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Put on your tux, your most artistic hat, or your snazziest walking shoes –it’s time to celebrate First Fridays in the Salida Creative District. From June through September this summer, the first Friday of each month the downtown Salida galleries are open late. The next First Friday to get out and enjoy an evening of art is coming up this Friday, June 3.

Leslie Jorgensen, Salida Artist, and 2021 Art Walk Chair. Courtesy image

With music at outdoor venues and plenty of dining options, it could be a good night to plan an evening including a gallery walk in the historic Salida Creative District. Gallery maps are available at the downtown galleries, so you can pick one up on your way to dinner to plan your route.

The Salida Creative District was one of the first Creative Districts established in the state of Colorado. It is a state designation administered by the City of Salida’s Arts and Culture Department. Salida’s distinct character is enhanced by the Downtown Historic District, consisting of 111 buildings; one of the largest in Colorado and registered as a National Historic District in 1984. The many turn-of-the-20th-century buildings add to the beautiful and unique natural surroundings.

The Creative District designation certifies our community as contributing to our state’s economy through creativity, culture, and the arts. This designation also creates opportunities for funding through state-sponsored programs for our creative sector. Our mission is to promote, support, and expand existing creative industries with the purpose of driving economic growth and enhancing the quality of life.