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 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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Live Performances and Concerts

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

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
imaginationtheatre.net

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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October 2021

Art Studio Tour

October 2 @ 10:00 am - October 3 @ 5:00 pm
El Dorado Hills Open Studio Tour, 2204 Rookery Pl
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 United States
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Join us on October 2-3, 2021, for a free art studio tour in the El Dorado Hills.

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Coloma Gold Rush Live

October 8 @ 10:00 am - October 10 @ 4:00 pm
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613 United States
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$10

Coloma Gold Rush Live is back for 2021! Don't miss this historic, educational, and entertaining event October 8-10, 2021 at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park.

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Save the Graves Living History Cemetery Tours

October 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free – $10

Learn about local pioneer history at the Save the Graves Living Cemetery Tours on October 26, 2021, at the Placerville Union Cemetery on Bee Street, Placerville. Meet notable historic figures of El Dorado County through living history performances.

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Placerville Third Saturday Artwalk

October 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 18, 2021

Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Every third Saturday is the Art Walk on Placerville's Main Street from 5-8 pm. Enjoy artist demos, music at the Belltower, wine & drink specials, and more!

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Hangtown Music Festival

October 21 - October 24
El Dorado County Fair, 100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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$40 – $200
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Come to Placerville Oct 21 – 24, 2021, for an unforgettable music festival experience. Enjoy four nights of music, camping, and festival fun in the Sierra foothills.

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November 2021

Placerville Third Saturday Artwalk

November 20 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 18, 2021

Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Free

Every third Saturday is the Art Walk on Placerville's Main Street from 5-8 pm. Enjoy artist demos, music at the Belltower, wine & drink specials, and more!

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December 2021

Placerville Third Saturday Artwalk

December 18 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until December 18, 2021

Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Free

Every third Saturday is the Art Walk on Placerville's Main Street from 5-8 pm. Enjoy artist demos, music at the Belltower, wine & drink specials, and more!

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March 2022

Business Showcase & I Love Film Mixer

March 11, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Free
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Mark your calendar for March 11, 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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