The RiNo Art District is easily accessible from not only Larimer, Walnut, and Blake Streets, but also the RTDA Line light rail and South Platte River Bike Path. Located within the boundaries of I-25, I-70, Park Avenue West and Broadway, and Larimer Street, newly renovated Brighton Boulevard serves as the main artery to the area. However you choose to get to the district, there’s a great deal to discover once you’re there.
What can you find?
Colorful street art murals dot the alleys and buildings of the four historic neighborhoods of Five Points, Cole, Elyria-Swansea, and Globeville. Driven by creativity and collaboration, the numerous and diverse mix of businesses have created a lively, punk-rock culture that is especially great to experience during First Fridays, featured art exhibit days, and their many events like the Silent Film Fest.
Pop-up shops, live music open houses, and book launches add to the ambiance of the area where studios, collaborative spaces, designer boutiques, book shops, art galleries, and much more fill the stores.
Top your excursion off and slow down with the many bars, breweries, and cafes throughout the area as you take in the thriving culture.
Farmer’s markets are also big business for the district. The RiNo Fresh Market on Saturdays into October features local art vendors, fresh produce, and craft foods. New to the area, the Sunday RiNo Farmer’s Market brings live music, a mimosa and beer garden, and numerous vendors to the heart of the district through the end of September.
Why the Rhino?
One thing you’ll notice while traversing the roughly one-mile district is the many creative rhino signs. The River North District is nicknamed “RiNo,” with the area artists embracing the mascot. From the large freestanding fabricated steel rhino as a symbolic entrance to the district to smaller signs of varying media to full scale painted murals, you don’t have to look far to see this majestic animal.
What does the Future hold for RiNo?
Due to grant funding finally coming through, the RiNo Arts District is currently experiencing quite a bit of transformation that is expected to continue for the next few years. Plans are underway to incorporate the South Platte River more fully in with the district, focusing on providing leisure areas, outdoor recreation sites, and flexible festival spaces. The district is accomplishing this feat by creating the RiNo Promenade that will include parkland walking areas along the South Platte River from 29th to 38th Street.
A new open space, RiNo Park broke ground in April and is currently under construction. When the park is complete, it will feature trails, open lawn areas, a festival plaza, play areas, and river and pedestrian bridge access. Within its footprint, the park also includes a small center that will be a place for the community to gather and celebrate through events and education.