Arts & Culture
Shhh. Wanna know a secret?
Longmont is emerging as an arts destination of local, regional, and national repute.
OK, so maybe it isn’t much of a secret anymore. Indeed, arts enthusiasts in-the-know have been coming to our city for years. Small wonder, too. The sheer number of venues and events – not to mention working artists within the community – is impressive for a town our size. Couple that with a nationally recognized symphony, a planned performing arts center, and a museum with frequently rotating, always engaging exhibits, two community theaters, and you’ve got a true destination for artists.
Consider Longmont Studio Tour, which offers the chance to see and engage artists at work in their own creative spaces. Held the last weekend in September every year, the Studio Tour lets you gallop from studio to studio to watch painters, sculptors, glassblowers, and more create inspiring works. With over sixty participating artists, it can be a lot to take-in in a single day… Luckily, you’ll have all weekend.
Or maybe ArtWalk is more your style? Three Fridays every summer, Main Street becomes the scene of Longmont’s own street fair. At its start ArtWalk was little more than a night of ad hoc gallery spaces in businesses downtown, but it has evolved into one of Longmont’s largest family-friendly festivals. ArtWalk is a little bit of everything: live music, theater, and performances, children’s activities, displays, artists, galleries, and businesses – all in one evening, all downtown, and all free to the public.
Perhaps the most talked about arts event is Fresh. This celebration of arts and culture showcases local artists and musicians. Two local arts organizations. 14 local farms. 40 local artists. Now, that’s what we call FRESH! Local artists roam the fields of our farms, gathering inspiration and creating art for an extraordinary new farm-to-art project that has culminated into two exhibits and several great events. Held in Roosevelt Park, this event features local restaurants and farms and their wonderful, fresh, faire. And did we mention the music? Local singers and songwriters entertain the crowd for a magical evening. And, visit the Arts Longmont gallery and the Firehouse Art Center gallery for exhibits of artwork leading up to the event.
But even if you’re in town for a day trip or overnight stay, you’ll find experts – some artists themselves – staffing both traditional and non-traditional gallery spaces in our historic downtown. You’ll find over 50 Art-in-Public-Places sites to be seen on foot or by bike. You’ll hear live, often intimately-performed music coming from the doorways of our landmark, “oh-my-gosh-did-you-try…?” restaurants.
Still not convinced? Come to Longmont to see – and hear – it in person. Our artists, musicians, and performers are waiting to surprise you. We don’t mind if you’re the one who says, “I discovered Longmont,” or “I knew about Longmont before it was the place to go.” We won’t tell.
It’ll be our little secret.