arts and culture el dorado logoArts and Culture El Dorado – Arts and Culture El Dorado promotes and connects local artists and organizations throughout the County by providing advocacy, education, and programs.  Visit their website 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

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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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.

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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 2022

Hangtown Wild West & Steampunk Festival

May 21 @ 10:00 am - May 22 @ 6:00 pm
El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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The Hangtown Wild West & Steampunk Festival on May 21-22, 2022, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, promises to be a unique and fun experience for all.

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June 2022

Mountain Vibe Music Festival

June 23 - June 26
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The Mountain Vibe Music Festival on June 23-26,2022, is a grassroots Music Festival that focuses on showcasing local entertainment, artists, vendors, and community-based programs.

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September 2022

Business Showcase & I Love Film Mixer

September 9 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Mark your calendar for September 9, 2022, for this unique opportunity to talk one on one with more than 80 of El Dorado County's top businesses in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.  Enjoy complimentary food, wine and beer tastings, and free drawings. The I Love Film Mixer is the best event to learn more about filmmaking in El Dorado County.

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