Arts & Culture

Communities With Art

Sculpture gardens, museums and one of the nation’s largest outdoor art shows offer a chance to brush up on culture. On stage, in galleries and around the region, artists bring together innovation and inspiration through theatre, music, dance, art, photography and more – all on a Northern Colorado canvas.

Arts and culture take center stage in Northern Colorado, which is home to two certified Colorado creative districts – Fort Collins and Greeley. Both districts are in their respective cities’ downtowns, where local artisans pay tribute to the outdoor beauty of Colorado’s North Front Range.

At the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) distinguished artists, art educators and community collaborate for music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Both UNC and Colorado State University have calendars full of student recitals and guest musicians. 

The Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Fort Collins Symphony keep the region in tune, while emerging and established musicians come together for one weekend of jams each summer at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. 

During summer, the Greeley Blues Jam invites music lovers to dance and sing along with headliners. The Estes Park Mountain Music Festival attracts regional and national acts each spring in a family-friendly atmosphere that offers free entry for kids. With an emphasis on building community, the ARISE Music Festival blends a farmers’ market, yoga, camping, workshops and music at Loveland’s Sunrise Ranch.

The Canyon Concert Ballet, Island Grove Events Center, Budweiser Events Center, Lincoln Center, Open Stage Theatre, Bas Bleu Theatre and more keep Northern Colorado busy, inspired and entertained. 

Loveland’s Downtown Arts District speaks to the city’s reputation as one of the nation’s best small towns for the arts, and for more than 80 years, the Loveland Museum/Gallery has cultivated world-class art exhibitions and history exhibits that draw visitors from around the globe. Located in the heart of the city, the Museum of Art in Old Town Fort Collins welcomes visitors to its nationally recognized exhibitions and invites them to participate in education workshops.