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Enjoy the best of Appalachian mountain folk art and music

The birthplace of bluegrass music, home to dozens of music stars from various genres, known around the world for its Appalachian  folk art and crafts. Kentucky has a reputation as fertile ground for artistic creativity. The Bluegrass State’s contribution to American music and art is incalculable.

Take a ride down the Country Music Highway and discover the birthplaces of music stars like The Judds, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Ray Cyrus, Loretta Lynn and Ricky Skaggs. Discover the unique Kentucky folk art and crafts of the Appalachian Mountains. Tour the National Quilt Museum of the United States, or the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. Experience the heritage and influence of Kentucky music with a visit to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum or a fun music festival.

These are just a few of the activities and events that will help you discover the inspiration of Kentucky’s unique variety of Appalachian folk art and music. Join us for live music and entertainment at performing arts venues and events such as bluegrass festivals; shop for Kentucky folk art in galleries and artisan districts, learn about art at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and so much more. Find more information in the listings below and start planning a music and arts getaway to Kentucky!

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Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Formerly known as Glassworks, the Mark Payton Glass Center offers guided and self-guided tours, hands-on “walk-in” classes and workshops, a gorgeous gallery of fla...
Bourbon, Horses & History Berea, KY
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea features a wide range of Kentucky’s outstanding artisan works in its galleries, exhibition and shopping areas. Whether on display in...
Bourbon, Horses & History Berea, KY
Stop at the headquarters for the state-wide organization that promotes and markets juried members’ work. Check out their Fall Fair held annually in Berea, KY.  ...
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Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Paducah Film Society's Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC) is a cinematic art house featuring regular weekly film screenings. Special film events include the River's Edge Internationa...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Be inspired by artists and artisans teaching printmaking, painting, up-cycled craft and more. Uninstructed MAKE time allows you to create on your own using a selection of crea...
Bluegrass Region Flemingsburg, KY
Mandolin Farm has something for everyone. Farmers' Markets with the comfort of a huge pavilion for shelter. In the fall enjoy the Bluegrass Festival, with the top names in bl...
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Nationally recognized, award winning community theatre has produced musicals, dramas and comedies for five decades. In addition to the Main Stage Series, the theatre's popul...
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Greenville, KY
Greenville is privileged to be the home of the Muhlenberg County Public Library’s Thistle Cottage, formerly known as the Duncan Center Museum & Art Gallery. The hist...
Daniel Boone Country Clay City, KY
Live performances every Saturday night October through April. Call for schedule and ticket information. Top Bluegrass performers complemented with the appearances of local g...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
 The Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center is a 360,000 square foot home to over 200 artist studios, specialty stores, galleries, teaching studios, office spaces, rehear...
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