Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall Kentucky Festivals

I’m a bit surprised there aren’t more 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.  But I didn’t discover any festivals worthy of Kentucky.  Except perhaps the Country Ham Festival, which is brilliantly named.  You really need to tie one on during Oktoberfest in Kentucky and plan an absurdly fun festival.

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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2016

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

Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival – Winchester – Sept 2-4, 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 – Sept 2-5, 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.

River Breeze Wine Tasting – September 9, 2016
A wine tasting at Riverstage benefitting Jeffersonville City Pride.

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

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

Kentucky State BBQ Festival – Danville, KY – September 9-11, 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 – September 9-11, 2016
Neighborhood street fair attracting thousands to honor African American culture and history.

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

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

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

Jefferson Gaslight Festival – Louisville, KY – September 16-18, 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.

Midway Fall Festival – Midway, KY – September 17-18, 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.

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

Chicken Festival – London, KY – September 22-25, 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.

Anderson County Burgoo Festival – Lawrenceburg, KY – September 23-25, 2016
Burgoo is a stew made with vegetables and meat, similar to chili. They shut down Main Street for a cookoff, pageants and more in the Burgoo Capital of the World.

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffersontown PumpkinFest – October 29, 2016
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square.

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

Spoonbread Festival – Berea, KY – September 18-20, 2015
Midway Fall Festival – Midway, KY – September 19-20, 2015
Barbecue On The River – Paducah, KY – September 24-26, 2015

Clarkson Honey Fest – Clarkson, KY – September 23-26, 2015
Bowling Green International Festival – Bowling Green, KY – September 26, 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.

Casey County Apple Festival – Liberty, KY – September 24-26, 2015

Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival – Grand Rivers, KY – September 4-6, 2015
Anderson County Burgoo Festival – Lawrenceburg – Sept 25-27, 2015
Louisville Irish Fest – Sept 26-27, 2015
Cave Run Storytelling Festival – Morehead, KY – September 25-26, 2015

October 2015:

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

Louder than Life Festival – October 3-4, 2015
Kentucky Wool Festival – October 2-4, 2015
Highway 60 Yard Sale – Oct 2-4, 2015
Kentucky Apple Festival – Paintsville, KY – October 2-3, 2015
GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival – Henderson – October 3-4, 2015

Taste of Louisville – October 7, 2015
Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival – Middlesboro, KY – October 2-3, 2015
Hunters Moon Festival – Grand Rivers, KY – October 10, 2015
Wilmore Arts & Crafts Festival – Wilmore, KY – October 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
Garvin Gate Blues Festival – Louisville, KY – October 9-10, 2015
Trigg County Country Ham Festival – Cadiz, KY – October 9-10, 2015
Q Fest Louisville, KY – October 10, 2015
Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fall Fair – October 10-11, 2015
Crossing Festival – Glendale – October 17, 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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