Colorado Art Walks

One look at Colorado’s roster of art walks and major art events will convince you we’re serious about the arts. Celebrate this love of the arts, mild temperatures and friendly folks with a gallery-hopping walk through these towns.


By: Staff Writer
Updated: July 8, 2024

Ongoing Colorado Art Walks


Several art districts in Denver and nearby Lakewood host art walks throughout the year, including Art District on Santa Fe, Tennyson StreetOld South Pearl StreetRiNo Art District and 40 West Art District. Thousands flock to these areas on the first Friday every month to meander through art-forward galleries and studios. More about Denver art walks


First Thursday Telluride Art Walks kick the weekend off early nearly year-round (excluding November, December and May) in the charming box-canyon town of Telluride. Galleries invite browsing art lovers in, and downtown restaurants feature art-walk specials to make sure they have enough food and drink to fuel their trek. 


On the second Saturday of every month, the Arkansas River mountain town of Salida hosts its art walk, with more than 20 galleries opening shows or hosting artists’ receptions. Additionally, each summer Salida holds a larger art walk event (October) with theater, concerts, demonstrations, classes in additional to gallery previews and artists’ receptions.

Old Colorado City

First Friday art walks in Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs’ historic district, begin in April and run through December. Galleries and studios pepper the area’s streets, which are home to the little, locally owned shops and cafes that make the district so charming.


Downtown Pueblo’s Union Avenue Historic District and Mesa Junction neighborhood, both of which run along side the city’s Arkansas Riverwalk, also bustle on first Fridays. Galleries open for extended hours, and snacks and live performances courtesy of the Pueblo Arts Alliance on Union Avenue keep things festive year-round. 

Fort Collins

Being a college town, Fort Collins can’t help but be a vibrant, art-forward community. Their year-round historic-downtown first Friday gallery walk brings even more action to the city’s already bustling downtown, home to boutiques, restaurants, bars and more.


The rest of the state’s first Friday events will keep you free to check out Breck’s gallery walk, which takes place on second Saturdays. One of Colorado’s most popular ski towns is growing in reputation as a stellar art town as well. Check it out on its way up!

Crested Butte

Crested Butte's summer artwalks fall on the last Thursday of the month from June to September. An additional walk will be held in conjunction with the Crested Butte Arts Festival (Aug.), a weekend-long event featuring work from artists all over the country, a guided tour and musicians playing in the streets.

Most of Colorado's 30 Creative Districts host monthly art walks — learn about them all

Other Colorado Art Walks

Loveland’s Sculpture in the Park

Loveland has been making a name for itself as one of the nation’s best small towns for the arts. The city’s unique public arts collection totals more than 350 pieces, which are visible all over the city. The Benson Sculpture Park, set with amazing views of the Front Range mountains is host to the annual Sculpture in the Park in August, which showcases more than 2,000 pieces of sculpture created by 160 sculptors from around the world.

ArtWalk Longmont

Longmont, another Front Range city whose art cred is rising, hosts Longmont Arts Week in September in their historic downtown, accompanied by food, music, theater, dance and activities for kids. This event begins with the town's beloved Artwalk event in the Longmont Creative District and ends with live music courtesy of Rhythm at Roosevelt.

La Veta Art Events

Organized by the Spanish Peaks Art Council, the south-central Colorado town of La Veta hosts Art in the Park in early July, an art workshop for children and teens (July) and numerous art shows throughout the year. 

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