Arts & Entertainment

High performance


A tour of Bowling Green and surrounding communities will quickly expose our deep love for the performing arts and music of all varieties. Our centerpiece is SKyPAC (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center), a state-of-the-art facility where headliners like Willie Nelson, Jack Hanna, Ron White, and Jerry Seinfeld have performed and Broadway musicals CATS and Mamma Mia! are staged.  Between Western Kentucky University’s symphony, local theater productions, festivals, and local art shows, South Central Kentucky is live on performance.


HearBG, a committee of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, supported by the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, was created to stimulate economic growth in South Central Kentucky through arts and music. The committee works collaboratively to develop music events and promote existing music events in conjunction with other local events to increase economic activity and to build awareness of our local music heritage in South Central Kentucky. In addition, the group grows interest in the local arts and music scene through increased educational efforts in schools and throughout the community.

Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)

SKyPAC is an 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art performing arts center created to present high-quality performing and visual arts programs and to serve as a venue for community events. The facility is located in the heart of downtown Bowling Green and seats 1,800 people. Touring Broadway productions, local and internationally renowned music acts, comedy shows and entertainment for children are just a few of the acts that have graced the stage at SKyPAC.

Since its sold-out grand opening in March 2012, the performing arts center has attracted more than 100,000 visitors. 

For more information on SKyPAC, click here.

Local Theatres

Multiple theaters are present throughout the 10-county South Central Kentucky region. Featuring year-long schedules of plays, shows, and performances, the following theaters offer something for everyone:


University Orchestra -The Symphony

Established in 1908, the Symphony at WKU is a cooperative venture between Western Kentucky University's Department of Music and the Symphony Association, it is composed of Western students and faculty members as well as musicians from the surrounding region.

Orchestra Kentucky of Bowling Green 

Founded in the summer of 2000, Orchestra Kentucky mixes classical standards with bluegrass, show tunes, rock, and many other sounds to please audiences at SKyPAC each season.


There’s always a reason to celebrate in South Central Kentucky! You’ll find festivals year-round spread out across the ten-county region celebrating traditions, heritage and arts including:

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

Glasgow Highland Games

NHRA Hot Rod Reunion

Bowling Green International Festival

Hart County Civil War Days

The Mini Corvette Challenge

The Green River Catfish Festival

The Duncan Hines Festival

Thunderfest Fireworks

Balloons, Tunes & BBQ 

National Corvette Homecoming