Carbondale is home to upward of 200 creative organizations, businesses, artists and artisans. Authenticity, heritage, creativity and collaboration dominate the Carbondale Creative District vision. Carbondale is considered as a place that fosters creativity, collaboration and artistic exploration. In addition to its plethora of creative organizations, artists and artisans, Carbondale boasts many annual arts and cultural events.

There is so much to explore in the Carbondale Creative District from craft breweries, farm to table food and healing gardens to artist collectives, a world class museum and unusual music venues, we have a little something for everyone.



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Photo by Shawn O'Connor

Photo by Shawn O'Connor


Chase Engel


Head Brewmaster & CEO of Roaring Fork Beer Company

What I love about Carbondale

When you walk down Main Street and see a horse tied up next to a bar, or in the spring when you see herds of cattle being moved down Main Street to their spring pasture. It reminds you that this is still a true western town full of people that work with their hands. The artisan culture here is just an extension of that.

Little known fact about me

Before I was a brewer I was on my way to becoming an anthropology professor...I guess I got side tracked a little

"I chose to create in Carbondale because I love all the people and energy that is in this town. There's a funky vibe here that isn't replicated anywhere in Colorado that I knew my business could add to and coexist with that made doing business here an easy and rewarding choice."


Colorado Creative Corridor


The Colorado Creative Corridor travels some 331 miles through a handful of state certified Creative District destinations including Carbondale, Crested Butte, Paonia, Ridgway and Salida. These 5 towns combine to offer a collective experience of unique event programming and activities, alongside mountain town eclecticism, majestic vistas and outdoor recreation, and authentic Colorado mountain culture.

Interested in taking a trip? Check out this field guide for the Colorad Creative Corridor on


Discover the Carbondale Creative District Potato Head Style!


Potatoes are kind of a big deal around here... Did you know that Carbondale was once the potato capital of the United States?! Carbondale’s climate and fertile soil yielded an abundant supply of potatoes, a profitable cash crop for local farmers from the late 1880s to the 1940s. During both World Wars, tons of potatoes were shipped out to feed American soldiers and the prized red McClure Potato developed in Carbondale, was sent East to upscale restaurants such as Delmonico’s in New York City. Every fall the town celebrates Potato Day in Sopris Park with a community parade and pit-barbecue. [Information via the Mt. Sopris Historical Society]