Cherry Creek Arts Festival Photo Credit Jenny Griffin & VISIT DENVER

Denver Arts & Venues

Artist expression doesn’t just come in the form of museums. Thanks to Denver’s natural beauty and urban energy, the Mile High City has become a major cultural hub for performing arts. Home to the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the city pulses with dramatic energy, where inspiration trickles into Denver’s lively streets and intimate art scenes.

Denver Performing Arts Complex

1345 Champa St. | 720.865.4239

The Denver Performing Arts Complex is the largest performing arts complex under one roof, featuring everything from symphonies to operas, ballets to theatre. The complex’s 10 venues seat more than 10,000 people in this “Super Block” of theatrical activity.

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Public Art on Display in Denver

Public displays and grassroots' galleries, make Denver a vibrant art scene.

World-class cultural sites make a city vibrant, and while Denver has put a huge investment into its facilities, a grassroots trend is happening in the Mile High City — the Denver gallery scene. 

Creative spirits will find numerous up-and-coming galleries in this Rocky Mountain arts hub. From co-op spaces with rotating exhibits to noteworthy artists who showcase the contemporary vibe, Denver’s many arts districts include the Art District on Santa Fe, Museum District, RiNo or River North Art District, Navajo Street Art District, South Pearl Street, Tennyson Street Cultural District and LODO-lower downtown.

Denver’s love for art trickles onto the streets, where Denver plays host to public art. Artwork splashes across the city — into Denver’s library, throughout the city’s parks and at the local rec centers. Some 300-plus works of art grace Denver’s public space, taunting visitors to explore their backstory.

This public display of art feeds a vibe that can’t be emulated. A carnival-like atmosphere spills onto Santa Fe Drive for First Friday Art Walks, where thousands stroll from gallery to gallery during extended business drives. An added bonus, the Art District on Santa Fe offers a free guided-shuttle coach from the Osage Street light rail station to nearby galleries.