The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival

May 13th and 14th, 2016

  • Friday, May 13           3pm–10:30pm
  • Saturday, May 14     10am–10:30pm

7th Street and Madison Street in Paducah, Kentucky


Here is a great way to support our musical lineup!

This year you can contribute your support by attending a great event at Paducah Beer Works on November 27th. Our music director Seth Murphy has organized a stellar lineup of local talent who will give us a memorable night of music at our local craft beer pub. Come on out and support the Festival just by being there to enjoy the music. Festival swag will be available for sale. All proceeds will contribute to fund an incredible lineup of talent at this years' Lower Town Arts and Music Festival.


Gearing Up! Time for artists and musicians to apply.

We can hardly believe it either! It's that time of year already. Artist's applications have been open for several weeks. Go to Zapplications and get that phenomenally beautiful stuff in front of the people!

Deadline is January 15th, 2016. More information here.

We have just opened up applications for musicians as of October 6th. Follow the link below get your act on stage at the Festival.

Deadline is December 8th, 2015. More information here.


Please note: The Festival is one week earlier

The Festival usually happens the week before Memorial Day. Not next year! Due to schedule conflicts the dates of the Festival have been changed to Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th. Please update your calendar reminders!

Award Winning Artists from the 2015 Festival:

We saw talent at last year's Festival. Our judge did too and had some tough choices to make.

These are her picks for the 2015 awards. (more details here)

Awards of Excellence:

Dwayne Cobb
Derrick Riley
Jeanie Holland

Awards of Merit:

T.R. Reed
Leslie Fawcett
Beth McDaniel

2015 Sponsors

These local business and individuals stepped up to sponsor this year's Festival. Some of these people have done so for many years. As Festival organizers, we are grateful for your continued support. If you enjoy the Festival year after year, let these people know you appreciate them! Thanks Sponsors!

Pictures from the 2015 Festival

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Festival Info:

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 every year so bring the whole family! Admission is FREE.

This Festival has been selected as one of the Top Ten Spring Festivals in Kentucky by the Kentucky State Tourism Bureau.

To find out more about the Festival click the main links or the oval icons at the top of this page. At the bottom of this page you will also find a list of The Latest Festival News - check back here often to get updated about the Festival.  And by all means... come on down to Lower Town to enjoy it all!

Festival Maps:

2015 Volunteers

Thanks to the many people who volunteered at last year's Festival. We couldn't have done it without you:

Paducah Bank
Paducah Ambassadors
Paducah Hospitality Association
Community Options
Broadway Church of Christ
Four Ten Church
Art Guild of Paducah
Friends and Neighbors in Lower Town and Paducah


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 any time of year, by special appointment or on our regular Second Saturday (of each month) event.

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Contact us!

If you have specific questions, start in the "Contact us" department to see if your contact is right there... we will make sure that your questions are answered!

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