Paducah’s dynamic arts and entertainment scene features live performances, museums, galleries and a sparkling nightlife that enthralls visitors from around the globe. With a thriving arts district, a wide variety of cultural activities, urban cuisine and eclectic accommodations, Paducah offers an incredible array of experiences.
Start with a stroll along the riverside and discover a wealth of images from the past. More than 40 murals created by Robert Dafford and his team of muralists decorate the city’s floodwall. The historic downtown area boasts many arts organizations and activities, including Art a la Cart where local artists create their work on the streets and offer live demonstrations. The Downtown Farmers Market provides yet one more activity for visitors and residents alike to enjoy.
The Carson Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts center that presents national and international touring groups as well as the Paducah Symphony Orchestra and other theater, dance, music and educational activities and events for families and children. Market House Theatre provides quality theater and hands-on artistic experiences for people of all ages, offering performances, workshops and school residencies.
The National Quilt Museum is home to a permanent collection of award-winning quilts ranging from non-representational compositions to intricate realistic scenes. It features exhibits of 150-200 historic and contemporary quilt and fiber art works rotated throughout the year.
The Yeiser Art Center has changing exhibits of visual art and provides educational programming for children and adults. Maiden Alley Cinema, one of only four cinematic art houses in the state, screens independent films and hosts art exhibitions in the lobby.
Home of the internationally recognized Artist Relocation Program, the streets of the Lower Town area are lined with beautiful Victorian homes and renovated storefronts, now housing creative space.
Known as the Four Rivers Region, Paducah is downriver from the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. The Cumberland River joins the Ohio just east of the city, and the Ohio converges with the mighty Mississippi River less than 50 miles to the west.
Paducah Cultural District
Lisa Mullins Thompson
Paducah Cultural District links and attractions