Denver, Colorado is bursting at the seams with the beauty of nature, the bustle of breweries, and a colorful street art scene. No matter what area you end up going to, there’s sure to be an abundance of art for you to see, with so many different colors and powerful messages spread throughout the streets. So, whether you’re making a quick stop in Denver or plan to stay a while, read on to learn about the art districts that house some of our favorite street art, murals and graffiti.
We recommend starting your mural tour by heading over to the RiNo District, where you’ll find a vast majority on Larimar Street. This hip and trendy area features many industrial buildings that, instead of being demolished, have been utilized for street art. In addition to the plethora of murals that you’ll see in the area, these industrial buildings have also been turned into some fabulous contemporary art galleries and music venues.
Keep Smiling by David Shillinglaw
The Art District on Santa Fe Drive is home to the largest collection of art galleries within a single vicinity, and is a Certified Creative District and non-profit membership organization. On the first Friday of every month, ADSF hosts First Friday Art Walks from 5:30-9:30 p.m., where you can view an unimaginable amount of art in galleries and on the street. In addition to taking in all of the stunning art, you can also enjoy some delicious food truck eats and being amongst thousands of like-minded art lovers. In fact, the event gets so busy that rideshares and public transportation to the event is recommended.
Restore the Balance by Val the Hermit
This area in Denver features loads of live music and entertainment, dining hotspots, and the USA’s longest commercial street that is a huge source of artistic expression. It can all be explored by foot, with the best starting place being the Colorado State Capitol, heading east on Colfax. In addition to the street art and murals, you’ll find some iconic venues that have hosted artists like Snoop Dogg, Lorde, Bob Dyland, Michael Granti, and much more.
By Casey Kawaguchi
This beautiful Highlands neighborhood park, nestled between where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River converge, is home to the famous “Greetings from Denver” mural that you’ve likely seen before on a postcard! Check out the area for some other colorful murals, sculptures, cafes, boutiques, biking trails and more.
Artist Victor Ving