Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Kentucky Festivals

There are plenty of fall festivals in Kentucky in 2016.  There are some unusual September and October festivals on this list.  There’s the standard complement of fall and harvest festivals.  The Country Ham Festival is brilliantly named.  Don’t forget to check out Oktoberfest in Kentucky and plan an absurdly fun festival.

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2016

Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival - Harrodsburg, KY - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2016

Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival - Winchester, KY - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
Annual event in Winchester-Clark County since 1981. Starts with a Friday evening street dance. Plenty of food, fun and arts and crafts follow. Concludes with a Sunday country music concert. Attendance is approximately 35,000. Free admission.

WorldFest - Louisville, KY - Sep 2 to Sep 5, 2016
One of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 13th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education over Labor Day weekend.

Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience - Louisville, KY - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2016
Spend Labor Day Weekend at Water Town Park in Louisville. Bluegrass bands, Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, barbecue! Family Friendly!

Monroe County Watermelon Festival - Tompkinsville, KY - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2016

Hickman Pecan Festival - Hickman, KY - Sep 3 to Sep 10, 2016

Knott County Gingerbread Festival - Hindman, KY - Sep 8 to Sep 10, 2016

Kentucky State BBQ Festival - Danville, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
BBQ competition, bean eating contest, bike ride, charity art auction. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Roots and Heritage Festival - Lexington, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Neighborhood street fair attracting thousands to honor African American culture and history.

Festival of the Horse - Georgetown, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 11, 2016
Carnival, entertainment, crafts and more to celebrate the role of the horse to the history of Scott County.

Middletown Family Fun Festival - Middletown, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 10, 2016
Live entertainment, festival food, crafts and more. Free Kidz zone. Concludes with a Saturday night fireworks show to live, patriotic music. Family friendly.

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 9 to Sep 17, 2016

Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival - New Haven, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Highlands Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Louisville Dragon Boat Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Teams race on a 300 meter course down the Ohio River in front of the Great Lawn & Wharf area in Waterfront Park.

Louisville Pagan Pride Day - Louisville, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
A celebration of the fall equinox with Pagan Pride Project, which fosters pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community.

Trimble County Apple Festival - Bedford, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 11, 2016

Highlands Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016

Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown, KY - Sep 13 to Sep 18, 2016
Tastings, dancing, jazz and more at thirty events in the Bourbon Capital of the World.

Jefferson St. Soiree - Lexington, KY - Sep 14 to Sep 14, 2016

Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival - Whitley City, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2016

Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2016

Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 17, 2016

Cow Days - Greensburg, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2016

Jefferson Gaslight Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016
One of the largest events in Louisville with nearly 200,000 attending. Motorcycle Poker Rally, parade, car show, golf scramble and more. Approaching its 50th anniversary.

Secretariat Festival - Paris, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016

Louisville Craft Beer Week - Louisville, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 24, 2016

Poage Landing Days Festival - Ashland, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 18, 2016

Midway Fall Festival - Midway, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016
A top Woodford County event once ranked among Kentucky’s top 20 festivals. Attended by approximately 15-20,000. Live entertainment, arts and crafts in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass region.

Midway Fall Festival - Midway, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2016

Simon Kenton Festival - Maysville, KY - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Clarkson Honeyfest - Clarkson, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 24, 2016

Barbecue on the River - Paducah, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2016

Chicken Festival - London, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016
Annual event in Laurel County, home of the original KFC restaurant, which celebrates the life of Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Features the World’s Largest Stainless Steel Skillet.

Casey County Apple Festival - Liberty, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2016

Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival - Vine Grove, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2016
Their slogan is “The Best Little Bluegrass Festival in the State.”

Morgan County Sorghum Festival - West Liberty, KY - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
An arts and crafts festival with sorghum molasses, football, and more to celebrate Kentucky mountain heritage.

Anderson County Burgoo Festival - Lawrenceburg, KY - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016

Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2016

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days - Pikeville, KY - Sep 23 to Sep 25, 2016
The feud is over so join friends for plenty of food, family fun, car show, demolition derby, and live music. Held annually at 126 Main Street in downtown Pikeville.

Bowling Green International Festival - Bowling Green, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016

Marion County Ham Days - Lebanon, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016
Serves over 4,000 pounds of country ham along with a carnival, parade, live entertainment and classic car show.

Louisville Irish Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2016

Nulu Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Street festival in the East Market District of Louisville (“New Louisville”). Family friendly. Free admission.

