December 12, 2016

Westword Presents ARTopia 2017

Westword Presents


An Evening of Denver's Best Artists, Musicians and Designers

Artopia, our annual celebration of art, culture and fashion, is taking it to the streets in 2017. On Saturday, February 25, City Hall will be the site of the artiest party of the year. While they sample cocktails and listen to the street sounds from some of Denver’s best DJs and musicians, party-goers can explore themed spaces curated by Artopia 2017 curator Jolt and dedicated to some of Denver’s most iconic streets – Larimer, Santa Fe, Federal and Colfax – and street artists.

Denver’s designers will show their street smarts, too, during the Whiteout fashion show that’s become a highlight of Artopia. D’Lola Couture, Equillibrium, Mona Lucero, Gino Velardi, Elyse Rainbolt, AnnaFesta, Blackberry Maverick, Denver Bespoke and Jiberish will be revving up the runway this year, working with style teams and models from Matthew Morris Salon, Well Beauty Co. and Wilhelmina Denver.

And once again, Artopia will include the chance to shop some of Colorado’s coolest shops and services, as well as applaud this year’s thirteenth class of MasterMinds.

Presenting sponsor of this year's Artopia is Modelo Especial.

WHEN:                         Saturday, February 25, 2016 5:30 p.m.-midnight

WHERE:                       City Hall Amphitheatre, 1144 Broadway


5:30-7 p.m.: Early Entry General Admission- Come at 5:30 p.m. for a special reception featuring food samples from participating restaurants and a chance to preview the art, then stay for all the fashion and fun of Artopia itself as a general admission ticket-holder. (Note: These tickets do not include entry into the VIP area for the fashion show).                                                                   

7-9 p.m.: VIP Reception -Come at 7 p.m. for a special reception that runs to 8:30 p.m. in the City Hall Amphitheatre and includes food samples from Lucky Cat, Bubu, Los Chingones and TAG as well as an open bar, a gift bag and runway seating for the fashion show. (Note: These tickets do not include the early entry general admission session).                                                                                      7 p.m.: General Admission-Come at 7 p.m. and you can party until midnight while enjoying all the art, culture and street style you can handle.                                                                                                                         

8:30 p.m.: Whiteout, Westword's annual fashion show and presentation of the 2016 MasterMind Awards

TICKETS:                     This year we are offering three ticket levels: Early Enrty General Admission, General Admission, VIP. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

BENEFICIARY:             A portion of the evening's proceeds benefits Youth on Record.

INFORMATION:            For a complete schedule and profiles of participating artists and designers, visit

MEDIA CONTACT:        Nikki Haddad, Director of Marketing, Westword, 303-293-3595 or

PRESS:                        To request press credentials for the event, please e-mail