Arts & Culture Itinerary

Fort Collins breathes life into the arts in the form of theatre, musical performances, dance, public art, galleries, photography and more. From the innovative to the classic, explore the unique and diverse cultural arts scene Fort Collins has become accustomed to.

Day 1:

Fort Collins Museum of Art

Housed in the old Post Office of Fort Collins this art museum is in and of itself, a piece of art. They present a diverse series of exhibitions, community events, publications and educational programs. The Fort Collins Museum of art works to enrich the cultural life of the region and create a greater appreciation for the visual arts.

201 South College Ave
(970) 482-2787

Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising

Through exhibitions, courses, and programs, the Avenir museum’s collection of 20,000 historically an culturally significant artifacts tell global stories of people and their textiles, dress, and interior furnishings- how they are made and what they mean to everyone. 

216 E. Lake St.

Bas Bleu Gallery

Gallery Bleu, housed in the historic Giddings Building and home to the Bas Bleu Theatre Company, hosts six visual art exhibits a year, featuring local and regional artists. Each art show features an opening reception and runs for two months concurrent with the Theatre Company's main stage productions. Art is for sale during the First Friday Art Walk

401 Pine St.
(970) 498-8498

Dinner at Blue Agave Grill

This local restaurant serves contemporary southwestern cuisine in a unique setting. Enjoy their large, house made margarita selection; house infused tequilas, and homemade sangria along with a made-from-scratch kitchen serving fresh cuisine for dinner and lunch. Enjoy their outdoor patio accompanied by fire pits which surrounds the historic art museum in Old Town Fort Collins.

201 S. College Ave.
(970) 631-8076

Museum of Discovery

The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery blends science, history and culture into an interactive and engaging museum that literally offers the best of all worlds! With hands-on exhibits, a 42-foot long plesiosaur, a state-of-the-art Digital Dome that immerses you into the action, and a nationally recognized interactive music experience that lets you create and play music, the Museum is an experience not to be missed.

408 Mason Court

First Friday Art Walk (Only available on the 1st Friday of each month)

Enjoy Downtown Fort Collins’ thriving gallery scene! Fiber Arts, Visual Arts, Ceramics, Metal Smithing, Sculpture, Glass Art and Photography are ever present in the nearly 20 galleries located all within walking distance in historic Downtown Fort Collins.

Day 2:

Art in Public Places

Stroll the streets of Old Town Fort Collins. Experience the local arts on every street corner and stop by the many art stores in the area. Stop by Trimble Court to talk to a local artist and views pieces from the Fort Collins area. Use this map to create your own Art in Public Places walking tour!

Fort Collins Mural Project

While you're strolling, be sure to check out the many murals that are featured in Fort Collins' alleys and on businesses walls. These murals are made possible by the Fort Collins Mural Project, a nonprofit that collaborates with local artists and businesses to promote contemporary art in public spaces. Utilize their interactive mural map to plan your route.

Global Village of Museum of Arts & Culture

The Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures strives to become an internationally renowned center for the celebration and preservation of world arts and cultures.  Guided by this vision, the Museum’s mission is to foster and celebrate international connections between Northern Colorado and the world through exhibits of folk art, fine arts, and artifacts from around the globe and to provide international resources and educational opportunities.

200 W. Mountain Ave.
(970) 221-4600

Lincoln Center

This center is named one of Colorado’s largest and most diverse centers of the performing arts, offering two performing art spaces (a 1,180-seat performance hall and a 220-seat theatre), three galleries, an outdoor terrace/performance garden and two special event/conference rooms available for rent. It is a leader in the cultural experience and an essential piece of the Fort Collins community.

417 W. Magnolia St
(970) 221-6735

Dinner at Ace Gillett's

If you’re looking for the total package, Ace Gillett's is the ticket to dining in the glow of Historic Downtown Fort Collins. Ace Gillett's comes alive with artfully prepared cuisine presented by a welcoming staff. And, with regular live jazz and a diverse cocktail menu, Ace has it all!

239 S. College Ave
(970) 449-4797

Drinks at the Social

Social is the place in Fort Collins for properly crafted cocktails, sommelier selected wines, and charcuterie. Located underneath an Old Town shop, at the entrance into Old Town Square, Social is designed with a soft modern/industrial decor as to keep the focus on what they are best at...quality food and beverage.

1 Old Town Sq.
(970) 449-5606

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