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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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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.  ...
Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
B. Deemer Gallery is located in Louisville's historic Crescent Hill neighborhood and was established in 1990. More than 50 living artists are represented by the Gallery, of...
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Bluegrass Region Augusta, KY
Barbara is an exceptionally talented artist.  Originally from England, Barbara enjoys painting local landscapes and portraits. Visit her gallery by appointment.
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Madisonville, KY
Original Paintings/works of art for sale.
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Paintings, drawings and prints by Jim Cantrell. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 214 W. Stephen Foster Ave., 502-348-6488 www.bardstownartgallery.com and www.thomasm...
Northern Kentucky River Region Bardstown, KY
Music variety show every Friday night with special shows throughout the year featuring national acts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Music 8 - 10:30 p.m.  www.bardstownopryus...
Bluegrass Region Newport, KY
Looking to add a little adventure during your visit to Northern Kentucky? Then come aboard BB Riverboats in Newport, Kentucky, celebrating over 35 years as the region's premie...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Beech Bend Park & Raceway is one of Bowling Green's top attractions for family fun! Whether you're hitting the rides and slides or burning rubber on the strip, afforda...
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Bluegrass Region Covington, KY
More than just the pride of Northern Kentucky the Behringer-Crawford Museum preserves the regional history of Northern Kentucky as part of the Ohio River Valley and serves as ...
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