One of the most wonderful things about visiting Kentucky in the fall is
the number of opportunities for enjoying authentic Kentucky experiences
through fall festivals. Most every community, large or small, hosts a
festival complete with local traditions, food, music and family-friendly
fun. Here is just a small sampling of the many possibilities that
Kentucky fall festivals represent.
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival
Touted as “one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country,” this
20+ year-old music fest takes place in Morehead. Offering over 1000
acres of camping area and featuring 100 bands performing on dual stages,
this event attracts over 20,000 visitors and is a must-see for lovers
of bluegrass music. Past performers have included the likes of Lonesome
River Band and Dr. Ralph Stanley. For more information call 606-784-2277.
Horse Cave Heritage Festival
Celebrating the heritage of the community, this fall festival event
features a downtown street festival including arts & crafts,
folklife program interviews, a quilt show, antique cars and tractors,
live music and a 3K walk/run. For more information call 270-537-4967.
Barbeque on the River Tournament and Pig Out & Market Days
This family-friendly event in Paducah features plenty of food and fun.
Over 50 teams compete for the Grand Champions trophy for the best in
cooking Western Kentucky BBQ. The festival includes live music and
entertainment, a charitable 5K run and riverboat tours.
Trail of Tears Intertribal PowWow
This is a gathering of Native American people to celebrate their rich heritage; to socialize with old friends and make new ones and an opportunity to expose the centuries old traditions of the various dances and Native American crafts; and to educate the PowWow visitors with story telling and Indian lore demonstrations.
St. James Court Art Show
In a tradition spanning many decades, one of the premier fall events in
Louisville is the St. James Court Art Show held in the Old Louisville
district of downtown. Featuring 750 juried artists from around the
country, the event is attended by lovers of arts and fine crafts from
across the region.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is 6 full days of smooth Bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It's a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.
Forkland Heritage Festival
This festival hosted by Gravel Switch in Boyle County features a variety
of historical exhibits including Native American artifacts and vintage
farm machinery, a wildlife exhibit, living history skits, live music and
entertainment, wagon rides, sorghum making, and a silent auction. For
more information call 800-755-0076
Jack 0’Latern Spectacular
5,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins line a ¼-mile walking trail in Louisville’s Iroquois Park crating an unique “art show” daily from dusk to 11 p.m. during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and midnight on Friday & Saturday.
So get out and enjoy Kentucky’s beautiful autumn weather and experience
the Bluegrass State’s rich cultural traditions by taking part in a fall
festival. For a more complete list visit