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Festivals / Special Events

Festivals / Special Events

Trail of Tears Pow Wow

The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville is one of the few documented sites of actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee along the Trail of Tears. Today, the park is the location of a happier event - the Trail of Tears Pow Wow. Every year during the first week in September, Native Americans from many tribes gather to celebrate their rich heritage and to expose others to their centuries-old cultural traditions, including dancing, storytelling and arts and crafts.

Festival Latino

This acclaimed festival honoring Kentucky's Hispanic heritage is held every September on the Courthouse Plaza in Lexington. Lining the plaza are colorful displays where Hispanic people from Argentina to Venezuela promote the culture and crafts of their homelands. At night, the scene changes to a street fair. Tango dancers dip and sway, while flamenco dancers click their castanets and heels. Pulse-pounding salsa music echoes from the plaza, and the aroma of tamales, empanadas and fajitas fills the air. It's an invitation to experience a rich, vibrant culture.

Chinese Moon Festival

In China, the Moon Festival is a major holiday - the equivalent to Thanksgiving in the United States - families join together to celebrate a tradition dating back thousands of years. It is the celebration of the mid-autumn full moon, where instead of the recounting of the Pilgrims' first dinner, ancient legends such as the Jade Rabbit and the Lady Who Flew to the Moon are re-told, and instead of a turkey, people feast on Moon Cookies. In Kentucky, Moon Festival celebrations are held in Lexington and Louisville.

Roots and Heritage Festival

Festivals / Special Events

From its humble beginnings as a local street fair in Lexington, the Roots and Heritage Festival has blossomed into a major annual event for Central Kentucky. The festival is a celebration of the pride and culture of African-Americans. As

its first celebrity guest, Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley helped to ensure the success of the initial Roots and Heritage Festival in 1989.

What began as a weekend affair is now a month-long event held in September of each year. With plenty for visitors to see and do including exhibits, shows and concerts, a three-day street fair, parade, food, a golf classic, readings and lectures. The festival attracts people from all over the region, other states and even internationally. For more information, call 800-225-8747 or visit www.rootsandheritagefestival.com.