7 Things To Do In Denver's RiNo District

Photo of Michelle Schmid
9 February 2017

Discover the creative neighborhood just north of Denver’s downtown district, known to locals as RiNo. Here, one will find a concentration of every kind of art, from architecture to design, fashion to sculpture. RiNo is a hub of innovation just waiting to be explored and savored in all of its various facets.

Outside Rule Gallery | © Richard Anderson/Flickr

Art Galleries

Because RiNo has a history of industry, many of the art galleries that visitors discover while walking the streets of the district are housed in what used to be factories and other warehouse-type buildings. The galleries all offer a wide range of contemporary artists each with its own unique focus. For instance, the RULE Gallery features abstract and conceptual art while Hinterland highlights plays. Check out Blue Silo Studios, which used to serve as a creamery before being turned into an art gallery, or stop by the award-winning Pattern Shop Studio, showcasing work from Sharon Bond Brown.

Bar and Brewery tour

Crafting flavors and an atmosphere that encourages enjoyment of good drinks is another art form incredibly prevalent in this artistic area. RiNo is home to a number of unique and exciting bars and microbreweries that offer one-of-a-kind flavors and environments. Drop by Nocturne and encounter a classy jazz atmosphere that recalls the 1940s before heading over to Mile High Distillery for some fantastic hand-made liquors. The variety of flavors and the interior thrill of each of the bars and breweries found in RiNo leaves nothing lacking for a great time out on the town.

Denver Beer Company in RiNo | © Adam Bruderer/Flickr

EXDO Event Center

The variety of events hosted at the EXDO Event Center make it a great place to check out while visiting RiNo. Since opening, EXDO has hosted concerts, trade shows and fashion shows galore, not to mention the numerous benefits and parties that also have taken place within the walls. Check out the event schedule and discover some of the exciting opportunities that EXDO has to offer – from beer tasting to monthly roller skating parties.

1399 35th St, Denver, CO, United States, +1 303-468-5443

Beach Club

Boasting over 10,000 square feet of sand, an expansive pool and Sunday Fundays, Denver’s only urban beach is definitely a great place to hang out and have a good time. Open to guests every Sunday in the summer, this is a nice way to interact with local bands in a chilled setting. The Beach Club also hosts a variety of vendors who set up around the area, offering refreshment and other interesting items to travelers.

1399 35th St Denver, CO, United States, +1 303-468-5443

Explore the Artisans

The variety of artists never diminishes in RiNo, which is why it’s a fantastic idea to travel among the various clothing and furniture stores. Become acquainted with creatively re-designed furniture at Re-For Your Home, or try on clothing at Smirk. The area also offers other speciality stores such as Giuliana Direct Olive Oil, where visitors can taste some of the best extra virgin olive oil in the city, or Chocolate Crisis Center, which is intent on providing delicious fun.

Larimer Street | © Andrew Crookston/Flickr

Higher Ground Music Festival

Join the fun in this conscious collaboration of local art, live performances and food vendors that make up Denver’s largest summer music showcase. On the last Friday of the month, the entirety of the River North District becomes transformed into an exciting open space marketplace. In such a free-flowing format, visitors to this event can interact directly with the artists and vendors in a relaxed environment and get a sample of this exciting neighborhood’s vibe.

Friday Night Bazaar

For those who are less of a day person and prefer after dark activities, the weekly market known as the Friday Night Bazaar is an unexpected heaven. This is a weekly collection of food, drinks, music, art and games set in an indoor venue that’s perfect for meeting locals. Guests can even bring their old vintage items for trade and receive delicious craft beer in return!

3530 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO, United States