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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

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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June 2018

2018 El Dorado County Fair

June 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - June 17, 2018 @ 11:59 pm
El Dorado County Fair, 100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
$7 – $10

There's magic in the air at the El Dorado County Fair. Don't miss this annual tradition, June 14 - 17, 2018 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

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July 2018

Murder Mystery Dinner at Gold Bug

July 14, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Bug Park & Mine, 2635 Gold Bug Ln CA 95667 United States + Google Map
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Enjoy an evening of dinner and adult libations at the Gold Bug Park and Mine as you solve a real whodunnit on July 14, 2018! She says she’ll do what it takes to keep her gold mine. He says he’ll be danged if he’ll let a woman own a gold mine! Join the posse and help solve this heinous crime at our annual Murder Mystery dinner fundraiser. 

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Buckles & BBQ

July 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
El Dorado County Fair, 100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Don't miss this BBQ slam down and horse show at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on July 22, 2018. This free event is open to all ages and features an amateur BBQ competition, horse show, mutton bustin' and pee wee rodeo, live music, swap meet, and more!

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Tahoe Art League: 12th Annual Artist’s Studio Tour

July 27, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Tahoe Art League Open Studio, El Dorado County

The Tahoe Art League's 12th annual artist's studio tour boasts 29 artists showing and selling their inspired creations at 13 studios located all around the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe. This is an extraordinary self-guided art tour that is free to the public. There are numerous studios to visit with either individual artists or artist collectives showing their work and working spaces offering a unique glimpse into why we are the arts destination of Lake Tahoe.

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WaSheShu It’Deh Arts Festival

July 28, 2018 @ 8:00 am - July 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Tallac Historic Site, 1 Vallhalla (Heritage) Rd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 United States
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Don't miss the 28th Annual Wa She Shu It’Deh Arts Festival on July 28-29 at the Valhalla Estate. Enjoy a fun-filled day of cultural events ranging from a Washoe basket display and basket competition with local weavers from around Nevada and California to traditional dancing from Washoe and other various cultures, music, traditional stories, plays, traditional basket and clothing modeling and Washoe traditional games.

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August 2018

52nd National Mother Lode Art Exhibition

August 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - August 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Avenue
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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Don't miss the 52nd National Mother Lode Art Exhibition in Placerville, California, August 5-19, 2018. The Placerville Arts Association is sponsoring this juried and judged show with entries from the foothills and across the country. It will feature diverse two dimensional and three-dimensional works from realism to experimental, in watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, photography, and mixed media.

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March 2019

Gold Discovery Day at Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613 United States
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Gold Discovery Day is on March 9, 2019. Docents at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California will demonstrate what life was like during the California Gold Rush during Living History Day activities.

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Business Showcase & I Love Film Mixer

March 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Mark your calendar for March 22, 2019, 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 film making in El Dorado County. The mixer attracts film lovers and industry specialists which gives this event a fast-paced, high energy feel. Plus, hear special presenter Michael Dennis, Executive Producer, Sheriffs El Dorado County and the 2018 winner of the California On Location Award (COLA). 

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April 2019

Placerville Girls Night Out

April 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Placerville Historic Main Street, Downtown Placerville Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667 United States

Come out to the 11th annual Girls Night Out event on Historic Main Street that will feature activities, entertainment, games, and surprises in store! Come dressed in your Hollywood Glam bling and participate in the costume contest that will be held at the Bell Tower.

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May 2019

El Dorado Hills Art, Beer and Wine Festival

May 11, 2019 @ 11:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
El Dorado Hills Town Center, Town Center Blvd
El Dorado Hills, 95762 United States
$4 – $35
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Don't miss the 16th annual El Dorado Hills Art, Beer and Wine Festival on May 11-12, 2019. Enjoy art from over 80 artists, great food, live music, and tastings from the area's most prestigious wineries and craft breweries.

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June 2019

Farm-to-Pork Dinner

June 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Farm to Pork FFA Fundraiser | Placerville, El Dorado County

In early America, whole communities gathered to help each other raise or build their barns on their farms. Taking a cue from this tradition, Leadership El Dorado Class Eleven organized a farm-to-table event that will engage the community and raise financial capital for Union Mine High School’s New FFA program.

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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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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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