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Region North Central Kentucky

Certified Kentucky Cultural District

Designated Kentucky Trail Town

Welcome to the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky! Often ranked among the top art communities in the entire United States, the city of Berea is a center of diverse culture, art and open-minded expression, which makes it a popular tourism destination.

Nestled on the outskirts of Bluegrass Country just 40 miles south of Lexington, Berea offers visitors over 40 arts and crafts shops featuring everything from handmade dulcimers and homemade chocolate to jewelry stores, art galleries, quilt-makers, and even glassblowing studios. Every artist venue in the city has something new to offer, and no visit would be complete without exploring the artistic side of Berea.

The city is also home to the famous Berea College -- the first interracial college ever founded in the South (1855) -- which is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the entire country for undergraduate education.

Berea is also close to the Daniel Boone National Forest, where visitors can spend a few days discovering the nature of Kentucky.

Berea's lodging options, including the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, one-of-a-kind cottages and bed and breakfasts, as well as its abundance of eclectic dining options add to the city’s creative individuality and diversity.

See below for upcoming Berea events—from outdoor recreation to arts and crafts workshops.

To learn more about the artisan culture of Berea, visit Start planning a visit today!