Find a Kentucky fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 has things to do across Kentucky including activities in Lexington and Louisville. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.Last Major Update:
Scarefest - Lexington, KY - Sep 12 to Sep 15, 2019
Halloween convention with speakers, kids’ day, film festival, costume ball, vendors and more at the Lexington Convention Center.
Cow Days - Greensburg, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 21, 2019
5k, pageant, parade, contests, concerts, classic car show, food court, and more celebrating Greensburg and Green County
Midway Fall Festival - Midway, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2019
A top Woodford County event once ranked among Kentucky’s top 20 festivals. Attended by approximately 15-20,000. Live entertainment, food demonstrations, arts and crafts, and children’s activities in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass region.
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Louisville Craft Beer Week - Louisville, KY - Sep 16 to Sep 24, 2016
Grand River Festival of Lights - Grand Rivers, KY - Nov 4 to Jan 1, 2017
Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days - Pikeville, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
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.
Maysville Oktoberfest - Maysville, KY - Aug 10 to Aug 11, 2018
Held on the second Friday and Saturday of August annually in the the historic downtown area of Maysville. Why so early? Because if they had it in September, it would compete with the huge festival in Cincinnati. So they kick off the season instead. They have a ceremonial keg tapping, live music and dancing. Consume German food, beer, wine and schnapps. Watch the parade, log sawing, tug of war and weiner dog races. Your kids will like the puppet show and carnival rides.
Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival - Harrodsburg, KY - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
Began in 2001 and has grown to include a variety of musical types over multiple stages, held at Terrapin Hill Farm
Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival - Winchester, KY - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
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 - Aug 31 to Sep 3, 2018
16th annual. One of the regionâ€™s largest international festivals, with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education over Labor Day weekend.
Augusta Heritage Days - Augusta, KY - Aug 31 to Sep 2, 2018
Vendors, food booths, a petting zoo and other children’s activities, history tours, car show and more are just a few of the activities available to celebrate Augusta Heritage Days, the longest running festival in town!
Kentucky Bluegrass & Bourbon Experience - Louisville, KY - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
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 1, 2018
Enjoy this watermelon wonderland, with family friendly fun, vendors, a parade, and watermelon for everyone!
Grand Rivers Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2018
Over 100 artists and crafters featuring original and handcrafted items, plus carnival food and regional specialties
Hickman Pecan Festival - Hickman, KY - Sep 4 to Sep 8, 2018
25th annual. Bingo night, live music, kid’s night, vendors, lip sync, 5k, and more.
Kentucky State BBQ Festival - Danville, KY - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
BBQ competition, bean eating contest, bike ride, charity art auction, 8 celebrity pitmasters and 7 live bands. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Roots and Heritage Festival - Lexington, KY - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Neighborhood street fair attracting thousands to honor African American culture and history.
Festival of the Horse - Georgetown, KY - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
38th annual. 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 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Live entertainment, festival food, crafts and more. Free Kidz zone. Concludes with a Saturday night fireworks show to live, patriotic music. Family friendly.
MainStrasse Oktoberfest - Covington, KY - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
This festival happening annually for more than thirty years extends over six city blocks. Southeast Tourism Society has it on its list of the top 20 festivals. Opening ceremony and keg tapping on Saturday at 12:30 following parade. Vintage Stein contest, chalk art contest, bier garten, live music, crafts and food. More than 100 arts and crafts vendors from across the country attend with their products. Kinderplatz offers balloon makers, pony rides and other children’s rides. Adults will enjoy the Ferris Wheel and festival entertainment as well. Mainstrasse Village is an eclectic neighborhood in Northern Kentucky across the river from Cincinnati.
Christ the King Oktoberfest - Lexington, KY - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
This is a fall fundraiser for the church. Food vendors provide German food and other options. Live music on both Friday and Saturday. There are games and inflatables for kids. Bingo and auctions for adults. Festival admission is free. Location: Cathedral of Christ The King, 299 Colony Blvd, Lexington, KY 40502
Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival - New Haven, KY - Sep 8, 2018
Highlands Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 8, 2018
14th annual. Arts, crafts and music fest, plus kids activities and beer garden
Louisville Dragon Boat Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 8, 2018
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 8, 2018
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 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Free admission to this local festival with music, crafts, pageants, food and kids’ activities
Highlands Festival - Louisville, KY - Sep 8, 2018
Music, arts & crafts, food vendors, and more. Free admission.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival - Bardstown, KY - Sep 10 to Sep 16, 2018
Tastings, dancing, jazz and more at thirty events in the Bourbon Capital of the World.
Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 11 to Sep 15, 2018
Bluegrass festival at Poppy Mountain, with camping, vendors and food, and more
Jefferson St. Soiree - Lexington, KY - Sep 12, 2018
This cash-only event features live music and the best restaurants along Jefferson Street
Blazin’ Bluegrass Festival - Whitley City, KY - Sep 13 to Sep 15, 2018
Live music, including different styles over different evenings
German-American Club Gesangverein Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Saint Timothy Parish Oktoberfest - Union, KY - Sep 14 to Sep 16, 2018
Annual Parish festival with German & American food, drinks, live music, midway rides, games and entertainment. 5K Twilight Run/Walk on Saturday evening, with kids free fun run before the event. Top 25 men and women receive an official Oktoberfest mug. Sunday is family day with all you can ride bracelets on sale. Free on site parking. Location: 10272 US 42 Union KY 41091
River Rock Music Festival - Nicholasville, KY - Sep 14, 2018
Bethel Harvest Church hosts the River Rock Music Festival, with some of the biggest names in Christian music alongside an eclectic mix of up-and-coming artists.
Simon Kenton Festival - Maysville, KY - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Live music, carriage rides, and more
Bugfest & Fall Plant Sale - Clermont, KY - Sep 15, 2018
The fun-filled day celebrating all things buggy attracts thousands of children and families to learn more about their favorite six and eight-legged creatures. The annual Fall Plant Sale, held in conjunction with BugFest, offers a diverse selection of trees and shrubs, including many cultivated from Bernheim’s own collections.
Black Gold Festival - Hazard, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2018
Live entertainment, craft booths, parade, kids’ activities, food and more!
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival - Vine Grove, KY - Sep 20 to Sep 22, 2018
19th annual. Bluegrass festival all weekend long, so grab your favorite lawn chair or blanket and come on down!
Poage Landing Days Festival - Ashland, KY - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
An antique car show, skateboard race, fiddle music, food and drinks, arts and crafts, carnival rides, free children’s activities, motorcycle show and more
Fort Knox Brooks Field Oktoberfest - Fort Knox, KY - Sep 21, 2018
Louisville Irish Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2018
The mission of the Irish Arts Foundation of Kentucky Inc is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Irish heritage through educational resources, showcasing Irish arts and crafts, and supporting Irish music, dance and theatre. The Fest is the primary fundraiser for the IAF and is a fun-filled family event and is filled with performances, displays of Irish and Irish-American history, arts and crafts, and Irish food and drink.
Clarkson Honeyfest - Clarkson, KY - Sep 26 to Sep 29, 2018
Bee-themed festival featuring pageant, decorating contest, children’s rides, parade, karaoke contest, good and craft booths.
Barbecue on the River - Paducah, KY - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2018
24th annual! Come on down to enjoy BBQ, live entertainment, crafts and more in charming Paducah!
Casey County Apple Festival - Liberty, KY - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2018
First held in 1974, this festival features arts & crafts, food vendors, a flea market, pageants, car show and more!
Chicken Festival - London, KY - Sep 27 to Sep 30, 2018
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.
Marion County Ham Days - Lebanon, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Serves over 4,000 pounds of country ham along with a carnival, parade, live entertainment and classic car show. This event started in 1969 with only six hams and a few volunteers, and today, hundreds of volunteers serve up over 4,000 pounds of country ham at the Country Ham Breakfast
Morgan County Sorghum Festival - West Liberty, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
48th annual. An arts and crafts festival with sorghum molasses, football, and more to celebrate Kentucky mountain heritage.
Anderson County Burgoo Festival - Lawrenceburg, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Kick off a weekend with a pancake breakfast and keep the fun going with lots of burgoo, music, live entertainment, and vendors of crafts, food, and more! What is burgoo? A delicious spicy stew, often prepared communally as a social gathering and served with cornbread or corn muffins.
Cave Run Storytelling Festival - Morehead, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Come out to a beautiful mountain lakeside setting, in the peak of fall colors, to enjoy some of America’s mos beloved storytellers who will whisk you away to other times and places.
Louder than Life - Louisville, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Rock Concert in Champions Park
Newport Oktoberfest - Newport, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
The event will be in the Munich Oktoberfest style of large Fest Tent sponsored by German Beer Breweries. Each tent will have food, beer and music. Participating restaurants include Wertheims and others. There will also be continuous live German entertainment. Free admission. On Friday evening, enjoy the fireworks after the Cincinnati Reds game. The Cincinnati Beer Run also happens this weekend, with a short 2.5 mile course charity run that has craft beer sampling from local breweries every half mile. Participants get a souvenir glass and t-shirt. Location: Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky, 41071
Saint Agnes Parish’s Oktoberfest - Fort Wright, KY - Sep 28 to Sep 30, 2018
Food, Drink Games, Festival, Rides, Silent Auction and Live Music. Friday 6 PM to midnight. Saturday from 5 PM to midnight. Sunday 3 PM to 9 PM includes Grand Raffle Drawing. Located at St. Agnes Parish Grounds.
