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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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Theatre Workshop of Owensboro
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Owensboro, KY
Owensboro's community theatre for nearly 50 years, TWO produces main stage productions each season, plus youth productions in the summer, and summer musicals. Housed in the re...
Bourbon, Horses & History Frankfort, KY
Find out what it means to say "I am a Kentuckian" in this 167,000 square-foot museum and research facility. Dig in with live performances, interactive exhibits and dynami...
Broadway Star Jessica Hendy and CCM Music Prodigy Jacob Yates perform the world premier of J String.
Bluegrass Region Newport, KY
Thompson House is more than a great live music venue. Here, there is always something creative going on.  Whether it is a local, regional, or national concert, a Broadway...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Premier live music venue showcasing bands five nights a week for over 12 years. From rock and hip hop to blues and country is the home stage of national acts Cage the Elepha...
Bourbon, Horses & History Berea, KY
If ever there were an artist of and from the people of this country, it is Mitchell Tolle. Technically brilliant and emotionally evocative, he paints everyday America, real li...
Western Wetlands Hardin, KY
Seasonal theatre events. Dinner theatre Mystery-Comedy. Both summer & winter productions of song, dance, & comedy. Founded in 1967. Holiday productions and dueling che...
Enjoy movies on the big screen at Twin Hills Drive-In.
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
Drive in and park in front of the big screen, at one of the state’s remaining drive-in theatres, to enjoy movies “under the stars.”  After a visit to th...
U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum
Kentuckys Appalacians Staffordsville, KY
The Museum exhibits memorabilia about the many U.S. 23 Country Music Highway stars. Enjoy live bluegrass music at "Front Porch Pickin" every Thursday at 7pm. Admission pr...
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