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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 Pikeville, KY
From family friendly shows such as Disney on Ice and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to thrilling rodeos, expos, concerts and more, the East Kentucky Expo C...


Northern Kentucky River Region Louisville, KY
Edenside has become Louisville’s go-to location for fine quality gifts... featuring beautiful creations by local artists, sculptors & designers.
Bourbon, Horses & History Richmond, KY
Central Kentucky's premier arts and entertainment venue offering a wide variety of shows.
Northern Kentucky River Region Elizabethtown, KY
The Elizabethtown Symphony is a fully professional group of musicians providing cultural programing, in addition to educational opportunities, to the citizens of the Elizabeth...
Bluegrass Region Owenton, KY
Elk Creek Vineyards is located in the rolling hills of Owen County in the heart of the Golden Triangle of Kentucky. Just a 1 hour drive from Lexington, Louisville or Cincinna...
Kentuckys Southern Shorelines Bowling Green, KY
Featuring and promoting the work of local artists who have original roots in South Central Kentucky and/or are affiliated with Western Kentucky University including original a...
Bourbon, Horses & History Winchester, KY
Housed in an 1885 original horse-drawn fire station, we serve Winchester KY a unique blend of locally and regionally sourced food, craft beer and more.  
Western Wetlands Paducah, KY
Our workshop space is designed to create an inviting and comfortable experience for 1 – 35. Keep an eye on the calendar and workshop descriptions as we book national i...
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