Kentucky Events

Fairs and Festivals

Festival of Learnshops

Introductory to advanced level classes, from two-hour make-and-take sessions, to a weekend devoted to dulcimer music, organic gardening, or a week-long concentration in pottery, glass work, or creative writing. Festival participants get hotel discounts. For a course catalogue and online registration, visit www.berea.com.
DATE: July 11-27
LOCATION: Locations throughout Berea

Christmas in July Craft and Gift Market

Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Sponsored by the St. Mark Lion's Club-Parent PTO.
DATE: July 26, 10 am-4 pm
LOCATION: St. Mark Catholic School, 115 Parrish Aven., Richmond

Beast Bash

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Kenton County Dog Park and the Kenton County Animal Shelter. Vet-sponsored booths, food concessions, vendors, pet contests, activities for the children, raffles and split the pot.
DATE: July 26, 9 am-3 pm
LOCATION: Pioneer Park in Covington

American Printing House for the Blind Museum Film Festival

Explore how blindness is depicted by Hollywood. The summer event screens films featuring an important character who is blind, followed by discussion. Best for older children and adults. All three films include audio description. Make reservations by noon the day before the screening. Call 502-899-2213 or email kcarpenter@aph.org to register.
DATE: "See No Evil, Hear No Evil": July 26, 12:30-3 pm
"Ray": Aug. 16, 12:30-3 pm
LOCATION: APH Museum, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville

Annual Corn Boil

Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10. Features all-you-can-eat farm fresh corn on the cob, green beans, slaw, tomatoes, cornbread, ham, drink and dessert.
DATE: Friday, Aug. 1, 4:30-7:30 pm
LOCATION: Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive, Lexington

Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival

An opening-night ticketed performance by Mandolin Orange will be held at 7 pm Thursday at the Henderson Fine Arts Center; tickets are $19 or $25.
All events at Audubon Mill Park are free. Performances Friday starting at 5 pm in Audubon Mill Park include Honeywagon, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and Old Salt Union. On Saturday, the morning begins with Breakfast in the Park at 7 am. Bands include Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, the Barefoot Movement, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Trinity River Band, Circa Blue, King's Highway, the Shade Tree Players and Keith Vincent.
Special events throughout the weekend include the Jammin' & Jumpin' outdoor street pole vault competition, Fox on the Run 5K, Pickin' & Pedalin' Bicycle Tour, Flippin' & Flyin' disc golf tournament, children's inflatables, and a variety of folklife activities.
DATE: Aug. 7-9
LOCATION: Audubon Mill Park and Fine Arts Center, Henderson

Aviation Education Expo 2014

Features wide variety of aircraft for public viewing, including opportunities to actually fly in them. Tickets are adults, $10 in advance, $15 on site during the event; students 6 and over and college students with ID, $5; and seniors 60 and over, $8 in advance, $12 on site. Advance tickets can be purchased online at aex2014.com. On site tickets can be purchased at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, located at 4029 Airport Road, Lexington, during regular hours of operation (closed Mondays). For more information about the Expo, call the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at 859-231-1219.
DATE: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10
LOCATION: Bluegrass Airport, Lexington

Tomato Festival

Taste samples of tomato-based treats from local caterers; sample a variety of fresh, juicy, locally grown tomatoes; and learn more about how to cook and preserve this summer favorite. Exhibitors this year include Seedleaf, Vibrant Greens, Locust Trace, Lexington Farmers Market and the Lexington-Fayette Health Department. Children's activities are provided as well as tours of the vegetable and herb gardens planted and maintained by the Master Gardeners.
DATE: Sunday, Aug. 10, 1-4 pm
LOCATION: The Arboretum, 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington

Kentucky State Fair

DATE: Aug. 14-24
LOCATION: Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville

AFB Woodland Art Fair

Free admission. Features 200 artists, live music and create-your-own family art. Presented by the Lexington Art League and Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Parks and Recreation.
DATE: Aug. 16, 10 am-6 pm; Aug. 17, 10 am-5 pm
LOCATION: Woodland Park, 601 E. High St., Lexington

2014 Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

Begins with a street dance on Friday evening and continues throughout the weekend with arts and crafts, talent contest, 5K run, and a Walk with Friends. The finale is the Sunday evening concert featuring nationally known country music entertainers. This year the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival will host Danielle Bradbery, Frankie Ballard and Lauren Mink.
DATE: Aug. 29-31
LOCATION: College Park, 17 Wheeler Ave. and Lykins Park, 1601 Mount Sterling Road, Winchester

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

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

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

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
LOCATION: Cave City

IdeaFestival

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

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