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Artsy Affairs at Colorado's Certified Creative Districts

Our painting-like landscapes serve up some serious inspiration and set the stage for a love affair with art that spreads across the state.

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound in Breckenridge
WAVE: Light + Water + Sound in Breckenridge
Carbondale Mountain Fair
Carbondale Mountain Fair
Trinidad's Artocade Art Car Festival
Trinidad's Artocade Art Car Festival
Crested Butte's Iron Pour
Crested Butte's Iron Pour
Friday Fest in the Greeley Creative District
Friday Fest in the Greeley Creative District

Exhibit A: our 21 Certified Creative Districts, where artists live, work and contribute to Colorado’s cultural fabric. Though these areas have excellent things to see and do year-round, color outside the lines on your next visit with a special stop at these amazing festivals and fairs.

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound

Breckenridge Arts District
Every May/June
Winter sports may steal the spotlight, but Breck has one of Colorado’s liveliest creative districts. Blue River Plaza is the hub for WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, a four-day swirl of interactive artwork, temporary installations and musical performances. Visiting later in the summer? Don’t miss August’s multimedia-encompassing Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.

Final Friday Frolics

North Fork Valley Creative District
May–October
This rich agricultural region on the Western Slope cultivates artists, too — especially in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford, the eclectic towns that make up the North Fork Valley Creative District. Meet makers, view their work and sample tasty eats and drinks, many of which were grown, made or brewed in the area. Bonus: Enjoy national and local music acts every Thursday in August during Pickin’ in the Park.

Carbondale Mountain Fair

Carbondale Creative District
Every July
Forty minutes from well-heeled Aspen, Carbondale proudly marches to its own beat. See for yourself at this offbeat fair, which draws around 145 vendors selling art and handmade wares, alongside music and wonderfully weird performers.

Second Saturday Open Studios

Pueblo Creative Corridor
Monthly
Pueblo’s Arts Alliance Studios houses a diverse collection of artists and creative businesses. You can see where the magic happens on a studio hop, with new themes each month to keep things interesting.

Downtown Block Party

Downtown Longmont Creative District
Every August
Longmont’s vibrant downtown sizzles at this summer celebration, complete with an artisan market, fashion show, street performers and concerts. Feeling adventurous? Join Longmont’s version of “The Amazing Race,” held in the afternoon.

ArtoCade Art Car Festival

Corazón de Trinidad
Every September
From bedazzled cars to trucks turned into dragons, the “vehiculart” at this zany fest is a sight to behold. Keep your engine revving into the night at CarDango, a dance-party circus held in the Bizarre Car Garage.

MoonWalk

Ridgway Creative District
Monthly
There may be nowhere more beautiful to see the full moon than in Ridgway, where local artists open their studios each month in a lunar celebration that has a different twist every time, from film fests to potlucks, against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.

Iron Pour

Crested Butte Creative District
Every October
Part art and part performance, be mesmerized as glowing, molten iron is poured into sculpted scratch blocks, resulting in one-of-a-kind art pieces (you can make your own, too).

Friday Fest

Greeley Creative District
Weekly, June–September
With free concerts on the 9th Street Plaza, sidewalk art, face painting and more, Friday Fest is fun for all ages. But grown-ups will flip for Greeley’s famous “go-cup” service, which lets you take your craft brew to-go.

Fort Collins Foodie Walk

Downtown Fort Collins Creative District
Third Friday of every month
Food is the medium of choice in Old Town, where self-guided tours lead you to a diversity of local cheesemongers, chocolate shops, wineries and more.

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