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


Chris Erickson


Installation Artist

What I love about Carbondale

Carbondale is a small community with extraordinary might. The collective creativity is nurtured like a small injured baby goat. Comfort from this nourishment is heartfelt and reciprocated by all. The community is blessed with an abundance of love and gratitude for the arts. This love and gratitude rains down upon the art makers and fills their bellies with a warmth and a desire to make more stuff. For this reason, I make it in Carbondale.

Little known fact about me

I once auditioned for “The Shining” and was ollied by Mark Gonzales

"Carbondale is a small community with extraordinary might… The community is blessed with an abundance of love and gratitude for the arts."


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]