Location: Santa Fe Art District
Distance from Denver: ~2miles ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Limited street parking. We recommend the light rail ♡
How to Get Here: Light rail to 10th & Osage. There is a free shuttle that runs every 20min from the light rail station to the heart of the walk (6th & Santa Fe). The last shuttle back to the light rail is between 9:20-9:40pm.
What We Recommend: Happy Hour at Board Game Republic, Art Walk, Dinner at El Noa Noa or Buckhorn Exchange (oldest steakhouse in Denver)
First Fridays (Art Walks) are one of our favorite ways to spend the evening. We had never been to the Santa Fe art district before so we were super excited that there was finally a sunny Friday to take advantage! Now, I did my research before we went and expected that the roads would be shut down like the website suggests. Friends, this is FAKE NEWS. Apparently, traffic is only shut down for the art walk in August. This means that you are walking on narrow sidewalks while rush hour traffic whizzes near you. This wouldn't be so bad were it not for the hundreds of people there with you. You guys, it was SOOOOOOOOOOO crowded! Think rush hour traffic trying to merge onto the highway...that's what it felt like when we left a gallery to get back onto the sidewalk. If you enjoy lively crowds, then go on First Fridays. Otherwise, we suggest the Third Fridays of each month (drawback: no shuttle to/from the light rail).
Despite the crowds, we spent close to three hours here and enjoyed our evening very much! All of the galleries are open (which typically have cash bars), food trucks abound, and live music serendes you as you explore the area. Our favorite was the Mai Wyn Fine Art Gallery. They were celebrating their 5 year anniversary when we went, && they were treating guests to cake, champagne, and cider. Her art is ~ d r e a m y ~ and her medium (stainless steel) makes the subjects POP in a way that canvas does not.
I would highly suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes when you go. I wanted to look c u t e, so I wore wedges (which yes were super cute), but by the end of the evening, my feet were ready for a nice massage. Thank goodness husbands exist to rub your sore feet ;)
We hope you have the chance to check out Santa Fe! Which was your favorite gallery?
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