Once a month in Northwest Denver, there's a public block party where art galleries and local shops encourage their patrons to get boozed up in a rather effective effort to promote community, art, and profits.
People wander the sidewalks with beverage in one hand and dog, lover, or child in the other while perusing art, jewelry, and tattoo shops, along with the occasional string band. What is this glorious event? Welcome to Tennyson Street's First Friday Art Walk.
Tennyson Street is located in the Berkeley Highlands neighborhood of Denver. While the Highlands have been around for about a hundred years, it was only recently that the area experienced such a surge of art galleries and local business. As its name implies, the Art Walk occurs every first Friday, year around, from 38th Avenue through 46th Avenue.
Naturally, the summer months will be a bit more exciting and crowded, but winter Art Walks allow newcomers a chance to really soak in everything that Tennyson Street has to offer, particularly the recently renovated storefronts and the pubs for a bit of whiskey.
Although the art changes monthly, this is always a free event, including the beer and wine available at the galleries and shops (but don't forget to tip the fine bartenders and establishments for their hospitality). It typically runs from around 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., but the many bars stay open for your enjoyment into the wee hours.