An art-centric tour of Longmont begins in the Downtown Longmont Certified Creative District. Start by grabbing breakfast at Lucile’s. Omelets, benedicts and other breakfast favorites are made with all-natural, organic ingredients in this charming café. Their menu is great for vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian diets.
After breakfast, wander around the walkable Downtown Longmont Creative District. Enjoy art galleries, music stores, bookstores, theaters and live music. Plus, there are many public art pieces, historic buildings and inspiring architecture to appreciate throughout the district.
Stroll over to the Firehouse Art Center next. Located in a historic firehouse, the first in Longmont, the Firehouse Art Center serves as Longmont’s leading contemporary art center featuring national and local artists with over a dozen exhibitions a year.
Located on the south end of the Creative District, is a must-see treasure for any Longmont visitor, Cheese Importers. Enjoy lunch at this French-inspired bistro, marketplace and cheese shop. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy your meal, a delectable dessert and one of their specialty coffee drinks, as well as a chance to wander around and pick up some tasty goodies to go, gift items and souvenirs.
In the afternoon, grab a bike from one of ten citywide Zagster stations, our bike share program. A relaxing ride through town will give you a great opportunity to view some of the Art in Public Places pieces.
Local Tip: Make sure to stop by the Visit Longmont office in downtown Longmont to pick up a Bike Map. This handy map will give you an overview of our trails, parks, greenways.
After your bike tour, head to Still Cellars, a distillery and arthouse, a true micro-distillery. They offer Certified Organic spirits including whiskey, vodka and eau de vie (an un-oaked brandy), and their tasting room serves as a venue for art exhibits and performances. Savor the cocktails and ambiance of this creative space. Please visit their website for tasting room hours and their events calendar.
Enjoy dinner at Martini’s Bistro, a favorite among locals and known for their fine dining and beautiful patio. Located in a historic home built in 1890, Martini’s offers classic seafood and meat dishes with savory starters and an impressive selection of specialty martinis, cocktails and wines.
Enjoy a show at one of two theaters in downtown Longmont: The Longmont Theatre Company or Jesters Dinner Theatre. Both regional theaters host a number of plays, musicals and other special events throughout the year.
After breakfast, tour the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. With an award-winning permanent exhibit about the history of the Front Range and top traveling exhibits, the Museum provides history, art and culture to its visitors.
Pro Tip: Check out the Museum’s Stewart Auditorium Event Schedule. This 250-seat theater offers intimate musical, dance, educational and variety performances that have included: the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Centennial State Ballet, Bach-in-Longmont and the Boulder Opera.
For lunch, head back over to Longmont's Prospect New Town neighborhood and enjoy an authentic Thai meal at the Prospect New Town neighborhood eatery, Urban Thai. Dishes are made from ingredients that are hand-selected with the highest quality to offer the best taste of Thai cuisine.
After touring the Prospect neighborhood, take in a live performance of either the Longmont Symphony Orchestra or Centennial State Ballet. Led by Music Director Elliot Moore, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra performs concerts throughout the year and include the Nutcracker, a holiday performance, a family concert, a pops concert and the 4th of July concert in the park.
The Centennial State Ballet is the premiere dance company in Boulder County whose performances feature the students of the renowned Longmont Dance Theatre Academy and their prestigious Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program.
Dine at Next Door American Eatery for dinner. Kimbal Musk, the equally ambitious brother to Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, is the proprietor of this Longmont eatery. The Next Door restaurants spotlight real food ingredients sourced from local and domestic farmers, with an eye towards sustainability. Dine on the outdoor patio that offers breathtaking mountain views.
In addition to the itinerary above, Visit Longmont highly recommends checking out our Events page and Events Calendar to see what special events are happening during your visit to Longmont. We have signature art events throughout the year including: 2nd Friday, Longmont Studio Tour, ArtWalk and Rhythm on the River.
Cover Photo: Sarah Kuta