The Art District on Santa Fe is one of Colorado’s designated Creative Districts, with more than 60 art galleries, studios, and innovative businesses. The neighborhood’s Hispanic roots are evident around every corner, from colorful murals and the exhibitions at Museo de las Americas, to the Latino influence on the neighborhood’s restaurants.
The Art District on Santa Fe is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the metropolitan community.
For 2016, the district will emphasize art collecting, educating, yoga studios, furniture and lighting stores, book stores, antique stores, radio stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.
Oldest Dining Joint
The district features some of the most authentic Mexican culture in the city. It’s also home to craft breweries and the Buckhorn Exchange, Denver’s oldest dining establishment with liquor license number one. The Buckhorn is a true original, decorated top to bottom in taxidermy and serving steak, rattlesnake, elk, alligator, buffalo, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. It’s located just off Santa Fe Drive.
First Friday Art Walks
First Friday Art Walks and Third Friday Collector’s Previews attract both locals and visitors each month throughout the year. Art lovers can meet and mingle with artists and gallery owners, while discovering contemporary, traditional and emerging art in unique and creative spaces.
The Art District offers a free shuttle for First Friday Art Walks. The shuttle runs in a loop around the district from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Access it at the light rail station on 10th and Osage streets and at the parking lot at West High School on Galapagos Street.
Denver Beer Trail
The Art District on Santa Fe is included on the Denver Beer Trail, which is a self-guided tour of Denver’s thriving craft beer industry. Check out Black Sky Brewery where you can find edgy music and pizza as well as locally crafted libations, or visit Renegade Brewing Company to sample this taproom’s Imperial Pilsner and Consilium Pale Ale.
Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe has gained attention in the national press in recent years. Publications include Sunset Magazine, Desert Living, and Travel Leisure Magazine. In addition, the cities of Cleveland, OH, Sacramento, CA, and Glendale, AZ recently contacted the district to learn how to create a successful art district in their cities. The Art District on Santa Fe’s continuing membership with Visit Denver has contributed to its growing cultural tourism business. Check it out this summer.