Art District on Santa Fe

Denver, Colorado

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The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood of Denver is one with historic roots as deep as downtown and Auraria, but it remains lesser known. The buildings around here—whether homes, storefronts, warehouses, or theaters—date back to the late 1800s and turn of the century, and many have stucco covering the original brick, which gives more of a New Mexico feel than other parts of Denver. The primary business district of the neighborhood is along Santa Fe Drive, where you’ll find the city’s largest concentration of art galleries for three vibrant blocks. La Alma/Lincoln Park has a predominantly Hispanic population, and that culture resonates throughout a handful of the more significant galleries and art institutions on this walk. The emphasis in these art spaces is on local talent—artists based in Denver and Colorado—but there is also room for national and international work on display here. Even if you are not a serious art collector, the gift shops of some galleries make it easy for anyone to become a patron of the arts. On the First Friday of each month year-round, these narrow sidewalks are filled with people walking from gallery to gallery. The event is so popular they have added a Third Fridays night, which has smaller crowds and artist lectures or special events. During the holidays, traditional luminarias line the streets as well. Or it can be a fun afternoon stroll with a stop for tasty Mexican food and seeing art at your own pace.

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"The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood of Denver is one with historic roots as deep as downtown and Auraria, but it remains lesser known. The buildings around here—whether homes, storefronts, warehouses, or theaters—date back to the late 1800s and turn of the century, and many have stucco covering the original brick, which gives more of a New Mexico feel than other parts of Denver. The primary business district of the neighborhood is along Santa Fe Drive, where you’ll find the city’s largest concentration of art galleries for three vibrant blocks. La Alma/Lincoln Park has a predominantly Hispanic population, and that culture resonates throughout a handful of the more significant galleries and art institutions on this walk. The emphasis in these art spaces is on local talent—artists based in Denver and Colorado—but there is also room for national and international work on display here. Even if you are not a serious art collector, the gift shops of some galleries make it easy for anyone to become a patron of the arts. On the First Friday of each month year-round, these narrow sidewalks are filled with people walking from gallery to gallery. The event is so popular they have added a Third Fridays night, which has smaller crowds and artist lectures or special events. During the holidays, traditional luminarias line the streets as well. Or it can be a fun afternoon stroll with a stop for tasty Mexican food and seeing art at your own pace."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Denver
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round

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Jun 2018