Where Longmont Happens
With unique shops selling everything from beads to pottery, nearly 30 restaurants and 10 art galleries, downtown Longmont is a welcoming blend of history and modern urban living. In the 19th century, Longmont was the brainchild of original thinkers. Today it continues to offer traditional community appeal, seasoned with a fresh outlook on life.
Even in its early years, Longmont welcomed waves of innovators, from farmers and ranchers to technology pioneers. Agricultural processing industries dominated the city at the turn of the 20th century, while technology paved the way to rapid growth during the last few decades. With easy access to the Denver metro corridor and Denver International Airport, as well as the glorious natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains, Longmont truly offers the best of all worlds.
Longmont was founded as “the Chicago-Colorado Colony,” because the pioneering families came from Chicago. These founding citizens gave downtown Longmont the classic flavor that shines through today. The downtown Longmont district is laid out on a clear and elegant grid that provides easy-walking and graceful tree-lined streets.
Situated in the shadow of the spectacular Rocky Mountains, downtown Longmont is conveniently near world-class resources such as Denver International Airport and the University of Colorado. It is an area rich in heritage with dozens of buildings dating back to the early 1900s. These eclectic buildings now house over 300 businesses and organizations. Thousands of Longmont residents and visitors come downtown throughout the year for art events and festivals, as well as a night out at a favorite restaurant or theater.
Downtown is also family-friendly, culturally diverse, vibrant and dynamic, hosting regular events such as ArtLink, Festival on Main, Oktoberfest, Longmont Lights and several parades each year. A solid infrastructure of city services is in place, as is a motivated and well-educated workforce. The Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) guides the growth of downtown to enhance its attraction to both visitors and locals. The LDDA works with developers, property owners and businesses to implement projects, coordinate public improvements, propose government actions and reports related to downtown revitalization.