The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival – May 17, 18 and 19, 2013
7th Street and Madison Street in Paducah, Kentucky
We couldn't be more excited. All the efforts of our Co-Directors, committee members, our incredible sponsors, all the talented artists and musicians, many other special events, Taste of Paducah, local beer and wine ... and our volunteers! Over 200 local people have stepped up to say this Festival is on their list. Put it on yours. Come down to Lower Town and enjoy it all starting Friday!
We'd like to welcome you all to this incredible Festival! Here are some very important notices:
ALL CARS MUST BE OFF THE STREET on the Festival grounds (between 8th and 5th on Madison, between Harrison and Monroe on 6th and 7th) starting morning Thursday, May 16th until Sunday, May 19th at 9pm. We appreciate your cooperation with this neighbors!
ALL DOGS MUST BE MUZZLED AND LEASHED. This is a city ordinance and we need to abide by it. Please do not bring your dog to the Festival unless you intend to honor this responsibility. We apologize in advance but you will be turned away if you don't muzzle and leash you pet.
The directors have completed the Festival layout. Check the map below to get the general idea.
We're introducing some new stuff this year ("Art Cars", "Top Potter") so everything points to another smash hit Festival! And "Taste of Paducah" is expanding!! We've got the Paducah Improv and Culinary Theater again, local galleries will be open as well as lots of incredible art on the street. We suggest you bring some home with you!
Paducah Symphony Orchestra at the Festival!
We can't wait to hear the sounds of a live orchestra at the Festival... read about it here.
There's lots of good family activities planned so bring the kids to the tent at 5th and Madison. The complete schedule is now posted here.
New for 2013: "Art Cars"!!
A few years ago, a local artist (you may know who) parked her car at the Festival and proceeded to cover it with her own art. It was a big hit that year. Unfortunately, we don't think the car has survived. But the idea lives on. Follow this link to learn all about this great new feature debuting this year.
Shop the Galleries!
Lower Town is a great place for artists to live and work. Find out by stopping by the galleries of Lower Town during the Festival (see gallery info here) and at any time of year. The galleries of Lower Town have special hours on the second Saturday of each month. Some events of note: The Pinecone Gallery ( Studio Miska (627 Madison St.) will be open during the Festival where you can watch and learn printmaking with Lower Town artist Freda Fairchild. Next door is A.I.R Studio where Artist in Residence Matt Ballard will exhibit his work on Saturday from noon to 4pm. Julie Shaw will have Aphrodite Gallery (503 N 7th St.) open during the Festival. She always has some of the finest, top quality jewelry for sale.
The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival in Paducah, Kentucky is THE regional Festival for Western Kentucky and the surrounding area. The Festival's mission is to celebrate the cultural richness of this part of the country. We know we have a great thing going on here and we want to present it to you every year at the Festival in Lower Town... regional music, art, theater, food! We have a great Children’s Area this year so bring the whole family! Admission is FREE.
In 2012 and again in 2013, this Festival was selected as one of the Top Ten Spring Festivals in Kentucky by the Kentucky State Tourism Bureau.
To find out more about the Festival, look at the list of the The Latest Festival News as well as the Most Read Articles - check back here often to see the latest news about the Festival. Join us by signing on at "My Festival" on the link above to contribute to the conversation. And by all means... come on down to Lower Town to enjoy it all!
Here is a slideshow from the 2012 Festival!
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