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River North Art District: Art, Beer, and Parks!


Denver’s burgeoning River North neighborhood (RiNo), one of the city’s earliest industrial areas, is also Denver’s first art district. With this eclectic mix of gritty urban industry and a strong and vibrant art community, RiNo has become a popular destination for the many millennials moving to Denver.

Anticipating this growth, Denver Parks and Recreation purchased an old trucking company headquarters along the S. Platte River for a future neighborhood park with the goal of repurposing the existing buildings for creative uses. They are working closely with Denver Public Works to remove a 10-block street along the river in front of the park, creating an equally eclectic park and river promenade experience that will be unlike anything else in Denver.

The tour will include stops at a few of the nearby breweries that have sprung up in the area including the adjacent Great Divide and Blue Moon Breweries and a guided tour of the ever-expanding public art scene. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the new park under construction (hard hats and yellow vests required!) and learn about the 10-block park promenade design from nationally-renown Wenk Design First.

Then, they will head out on an easy, leisurely bike tour of the surrounding developments to see the explosion of urban street art, hip redevelopment of the old adjacent industrial buildings, and art galleries. This trip will  culminate with a tour of the new Great Divide Brewery headquarters, and maybe a beer or two!

Note: Participants of this tour must be at least 21 years-old. Beer is at your own cost. The effect of alcohol at higher elevations is more pronouced; drink responsibly. Participants are strongly encouraged to have acclimated to altitude for at least 24 hours. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.