It all started with the blacksmiths – a craft of iron, fire, and sweat in a community of emerging and accomplished artisans and artists. Find yourself in a dramatic outdoor setting as you experience the visual arts, theatre, dance, and music. It boasts a history of craftsmanship that is alive and well in the Carbondale area, which now has a lively and thriving creative district.
Wind your way from gallery to gallery. Uncover the spirit of the valley in photography, painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, blacksmithing, and the performing arts.
Several diverse organizations are dedicated to the inspiration and promotion of the arts. Our love of melody has spawned season after season of musical performances in venues from the parks to the pubs. Perhaps one of the most notable is the Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, which offers three days of music, arts, and crafts.
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.