Arts 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.
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.
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.
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.
Live Performances and Concerts
Olde Coloma Theatre
380 Monument Road Coloma, CA 95613
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!
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 (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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During Open Farm Days during select dates in November, explore the property at your own pace and timing. Visit Okeisan's 1871 gravesite. Tour the Native Plant Garden. See the Graner Farmhouse while enjoying the shade of the 150-year-old Keyaki tree. Take a trip around the lake on the 1.5-mile trail. Picnics are welcome.Find out more »
The Miracle on Main Street Placerville on November 27, 2020, is a twist on the beloved Festival of Lights tradition. Enjoy the lighting of the tree on Main Street via a live stream, along with Christmas carols, a cameo by Santa, and much more.Find out more »
This year's Cameron Park Santa Parade will be held December 12-13, 2020, in Cameron Park. Don't miss this favorite holiday tradition!Find out more »
On June 12, 2021, Placerville’s Historic Main Street goes back in time to greet the Wagon Train. Time travelers in period dress will be strolling the street awaiting the deliveries and news from the wagon train.Find out more »
Enjoy music, friends, and relaxation at the kickoff concert to the Saureel Summer Nights concert series on June 26, 2021.Find out more »
Enjoy beer, wine, cider, and more from more than 45 vendors at the El Dorado Hills Brewfest on September 11 at Serrano Visitor Center.Find out more »
Join us on October 2-3, 2021, for a free art studio tour in the El Dorado Hills.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »