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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.  ...
Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
Admire the scenic murals entitled “Frontier Life in Kentucky” hand-painted by Orville Carroll and Charles Goodwin in 1941. Each of the six scenes illustrates early...


Bourbon, Horses & History Harrodsburg, KY
The 15’ X 53’ mural, painted on the back wall of the Court House (faces N. College Street/US Hwy 127 N), was designed by local artist Paul Mulder. The scene portra...
Bourbon, Horses & History Lexington, KY
There's Only One...Headley-Whitney Museum Travel a Kentucky scenic byway past beautiful horse farms on your way to the Headley-Whitney Museum. Founded in 1968 by noted loca...
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Columbia, KY
Local artist David Waltz works in ceramics and clay sculptures.  Studio open by appointment.
Bluegrass, Blues & BBQ Henderson, KY
The Henderson Area Arts Alliance presents a full season of main stage and family shows at Henderson Fine Arts Center. The center's fully-equipped facility includes McCormick H...
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Columbia, KY
Highland Raku Studio and Gallery offers a wide range of high quality juried arts and crafts by local artisans. Also included in the gallery are Raku pottery by owners Jeffrey ...
Caves, Lakes & Corvettes Russell Springs, KY
The Historic Star Theater is a 1940's era movie house that has been completely renovated into a beautiful community theater for live stage performances.  Stage plays and ...
Bluegrass Region Newport, KY
Hofbrauhaus Newport is the first authentic Hofbrauhaus outside of Munich Germany. It features a truly authentic Bavarian dining and entertainment experience based on the over ...
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