Kentucky Events

Fairs and Festivals

Kentucky State BBQ Festival

Pulled pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, ribs and more. Features well known pitmasters Moe Cason, Ponderosa Barbecue, Des Moines, Iowa, BBQ Pitmasters Finalist; Shelly Hunt, Desperado's Barbecue, Angola, New York; Melissa Cookston, BBQ Pitmasters Finalist, two-time Memphis in May Champion and owner of Memphis Barbecue Co., Horn Lake, Mississippi, and Fayetteville, North Carolina; Craig Kimmel, BBQ Pitmasters Finalist, Food Truck Challenge, DeLand, Florida; Carey Bringle, Peg Leg Porker, Nashville, Tennessee; Shane Draper, Draper's BBQ, Cunningham, Kentucky; and Brad and Cindy Simmons, Lucky Dog BBQ, Danville, Kentucky.
DATE: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 5-7
LOCATION: Constitution Square Historic Site, Danville

Local Goodness Galore

Features locally raised meat, locally grown organic produce, tea, vegan jerky, vegan desserts and more. Locally made crafts, health and beauty products and supplements will be featured as well.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 6, noon-4 pm
LOCATION: Rainbow Blossom Market, 3003 Charlestown Crossing Way, New Albany, Ind.

The Graffiti Run

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 7, 9-11 am
LOCATION: Kentucky Speedway, Sparta

Trimble County Apple Festival

Free. Features arts and crafts, county-made quilt display, entertainment, pageants, an apple pie baking contest, food booths, children's activities, and more.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, Sept. 14, noon-5 pm
LOCATION: Courthouse Square, Bedford

Josephine Sculpture Park's Fall Arts Festival

Free. Features live local music and storytelling, and artist demonstrations and workshops (printmaking, paper sculpture, pottery wheel, batik dyeing, mural painting, art scavenger hunts and more). Collaborative projects are created as part of the community art exhibition.
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 14, 11 am-6 pm
LOCATION: Josephine Sculpture Park, 3355 Lawrenceburg Road, Frankfort

10th Annual National Jug Band Jubilee

Free. Features Maria Muldaur and her Garden of Joy Jug Band, the Juggernaut Jug Band of Louisville, the Cincinnati Dancing Pigs, the Jake Leg Stompers of Bucksnort, Tenn., the Hokum High Rollers of New Orleans, the Steel City Jug Slammers of Birmingham, Ala., Bones Jugs N Harmony of Urbana-Champaign, Ill., Drunken Catfish Ramblers of New Orleans, and Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues of New York.
DATES: Saturday, Sept. 20, noon-11 pm
LOCATION: Waterfront Park, Brown-Forman Amphitheater, Louisville

Muscle Car Thunder II - Scenic Road Rally

For the complete list of scenic road rally events in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, please see the website.
DATE: Sept. 20
LOCATION: Florence

Downtown Henderson Partnership 'White on Main' Alfresco Dinner

Tables are set along Main Street and can be reserved for $100 for a table of 8. Participants may bring their own meal or order from one of the downtown restaurants listed on the Downtown Henderson Partnership website. The spirit of the event is a slow European-style dinner, which includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and beverage. Live musical entertainment is provided throughout the evening. For more information, call the DHP office at 270-827-0016. The event raises money for the Downtown Henderson Project.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 27, 6-9 pm
LOCATION: Main Street, Henderson

Oktoberfest on Main

A variety of German-style food, European beer (including some local brews) and live Oktoberfest music.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 27, 5:30-10 pm
LOCATION: Corner of Fourth and Main streets, Danville

Cave City Proud Days

Features arts and crafts vendors, local food vendors, cruise-in, car/tractor show, pet show, karaoke, outhouse race, children's activities, a women-less beauty pageant, live music, and gospel music.
DATE: Friday, Sept. 27, noon-11 pm; Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 am-4 pm


DATE: Sept. 30-Oct. 3
LOCATION: The Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St., Louisville

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration

DATE: Oct. 3-6
LOCATION: Jerusalem Ridge, Ohio County

Battle of Perryville Commemoration and Festival

Commemorates the Oct. 8, 1862, Civil War Battle of Perryville. Re-enactors demonstrate military maneuvers that were used in the battle. Features living history encampments, a lecture series, book presenters, antique and vendor tents, a commemoration parade, ghost tours, period social, and a "Taste of 1862" dinner and dance featuring an authentic meal prepared over a open fire. Other activities include a craft fair, flea market, festival food, a car show, and a street dance.
DATE: Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 4-5
LOCATION: Perryville Battlefield and downtown Perryville

LiveGreenLexington Green Business Challenge Launch

LiveGreenLexington Green Business Challenge is a free, friendly, year-long sustainability competition open to all Lexington businesses and organizations. Registration is open now; sign up before Oct. 1 and earn 50 bonus points. The launch event will feature a welcome from the city, speakers from partners Office Depot and Graybar, registration stations, Challenge Q&A, networking, and refreshments.
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-7 pm
LOCATION: Carnegie Center, 251 W. Second St., Lexington

Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue

Crafts, music, food, games, a horse-drawn wagon ride to a waterfall, Fox and Hound Race, Old Country Supper Theatre, Saturday morning pancake breakfast, silent auction with an Amish-made quilt, and historical displays. The beans start cooking at 6:00 each morning.
DATE: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11
LOCATION: Forkland Community Center, 16479 Forkland Road, Gravel Switch

Double J Stables Craft Fair

No charge to set up. Crafters need to bring their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Call 270-286-8167 Tuesday-Sunday 8 am-8 pm Central time for more information and to reserve your spot.
DATE: Oct. 11
LOCATION: Double J Stables and Horseman's Campground, Mammoth Cave

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fall Fair

Features handmade, juried items, including baskets, weaving, wood, jewelry, photography, 2-D painting, natural materials, sculpture, clay, metalsmithing, florals, 2-D drawing, leather and more.
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 am-6 pm; Sunday, Oct. 12, 10 am -5 pm
LOCATION: Indian Fort Theatre, Berea

9th Annual Spirit Ball

Spirit Ball tickets are $150, which includes the After Party; After Party Only tickets are $50. All proceeds go to the upkeep and preservation of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Information and tickets: 502-636-5023. Visit The Spirit Ball Facebook page for more information.
DATE: Oct. 25, 7 pm (After Party 9:30 pm-12:30 am)
LOCATION: Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 Saint James Court, Louisville