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Kentucky Spring Events and Year of Food

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Kentucky has long been home to thriving communities that year after year celebrates the state’s history, artisans, and performers. As such, Kentucky continues to flourish as a haven for its array of remarkable entertainment and top-of-the-line hospitality. There are more fun-filled events for all ages in 2018 than ever before as the state presents an exciting spring schedule of festivals, fairs, and cultural adventures:

May – June, 2018 Events


International Bar-B-Q Festival

Owensboro, May 11-12

This May marks the 40th anniversary of the International Bar-B-Q Festival. Enjoy four stages of live music, all the BBQ one can eat and the exhilarating team competition for the ‘best secret recipes.’ The winner is awarded the Governor’s Cup for the best overall Bar-B-Q cooking team.  For more information, visit http://www.bbqfest.com/

BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival

Elizabethtown, May 26

Elizabethtown will be buzzing with excitement as families enjoy the smell of BBQ, the rockin’ sounds of blues music and the sight of thousands of motorcycles. Held in the heart of the city, the BBQ, Blues and Bikes Festival will also have special contests! For more information, visit www.bbqbluesfest.com

Kentucky Reggae Festival

Louisville, May 26

Louisville’s premier Memorial Day event, the Four Roses Bourbon Kentucky Reggae Festival celebrates Caribbean culture in Kentucky. Festival highlights include authentic Jamaican dishes, unique treasures among the arts, crafts, jewelry and live Reggae music. For more information, visit http://www.kentuckyreggaefestival.com/

Great American Brass Band Festival

Danville, May 31-June 3

The 29th annual Brass Band Festival features live brass music, a craft bourbon and croquet event, an Americana-style parade, Saturday night picnic, free children's activities, a swing dance, yoga in the park, 5K run and New Orleans-style all-day street party. For more information, visit http://gabbf.org/new/


Glasgow Highland Games

Lucas, June 1-3

The 33rd annual Glasgow Highland Games celebrates the rich history and traditions of Scottish heritage. Held on the first weekend after Memorial Day, event highlights include dancing, sporting, band and piping competitions, as well as clan tents and genealogy classes. For more information, visit http://www.glasgowhighlandgames.com/

Beer Cheese Festival

Winchester, June 9

Winchester’s annual Beer Cheese Festival invites guests to sample an array of beer cheese from around the county and enjoy other festival activities such as live music, a beer garden and arts and crafts. For more information, visit http://www.beercheesefestival.com/bcf/

WC Handy Blues and Barbeque Festival

Henderson, June 13-16

Celebrate the life and music of former Henderson resident W.C. Handy at this free music festival, which showcases some of the nation’s best blues artists. Handy, a renowned songwriter, was credited with giving American Blues music its contemporary form known today. Henderson invites guests to enjoy live music in the park, delicious barbecue and more. For more information, visit http://www.handyblues.org/

ROMP Bluegrass Festival

Owensboro, June 27-30

The 15th annual ROMP Festival celebrates bluegrass from around the world. Kentucky Native Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, as well as Alison Krauss, will headline this year’s festival. Other top-name performers include Sam Bush and Rhiannon Giddens. Held in Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park, the four-day music, camping and art festival will feature over 30 top bluegrass, folk and Americana acts. For more information, visit http://www.rompfest.com/


Long known as the front door to the South, Kentucky offers a world of outdoor adventures, vibrant arts scene, expansive distilleries and micro-breweries, and an explosive culinary scene.

From legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America’s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Kentucky invites you to come and explore.

Have you ever visited Kentucky?


  1. I have only been "through" Kentucky going somewhere else, but these events sound like fun!

    1. I haven't been there myself, but would love to visit someday. I'm a foodie, so I would like to go to the different restaurants and try out all the foods there.