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.
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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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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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!Find out more »
Join renegade winemakers and musicians at WINEderlust, the El Dorado Winery Association's third annual celebration of renegades, rebels, and rabble-rousers.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Don't miss the 35th El Dorado County Rock & Gem Show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on October 19-20, 2019.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »