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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.


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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. Listen for contemporary sounds taking the airwaves by storm by top Kentucky artists Jordan Smith, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and Cage the Elephant. 

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.


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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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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.  ...
Kentuckys Appalacians Staffordsville, KY
The US 23 Country Music Highway Museum exhibits memorabilia about the many U.S. 23 Country Music Highway stars including Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Ricky Skaggs, Billy Ray...
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Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
The Art Museum has a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, and sculpture. There are also holdings in...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
The Department of Fine Arts, endowed as the Hite Art Institute, is committed to furthering the mission of the University of Louisville to become a preeminent urban research un...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
The Hite Art Institute's Schneider Galleries are comprised of the Morris B. Belknap, Jr. Gallery, Dario A. Covi Gallery, and Gallery X. The department sponsors significant exh...
Daniel Boone Country Eolia, KY
Classic realism and contemporary mountain art. Original artwork by Sharman and Jeff Chapman-Crane.  Hours by appointment.
Western Wetlands Oak Grove, KY
Valor Hall Conference & Event Center is owned and operated by the Oak Grove Tourism Commission whose office is located inside the facility.  Ideal for every event from luncheo...
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