Bowling Green International Festival - Bowling Green, KY - Sep 29, 2018
A celebration of diversity for the entire family, this festival grew out of the 1986 Ethnic Folk Festival and the 1988 JapanFest. It started out on Memorial Day but was eventually moved to the fall in order to include students from WKU and other schools in the community. While it is held the last Saturday of September, be sure to check the festival website for affiliated events taking place throughout the month of September each year. Come to enjoy traditional and new demonstrations of music, dance, and other displays of culture.
Nulu Fest - Louisville, KY - Sep 29, 2018
10th annual. Street festival in the East Market District of Louisville (NuLu or “New Louisville”). Family friendly and free admission, so come on down and enjoy local food, craft beer, vendors and live music!
Portland Art and Heritage Fair - Louisville, KY - Sep 29, 2018
5th annual. Art fair in the Portland Triangle, three of Louisville’s most historic buildings – Portland Musum, the Dolfinger School, and the US MArine Hospital.
Mary Breckinridge Festival - Hyden, KY - Sep 29 to Oct 6, 2018
Food, vendors, crafts and more!
Highway 60 Yard Sale - , KY - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2018
An annual 200-mile garage sale throughout Kentucky, with lots of unique finds. Vendors are opening between sun-up and sundown.
Kentucky Apple Festival - Paintsville, KY - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
56th annual! Obviously you can’t have an apple festival without dozens of food booths, but you can also enjoy crafters from all over the US and more!
Wool Festival - Falmouth, KY - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Wool tent, food, live entertainment, crafts, sheep shearing & herding and more
Crittenden County Pumpkin Festival - Crittenden County, KY - Oct 6, 2018
Live music, food, vendors, and more
Lions Club Arts and Crafts Festival - Henderson, KY - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Arts and craft vendors of all kinds, at Audubon State Park
Knott County Gingerbread Festival - Hindman, KY - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2018
Live music, vendors, pageant, and more
Lincoln Days - Hodgenville, KY - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
2018 marks the 200th birthday of Hodgenville, the town near where Lincoln was born in 1809. The festival will include a parade, arts & crafts, commercial , nonprofit, and food booths, Lil Abe & Sarah contest, Lincoln look alike contests, and more.
Spencer County Octoberfest - Taylorsville, KY - Oct 6, 2018
Miss Octoberfest Pageants the week of the event. Talent show the day before. Parade and festival the day of the event.
Smithland Octoberfest - Smithland, KY - Oct 6, 2018
An annual celebration since 1987. They will have a parade with floats, Pow Wow history presentation, live music and silent auction. There have also been mini-tractor pulls and the firefighter olympics.
Daniel Boone Festival - Barbourville, KY - Oct 7 to Oct 13, 2018
Arts & craft vendors, concert, parade, carnival, food, fun run/walk, and more.
Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular - Louisville, KY - Oct 9 to Nov 4, 2018
A tradition that began in Massachusetts in 1988 comes to Iroquois Park once more! Enjoy 5000 carved pumpkins along a quarter-mile walking trail as an evening “art show.”
Craft Beer Throwdown - Louisville, KY - Oct 11, 2018
Located at Bowman Fieldattendees can taste exclusive brews and regular favorites from six local breweries and enjoy food trucks and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homelessâ€™s efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in Louisville
Trigg County Ham Festival - Cadiz, KY - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
42nd Annual event, this festival started in 1977 to celebrate fall and to preserve the craft of a Trigg County delicacy, the country ham. Booths and craft vendors, , ham show, rocking chair marathon, parade, Ham Run, pageant, live entertainment, and more have been enjoyed over the years
Garvin Gate Blues Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 12 to Oct 13, 2018
A free annual two-day arts and music event with local and national performances and is a celebration of both the blue and the arts, with continuous live entertainment on two stages and over 50 crafts vendors, plus food and drink vendors
Belknap Fall Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Live entertainment, food vendor and food trucks, booths , activities for the family, beer and wine, artists and more.
Mt. Sterling October Court Days - Mount Sterling, KY - Oct 12 to Oct 15, 2018
One of the earliest traditions in Kentucky, Court Day was an annual trading day for much of the region, and the 210+ year tradition continues today as over 130,000 people come for a four-day event, with arts and crafts, food and music, and more.