Highway 60 Yard Sale - , KY - Sep 29 to Oct 2, 2016

Kentucky Apple Festival - Paintsville, KY - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2016

Camp Scarefest - Lexington, KY - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016

Louder than Life - Louisville, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival - , KY - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Lions Club Arts and Crafts Festival - Henderson, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Mary Breckenridge Festival - Hyden, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Lincoln Days - Hodgenville, KY - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2016

Daniel Boone Festival - Barbourville, KY - Oct 2 to Oct 8, 2016

Taste of Louisville - Louisville, KY - Oct 5 to Oct 5, 2016

Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016

Wool Festival - Falmouth, KY - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016

Belknap Fall Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016

Hunters Moon Fall Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

Portland Art and Heritage Fair - Louisville, KY - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2016

Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular - Louisville, KY - Oct 13 to Nov 6, 2016

Trigg County Ham Festival - Cadiz, KY - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016

Salt Festival - Union, KY - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2016
Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past. 33rd annual event.

Mt. Sterling October Court Days - Sterling, KY - Oct 14 to Oct 17, 2016

Glendale Crossing Festival - Glendale, KY - Oct 15 to Oct 15, 2016

Bernheim Colorfest - Clermont, KY - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, naviagate the hay maze, make mud pies, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheim’s colorful landscape.

Woolly Worm Festival - Beattyville, KY - Oct 21 to Oct 23, 2016

Jeffersontown PumpkinFest - Jeffersontown, KY - Oct 29 to Oct 29, 2016
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square.

Grand River Festival of Lights - Grand Rivers, KY - Nov 4 to Jan 1, 2017

Veteran’s Day Parade - Wilmore, KY - Nov 5 to Nov 5, 2016

Festival of Trees and Lights - Louisville, KY - Nov 13 to Nov 15, 2016

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015:

Highlands Festival – Louisville, KY – August 29, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival – Grand Rivers, KY – September 5-6, 2015.  One of the largest annual craft events in the state.

Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival – Harrodsburg, KY – September 3-6, 2015.

Monroe County Watermelon Festival – Sept 5, 2016

KY Pecan festival – Hickman, KY – September 7-12, 2015

Fleur de Lis Regatta – Sept 11-13, 2015

Fall Bluegrass Music Festival – Clay City, KY – September 10-12, 2015
Kids Fest – Richmond, KY – September 12, 2015
Jefferson Street Soiree – Lexington, KY – September 16, 2015
Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival – New Haven, KY – September 12, 2015
Evans Orchards Apple Festival – Georgetown, KY – September 12-13, 2015

Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, KY – September 11-19, 2015
Black Gold Festival – Hazard, KY – September 17-19, 2015
Blazin Bluegrass Festival – Whitley City, KY – September 17-19, 2015
Cow Days – Greensburg, KY – September 18-19, 2015
Secretariat Festival – Paris, KY – September 18-20, 2015
Poage Landing Days – Ashland, KY – September 18-20, 2015
Simon Kenton Festival – Maysville, KY – September 19-20, 2015

Bands and BBQ – Carrollton, KY – September 11-12, 2015
Steamboat Festival – Sept 26-27, 2015
Trimble County Apple Fest – Bedford, KY – September 12-13, 2015
Scarefest – Lexington, KY – September 11-13, 2015

Louisville Craft Beer Week – Louisville, KY – September 11-20, 2015

Midway Fall Festival – Midway, KY – September 19-20, 2015
Cave City Proud Days – Cave City, KY – September 25-26, 2015

Portland Art & Heritage Fair – Louisville, KY – September 26, 2015

Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days – Pikeville, KY – September 24-26, 2015.  The feud is over so join friends for plenty of food, family fun, car show, demolition derby, and live music.  Held annually at 126 Main Street in downtown Pikeville.

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival – Grand Rivers, KY – September 4-6, 2015

October 2015:

Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival – Marion, KY – October 3, 2015

Highway 60 Yard Sale – Oct 2-4, 2015
GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival – Henderson – October 3-4, 2015
Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival – Middlesboro, KY – October 2-3, 2015
Forkland Heritage Festival – Gravel Switch, KY – October 9-10, 2015
Belknap Fall Festival – Louisville, KY – October 9-10, 2015
Southwest Festival – Louisville, KY 
Apple Butter Days – Mount Sterling, KY – October 10, 2015
Louisville Jack o’Lantern Spectacular – Oct 8 – Nov 1, 2015
Q Fest Louisville, KY – October 10, 2015
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fall Fair – October 10-11, 2015

Rockcastle County Harvest Festival – Rockcastle County, KY – October 2015

Woolly Worm Festival – Beattyville, KY – October 23-25, 2015

November 2015:

Festival of Trees & Lights – Louisville – Nov 13-15, 2015
Festival of Lights – Nov 6, 2015 through the first weekend in January

Find other fun things to do in Kentucky in October:

Oktoberfest in Kentucky
Kentucky Corn Mazes
Kentucky Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in Kentucky
Pumpkin Patches in Kentucky

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    • October Court Days in Mount Sterling, KY
      Friday, October 16th- Monday, October 19th, 2015http://www.mtsterlingtourism.com/images/courtday.JPG

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