Every first Friday is your chance to discover Boulder's art scene up close. Come nibble on snacks, stroll a cool neighborhood and discover inspiration in a city that lives, sleeps, eats and breathes creativity.
NoBo (which is short for North Boulder) is an arts district along Broadway that is dotted with art studios and galleries. The trick is, you wouldn’t necessarily know it by driving by — you’ll find them up staircases, around corners and with hand-painted signs (if they have a sign at all!). But that’s part of the fun: once a month, you’re in on the secret.
On the first Friday of every month, NoBo Art District welcomes visitors for self-guided tours of artists’ studios and creative businesses. It’s your chance to go inside the creative process and meet painters, photographers, designers, sculptors and other creatives. There’s live music, refreshments, demos and special activities in several of the locations, which range from galleries and studios to churches, coffeehouses and framing shops. There are more than 40 artist studios open — don't miss those tucked away on Artist Alley, west of Broadway and Yarmouth.
Photo: Artist Tom Cannon Prepares for First Friday © Paula Gillen/NoBo Art District
NoBo Second Saturdays offer a daytime alternative to the signature First Friday evenings. Explore the arts district's local artists, food vendors, musicians and free family-friendly activities on Saturday afternoons, 1-6pm, from June through December.
Fortify yourself for the art walk with some of NoBo's most delicious bites.