Art Council Oktoberfest - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
An Arts Council of Mercer County’s annual event. National & Regional artists selected through a competitive jury process will be on-hand to display, discuss, and sell their work. the Oktoberfest is a co-sponored event with The Arts Council of Mercer County and the Harrodsburg First Main Street Program. Preview night on Friday from 5 PM to 12 AM with art, beer and food. Saturday from 10 AM to Midnight with art, beer, music and food. Sunday from noon to 5 PM including art, beer, music and food.
Belle of Louisville Oktoberfest Cruise - Louisville, KY - Oct 13, 2018
A three hour cruise with live music and German theme on the Ohio River Choose from sightseeing only or make advance reservations for the lunch buffet. Tickets with buffet range from $30 for kids to $40 for adults. Belle of Louisville celebrates its 100th year. Enjoy the live music, dancing and German styled foods. Generally runs from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Walk4Hearing Kentucky - Louisville, KY - Oct 13, 2018
Empowers and inspires those affected by hearing loss while raising money for national and local programs that provide information, education, support, and advocacy. Vendors will be on site to provide resources for individuals and families affected by hearing loss.
Hunters Moon Fall Festival - Grand Rivers, KY - Oct 13, 2018
Celebrate small town life with this event featuring food, fun, crafts, live music, activities for the kids, and more.
Jefferson Gaslight Festival - Louisville, KY - Oct 14 to Oct 16, 2018
49th annual! It began in 1969 and has grown into one of the largest events in Louisville with nearly 200,000 attending. Motorcycle Poker Rally, parade, car show, golf scramble, 5k and more.
Original Butchertown Oktoberfest - Louisville, KY - Oct 14, 2018
A tradition for more than 40 years, celebrating the heritage of this historic neighborhood. This Louisville Oktoberfest will have German food and beer with music by Will Wilder Quintet. Join us on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 7pm. Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1406 E Washington St, Louisville, Kentucky.
Taste of Louisville - Louisville, KY - Oct 17, 2018
45th annual. The Kentucky Restaurant Association brings together the best of Louisville’s restaurants and chefs for a tasting event, which also raises funds for local charities.
Salt Festival - Union, KY - Oct 19, 2018
Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past and see how salt was extracted from the springs of Big Bone, listen to stories and music, view prehistoric artifacts and enjoy blacksmith and other pioneer skill demonstrations while enjoying good eats and checking out crafts
Woolly Worm Festival - Beattyville, KY - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
A festival unlike any other, celebrating the Woolly Worm, which forecasts the weather for the coming winter season through the colors of each of its segments. You can race a woolly worm in the race, as well as enjoying live entertainment, youth pet show, 5k, parade, car show, and more!
Maiden Alley Oktoberfest - Paducah, KY - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
Beer dinner at Freight House with 4 course German inspired Dinner on Day 1 at 6 PM. Beer, Sausage, Dance and Repeat on Day 2 at Maiden Alley. Includes live music, art vendors, German Car Show and craft beer from across the state/region. Day 3 Sunday Brunch at 10 AM at Paducah Beer Werks.
Glendale Crossing Festival - Glendale, KY - Oct 20, 2018
Starting in 1976 as the Glendale Community Festival for the US Bicentennial, the festival has grown and today hosts over 500 vendors of arts & crafts and food, a parade, and more
Bernheim Colorfest - Clermont, KY - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Visitors can slingshot pumpkins, navigate the hay maze, make mud pies, and enjoy a hayride in the splendor of Bernheimâ€™s colorful fall landscape. Other highlights include live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors, and more. Free event with $10 per car environmental impact fee applies to non-members, with a small fee for some activities
Snuggleween - Harrodsburg, KY - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
Jeffersontown PumpkinFest - Jeffersontown, KY - Oct 27, 2018
Children dress in costume and trick-or-treat along Historic Gaslight Square, plus refreshments and a family movie night afterwards
Festival of Trees and Lights - Louisville, KY - Nov 9 to Nov 11, 2018
Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees and other decor at Louisville Slugger Field, all for sale to benefit the children’s hospital. With fun for the whole family, including photos with Santa, crafts, holiday entertainment, Hanukkah activities, ride-on train, gift shop and more, it’s a holiday tradition you can’t miss!
Veteran’s Day Parade - Wilmore, KY - Nov 10, 2018
Parade to celebrate and honor our veterans
Fleur de Lis Regatta – Sept 11-13, 2015
Louisville Craft Beer Week – Louisville, KY – September 11-20, 2015
Cave City Proud Days – Cave City, KY – September 25-26, 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
Southwest Festival – Louisville, KY
Apple Butter Days – Mount Sterling, KY – October 10, 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
Festival of Lights – Nov 6, 2015 through the first weekend in January
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