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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
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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June 2019

WakamatsuFest150

June 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - June 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Wakamatsu Farm, 941 Cold Springs Road
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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$10.00
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A special celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese colony in the United States, located in El Dorado County. This unique event includes a kite festival, food and drink, a raffle, and more.

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Hangtown Days

June 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Hangtown days, Placerville, El Dorado County

On June 8, 2019, 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.

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July 2019

South Fork Festival

July 10, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$15 – $20
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Come one and come all to South Fork Arts and Recreation's annual fundraiser — South Fork Festival — on July 10, 2019, to help support the community artwork project.

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August 2019

Placerville Antique Street Faire and Vintage Marketplace

August 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
Free
Placerville Antique Fair - Photo: Bill Robinson | El Dorado County

The Placerville Downtown Association presents the 31st Annual Antique Faire on Historic Main Street on August 25 from 8 am - 3 pm, featuring an open-air market, antiques, and vintage vendors, along with food, refreshments, and more. It's fun for the whole family!

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September 2019

WINEderlust Renegade Wine Festival

September 7, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
$28 – $40
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Join renegade winemakers and musicians at WINEderlust, the El Dorado Winery Association's third annual celebration of renegades, rebels, and rabble-rousers.

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October 2019

Gold Rush Live

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 13, 2019 @ 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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35th Annual El Dorado County Rock & Gem Show

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 20, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Don't miss the 35th El Dorado County Rock & Gem Show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on October 19-20, 2019.

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Hangtown Music Festival

October 24, 2019 - October 27, 2019
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 October 24 - 27th for an unforgettable music festival experience. Enjoy four nights of music, camping, and festival fun in the Sierra foothills.

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Living History Cemetery Tour

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Enjoy a unique and entertaining tour of Union Cemetery in El Dorado County on October 26, 2019, from 10 am - 2 pm. Take a walk amongst the headstones and crypts and meet notable historic figures along the way.

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December 2019

Christmas in Coloma | Historic Holiday Houses

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613 United States
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$5.00
Holiday Houses at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park

Come visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Park for Christmas in Coloma and tour many of the historic homes that are rarely open to the public on December 7-8, 2019.

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January 2020

Culinary & Culture Guided Walking Tour

January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 26, 2020

$65
The Farm Table charcuterie and cheese plate

During January 2020, enjoy a delicious guided walking tour of Placerville with an insider's view on what makes the region so unique. Exclusively offered the last three Sundays in January in celebration of California Restaurant Month.

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Culinary & Culture Guided Walking Tour

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until January 26, 2020

$65
The Farm Table charcuterie and cheese plate

During January 2020, enjoy a delicious guided walking tour of Placerville with an insider's view on what makes the region so unique. Exclusively offered the last three Sundays in January in celebration of California Restaurant Month.

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