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Fall Festivals in Kentucky

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.

September 17-21, 2013 - 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 or visit

September 20-21, 2013 - 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 or visit

September 26-28, 2013 – 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. For more information visit

September 27-28, 2013 – Cave City PROUD Days

The CCPD event takes place in the downtown/antiques district of Cave City. Special events include the Old Time Outhouse and Bed Race, live music, parade, tractor and motorcycle show, street fair, 5K/10K run and more. For more information call 270-528-6003 or visit

October 4-6, 2013 – 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. For more information visit

October 4-6, 2013 - Breathitt County Heritage Fair

Held at Douthitt Park in Jackson, this fair features plenty of live music and entertainment, a parade, craft booths, petting zoo and dog show and outdoor concert. For more information visit

October 11-12, 2013 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 or visit

October 12, 2013 - Arts Council of Mercer County Fall Festival

This is a two-day arts and crafts festival featuring the works of juried artists. The event takes place at Old Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg, and includes live demonstrations, music and entertainment, food, children’s activities and more. For more information call 859-265-6049 or visit .

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.