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El Dorado Arts Council – El Dorado Arts Council promotes a lively arts ecosystem,  connecting local artists and organizations throughout the county.  Check out their community arts & culture calendar for upcoming studio tours, art walks, poetry readings, music festivals, gallery exhibitions, living history reenactments, and more.

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Thomas Kinkade Hometown Gallery

The original art gallery that helped launch the distinguished career of artist Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light,” is located on Placerville’s Historic Main Street.  Kinkade grew up in Placerville in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and in 1984 was commissioned to paint original art for the Placerville Public Library.  Kinkade’s works were designed to evoke nostalgia, warmth, and security and were almost certainly heavily influenced his early years in Placerville.

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Art on the Divide Gallery interior, Georgetown, El Dorado County, CaliforniaArt on the Divide

A cozy gallery in a historic brick building richly filled with the work of local artists on a tree-lined main street in the northern region of El Dorado County. The Art on the Divide Gallery is a cooperative, with new work added monthly including new cards, jewelry, and art works small and large.  Visit the rose garden behind the gallery while enjoying the art in historic Georgetown.  Gallery events, directions and hours listed at www.artonthedivide.com.

Quilt Trail

Barn Quilts are hand-painted public works of art that adorn locations such as barns, historic buildings, farms, and gardens. They offer a splash of color and charm to historic locations throughout El Dorado County. Each barn quilt has a story waiting to unfold. Download an El Dorado County Quilt Trail Map to get started.

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quilt from art on the divide

Live Performances and Concerts

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Olde Coloma Theatre
380 Monument Road Coloma, CA 95613
(530) 626-5282

Cheer the Hero…Boo the Villian… in a charming & historic theatre.  Interact with your actors — who reply in character! Enjoy the rare art of melodrama — it’s one of only three such theatres in California! 

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Imagination Theatre
Ticket Hotline (530) 642-0404

Voted “Best theater in the region,” Imagination Theater continues to bring award-winning performing arts to our community.

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filming a movie in el dorado countyThe Movie Lover’s Guide to El Dorado County

It’s a little-known fact that the scenic foothills and dramatic high alpine scenery of Lake Tahoe are in many Hollywood films. Here is a handy guide to all the films produced in the region.

Valhalla Tahoe Boathouse TheatreValhalla Tahoe

The Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival is a unique celebration of music, theatre and the visual arts. The festival is set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Tahoe and the Tallac Historic Site.

The Festival begins in mid-June with events and activities that continue throughout August.  Events occur in the Boathouse Theatre, The Valhalla Grand Hall, and the Grand Lawn.

Tahoe Public Art on Lake TahoeTahoe Public Art

Tahoe Public Art (TPA) enhances the cultural landscape of the Tahoe region by providing dynamic art experiences inspired the Lake Tahoe Basin’s natural beauty and heritage to create momentum towards local environmental preservation efforts.

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May 2018

El Dorado Hills Art, Beer and Wine Festival

May 12 @ 11:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm
El Dorado Hills Town Center, Town Center Blvd
El Dorado Hills, 95762 United States
$4 - $35
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Don't miss the 15th annual El Dorado Hills Art, Beer and Wine Festival on May 12-13, 2018. Enjoy art from over 80 artists, great food, live music, and tastings from the area's most prestigious wineries and craft breweries.

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June 2018

Farm-to-Pork Dinner

June 2 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Farm to Pork event in El Dorado County on June 2.2018

In early America, whole communities gathered to help each other raise or build their barns on their farms. Taking a cue from this tradition, Leadership El Dorado Class Eleven is organizing a farm-to-table event that will engage the community and raise financial capital for Union Mine High School’s New FFA program.

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2018 El Dorado County Fair

June 14 @ 12:00 pm - June 17 @ 11:59 pm
El Dorado County Fair, 100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
$7 - $10

There's magic in the air at the El Dorado County Fair. Don't miss this annual tradition, June 14 - 17, 2018 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

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October 2018

Gold Rush Live

October 11 @ 10:00 am - October 14 @ 4:00 pm
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613 United States
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Gold Rush Live at Marshall Gold SP - living history event in El Dorado County

It wasn't just gold seekers that headed to California for the Gold Rush. Hot on the heels of the first rush of gold seekers were merchants, gamblers, and saloon keepers who helped establish the town of Coloma. Join docents and staff at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park as they recreate the town of Coloma in 1850.

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