Between South Ridge Street and Washington Avenue, the town has transformed a cluster of historic buildings into a year-round arts campus. Here, resident and visiting artists from around the world offer workshops, demos and lectures in a variety of mediums. Juried outdoor art shows and other artsy events also are held here, and it's home to the Barney Ford House Museum (Ford, a runaway slave turned restaurateur and one of Colorado's most influential political figures, is one of the many characters that shaped Breckenridge.) On the eastern border of the arts district, the award-winning Backstage Theatre
performs in The Breckenridge Theatre, a repurposed old saloon made into a cozy black-box venue. Call or go online to reserve space as the theatre has only about 100 seats (970-453-0199). At the western edge of the district is the Riverwalk Center for performing arts.