are closed to traffic. As you peruse the galleries, you’ll most likely encounter string quartets, street performers, and live bands. There are even eclectic poets offering instant works typed on antique typewriters. Come hungry because Santa Fe’s side streets are filled with food carts, making this a great date night, family outing, or gathering place for friends.

Here’s a final tip for those excited to explore this awesome area. Every third Friday, the Art District offers Collector Preview Events, a more intimate version of First Friday with an opportunity for patrons to see the art and meet the artists and owners without the large First Friday crowds.

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Lindsay Diamond is a novelist and freelance writer living in the mountains of central Colorado. Visit to learn more.