Crested Butte Summer & Fall Arts Guide

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Although there are endless outdoor activities to enjoy in the area, one thing that should not be overlooked is the rich artistic side of Crested Butte. Historic downtown is filled with galleries, art walks and events, which celebrate the talent of both local and regional artists.

Featured Event

52nd Crested Butte Arts Festival

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Back on Elk Avenue for 2024, the Arts Fest continues to attract unique and talented  fine artists from both Colorado and around the world. Expect delicious food trucks, music and dance, and family friendly activities to go along with over 100 artist exhibits showcased outdoors.

CB Film Festival

Single tix to full passes
Completely virtual this year
Sept 24 -  26, 2021

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The Crested Butte Film Festival programs the best in world cinema and brings it home to a small-town environment. They award creativity, daring, great storytelling and bravery, and create an intimate, relaxing festival for filmmakers and actors to show their work at. One hundred films are screened during the festival as well as one monthly film throughout the year. Both virtual and in-person options are available for this year's festival!

Center for the Arts

Center for the Arts Crested Butte is home to popular signature events and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor attractions. Visitors young and old enjoy a year-round schedule of live music, dance and theater performances as well as art exhibits, speakers and much more. For more than 20 years, Center for the Arts has been committed to providing arts and cultural experiences that inspire and entertain all audiences, whether they call Crested Butte home everyday or just for the weekend.

As the premier visual and performing arts venue in the region, Center for the Arts hosts events throughout the year on our outdoor stage, expansive indoor auditorium (The Steddy Theatre), and at the Kinder Padon Gallery, a popular in-house gallery for local and regional exhibitions.

Check out their calendar for a full list of culinary, performing, literary, and visual arts.

Art Walks

On the last Thursday of each month take the opportunity to leisurely stroll through the galleries of Crested Butte to experience and be inspired by the diverse expressions of local artists. The walk takes place from 5pm to 8pm and visits participating galleries in the heart of downtown. Check out the Artists of Crested Butte for more information.


Crested Butte is host to a wide range of performances every year. Between the CB Dance collective and their annual “Move the Butte” performance and The Crested Butte Mountain Theatre’s yearly theatrical performance, there is something for everyone.

Galleries in Crested Butte

Redline GalleryPaintings, photography, sculpture 429 Elk Ave
Artisan Rug GalleryFine handmade rugs311 Elk Ave
Crested Butte Mountain Heritage MuseumCrested Butte's Local Museum331 Elk Ave
Shaun Horne GalleryLarge Plein Air Paintings429 Elk Ave
Oh Be Joyful GalleryInvestment-quality original landscape paintings. 232 Elk Ave
Paragon GalleryA Crested Butte Art Co-Op132 Elk Ave
Piper GalleryVisual Arts of local and regional artists606 6th St
Rendezvous Gallery and FramingArt gallery and framing427 Belleview Ave
Rijks Family GalleryAntiques, paintings, pottery, photography, posters and prints of the CB area.310 2nd St
The Art StudioRotating Artists: Watercolor, Acrylics, paintings, clay111 Elk Ave
Kinder Padon GalleryRotating Artists: Watercolor, Acrylics, paintings, photography606 6th St


Crested Butte is an officially recognized Creative District in Colorado, due to its vibrant creative arts community and unique identity. The creative and historic downtown is filled with galleries, artwalks, cultural events, and more. Pick up a walking map at the Visitors Center to explore downtown Crested Butte’s creative businesses, unique public art installations, and events that you won’t want to miss.