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Cultural Destinations In Your Own Backyard

While going out for dinner with friends is always a fun time, our local music and theater scenes, multitudes of galleries and well-curated museums all give you the opportunity to try something completely new, even something out of your comfort zone.

So, when it comes time to make your weekend plans, consider the Shelby American Collection in Boulder or Meow Wolf in Denver. Through these art and cultural destinations (and many more), you have the opportunity to nourish all your senses.

Best of all, enrichment is within reach. Whether you live in the Denver or Boulder area, you don't have to go far to find an impressive theater or attend the opening of a museum exhibit.

Being a patron of the arts also offers incredible benefits both personally and as a community: 

  • Shared experiences bring communities closer together.
  • Studies show it can enhance physical and mental health.
  • It keeps you connected to local and world history.
  • You might be inspired to express your own creativity.
  • It's a great way to support local makers and the economy.
  • It can lead to thoughtful, stimulating conversation.

So, where should you go first? Check out our lists of favorites below—of course, these are just the start as the art and culture scenes in both Denver and Boulder are thriving and continually growing! 

Boulder and Northern Communities


Boulder Theater

Dairy Arts Center

The Fox Theatre

Longmont Theatre Company

Macky Auditorium Concert Hall

Muse Performance Space, Lafayette

Theatre Company of Lafayette

Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, Longmont

Wonder Wonder, Boulder


Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

City of Longmont Museum

CU Museum of Natural History

Louisville Historical Museum

Media Archaeology Lab, Boulder

Miners Museum in Lafayette

Museum of Boulder

Shelby American Collection, Boulder

Wise Homestead Museum, Erie

Wow! Children’s Museum, Lafayette


Boulder Creative Collective

Firehouse Art Center, Longmont

Madelife, Boulder

Osmosis Gallery, Niwot

Seidel City, Boulder

SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder

Denver Metro and the 'Burbs


Aurora Fox Art Center

Cherry Creek Theatre, Denver

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village

Fillmore Auditorium, Denver

Lakewood Cultural Center

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver

PACE Center Theater, Parker

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, Morrison

Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, Denver

Town Hall Arts Center, Littleton


Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, Denver

Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Clyfford Still Museum, Denver

Denver Firefighters Museum

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Littleton Museum

Molly Brown House Museum, Denver

Morrison Natural History Museum

Museum of Outdoor Arts, Greenwood Village

Wings Over the Rockies, Denver & Englewood


40 West Arts, Lakewood

Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Denver Art Museum

Denver's Art District on Santa Fe

Denver Selfie Museum

Depot Art Gallery, Littleton

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver

Madden Museum of Art, Greenwood Village

Meow Wolf Convergence Station, Denver

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