3 Places To Explore Artistry in Northern Colorado

Take a road trip through Colorado’s newly appointed artistic epicenters: Longmont, Loveland, Greeley, Sterling, and Fort Collins.


Photo courtesy of Crackpots.

Every second Saturday this summer, this town becomes a vibrant hub of artistic expression. Food trucks, dance performances, over 20 artist vendors, and live music performances congregate on 4th Avenue in front of the Firehouse Art Center for a lively community celebration. Venture along Main Street, where you’ll find a multitude of creatively focused businesses, including Crackpots, Jensen Guitar Company, Maker General, Obra Arts, and The Walnut Gallery.


Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
Photo courtesy of Foote Lagoon.

The Sweetheart City is brimming with creativity. From the 500 diverse public art pieces valued at more than $11.4 million to a 10-acre sculpture garden, art galleries, and an outdoor concert series, there is more than enough artistic pursuits to fill your time. There’s live music every Wednesday through the One Sweet Summer series. On Thursdays, head to Foote Lagoon Amphitheater for a free concert in genres ranging from swing to Celtic to salsa.

3Fort Collins

Fort Collins arts scene
Photo courtesy of Fort Collins.

Old Town beckons with its vibrant murals infusing the streets with culture and its painted pianos inviting passersby to unleash their inner virtuosos. Take it all in during a self-guided walking tour: there’s the First Friday Art Walks, the Foodie Walks happening every third Friday, and the Art in Public Places walk, which is available at your convenience. And be sure to catch some live music—perhaps what the town is best known for—at one of the town’s many summer festivals.