Arts & Culture
Galleries. Public artwork. Theatre. Exhibits. Classes. Paint your own pottery. Music. Kids’ arts programs. Photography. Creative bicycle racks painted by local kids. Murals. Studio Tours. Artwalk. Sculpture. Just a taste of the many arts that bring the downtown area and beyond to life during the day and evenings with the many venues and events around the arts. Longmont appreciates and celebrates nearly all forms of the arts, and the local calendars, coffee shops and galleries offer things for everyone.
Musical production or theatre your interest this weekend? Enjoy dinner at a downtown restaurant and then choose from the Longmont Theatre Productions, Jesters Dinner Theatre or a handful of productions offered by one of the talented middle or high school groups.
Interested in seeing what the local artists are up to? A stroll down Main Street (meandering east or west periodically) exhibits the talents and creativity of the many artists in Longmont and beyond, between Carlos Healing Arts Gallery, Old Firehouse Arts Center, the Muse Gallery, the Great Frame Up, Rapid Rabits, K.C. Willis Studio & Gallery as well as the many coffee shops that frequently change out the exhibits with new and interesting and affordable works of art.
The Longmont Museum, located on the south side of town (400 Quail Road) offers three permanent exhibits featuring the history of the Front Range and Longmont with two additional galleries with rotating exhibits for those with diverse interests. The museum offers a summer concert series, various exhibit-related programs as well as the FREE “Discovery Days” for the youngsters!
The Longmont symphony may be most known to all in Longmont for their free concert on July 4th, but this symphony provides selections for those with diverse musical interests to audiences of mixed ages and musical awareness. Visit their downtown office or website for a complete listing.
Within a three-block downtown area, arts enthusiasts can watch the happenings of downtown as they paint their own dishes, piggy banks, gifts and more at Crackpots, at 5th & Main. Across the street, and scattered throughout the downtown area (can you find them all?) are some of the 50+ public artworks that this city boasts. Grab a coffee, some chess pieces and head to St. Stephen’s to see Art on the Move – but don’t wait too long, as these public works are switched out every 11 months. Pick up an Art in Public Places walking map at any city facility for a two mile morning jaunt!
Frames frames frames and so much more! The Great Frame Up exhibits local artists’ work while experienced staff can help select the best frame for just about anything you may want to hang. Artists’ supplies, creativity and customer service and more await you!
The Old Firehouse Art Center is a 501(c) 3 organization that offers two galleries, programs and so much more in this historic old firehouse on the corner of 4th & Coffman streets. Stop by the gallery for a glimpse of frequent and rotating exhibits.
The Muse Gallery, operated by the Longmont Council for the Arts is where local artists hang! The gallery features three spaces: the WESTend, which provides special exhibition space for local, regional and national artists, the Main Gallery, dedicated to resident artists and the community space to catch glimpses of budding young artists. Don’t miss their exhibit openings, chat up the knowledgeable staff and grab some postcard/fliers for the most complete arts info in Longmont with the Art Enthusiast Magazine!
Artwalk is when this city truly celebrates all forms of art at once. On the third Friday of May, July and September art forms of all types are displayed, celebrated, performed, created and appreciated by the thousands that participate!